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2023-05-27 15:06
Podcast Transcript During the 5th century, one name struck fear into the hearts of almost every European: Attila, leader of the Huns.  For a period of almost 20 years, Attila ravaged Eu… Read More
2023-05-23 14:36
Podcast Transcript Lying northeast of Australia and almost east of Papua New Guinea lies one of the world’s lesser-known and seldom visited countries: The Solomon Islands. The country… Read More
2023-05-22 13:56
Podcast Transcript There is a particular type of number that is so common we have keys on calculators to handle them.  However, thousands of years ago, their discovery was so upsetting… Read More
2023-05-21 14:47
Podcast Transcript The English language is a very odd thing.  We use many phrases and idioms every day that make no sense if you don’t understand the cultural references behind th… Read More
2023-05-19 14:12
Podcast Transcript On May 18, 1980, one of the most violent and cataclysmic natural disasters of the modern era took place.  Mount St. Helens, a stratovolcano located approximately 100… Read More
2023-05-17 13:54
Podcast Transcript There are a great many chemicals that are dangerous to work with. Things that you wouldn’t want to get on your skin or somehow ingest.  However, there is a cate… Read More
2023-05-15 13:49
Podcast Transcript Located in Southwest Africa is the nation of Namibia.  Namibia doesn’t make the news very often, which is a good thing. It is one of the most stable countries i… Read More
2023-05-13 14:00
Podcast Transcript Located in the 90th place on the periodic table is the element Thorium.  Thorium, as with every element, has unique properties, making it useful in certain applicatio… Read More
2023-05-12 13:27
Podcast Transcript Dogs and cats are both domesticated, four-legged, fur-bearing mammals.  Beyond that, they really don’t have much in common. One of the things that they don&rsqu&hell…Read More
2023-05-10 13:27
Podcast Transcript Globalization consists of a system of interlinked markets and economies. Most people think of this as a modern phenomenon, however, its roots go back much further.  O… Read More
2023-05-09 13:32
Podcast Transcript The media portrayal of the wild west is filled with gunfights in the middle of the street, bank robberies, and vigilantes. In fact, it is very difficult to find a media po… Read More
2023-05-08 13:38
Podcast Transcript Even before humans first went into orbit, there had been dreams of establishing a permanent presence in space.  For almost the last 25 years, humanity has achieved ju… Read More
2023-05-07 14:23
Podcast Transcript According to the laws of supply and demand, an equilibrium will eventually be researched where suppliers will meet the demands of consumers at a given price and quantity l… Read More
2023-05-06 12:54
Podcast Transcript On May 6, 2023, something will happen in London that hasn’t occurred in 70 years. A British monarch will be crowned. An event for which King Charles has spent his en… Read More
2023-05-05 13:14
Podcast Transcript Every year Mexico and Mexican culture are celebrated during the holiday of Cinco de Mayo, which in Spanish just means May 5th.  However, many people, especially those… Read More
2023-05-03 13:14
Podcast Transcript In the 1960s, a New York clinical psychiatrist and an adoption agency conducted an experiment. They separated multiple sets of identical twins and one set of identical tri… Read More
2023-05-02 13:44
Podcast Transcript For most of human existence, we looked up at the night sky and thought that was all there was to the universe. However, in the 20th century, as telescopes improved, we mad… Read More
2023-05-01 12:28
Podcast Transcript Probably the most consequential monarch in British history was Henry VIII. He upended much of English society by changing the religion in the country from the top down.&nb&hell…Read More
2023-04-29 13:57
Podcast Transcript Located in the heart of Rome is one of the oldest standing buildings in the world. Unlike other ancient structures, it isn’t a ruin. For almost 2,000 years, it has b… Read More
2023-04-28 13:53
Podcast Transcript Every year the last Friday in April in the United States is Arbor Day.  Arbor Day is not the sexiest holiday on the calendar. I don’t think anyone listening is… Read More
2023-04-27 13:17
Podcast Transcript In 1897, the visionary Russian rocket scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky discovered an equation that governed how rockets worked.  His equation, which was independently… Read More
2023-04-25 13:24
Podcast Transcript At the start of the 20th century, the world’s third-largest lake was located in Central Asia. It had been known to the people of the Asian steppes for thousands of y… Read More
2023-04-24 13:22
Podcast Transcript Every year on April 25, Australia and New Zealand celebrate a holiday that is unique to those two countries.  It is one of the most important days on the calendar, an… Read More
