21 episodes

Behind The Headlines of History is a new podcast from Ancestry and Newspapers.com that explores intriguing newspaper stories from the past. In every episode, hosts Brad Argent and historian Michala Hulme each share a historic newspaper article that caught their eye and put on their genealogy hats to find discover more about some of the people involved in the story.

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    • 4.6, 42 Ratings

Behind The Headlines of History is a new podcast from Ancestry and Newspapers.com that explores intriguing newspaper stories from the past. In every episode, hosts Brad Argent and historian Michala Hulme each share a historic newspaper article that caught their eye and put on their genealogy hats to find discover more about some of the people involved in the story.

    S2 Ep8: The Detective Suffragette, a Cornish Witch and Female Bus Conductors in WWI (International Women’s Day special)

    S2 Ep8: The Detective Suffragette, a Cornish Witch and Female Bus Conductors in WWI (International Women’s Day special)

    Ahead of International Women's Day, in this episode our stories explore different experiences and achievements of women throughout history - from the incredible story of a no-nonsense suffragist who travelled from the USA to London to investigate her two-timing husband (as reported in The Chicago Tribune, 24 August 1911) and her moment of activism recorded in the 1911 census, to the death of a Cornish 'witch' (The Courier and Argus, 27 January 1880).

    And listen to the end of the episode for some fitting NiBs - one highlighting a woman's achievements in longevity, and the other dipping into the pay negoitations for female bus conductors during WWI.

    All newspaper articles referenced in this episode were sourced on Newspapers.com, with additional research conducted by Brad and Michala using Ancestry and other resources. To see the articles, visit: newspapers.com/topics/bhhpodcast/S2Ep8

    Email: bhhpodcast@ancestry.com
    Tweet us: @Brad_Argent @UnearthThePast @AncestryUK @_Newspapers

    • 27 min
    S2 Ep7: Bradford Highwaymen turned Convicts and Robbery by a One-Armed Woman

    S2 Ep7: Bradford Highwaymen turned Convicts and Robbery by a One-Armed Woman

    There's a little Antipodean flavour to some of this week's stories - Michala takes us from a highway robbery in Bradford, England (reported in the Leeds Mercury, 30th December 1843) across the seas to Australia, tracing the fate of two men called Abraham. Not to be outdone, Brad takes the robbery theme and runs with it - all the way to New Jersey, where he picks up the story of a one armed bandit (of sorts) - from the The Courier-News, 6th February 1899.

    Then for this episode's News In Briefs, Michala brings to the table an extraordinary tale of a disprutive theatre-goer and Brad's unearthed an amusing Letter To Editor on the evolution of the Australian accent.

    All newspaper articles referenced in this episode were sourced on Newspapers.com, with additional research conducted by Brad and Michala using Ancestry and other resources.

    Email: bhhpodcast@ancestry.com
    Tweet us: @Brad_Argent @UnearthThePast @AncestryUK @_Newspapers

    • 26 min
    S2 Ep6: A Bit of a Stinker, Deadly Beer and A Big Appetite

    S2 Ep6: A Bit of a Stinker, Deadly Beer and A Big Appetite

    Sensitive ears (and noses!) beware - Brad's opening story in this episode is a bit of a stinker, involving a dispute over pig manure in Ireland (reported in the Nationalist and Leinster Times, 2nd January, 1886). Thankfully Michala is on hand to cleanse your auditory palettes with a tale about beer in Manchester...but before you take a sip, watch out, it's poisioned! (Story from the Guardian, 18th January, 1901).

    To round the episode off, this week's News In Briefs feature a big appetite, and a perculiar theft on someone's front doorstep.

    All newspaper articles referenced in this episode were sourced on Newspapers.com, with additional research conducted by Brad and Michala using Ancestry and other resources.

