The Rest Is History

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EPISODE 1: Rabid Kangaroos

In Episode 1, Jen and Kate kick off The Rest Is History by discovering they have serious mic issues, Jen hasn't done much homework, and Kate off-air discovers the explosive science behind pouring orange juice too fast into a full glass of champagne. Otherwise, they discuss a mnemonic to remember the current Supreme Court Justices, the wild life of Rose Mackenberg, and the "accidental" death of William Rufus.




Jen and Kate discuss their mnemonics for the week - Jen's is an attempt to list all of the presidents in order, while Kate reviews the last eight countries on which the U.S. formally declared war. Then, Kate delves into the wild life of Nellie Bly and is sidetracked a bit by armchair psychology. Jen tells the gruesome story of how England's Edmund Ironside met his end.


EPISODE 3: Danube Flavored Schnapps

Jen and Kate somehow pick the same subject for their mnemonics this week: the original Thirteen Colonies. Don't worry, wine helps them overcome their sense of redundancy. Jen's "Selective Memory" highlights the contributions of Mary Bowser during the American Civil War, while Kate reviews one of the most disastrous battles in history, the Battle of Karánsebes. Finally, Kate gets morbid and recounts the bizarre death of Rasputin, everyone's least favorite monk.


EPISODE 4: Haiku and Chill

Jen reveals the bananas French revenge story of Pierre Picaud, who was the inspiration for Alexandre Dumas’s Count of Monte Cristo. Kate reviews the best of Japanese courtier Sei Shonagon’s Pillow Book, a snarky classic from which we can learn, if nothing else, that Sei does not like babies. Jen talks about the gross way England’s King Henry I dies, and Kate explains why Henry’s death was followed by a dark period called “The Anarchy.” Everyone in the story was named Henry or Matilda, it was the worst. 


EPISODE 5: Strep Brother

Jen talks about the worst cook to ever come to America, Mary Mallon, also known as Typhoid Mary. She is the worst. Kate discusses the wildest child to ever call the White House home, Alice Roosevelt Longworth. She is the best. Then, Kate reviews the ridiculous and accidental deaths of Clement Vallandigham and King Charles II of Navarre.


EPISODE 6: Here, Drink Your Sister

Jen discusses the long and rainy ride of Sybil Ludington, who should totally be as famous as Paul Revere, but…patriarchy. Kate shares the madness that was the Great New England Vampire Panic and oh boy is it bizarre. For her oshituary, Jen recounts the ridiculous death of Martin of Aragon. The lesson there is maybe don’t eat a whole goose. Kate explains why the movie Poltergeist is rumored to be legitimately cursed.


EPISODE 7: Emusing

Jen reveals the real, dark history of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. They are kind of jerks actually. Kate talks about the most fun and underrated war of all time, the Great Emu War of Western Australia. Jen’s oshituary covers the mysterious death of Mary Rogers, while Kate sheds some light on how the death of one Archduke Franz Ferdinand started World War I.


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EPISODE 8: Gerald Fart

Did you know that Abraham Lincoln created the Secret Service on the day he was assassinated in 1865? Weird, right? Kate discusses the history of the Secret Service and talks about some of the more fun nicknames assigned to American presidents and their family members over the years. Jen talks about how Edith Wilson basically served as POTUS while Woodrow Wilson was incapacitated after a stroke. Then, Kate’s oshituary covers the mystery of the Dyaltov Pass Incident.



EPISODE 9: Peg Like His Leg

Jen talks about the brilliant and beautiful Hedy Lamarr, who is the reason you can download this episode in the first place (hint: she helped to invent WiFi). Kate compares and contrasts two major figures from the American Revolutionary War: Benedict Arnold (our villain) and James Armistead Lafayette (our hero). For her oshituary, Jen explains why Tycho Brahe maybe should’ve just taken that bathroom break. Kate, meanwhile, revels in the fact that slavery was abolished in the home state of Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney the day before he, the pro-slavery author of the horrible Dred Scott decision, died. Sweet, sweet irony.


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EPISODE 10: Lecture Circuit

They’re back! Kate and Jen are pleasantly surprised they made it to Episode 10 and they hope you are too. Kate discusses the intense obsession that Ludwig II had with Richard Wagner. She also highlights some of the more…interesting eccentricities of the Bavarian king. Jen talks about John Cleves Symmes and his super logical and definitely accurate Hollow Earth Theory. Kate’s oshituary covers the very expensive death of Diane de Poitiers, and Jen has yet another tale of a monarch who doesn’t know when to stop eating.


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EPISODE 11: Hrrr You Up

Kate and Jen bring you a smorgasbord of history this week, from their Selective Memories about Ron Stallworth, the black officer who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan and duped David Duke, to the history of Prohibition and organized crime. Jen talks about the tragically ironic death of the owner of the Segway brand, which takes Kate on a long tangent about the ridiculous things the US has patented since 1790. Kate then discusses the Dancing Plague of 1518, which is exactly what it sounds like.


