The History of Kiev

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On today’s episode of the History Fangirl Podcast, we talk with renowned travel blogger Megan Starr, who has carved out a fascinating niche in the travel world as an expert in the post-Soviet countries, particularly Ukraine. As Megan tells me, Kiev is a city that has been conquered and taken over and claimed so many … Read more

No Place Like It: A History of Singapore

Listen and Subscribe in iTunes Other ways to Listen and Subscribe On today’s episode of the History Fangirl Podcast, we talk with Ravi Mehta, host of The Wealth of Nations podcast. If you’ve ever traveled through southeast Asia, you know the one place you do not want to stop is Singapore, unless you’re flush with … Read more

Josiah Henson and the Underground Railroad

Listen and Subscribe in iTunes Other ways to Listen and Subscribe I lived in South Philadelphia for seven years, and knew very little about the area’s connection to the Civil War or the Underground Railroad. But just a couple years ago, I read a story about how a house not far from where I used … Read more

Roskilde: The Vikings Go to Denmark

Denmark - Roskilde - Viking Museum

Listen and Subscribe in iTunes Other ways to Listen and Subscribe On today’s episode of the History Fangirl Podcast, we talk with Noah Tetzner, host of the fantastic The History of Vikings Podcast. Vikings have come up a few times on this show, including their time in Iceland’s Thingvellir and their sacking of Lindisfarne. So … Read more

An Irreverent History of Disney World

Listen and Subscribe in iTunes Other ways to Listen and Subscribe On today’s very special episode of the History Fangirl Podcast, I, a Disney Skeptic, try to figure out why anyone over the age of nine would ever want to go to Disney World. And luckily, for this task I have Maggie Garvin on the … Read more

Space Tourism in Houston, Texas

While the History Fangirl Podcast has typically gone around the world to find the most fascinating stories, today we’re taking our eyes off the Earth and casting our gaze starward. Today’s guest is Valerie Stimac, an accomplished travel writer in her own right, who has started a unique site at spacetravelguide.com. While she isn’t quite … Read more

The Storied History of the Guinness Storehouse

On today’s episode of the History Fangirl Podcast, we’re talking with someone who has arguably the coolest job in the field of history, and one you may not have even known about. My guest today is Fergus Brady, the archives manager at the Guinness Storehouse. The archives contain everything about one of the most famous … Read more

Penn Station: Sacrificial Lamb

If you’ve ever been to New York City, there’s a good chance you traveled through Penn Station at some point. And then you instantly regretted it. On today’s episode, my guest is Greg Young of the famous Bowery Boys podcast, and we talk about the sad history of Penn Station, and what it can mean … Read more

The Colorful History of Lindisfarne

Maybe you’ve heard of the Book of Kells or the Gospel of Lindisfarne: These illuminated manuscripts are not only high works of religious text, but doors that open history to current scholars. Today on the show we’re talking about Lindisfarne, the island on the northern edge of England, where the monks who wrote that book … Read more

The Lost History of Angkor

Angkor, along with its most famous temple Angkor Wat, is one of the most unique places in the world and one of the best places to visit in Cambodia. The French claim to have discovered it when Cambodia was part of French Indochina, but like so many “lost” places the locals always knew about it. … Read more