Pyrrhic Victory

Pyrrhic Victory

Transcript In a previous episode, I talked about how you can win by not losing. That is called the Fabian Strategy named after Roman general Quintus Fabius Maximus. However, the opposite is true as well. You can lose by winning. Here too, ancient history has examples for us, this time in the case of King …

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The Election of 1876

The Election of 1876

Transcript If you think the current American political climate is contentious, then you need to take a step back and take a close look at American history.  The most controversial, divisive, and probably corrupt election in US history was the election of 1876. It’s an event that has been largely forgotten by most Americans today.  …

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The Purchase of Alaska

The Purchase of Alaska

Transcript In 1867, United States Secretary of State William Seward signed a treaty with the Empire of Russia to purchase the territory of what would be called Alaska. The United States purchased it for 2 cents an acre.  At the time it was called one of the worst deals in American History. Today, it is …

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Operation Mincemeat

Operation Mincemeat

Transcript On April 30, 1943, a Spanish fisherman came across the floating body of Major William Martin of the Royal Marines. Handcuffed to the corpse was a satchel with top-secret plans for the Allied invasions of Greece and Sardinia.  With the information gathered from this intelligence, the Germans moved their troops into position to counter …

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The History of Ketchup

The History of Ketchup

Transcript It the one of the world’s most commonly used condiments. Even though it is most often associated with the United States, it has a pedigree that is extremely ancient and global.  I am of course talking about ketchup.  Learn more about this common condiment, and its extremely ancient and interesting history, on this episode …

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