Unbuttoned History

In this episode the gang talks about the fascinating history of the Birth Control Pill from Greek Goddesses eating pomegranate seeds to the Political War over Women's Healthcare in 21st Century America. Yes, they discuss this in the manner that you are accustomed to, nothing is different about yours hosts this week, absolutely nothing at all.

Direct download: HLThePill.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:30pm EST

Emma tells the ridiculous tale of when the Australian Military faced their greatest threat at home: large flightless birds. Buckle up this one is gonna be absurd.

Direct download: HLEmuwar.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 9:51pm EST

The gang get a little sensational as they discuss an article on Norman Ohler's book The Total Rush: Drugs in the Third Reich. Learn how pretty much everyone was out of their gourds on drugs before, during and after World War II. We also have a discussion on how pervasive narcotics have been for war efforts.

Direct download: HLNaziDrugReich.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:30pm EST

The Badass Bitches series continues as Mike & Mike discuss Theodora empress of Byzantine, in Mike's Somerville cave.

Direct download: HLTheadora.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:30pm EST

When Mike is away, the gang will play….a lot of shitty games. Learn how Korean women look like babies, how Mike Hachey as wrong about moveable type and why Dan Kruger’s girlfriend hates Caleb.

Direct download: HLPress.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

This week Americans celebrate a feast holiday of Thanksgiving merging the ideas of having a great late fall feast and to remember our centuries long issues with racial interaction, but this week we look at notable food fails born of pride, greed, and just straight up dumbassery. Caleb encourages listeners to listen to the Hot 8 Brass Band's cover of "Sexual Healing" and talks about a new podcast coming out.

Direct download: HLFeastFuck_mixdown.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:30pm EST

Learn about how the Spanish conquered a more advanced civilization through never bathing and having gross pig diseases.

Direct download: HLInca_mixdown.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

The gang explains how Metacomet’s post-mortem revenge on English Colonists leads to the heroin epidemic in New England.

Direct download: HLKingPhilipsWar.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

Caleb, Mike and Mike discuss the finer points of 19th century sexual harassment and Rasputin.


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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 5:58pm EST

Lord Byron, Mary Shelley and Percy Shelley invent Gothic Post Punk while Methos the Immortal and DJ Dr. John Williams Polidari invent the first mixtape. We  learn that Lord Byron is  a Sex Monster. Oh, and Frankenstein is written.

Direct download: HLGothicHipsters_mixdown.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

The gang minus Mike the Intern, assemble to talk to one of the greatest minds in history: Isaac Newton. In an interesting turn of events, he's a complete freak. Special Guest Appearance by Gabe Graetz!

Direct download: HLIsaacNewtonmp3.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:26pm EST

Forced migration: fun for the whole family! Listen to the latest installment of Atrocity Deathmatch and let us know which is more atrocious: the American Trail of Tears or Soviet Russia’s Operation Lentil.

Direct download: HLTrailTearsOperationLentil.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:47pm EST

Grab a Guinness, turn on that Cranberries CD, and see how Irish petty grievances, World War I, and English underestimation leads to the worst Dublin's ever seen.

Direct download: HLEasterRebellion.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:36pm EST

Haile Selassie: Great Leader, Strongman Dictator or Divine Manifestation on Earth?

Direct download: HLHaileSelassie.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:14pm EST

A new series is introduced: Atrocity Deathmatch where two horrific nightmare events are compared, contrasted, evaluated and ranked. In our first edition Caleb decries Apartheid while Mike says Jim Crow is really bad.

Vote for which one you think is worse at facebook.com/historycmt

Direct download: HLAparteidJimCrow.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 2:44pm EST

We ahve a full house today, as all four of your favorite pseudo-historians tell the tales of the four most despicable people in history.

Direct download: Traitors.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:14pm EST

Caleb and the Mikes look into the Source Code of German Assholery.

Direct download: HLTeutonicKnights1.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 9:17pm EST

Both Mikes are thousands of miles away in sperate directions but thankfully two incredible guests take their place: Julia L. Scherer-Hoock and Gabriel Graetz from the freedom Trail and Tea Party Ships and Museum come to go IN DEPTH on the Boston Tea Party. Yes we finally did the Tea Party.