2023-04-23 13:26
Podcast Transcript As long as humans have looked up in the sky, they noticed something. There was an unusually bright star that would show up in the early morning or early evening.  Thi… Read More
2023-04-21 12:25
Podcast Transcript The English language is full of very quirky idioms and phrases. Every language has them, and these are just some of the things which make each language unique.  Most… Read More
2023-04-20 13:09
Podcast Transcript Sometime in the 15th century, a drink became popularized in the Arabian peninsula. It was dark, bitter, and people couldn’t get enough of it.  From its simple o… Read More
2023-04-18 13:04
Podcast Transcript After the end of the second world war, Berlin was a divided city controlled by the four major allied powers. Despite the different zones of control, people could move free… Read More
2023-04-17 09:20
Podcast Transcript For hundreds of thousands of years, humans lived a nomadic life, hunting for game and foraging for food.  Then, several thousand years ago, they stopped. They began d… Read More
2023-04-16 09:10
Podcast Transcript Every country in Africa is unique and has its own history. However, many African countries share a similar story over the last 150 years, having gone through European colo… Read More
2023-04-15 12:17
Podcast Transcript In 1906, George Soper, a freelance sanitary engineer, was hired to investigate several outbreaks of typhoid fever in wealthy New York households.  The reason why thes… Read More
2023-04-13 11:59
Podcast Transcript Songkran is a traditional festival celebrated in Thailand that marks the start of the Thai New Year. It is also known as the Water Festival, as it involves splashing water… Read More
2023-04-12 08:07
Podcast Transcript For over 1000 years, England has been a monarchy.…except for eleven years in the 17th century when it wasn’t.  During that period, it was ruled by a man… Read More
2023-04-11 07:08
Podcast Transcript Located on the tips of our fingers are features known as friction ridges. We evolved them to get a better grip on objects.  It just so happens that those friction rid… Read More
2023-04-10 12:06
Podcast Transcript Located in southeastern Europe is the Balkan Peninsula. It is home to multiple ethics groups, languages, and religions.  It has one of the most dynamic and confusing… Read More
2023-04-09 14:21
Podcast Transcript Every year, Christians around the world celebrate Easter.  However, when they celebrate Easter can vary dramatically. In fact, the possible dates of Easter can vary b… Read More
2023-04-08 12:55
Podcast Transcript Gravity is the weakest of the fundamental forces of nature, yet, if you have enough of it, it can create the most powerful thing in the known universe: a black hole. … Read More
2023-04-07 08:14
Podcast Transcript Cleopatra VII Philopator was the last ruler of an independent Egypt and one of the most important women of the ancient world.  In addition to being a brilliant and cu… Read More
2023-04-05 06:54
Podcast Transcript Located in the middle of North America lies one of the largest collections of freshwater lakes in the world.  These lakes have a unique geological origin, and functio… Read More
2023-04-04 06:36
Podcast Transcript In 1947, a Norwegian adventurer named Thor Heyerdahl set out to prove a theory of his that the people of Polynesia came there from South America. To prove his theory, he b… Read More
2023-04-03 06:17
Podcast Transcript Depending on how you define it, there were approximately 70 Roman Emperors.  They were a mixed bag ranging from philosophers to the insane, from generals to children… Read More
2023-04-02 15:12
Podcast Transcript 2 years, nine months, and one day ago, I sat down and recorded the first episode of a daily podcast.  Today, I’m recording episode 1000. It has been a lot of wo… Read More
2023-03-31 08:34
Podcast Transcript Throughout history, people have bet on everything and anything. From the mundane to the extremely important. From casino bets to bets on science, and even the future of hu… Read More
2023-03-29 09:22
Podcast Transcript Once a month, every year, Muslims around the world celebrate Ramadan.  It is a month of fasting, prayer, and introspection, and it is the most important month on the… Read More
2023-03-28 09:58
Podcast Transcript Canada has a reputation for being a rather low-key, friendly place.  For the most part, this is true. It is a nice place to visit and is not usually in turmoil. Howev… Read More
2023-03-27 07:50
Podcast Transcript In most academic disciplines, there is often a single idea or discovery which makes everything fall into place.  All of the things which didn’t make sense befor… Read More
2023-03-26 10:04
Podcast Transcript As soon as humans developed systems of writing, they faced a problem. What to do with all of the things that were written down?  If you were going to document the liv… Read More
2023-03-25 10:33
