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Selena Quintanilla-Pérez has gone by many titles: the Queen of Tejano music, the Queen of Latin Music, the Queen of Tex-Mex, the Mexican Madonna…


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.

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Welcome. Come gather around the campfire and let me…


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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Welcome! Come gather…


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.

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It seemed to be a regular winter day when…


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.

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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…


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.

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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…


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.

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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…


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.

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A newspaper cartoon of the Bradford Sweets Poisonings

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Welcome. Come gather around the campfire and let me tell you a story. Today we’ve going to be talking about the urban legend…


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…


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
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…

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