Uncommon history with an unconventional pair. Join married hosts Rebecca Robbins (a Broadway actress) and Kim Kimmel (her college history instructor) as they delve into topics that run the historical gambit. A gifted storyteller, Kim taught history at the collegiate level for 29 years during a year of which Rebecca, as a student, sat in the front row of his Western Civilizations class soaking up every word he said. For the record, she made an A in his class. She went on to pursue a Broadway career (The Phantom of The Opera, A Tale of Two Cities) while he continued to teach at her alma mater (Curtis Institute of Music). Though you couldn't get more different than these two with their 23-year age difference, together they bring history to life with their unique perspectives, entertaining banter, and shared love of the past. Sometimes quirky, sometimes obscure, this is the kind of history you’ll actually want to remember. Now in our Second Season. New episodes bi-weekly on Wednesday mornings.
Imagine being hung three times… unsuccessfully. That’s exactly what happened to Englishman, John “Babbacombe” Lee in 1885. Or in the case of Herman Göring, being slipped a cyanide pill just hours before you were scheduled to be hung. Or foiling your pursuers by killing yourself first and being laid out in full regalia upon their arrival. Here in Episode 46, we explore seven individuals who cheated the hangman one way or another.
These episodes are the conversations you would have over the dinner table with a knowledgeable friend. And the history professor I wish I had had. She asks the questions you would, and he seems to know everything! I love the unscripted style and have learned so much! Bravo!
Great way to pick up on a bit of interesting history. The sessions lengths are perfect for my drive into the office. Always ready for the next episode. Keep up the great work!
I am astonished at how much I have learned listening to the 10 episodes. Clearly my education was lacking. Thank you both.
Rebecca and Kim make learning fun and interesting with this podcast! I can’t wait for next week’s episode.
This is a fascinating podcast. The episode on famous corpses was something I’ve never heard before.
While we make every effort to make sure our facts and stories are 100% accurate, occasionally history contradicts itself and there can be two completely different accounts of the exact same event. In the unlikely instance that you may hear us say something that contradicts what you have heard or read elsewhere, please don't panic, but remember the sage words of America's 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, "Don't believe everything you read on the internet."
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We are on a bit of a hiatus due to Rebecca's performance schedule. We will be back with a brand new episode on Hannibal (the original, not Lecter or Hamlin) on July 13th. Meanwhile have a safe and memorable Independence Day!