Outlawing Volunteers: Congress vs. the President
In 1807, Congressman Randolph was enraged by it. In the 1830s, Congressman John Calhoun labeled it an abuse of power. Raymond Natter explores the history behind the prohibition of volunteers in the federal workforce and the impact this has on government shutdowns.
The Scholar, the Prince, and the Priest
One brother lay dead on the floor of the cathedral. The other was hiding in the sacristy. Discover the brutal inter-family warfare of Italy with Laura Morreale.
The Roosevelts Disagree
Not all men opposed women's suffrage and not all women supported it. Join Sharon Hazard as she explains the role reversals within the Roosevelt clan.
Winning Hearts and Minds
"With the aggressiveness of a traveling salesman getting that foot in the door, Communist China is mounting fresh efforts to win friends and influence in Zambia." Why did everyone woo Zambia during the Cold War?
The St. Louis and the Refugee Crisis
in the Late 1930s
Join Diane Afoumado as she explains the difficulties faced by the passengers of one luxury ship in 1939.
"We were to be Nothing!"
Why is this woman weeping? Could it be over politics? Join us as we look at one of the hot button political issues of mid- and late nineteenth-century America (we aren't talking about slavery).
Historian Stephanie McKinney travels to Rwanda to discover how tour operators there are coming to terms with the nation's difficult and troubled past.
The King Behind the Legend
Discover what this king did---and did not do---during World War II and before.
The Back of Beyond
In August of 1930, the residents of this small island archipelago packed up their belongings, shut the doors of their homes and left their homes for forever. Find out why.
Black and White
A political landscape is so polarized that the choice of one candidate over another can lead to drastic consequences. Laura Morreale explores the explosive politics of medieval Italy (Part I).
The Guelfs and Ghibellines
Rape, murder, and arson. Laura Morreale continues her look at the explosive politics of Renaissance Florence (Part II).
A Federally Created Town
Take a walk through this ground-breaking town just outside of Washington DC.
One Town, Two Empires
From the Byzantine to the Ottoman Empire, this small town has changed hands many times as its unique architecture attests.
Revenge, Passion, and Murder
Laura Morreale takes a look at a queen with a very bad reputation. But was as evil as her detractors claimed?
Mandela's South Africa
More so than any other South African, Nelson Mandela represents the face of the apartheid struggle. Jessica Achberger takes us through the history of Mandela's struggle.
The Boy is Back in Town: De Valera and Fianna Fáil’s Electoral Victory in 1932
Why did a Jesuit priest travel back to Ireland just to spit on his grave? Discover why the Irish have such strong opinions about the political legacy of Eamon de Valera with historian Jason Myers.
Taxation Without Representation
If "all politics is local," what does it mean when a municipality is tied to the federal government? Explore the odd history of Washington DC.
The Dower Behind the Throne
When Greece was in turmoil in the early 20th century, an American dollar princess stepped in. Discover how she used her substantial fortune to manipulate and fund the monarchists all in the hopes that she would become Queen of Greece.
Usurpers and Tyrants
Archaeologist Deborah J. Shepherd digs up the truth behind the legends associated with fourth- and fifth-century Britain.
No Faint Hearts in Fort Worth
Where did John F. Kennedy go and what happened just before he went to Dallas in 1963?
Up They Come Again
Even when the choices on the ballot seem to be tied very much to the present, many of these issues are deeply rooted in the past. Ian Lekus explores the emergence of "family values" in American politics.
Riots and Rye
Michael R. Lynn breaks bread with some rioters to explore the ways in which food riots rocked eighteenth-century governments.
A Fatal Handshake
It was a simple but extraordinarily ill-timed handshake that derailed New Mexico statehood.
The Royal Rejection
They were the closest of cousins but blood ties meant nothing when revolution and execution threatened.
On the Trail of an Assassin
Travel along with Detective McDevitt as he attempts to unravel the events of April 14th, 1865.
Why was the fictional Lord Grantham so poor that he needed to marry an American heiress? Westley Forsythe gives you the inside scoop on why British aristocrats were sinking under debt in the early twentieth century.
The Death Knell of the Aristocracy
Westley Forsythe introduces you to the man who made the fictional Dowager Countess of Grantham lose her appetite. Discover the politician who ensured that the British aristocracy lost much of their power at the beginning of the twentieth century.