Monthly Archives: April 2011

5 Shipwreck Stories


From the sinking of Black Sam’s Wydah to the Medusa’s disastrous accident off the African coast, history is rife with tales of shipwrecks. Listen in as Sarah and Deblina as they recount the stories of five shipwrecks that have made … Continue reading

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The Tussaud Test of Popularity


Although Madame Tussaud’s museum is world-famous, the story of Marie Tussaud herself is less well-known. So who exactly was she, and how did she create one of the world’s most popular museums? Tune in and learn more in this episode.

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Westminster Abbey: Royal Wedding Edition


This year, Prince William and Kate Middleton will be getting married at Westminster Abbey. Listen in to learn more about royal weddings as Sarah and Deblina travel through the centuries to look at the Abbey’s connections to the crown and … Continue reading

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The Disappearance of the Lindbergh Baby


On March 1, 1932, 20-month-old Charles Augustus Lindberg Jr. disappeared. The kidnappers left several clues at the crime scene, authorities eventually made an arrest and a trial ensued — but some still wonder whether the right person was convicted.

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Who was the real Robinson Crusoe?


In 1695, Alexander Selkirk ran away and joined a band of buccaneers. In 1704, after a fight with his captain, Selkirk was put ashore on an uninhabited island about 400 miles west of Valparaiso. Tune in to learn more about … Continue reading

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How the New York Draft Riots Worked


To recruit troops for the U.S. Civil War, the Federal Congress passed the Union Conscription Act in 1863, which drafted able-bodied men between the ages of 20 and 45. Needless to say, this didn’t go over well in New York. … Continue reading

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The Amistad Mutiny


In 1839, Africans held captive by slavers revolted and ordered the Amistad’s crew to return to Africa. However, the ship was captured in Long Island and the slaves were put on trial — but that’s not the end of the … Continue reading

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