The Weird History Podcast focuses on obscure, horrible, and strange corners of history. New episodes appear roughly weekly.
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188 Swingin’ on the Flippity-Flop
Find out what a badly-sourced article in the Toronto Sun, a fake list of grunge slang in the New York Times, and an oft-repeated anecdote about a floating bordello can tell us about better evaluating sources and looking at how […]
187 Presidential Pets
This week we look at the animal companions of America’s chief executives, including opossums, eagles, and very good dogs.
186 Crystal King on The Chef’s Secret
Crystal King is the author of two novels about Italian food history. Her first book Feast of Sorrow delved into the world of food in ancient Rome, and her follow up moves forward over a thousand year to explore food […]
185 The Georgia Guidestones
In 1980 a mysterious benefactor who only identified himself as “R.C. Christian” commissioned a granite monument in rural Georgia bearing advice on how to reconstruct civilization after the apocalypse. Unfortunately, it’s not very good advice.
184 Is Taiwan a Country?
Taiwan’s status is a matter of debate. In this episode we get into its history and try to suss out whether it’s part of China or an independent country.
183 Krampus and Friends
Over the past decade or so the Krampus, a demonic figure from German folklore, has become something of a Christmas staple in the United States. However, the Krampus is by no means the only German Christmas monster. Frau Berchta, Knecht […]