The Pan-American Highway

Podcast Transcript At the 1923 Pan-American Conference, a proposal was presented to link together all of the countries of the Western Hemisphere. A single road that would run from the shore of the Arctic Ocean all the way down to Terra Del Fuego in Argentina.  Several decades later, the countries in question announced the road’s …

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A Brief History of New York City

A Brief History of New York City

Podcast Transcript New York City has been called the city that never sleeps, the Big Apple, and the city so nice they named it twice.  It is the world center for finance, the location of the United Nations, and a center for fashion and entertainment.  But why did this city become so important, and why …

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The Origin of Playing Cards

The Origin of Playing Cards

Podcast Transcript Sitting in most homes is a deck of playing cards. Cards and card games have become almost ubiquitous They are played by children and in retirement homes. They are played at family picnics, and there are also televised games played with millions of dollars on the line.  You can play games with friends, …

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The History of NASA

The History of NASA

Podcast Transcript In 1958 the United States government created the National Aeronautics and Space Administration or NASA. NASA has achieved some of the most incredible accomplishments in human history and also has suffered some incredible failures.  Yet this agency wasn’t created out of nothing. It has a past that goes back far earlier than most …

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The History of Formula 1

The History of Formula 1

Podcast Transcript As soon as automobiles were created, people began racing them.  As with many sports, early efforts were often unorganized and disjointed. After world war II, however, an effort was made to provide an organized championship series for the world’s best drivers.  Over the last 70 years, it has grown into the world’s foremost …

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The Problem of Innumeracy

The Problem of Innumeracy

Podcast Transcript Over the last several centuries, there has been a concerted effort to raise literacy rates around the world.  For the most part, although there is still work to be done, we’ve done a pretty good job. The vast majority of people on the planet know how to read and write. While literacy has …

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Lithium

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Lithium

Podcast Transcript With an atomic number of three, Lithium is the third lightest element on the periodic table and the lightest solid at room temperature and pressure.  For almost two centuries after its discovery, Lithium didn’t have much in the way of practical uses. However, in the last few decades, its status changed, and it …

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The Siege of Masada

Podcast Transcript Around the year 36 BC, the King of Judea, Herod the Great, built a fortress in the Judean desert overlooking the Dead Sea. Almost 100 years later, that fortress became the scene for what was one of the most dramatic moments in the history of the Jewish people.  It was the final act …

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The Gunfight at the OK Corral

The Gunfight at the OK Corral

Podcast Transcript On October 26, 1881, one of the most defining moments in the history of the American west took place.  A shootout between nine men defined the popular perception of what the old west was about, even though it was actually a very atypical event.  Since then, the gunfight has become legendary, having been …

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