Stuff You Missed in History Class: Henry Howard Holmes and the Mysteries of Murder Castle, Part 1

Herman K. Mudgett used corpses to commit insurance fraud. In 1886, he moved to Chicago under the alias Henry Howard Holmes. In 1888, Holmes started constructing a building with secret passageways and an airtight vault. What was it all about?  Careful containers spoilers!

Read More…

Stuff You Missed in History Class – Public Enemies: 5 Gangsters to Know

How many gangsters can you name?  We’ll start you off, John Dillinger, the Krays, John Gotti, Al Capone are the obvious choices but what about the lesser-known figures? In this podcast, the team explore the lives of  ”Machine Gun” Jack McGurn and Roger “The Terrible” Touhy – dangerous, but didn’t perhaps get tagged with the same fame.

Read More…

The National Archives: New Files from 1981

An overview of newly-released government files from 1981 including discussion of the major stories of the year. From urban riots and IRA hunger strikes to splits in Cabinet over economic policy, 1981 was an extremely challenging year for Mrs Thatcher’s Conservative government. Contemporary records specialists Mark Dunton and Simon Demissie delve into the files for new revelations. Introduced by Tommy Norton.

Read More…

The National Gallery Podcast: December 2011 – Leonardo Di Vinci

Unprecedented: Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan – take a glimpse at the exhibition of a lifetime from The National Gallery.

Read More…

This American Life – Podcast 453: Nemeses

Most weeks This American Life is the most popular podcast in the US, with more than a half million people downloading each episode.  This week, stories where a longtime standoff keeps both sides coming back for more. Including a story about the time in Poland’s recent history where the country’s two political blocks came together and believed, however briefly, they’d be able to set aside their differences. And another story about a college rivalry gone viral, and personal.

Read More…