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48 minutes | a month ago
A Blight On Soviet Science
Nikolai Vavilov dedicated his life to improving Soviet agriculture and eradicating famine, but his allegiance to science would ultimately lead to his downfall.
27 minutes | 3 months ago
Pugilism On The Plains
How a booming oil town aimed to become a western metropolis through one of the most ill-conceived boxing matches of all time.
25 minutes | 6 months ago
-055- How Miss Shilling's Orifice Helped Win The War
How a female engineer defied all norms to save England in the Second World War.
66 minutes | 7 months ago
-054- Dupes And Duplicity
The true story of the 18th century's greatest femme fatale, and the most unfortunate of her victims.
34 minutes | 9 months ago
-053- Chronicles Of Charnia
When an ancient, unexpected imprint is discovered in a stone quarry, scientists endeavor to explain its mysterious origin.
30 minutes | a year ago
-052- The Spy Of Night And Fog
-052- The Spy Of Night And Fog by Damn Interesting
63 minutes | a year ago
-051- Radical Solutions
French mathematician Évariste Galois lived a full life. When he wasn't trying to overthrow the government, he was reinventing algebra.
16 minutes | a year ago
-050- Private Wojteks Right To Bear Arms
One of Poland’s most beloved and honored World War II veterans was not Polish at all: he was a 500-pound brown bear named Wojtek.
73 minutes | 2 years ago
-049- Dead Reckoning
The 18th century misadventures of HMS Wager and her reluctant crew
42 minutes | 2 years ago
-048- The Eponymous Mr. Ponzi
The little known story of an age-old scam
35 minutes | 2 years ago
-047- The Most Modern Of Modern Sports
The secret runaway success of Kenneth Gandar-Dower’s racing cheetahs.
30 minutes | 2 years ago
-046- A Debaculous Fiasco
The most expensive, bizarre, and obscure work ever created by Dr. Seuss.
40 minutes | 3 years ago
-045- Drawing The Shorter Straw
Working almost single-handedly, visionary Argentine filmmaker Quirino Cristiani created full-length animated films between 1917 and 1931. He has since been all but forgotten.
25 minutes | 3 years ago
-044- The Curse Of Konzo
In 1981, an international group of doctors identified the devastating disease behind a perplexing outbreak of paralysis in northern Mozambique.
14 minutes | 3 years ago
-043- A Jarring Revelation
Amanda Theodosia Jones was a 19th-century poet, entrepreneur, and inventor who found inspiration in some unlikely places.
15 minutes | 3 years ago
-042- Death By Derivatives
The opening of a canal in 1848 led to the birth of modern financial derivatives, and the early demise of some of the men who traded them
54 minutes | 4 years ago
-041- Ghoulish Acts & Dastardly Deeds
In the 1950s, an anonymous terrorist planted a pipe bomb in a New York City public space. Then another. And another.
13 minutes | 4 years ago
-040- No Country For Ye Olde Men
Britain’s practice of transporting convicts to American colonies was a fearsome punishment, but not for the chronic criminal James Dalton.
23 minutes | 4 years ago
-039- Fire And Dice
The story of a tragic hotel fire of Rube Goldberg proportions.
25 minutes | 4 years ago
-038- The Reconstruction of Ulysses S. Grant
As a civilian, the beloved American Civil War general and two-term president failed at every attempt to make money. Except for one.
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