The South Atlantic Anomaly

South Atlantic Anomaly

Transcript For years people believed that there was a part of the Atlantic Ocean where ships and planes would disappear called the Bermuda Triangle. It turned out that ships and planes didn’t disappear there at any higher rate than they did elsewhere, and it just wasn’t a thing. However, researchers did find a place where …

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Juan Sebastián Elcano

Juan Sebastián Elcano

Transcript When I was growing up I was taught like so many people that Ferdinand Magellan was the first person to circumnavigate the Earth. The problem with this, is that is it isn’t true. In fact, Magellan never circumnavigated the Earth at all.  Who should get credit then?  Learn more about Juan Sebastián Elcano, and …

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A History of Mother’s Day

A History of Mother's Day

Transcript Every year, on the second Sunday in May, 96 countries around the world celebrate Mother’s Day. Dozens of other countries celebrate the same thing on different days throughout the year.  Mother’s Day wasn’t always a thing, however. Its creation was due to a small number of very determined people…and of course greeting card companies.  …

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The USS William D. Porter: The Unluckiest Ship in WWII

The USS William D. Porter: The Unluckiest Ship in WWII

Transcript During World War II, the United States had a fleet of over 1,200 combat ships. Each of them had a unique story and service record. With so many ships, there would be many stories of heroism, stories of tragedy, and some stories of total incompetence.  One ship, in particular, was so bad, it became …

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This Week in Travel – Episode 278

This Week in Travel - Episode 278 - Melanie Radzicki McManus - Hiking America's Scenic Trails

This week’s guest is Melanie Radzicki McManus. She is a freelance travel writer, speaker, and author of Thousand-Miler: Adventures Hiking the Ice Age Trail. She has hiked over 7,200+ miles (11,587 km) and counting and wants to inspire and encourage everyone to give it a try. https://thethousandmiler.com Destination Recommendations Gary: On the Ice age trail – …

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The History of The International Red Cross and Red Crescent

The History of The International Red Cross and Red Crescent

Transcript Historically, in the aftermath of a battle, there was nothing formal in place to take care of injured or captured combatants. There was nothing formally or informally that dictated how such people should be treated.  One man in the 19th century, having seen the horror of war, decided to do something about it. It …

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All About EGOT

All About EGOT

Transcript In the United States, there are awards given in many fields of entertainment. For Broadway productions, they have the Tony Awards. Television has the Emmy Awards. Music has the Grammy Awards, and Movies have the Oscars.  To win one award is a lifetime accomplishment for most.  However, a rare few have won one of …

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa

Transcript In 1173, the Italian city of Pisa was on top of the world. They were a significant commercial power in Italy, commanded a sizable Mediterranean fleet, and wanted to demonstrate their power to the world.  It had built a marvelous cathedral, and comparable baptistry and they decided to complete the complex by building a …

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Genie: The Feral Child

Genie: The Feral Child

Transcript In October 1970, a blind woman accidentally entered into a Los Angeles County welfare office with a child in tow.  The staff in the office immediately noticed the odd girl with the woman. She walked funny, was emaciated, drooling, didn’t make a sound, and when asked, the woman mentioned that the girl was 13.  …

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