Door Key

Door Key

I find myself drawn to the more social side of history than dates or battles. While I do think dates and battles are important, I find questions like ‘When did Catherine of Aragon realize she'd lost Henry VIII’s love to Anne Boleyn?’ or ‘Just what exactly was Aaron Burr's deal?’ to be what really fascinates me about history. This is the lens that I view history from on the Door Key Podcast (and the accompanying Substack newsletter) because I'm a dork with a deep love of history who wants to talk about it. https://doorkey.substack.com/

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May 9, 2024 45 mins

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I love history, but I also love all things Spooky and True Crime!

So when I got a chance to team up with Traci and Jeremy from the Total Conundrum podcast to discuss some historical True Crime, I was in!
 
In this episode: Traci, Jeremy, and I discuss the mystery of the Villisca Axe Murders of 1912.

They talk about True Crime, Cr...

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My friend Holley Snaith is a historian, author, and editor.
She was kind enough to spend some time talking with me to tell me about her amazing career.
I hope you enjoy listening to this conversation as much as I enjoyed having it!

Here's a link to Holley's website: https://www.holleysnaith.com/

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April 11, 2024 35 mins

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this episode is about the actress clara bow.
clara was an actress during the silent movie era, and successfully transitioned to 'talKies'. she wAs in the movie 'it', and became known as 'the it giRl'.
clara bow caMe to personify the roAring twentIeS with her flapper style and wAys. Clara led A sad, but fascinaTing lif...

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April 1, 2024 2 mins

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Do you find yourself lost in the maze of history? Are you interested in the past, but think learning about history is too much work, or boring?

Introducing Door Key – an all-natural, non-harmful, multi-sourced history podcast.


Happy April Fool's Day!

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March 28, 2024 42 mins

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March  is Women's History Month, and Door Key is celebrating that by discussing Amelia Earhart!

Amelia Earhart is most well-known for being the first woman to fly a plane  across the Atlantic Ocean by herself. Amelia's attempt to be the first woman to circumnavigate the globe ended in her demise. She was so much more than that!
This...

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March  is Women's History Month, and Door Key is celebrating that by having a discussion with author Aly Riley!
Aly and I discuss her book 'She Spies: Women of the American Revolution, their historic missions, and agent 355 revealed'.
This book talks about the roles women played during the American Revolution, especially focusing on...

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February 29, 2024 29 mins

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February is Black History Month, and Door Key is celebrating that by talking about George Washington Carver.
Carver was one of the most prominent black scientists of the early 20th century. He was a professor at Tuskegee Institute, where he developed techniques to improve soil that had been depleted by repeated plantings of cotton. He also wrote a bul...

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February 15, 2024 33 mins

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Door Key is celebrating Black History Month by talking about the one and only Josephine Baker!

Josephine Baker was an American-born French dancer, singer, and actress. She was a flapper synonymous with that era, as well as  the first black woman to star in a major motion picture. But she was so much more than that - she was a member of the French...

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February 10, 2024 1 min
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This episode briefly discusses the life and death of Abraham Lincoln, but the main focus of this episod  is the plot to kidnap his remains about 10 years after his burial.

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January 18, 2024 24 mins

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It's been 50 episodes!

This episode is a celebration - Door Key has released 50 episodes!
I put a call out to listeners to send in a question or comment, and you listeners really came through!
This episode is me reading those questions and comments and answering them!

Thank you so much for listening to Door Key!
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This episode is about Napoleon.
I'm joined by military historian Michael Stroud, and we discuss the movie that's out right now about Napoleon, as well as the real historical figure.

During our conversation, Michael recommends two books about Napoleon. Those two books are Napoleon by Andrew Roberts and The Campaigns of Napoleon by Da...

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November 23, 2023 25 mins

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This episode discusses the history of Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is a holiday that is celebrated in America, and is on the fourth Thursday of every November. (There's also Canadian Thanksgiving, as well as similar celebrations in other places of the world, but this episode specifically focuses on American Thanksgiving.)



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November 9, 2023 41 mins

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This episode discusses Mary I of England. Mary I is known to history as Bloody Mary, but her real name was Mary Tudor. She was King Henry VIII’s oldest child and the daughter of Catherine of Aragon. She would eventually become Queen of England, but it was a long, tough road for her to get there. And unfortunately, things didn’t get much easier for her onc...

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October 26, 2023 21 mins

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This episode puts the spooky into Spooktaculer by discussing reported hauntings at Mount Vernon, which was George Washington's home. I don’t think there’s anything much better than a good ghost story, especially around Halloween!

This is the fourth and final episode that will be released this October during the Spooktaculer, where Door Key i...

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October 19, 2023 23 mins

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This episode is about Juana of Castille, who was Queen of Castile. Known to history as Juana la Loca (which translates to Juana the Crazy, or Juana the Mad), Juana had a very tumultuous, tragic life that certainly qualifies for an episode in the Spooktaculer.

This is the third of four episodes that will be released this October during the Spookta...

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October 12, 2023 32 mins

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This episode is about H.H. Holmes, who is known as America's first serial killer.
The crimes Holmes is most well-known for took place in Chicago around the time of the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893,around Chicago, where he built his infamous 'Murder Castle'.

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October 5, 2023 31 mins

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The Salem witch trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts between February 1692 and May 1693. 
More than 200 people were accused, and before it ended 20 people would be executed.
This episode discusses the Salem witch trials, their cause, and their impact - which can still be felt t...

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In November of 1924, a group of people went out on William Randolph Heart's yacht which was named The Oneida to celebrate film producer Thomas Ince's birthday.
The weekend ended with Thomas Ince's death.
It's unclear what happened on the yacht that weekend to cause Thomas Ince's death, but I'm talking about it in this...

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September 14, 2023 28 mins

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Alice Roosevelt was the daughter of the 26th President of the United States, Theodore  Roosevelt, but it was her outgoing personality and public antics that made her an icon.
This episode takes a look at Alice's life, and why Americans were so captivated by her that they nicknamed her 'America's Princess'.

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