Podcast Transcript Perhaps the most important research in anthropology is how modern humans left their birthplace in Africa and migrated to the rest of the world. One big subset of that stor… Read More
2023-03-24 08:22
Podcast Transcript Over the span of human history, there are certain ideas that humans have had a very difficult time accepting.  Ideas that no one has any problem with today and are ev… Read More
2023-03-22 09:17
Podcast Transcript In the 19th century, the first real American sport took off in popularity: baseball.  It went from being a children’s game to one of the most popular and lucrat… Read More
2023-03-21 09:18
Podcast Transcript On March 27th, 1964, the second-greatest earthquake in recorded history struck the state of Alaska.  It was an absolute monster of an earthquake, completely devastati… Read More
2023-03-20 09:30
Podcast Transcript For over two thousand years, China lived under imperial rule. A series of dynasties and emperors were the defining feature of Chinese governance.  However, in the ear… Read More
2023-03-19 08:54
Podcast Transcript Located in the heart of South America is the Amazon, the world’s largest river. It isn’t just big, it is by almost any measure you can think of the world&rsquo&hell…Read More
2023-03-18 09:08
Podcast Transcript Located at the northernmost end of the Adriatic Sea lies the city of Venice.  Venice is truly unlike any other city in the world. It is a collection of 118 small isla… Read More
2023-03-17 08:17
Podcast Transcript In October 1962, a U-2 spy plane discovered Soviet nuclear missile sites in Cuba.  The subsequent 13 days were some of the tensest in human history.  The United… Read More
2023-03-15 08:55
Podcast Transcript In 1887, the German physicist Heinrich Hertz discovered radio waves.  While the first practical use of this discovery was communication, there were also some who real… Read More
2023-03-14 06:57
Podcast Transcript In the early 1950s, a new type of music burst forth, which had its roots in blues, gospel, country, and swing.  This new music took the world by storm and was as cont… Read More
2023-03-12 08:28
Podcast Transcript Every since the lands of the New World were mapped, people dreamt of creating a canal through Central America to connect the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.  For almost… Read More
2023-03-11 09:26
Podcast Transcript There are four things that are considered to be the Great Inventions of Ancient China: gunpowder, the compass, the printing press, and paper.  Despite the incredible… Read More
2023-03-10 08:45
In the late 19th century, a young man by the name of Erich Weiss decided to pursue a career in magic and illusion. To honor his favorite magician, he took the name The Great Houdini.  H… Read More
2023-03-08 08:09
Podcast Transcript In the early 11th century, a group of merchants from the Amalfi Coast of Italy received permission from the Caliph of Egypt to rebuild a church and hospital in Jerusalem t… Read More
2023-03-07 08:05
Podcast Transcript In the year 1258, two of the greatest empires in world history collided. For one, it was yet another in an incredible string of conquests. For the other, it resulted in it… Read More
2023-03-06 07:24
Podcast Transcript To everything, there is a season, a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to break down and a… Read More
2023-03-05 07:40
Podcast Transcript In the summer of 1969, the nations of Honduras and El Salvador went to war.  Tragically, nations do go to war, so this in and of itself isn’t unusual. However… Read More
2023-03-04 13:54
Podcast Transcript Several hundred thousand years ago, human beings walked out of Africa.  What has been a subject of debate amongst anthropologists is why it happened, how it happened… Read More
2023-03-03 08:32
Podcast Transcript On December 29, 1940, a year before the United States entered the Second World War, President Franklin Roosevelt declared the United States to be an arsenal of democracy… Read More
2023-03-01 06:46
Right now, as you are listening to the sound of my voice, you are breathing air.  Air is all around you all the time. When humans go into space or beneath the surface of the ocean, the… Read More
2023-02-28 07:20
Podcast Transcript Imagine a device that could supply an unlimited amount of energy. It would solve many of the world’s problems in one fell swoop.  Unfortunately, such a device i… Read More
2023-02-26 13:49
Podcast Transcript The movie The Purge depicts a fictitious world where one night a year, there is a war of all against all.  If you look back in history, you will find a time when some… Read More
2023-02-25 14:57
Podcast Transcript In Greek, the word for dwarf is “nanos.”  The International Bureau of Weights and Measures adopted the prefix ‘nano’ to mean one billionth.&nb&hell…Read More
2023-02-24 14:25
Podcast Transcript Located on the banks of the River Seine lies the city of Paris.  Paris has a long history dating back over 2000 years. During its long history, it has seen wars, plag… Read More
