Have you ever heard of Louis Congo? What about the forgotten Downwinders or The Devil’s Bible? These are just a few examples of people, events, and things from our past that have been lost to time. They’re important in the greater context of our understanding of the world and how our past shaped our present, yet they never made it into history books. In this bi-weekly podcast, freelance journalist, Crystal Ponti, digs up extraordinary excerpts of forgotten history, bringing her passion and love of storytelling to each episode. Recently honored as one of the best history podcasts of 2018 (Uproxx), listeners have likened “Historium Unearthia” to “60 Minutes” and said, “Crystal’s narration is concise and enrapturing, and the production value of her stories holds the audience’s attention like only the best of radio programs. She delivers interesting and entertaining stories from the lost parts of history, and, not only does she unearth them, she brings them to life.”
Episode 34: The Government Program that Imprisoned "Promiscuous" Women
In the United States, the war against women took a particularly dark and secretive turn in the early 1900s—around the start of World War I. Under a government-sponsored “social hygiene” campaign, to protect newly recruited soldiers, tens of thousands of women were arrested on “suspicion” of having a venereal disease. Have you ever heard of the American Plan?
Episode 33: This Influential Female Author and Anthropologist Blazed a Trail for Women
This trailblazer became the most successful and significant black woman writer of the first half of the 20th century. In the 1970s, during the second wave of feminism, Alice Walker helped revive interest in this pioneer’s writings, bringing them back to public attention. Have you ever heard of Zora Neale Hurston?
Episode 32: This Strange Civil Disturbance Changed How Americans Study Medicine
In the US, doctors are held in high esteem. But that wasn’t always the case. There was time when the medical field was riddled with controversy and public scrutiny. Tensions between the world of medicine and society reached a boiling point in New York City during April of 1788, when resurrection, the common practice of grave robbing, came under scrutiny. Have you ever heard of the New York Doctors Riot?
Episode 31: Before Modern Medicine, These Female Healers Cured What Ailed
In the days before modern medicine, the sick, injured, and expecting often relied on community healers to perform the services of doctors and midwives. Women largely fulfilled these roles. They passed down the gifts of folk healing and soul healing through the generations. Have you ever heard of the Ozarks' Granny Women?
Episode 30: The Mysterious Life and Supposed Murder of Vincent van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh's expressive paintings hide an aching heart that longed for love and normalcy, the relentless bout of “fits” he suffered, and the mental anguish of a tormented soul. Although many chapters of his life have already been examined under a contemporary light, it’s the ending, with still untold secrets, that could change history. Have you ever heard of the mysteries surrounding Vincent van Gogh?
Episode 29: All You've Needed to Know and Then Some Since 1818
Throughout history there have been countless methods for forecasting the weather. In 1818, David Young, a poet and astronomer from Morristown, New Jersey, launched a publication that would help take the guesswork out of this tricky task...and more. Have you ever heard of the Farmers’ Almanac?