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36: Devil's Fiddle

Hugh paints a picture of the Syracuse of 1871, with a special focus on one remarkably annoying sound. He ends with a demonstration of the noisemaker that caused such a sensation. F...

35: Ham and Eggs For Two

Hugh has the most fun yet with this silly little story printed in Emporia, Kansas 150 years ago today. He  examines the spread of this viral meme that originated six months earlier...

34: Flame Wars

Hugh reads from the Syracuse papers of 150 years ago this week, and delves into two social media flame wars: fast driving of horses on James Street, and a supposedly botched medica...

33: April 7, 1871

Hugh teases out the fascinating and sickening references in a single page of the Syracuse Daily Journal published 150 years ago this week.Follow along with the show notes.

Hugh examines stories from page four of the Syracuse Daily Journal printed one hundred fifty years ago today. It's almost as interesting as the delicious Yunnan "Black Gold" black ...

31: Irish Soda Bread

Hugh explores the history of Irish soda bread, with surprising results. For this episode, you'll definitely want to follow along with the show notes.

30: Dr. Platto

Hugh tells of his encounter with a purveyor of historical disinformation, recounts the exploits of an "eclectic doctor" who advertised in two Pennsylvania newspapers 150 years ago ...

Hugh takes an uncharacteristic wallow in the seedy underbelly of Syracuse, reading almost exclusively from a single page of the Syracuse Daily Journal of March 13, 1871.   For all ...

In this episode, Hugh outlines his investigation into a striking article about a Syracuse circuit court that apparently valued bears more than girls. The investigation yields tragi...

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