This article is a transcript of Campfire Stories: Astonishing History podcast Episode 11. You can listen to it on Buzzsprout, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Introduction

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Welcome. Come gather around the campfire and let me tell you a story. Today we’re going to be talking about the Perilous Fate of the American Space Pioneers. Last episode covered the accidents and tragedies of the early Soviet space program, our rivals in the space race and partners in space exploration today. This episode is going to cover…


This article is a transcript of Campfire Stories: Astonishing History podcast Episode 10. You can listen to it on Buzzsprout, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Soviet space propaganda poster that reads: “From student models- to space ships!”

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Introduction

Welcome! Come gather around the campfire and let me tell you a story. Today we’re going to be talking about Vladimir Komarov and the lost cosmonauts.

Human beings have always had an unbreakable desire to explore. We’ve traveled to the far corners of the map, dived deep below the waves, and figured out…


This article is a transcript of Campfire Stories: Astonishing History podcast Episode 9. You can listen to it on Buzzsprout, or wherever you get your podcasts.

A newspaper clipping with a photo of Dorothy Arnold and a description that she was prominent in New York society, met disappointment as an authoress, and was last seen shopping on fifth avenue.
A newspaper clipping with a photo of Dorothy Arnold and a description that she was prominent in New York society, met disappointment as an authoress, and was last seen shopping on fifth avenue.

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Introduction

It seemed to be a regular winter day when heiress Dorothy Arnold left home for a shopping trip. She was just going to buy a new dress. She was well-known, walking on packed New York City streets, wearing especially eye-catching clothing. Nothing seemed to be dangerous about it, and she assured her family she would be back in time…


This article is a transcript of Campfire Stories: Astonishing History podcast Episode 8 (Part 2). You can listen to it on Buzzsprout, or wherever you get your podcasts.

A woman adjusting a large machine
A woman adjusting a large machine
Woman working on a code-breaking machine

Come gather around the campfire and let me tell you a story! Today we’re going to be talking about the code-breakers and code-talkers of World War II. This episode actually turned out longer than I thought, so I’m going to be splitting it into two parts. Part 1 discussed Native American code-talkers, including the Navajo and Comanche, and a special side story about the last Crow war chief Joe Medicine Crow. …


This article is a transcript of Campfire Stories: Astonishing History podcast Episode 8 (Part 1). You can listen to it on Buzzsprout, or wherever you get your podcasts.

A group of Comanche soldiers in uniform sitting for a photo
A group of Comanche soldiers in uniform sitting for a photo
Comanche code-talkers

Background

Come gather around the campfire and let me tell you a story! Today we’re going to be talking about the code-breakers and code-talkers of World War II. This episode actually turned out longer than I thought, so I’m going to be splitting it into two parts. Part 1 will discuss Native American code-talkers, including the Navajo and Comanche, and a special side story about the last Crow war chief Joe Medicine Crow…


This article is a transcript of Campfire Stories: Astonishing History podcast Episode 7. You can listen to it on YouTube, Buzzsprout, or wherever you get your podcasts.

A painting of the Flying Dutchman

Nautical Lore Background

There is something about life at sea that makes folks a little superstitious. Maybe it’s the precarity of being at mercy of the wind and the waves and the storms and the currents. Maybe it’s just the type of person that an ocean life attracts. Maybe it’s the fact that sailing is one of the world’s oldest professions. Whatever the reason, sailors are known to have a certain fondness for myth and legend.


This article is a transcript of Campfire Stories: Astonishing History podcast Episode 6. You can listen to it on YouTube, Buzzsprout, or wherever you get your podcasts.

A drawing of a skeleton stirring a pot with candy on the counter behind him
A drawing of a skeleton stirring a pot with candy on the counter behind him
A newspaper cartoon of the Bradford Sweets Poisonings

Background

Welcome. Come gather around the campfire and let me tell you a story. Today we’ve going to be talking about the urban legend of poisoned Halloween candy. Should you be dumping your kids’ Snickers and Smarties when they come home? Was your parents taking your pillowcases to be sifted through by police or x-rayed by a hospital really necessary? How did Americans become convinced that there might be razor blades or arsenic in…


This article is a transcript of Campfire Stories: Astonishing History podcast Episode 5. You can listen to it on YouTube, Buzzsprout, or wherever you get your podcasts

Introduction

On the surface, the stories of Juliane Koepcke and Ada Blackjack are very different. One survived the brutal cold and barren tundra of Siberian island. One found her way through the sopping heat and hidden dangers of the Amazon. One was desperate to reunite with her heartbroken father, and the other with her sick son. 50 years apart and over 7,000 miles away from each other, these two women both were the sole…


This article is a transcript of Campfire Stories: Astonishing History podcast Episode 4. You can listen to it on YouTube, Buzzsprout, or wherever you get your podcasts.

A man, Nikolai Vavilov, stands over a desk in a suit, holding up a scientific print. His desk is covered in plant samples
A man, Nikolai Vavilov, stands over a desk in a suit, holding up a scientific print. His desk is covered in plant samples
Dr. Nikolai Vavilov

Near what is now St. Petersburg, Russia, Pavlovsk Experimental Station still stands today. The treasures that it guards are invaluable, but if any common thieves managed to break through its iron gates, they would likely be disappointed at their haul. Pavlovsk Station is part of the Institute of Plant Industry and it’s the world’s oldest seed bank.

It’s cousins include the Svalbard Doomsday Vault in Sweden, the Millennium Seed Bank Project in the…


This article is a transcript of Campfire Stories: Astonishing History podcast Episode 3. You can listen to it on YouTube, Buzzsprout, or wherever you get your podcasts.

A group of men pose for a portrait on the deck of a ship
A group of men pose for a portrait on the deck of a ship
The Crew of the Terra Nova

It was the middle of the Heroic Age of Arctic Exploration. Explorer Robert Scott stumbled through the endless landscape of ice and snow. He had walked twenty miles with frost-bitten toes. The temperature had now reached -40 degrees. His supplies had run out. His companion, Oates, told him “I am just going outside and may be some time” and stepped out into the blizzard.

Robert Falcon Scott

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