The Weird History Podcast

The Weird History Podcast


Latest Episodes

221 Sasha Abramsky on Lottie Dod
September 18, 2020

Sasha Abramsky is a journalist and author whose new book Little Wonder tells the story of Lottie Dod, the modern world’s first female sporting celebrity. Dod came to prominence as a tennis prodigy and later excelled in other sports like […]

220 Michel Paradis on Last Mission to Tokyo
August 07, 2020

Today’s show is a conversation with Michel Paradis, attorney and author of Last Mission to Tokyo. Early in WWII the U.S. launched the Doolittle Raids against Japan, attacking the Japanese mainland for the first time. Most of the raiders were […]

219 Patient Zero
July 11, 2020

In 1987 journalist Randy Shilts chronicled the early years of AIDS in North America in his book And the Band Played On. Shilts’ reporting was mostly concerned with the failures of the U.S. government and healthcare infrastructure to respond to […]

218 Juneteenth
June 19, 2020

Slavery in the United States did not end all at once. Even though the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect in 1863, the last enslaved persons in the United States didn’t know they were legally free until June 19th, 1865 when […]

An Update From Joe
April 26, 2020

Hello everyone. We’re all dealing with a lot right now. This is an update on how I’ve been doing, and the state of the show.

217 The War of 1812 Part Two: Other Causes
March 22, 2020

British impressment of American sailors and restrictions on maritime trade are only part of the story in the run-up to the War of 1812. Another major factor was American expansionism. The British, at the time, were supplying munitions to Native […]

216 The War of 1812, Part One: Surface Causes
March 01, 2020

America doesn’t talk much about the War of 1812. In the historical narrative that the U.S. likes to construct for itself, its first official, declared war might as well not exist. The war’s been ignored for a variety of reasons […]

215 Vortex One: An Excerpt From Storied and Scandalous Portland, Oregon
February 16, 2020

In 1970 Oregon governor Tom McCall had a problem: An American Legion convention was descending on Portland in August of that year, with a potential visit by then-president Richard Nixon. A group called the People’s Army Jamboree promised to protest […]

214 In Which Loki Ruins a Dinner Party
January 26, 2020

The Poetic Edda is one of our main sources for Norse mythology, and the poems in it feature tales of gods, heroes, giants, and (of course) Ragnarok. However, not everything in the Poetic Edda focuses on quests, battles, heroes, or […]