Diana Brown is a freelance writer for HowStuffWorks and writes mostly for about our podcast Stuff They Don't Want You to Know. She has a B.A. in theater and a minor in creative writing from Georgia State University, and is a writer, performer, and producer of comedy and theater at the nonprofit Twinhead Theatre in Atlanta, where she's executive director. Diana also organizes the annual Atlanta Fringe Festival, where indie, underground and original theater companies showcase their work. She likes reading, cheese and dogs.
The guys at Stuff They Don't Want You To Know break down some of the myths behind one of the darkest times in the colonies.
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Psychics often try to help police solve crimes, but how many times are they really successful?
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Torture was formally abolished in Europe in the 19th century, but reared its ugly head again in the 20th century. Why did it reappear and what is its future?
Have you ever felt like a movie or TV show eerily predicted an actual event? There's a name for that.
Where do we draw the line between interesting and appalling?
In the age of endless information, are voters too distracted to make informed decisions?
InfoWars publisher Alex Jones has millions of followers. He regularly espouses conspiratorial stories. Are they fact or fiction?
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We've yet to find intelligent life outside of planet Earth. But instead of space, should we be looking right here but in other dimensions?
Tourists may not be the only ones to enjoy the beauty of the famous palace.
Gay men have been the target of many serial killers. The cases often go unsolved because men fear they'll be outed as gay if they talk. Do you hold the lead to solve one of these crimes?
The FDA is supposed to ensure the foods we eat are safe. But do you know what's in the foods you're eating?
Whether you love or hate Facebook, the Cambridge Analytica scandal exposed major flaws in the online platform. So where do we go from here?
Whether you agree with President Donald Trump's firing of former FBI director James Comey or not, Comey's place in history will forever be marred by the scandal. Now he's telling his side of the story.
Have the right Volkswagen execs paid for lying to the public about their car's environmental standards and emissions?
What really happened when the late Senator Ted Kennedy's car plunged off a bridge in 1969 killing Mary Jo Kopechne?