Stuff You Missed in History Class


Join Holly and Tracy as they bring you the greatest and strangest Stuff You Missed In History Class in this podcast by iHeartRadio.


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Join Holly and Tracy as they bring you the greatest and strangest Stuff You Missed In History Class in this podcast by iHeartRadio.



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Colette, Part 1

Love, passion, desire and pleasure are running themes in Colette's writing and her life. And that life was seen as really scandalous and even notorious, especially in her younger years. Research: See for privacy information.


Introducing Unreformed: the Story of the Alabama Industrial School for Negro Children

Hi, SYMIHC fans! The podcast, Unreformed: the Story of the Alabama Industrial School for Negro Children, follows the stories behind the little-known history of the Industrial School for Negro Children at Mt. Meig’s, a horrific penal institution for children who were accused of infractions as minor as truancy. About Unreformed: the Story of the Alabama Industrial School for Negro Children: In 1968, five Black girls ran away from a reform school in Mount Meigs, Alabama and revealed that it...


SYMHC Classics: The Montgolfier Brothers

This 2016 episode covers two inventive brothers who came up with an idea to set humans aloft. The Montgolfiers were among many inventors working toward flight in the 18th century, but they often get all the attention. See for privacy information.


Behind the Scenes Minis: Macs and Fletcher

Holly and Tracy talk about Thomas Hancock, and their own experiences with raincoats. Then they discuss the food fad of Fletcherism, and the personality of Fletcher himself. See for privacy information.


Horace Fletcher, the Great Masticator

Horace Fletcher is best known for starting a food fad in that came to be known as Fletcherism. This early 20th century fad involved, in part, chewing your food A LOT. Research: See for privacy information.


The Invention of the Raincoat

Humans have worked on ways to make garments water resistant almost since they started to wear them. But figuring out how to manufacture a raincoat using rubber was a big breakthrough that took centuries. Research: See for privacy information.


SYMHC Classics: Walter Reed

This 2014 episode covers Reed’s truly groundbreaking work into the causes and prevention of yellow fever, building on a foundation of other doctors and researchers. His work impacted public health and the American military's ability to work in tropical locations. See for privacy information.


Behind the Scenes Minis: Wrapping 2022’s Unearthed!

Tracy and Holly talk about the news that broke just after the start of 2023, and also how Tracy might consider eating roasted watermelon seeds. They also discuss collectors of old denim. See for privacy information.


Unearthed! Year-end 2022, Part 2

Part two of our Unearthed! wrap up of 2022 covers a potpourri of stuff that didn’t go together, books and letters, edibles and potables, and apparel, including more than one pair of blue jeans. Research: See for privacy information.


Unearthed! Year-end 2022, Part 1

It's time to cover things and stories that were unearthed in the last quarter of 2022. Part one covers a whole bunch of updates, a whole bunch of shipwrecks, and a whole bunch of repatriations. Research: See for privacy information.


SYMHC Classics: The Darien Disaster

This 2011 episode from previous hosts Sarah and Deblina covers an attempt to start a Scottish colony in Panama in the late 1600s. But the expedition faced disease, death and poor trade, taking down the settlers -- and, ultimately, Scotland. See for privacy information.


Behind the Scenes Minis: Bicycles and Miracles

Tracy and Holly discuss the difficulty of remembering what topics have and haven’t been covered on the show. They also talk about group dynamics during arduous travel, and the miracle of the Hume and Hovell team’s survival. See for privacy information.


The Hume and Hovell Expedition of 1824

The Hume and Hovell Expedition of 1824 established some of the earliest knowledge that European colonists had about the interior of the Australian continent. It was also a journey filled with peril, frayed nerves, and bickering. Research: See for privacy information.


Kittie Knox and the Bike Boom

Kittie Knox was a cyclist during the bicycle boom of the late 19th century. She was biracial and became known not just for participating in a predominantly white sport, but also for the clothes she wore to do it. Research: See for privacy information.


SYMHC Classics: The Story of 'Happy Birthday to You'

This 2013 episode covers Mildred and Patty Hill's song "Good Morning to All," published in 1893. After the tune was paired with the birthday lyrics, its popularity soared and sparked a tremendous copyright battle. See for privacy information.


Behind the Scenes Minis: Unmentioned Pulitzer

Holly and Tracy cover some of the details that were cut from the Pulitzer two-parter, including more information about his brother, artist George Luks, and a story of the Pulitzer family's home burning down. See for privacy information.


Pulitzer versus the U.S. Government (Part 2)

In Pulitzer’s later years, he became embroiled in a heated legal battle with the U.S. government after his papers printed allegations that Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft were connected to shady dealings regarding the Panama Canal. Research: Encyclopedia BritannicaSee for privacy information.


Joseph Pulitzer and the Rise of Yellow Journalism (Part 1)

Joseph Pulitzer is one of those pivotal figures in history, and his influence continues right on through today. Part one of this two-parter covers his early life, right up through his rivalry with William Randolph Hearst. Research: Encyclopedia BritannicaSee for privacy information.


SYMHC Classics: A Brief History of Vodka

This 2019 episode covers the story of vodka, which is closely tied to cultural identity for several countries. Where did it originate, and how did it evolve over time? We'll talk a bit about how vodka is made, where it came from, and how it's expanded to a global market. See for privacy information.


Behind the Scenes Minis: Irving's World

Tracy and Holly talk about the movie "White Christmas" and how it has aged. They also discuss collectible sheet music and the idea of there being no definitive version of a song recording. See for privacy information.