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Explore world history through the small things that have shaped it.

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Explore world history through the small things that have shaped it.

    The pill — a dinner party conversation starts a sexual revolution

    The pill — a dinner party conversation starts a sexual revolution

    A scientist who experiments on randy rabbits and an infamous Women’s Liberation activist have an unlikely, but fateful meeting at a New York City dinner party. One short conversation becomes the catalyst for a new kind of women’s liberation, causing seismic shifts in a brutally sexist culture and even stifling a baby boom.

    • 9 min
    The leaf — a Portuguese princess introduces a national pastime to England

    The leaf — a Portuguese princess introduces a national pastime to England

    A Portuguese princess sold into marriage, an English king suffocated in debt and an exotic leaf that will unlock England’s future. A tale of how one person can transform a culture by daring to be different, and how one tiny trend can shape an empire.

    • 10 min
    The static — the search for a strange space sound helps prove the Big Bang Theory

    The static — the search for a strange space sound helps prove the Big Bang Theory

    Two astronomers discover a curious sound in space that will drive them to madness — or at least have them chasing pigeons for two years — and give us a new perspective on the universe. These scientists will help prove an extraordinary theory and go on to win the Nobel Prize, but you wouldn’t know it watching them scrape pigeon poop out of their telescope.

    • 11 min
    The wine — a deadly 16th century illness reveals the hidden danger of lead poisoning

    The wine — a deadly 16th century illness reveals the hidden danger of lead poisoning

    An entire German city is dying of a mysterious illness, and the royal physician is sent to a nearby monastery to find out what the cause is, and how to stop it. This is only the beginning of a story spanning millennia, in which excruciating and unnecessary deaths are linked by one common factor — greed.

    • 8 min
    The manicure — a Hollywood star helps spark a new industry for Vietnam War refugees

    The manicure — a Hollywood star helps spark a new industry for Vietnam War refugees

    A small group of Vietnamese refugees and a Hollywood actress collude to find refugees work in a hostile America, chasing an American Dream that actually comes true. There is no sweetening the outcome of the Vietnam War for the Vietnamese people, but there is hope in this story of enterprise, innovation and defiance.

    • 9 min
    The Key — the missing key that sinks the Titanic

    The Key — the missing key that sinks the Titanic

    After the RMS Titanic hit an iceberg in 1912, killing more than 1,500 people, an inquest was held to find out how it happened. Theories abound, but there is one fact that stands out from the court proceedings: if David Blair hadn't been fired, the Titanic — and all the people on board — might have been saved.

    • 7 min

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