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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 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
    Shark Repellent and Souffle: Julia Child

    Shark Repellent and Souffle: Julia Child

    While most of us know Julia Child as the great television cooking personality she had quite an interesting start to her career. In this episode, Robin introduces us to the Julia that most do not know, one who's road to the kitchen was paved with espionage and science.
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    • 13 min
    Humanity Lost Part Two: Andersonville

    Humanity Lost Part Two: Andersonville

    This week in Part Two of our look into Civil War POW camps we will learn about the most notorious of the camps: Andersonville. In this savage and lawless place almost a third of prisoners lost their lives to starvation, disease and violence.
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    • 33 min
    Humanity Lost Part One: Camp Douglas

    Humanity Lost Part One: Camp Douglas

    For the next two episode we are going to take a deep dive into two of the worst Civil War prisoner camps, one Union and one Confederate. The starvation, disease and violence that took place in these camps are horrifying. In this episode we will focus on Camp Douglas, just outside of Chicago, this camp saw more death than most civil war battles.

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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
230 Ratings

230 Ratings

TammyS81 ,

Give them a try

Entertaining

LydianalaMode ,

Argh. It’s not the “Where-mock” — also CREDIT YOUR SOURCES

You don’t seem to understand anything about the end of WWII (honestly how much do you know about the atrocities in WWII?!) in Europe, and when the German army formally surrendered while the Red Army marched into sections of Germany (think utter chaos — you may want to read about what the Germans did to the Russians when Nazi Germany invaded Russia). You also, naively, seem to think that the remaining Nazis were worried about German civilians at that point. Hint — they weren’t! I was interested in your episode on Demmin; however, your incredible laziness, made evident by the total lack of interest in pronouncing Wehrmacht correctly right from the start when you could learn the correct pronunciation in ten seconds by listening to a YouTube video, was so frustrating. Also, please credit sources properly — you can’t just read whole sections of a scholar’s book without indicating exactly what you are quoting (it’s not enough to just mention a title — just reading whole sections without appropriate attribution is plagiarism).

Criket54 ,

Georgia Tann episode

I feel that the F$*# was used far too much in this episode. I can’t recommend this to anyone to listen to because the word is used so much it was more offensive than the story they told. Maybe use a thesaurus to learn some alternative words to express your horror towards the atrocities that she performed and allowed.

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