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Hashtag History

By Hashtag History
The ultimate History podcast for History Nerds and History Haters alike! Here at Hashtag History, we dive into History's greatest stories of controversy, conspiracy, and corruption.
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EP 50: Tonya Harding (Featuring Special Guests, Allie and Katie from HERstory on the Rocks)
For our Season Five Finale episode, we are joined by Allie and Katie, the lovely ladies of the HERstory on the Rocks podcast! In this super special collaboration episode, we covered one of those most contested, debated, and controversial women out there...Tonya Harding! Allie and Katie take us through Harding's rough childhood, whirlwind love life, and early skating career leading up to the Olympics. And then Rachel and Leah walk you through the Nancy Kerrigan scandal, Harding's removal from professional figure skating, and where she is now. We take a deep dive into the way Harding was portrayed in the media, the unfair comparison to Kerrigan and other "ice princesses", the way Harding's childhood shaped the person she would become, and a weigh-in on Harding's level of guilt in the Kerrigan assault. Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. You can also check out our website for super cute merch! Special thanks to www.BenSound.com for our mid-break music! Finally, you can locate us on Patreon.com/hashtaghistory where you can donate $1 a month to our Books and Booze Supply. All of your support goes a long ways and we are endlessly grateful! To show our gratitude, all Patreon Supporters receive an automatic 15% OFF all merchandise in our merchandise store! THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
1:26:08
November 3, 2020
EP 49: Alcatraz (Halloween Edition)
This week on Hashtag History, we are talking about Alcatraz! Alcatraz was a maximum security federal prison located on Alcatraz Island which is just a mile and a half off of the San Francisco coast. Between the location, the weather, and the horrifically cold waters that surrounded it, it was considered to be the “strongest prison” in America. Alcatraz housed some of America’s worst and most notorious inmates including Machine Gun Kelly, Robert “Birdman” Stroud, and, of course, Al Capone. Today Alcatraz is a museum that sees 1.5 million visitors a year. But above and beyond all of these interesting facts, Alcatraz has long been considered one of the most haunted locations in America with visitors reporting feeling pockets of ice cold as they walk through the former prison, hearing crying and moaning as they walk through the cell blocks, and even report hearing Al Capone playing his banjo in the showers. Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. You can also check out our website for super cute merch! Finally, you can locate us on Patreon.com/hashtaghistory where you can donate $1 a month to our Books and Booze Supply. All of your support goes a long ways and we are endlessly grateful! To show our gratitude, all Patreon Supporters receive an automatic 15% OFF all merchandise in our merchandise store! THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
41:15
October 27, 2020
EP 48: The True Story of Pocahontas and John Smith
This week on Hashtag History, we are discussing the true story of Pocahontas and John Smith. While we love Disney's 1995 Pocahontas movie for the nostalgia and bangin' musical numbers, we all know it is wildly inaccurate. But while most people blame Disney for our misunderstanding of the true story, we actually have John Smith himself to thank for it!  Just a few of the things you will learn in this episode are that Pocahontas wasn't even her real name, she was likely only ten or eleven when she first met Smith, she did not have a romantic relationship with Smith, she did not save Smith from being executed, and she was only twenty years old when she died...and her death may or may not have been murder! Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. You can also check out our website for super cute merch! Finally, you can locate us on Patreon.com/hashtaghistory where you can donate $1 a month to our Books and Booze Supply. All of your support goes a long ways and we are endlessly grateful! To show our gratitude, all Patreon Supporters receive an automatic 15% OFF all merchandise in our merchandise store! THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
38:55
October 20, 2020
EP 47: Cheryl Araujo, The First Televised Rape Case
This week on Hashtag History, we are discussing the Cheryl Araujo Rape Case which became the first ever televised rape case. In 1983, Araujo was gang-raped by four men when she was only 21 years old. People stood around, watched it happen, and did nothing. Even worse, when her case was brought to trial, the narrative was flipped to essentially "blame the victim", to say Araujo brought it on herself, and that her rape was her fault. Having the trial televised was a big deal. A rape case is an extremely sensitive trial to cover since it is widely known amongst courts and journalists that the names of victims of sexual assault do not get disclosed. Many States have laws prohibiting the disclosure of the name and address of rape victims as confidentiality is vital to their protection. But when Araujo took the stand for her testimony, her name and address accidentally became part of the official public record. This case changed her life forever.  And after watching what she went through, it also changed the willingness of many other sexual assault victims to come forward.  Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. You can also check out our website for super cute merch! Finally, you can locate us on Patreon.com/hashtaghistory where you can donate $1 a month to our Books and Booze Supply. All of your support goes a long ways and we are endlessly grateful! To show our gratitude, all Patreon Supporters receive an automatic 15% OFF all merchandise in our merchandise store! THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
34:59
October 13, 2020
EP 46: The Tuskegee Experiment
This week on Hashtag History, we are discussing the Tuskegee Experiment which was a clinical study conducted by the United States Public Health Service from 1932 to 1972 in which the U.S. Public Health Service told the hundreds of Black men that were a part of this study that, by participating, they would be treated for “bad blood” and would receive free healthcare.  But, instead of receiving healthcare, the USPHS “treated” the participants with placebos and known to be ineffective methods while ensuring that these men would be denied real medical treatment from any other facility. The men in the program were also never advised that many of them actually had syphilis...and that this was the reason USPHS had selected them for the study.  As a result of this withholding of information and withholding treatment, many of the men involved in this study would later die of syphilis and an additional 40 wives of the men in the study would contract the disease with 19 children born with congenital syphilis.  Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode.  Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. You can also check out our website for super cute merch!  Finally, you can locate us on Patreon.com/hashtaghistory where you can donate $1 a month to our Books and Booze Supply. All of your support goes a long ways and we are endlessly grateful! To show our gratitude, all Patreon Supporters receive an automatic 15% OFF all merchandise in our merchandise store!  THANKS FOR LISTENING!  - Rachel and Leah
33:31
October 6, 2020
EP 45: John Demjanjuk: War Criminal? Or Victim of Mistaken Identity?
