Monthly Archives: November 2011

The Empress of Austria and Her Cult of Beauty


Empress Elisabeth of Austria, better known as Sissi, is often considered the public’s “favorite” member of the Habsburgs. She only reluctantly carried out her duties, but her murder created an outcry across Europe — and the story doesn’t end there. … Continue reading

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Mug Shot! Alphonse Bertillon and Criminal Identification


In the 19th century, Alphonse Bertillon standardized the mug shot and came up with a system of organizing police records; he also conceived a new way of identifying people. Tune in to learn more about the rise — and fall … Continue reading

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The Death of Stonewall Jackson


As a Confederate surgeon, Dr. MacGuire’s first assignment was under the command of Lieutenant General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, who became his most famous patient. Tune in to learn what McGuire’s writings reveal about Stonewall’s last days.

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Polio: The Dread Disease


Polio was a terrifying threat in the early 20th century: It often left victims paralyzed or dead. Yet two vaccines caused an immediate drop in polio cases and today they’ve nearly eradicated the disease. But what exactly happened? Tune in … Continue reading

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How Vincent van Gogh Worked


Today, Vincent van Gogh has come to fit our idea of the tortured artist. Aside from his art, he’s best known for cutting off his ear and committing suicide. Yet new research debates both of these van Gogh moments. Listen … Continue reading

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Maximilian, Mexico’s Habsburg Prince


For a time, Mexico was ruled by a Habsburg prince: Ferdinand Maximilian. While Maximilian was unwelcome, he upheld liberal reforms and modernized the government. As his support dwindled, Mexico’s rightful president worked to take back the country.

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The Gunpowder Plot, Part 2


In Part 2 of The Gunpowder Plot, we discuss how a group of English Catholics attempted to carry out their plan. Yet the Plot was discovered days before the event. Were the conspirators betrayed by someone within their own ranks? … Continue reading

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