Memmie

Memmie

Of all the things one might find in the French countryside in the 18th century, the last thing you’d expect would be a feral Native American child. But that’s exactly what the villagers of Songy discovered in 1731. Today we tell the story of Marie-Angelique Memmie Le Blanc. You can subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Tune In or on your own podcast app. We’re on Twitter @UHPodcast; be sure to follow us. Thanks for listening! https://media.blubrry.com/theuntoldhistory/p/dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/theuntoldhistory.podbean.com/mf/web/ub6yw2/The_Untold_History_podcast15_Memmie.mp3Podcast: Play…

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Chang and Eng

Chang and Eng

On today’s episode of the Untold History, Steve and Gena tell the story of Chang and Eng Bunker, the original Siamese twins. The brothers are world famous, having traveled the world as an exhibition and appearing at P.T. Barnum’s American Museum in New York. Did you know that they also owned a Southern plantation and had slaves? We tell you that and more on today’s podcast. You can subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Tune In, Google Play or…

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The Kentucky Meat Shower

The Kentucky Meat Shower

Today on the Untold History, Gena and Steve tell the story of the time flesh rained out of the clear, blue Kentucky sky onto a farm. It was, and still is, a mystery as to what this substance was and from whence it came. You can subscribe to the Untold History at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Tune In or on your favorite podcast app. Thanks for lending us your ears. https://media.blubrry.com/theuntoldhistory/p/dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/theuntoldhistory.podbean.com/mf/web/6t29zt/The_Untold_History_podcast_13_The_Kentucky_Meat_Shower.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

Tamerlane’s Curse

Tamerlane’s Curse

Tamerlane was a central Asian ruler who wanted to rebuild the empire of Genghis Khan. And he did a pretty good job of it, too, conquering huge parts of Asia, the Middle East, and Russia before his death at the age of 68. Tamerlane was buried in a tomb in Gur-e-Amir at Samarkand in Uzbekistan. In 1941, Joseph Stalin ordered the opening of Tamerlane’s tomb, Uzbekistan then being a part of the USSR. Anthropologist Mikhail Gerasimov was given the job…

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The Great Catnip Riot of 1909

The Great Catnip Riot of 1909

Cats on catnip can be kind of cute, like playful kitties. Hundreds of cats on catnip can be terrifying! One enterprising young man found that out in 1909 in New York City, and today we tell you that story. You can subscribe to the podcast on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Google Play or on your favorite podcast app. We’re on Twitter @UHPodcast. If you like our stories, please share them with your friends. Thanks for listening! https://media.blubrry.com/theuntoldhistory/p/dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/theuntoldhistory.podbean.com/mf/web/6zgxsi/The_Untold_History_podcast_episode_12_Catnip_Riot.mp3Podcast: Play in new window…

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Jack O’Lanterns

Jack O’Lanterns

It’s Halloween, so today we tell the story of how the holiday came to be, as well as the origin of the jack o’lantern. We’re on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play or on your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening, and have a Happy Halloween! https://media.blubrry.com/theuntoldhistory/p/dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/theuntoldhistory.podbean.com/mf/web/iaugi8/The_Untold_History_podcast_episode_9_Halloween.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

Robert Smalls: Confederate Sailor, South Carolina Senator, U.S. Representative, Escaped Slave

Robert Smalls: Confederate Sailor, South Carolina Senator, U.S. Representative, Escaped Slave

Robert Smalls was born in South Carolina, near Beaufort, to a Gullah-speaking slave mother. Smalls was a hard worker, and was ambitious, too, and soon mastered many trades, including that of a wheelman on a ship. And it was that last skill that changed his life. Today, Steve and Gena tell his amazing story. You can subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play or on your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening! (Picture by Mathew Brady –…

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Russ Columbo

Russ Columbo

There was once an entertainer who was handsome, charming, a talented singer who had his own radio show. In fact, his show was a direct competitor to Bing Crosby’s own show, and the radio networks actively promoted a rivalry between the two men. Likely, though, that while you know who Crosby is, as well as Frank Sinatra and Perry Como, you’ve probably never heard of Russ Columbo. Today we tell you the story of Russ Columbo, and what happened to…

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The Oldest Known Audio Recording

The Oldest Known Audio Recording

What’s the oldest known recording? If you said “Thomas Edison reciting ‘Mary Had A Little Lamb,’” then you are wrong. This is the oldest known recording of the human voice, and it happens to be of someone singing the French song “Claire de la Lune.” This recording predates Edison by almost 20 years, having been done in 1860. It’s an example of a phonautogram, which was a type of recording of audio by visual means. In other words, sound was…

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Isadore Greenbaum And The American Nazis

Isadore Greenbaum And The American Nazis

Everyone has seen how Nazis attacked Jews in Germany in the 1930’s, prior to World War II. But did you know that also happened in America? The German-American Bund was a group that organized Nazi rallies in the United States in the days leading up to the second World War. One of these rallies was held at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 1939, complete with swastikas, American flags and a huge portrait of George Washington, who was lovingly referred…

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