Holly and Tracy provide interesting tidbits of history in a wide range of subjects. It took a long time for me to adjust to the nasality of their voices and Holly’s loud laughter. Both would probably benefit from vocal coaching. On the recent brief Texas episode, they apologized for mispronouncing words not common to English language speakers. That just shouldn’t be necessary! As it is clear that they have done significant research and want to share information from other cultures, it’s shameful that anyone would actually be offended-clearly, mispronunciations aren’t on purpose. Too many people are too easily offended by nothing these days. For those who are so easily “psychically bruised,” try this: Assume positive intent. You will be much happier. In the meantime, enjoy the content that is presented by these particular podcasters. Everyone brings their own special touch to the world. Accept others as you would like to be accepted and stop hating on those who aren’t exactly like you.
Hi. My spouse and I found your show a year ago. We listen to episodes every weekend morning over coffee and cuddling with our pooches. I love your show so much that I make him listen to episodes over wine too which he doesn’t seem to mind😁 We both wanted to let you know that we appreciate your show so much. Thank you to your team as well!
When y’all introduce yourselves, and when Holly goes second, she does some kind of cheerful “up” that charms me to no end and makes me smile every time. Listened to the barbeque/barbecue/bbq show this morning. As a native Texican now living in Arizona, I would also like to point out the wonderful sausage available in The Lone Star State, the result of German, Czech and Mexican influences. My personal favorite is a turkey sausage you can only find in the small town of Llano (and yes, they pronounce the “L”). I know the idea of turkey sausage may seem repugnant, but, trust me, it’s among the finest dead animal products on this or any other planet.Keep up the great work!Vince Gittings
This content is fascinating - spot on. However, I find Holly Frye’s delivery SO grating, that I rarely make it through an episode. If the topic includes French names or locations, forget it - I don’t even bother. She tries entirely too hard to do the French pronunciation, so it sounds like a child putting on a play. Even without the French, or the tone of her voice, or delivery of her speech, she so often interjects her wholly unnecessary views on things (she loathes children, folks - don’t even bring them around her!), that it turns me off to the show entirely. Too bad, too. Let Tracy run it solo!
This is a great podcast, but I have to agree with other reviewers in that the new hosts Holly and Tracy are annoying to listen to, especially when it comes to their pronunciations of names and places in other languages. They don’t have radio/podcast voices, and I also have to agree that they should be replaced by former hosts or new ones. I feel bad in saying this, because they do sound like genuinely nice people, but listening to them as podcast hosts can be intolerable at times.
They alternate reading back and forth from their scripts in such a boring manner it has the cadence of a term paper read to the class by a 6th grader. Most of all I can’t deal with Holly’s voice and behavior anymore; besides being the most nasally voice I have ever heard recorded on any media, she is laugh-talking at all times (even when it’s inappropriate) and then just stopping to laugh uproariously for the most minor reason. I haven’t listened for the last couple of months because I dread hearing the guffaws and giggling throughout. I guess this has just degenerated into Holly’s show where she indulges every thought that pops into her mind that she finds hilarious. After a couple years of listening, I’m done. Deleting the whole thing.
I’ve only been listening a little while but so far I think it’s a great history podcast overall. The subjects are widely varied and, true to the title of the show, cover events and/or people of history that are seldom covered in standard education. On occasion when the subject is a person/event everyone knows, the show covers the lesser known (and usually far more interesting!) details. I don’t find the hosts’ voices to be annoying. In fact, if anything, I find them to be too soothing. Especially one of the hosts from the older episodes (Sarah maybe? I just started listening this month.), her voice is almost mollifying. I would love to have a podcast of her just reading fairy tales or singing lullabies, it would put me to sleep every night. However, for a history podcast I don’t want to be soothed, I want dynamic conversation! I would agree with some other reviewers that it sounds like two girls just reading from a script at times. I’ve no doubt they put in tons of time researching and writing the material (and they do a great job!), but the delivery can feel like you’re listening to one of your teachers reciting a really good paper. But again, their voices aren’t grating or irritating or ‘sorority’ sounding (whatever that means). The two later hosts (Holly and Tracy I think) do a better job. One of them in particular (not sure which) injects some personality in the discussion, which is much needed for this type of medium. I’d still enjoy some more conversing between the hosts instead of them just taking turns reading from the script. I disagree with some reviewers who complained about the political correctness of the show. I too grow weary of people trying to force the vast, complicated, weird and messy thing that is history into a small, neat box formed by our modern, western values. But I’ve listened to a lot of episodes and so far haven’t heard any of that in this show. They handle sensitive and controversial topics with delicate ease, without pronouncing judgement or shying away from brutal details. I’ve never felt like I’m being directed on how to think or how to perceive a person or their work, even in light of very ugly truths (think Lord Byron). All in all, a very good podcast.
Topics are quite interesting. We used to listen when Candice, Katie, and Sarah were hosts. Sadly the new hosts’ voices are beyond grating; extremely nasally with a pitch akin to scratching nails down a chalk board, also the cadence of their speech sounds like someone struggling to breath through a plastic bag. Maybe a vocal coach would help? Afraid have had to unsubscribe we can no longer bear to listen to the nasally shrill vocals and audible labored breathing trying to read aloud.
I’ve been listening since my first iPhone. I have a blasted sleep disorder which results in pain. Distraction is important for me. I can count on Stuff You Missed in History Class (and Dr Drew) to take me away and get me to drop off to sleep. In this war against voters who have pain, I am without my medical documented necessary meds. God bless you ladies!
I have a forty minute commute to work (one-way) so I have quickly become invested in podcasts of all flavors. History podcasts are my favorite and SYMHC is one of the top-ranking in my podcast library.Thank you Holly and Tracy for keeping me sane on my long drives.
What used to be consistently interesting to me with a variety of subjects, has over the past year os so become heavily focused on the history of film/comics, and involves much more recent "history." I have enjoyed this podcast since the beginning, but am losing interest as of late.
Downloaded several episodes to listen to on long car ride. After the second podcast had enough. Topics seem interesting, but voices grating after a short while. Then having previously listened to couple of their podcasts they don’t make their material compelling or fun. Gave it a shot.
I have been listening to this podcast for years. Yes the hosts are quirky. Admittedly, they are not experts on subjects they present. I also find topics too American, yet I continue to listen to every podcast. Tuning in to Holly and Tracy and previous hosts who were also quirky is kind of like having old friends over for dinner. Sometimes the topics are not really interesting to me but I still listen and am entertained and look forward to what other topics they will present.
This used to be among my favorites but they meandered into social justice subjects way too often. Not that those things aren't important, but I miss the days when the mysterious death of Edgar Allen Poe would make the topics list. The history of tenaments just isn't as interesting.BTW - I love the hosts. It's the topics that no longer appeal.
I’ve been exposed to many people and events in history that I, as a amateur history buff, had never heard of until Holly and Tracy covered them. The research is great, there is almost always mentions of further reading, and the chemistry of H&T makes the dry pages of time a little more accessible. (Big PopStuff fan!) xx
I love Tracy and Holly! I need more episodes to download. Ive gotten back to episodes with other hosts and it’s not the same. The content is always great but these two make the show!!! I live for my time in the car listening to the show!