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EPISODE 12: Eat, Pray, Hustle

Kate recounts the incredible rise of Sarah Breedlove, better known as Madam CJ Walker, America’s first African-American self-made millionairess. Get it girl. Jen goes over the wild and crazy life of spy and entertainer Margaretha Geertruida MacLeod, also known as Mata Hari. Then Kate explores “Death by Doppelgänger,” or examples of famous people, including Catherine the Great and Abraham Lincoln, who saw their identical twins right before they died. Creepy.



EPISODE 13: Pardon the Kittenterruption

Jen outlines about how Theodor Seuss Geisel became Dr. Seuss. Kate tells the tale of the notorious DB Cooper, the perpetrator of the only unsolved hijacking in US history. Seriously, where the heck is he?? Jen’s oshituary is the epitome of morbid irony, while Kate’s two-parter revolves around the always creepy and mysterious Edgar Allen Poe.



EPISODE 14: You've Got Wales

In one of the best episodes yet, Jen talks about the young Welsh boy who grew into a cartoon pirate: Captain Henry Morgan. Did you know he started a fraternity? Okay not really but kind of. Kate presents the unbelievable but true tale of Hiroo Onoda, the most famous of the so-called Japanese stragglers. He refused to surrender after WW2 until 1974. Seriously. For their oshituaries, Jen discusses the death of Hans Steininger, while Kate tells the hot mess story of Lord Darnley.


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EPISODE 15: Jazz Ransom

Jen explains the story behind “The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair, and Kate tells three horrifying New Orleans ghost stories and their backstories. Jen’s oshituary is reminiscent of the movie “Final Destination,” while Kate recounts how the Axeman of New Orleans terrorized the city one century ago.



EPISODE 16: America!

Jen reviews the absurd offshoot of the Freemasons, the Order of the Pug. Seriously. Kate then goes over her favorite five CIA programs of the last century. It gets weird. For their oshituaries, Jen discuss Bobby Leach and Kate recounts the tragedy that spurred Operation Paul Bunyan.



EPISODE 17: Incontinence

Kate’s Selective Memory features the inimitable Wu Zetian, the one and only female Emperor of China. Hey, try not to be related to her because she is ruthless as hell and WILL kill her family members if necessary. Jen talks about the Great Molasses Flood of 1919 in Boston, which sounds like the slowest and most terrifying way to go. Your hosts then go on a bit of a tangent discussing which Hollywood actors should be in a movie about this insane incident.

For their oshituaries, Kate goes over the ridiculous death of Pythagorus. Jen lists the bizarre ways that kids died during the Tudor era. Apparently people were just leaving knives friggin everywhere.



EPISODE 18: You Got Got

Jen tells the adorable story of Wojtek, a bear who fought with the Allies in World War II. He drank beer, took baths by himself, and caught a spy! Good boy. Kate - through lots of yawning, please forgive her - recounts the sad, short story of the real Pocahontas. It’s kind of a bummer. Jen’s oshituary features Aeschylus, while Kate’s covers the Collyer brothers.



EPISODE 19: Welcome to Majortown

Kate recounts her favorite facts about Benjamin Franklin, who totally should have been president, but wasn’t. Jen tells the incredible story of Leo Major, a French Canadian soldier who fought in the Netherlands in World War II and single-handedly showed the Nazis what was what. In Kate’s oshituary, karma gets revenge on Mel Ignatow. Jen explain how explorer John Horrocks met his end…via camel.


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EPISODE 20: Peanuts!

We’re baaccckkkk. And boy did we have fun. Jen goes over the unsolved mystery of the 1920 Wall Street bombing. Kate talks about three awesome — well okay one boring and two awesome — ghost towns in America. Want to go to hell on earth? Go to Centralia, PA! Want to watch a shoot out? Travel back in time and go to Palisade, NV! For their oshituaries, Jen covers the death of Raymond Johnson Chapman during a Cleveland Indians-New York Yankees game, and Kate giggles about how Joseph Stalin died.


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EPISODE 21: A Series of Ill-Constructed Rants

It’s Mardi Gras, Kate’s on steroids, Jen’s blindsided by how much Kate wants to rant, and wine is flowing. Kate talks about a few famous compromises from history, but mostly uses historical facts as an excuse to rant about three things up for debate in politics: the size of the Supreme Court, DC statehood, and the Electoral College. For their oshituaries, Jen talks about how William Hardacre accidentally killed a bunch of people and Kate talks about how a bunch of people purposefully killed Cassius of Imola.



EPISODE 22: Sorry!

This week, Jen covers the mystery of Oak Island, which is basically the tale of a bunch of white guys digging in a hole over several centuries. Kate tells Jen about three cases in which identical twins have been insanely spooky. Kate’s oshituary then covers the nightmarish death of Fagilyu Mukhametzyanov, who literally died at her own funeral.



