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What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Listeners learn about unique events in history that are less well known or understood, including early triumphs during segregation, the history of a major medical advancement, or the story behind a Supreme Court case.
Remembering and discussing the lesser known heroes, inventors, and leaders of particular historical events is a major theme in this podcast, as well as centering those that overcame adversities and pushed for freedom.
Positive Role Models
Some episodes center positive role models anyone can learn from, including peace activists in South Africa, charitable artists and civil rights movement leaders. Not all people discussed were morally good or meant to lead others.
Stories often detail women and people of color throughout history that are not well known. Some episodes focus on cultures and activists from around the world to shed light on different perspectives. Episodes frequently center Black history, women inventors and diverse artists.
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Violence & Scariness
Occasional mentions of suicide, murder, and missing person cases that could be scary to younger audiences. Descriptions of violence are usually not graphic. Hosts typically give trigger warnings when violence is going to be discussed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Minimal references to sex and romance, only when relevant to the historical figure being covered.
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Products & Purchases
Several ads throughout each episode for other podcasts, streaming services, credit cards, and more.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Minimal references to drugs, smoking, or alcohol, only when relevant to the historical moment or figure.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Stuff You Missed In History Class is a history podcast focused on teaching listeners about lesser known fascinating figures and events in history. Episodes range from fun facts about the history of inventions like the Oujia Board to more timely history such as the stories behind important Supreme Court cases. Some episodes are more focused on entertaining than educating, but every episode details some new fun fact. Diversity and inclusion is encouraged and celebrated as hosts frequently center people in history from diverse cultural backgrounds and their impacts on society. Some episodes discuss mature themes such as suicide, murder and missing persons cases, but hosts give trigger warnings for this content. Adults should check out episode descriptions before listening with younger audiences.
Is It Any Good?
The podcast has been publishing episodes since 2008, but in the last few years has really made it a priority to post detailed episodes centering diverse stories in history. This makes Stuff You Missed In History Class great for students of many ages, including younger tweens and even adults. The stories are usually lesser known or offer new, unknown perspectives of a seemingly well known event. Episodes are great for learning about more obscure, unique stories from history, and are usually related to current events to make them even more relevant. Hosts Holly and Tracy also point out historical figures that serve should serve as role models in how they've overcome adversities.
The show also allows listeners to send in their ideas for topics to cover, encouraging listeners to share their own knowledge and insights about the past. Not all episodes discuss historical events that are particularly relevant to present day and serve more as entertaining fun facts. There are a lot of ads sprinkled throughout each episode, which tends to break up the story and could make it difficult for younger audiences to pay attention.
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