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116 What Did You Do in the Great War?

5/20/2018
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With numbers of new volunteers declining every month, the British government wrestles with the issue of conscription. Across Europe, all the Great Powers are feeling the manpower and other shortages created by the war.

Duration:00:48:59

Let Them Raise Hell

5/13/2018
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After the overthrow of Victoriano Huerta, the revolutionary forces in Mexico begin fighting among themselves, and Huerta himself conspires with the Germans to return to power.

Duration:00:40:33

114 Beautiful Tightropes of Logic

5/6/2018
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Albert Einstein needed ten years to flesh out his special theory of relativity into a general theory of relativity, but when he finished, he changed our understanding of the nature of reality itself.

Duration:00:40:09

113 Simpson's Circus

4/22/2018
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German East Africa stood strong against British attempts to capture the territory. The key to capturing the German colony was to contest German control of Lake Tanganyika.

Duration:00:41:09

112 The Banana Wars II

4/15/2018
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Political instability and mounting foreign debts lead to US military intervention on the island of Hispaniola.

Duration:00:50:31

111 The Bulgarian Summer

4/8/2018
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By the summer of 1915, both the Central Powers and the Allies were keen to get Bulgaria to join the war on their side. The Central Powers won the bidding war, and Bulgaria became the fourth (and last) member of the Central Powers.

Duration:00:41:23

110 The Shell Shortage

3/25/2018
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By the spring of 1915, it was clear that the war would last for a long time and that it would be taking an economic toll on all the nations involved, and there would likely be political consequences as well. In Britain, the debate centered on whether the government was doing enough to support the French, and in particular, whether British soldiers were being supplied with enough artillery shells to get the job done.

Duration:00:42:39

109: I Am Ordering You to Die

3/18/2018
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In early 1915, with the Western Front in a stalemate, Winston Churchill becomes the leading voice behind a plan to do an end run around the Germans and knock the Turks out of the war.

Duration:00:42:51

108 This Isn't War!

3/11/2018
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In the spring of 1915, just before the sinking of Lusitania and in international women's conference aimed at ending the war through private diplomacy, Germany uses poison gas on the Western Front.

Duration:00:42:06

107 Too Proud to Fight

3/4/2018
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The sinking of Lusitania and the deaths of 128 Americans was a shock. While there was little support in the US for war against Germany, there was a strong feeling that *some* kind of response was necessary. It was up to Woodrow Wilson to figure out what that would be.

Duration:00:47:59

106 Breaking the Blockade

2/18/2018
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Germany searches for a way to break the British blockade; Britain looks for a decisive battle.

Duration:00:41:23

105 The Action of a Lunatic

2/11/2018
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In 1914, Germany and Britain held adjacent colonial territories in East Africa. When the Great War began, Britain attempted to seize German East Africa.

Duration:00:40:31

104 The Birth of a Nation

2/4/2018
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Another look at race relations in the USA. The formation of the NAACP and the B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation League and the re-founding of the Ku Klux Klan. And the release of D.W. Griffith's "The Birth of a Nation."

Duration:00:47:03

103 Colonialism without Bloodshed

1/21/2018
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Germany claimed Southwest Africa as a colony in 1884. This episode reviews the history of the colony through the Great War, when it was seized by South Africa.

Duration:00:47:01

102 They Showed Us the Way

1/14/2018
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In 1914, the war in the West ground down to a stalemate. There seemed no sign that 1915 would be any different. Allied commanders experimented with new tactics to deal with this new warfare.

Duration:00:38:24

101 Strike a Blow Somewhere

1/7/2018
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The beginning of 1915 sees the Central Powers under something like a giant siege. What can be done to break out?

Duration:00:46:44

These Desert Places of the Earth

12/17/2017
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The Great War was by no means restricted to Europe. In this episode, we begin an occasional series examining the war in Africa.

Duration:00:42:20

099: Jihad

12/10/2017
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When the Ottoman Empire joined the war, it opened new strategic possibilities for the Central Powers. It also led to a declaration of jihad against the Allies.

Duration:00:39:21

098 Shackled to a Corpse

12/3/2017
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The phrase "shackled to a corpse" is often used to describe Germany's dilemma in the Great War. Surrounded by enemy nations that collectively have a greater population and larger economies, she also finds herself stuck with a disappointing alliance partner.

Duration:00:42:08

097 The Banana Wars I

11/19/2017
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By the beginning of the twentieth century, the USA was the major market for Central American coffee, cotton, sugar, and especially bananas, leading to US investment in the region, leading in turn to US involvement in Central American affairs.

Duration:00:53:13

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