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Historium Unearthia: Unearthing History's Lost and Untold Stories

Crystal Ponti

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Historium Unearthia: Unearthing History's Lost and Untold Stories

Historium Unearthia: Unearthing History's Lost and Untold Stories

Crystal Ponti

72
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185
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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.”

Latest Episodes

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?

29 MIN2019 SEP 18
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Episode 34: The Government Program that Imprisoned "Promiscuous" Women

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 Walkerhelped revive interest in this pioneer’s writings, bringing them back to public attention. Have you ever heard of Zora Neale Hurston?

40 MIN2019 APR 4
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Episode 33: This Influential Female Author and Anthropologist Blazed a Trail for Women

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?

42 MIN2019 MAR 14
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Episode 32: This Strange Civil Disturbance Changed How Americans Study Medicine

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. Theypassed down the gifts of folk healing and soul healing through the generations. Have you ever heard of the Ozarks' Granny Women?

33 MIN2019 FEB 19
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Episode 31: Before Modern Medicine, These Female Healers Cured What Ailed

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?

47 MIN2019 JAN 31
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Episode 30: The Mysterious Life and Supposed Murder of 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?

23 MIN2019 JAN 9
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Episode 29: All You've Needed to Know and Then Some Since 1818

Episode 28: A Doctor Claimed the Springs Could Cure in This Lost Missouri City

Greene County, Missouri was once home to many bustling communities that slowly withered away. One town had quite an intriguing story. There it was said the springs could cure; that a bit of heaven had fallen to earth. A respected doctor even banked his future on the town’s healing waters. Have you ever heard of the lost town of Bethesda?

26 MIN2018 DEC 21
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Episode 28: A Doctor Claimed the Springs Could Cure in This Lost Missouri City

Episode 27: The Flying Santas Who Airdrop Christmas Cheer to America’s Lighthouse Keepers

In the 1920s, one aviation pioneer launched a thank-you project for the families that keep coastal ships safe. He propelled a goodwill tradition that’s lasted longer than he ever imagined. One that has lasted to this day… Have you ever heard of the Flying Santas? DOWNLOAD NOW Credit: I’d like to give a huge thanks to the Friends of Flying Santa for their dedication and generosity in keeping this good-will tradition alive. If you’d like to donate to this wonderful cause, please visit their website at https://www.flyingsanta.com/Donations.html. This story first appeared on Narratively. Sources: The Origins and History of the Flying Santa; Tague, Brian, Friends of Flying Santa; Retrieved November 2018. No Reindeer Necessary; DownEast Magazine; December 2015. The Flying Santa of Coastal New England; New England Historical Society; Retrieved November 2018. History of Owls Head Light, Maine; D'Entremont, Jeremy; New England Lighthouses: A Virtual Guide; Retrieved November 2018.

18 MIN2018 DEC 9
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Episode 27: The Flying Santas Who Airdrop Christmas Cheer to America’s Lighthouse Keepers

Episode 26: This Double-Crossing General Deceived America and Walked Away

After the Revolutionary War, at a pivotal moment when Washington and Spain were fighting for control of North America, one American war hero deflected from honor and signed a secret allegiance with Spain. PresidentTheodore Roosevelt even said, "In all our history, there is no more despicable character.” Have you ever heard of James Wilkinson?

37 MIN2018 NOV 29
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Episode 26: This Double-Crossing General Deceived America and Walked Away

Bonus Episode: A Thanksgiving Ghost Story

For years, on Thanksgiving, one former railroad worker from Pennsylvania told his family a chilling tale. Well, they thought it was a tale—a grandiose and macabre account almost certainly rooted in fiction. Yet, as the story traveled through generations, the family would discover that some ghosts lead to the truth.This is a Thanksgiving ghost story…

15 MIN2018 NOV 17
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Bonus Episode: A Thanksgiving Ghost Story

Latest Episodes

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?

29 MIN2019 SEP 18
Comments
Episode 34: The Government Program that Imprisoned "Promiscuous" Women

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 Walkerhelped revive interest in this pioneer’s writings, bringing them back to public attention. Have you ever heard of Zora Neale Hurston?

40 MIN2019 APR 4
Comments
Episode 33: This Influential Female Author and Anthropologist Blazed a Trail for Women

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?

42 MIN2019 MAR 14
Comments
Episode 32: This Strange Civil Disturbance Changed How Americans Study Medicine

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. Theypassed down the gifts of folk healing and soul healing through the generations. Have you ever heard of the Ozarks' Granny Women?

33 MIN2019 FEB 19
Comments
Episode 31: Before Modern Medicine, These Female Healers Cured What Ailed

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?

47 MIN2019 JAN 31
Comments
Episode 30: The Mysterious Life and Supposed Murder of 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?

23 MIN2019 JAN 9
Comments
Episode 29: All You've Needed to Know and Then Some Since 1818

Episode 28: A Doctor Claimed the Springs Could Cure in This Lost Missouri City

Greene County, Missouri was once home to many bustling communities that slowly withered away. One town had quite an intriguing story. There it was said the springs could cure; that a bit of heaven had fallen to earth. A respected doctor even banked his future on the town’s healing waters. Have you ever heard of the lost town of Bethesda?

26 MIN2018 DEC 21
Comments
Episode 28: A Doctor Claimed the Springs Could Cure in This Lost Missouri City

Episode 27: The Flying Santas Who Airdrop Christmas Cheer to America’s Lighthouse Keepers

In the 1920s, one aviation pioneer launched a thank-you project for the families that keep coastal ships safe. He propelled a goodwill tradition that’s lasted longer than he ever imagined. One that has lasted to this day… Have you ever heard of the Flying Santas? DOWNLOAD NOW Credit: I’d like to give a huge thanks to the Friends of Flying Santa for their dedication and generosity in keeping this good-will tradition alive. If you’d like to donate to this wonderful cause, please visit their website at https://www.flyingsanta.com/Donations.html. This story first appeared on Narratively. Sources: The Origins and History of the Flying Santa; Tague, Brian, Friends of Flying Santa; Retrieved November 2018. No Reindeer Necessary; DownEast Magazine; December 2015. The Flying Santa of Coastal New England; New England Historical Society; Retrieved November 2018. History of Owls Head Light, Maine; D'Entremont, Jeremy; New England Lighthouses: A Virtual Guide; Retrieved November 2018.

18 MIN2018 DEC 9
Comments
Episode 27: The Flying Santas Who Airdrop Christmas Cheer to America’s Lighthouse Keepers

Episode 26: This Double-Crossing General Deceived America and Walked Away

After the Revolutionary War, at a pivotal moment when Washington and Spain were fighting for control of North America, one American war hero deflected from honor and signed a secret allegiance with Spain. PresidentTheodore Roosevelt even said, "In all our history, there is no more despicable character.” Have you ever heard of James Wilkinson?

37 MIN2018 NOV 29
Comments
Episode 26: This Double-Crossing General Deceived America and Walked Away

Bonus Episode: A Thanksgiving Ghost Story

For years, on Thanksgiving, one former railroad worker from Pennsylvania told his family a chilling tale. Well, they thought it was a tale—a grandiose and macabre account almost certainly rooted in fiction. Yet, as the story traveled through generations, the family would discover that some ghosts lead to the truth.This is a Thanksgiving ghost story…

15 MIN2018 NOV 17
Comments
Bonus Episode: A Thanksgiving Ghost Story
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