The War of 1812

The War of 1812

Podcast Transcript After the American War of Independence, Britain recognized the United States, but it didn’t necessarily make them close allies.  Each country had its own agendas, and a generation later, they were butting heads again over a host of issues.  The result was another war, but unlike the Revolutionary War, everyone claimed victory, and …

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The History of Books

The History of Books

Podcast Transcript Books are one of the foundational tools of civilization. They allow us to pass knowledge and information between people who don’t know each other, and their compact form allows knowledge to be transported across vast distances.  Their permanence allows information to be sent across time such that centuries might separate a writer from …

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All About College Sports

All About College Sports

Podcast Transcript In the 19th century, several American universities began to compete with each other in several sporting events in friendly intercollegiate competitions. Fast forward over a hundred years, and college sports in the United States is a multibillion-dollar business.  How did institutes of higher education become some of the biggest sports organizations in the …

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A Brief History of Central America

A Brief History of Central America

Podcast Transcript Located between Mexico and Colombia, in a strategic area connecting the Atlantic and the Pacific, is the region we call Central America.  The countries that make up Central America were mostly former Spanish colonies, but unlike other Spanish colonies to the north and south, Central America wound up as a series of small …

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D-Day

D-Day

Podcast Transcript On June 6, 1944, the largest amphibious landing in world history took place on the shore of Normandy, France. The allied forces called it D-Day. The landing marked the commencement of Operation Overlord, a strategic move that heralded the long-awaited opening of the second front in the European war.  D-Day was the start …

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The Great Wall of China

Podcast Transcript It is one of the longest and largest structures ever built. It was designed to defend one of the oldest and greatest civilizations on the planet.  For centuries it did just that…..and for some centuries it didn’t do that at all.   Some people have claimed that you could see it from space, and …

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World War Zero aka The Seven Years War

World War Zero aka The Seven Years War

Podcast Transcript I’ve done many episodes talking about the first world war and I’ve done many episodes talking about the second world war.  However, despite the names we’ve given them, they weren’t the only world wars. There was another global war that occurred well before the 20th-century wars. This war actually saw conflicts on five …

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So What Exactly Are Frankincense and Myrrh?

So What Exactly Are Frankincense and Myrrh?

Podcast Transcript The bible talks of three wise men who traveled to Bethlehem bringing gifts to the infant Jesus. These gifts were gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  I think most of you probably have a good conceptual grasp of gold, but what is the deal with frankincense, and myrrh? Were they really that big of a …

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The History of Santa Claus

Podcast Transcript He sees you when you are awake, he knows when you are asleep, and he puts your name on a list.  No, I’m not talking about an omnipresent surveillance state, I’m of course talking about Santa Claus. If you think of Santa, you probably have a very firm idea of what he looks …

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