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With an enduring fascination with all things weird, long time friends Jen and Robin delve into history's most peculiar people and extraordinary events.

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With an enduring fascination with all things weird, long time friends Jen and Robin delve into history's most peculiar people and extraordinary events.

    The Bones in Ben's Basement

    The Bones in Ben's Basement

    We know a lot of stories about Ben Franklin and his role in many of America's most historic founding moments. But in the earth below his London home there are secrets that may change the way we view one of America's favorite sons. This is the story of The Bones in Ben's Basement.
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    • 15 min
    The Mystery of Olive

    The Mystery of Olive

    In this episode Robin will tell you the tale of Olive Ann Oatman. If you haven't heard of her don't feel bad, but hers is a story dripping with Wild West intrigue.
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    • 26 min
    The Price of Rubber: Mass Murder in the Congo

    The Price of Rubber: Mass Murder in the Congo

    Countless atrocities took place during Imperialist endeavors but some of the most horrible were committed in the Belgian Congo. In this episode, Jen will tell you the true story of Heart of Darkness.
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    • 40 min
    The Trail of Tears

    The Trail of Tears

    The Trail of Tears is a term used to describe the route that was traveled during the forced removal of over 100,000 Native Americans in the Southeast to what would be called "Indian Territory" in what is today, Oklahoma. The trip was brutal and not well supplied, The harsh reality of starvation, disease and exposure along the trip meant that many would never arrive in their new home. In this episode, Robin tells you one of American history's most shame-filled stories, that of The Trail of Tears.
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    • 15 min
    Warrior Queen

    Warrior Queen

    After the death of her husband and the rape of her daughters, Queen Boudica would not lie down and allow the Romans to take her land, her people. In this story, Robin introduces us to the warrior queen who rallied an army to fight against the Roman invasion.
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    • 10 min
    Racism on Display: The History of Human Zoos

    Racism on Display: The History of Human Zoos

    Curiosity is natural, and humans are just as curious as any other animal. In the late 19th century as travel and exploration boomed the curiosity about how other cultures lived turned quickly to spectacle. What began as curiosity quickly turned into pure exploitation as humans were stolen from villages and forced into camps where they would perform their daily lives and rituals for American and European audiences to gawk at. In this episode, Jen will tell us the story of the shameful history of human zoos.

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    • 37 min

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