The History of the Eiffel Tower

The History of the Eiffel Tower

Podcast Transcript In 1889, a new exhibit was constructed for the Paris World’s Fair. It completely dominated the Paris skyline.  Many people considered it an eyesore and an architectural abomination. The only redeeming thing about it in their mind was the fact that it was only supposed to be temporary and was eventually going to …

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Objects of State: United States Edition

Objects of State: United States Edition

Podcast Transcript Every government had objects which central to their functioning. These are items, physical objects, usually steeped in history and tradition which are involved in the mythology of the state.  In most countries, these objects are often given the status of religious relics, and in some countries, they might actually be religious relics.  The …

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The Sibylline Books

The Sibylline Books

Podcast Transcript What do you do when you are facing a crisis? Perhaps you might consult a friend, or maybe some sort of expert? Well, the ancient Romans had a go-to source for advice whenever they a major problem.  And the advice they got was……different.  Learn more about The Sibylline Books, and how they gave …

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Global Temperature Extremes

Global Temperature Extremes

Podcast Transcript Every so often you might hear something on the news about a record high or low temperature being set. Usually, these might be records for a particular month, or maybe for a particular place.  Temperature records, especially global records, can be very contentious and there are rigid rules surrounding how such recordings are …

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Supernovas

Supernovas: They're a Blast

Podcast Transcript One of the brightest things in the universe is caused by one of the most powerful explosions in the universe: a supernova.  While they don’t happen very often, they were known to ancient peoples and their appearance would often be recorded because they were such a rare and special event. Today, astrophysicists have …

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The Concorde: The Fastest Passenger Airplane Ever

The Concorde: The Fastest Passenger Airplane Ever

Podcast Transcript Almost as soon as Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in 1947, people began thinking of ways to transport passengers at supersonic speeds.  However, the challenges in creating a passenger aircraft that could travel at supersonic speeds were much greater than making a fighter aircraft that could do the same.  In 1976, a …

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Khalid Ibn al-Walid: The Sword of God

Khalid Ibn al-Walid: The Sword of God

Podcast Transcript In the 7th century, the world saw the rise of one of the most important religious and political forces in history: Islam. Springing forth from the Arabian Peninsula, within a matter of years, the Islamic Caliphate had become one of the largest empires on Earth.  Much of that growth was due to one …

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What Ever Happened to Amelia Earhart?

What Ever Happened to Amelia Earhart?

Podcast Transcript Amelia Earheart was a pioneer in the early days of aviation. She became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. She was the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to California.  In 1937, she set out on her greatest adventure ever. It would be the longest single flight in history …

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