A podcast about people and events in American history you may not know much about. Yet.

Recent Episodes

Jan. 17, 2022

Mary Ann Shadd Cary

Mary Ann Shadd Cary, born in Delaware in 1823, was a teacher, a writer, an abolitionist, a suffragist, and a lawyer, and is consi…

Episode page
Jan. 10, 2022

The 1934 Toledo Auto-Lite Strike

In February, 1934, in the midst of the Great Depression, a small group of unionized workers at the Electric Auto-Lite company of …

Episode page
Jan. 3, 2022

The Suffrage Road Trip of 1915

In September 1915, four suffragists set off from the Panama–Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, California, in a b…

Episode page
Dec. 27, 2021

Women-Led Slave Revolts

Enslaved Africans in what is now New York State and in the Middle Passage resisted their enslavement, despite the risk of doing s…

Episode page
Dec. 20, 2021

The Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II

From September 1942 to December 1944, over 1000 American women served in the war effort as Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), …

Episode page
Dec. 13, 2021

Mabel Ping-Hua Lee

Mabel Ping-Hua Lee was born in China in 1896 but lived most of her life in the United States, where, due to the Chinese Exclusion…

Episode page
Dec. 6, 2021

Loïs Mailou Jones

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1905, artist Loïs Mailou Jones’s career spanned much of the 20th Century as both a painter and …

Episode page
Nov. 29, 2021

The Yakama War

In October 1805, the Yakama encountered the Lewis and Clark Expedition near the confluence of the Yakima and Columbia rivers. By …

Episode page
Nov. 22, 2021

The Wampanoag & the Thanksgiving Myth

In Autumn of 1621, a group of Pilgrims from the Mayflower voyage and Wampanoag men, led by their sachem Massasoit, ate a feast to…

Episode page
Nov. 15, 2021

Treaty Rights of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe

Before the arrival of Europeans, the Ojibwe nation occupied much of the Lake Superior region, including what is now Ontario in Ca…

Episode page

About the Host

Kelly Therese Pollock

Producer & Host

Kelly has always been the kind of person who asks questions — lots of questions — to anyone who will listen and answer. With a BA in Religious Studies from Northwestern University and an MA in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara (where she wrote a thesis on feminist witches), Kelly has turned her questioning to politics and history where she digs deep into stories that aren’t getting enough attention.

By day Kelly is an administrator at the University of Chicago, where she has worked since 2004.

Kelly lives on the southside of Chicago with her husband, two kids, and two cats. When she’s not podcasting or working you can find Kelly with knitting needles in her hands. If she could knit and podcast at the same time she would.