Tracy Wilson


Tracy V. Wilson has loved stories and science for as long as she can remember. She joined HowStuffWorks as a staff writer in 2005, and she spent her first few years at the site destroying gadgets and mining patents, papers and interviews for the sake of figuring out what makes things tick. In 2007, she took on the role of hiring and training HowStuffWorks' new writers and editors, and she became site director in 2010. She co-hosted the PopStuff pop culture podcast with Holly Frey. No longer actively involved with the site, the pair now co-hosts Stuff You Missed in History Class. Tracy spends her downtime much like she spends her time at work: reading, writing, tinkering and brooking only the most delightful nonsense.

Recent Contributions

How the Grammys Work

Billions of dollars' worth of CDs and digital downloads are sold each year and the Grammy Awards recognize the people who create all this music. How are winners picked and who have been some of the most controversial?

Podcast Troubleshooting Tips

We get lots of requests for technical support for our podcast. Here are tips to troubleshoot episodes of Stuff You Missed in History Class.

A Note on Dr. James Barry

We've received several requests for a podcast on Dr. James Barry, but the video prompting those requests has a number of issues.

Show Notes: Jamaica's Maroon Wars

In the 18th century, Jamaica's Maroon population, made up of people who had escaped or been set free from enslavement, was at war with its white colonists and planters.

Show Notes: The Bombing of the Atlanta Temple

On October 12, 1958, Atlanta's Hebrew Benevolent Congregation Temple, known locally as The Temple, was bombed by white supremacists.

Show Notes: Executive Order 9066, Part 2

Under Executive Order 9066, anyone of Japanese American ancestry, whether a U.S. citizen or not, was removed to one of 10 camps constructed around the Western and Southern United States.

Show Notes: Executive Order 9066, Part 1

Although it made no specific mention of ancestry or nation of origin, Executive Order 9066 paved the way for the mass removal of Japanese Americans from the West Coast during World War II.

Show Notes: The Women's March on Versailles

Enraged by a massive food shortage and repeated incidents of waste among the royalty, in the early days of the French Revolution, Paris' women marched on Versailles.

Show Notes: Ira Frederick Aldridge

Ira Frederick Aldridge became one of the most celebrated Shakespearean actors of the Victorian age, and was the first black actor to make a name for himself interpreting Shakespeare.

Show Notes: Lucille Ball

Perhaps best known for her physical comedy on "I Love Lucy," Lucille Ball was also the first woman to run a major Hollywood studio.

Show Notes: Ed Roberts and the Independent Living Movement

When Ed Roberts tried to get financial help to go to college, the Department of Rehabilitation told him his disability made him unemployable. He went on to direct that same agency for 9 years.

Show Notes: Inês de Castro and Pedro I of Portugal

In a tragic love story that's been embellished over the centuries, Pedro I of Portugal fell in love with his wife's lady-in-waiting, who was, years later, posthumously crowned queen.

Show Notes: African Art History with Carol Thompson

In today's interview, Holly talks to Carol Thompson, Fred and Rita Richman Curator of African Art at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

Show Notes: Great Zimbabwe

Great Zimbabwe is the largest ancient structure in sub-Saharan Africa, and from the 11th through 15th centuries, it was a bustling city and a thriving trading hub.

Show Notes: Maria Montessori

In the early 20th century, Maria Montessori created a method for education that combined psychology, anthropology, physiology and multiple other disciplines, which exists in thousands of schools today.

Show Notes: Edmonia Lewis

Born in the 1840s, Edmonia Lewis became the first woman of African-American and Native American heritage to find renown as a sculptor.

Show Notes: Henry Dunant and the Red Cross

After witnessing the horrors of wartime injuries and the strain they placed on local communities, Henry Dunant became part of the committee of five that would establish the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Show Notes: Beer History with Erik Lars Myers

Author and brewmaster Erik Lars Myers joins us for a discussion on the history of beer, including its ties to the origins of agriculture and human civilization.

Show Notes: Unearthed in 2016 Part 2

In the second half of our Unearthed! series for 2016, we talk about some finds that have set the historical record straight, a few things that are really big, exhumations, and debunkings, among others.

Show Notes: Unearthed in 2016 Part 1

In our annual Unearthed! tradition, we talk about some finds that seem like they happen every year, a lot of things that are older than we thought, and a pile of shipwrecks.