American History

What Was the Deal With the Hatfields and McCoys?

It was America's most famous family feud, but the history of the Hatfields vs the McCoys is fraught with bias and inaccuracies. Dig into a disagreement in 19th-century Appalachia that became a very big deal around the world.

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Great articles on Comanche warriors, It's A Wonderful Life, Jamaican dancehall and more right here

How Cult Deprogramming Worked

The fear of cults in the 1970s drove Americans to look the other way on kidnappings, abuse and torture of cult members by deprogrammers - but did it even work?

What happened at Kent State?

On May 4, 1970, four days of anti-war protests at Kent State University in Ohio culminated in the unthinkable when Ohio guardsmen opened fire on protesters, killing four students. How could this tragedy take place?

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Oh boy! Josh and Chuck have another list of the best articles they read this week, just for you and your spongy brain.

The Shark Diaries

In this special episode of Stuff You Should Know, Chuck and Josh tip their hats to Shark Week with an old-fashioned radio play. Join the guys (and a few guests) as they present a dramatization of the 1916 Jersey Shore shark attacks.

What happened to the lost colony at Roanoke?

Before Jamestown became the first successful English colony in the New World, an entire group of settlers vanished. For the last 430 years, Roanoke has been an American mystery. Learn the theories of what became of the lost colonists in this episode.