EPISODE 23: Telegramph

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Jen talks about the origins of the Pony Express, while Kate discusses three of history’s greatest hoaxes. For their oshituaries, Jen covers the first casualty of the Civil War, Daniel Hough, and Kate reveals the true cause of William Henry Harrison’s untimely death.



Episode 24: Don’t Be A Dummy

This week, Kate tells the story behind the World War II spy, Betty Pack, who lived a heck of a wild life. Jen reviews how Alphonse Bertillon developed a new type of identification system for law enforcement. Let’s just say it wasn’t perfect, and led to the adoption of fingerprinting in America. Kate’s oshituary is about a massacre. A bird massacre to be exact. Speaking of things that can’t fly anymore, Jen explains how inventor Franz Reichelt died in 1912.



Episode 25: Ignore Kate’s Cold

First off, pardon Kate’s cold. She sniffs a lot in this episode, and she’s gross and knows it. Anywho, in Episode 25, Jen discusses the horrifying Tylenol murders of 1982, the reason why we have those annoying (but apparently necessary) tamper-proof seals that are a pain to rip off of pill bottles. Kate goes through five not-so-fun facts about the Salem Witch Trials. Here’s one — no one was burned at the stake! Seriously. For her oshituary, Jen talks about the tragic death of Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist Randy Rhoads, while Kate reviews the bizarre life and weirder death of Crown Prince Sado of Korea.



Episode 25: Get High on Life!

For her Selective Memory, Jen covers the Superman Curse — it’s a thing! Kate talks about when Elvis met Nixon, and oh man, Elvis wanted to be a narc reallyyyyy badly. Oh, the irony. For their Oshituaries, Jen discusses the death of James Otis, Jr. and Kate tries to pronounce Hungarian names while recalling the death of György Dózsa.

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Episode 27: Queen of the Goths

Jen discusses Ignaz Semmelweis’s contribution to science: hand-washing because doctors were historically nasty, apparently. In honor of Pride Month, Kate talks about the life and legacy of Queen Christina of Sweden. Jen attempts to pronounce the titles of Dan Andersson’s works in her Oshituary. Kate, meanwhile, tells the spooky story of Henry Rathbone and Clara Harris, arguably two more of John Wilkes Booth’s victims.


Episode 28: Screen Door on a Submarine

This one’s a morbid one my dudes — you’ve been warned. First, Kate reviews five facts about King Tut, who we learn is basically famous not because he did anything significant but because we found so much of his stuff. Jen gives an overview of H.H. Holmes and the infamous Chicago “Murder Castle.” For their Oshituaries, Kate discusses the completely preventable death of Queen Sunanda of Siam, while Jen tells the horrifying tale of news anchor Christine Chubbuck.

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Episode 29: Pretty Dark

Hey we did good at Jeopardy! Jen talks British serial killer Mary Ann Cotton while Kate does a “sit down dance.” Kate talks about the Declaration of Independence and how a “Committee of Five” turned into Thomas Jefferson doing everyone’s homework. For her Oshituary, Jen covers the deadliest U.S. train disaster ever, the Great Train Wreck of 1918, which doubles as Kate’s worst math nightmare. Kate tells the spooky tale of Japan’s suicide forest, Aokigahara Forest.

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Episode 30: Our Golden Episode

For their 30th official episode together, Kate and Jen wind up reporting on the same subject to commemorate it. And it’s not the only anniversary this August - it’s also the 50th anniversary of the Tate-LaBianca slaying by the Manson Family, led by the deeply creepy and incredibly manipulative Charles Manson. We walk you through his early life to the post-murder trials. Fun fact — did you know Manson went through Scientology auditing? Weird stuff all around…


Episode 31: Wow!

Hey y’all! Buckle in for a great episode, in which Jen tells the incredible story of the Lykov family who lived in such seclusion in Sibera that they lived through, but never knew about, World War II. Kate phones it in a bit and covers fad diets from history. Jen’s oshituary covers playwright Tennessee Williams’ unfortunate end — death by bottle cap! Kate talks about her two favorite epitaphs, those of Mary Dolencie and Leonard Matlovich.

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Episode 32: Swiss Army Leg

This week, Kate talks about the most exciting ways the U.S. tried to kill Fidel Castro. Boy did we try a ton and wow did we fail. First Kate goes over how Castro came to power and we all learn a little bit about how not to many pronounce Spanish words (thanks for the assists Jen). Jen discusses Peter Freuchen, a Danish (like Kate!) explorer who trekked all over the place, helped fight the Nazis, wrote a lot of important books, and got out of dangerous situations using very…creative means. Kate reads two beautiful, hilarious obituaries in lieu of our traditional oshituaries. Warning: you might cry (Kate did).

Jean Oddi:

Tim Schrandt:

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