HowStuffWorks.com puts out some of the best podcasts, hands down. Last month I turned readers on to Stuff Mom Never Told You, which is rated as the second most popular podcast on the website. The number one spot belongs to “Stuff You Missed in History Class.”
If you haven’t figured it out already this podcast is about history, and while it is not exclusively American history, many of the episodes discuss American and/or European history topics. It is appropriately named Stuff You Missed in History Class, because the show’s topics tend to have an air of obscurity like “The Princess who Swallowed a Glass Piano” or “The Story of ‘Happy Birthday to You’” aka stuff you never learned about in history class. Typically the podcast focuses on anomalous topics like the ones mentioned above, but they also deliver an unbiased whole truth on more familiar topics. Notable historical figures Catherine the Great, Jim Bowie and Mozart have all earned their own reputable titles: “Lovers of Catherine the Great,” “Jim Bowie: Blades, Battles, and the Alamo,” and “The Death of Mozart.”
Stuff You Missed in History Class, specializes in delivering history without overloading the audience or burdening the listeners with the audacious task of deciphering the vocabulary and analysis used by history snobs. History tends to be gruesomely boring (for most people). Add to that the mountain of tiresome facts and many people inevitably make a conscience effort to avoid history. This podcast does not partake in any of these aversions. Short, sweet, and to the point, it delivers the facts, fun tidbits, and the big picture of history.
– Genevieve Ackley