Monthly Archives: February 2010

Mary Seacole and the Crimean War


When Mary Seacole was born, racism was rife and no formal nursing institutions existed. Tune in to learn how Mary Seacole overcame these obstacles and became one of the world’s most recognizable nurses in this episode. Advertisements

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Zenobia, Warrior Queen


Some authors have described Zenobia, a queen of Palmyra, as a second Cleopatra. Listen in as Sarah and Katie explore the history of Palmyra and Zenobia in this episode.

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Was Satchel Paige the greatest pitcher in history?


Born in Alabama in 1906, Satchel Paige rose through the ranks to become one of the most popular baseball players in the Negro Leagues. Tune in as Sarah and Katie explore the career of one of baseball’s greatest pitchers.

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What was the Champagne Safari?


On July 6th, 1934, Charles Bedaux set off on an expedition from Edmonton to British Columbia. This was no ordinary trek — the travelers moved in style, bringing along every imaginable luxury. Tune in and learn what happened next in … Continue reading

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Is the Taj Mahal a symbol of love?


The Taj Mahal was built by the Mogul ruler Shah Jahan as a memorial to his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. In this episode, Sarah and Katie delve into the stories of one of the world’s most opulent mausoleums.

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Who was the real Bluebeard?


“Bluebeard” is one of Charles Perrault’s most disturbing and grisly stories — but could it be true? Join Sarah and Katie as they explore the depraved life and crimes of Gilles de Rais, the real-life basis for Perrault’s Bluebeard.

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Who was “Black Moses”?


Tune in to this episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class to learn more about the life and philosophy of Marcus Garvey, a black nationalist leader known as “Black Moses.”

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