The Berlin Airlift

The Berlin Airlift

Podcast Transcript On June 24, 1948, the Soviet Union placed a blockade on Berlin’s American, British, and French-occupied zones.  No food, fuel, or supplies could enter the area known as West Berlin.  Many people thought that either the allies would have to capitulate or engage in an armed conflict. However, the Americans and British eventually …

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Sushi

Everything You Wanted to Know About Sushi

Podcast Transcript All over the world, you can find restaurants serving Japan’s greatest cultural export: sushi.  While many people enjoy sushi, most people have no idea of the origins of sushi beyond the fact that it comes from Japan.  There is also a great deal of confusion about what proper sushi etiquette is and what …

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The Telemark Raids

The Telemark Raids

Podcast Transcript During World War II, one of the biggest concerns of the Allies was the development of a German atomic bomb.  As such, the allies and various partisan groups in occupied countries made the destruction of anything related to the Nazi atomic program a high priority. One place, in particular, was subject to allied …

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The Legend of Bigfoot

The Legend of Bigfoot

Podcast Transcript Long before Europeans arrived in North America, native people told stories of large hairy men who lived in the woods.  For the last several centuries, periodic reports of such creatures have appeared all over the United States and Canada.  In the late 60s and early 70s, photos and movies started to appear, which …

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Elizabeth II and Charles III

Elizabeth II and Charles III

Podcast Transcript As all of you know, Queen Elizabeth II passed away.  Her death will usher in a series of changes, some immediate and others weeks or months from now. As the transition of a British monarch is something that hasn’t happened in most of our lifetimes, it is worth it to take the time …

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A History of the Hollywood Sign

A History of the Hollywood Sign

Podcast Transcript Located in the hills above the Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, is one of the most iconic signs in the world.  The sign consists of just nine letters, made out of steel and painted white. Each letter stands 45 feet tall, and together they represent the entire motion picture industry.  Yet, this …

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The TMZ: Thirty Mile Zone

The Thirty Mile Zone

Transcript Hollywood is known the world over for being the center of the motion picture industry.  But did you ever wonder why the movie business is centered there or why it hasn’t moved somewhere else? Well, it all has to do with a clause in various union contracts. Learn more about the Thirty Mile Zone, …

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The Very Strange Life of Ida Wood

The Very Strange Life of Ida Wood

Podcast Transcript Ellen Walsh was born in 1838 in England.  She moved to the United States, changed her name, climbed the social ladder, and wound up an extremely wealthy woman.  In 1907, she abruptly disappeared from public life.  Then 25 years later, she appeared once again, and her life became tabloid fodder that shocked the …

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Ranked Choice Voting

Ranked Choice Voting

Podcast Transcript All around the world, more jurisdictions are implementing a voting system known as ranked choice voting.  Ranked choice voting is very different from voting for a single candidate.  As such, many people who have been voting for years don’t understand how ranked choice voting works or why it is being implemented.  Learn more …

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