Monthly Archives: February 2012

Evliya Çelebi: World Traveler and Companion to Mankind


Evliya Çelebi grew up in 17th century Istanbul as the “boon companion” of Sultan Murad IV. In his 20s, Evliya had a prophetic dream and spent decades traveling. During his travels he wrote the Seyahatname, one of history’s important travel … Continue reading

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The Fairy Tale Life of Hans Christian Andersen


Hans Christian Andersen is often considered the father of the modern fairy tale, but his life was not the quiet existence depicted in his photos. His personal life is fairly bizarre, and he is sometimes compared to his own outcast … Continue reading

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Bessie Coleman: Daredevil Aviatrix


Bessie Coleman knew that becoming a pilot was her dream. Because she was a black woman, no American flight schools would admit her. Despite the obstacles, Bessie managed to become the first African-American woman in the world to earn a … Continue reading

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Leading the Charge: The Massachusetts 54th


A 1792 law prevented African Americans from taking up arms in the Civil War. As attitudes against blacks serving changed, black regiments were formed. But prejudices remained until the heroism of black soldiers won the attention of the nation.

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Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning in Love


Robert Browning’s early work wasn’t as well-received as Elizabeth Barrett’s poetry. Yet Barrett mentioned his work in one of her poems, and they started a correspondence that blossomed into love. However, Elizabeth’s father remained an obstacle.

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Who was the real Lone Ranger?


The Lone Ranger has traditionally been portrayed by white actors, but many believe this character is based on an African-American named Bass Reeves. A former slave, Reeves became one of the most successful lawmen in U.S. history. Tune in to … Continue reading

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The Booth Conspiracy


Most people know the story of President Lincoln’s assassination, but what happened afterward? In this podcast, we cover John Wilkes Booth’s escape, his co-conspirators’ attacks against other officials and the strange connections between Booth and Lincoln.

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