This week on Hashtag History, we are discussing John Demjanjuk. In 1975, the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service received a list of individuals living in the United States that were suspected of having supported Germany during the Second World War. One particular name on this list was that of John Demjanjuk, a fifty-five year old naturalized US citizen living in the suburbs of Seven Hills, Ohio with his wife and kids. He would be identified by Holocaust survivors in Israel that alleged that he was the notorious “Ivan the Terrible” that worked at the Treblinka extermination camp where hundreds of thousands of Jews were killed. Demjanjuk would deny these accusations and would fight it in court for the remainder of his life. When he died in 2012, a final judgment on his appeal still hadn’t been issued, meaning that - to this day - Demjanjuk is technically, on paper, innocent… So is this a case of one of the most horrific Nazis of all time being convicted for his crimes? Or is it an innocent man and a victim of mistaken identity? A special thank you to Podcorn for sponsoring this episode! You can explore sponsorship opportunities and start monetizing your podcast by signing up here: https://podcorn.com/podcasters/ Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. You can also check out our website for super cute merch! Finally, you can locate us on Patreon.com/hashtaghistory where you can donate $1 a month to our Books and Booze Supply. All of your support goes a long ways and we are endlessly grateful! To show our gratitude, all Patreon Supporters receive an automatic 15% OFF all merchandise in our merchandise store! THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
44:55
September 29, 2020
EP 44: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Theft
This week on Hashtag History, we are discussing the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Theft. Occurring in March of 1990, this incident is the largest unsolved case of museum theft in History! To this day, we still do not know who was responsible for the theft. No arrests have ever been made and none of the artwork has ever been recovered.   At 1:20 AM on a Sunday morning, two men dressed as police officers walked into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, tied up the museum guards in the basement of the museum, and then walked out of the museum only 81 MINUTES LATER with thirteen pieces of artwork valuing at over $600 million dollars in today’s money!   A special thank you to Podcorn for sponsoring this episode! You can explore sponsorship opportunities and start monetizing your podcast by signing up here: https://podcorn.com/podcasters/  Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com.  You can also check out our website for super cute merch!  Finally, you can locate us on Patreon.com/hashtaghistory where you can donate $1 a month to our Books and Booze Supply. All of your support goes a long ways and we are endlessly grateful! To show our gratitude, all Patreon Supporters receive an automatic 15% OFF all merchandise in our merchandise store!  THANKS FOR LISTENING!  - Rachel and Leah
42:53
September 22, 2020
EP 43: American Indian Boarding Schools
This week on Hashtag History, we are discussing the American Indian Boarding Schools. The American Indian Boarding Schools were government-funded boarding schools operated from 1860 to 1978 with the sole purpose of killing Native American cultures and forcing Native American children to assimilate to white, Christian society. These children oftentimes had their long hair cut, their cultural clothing destroyed, their names changed, and contact and communication with their families severed. It's a devastating time period in American History that must be discussed and cannot be ignored.  A special thanks goes out to our amazing listener, Jill, for reviewing this episode for us! Thank you so much for that, your Patreon support, and the million other amazing things you do! Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. You can also check out our website for super cute merch! Finally, you can locate us on Patreon.com/hashtaghistory where you can donate $1 a month to our Books and Booze Supply. All of your support goes a long ways and we are endlessly grateful! THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
34:57
September 15, 2020
EP 42: Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling
In what may be one of Rachel's favorite episodes ever, we are discussing two infamous boxing matches between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling that took place in 1936 and 1938. We talk about how these fights were more than just boxing matches; they were nation versus nation, American versus Nazi, white man versus Black man. Louis would go on to become a symbol of freedom, democracy, and national pride in the face of World War II, despite the fact that he was an African-American man that was not treated equally in his own country, could not vote, and was placed in a segregated unit when he left the world of boxing to defend the United States in the Second World War. A special thanks goes out to Rachel's husband, Alex, for this week's topic suggestion! Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. You can also check out our website for super cute merch! Finally, you can locate us on Patreon.com/hashtaghistory where you can donate $1 a month to our Books and Booze Supply. All of your support goes a long ways and we are endlessly grateful! THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
48:06
September 8, 2020
EP 41: Catherine the Great
We're back! Thank you all for joining us for our Season Five premiere! As tradition dictates, the first episode of every season is a Leah Takeover Episode! This week on Hashtag History, Leah introduces us to Catherine the Great. Although we all know of her, how much do we know about her? In this episode, we cover Catherine's rough childhood, loveless marriage to Peter the Great, and an arranged coup d'etat that resulted in Catherine becoming the longest ruling leader of Russia. Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. You can also check out our website for super cute merch! Finally, you can locate us on Patreon.com/hashtaghistory where you can donate $1 a month to our Books and Booze Supply. All of your support goes a long ways and we are endlessly grateful! THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
44:21
September 1, 2020
Hasty History #5: Kellogg's Porn Flakes
No, that was not a typo. We really meant to say "Porn" Flakes and not Corn Flakes. Because... In this Hasty History episode, we are talking all things John Harvey Kellogg and the creation of Kellogg's cereal. Did you know that the cereal creator intended for corn flakes to taste bland and boring as a means of preventing...masturbation? You heard that correctly. Kellogg was a weirdo that never consummated his decades-long marriage, believed masturbation to be "the most dangerous of all sexual abuses", and encouraged circumcision and mutilation of male and female genitalia to eliminate sexual arousal. Speaking of elimination, Kellogg was also a eugenicist that believed in racial superiority and eliminating what he considered to be "inferior races". Tune into this week's BONUS episode for the dark and disturbing History behind one of the most well-known and best-selling cereals in the United States. Hasty History BONUS episodes are no-nonsense, crash course, cram session History lessons. No cocktail segment, no ads, no bloopers. Just a quick download of some heavy History content. Submit your topic suggestion for future Hasty History episodes at HashtagHistory1865@gmail.com.
15:01
August 13, 2020
One Year Anniversary Episode (A Very Drunk History Lesson About Prohibition)
The Hashtag History Podcast is ONE YEAR OLD! Thank you so much to all of our amazing listeners that have joined alongside us during this amazing journey! With four seasons and forty episodes behind us, we look forward to the many more to come! In honor of our One Year Anniversary, we did something that has been listener requested since Day One: A "Drunk History"-esque episode. While giving you a History lesson about Prohibition (and why it was a giant flop!), we will also be consuming a favorite cocktail from each of our four previous seasons! That's FOUR cocktails in ONE hour. This episode gets real drunk real fast. So buckle up! Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
1:11:47
July 30, 2020
Hasty History #4: Dear Theodosia...Where Did You Go?!
In our fourth installment of the Hasty History episodes, we are looking into the story of Theodosia Burr Alston. As the daughter of super controversial and eventual Vice President Aaron Burr, Theodosia grew up surrounded by chaos and scandal. So does it come as any surprise that her own story would end up being surrounded in mystery? In December of 1812, Theodosia got on a ship sailing out from North Carolina to visit her father in New York...and was never seen again. What happened to Theodosia?! Where did she go?! There are endless rumors and theories as to what happened to this deeply beloved woman. If you are a Hamilton Musical fan, you are sure to like to this episode! We take a deeper dive into one of the characters briefly introduced in the musical and expand on her life to give you a better look at who the true Theodosia Burr Alston was.  Hasty History BONUS episodes are no-nonsense, crash course, cram session History lessons. No cocktail segment, no ads, no bloopers. Just a quick download of some heavy History content. Submit your topic suggestion for future Hasty History episodes at HashtagHistory1865@gmail.com.
