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The Life of Bedrich Smetana

9/28/2018
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Widely considered as the father of Czech Music, he led a colourful and slightly tragic life, composing many beautiful works. Rising to prominence over his life, he became deaf late in his life and soon passed on, but not before leaving us with some more music. In this episode, I share with you his story. Excerpts from his first String Quartet "From My Life" will be played inbetween sections. It was composed by him as a "semi-autobiography". I Hope that it would add to the atmosphere and...

Duration:00:53:04

The History of Silk

8/17/2018
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The history of silk is rather interesting, it began in China and spread to the rest of the world. How and why did such an item hold such prestige and be a symbol of luxury in the world? Its production saw heydays and rainy days, the carefully guarded secret of silk eventaully spread and other nations took part in this business. It made money then, and it still makes money now.

Duration:00:35:08

The History Of Tea

8/10/2018
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The history of the beverage of tea that's pretty interesting and tastes beautiful

Duration:00:34:33

Operation Mincemeat

7/27/2018
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How the British used a corpse to completely fool the Germans into redeploying troops from Sicily during WWII.

Duration:00:39:16

Erik The Red and Leif Erikson

7/12/2018
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The famous norse father son explorer duo.

Duration:00:18:32

History of Coffee

6/11/2018
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The History of Coffee in its wholesome, natural and amazing state

Duration:00:42:18

China's Economic Reform

6/4/2018
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Economic reforms that paved the way for China's resurgence from the excesses of Maoist policies to the economic powerhouse she is today.

Duration:00:35:39

Rising China

5/27/2018
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Pax Sinica, China's Peaceful Rise, Chinese Century and the Chinese Dream. Articles comprising of China's past and future influence. These are but a small part of China to read about. But they are useful in giving us an overview of the trajectory of Chinese influence.

Duration:00:36:31

Two Great Cellists

5/16/2018
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The story of two great cellists of all time, Pablo Casals and Jacqueline Du Pre.

Duration:00:37:12

Pretentious sounding titles

5/14/2018
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The empire on which the sun never sets. The King of Kings. Plus Ultra. Nec Pluribus Impar. These sound lofty. But they do have interesting meanings and stories to them.

Duration:00:23:52

Lost Battalions (WW1,WW2)

4/27/2018
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In which I speak about the famous Lost Battalions. In WW1, an American battalion was lost in the Argonne and through the blockade (By the germans) they were finally saved. In WW2, another American battalion was encircled by the Germans in the Vosges, they too, broke out. The picture is a monument to the Lost Battalion in the Argonne Forest, France.

Duration:00:28:59

Romanov Empire, Asgardia

4/14/2018
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These are two very recent micronations seeking recognition with interesting goals. The Romanov Empire already has some land and the space faring ideals for Asgardia has shown some progress with a launch of Asgardia-1. These are certainly developments that will be fun to follow.

Duration:00:23:21

Bucket War, Football war

4/6/2018
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A war between two Italian cities in the 1300s involving a bucket and a war between El Savador and Honduras that is nicknamed the football war probably just because its easier to do so.

Duration:00:26:01

The Finger and the Crossed Fingers

3/29/2018
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I swear in the first few minutes so maybe not have it on speaker near children. But its about the origins of flipping off people and crossing fingers.

Duration:00:15:24

Grand Tour

3/15/2018
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How and where wealthy Europeans toured Europe a few hundred years ago.

Duration:00:22:01

Mondegreen, Shibboleth

3/9/2018
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Mode of green, Seebowlleft?

Duration:00:23:57

The Pun

3/2/2018
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Punishing

Duration:00:23:00

Two Huge Frauds

2/23/2018
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The Diamond Necklace affair during the French Revolution, and the con man who you could say conned Al Capone and even sold the Effiel Tower TWICE to two either unlucky or gullible persons.

Duration:00:22:51

History Of The Potato

2/9/2018
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Potato Potato, Batata Patata??

Duration:00:18:55

Emu War, Lobster War

2/2/2018
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That time when Australians used Lewis Guns to shoot emus and the other time when the French and Brazilians nearly went to war for lobsters.

Duration:00:18:34