Random Research: Stuff You Missed in History Class (Part 2)

Here are some other podcasts I’ve been listening to lately:

1.Queen Victoria and Abdul Karim – Queen Victoria loved two men: Prince Albert, and after his death, her servant, John Brown. Late in life, the Queen had a third partner, a Muslim man named Abdul Karim. So why did Victoria’s children want the records of this relationship destroyed?

2. Don’t Cross the Dragon Lady – When people think of pirates, they usually picture male, western scoundrels flouting the law throughout the Caribbean. However, piracy is not a solely western pursuit. Listen in as Deblina and Sarah recount the exploits of pirates in the South China Sea.

3. The Last Emperor of Ethiopia – Haile Selassie wasn’t just the last emperor of Ethiopia — he is also hailed as a messiah. In this episode, Deblina and Sarah explore the astonishing life of Haile Selassie.

4. The Affair of Poisons – From hemlock to cyanide, poison has unfortunately played an integral part in many of history’s great sagas, But in 17th-century France, the scandal over poisoning reached an unprecedented level. Tune in and learn more.

5. Hone Heke’s Rebellion – Also known as the Northern War, Hone Heke’s Rebellion took place between in New Zealand over the course of 1845 and 1846. In this podcast, Sarah and Deblina recount the events leading up to the war — as well as the consequences of Heke’s actions.

6. Tycho Brahe: An Astronomer’s Untimely Demise – Tycho Brahe is hailed as an influential astronomer, but why? Tune in and learn how this groundbreaking astronomer lost his nose, built the world’s first observatory and met with an untimely demise in this podcast.

7. Who Was the Real Sherlock Holmes? – Arthur Conan Doyle wasn’t the first person to write a mystery novel, but his focus on scientific methods and brilliant protagonist made the stories of Sherlock Holmes world-famous. Yet is Sherlock Holmes based on a real person?

8. The Cinderella of the Harem – Roxelana has one of the strangest rags-to-riches stories in history. As a slave who entered Suleyman’s harem and rose through the ranks to become the wife of the Sultan, Roxelana became a symbol of the Ottoman empire.

9. He was Killed by Mesmerism – Today, Franz Mesmer is hailed as the father of hypnosis. His original pursuit was called mesmerism, but what exactly was it? How did it (supposedly) work?

10. Spring-Heeled Jack, Mystery Assailant! – Most people are familiar with Jack the Ripper, but Victorian England was also plagued by an odd character named Spring-Heeled Jack. Were reports of this bounding scoundrel a symptom of mass hysteria, or something factual?

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