14:45
July 11, 2020
EP 40: Good and Bad Nurses (Featuring Special Guests, Emily and Kelley from the Wining About HERstory Podcast)
How have we already made it to the end of Season Four? In this week's Season Four Finale, we are joined by Emily and Kelley, the lovely ladies of the Wining About HERstory podcast! In true Wining About HERstory fashion, they tell the uplifting and motivational story about phenomenal Dorothea Dix, a nurse and all-around advocate that fought for the mentally ill. And then, in true Hashtag History fashion, we follow up their story with the dark and twisted tale of horrific Jane Toppan, the serial killer nurse who would go on to kill dozens of her patients. As you can tell, this episode is about three times the length of our normal episodes. We just had so much fun together! So cozy on up or go for a nice long car ride while you listen to the story of two different women - both in the medical field - but on very different sides of History. Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com.  You can also donate $1 a month to our Booze & Books Supply on Patreon at Patreon.com/HashtagHistory. THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
1:32:56
July 7, 2020
EP 39: The Ronald Reagan Assassination Attempt
This week on Hashtag History, we are diving into the Ronald Reagan assassination attempt of 1981. Just two months after becoming the 40th American President, Reagan was nearly assassinated by a mentally ill, would-be assassin that was obsessed with actress Jodie Foster. The would-be assassin, John Hinckley, Jr., attempted to assassinate the United States President in an attempt to gain Foster's attention and affection. Join us on this week's episode to learn all about the assassination, John Hinckley, Jr. and his obsession with Foster, and the ways in which this incident completely changed nationwide gun control laws and the insanity defense in the court system. Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
42:43
June 30, 2020
Hasty History #3: Mad King Ludwig’s Mysterious Death
Join us for our third installment of Hasty History where we take a dive into Mad King Ludwig's life and death. Ludwig was King of Bavaria from 1864 until his very mysterious death in 1886. He was not your "typical" king and was often referred to as the Swan King or the Fairy Tale King. After living a mysterious life, it almost comes as no surprise that Ludwig also had a very mysterious death. When his body was discovered after missing for nearly six hours, his death was ruled a suicide. But...was it really? Tune into this episode to find out! Hasty History BONUS episodes are no-nonsense, crash course, cram session History lessons. No cocktail segment, no ads, no bloopers. Just a quick download of some heavy History content. Submit your topic suggestion for future Hasty History episodes at HashtagHistory1865@gmail.com.
12:57
June 25, 2020
EP 38: The Salem Witch Trials, Part Two
This week on Hashtag History, we are concluding our two-part series on the Salem Witch Trials. In this week's episode, we discuss the end of the trials, the numerous theories behind why these trials ever took place, and the deep bitterness and embarrassment that today's Salem Village still has over this tragic event. If you have ever visited Salem, Massachusetts (or if you plan to do so) to check out some Salem Witch Trial sites and artifacts, be sure to listen to this episode. Because what you see in Salem, Massachusetts today...is kind of, sort of, all...bogus.  Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
44:23
June 23, 2020
EP 37: The Salem Witch Trials, Part One
This week on Hashtag History, we are talking about the Salem Witch Trials which will forever go down in History as one of the craziest, most bizarre, and most tragic incidents in colonial history. Over the years of 1692 and 1693, over two hundred people were accused of witchcraft with over twenty of them being executed for the crime and five others dying while behind bars. These accusations came as a result of mass hysteria of demonic possession swept across colonial Massachusetts. Today those accused have been annulled of their guilty verdicts but that doesn’t change History and that doesn’t change the culture, the climate, and the deep roots of bitterness that still reside in Massachusetts to this day. Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
42:23
June 16, 2020
Hasty History #2: The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 (REBROADCAST)
Black Lives Matter! In our second ever Hasty History episode, we are revisiting the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 in a special, bonus feature. The Tulsa Race Massacre continues to be one of the most devastating acts of racial violence to occur on American soil. And yet, it is also one of the least known events in American History. In fact, to this day, many History textbooks do not contain information about this incident as much of the information surrounding this massacre was destroyed in its aftermath.  We already covered this incident in a full-length episode on our normal feed during Season Three. But, given its relevance in modern day, we wanted to re-record and rebroadcast a bonus episode about this event in History and why it is so important that Americans know about it. Hasty History BONUS episodes are no-nonsense, crash course, cram session History lessons. No cocktail segment, no ads, no bloopers. Just a quick download of some heavy History content. Submit your topic suggestion for future Hasty History episodes at HashtagHistory1865@gmail.com.