    Email: bhhpodcast@ancestry.com
    Tweet us: @Brad_Argent @UnearthThePast @AncestryUK @_Newspapers

    • 25 min
    S2 Ep5: A (Peaky?) Blinder of Gangster Story and a Fertile Centenarian

    S2 Ep5: A (Peaky?) Blinder of Gangster Story and a Fertile Centenarian

    Michala transports us back to the world of 1920s Birmingham gangland this week, and if you're a Peaky Blinders fan, some of the names in her newspaper article (from The Times, 28 April 1921) may be familiar...Then, not to be outdone, Brad unpicks the eye-opening headline 'Man Aged 130 has son 4 And a Wife in Her Twenties' (from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 27 July 1919).

    Then kick back and indulge in this epsiodes' News In Briefs - one featuring a lecture on...Scottish love songs (there's our nod to Valetine's Day) and another highlighting the inginuity of a 19th century Texan animal lover.

    All newspaper articles referenced in this episode were sourced on Newspapers.com, with additional research conducted by Brad and Michala using Ancestry and other resources.

    Email: bhhpodcast@ancestry.com
    Tweet us: @Brad_Argent @UnearthThePast @AncestryUK @_Newspapers

    • 24 min
    S2 Ep4: Man Haunted by Dead Mother, and a Robbery With a Twist

    S2 Ep4: Man Haunted by Dead Mother, and a Robbery With a Twist

    We're hopping across the Atlantic for this week’s episode - that's right, all our stories this week are sourced from newspapers in the USA. And there are some corkers hidden in that American newsprint.

    Whilst Brad doesn't believe in ghosts, the subject of his story - Mr Frank Swulius - certainly did; the spooky actions of his cursed dead mother are reported in The Chicago Tribune on 14 Dec 1902. And Michala's found a robbery with a twist; why did ten men cause pandemonium at the house of one Mrs Olive Whedon (as reported in The New York Times on 24 Oct 1885)? Listen to find out!

    And our News in Briefs involve a toothbrush fire, and a rather peculiar discovery in someone's pocket...

    All newspaper articles referenced in this episode were sourced on Newspapers.com, with additional research conducted by Brad and Michala using Ancestry and other resources.

    Email: bhhpodcast@ancestry.com
    Tweet us: @Brad_Argent @UnearthThePast @AncestryUK @_Newspapers

    • 25 min
    S2 Ep3 WWII Special – First Civilian Casualty and ‘Mend and Make Do’ in the Air

    S2 Ep3 WWII Special – First Civilian Casualty and ‘Mend and Make Do’ in the Air

    This year marks a number of notable World War II (WWII) anniversaries, most significantly, the 75th anniversary of VE Day - when combat ended in Europe. With this in mind, all our stories in this episode are WWII themed - giving insight into the lives of not just those that served but also the impact of war for the people at home in Britain, and how this was reported in the press at the time.

    Michala starts the episode with the sadly tragic story of the first civilian casualty of WWII, James Isbister (as reported in The Guardian on 18 March 1940), and Brad's headline 'Missing Reporter Safe: Plane's Crash Landing' pulls us into a tale of 'aerial mend and make do', and what happened to the plane - and one of the men involved (The Guardian, 23rd September, 1944).

    Rounding off the episode as always with our News In Briefs, Michala has a little nugget of dental advice for children during the war and Brad unearths a picture story of war-weary graffiti on a Norwegian street.

    Note - At around 16 mins 40 seconds into this episode, Brad mentions how living veterans of the 'First World War' are a good source of data. He did of course mean 'Second World War'.

    All newspaper articles referenced in this episode were sourced on Newspapers.com, with additional research conducted by Brad and Michala using Ancestry and other resources.

    Email: bhhpodcast@ancestry.com
    Tweet us: @Brad_Argent @UnearthThePast @AncestryUK @_Newspapers

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

Catrìiona ,

Terrific

I love this podcast. The chemistry between the presenters and the different skills they bring to the party makes for a very interesting delve into the past. More PLEASE

Paul Chiddicks ,

Wonderfully Told Stories

These are sometimes funny, sometimes scary, sometimes sad and sometimes unbelievable, but always so well told, researched and presented. The connection between Brad and Michaela works so well, it just meshes together beautifully. Keep up the Good work guys.

Moonlitvioletta ,

Delightful

A delightful treasury of true tales unearthed by two charming hosts who make most soothing and entertaining companions.

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