2023-02-22 13:48
Podcast Transcript One of the most fascinating areas of mathematics and economics is game theory.  Game theory involves analyzing competitive situations where multiple participants make… Read More
2023-02-21 13:59
Podcast Transcript On January 28, 1986, an event occurred that would be remembered by almost everyone alive at the time.  Seventy-three seconds into its flight, the Space Shuttle Challe… Read More
2023-02-20 06:02
Podcast Transcript The third Monday of February every year in the United States is a holiday that most people know as Presidents’ Day.  It is not the most glamorous holiday, and m… Read More
2023-02-19 14:12
Podcast Transcript If you think of the first world war, your mind probably turns to images of trench warfare and thousands of men losing their lives to try and gain just a few meters of land… Read More
2023-02-18 05:09
Podcast Transcript In 1879, Constantin Fahlberg, a chemist at Johns Hopkins University, made an astonishing discovery. He was conducting experiments with coal tar when he forgot to wash his… Read More
2023-02-16 13:19
Podcast Transcript On March 5, 1770, one of the major events leading up to the American Revolution occurred.  A confrontation between Boston civilians and British soldiers resulted in t… Read More
2023-02-15 13:46
Podcast transcript Once every 450,000 years or so, the Earth undergoes a radical transformation.  The planet’s magnetic field will literally flip. The north pole becomes the south… Read More
2023-02-14 13:14
Podcast Transcript In 1999, two social psychologists, David Dunning and Justin Kruger,  published a seminal paper on a cognitive bias that can affect nearly everyone.  Since the pa… Read More
2023-02-13 14:00
Podcast Transcript 17th-century Europe was witness to one of the longest and most brutal wars in human history.  The conflict lasted over a generation and was responsible for the deaths… Read More
2023-02-11 14:02
Podcast Transcript Of all the vitamins and nutrients which are required by the human body, there are 13 of which that are considered essential nutrients. That means they can’t be produ… Read More
2023-02-10 12:58
Podcast Transcript In 1612, when Galileo Galilei looked at the planet Jupiter through a telescope, he might have accidentally discovered a new planet, although he had no idea at the time.&nb&hell…Read More
2023-02-08 23:11
Podcast Transcript The French Revolution wasn’t just a political revolution where one government was replaced with a new one.  The French Revolution was also a social revolution a… Read More
2023-02-06 02:06
Podcast Transcript Every February, podcasters will come out of their hole in the ground. If they find listener questions, it means there will be six more weeks of winter.  As I peeked m… Read More
2023-02-04 13:17
Podcast Transcript There have been many really bad years in world history. There have been World Wars, the Black Death, and horrific natural disasters, all of which have made for very bad ye… Read More
2023-02-03 13:08
Podcast Transcript In the early 1920s, what was considered to be the largest political scandal in American history became public. Despite the enormous amount of attention given to it in the… Read More
2023-02-02 13:25
Podcast Transcript Located in the southern Pacific Ocean lies the small nation of Vanuatu.  While it shares many features with other Pacific Island nations, there are things about Vanua… Read More
2023-02-01 13:18
Podcast Transcript Volcanoes are some of the most fearsome things in nature.  They are responsible for the largest explosions ever known. They have created entire land masses. They have… Read More
2023-01-31 14:22
Podcast Transcript Humans have probably had the desire to fly ever since they saw the first bird fly in the air.  Flying, as it turned out, was a very challenging problem for creatures… Read More
2023-01-30 06:35
Podcast Transcript After the US Civil War, the French historian Edouard de Laboulaye floated the idea of creating a large monument to honor the success of the United States in creating and m… Read More
2023-01-23 12:56
Podcast Transcript In 1781, after six years of fighting, the American Revolution came to a dramatic conclusion.  One of the two major British armies in the conflict found themselves tra… Read More
2023-01-22 10:56
Podcast Transcript There is nothing faster in the entire universe than the speed of light. Not only is light the fastest thing, but nothing can ever be faster than light.  For the longe… Read More
2023-01-21 13:00
Podcast Transcript In the early 19th century, the most abundant bird in North America, and perhaps the entire world, was the passenger pigeon. An estimated three billion of them would fly in… Read More
2023-01-20 13:33
Podcast Transcript In 1688, a palace coup took place in England.  The King of England and Scotland was usurped and was replaced by his daughter and her husband from the Netherlands.&nbs&hell…Read More

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