14:48
June 11, 2020
EP 36: William Kemmler, the First Man Executed by Electric Chair
This week on Hashtag History, we are diving into the history of the electric chair. We take a deep look at the history of execution methods and how execution by electric chair was ultimately chosen as the most humane form of capital punishment. We also look into William Kemmler, his crime, and how he ended up changing the course of history by becoming the very first man to be electrocuted by the state. Tune into this week's episode for an electrifying cocktail, some Thomas Edison history we bet you never knew, and a pretty embarrassing (but also hilarious) Taco Bell story. Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
38:56
June 9, 2020
EP 35: The United Fruit Company
Do you like bananas? You might not after listening to this week's episode. This week on Hashtag History, we are diving into one of our most corrupt topics yet: The United Fruit Company. The United Fruit Company was an American company formed in 1899 to grow and trade bananas that ended up going on to control nearly all transportation across all of Central America, Colombia, Ecuador, and the West Indies. This control extended to the political and economic realms with the United Fruit Company essentially using capitalism to control the entire banana republic. When workers of the United Fruit Company requested formal, written employment contracts which included eight hour work days, six day work weeks, and actual paychecks, the local Colombian government opened fire killing anywhere from 47 to 2,000 people! Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
30:52
June 3, 2020
EP 34: The History of Disneyland
This week on Hashtag History, we are taking an uncharacteristic break from from our normal talk of conspiracy and corruption to discuss something more positive: the History of Disneyland. We talk all things Walt Disney, Disneyland's disaster of an Opening Day, and we even cover some of our own personal Disneyland experiences.  Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
47:31
May 26, 2020
Hasty History #1: The Pandemic of 1918
Join us for our first ever episode of Hasty History where we take a dive into the Pandemic of 1918, also known as the Spanish Flu. Tune in to learn about the world's most severe pandemic in recent history that killed more people than World War I and World War II combined. For all of us dealing with the heavy affects of today's COVID-19, it may feel pretty eerie to learn that those affected by the 1918 pandemic were also very familiar with quarantine orders, social distancing, and the cancellation of large events and businesses. Hasty History BONUS episodes are no-nonsense, crash course, cram session History lessons. No cocktail segment, no ads, no bloopers. Just a quick download of some heavy History content. Submit your topic suggestion for future Hasty History episodes at HashtagHistory1865@gmail.com.
13:46
May 21, 2020
EP 33: Dyatlov Pass
WARNING: THERE IS A LOT OF SCREAMING IN THIS EPISODE. This week on Hashtag History, we are talking about the Dyatlov Pass incident. This is the true story that occurred in February of 1959 when nine experienced hikers were found dead along what is now known as Dyatlov Pass in the northern Ural Mountains. It was found that their tents had been torn from the inside and were hurriedly escaped. It was horrifically cold at this time and all hikers - not even remotely dressed for the sub-zero temperatures - died of hypothermia. But, in addition to hypothermia, two of the hikers were found to have fractured skulls, two other hikers were found to have severe chest fractures, one hiker was missing both eyeballs, and one of the other hikers was missing her tongue. What happened?! We discuss the most popular theories, give our own take on the incident, and do a lot of screaming in this week's episode. Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
42:01
May 19, 2020
BONUS EPISODE: The Life and Death of Kurt Cobain (with The Discographer Podcast)
In a special, bonus, collaboration episode, the ladies of Hashtag History join together with the guys of The Discographer to discuss the life and times of Kurt Cobain, lead singer of Nirvana who met a very tragic death at the young age of twenty-seven. In this collaboration episode, The Discographers take a deep dive into Cobain's childhood, young adult life, and his unique musicality and what made him so legendary. Hashtag History does a deeper dive into Cobain's suicide and all of the controversies and conspiracies surrounding it. And, of course, it wouldn't be a Hashtag History episode without a cocktail! Join us for some hardcore history, lots of laughs, and some revealing information about how we have all been spending our time in quarantine. IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS STRUGGLING, YOU CAN CALL THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LINE AT 1 (800) 273-8255 (TALK) OR YOU CAN VISIT MENTALHEALTH.GOV TO FIND A COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE IN YOUR AREA. WE SUPPORT YOU. Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
1:02:13
May 14, 2020
EP 32: Sophie Scholl, the Anti-Nazi White Rose
This week on Hashtag History, we are talking about Sophie Scholl, the badass, anti-Nazi activist and resistance member that worked against the Nazi movement during World War II and, when caught, was executed by guillotine at the young age of twenty-one. Scholl isn't talked about enough here in America but, back in Germany, her name is synonymous with the word "Freedom". Tune into this week's episode for an uplifting History lesson about a dynamite woman! Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
36:24
May 12, 2020
EP 31: The Hindenburg Disaster
For our Season Four premiere episode, Leah is taking over and talking all about the Hindenburg Disaster of 1937. Often referenced as "The Titanic of the Sky", the LZ-129 Hindenburg was an airship that - upon what would become its final voyage across the Atlantic in May of 1937 - met a terrible, fiery end and claimed along with it the lives of 35 passengers and crew members. Tune into this episode to learn how this horrific event in History changed air travel forever. Oh, and also to enjoy a simple cocktail, some quarantine catch-up, and a really embarrassing story about Rachel. Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