Direct download: HLTeaParty.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 12:37pm EST

Caleb is showing Emma and Capatin Intern Mike how to use the Ghostphone. But when Caleb leaves the room to moisturize, the two newbies dick around with it. Thankfully everyone's American Dreams come true.

Direct download: HLDustyRhodes.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 10:46pm EST

There's a full house at the Roxbury Laboratory and today the gang discusses the worst and most evil Popes in history. Man, who'd a thought that having a singular king of your religion would lead to such gross and worldly corruption?

Direct download: HLBadPopes_mixdown.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 9:02am EST

Captain Intern Mike takes historians on a journey to the dark side, exploring bizarre and horrific myths from his curio of the macabre.

Direct download: HLHistoryAfterDark.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 9:47pm EST

Still down at the Bishop Wharf for vacation: Emma, Mike and Caleb chat with infamous Rhode Islander and Horror Writer HP Lovecraft. We discussthe number of mental health facilities in RI, swarthy immigrants, hisfeelings on women and much much more!

Direct download: HLLovecraft.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 10:51am EST

While vacationing at the Bishop Wharf Caleb, Mike, Emma and Cpt. Mike the Intern talk about the three dictators that ran Paraguay in the 1800s. The good ideas, the bad ideas, and the catastrophic ideas of three very different dictators. Listen to Paraguayan rock band Flou's "A Tu Lado" at the end of the 'cast.

Direct download: HLParaguay_mixdown.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 3:56pm EST

We have a full house tonight at the Roxbury laboratory. This episode is a banger: weird characters, Senators revealing their sexual and intellectual ineptitude, a ratio of 50% topic and 50% tangents and sad Gaelic Violin music. Enjoy our discussion of how the American Government persecuted homosexuals for most of the Cold War.

Direct download: HLLavendarScare.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 11:45am EST

Today Caleb talks about a hidden Pyramid in the Mexican jungle. Then he chats with the foreman of the project and the crazy way this Pyramid was found.

Direct download: HLHiddenPyramid_.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:55am EST

What if I told you that the Navy decided to find out if gay men were in the navy by trying to get gay decoys? And What If i told you, that job was suddenly really popular? And then what if I told you that the Clergy got caught up in it?

Direct download: HLBestLaidPlans.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:53pm EST

Captain Intern Mike and Emma battle for your affection while Christendom battles for the Holy Land. Join us for a guided tour of the Kingdom of Jerusalem.

Direct download: HLKingdomJerusalem.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 11:29am EST

Captain Intern Mike joins Mike and Caleb to discuss the Spread of Buddhism starting from it's Homeland in Northern India and why modern India has so few Buddhist.

Direct download: HLBuddhismIndia.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:30pm EST

Caleb sits down with friend-of-the-show Jeff Marcus to discuss Jeff's bid to run for King of America on the Fascist Party ticket in the 2020s. Also, Caleb finds out a person in the News went to his High School.

Direct download: HLKing.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:00pm EST

Mike the Intern helps Mike and Caleb learn life lessons from the medieval Khazars, including how to not care about religion, surviving on the steppe, and being Jewish way before it was cool (an era dating from 3500 BCE to the present).

Direct download: HLKhazaria.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:01pm EST

Fascism Pie

1 fluid ounce of frustrated nationalism

3 tablespoons of racism

1 nostalgic bygone era

A crumble of socialist economy

Sprinkle liberally with corrupt democratic politicians

Soupçon of Dope Ass Flag Design

Shake Vigorously until all Communists are dead

Services a population of 50 million


Direct download: HLFascism.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 12:43pm EST

There were many proud Bostonians who helped guide the United States of America to greatness, but Fate had something fantastic in store for one in particular! Which is good, because he probably wouldn't have managed on his own. Terry recounts the tale of the early American "philosopher" and trade magnate, Timothy Dexter.

Direct download: Timothy_Dexter_mixdown.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 10:00pm EST

In this episode your favorite Pseudo-Historians compare a Communist Leader to an obscure Music Genre.

Direct download: HLYugoslavia.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 12:13am EST


In this episode the boys talk about McCarthyism and it brings the worst out in them: Caleb gets drunk and violent, Terry exploits his position as host for personal gain, and Mike submits to Sexual Mania.

