Monthly Archives: June 2011

The Rite of Spring Riot


Riots are a distressingly common part of human history, and the strangest events can trigger widespread violence. In this episode, Deblina and Sarah take a closer look at one of history’s strangest riots. Tune in to learn more. Advertisements

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Civil War Spies: Allan Pinkerton


Allan Pinkerton fell into detective work when he discovered a gang of counterfeiters in Illinois. In 1861, he helped thwart a plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln, which may have led Lincoln to later tap Pinkerton to organize the first Union … Continue reading

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Alan Turing: Codebreaker


Alan Turing, conceived of computers decades before anyone was building one. He also acted as a top-secret code breaker during World War II. Despite his accomplishments, he was prosecuted as a homosexual by the British government. Tune in to learn … Continue reading

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Ned Kelly’s Last Stand


Bushrangers, a type of bandit, troubled Australia until the late 1800s. Ned Kelly, the most famous bushranger, became an outlaw in 1878, and his gang successfully conducted several raids. Tune in to learn why many Australians think of him as … Continue reading

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The Copper Kings and the Recluse Heiress


Recently deceased heiress Huguette Clark was reclusive — she hadn’t been photographed since 1930. Her father was the wealthy William Andrews Clark, whose political battles started the War of the Copper Kings. Tune in to learn more about the Clark … Continue reading

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The King of Beaver Island


In 1850, James Strang was crowned king of Michigan’s Beaver Island. He got the opportunity to lead after meeting Joseph Smith and converting to Mormonism. After Smith’s death, Strang tried to step in as his successor. Tune in to learn … Continue reading

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Cahokia: North America’s First City?


Most people have heard of great South and Central American empires, but Mississippian civilizations are more obscure. At its peak, the Mississippian city known as Cahokia was bigger than London. So how did it get so big — and why … Continue reading

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