Stuff You Missed in History Class
Stuff You Missed in History Class
Join Holly and Tracy as they bring you the greatest and strangest Stuff You Missed In History Class in this podcast by iHeartRadio.
SYMHC Classics: Mary Ann Shadd Cary
Revisiting our 2016 episode on black Canadian-American Mary Ann Shadd Cary, who became the first woman in North America to publish and edit a newspaper. She advocated against slavery, for better lives for free black people, and for women's rights. Learn more about your ad-choices at
May 15
41 min
Behind the Scenes Minis: Ralph McQuarrie
Holly and Tracy talk about how they decided to cover the life of Ralph McQuarrie, and discuss the breadth of his awe-inspiring work. Learn more about your ad-choices at
May 14
13 min
Ralph McQuarrie, Part 2
In our second part of McQuarrie's life story, we cover how Star Wars became Ralph’s most well-known area of work, but also how it led to a lot of iconic visual moments in other films.  Learn more about your ad-choices at
May 12
36 min
Ralph McQuarrie, Part 1
McQuarrie is responsible for some of the most recognizable imagery in cinema and culture. In part one, we’ll talk about his early life, his work before Star Wars, and how he started collaborating with George Lucas.  Learn more about your ad-choices at
May 10
34 min
SYMHC Classics: The Jacobite Rising of 1745
This 2016 episode covers a piece of Scottish and English history that's often simultaneously romanticized and oversimplified. It's a great deal more complicated than any one event, and is instead the result of many contributing factors. Learn more about your ad-choices at
May 8
37 min
Behind the Scenes Minis: Poetry and Birth Control
Tracy and Holly discuss their memories of nursery rhymes, and their experiences with women's health care. Learn more about your ad-choices at
May 7
18 min
The Nelson Pill Hearings
In the U.S., the idea that people should know about the risks involved with the drugs that they are taking is tied directly to the complicated and often troubling history of oral contraceptives.  Tracy's Research: Gutierrez, Kirsten. “Health experts: Blood clots from J&J vaccine and birth control are very different.” WRAL. 4/13/2021. American Experience. “Senate Hearings on the Pill.” Thomas, Robert Mcg. Jr. “Hugh J. Davis, 69, Gynecologist Who Invented Dalkon Shield.” New York Times. 10/26/1996. Time. “Medicine: The Pill on Trial.” 1/26/1970.,33009,878746-1,00.html Gura, Trisha. “Opening Eyes.” Oberlin Alumni Magazine. Spring 2004. Jewish Women's Archive. "Barbara Seaman." (Viewed on April 14, 2021) . Knowles, Jon. “The Birth Control Pill – A History.” Planned Parenthood. 2013. Watkins, Elizabeth Siegel. “On the Pill: A Social History of Oral Contraceptives, 1950-1970.” Johns Hopkins University Press. 1998. Fitzpatrick, Jane Brodsky. "Seaman, Barbara." The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives, edited by Arnold Markoe, et al., vol. 8: 2006-2008, Charles Scribner's Sons, 2010, pp. 440-441. Gale In Context: Biography, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021. Watkins, Elizabeth Siegel. “Expanding Consumer Information: The Origin of the Patient Package Insert.” Advancing the Consumer Interest Volume 10 Number 1 / Spring 1998. Via JSTOR. Junod, Suzanne White and Lara Marks. “Women’s Trials: The Approval of the First Oral Contraceptive Pill n the United States and Great Britain.” Journal of the History of Medicine. Vol. 57, April 2002. Oxford University Press. O’Donnell, Kelly. “Our Doctors, Ourselves: Barbara Seaman and Popular Health.” Bulletin of the History of Medicine. Vol. 93, No. 4, Winter 2019. Sigal, Regina. “politics of the pill.” Off Our Backs. 2/27/1970. Blair, Sandra. “Liability of Birth Control Pill Manufacturers.” Hastings Law Journal. Vol. 23, Issue 5. 1/1972.  Learn more about your ad-choices at
May 5
45 min
Six Impossible Episodes: Mother Goose
A number of English-language poems are generally lumped together as “Mother Goose" poems. But was there an actual Mother Goose? And do any of these poems have historical references in them?   Learn more about your ad-choices at
May 3
46 min
SYMHC Classics: The London Match Girls Strike of 1888
This 2016 episode covers the London Match Girls Strike of 1888. This was an important labor rights event, when factory workers protested hazardous and unfair working conditions. Learn more about your ad-choices at
May 1
33 min
Behind the Scenes Minis: Spring 2021 Unearthed!
Tracy and Holly speculate about the kitsch of historical cultures, and how we interpret historical objects. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Apr 30
11 min
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