Below you will find updated podcasts from How Stuff Works: Things you missed in History class. The link provides you with the archive of all the podcasts.
Stuff You Missed in History Class
  • James Whale Wednesday
    James Whale created iconic films in the early half of the 20th century. He's one of the main reasons that Universal Pictures became synonymous with the horror genre. But his interests as a creator were far wider than creating gothic spook stories....
  • The Defenestrations of Prague May 21, 2018
    “Defenestrate” just means “to throw out of a window.” And apart from sounding like the punch line to a joke about Daleks … there has been a surprising amount of defenestration in Czech history. And almost all of it h...
  • SYMHC Classics: From Brontë to Bell and Back Again May 19, 2018
    We're revisiting another episode from Sarah and Deblina., in which they talk about how the Brontë sisters quickly rose from obscurity to notoriety after their three novels were published under the Bell pseudonym. Learn more about adverti...
  • Frank Lenz, the Cyclist Who Vanished May 16, 2018
    In the 1890s, Frank Lenz started a bicycle tour around the world. He never finished, and his ultimate fate remains uncertain, though there are pretty solid clues indicating how he met his end. Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks...
  • Nisei in World War II: The MIS, 100th and 442nd May 14, 2018
    The 100th Infantry Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team were segregated units for soldiers of Japanese descent that were created during WWII. The story of these units is closely intertwined with the Military Intelligence Service as well....
  • SYMHC Classics: Growing Up Brontë May 12, 2018
    This classic revisits the Brontë sisters. They're considered some of the best writers of the 19th century but their past may surprise you. Join Sarah and Deblina as they discuss the sisters' childhood tragedies, unconventional educations and ...
  • Henry Every, Successful Pyrate May 9, 2018
    Every carried out what’s been described as the most profitable and brutal pirate raid in history. It became a massive international incident, and Britain tried to repair its relationship with the Mughal Empire through a highly publicized ser...
  • Lotte Reiniger's Shadow Animation May 7, 2018
    Lotte was interested in silhouettes and paper cutting from the time she was a child. And she developed that interest into animation, and created the first feature-length animated film in the 1920s.Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks ...
  • SYMHC Classics: Jimmy Winkfield, Derby Pioneer May 5, 2018
    Today's episode revisits the story of Jimmy Winkfield, who won the Kentucky Derby twice. When this podcast was published originally, he was the last African-American jockey to win the race. Winkfield moved abroad in 1904 to continue his career, bu...
  • The Bisbee Deportation May 2, 2018
    The 1917 Bisbee Deportation has elements of a labor strike, a wartime hysteria, a vigilante mob, and a mass propaganda effort, all rolled into one. It took place in Bisbee, Arizona, southeast of Tucson and close to the U.S. border with Mexico.Lear...
  • Mohenjo Daro Apr 30, 2018
    Mohenjo Daro is in the Indus river valley in present-day southern Pakistan. This ancient city has a unique identity in that we don’t know a lot about the people who lived there; most of the ideas of the cultural identity come from analysis o...
  • SYMHC Classics: Ambrose Bierce Apr 28, 2018
    Ambrose Bierce was a soldier, a journalist, an editor, a satirist and a philosopher. He was a complicated man with an unwavering moral code and a life of experiences both fantastic and horrific, which informed his writing. Learn more about ad...
  • Wendell Scott: Black NASCAR Driver in the Jim Crow Era, Pt. 2 Apr 25, 2018
    Scott eventually managed to break into NASCAR racing, becoming the first black driver to do so. His career was a constant struggle, as he paid his own way and often had to be his own pit crew while competing against sponsored drivers. Learn m...
  • Wendell Scott: Black NASCAR Driver in the Jim Crow Era, Pt. 1 Apr 23, 2018
    Wendell Scott was a black driver from the early days of NASCAR. After driving a taxi, working as a mechanic, and hauling moonshine, he started racing in the Dixie Circuit and other non-NASCAR races in Virginia.Learn more about advertising on the H...
  • SYMHC Classics: The Trial of Leo Frank Apr 21, 2018
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  • The First Celebrity Chef: Marie-Antoine Carême Apr 18, 2018
    Today, there is an entire industry around celebrity chefs. But the first celebrity chef in the western world's history was born in late 18th-century France.Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at www.howstuffworks.com/adverti...
  • The Ancient City of Ephesus and the Temple of Artemis Apr 16, 2018
    The city of Ephesus fell under many different rulers throughout its history, as wars and shifting politics changed Asia Minor. For centuries, it endured, became a successful trade port, and was home to one of the seven wonders of the ancient world...
  • SYMHC Classics: Here, Kitty Kitty, the Domestication of the Cat Apr 14, 2018
    Today, we're going back to  an episode about kitties in history! The human culture shift to an agricultural lifestyle started the domestication of animals. Cats naturally moved in to help with rodents. Learn more about advertising on the...
  • Elbridge Gerry’s Monstrous Salamander Apr 11, 2018
    Elbridge Gerry signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation. Gerrymandering is the drawing of political districts to give a particular party or group an advantage or disadvantage, and it's named after him.Learn mor...
  • The Life and Magic of Henry 'Box' Brown Apr 9, 2018
    Brown was born into slavery and escaped in an astonishing way. His story of gaining his freedom was so sensational that he basically spent the rest of his life making a living talking about it in one form or another.Learn more about advertising on...