38:47
May 5, 2020
EP 30: Women of the Railroad (Featuring Special Guest, Nicole Allison, Public Historian at the California State Railroad Museum)
This week on Hashtag History, we are wrapping up Season Three with a super special Season Finale featuring special guest, Nicole Allison, Public Historian at the California State Railroad Museum and subject matter expert on all things related to women of the railroad. In this episode, Nicole tells us all about the Railroad Museum's latest exhibit, Crossing Lines: Women of the Railroad, and the major contributions women had to not only the railroad but to law, society, and the way we operate today!  Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
51:58
April 7, 2020
EP 29: The Jonestown Massacre, Part Two
This week on Hashtag History, we are completing our discussion on the Jonestown Massacre that occurred in November of 1978 when occult leader, Jim Jones, killed 918 of his followers in a mass suicide as a result of drinking and injecting cyanide. In this final Part Two episode, we discuss the Peoples Temples' move to Guyana, how their "Utopia" quickly turned into a hell, and the absolute devastation that occurred in Jonestown that still shocks the world to this day. Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
50:01
March 30, 2020
EP 28: The Jonestown Massacre, Part One
This week on Hashtag History, we are talking about the Jonestown Massacre that occurred in November of 1978 when occult leader, Jim Jones, killed 918 of his followers in a mass suicide as a result of drinking and injecting cyanide. In this special Part One episode, we are diving into Jones' background, his fake AF "faith healings", and how he was able to convince thousands to follow him to their eventual deaths. Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
36:08
March 24, 2020
EP 27: The Donner Party
This week on Hashtag History, we are talking about the infamous Donner Party, the group of individuals that traveled along the Oregon Trail to the West...and maybe ate each other along the way. Although everyone has some knowledge about the Donner Party, how much do you really know? Join us this week to learn all things Donner Party, all things westward travel, and all things cannibalism. Whoo! Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
33:59
March 17, 2020
EP 26: Leonardo Da Vinci, the Ultimate Polymath
This week on Hashtag History, we are talking about Leonardo Da Vinci, the ultimate polymath. Don't know what a polymath is? Listen to this episode to find out! We discuss all things Da Vinci and go far beyond just the artist behind infamous paintings like The Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. We dive into Da Vinci, the scientist, the engineer, the zoologist, the inventor...and more! We also take a dive into Da Vinci's personal life, the people he hung out with, and possibly why he never married. Tune into this episode to learn a thing or two about the man that everyone thinks they know all about. Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
38:40
March 10, 2020
EP 25: Dorothea Puente, the Death House Landlady
This week on Hashtag History, we are talking about one of Rachel's most favorite stories to talk about...EVER! For one, we get to talk about our hometown again, Sacramento, California. But what many people don't know is that Sacramento is home to one of America's greatest, most methodical, most deceptive, and most unsuspecting serial killers. Tune in to this week's episode to hear how one elderly woman swindled the less fortunate out of their money...and then buried them in her backyard. Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
47:57
March 3, 2020
EP 23: The 1982 Tylenol Poisoning
This week on Hashtag History, we are talking about the Tylenol poisonings that occurred in 1982 and resulted in the deaths of seven innocent people. To this day, no one has been charged with the crime. Rachel and Leah discuss possible suspects, Johnson & Johnson's response to the incident, and the changes made in pharmaceutical industries as a result of this devastation. Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
36:22
February 21, 2020
EP 22: Who Killed Jane Stanford?
This week on Hashtag History, we are talking about Jane Stanford, the co-owner of infamous Stanford University here in California. What most people don't know though is that Jane Stanford...was murdered! Or was she? Tune into this extra special episode that includes all of Rachel's and Leah's favorite things: History (duh!), murder (DUN DUN DUN), and discussions about our hometown, Sacramento, California! Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
36:50
February 11, 2020
EP 21: The Jacobite Uprising of 1745
We're back for Season Three! And to kick things off, Leah is taking over this Season Premiere! This week on Hashtag History, Leah is talking all about the Jacobite Uprising of 1745 which was the last of a series of Scottish revolts against their British rulers in an effort to restore a Catholic Stewart to the English throne. Join us for some yummy drinks (and maybe some carrots?) while Leah teaches Rachel all about something in History that Rachel knows nothing about!  Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
45:50
February 4, 2020
EP 20: The JFK Assassination, Part Two (Featuring Special Guest, Kelly Boyles)
This week on Hashtag History, we are celebrating the Season Finale of Season Two with a special two-part segment about the John F. Kennedy Assassination. We are joined by reoccurring guest, Kelly Boyles, the owner of Milk House Shakes in Old Sacramento (a coffee and milkshake shop based on U.S. Presidents). The JFK Assassination has long been one of the greatest controversies in American History...and rightfully so. In this week's episode, we conclude the story of the assassination by diving into Kennedy's death and autopsy, Lyndon B. Johnson's swearing in, the Warren Commission, and all things conspiracy theory! Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. Finally, be sure to check out Milk House Shakes in Old Sacramento for a delicious milkshake or coffee named after a U.S. President! THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
