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The Weird History Podcast

History • Society-and-culture

The Weird History Podcast explores the out-of-the-way, obscure, weird, and overlooked corners of history. New episodes appear every Thursday.

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230 The Adventures of Mussolini’s Corpse

Nov 8 • 11:47

229 Douglas Wolk on All the Marvels

Oct 12 • 59:03

The Marvel Universe is massive. Marvel comics go back well over half a century, and span thousands upon thousands of pages. Reading all of them would be a Herculean undertaking. And one man, Douglas Wolk, did exactly that. We talked about how one of the most well-known fictional universes in the world has dealt with real-world history, like war, civil rights, crime, AIDS, ...

228 The Mustache Strike

Sep 6 • 17:31

227 The Rasputin Disclaimer

Aug 11 • 22:29

Nearly every English-language movie has a disclaimer in the credits that says something like “This is a work of fiction. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events, is purely coincidental.” Obviously this isn’t true. Historical epics, biopics, and other movies are clearly based on real people. Why does this disclaimer pretend otherwise?...

August 2021 Announcement

Aug 2 • 02:38

226 Sara and Jack Gorman on Denying to the Grave

Jul 15 • 32:02

Covid-19 has killed and sickened hundreds of thousands of people, and transformed our economy, how we work, and how we relate to each other. Even in the midst of this world-historic crisis, though, people deny it. Conspiracy theorists and naysayers claim covid is a hoax, and others refuse to get vaccinated for a variety of pseudoscientific reasons. This denialism isn’t new...

225 Los San Patricios

Mar 17 • 19:57

The Mexican-American War was not fought for good reasons. The war was one of imperial and expansionist ambition and territorial expansion, and even in the 1840s many Americans at the time knew they were on the wrong side of history. Among the Americans who knew that the U.S. probably shouldn’t wage a war of aggression on its neighbor were a battalion of mostly Irish immigr...

224 Carlton F.W. Larson on Treason in the U.S.

Jan 24 • 39:28

Treason is the only crime specifically defined in the U.S. Constitution, and talk of treason has been in the air for the last four years. Carlton F.W. Larson is a professor of constitutional law at University of California at Davis, and the author of On Treason: A Citizen’s Guide to the Law. He joined us to discuss how treason is defined in the U.S., why it’s defined in th...

223 Grand Guignol Part Two: Tales of Terror!

Oct 31 • 21:08

222 Grand Guignol Part One: Theater of Horror!

Oct 25 • 29:37

The Grand Guignol was a small Parisian theater which regularly produced original works of horror. The theater, which operated from 1897 until 1962, showcased short plays about murder, insanity, dismemberment, disease, and other horrors, much to the delight of regulars and tourists alike. The theater produced over 1,200 original plays during it’s six decades of work, and to...

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