Monthly Archives: July 2009

Alexander Hamilton vs. Aaron Burr


As political rivals, Hamilton and Burr began a bitter exchange of insults, leading to a duel in 1804 that resulted in Hamilton’s death. Learn about the ideas that drove Hamilton and Burr to violence in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Advertisements

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How the 1916 Shark Attacks Worked


In 1916, a series of shark attacks took place along the shores of New Jersey. The media downplayed the first attack as a fluke — but the attacks continued. Tune in and learn more about the story that inspired Jaws … Continue reading

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The Red Light District of New Orleans


Established in 1897, Storyville was a legal twenty block red-light district in New Orleans. Tune in as Katie and Candace take a look at the colorful history of New Orleans’ infamous prostitution district in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

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Malaria and the Panama Canal


The idea for the Panama Canal goes back to 1534, when the Spanish surveyed the area. However, the canal wasn’t built for centuries, and it was an arduous task. Learn more about the malaria plaguing canal builders in this podcast … Continue reading

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America’s Favorite Outlaw: Billy the Kid


Born Henry McCarty in New York City, Billy the Kid committed his first act of murder before he turned 20. Join Candace and Katie as they explore the fact — and fiction — surrounding the legendary outlaw in this podcast … Continue reading

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How the Dancing Plague of 1518 Worked


In the summer of 1518, a woman in Strasbourg, France started dancing — and didn’t stop. By the end of the week, the compulsion to dance had spread to hundreds of people. Learn more about the dancing sickness in this … Continue reading

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How the Stonewall Riots Worked


On June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, one of the few bars that welcomed gay patrons. Learn how this raid triggered the first major gay rights protest in U.S. history in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

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