People, their stories and events that shaped the world, that’s what makes history fascinating. 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 from American politics to world military history, from macabre tales of famous corpses to the secret lives of famous politicians. Sometimes quirky, sometimes obscure, this is the kind of history you’ll actually want to remember! Join us for our biweekly episodes here on this website or wherever you enjoy listening to podcasts.
Imagine being the most renowned woman in the world only to face a French firing squad for simply repeating the latest gossip, or having every one of your toenails ripped out one by one at the hands of a demonic Nazi interrogator, or filing down your own teeth in order to change your appearance so you could operate as a harmless old woman and pass Allied secrets right under the Nazis’ noses. Hard to imagine, right? Well, the trio of women featured in Episode 25 did exactly that and more. Three fearless, extraordinary women who operated in a world of war, espionage, and men. Were they effective? Did they change the course of history? Tune in and find out.
She's a Broadway singer and actress (The Phantom of The Opera, A Tale of Two Cities.) He's an academic and taught history (Western Civilization, Civil War Era, WWII Era) for 29 years at the collegiate level. They met when she took his Western Civ. class in her 2nd year of studies at the Curtis Institute of Music. They have an age difference of 23 years and have been married for 21. Unconventional? Perhaps.
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.
-Trusty Blaze 12/23/20
Rebecca and Kim make learning fun and interesting with this podcast! I can’t wait for next week’s episode.
- DannyZoro, 10/24/2020
This is a fascinating podcast. The episode on famous corpses was something I’ve never heard before.
- HillbillyHipster, 10/23/2020
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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