The Weird History Podcast

The Weird History Podcast


Latest Episodes

232 Navigating the Asian Maritime World with Eric Tagliacozzo
July 11, 2022

Eric Tagliacozzo is a professor of history at Cornell University, and his new book In Asian Waters: Oceanic Worlds From Yemen to Yokohama outlines five centuries of maritime history in the Asian world

231 The History of Archaeology with Ann R. Williams
January 23, 2022

Archaeology has changed considerably over the past century. In this episode, we spoke with Ann R. Williams of National Geographic about the new book Lost Cities Ancient Tombs, significant discoveries

230 The Adventures of Mussolini’s Corpse
November 08, 2021

After his death in 1945, Mussolini’s corpse was autopsied and thrown into a pauper’s grave. But, that was just the beginning of the cadaver’s posthumous career. Eventually the body was stolen by neofa

229 Douglas Wolk on All of the Marvels
October 12, 2021

The Marvel Universe is massive. Marvel comics go back well over half a century, and span thousands upon thousands of pages. Reading all of them would be a Herculean undertaking. And one man, Douglas W

228 The Mustache Strike
September 05, 2021

In 1907 French waiters went on strike, and won the right to wear facial hair.

227 The Rasputin Disclaimer
August 11, 2021

Nearly every English-language movie has a disclaimer in the credits that says something like “This is a work of fiction. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events, is purely c

August 2021 Announcement
August 02, 2021

226 Sara and Jack Gorman on Denying to the Grave
July 15, 2021

Covid-19 has killed and sickened hundreds of thousands of people, and transformed our economy, how we work, and how we relate to each other. Even in the midst of this world-historic crisis, though, pe

225 Los San Patricios
March 16, 2021

The Mexican-American War was not fought for good reasons. The war was one of imperial and expansionist ambition and territorial expansion, and even in the 1840s many Americans at the time knew they were on the wrong side of history. […]

224 Carlton F.W. Larson on Treason in the U.S.
January 24, 2021

Treason is the only crime specifically defined in the U.S. Constitution, and talk of treason has been in the air for the last four years. Carlton F.W. Larson is a professor of constitutional law at University of California at Davis, […]