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Happy History

Jul 8, 2020

Not-so-secretly a little old lady at heart, Hadley Meares loves herself a rocking chair. But when exactly did this uniquely American invention become a feature of front porches coast to coast? Well, perhaps seat yourself in a rocking chair for this episode.

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Jul 6, 2020

Please enjoy the story of Faith, a British cat who was awarded a medal for courage during World War II.

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Jul 1, 2020

Basically anyone alive today knows about sparklers, the gentler firework that is the only one safe to hold in your hand for long period of time. But where did this glorified birthday candle come from? Hadley, as always, has the history.

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Jun 29, 2020

Humans have not, actually, been forever blowing bubbles, but the history of mankind putting a little soapy wonder into the air goes back further than you might guess.

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Jun 24, 2020

Hey, remember parties? It might seem like ancient history when we could have carefree gatherings, but in this episode, we’re looking specifically at the parties held during a period of ancient history. Antony and Cleopatra might be famous for being lovers and political figures, but in their day they were also famous...