Sports Curses

Sports Curses

Podcast Transcript What do a goat, Babe Ruth, a witch doctor, the city of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, and a Japanese statue of Colonel Sanders all have in common?  They are all supposedly responsible for curses placed upon sports teams that prevented them from winning for years, sometimes even centuries. While such curses might be difficult or …

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Prime Numbers

Prime Number

Podcast Transcript Prime numbers are considered to be the building blocks of mathematics. Every natural number can be broken down into the constituent prime numbers that make it up. Prime numbers have been known since antiquity and they are one of the most simple aspects of mathematics to understand, yet they remain at the center …

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The Mandarin Class and Chinese Imperial Exams

The Mandarin Class and Chinese Imperial Exams

Podcast Transcript In the year 607, the Emperor Yang of the Sui dynasty implemented a reform whereby a series of exams would be administered throughout the empire to create a bureaucratic elite that would administer the country.  That reform became one of the bedrocks of Chinese society, through every dynasty, for the next 1,300 years. …

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The Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands

The Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands

Podcast Transcript In the aftermath of World War II, the newly formed United Nations placed a group of Pacific Islands into a trusteeship that was to be administered by the United States.  After several decades, that trusteeship was dissolved and it resulted in three independent countries, one US territory, and a unique system of international …

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Rare Earth Elements

Rare Earth Elements

Podcast Transcript Modern society is completely dependent on a set of technologies that include computer chips, fiber optic cables, lasers, video screens, electric motors, and batteries.  All of those things are dependent on a small category of chemicals called rare earth elements.  Their importance in technology has made them a focal point of international trade …

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The Acadian Expulsion

The Acadian Expulsion

Podcast Transcript Beginning in the 16th century, French settlers crossed the Atlantic to settle in a French colony located in the new world. That colony wasn’t modern-day Quebec, however. The colony was known as Acadia.  When the British took control of Acadia in 1713, the Acadians were allowed to stay, but eventually, that privilege was …

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The History of the Bicycle

The History of the Bicycle

Podcast Transcript It is one of the most simple machines that most people use, yet incredible amounts of engineering go into their design.  They are used by billions of people around the world and it is one of the only forms of transportation available to children.  They can make humans incredibly efficient and their development …

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Saint Olga of Kiev: The Patron Saint of Vengeance

Saint Olga of Kiev

Podcast Transcript Princess Olga of Kiev was a 10th-century woman who was born to a royal family and married to Igor, Prince of Kiev.  She led a fairly unnoteworthy life until her husband was murdered by a neighboring tribe. After that, her life took a turn and she became the patron saint……of vengeance. Learn more …

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