What Happened on December 8, 1941?

What Happened on December 7 & 8, 1941?

Podcast Transcript Most people are probably aware of the events which took place on December 7, 1941. As Franklin Roosevelt said, “it was a day that would live in infamy.” However, the events of December 7 weren’t limited to Hawaii, and they weren’t even limited to December 7. It was part of a much larger …

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The Legend of Saint Nicholas

The Legend of Saint Nicholas

Podcast Transcript On December 6 every year, countries all across Europe celebrate Saint Nicholas Day.  The way they celebrate can vary dramatically from place to place, but what they all have in common is honoring a man with a long white beard who gives presents to children. If all that sounds familiar, it should. Learn …

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The Legend of Pope Joan

The Legend of Pope Joan

Podcast Transcript According to the records of the Catholic Church, there have been 266 men who have been pope.  However, for centuries it was thought that there was another pope not on the list that was different from all of the others. What made this pope different is that the pope was a woman. Learn …

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All About the Internal Combustion Engine

All About the Internal Combustion Engine

Podcast Transcript One of the technologies which helped make the modern world is the internal combustion engine. Without it, the world would be a very different place today.  Yet it wasn’t a technology that appeared fully formed. It was developed incrementally over a century. To get it to a point where it was viable for …

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Olympic Boondoggles

Olympic Boondoggles

Podcast Transcript Hosting the Olympics can be a huge honor for the city that lands the event. Cities from around the world have competed for the privilege.  However, some cities which have hosted the Olympics have come to regret the decisions. In fact, they paid for the privilege of hosting the event decades after the …

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The Origin of Banana Republics

The Origin of Banana Republics

Podcast Transcript The term “banana republic” is often used pejoratively to describe small, poor, unstable developing countries. Being called a banana republic is never a good thing. However, that term has a very real origin which involved actual bananas, mercenaries, corporate money, and the American government.  Learn more about Banana Republics, where the name comes …

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The Vasa: Sweden’s Titanic

The Vasa: Sweden's Titanic

Podcast Transcript The Swedish King Gustavus Adolphus oversaw the rise of Sweden as one of the great powers in Europe. In 1626, he ordered the construction of a warship that would be the most powerful floating platform in Northern Europe.  Its maiden voyage in 1628 was one of the most memorable of any ship in …

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Planet Nine

Planet Nine

Podcast Transcript The planet Neptune was discovered in 1846.  Ever since then, astronomers have felt there had to be another planet beyond the orbit of Neptune. Everyone assumed they found it with the discovery of Pluto in 1930, however, something still wasn’t quite right.  90 years later, the mystery planet hasn’t been found, but astronomers …

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The Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel

Podcast Transcript Located in Vatican City, just off St. Peter’s Square lies one of the plainest and most uninteresting buildings you might ever find. It has no adornments and it is just a solid beige color.  However, inside that bland structure, you will find one of humanity’s greatest artistic achievements, and to enjoy it you …

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