History Briefs

History Briefs

History briefs offers bits of history you may know little or nothing about presented in 20 minutes or less. Sometimes fascinating. Sometimes surprising. Sometimes silly. You never know what you're going to get, but you do know it will be brief.

Recent Episodes

Alfred Nobel: Pacifist or Merchant of Death?

Nov. 30, 2021

Ep: 006 Alfred Nobel's life up until he became a young adult is a rag to riches, to rag, to riches story. That rollercoaster ended when he invented dynamite in 1866 and he became one of the wealthiest men of his time. Why …

The Great Republic of Rough and Ready. Is Truth Always Stranger Than Fiction?

Nov. 23, 2021

Ep: 005 In 1850, a California Gold Rush boom town, angered by tighting government controls from the new state, and a tax imposed on miners, wrote a formal declaration secceeding from the union and founded The Great Republic …

The Founding of The Mayo Clinic, A Symbol of Triumph Over Tragedy

Nov. 17, 2021

Ep: 004 In 1883 a devastating tornado hit Rochester, Minnesota united a Franciscan school administrator and an agnostic doctor. The hard work of the sisters who worked as teachers at the school gave William Worrall Mayo no …

Balloon Bombs: Japan's Low Tech Method of Attack

Nov. 16, 2021

Ep: 003 In WWII, After the Doolittle Raid Over Tokyo, The Japanese Planned a Unique Way to Get Even. The Fu-Go Project More information Can Be Found At japaneseballoonbombs.com History Briefs Website: historybriefs.com Sig…

Boston's Combat Zone: The History of Adult Entertainment in Beantown.

Nov. 16, 2021

Ep: 002 The Combat Zone, Boston's adult entertainment district, was given its moniker by the Boston Daily Record. "An adult Disneyland" is how it was described by the Wall Street Journal. In this episode you'll learn how an …

Nicodemus, Kansas: Symbolizing the Spirit of Ex-Slaves to Find a new Home

Nov. 16, 2021

Ep: 001 Following the Civil War after the Reconstruction era, many former slaves had grown disillusioned over integration and decided their only hope for freedom was to establish their own communities. In 1879, 15,000 Africa…

About the Host

Brad Shreve


Since a young age, Brad has had a fascination with history. Not your typical history class curriculum, such as wars, monarchies, or empires, but more what life was like for the common folk throughout time. The kind of people we can relate to.

Brad's interest heightened after becoming an author and researched the history of communities for his novels.

Over the years, he has lived throughout the U.S. in the North, South, Midwest, the Great Plains, and the Desert Southwest. He currently calls Los Angeles home.