Direct download: HLMcCarthyism.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 11:27pm EST


Who are the Phoenicians and why should I give a shit? Well, Caleb and Mike tell you that if it weren’t for these rag-tag Mediterranean traders we wouldn’t know anything today. It’s as easy as A, B, C. But in this instance A isn’t a vowel. They didn’t get around to vowels.

Direct download: HLPhoenicians.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 10:23am EST

Terry tells the tale of the most trustworthy man involved in illegal activities in Jersey City, and the unlikely event that defined his career. A story of honesty, destiny, and old, old cars.

Direct download: Newsboy_Moriarty_mixdown.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 10:00pm EST

In this episode we close out our Badass Bitches series with Milwaukee’s Greatest Daughter: Golda Meir. Also discussed: Her Campaign promise, ‘A Missile in Every Silo, and a Moshe in every House’

Direct download: HLGoldaMeir.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 9:00pm EST

The Badass Bitches are back! The boys go to India to discover the life, time, and superpowers of one of the country's greatest... something! Three of us are in the studio, but maybe not who you think...

Direct download: Indira_Gandhi_mixdown.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 10:30pm EST

Berserk Marauders? Or Global Traders? Stoic warriors? Or Unparalleled Sailors? On this episode of History Lessons with Caleb, Mike & Terry we talk about the Vikings.

Direct download: HLVikings.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 11:38pm EST


Last time we saw the boys, they were in quite the sticky situation - but it looks like things'll be getting worse before they get better! And then worse again?! What does fate have in store for Caleb, Mike, Terry, and the rest of the universe? Clap your hands if you believe!

Direct download: HLSpesh3.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 12:03am EST

Caleb, Mike 7& Terry gab about a new Badass bitch: Alice Roosevelt. Then Caleb, Mike & Terry show up. It get's weird.

Direct download: HLSpecialPtII.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 9:19pm EST


The boys finally reap the rewards for all their hard work with a spectacular celebration. Everyone but Bob Hope shows up to congratulate History Lessons on a job well done. It will be totally fine.

Direct download: HLSpecialptI.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 11:44pm EST

In this episode Caleb is alone and semi-coherently tells the tale of Vanport, Oregon and how a Flood integrated Portland, Oregon. Also exciting news abounds!

Direct download: HLVanport.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 10:53am EST

Unleashing the fury on some Romans with your tits out. This week we tell you why you should never mess with a chick from Norfolk.

Direct download: HLBoudica.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 10:00pm EST

As we all wait for the St. Bernards to come and rouse us with their tiny, warming barrels of booze during this winter hellstorm, we dip again into the lustrous pool of Badass Bitches to uncover the exploits of the greatest pirate of all time.

Direct download: Ching_Shih_mixdown.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:23pm EST

Your favorite Pseudo-Historians start a new series: Badass Bitches. Where we concentrate on Women from history who can not, will not be forgotten. Our inaugural episode is on Catherine the Great aka Catherine II of Russia. Hear how a Prussian girl can be so dope that the people of Russia back her in a bloodless coup of their own ruler. 

Direct download: HLCatherinetheGreat.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 11:59pm EST

While snowed in alone at the Roxbury Laboratory for Snow, Snow and more fucking Snow. Caleb rememebrs a different Blizzard with the help of family tales, way back in the seventies when trucks didn't beep when they backed up and people chose to go to colllege hockey games instead of listen to the National Weather Service.

Direct download: HLBlizzard78.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 4:38pm EST

With sickness sweeping the studio, only Terry is left to interview a guest on the Ghost Phone. Along with him, you'll find out about Quebec's potential sovereignty, the hated British, and all of the delectable cuisine you can only find in a region full of Francophonics.

Direct download: HLReneLevesque.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 11:18pm EST

Your three favorite Petit Blancs try and keep their lives while they tell you about the most complex Risk game ever attempted: the Haitian Revolution. Learn how the Black Napoleon defeats the white Napoleon, How rich Haiti once was and why Spain and France named their territories on the same Island, the same name.

Direct download: HLHaitianRev.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 12:10pm EST