44:57
December 31, 2019
EP 19: The JFK Assassination, Part One (Featuring Special Guest, Kelly Boyles)
This week on Hashtag History, we are celebrating the Season Finale of Season Two with a special two-part segment about the John F. Kennedy Assassination. We are joined by reoccurring guest, Kelly Boyles, the owner of Milk House Shakes in Old Sacramento (a coffee and milkshake shop based on U.S. Presidents). The JFK Assassination has long been one of the greatest controversies in American History...and rightfully so. In this week's episode, we learn about Kennedy's upbringing, his severe medical condition, his race for the presidency, and all the details behind that infamous trip to Dallas, Texas in November of 1963. While we stick to the generally accepted facts presented by the Warren Commission in this episode, don't you worry! We dive into all things conspiracy in Part Two of the JFK Assassination coming out next week! Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. Finally, be sure to check out Milk House Shakes in Old Sacramento for a delicious milkshake or coffee named after a U.S. President!  THANKS FOR LISTENING!  - Rachel and Leah
43:44
December 24, 2019
EP 18: The RFK Assassination
This week on Hashtag History, we are talking about the lesser-known Kennedy Assassination: The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. Only five years after John F. Kennedy's assassination, Robert ("Bobby") Kennedy sadly followed in his brother's footsteps. And not just in his race for the presidency; he too was assassinated by a "lone" assassin...or was he? Join us as we talk about the RFK Assassination and the many questions and conspiracy that come along with it. Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
43:45
December 17, 2019
EP 17: The Great Fire of Rome
This week on Hashtag History, we are talking about the Great Fire of Rome that occurred in 64 AD and wiped out a third of the City! Who was responsible for the fire? Christians? Nero? Or could the whole fire have been accidental? Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
33:56
December 10, 2019
EP 16: The Winchester Mystery House
This week on Hashtag History, we are debunking the many myths of the Winchester Mystery House constructed by Sarah Winchester for a non-stop thirty-eight years! Rachel took a tour to the infamous Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California and reports back on her first-hand experiences, some hardcore history truths, and the long-standing myths and rumors that have surrounded Mrs. Winchester's mysterious house for hundreds of years. Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
47:44
December 3, 2019
EP 15: The Other Side of Frank Sinatra
This week on Hashtag History, we are diving into the "other side" of world-famous singer, Frank Sinatra. While most people know Sinatra as one of the best-selling musicians in the world with over 150 million records sold worldwide, there was a whole other side of Sinatra that most people don't know. This other side reveals a story of Sinatra's arrest and imprisonment, his deep mafia ties, a really violent temper, and an FBI file that contained more than 2,000 pages! Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
44:28
November 26, 2019
EP 14: Elagabalus, The Teenage Emperor
This week on Hashtag History, we are discussing Roman Emperor, Elagabalus, who has long been considered by historians to be one of Rome's worst and most ill-equipped emperors...EVER. His reign was plagued by religious controversy, crazy parties, and really scandalous sexual exploits. He was married to five different women all while carrying on a committed relationship with a male slave. Meanwhile, on the side, he was sleeping with more men and women that one can count! Elagabalus is also now considered to have possibly been transgender and is one of the first reported cases of a request for gender reassignment surgery. Join us as we break down this super fascinating character in Roman History! Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
33:11
November 19, 2019
EP 13: Operation Paperclip
This week on Hashtag History, we are taking a deep look into one of the most controversial operations to ever be conducted by the United States Government. This operation took place shortly after World War II, a global conquest initiated by Germany in which the world witnessed the deaths of approximately 70 million people. The world saw firsthand how powerful and how devastating the Nazi Party could be. So why, between the years of 1945 and 1959, would the U.S. Government pay for nearly 2,000 Germans (some which had been leaders in the Nazi Party) to come here to the United States to work on some of our most top secret projects? This is the story we are diving into this week as we analyze Operation Paperclip.  Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
29:19
November 12, 2019
EP 12: Lizzie Borden
This week on Hashtag History, we are diving into one of America's very first murder trials in which a woman was tried for murdering her parents. This case also marks one of the first instances in which the media completely blew things out of proportion causing mass interest in the crime both then and now. In fact, pop culture has picked up the Lizzie Borden story in movies, television shows, and even a ballet! Join us this week as we talk about the one of the most fascinating stories in American true crime History. Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
45:45
November 5, 2019
EP 11: Jack the Ripper (Halloween Edition)
