Wiki Walks
A Quick Journey Through The Most Interesting Articles on Wikipedia
4 months ago

Ep.48 – Sarah Rector

The world's richest black woman in the early part of the 1900s was a 12 year old Oklahoman named Sarah

Episode Notes

After her family was sold to the Creek Indians and moved to Oklahoma in the early 1900s, Sarah Rector was given land at the age of 4 that turned out to be sitting on liquid gold. Nearly overnight, this young woman became arguably the richest black girl in the world.

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4 months ago

Ep.47 – The Last Civil War Widow

The last widow of an American Civil War soldier died....SIX WEEKS AGO.

Episode Notes

The crazy story of Helen Jackson, the 101 year old Missouri woman who died just a few weeks ago in December of 2020. Oh, quick note on Helen, she was the WIDOW OF A CIVIL WAR SOLDIER. Ya know, the Civil War, like, the one from the mid 1800s. Her husband fought in it. How is that even possible??

Also, the utterly random but oddly related story of how cicadas got their sound, according to Greek mythology. I promise its connected.

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6 months ago

Ep.46 – America's Oldest Ally

America's longest unbroken treaty is with an unlikely country who helped us fight off powerful pirate nations

Episode Notes

America was short on allies after its founding, and its Navy was getting absolutely thrashed overseas by pirate states. However, one surprising nation come to our rescue and was the first country to recognize the legitimacy of the United States, and still serves today as our companion in America's longest unbroken treaty.

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7 months ago

Ep.45 – The Forbidden Island

Hawaii's Ni'ihau Island is forbidden to outsiders, but has been owned by the same Scottish family since the 1860s!

Episode Notes

The Kingdom of Hawaii's Ni'ihau Island was purchased in the 1860s by Elizabeth Sinclair, a Scottish woman by way of New Zealand looking to find land to raise sheep and her family. Since then, "The Forbidden Island" has been off-limits to outsiders, even other Native Hawaiians, to protect the indigenous Ni'hauans' way of life. It has survived storms and even a wild escaped Japanese pilot who crashed there immediately after Pearl Harbor, where he took hostages and threatened to kill them all. But will it survive another 160 years with modernity just a quick boat ride away?

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7 months ago

Ep.44 – Operation Babylift

At the close of the Vietnam War, the US attempted to evacuate thousands of orphans by tossing them on commercials airplanes

Episode Notes

In the closing days and hours of the end of the Vietnam War, as Saigon began to crumble, the American military attempted to evacuate as many orphans out of the country as they could. These children were flown out in makeshift airborne nurseries to be delivered to American parents waiting to take them in. But further investigations revealed that many of these children were stolen from families and would spend decades trying to locate the families lost to them years ago.

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8 months ago

Ep.43 – Auto-Brewery Syndrome

Auto-Brewery Syndrome is a disorder where your gut bacteria ferments and brews alcohol inside you and gets you blitzed!

Episode Notes

Well this is a bizarre thing. There exists a bonafide, honest to goodness medical disorder wherein your gut bacteria will ferment with the addition of carbs and turn the contents of your stomach into...alcohol. Which then gets absorbed into your body and you get drunk off it. Auto-Brewery Syndrome. If you thought you were a cheap date before, you ain't heard nothing yet.

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9 months ago

Ep.42 – America's Rabbit Assassination Attempt

In the 1970s, it appeared that Jimmy Carter was nearly attacked when in the crosshairs of a swamp rabbit

Episode Notes

In 1979, America was suffering through a hostage crisis, a gas crisis, and a President deemed as weak and ineffectual by his rivals. That image was not helped when a photo was released that showed US President Jimmy Carter being attacked by a swamp rabbit while fishing alone in his native Georgia.

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9 months ago

Ep.41 – The Starlight Barking

The beloved original 101 Dalmatians children's novel had a sequel that was just...out of this world.

Episode Notes

You may know that 101 Dalmatians was originally a 1950s children's book. You may not know, however, that it had a sequel (not named 102 Dalmatians, by the way) based on comatose humans and alien dogs with superpowers trying to avoid nuclear war. This is a book...for children. Disney lovers, listen up.

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9 months ago

Ep.40 – The Slave Pirate Who Became a Congressman

The true story of Robert Smalls, a SC slave who stole a Confederate ship and earned his family's freedom

Episode Notes

One of the most thrilling and fascinating stories of the Civil War and its aftermath. During the war, Robert Smalls escaped from slavery by stealing a Confederate ship, piloting it through Confederate-controlled waters to freedom, then personally helped convince Abraham Lincoln to accept African-Americans into the Army and Navy. But the story doesn’t end there. After a successful career in business, he entered politics and served three terms in the House Of Representatives.

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9 months ago

Ep.39 – America's Youngest Diplomat

Samanta Smith, a 10 year old girl from Maine, unwittingly becomes penpals with the head of USSR and helps broker peace during the Cold War

Episode Notes

The amazing story of young Samantha Smith, a 10 year old girl from Maine, who, in 1983, wanted to know why the head of the USSR wanted to hurt America. So, she wrote him a letter pleading for peace. He responded, and then invited her to visit Moscow and tour the Soviet Union as his guest. She did, and became an inspiration for both countries to push for peace and end the Cold War. Take that, Greta.

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9 months ago

Ep.38 – The Boy Who Stole Queen Victoria's Panties

A 14 year old named The boy Jones wanted nothing more than to abscond away with the underwear of his crush, Queen Victoria

Episode Notes

Celebrity stalkers these days are old news. But back in Victorian England, a 14 year old named, "The Boy Jones" loved nothing more than stealing Her Majesty's royal undergarments, and wouldn't leave the poor woman alone. Until he was banished to a prison ship and then exiled to Australia. We've all been there, right?

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