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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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Holly and Tracy share stories about touring, and the long period of time Tracy has been planning to work on the falsehood of Irish slavery. Learn more about your ad-choices at
This whole idea of Irish slaves distorts some things that really did happen. So today we’re going to talk about that history, and how it’s being twisted and misused today.  Learn more about your ad-choices at



Since the podcast isn't going on tour this year due to the pandemic, we thought it would be fun to have an episode that's something we normally do as part of a live show -- listener questions. Learn more about your ad-choices at
This 2016 episode covers Robert Smalls, who was born into slavery in Beaufort, South Carolina in 1839. He escaped from enslavement during the U.S. Civil War, in a particularly dramatic fashion. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Tracy and Holly talk about Tracy's chat with Dr. Rachel Lance, and the legacy of Thomas Dorsey. Learn more about your ad-choices at
For a long time, Dorsey lived a sort of double life creatively. When he combined the two forms of existing music he played, he created something new, and changed religious music forever.  Learn more about your ad-choices at
Tracy talks with biomedical engineer Dr. Rachel Lance about the cause of the H.L. Hunley disaster and the book that Dr. Lance wrote about the disaster and her research into the case. Learn more about your ad-choices at
This 2017 episode covers the story of the H.L. Hunley, which really begins with the Union blockade of the Confederacy during the Civil War. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Holly and Tracy discuss the nuances of what becomes historically significant in our troubled times, and then the continued relevance of James Baldwin's work. Learn more about your ad-choices at
James Baldwin

James Baldwin


James Baldwin was a brilliant essayist, one of the chroniclers of the Civil Rights Movement, and a powerful voice against racism. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Holly chats with Sheffield Hale and Michael Rose of the Atlanta History Center about pandemic from the point of view of a living history institution, and also how the AHC, like many history centers, is documenting Covid-19. Learn more about your ad-choices at
This 2015 episode covers a black U.S. Army WWI unit that became one of the most decorated of the war. When these soldiers returned home, they were greeted as heroes, but were still targets of segregation, discrimination and oppression. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Tracy and Holly talk about the unique identity of the Public Universal Friend, as well as whether Wat Tyler's story inspired modern storytellers. Learn more about your ad-choices at
There were many transitional events between the the Black Death and the Renaissance; it wasn't a case of a one leading right to the other. One of those transition events was Wat Tyler’s Rebellion, also known as the Uprising of 1381 or the Great Rising. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Public Universal Friend

Public Universal Friend


The Public Universal Friend described themself as a genderless spirit sent by God to inhabit the resurrected body of a woman named Jemima Wilkinson.  Learn more about your ad-choices at
This 2018 episode connects to a lot of others in our archive. Ida B. Wells-Barnett fought against lynching for decades, at a time when it wasn't common at all for a woman, especially a woman of color, to become such a prominent journalist and a speaker. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Holly and Tracy talk about the evolution of Monterey's Cannery Row and the history behind the fictional podcast Tumanbay. Their discussion then turns to current events, the death of George Floyd and the protests around the nation. Learn more about your ad-choices at
First, a brief discussion of current events. Then, in a conversation recorded in mid-May, Holly speaks with the creator of the historical fiction podcast Tumanbay about the ways that researching the Mamluk culture shaped the show. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Cannery Row

Cannery Row


Monterey's Cannery Row is a busy center of tourism, but the area's history starts with indigenous people. Its association with fishing came from immigrant populations, and its reputation as a cannery exploded as that business was imploding. Learn more about your ad-choices at
This 2014 episode covers the 250,000 children in the U.S. taken to new families by train from 1854 and 1929, about. Except ... they weren't called "orphan trains" at the time, the children weren't all orphans, and "family" didn't always factor into it. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Comments (238)

Elizabeth Armstrong

stop with the ads in the middle of the podcast

Jun 30th
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Elizabeth Armstrong

having ads in the middle of the pod cast isn't something that should be done

Jun 29th

Nikarra Palmer-Simmons

As it turns out, listening in June 2020...

Jun 26th

Elizabeth Armstrong

you should check out the doctor who episode about van Gogh it will make you cry

Jun 24th

Elizabeth Armstrong

check out the see bank in in ether Iceland or Greenland. they have seed dating back to the 18 century

Jun 23rd

Bridget Norton

Alexandria shout-out!

Jun 22nd

Dianna W

this would be easier to listen to if Candice wasn't trying to sound sexy all the time.

Jun 12th

Blayne Chambers

this is interesting listening to in June 2020, with everything going on now

Jun 10th

Bridget Norton

listening in 2020 and man, did we take a sad turn

Jun 5th

Jerry Stauffer

That sounds incredibly useful in the days when nothing was prepared

May 28th

J Alex Garnet


May 25th

Nathaniel Mueller

m I f****** Louisiana

May 23rd

Emily Colegrave

Lol most of these comments are just men annoyed with women doing well.

May 22nd

Melanie Marie-Jahnke Manning

took me forever to figure out that bees had nothing to do with Cleveland's surgery! 😂

May 17th

Alawtan Med

I have a question ! Did Hannibal make it through Alpes with elephants to reach Italy and never get Rome down?!

May 15th

krishna dabi


Apr 10th

Scott Baker

The ads are longer than the actual episode, wtf

Apr 9th

Katie Murphy

My great great grandmother died of this flu when her son was only 10.

Mar 30th

Juli Cailin

I am completely addicted to this show 🥰 started from the first episode and have been binge-listening ever since, any chance I get ... and learning SO much. thank you, girls, for all your research and hard work!

Mar 29th

mary daniels

Is it possible that by dragging the ERA Ammendment out for all these years the detractors are hoping all the women of my age will be dead. The younger generation has not a lot of experience with the kind of discrimination my Boomer generation lived through. Just my thoughts.

Mar 27th
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