Welcome to Season Two of Hashtag History! This week on Hashtag History, we are doing all kinds of new things like introducing a Halloween special edition episode...and passing the reigns over to Leah for her takeover episode! Leah introduces us to Jack the Ripper, the still unidentified serial killer that roamed Whitechapel, London in the late 1800s and has been connected to at least five gruesome murders. We dive into all of the victims' stories as well as the various theories about who exactly Jack the Ripper might be.  Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
52:07
October 30, 2019
EP 10: The Teapot Dome Scandal (Featuring Special Guest, Kelly Boyles)
This week on Hashtag History, we are celebrating the Season Finale of Season One by inviting our special guest, Kelly Boyles (owner of Milk House Shakes in Old Sacramento) to join us as we discuss the Teapot Dome Scandal. This scandal is super underrated even though, prior to the Watergate Scandal, this was the largest political scandal to occur in the highest office of the land. Join us as we dive into the life of President Warren G. Harding, his lifelong dealings in corruption, and a deep analysis into just how involved he was in the Teapot Dome Scandal.  Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. Finally, be sure to check out Milk House Shakes in Old Sacramento for a delicious milkshake or coffee named after a U.S. President!  THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah 
49:32
October 8, 2019
EP 9: The Black Plague
This week on Hashtag History, we are breaking down the super infamous and super well-known Black Plague that struck Europe between 1347 and 1351 and resulted in the deaths of anywhere between 75 to 200 million people! Although everyone knows about the Black Plague, we are confident that you will learn a thing or two on this episode that you did not already know. Oh, and here's a fair warning: This episode is DISGUSTING! Be sure to hold your appetites and have a bucket nearby as we dive into this week's gruesome story!  Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
36:34
October 1, 2019
EP 6: The Library of Alexandria
This week on Hashtag History, we are diving into one of History's greatest mysteries and greatest losses. Imagine a place where we could gather all of the answers to all of our questions about ancient civilization; a central location that contained upwards of 700,000 resources that you could use to obtain any and every type of information you could imagine about the ancient world. Now I want you to imagine all of that information vanishing and, with it, our knowledge of the ancient world was destroyed. Tune into the episode to find out more! Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
29:37
September 10, 2019
EP 5: Akenhaten/Amenhotep IV
This week on Hashtag History, we will be transporting ourselves back to ancient Egypt to take a closer look at one of the most controversial pharaohs to ever live! He was so controversial, in fact, that after he died, monuments of his were destroyed, his image was removed from statues, and his name was even expunged from the list of pharaohs so that Egyptians could pretend like his reign had never happened. So what did this guy do to get himself nearly removed from History?! Tune into the episode to find out!  Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
29:50
September 3, 2019
EP 4: The Trial of Sacco and Vanzetti
This week on Hashtag History, we continue to discuss immigrants in America in the early 1900s. Immigrants faced intense discrimination in America which not only meant lower wages in the work place but it also meant poor housing, daily racial and religious prejudice, and even - in the worst case scenario - it could mean being tried and executed for a crime you did not commit. This is the case of Sacco and Vanzetti. Were they truly guilty of murder? Or was is guilt by association? Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
44:50
August 27, 2019
EP 3: Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
This week on Hashtag History, we are diving into the tragic story of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire which killed 146 people on March 25, 1911 in Manhattan, New York. So why didn't the one and only fire escape work? Why was the door to the stairs that led outside locked? Why was there no water when the emergency water valves were turned? And just how many other ways could this incident have been prevented? Check out this episode to find out!   Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
48:05
August 20, 2019
EP 2: The Lost Colony of Roanoke
This week on Hashtag History, we will be diving into America’s oldest mystery: The Lost Colony of Roanoke! When you learn about American History, starting with the Colonial Era, most people are taught that Jamestown was the start of it. Most people have never even heard of the Colony of Roanoke and have no idea that the Colonial Era actually started over twenty years before the Jamestown settlers arrived. So why are we not taught about the Roanoke Colony?  Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. THANKS FOR LISTENING!  - Rachel and Leah
32:34
August 13, 2019
EP 1: Chappaquiddick - Part Two
This week on Hashtag History, we discuss the Chappaquiddick incident in gory detail, discover the severe ramifications the incident had on the Kennedy family and the nation as a whole, and we will even hear a word from Mr. Kennedy himself! Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. THANKS FOR LISTENING! - Rachel and Leah
45:51
August 6, 2019
EP 1: Chappaquiddick - Part One
This week on Hashtag History, we introduce the Chappaquiddick incident! We will take a dive into Ted Kennedy’s background, the events leading up to the infamous car accident, and…hey, you may even learn how to make a new cocktail!   Follow Hashtag History on Instagram @hashtaghistory_podcast for all of the pictures mentioned in this episode. Citations for all sources can be located on our website at HashtagHistory-Pod.com. THANKS FOR LISTENING!   - Rachel and Leah
33:39
July 30, 2019
Introduction
Welcome to Hashtag History; the ultimate History podcast for History Nerds and History Haters alike! Here at Hashtag History, we dive into History's greatest stories of controversy, conspiracy, and corruption.
00:38
July 10, 2019