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The Life of X Podcast is an informal, conversational deep dive into the lives of fascinating figures from history. Join Melvin and Aref, two (relatively) informed individuals, as they discuss interesting people, historical context, and the events that shaped their lives.

The Life of X Podcast is an informal, conversational deep dive into the lives of fascinating figures from history. Join Melvin and Aref, two (relatively) informed individuals, as they discuss interesting people, historical context, and the events that shaped their lives.
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The Life of X Podcast is an informal, conversational deep dive into the lives of fascinating figures from history. Join Melvin and Aref, two (relatively) informed individuals, as they discuss interesting people, historical context, and the events that shaped their lives.

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English

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Episodes

28 - The Life of Andrew Carnegie (Part 4)

3/13/2019
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This week on The Life of X, we continue our discussion of Andrew Carnegie! This week we discuss: The battle for the Edgar Thompson Steelworks at Homestead Frick’s difficult summer of 1892 Andrew and Frick’s deteriorating relationship The birth of Margaret Carnegie in 1897 Andrew becomes the richest man in the world Andrew’s retirement and philanthropy Andrew Carnegie - the friend you wish you had The end of his life Be sure to tune in next week for The Life of Samuel Zemurray (Part...

Duration:01:25:28

25 - The Life of Andrew Carnegie (Part 1)

2/20/2019
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This week on The Life of X, we discuss the life of Andrew Carnegie. Born in Dunfermline, Scotland in 1835, Carnegie is best known as a titan of industry, literary figure, and philanthropist in the United States. This week we discuss: Family and early life in Dunfermline Coming to America Mag Carnegie joins the LoX Hall of Amazing Mothers Andrew’s rise meteoric rise from bobbin boy to Superintendent of Pittsburgh Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad by 24. Andrew’s “heroic” role in the...

Duration:00:59:14

24 -The Life of Chiang Kai-shek (Part 6)

2/13/2019
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This week on The Life of X, we continue our discussion of Chiang Kai-shek. This week we discuss: Post-WWII Chinese political situation The Taiwan uprising The conclusion of the Chinese Civil War Chiang’s time in Taiwan and the end of his life Be sure to tune in next week for The Life of Andrew Carnegie (Part 1)! Based primarily on: The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for Modern China by Jay Taylor Episode Artwork by Caricatures by Paris

Duration:01:14:15

23 - The Life of Chiang Kai-shek (Part 5)

2/6/2019
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This week on The Life of X, we continue our discussion of Chiang Kai-shek. This week we discuss: Chiang’s success and struggles as Supreme Commander of the China Theatre during WWII The Cairo Conference The war in Burma The Japanese Ichigo Campaign Chiang and Vinegar Joe’s crumbling relationship Yalta The death of FDR and Hitler and what they meant for China Red August Chiang’s meeting with Mao Zedong to discuss the future of China Be sure to tune in next week for The Life of...

Duration:01:01:13

22 - The Life of Chiang Kai-shek (Part 4)

1/30/2019
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This week on The Life of X, we continue our discussion of Chiang Kai-shek. This week we discuss: Continued war with Japan and Chiang’s trouble with Warlords CCP explosion in membership Bombing raids over Chongqing World War II and what it meant for Chiang The New Fourth Army Incident Pearl Harbor Vinegar Joe Stilwell The Doolittle Raid The Cairo Conference The Burma Campaign The Yalta Conference and the end of WWII Chiang’s meeting with Chairman Mao and the continued Chinese...

Duration:01:03:19

21 - The Life of Chiang Kai-shek (Part 3)

1/23/2019
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This week on The Life of X, we continue our discussion of Chiang Kai-shek. This week we discuss: The Nanjing Decade Growth of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) The near-defeat of the CCP in 1934 and the Long March The Young Marshal’s betrayal and the kidnapping of Chiang Kai-shek Debate within the KMT over who to ally with Chiang Ching-kuo The Marco Polo Bridge incident The Rape of Nanjing Chiang’s victory at Tai’erzhuang and the Yellow River Dike Be sure to tune in next week for...

Duration:01:01:17

19 - The Life of Chiang Kai-shek (Part 1)

1/9/2019
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This week on The Life of X, we have part one of The Life of Chiang Kai-shek, the leader of the Republic of China from 1928-1975. This week we discuss: Chiang’s early life and family His marriage at age 14 to Mao Fumei His early education in China Cutting his Queue His time spent and education in Japan The 1911 Revolution Sun Yatsen and the KMT War with Japan The October Revolution and the May 4th Movement Connections to the Comintern Be sure to tune in next week for The Life of...

Duration:00:55:38

18 - The Life of Callie House

1/2/2019
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This week on The Life of X, we discuss the life of Callie House. Born a slave, in 1861, House went on to become the face of the reparations movement in the United States during Reconstruction. This week we discuss: Her childhood and experience as “Slave Contraband” What freedom was like for African Americans in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War Callie’s early adult years and the formation of her family The National Ex-slave Mutual Relief, Bounty and Pension Association and...

Duration:00:39:38

16 - The Life of Bruce Lee (Part 3)

12/19/2018
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This week on The Life of X, we continue our series on Bruce Lee. In Part 2, we discussed Bruce’s early days in the United States living with Ruby Chow, the beginning of his career as a teacher, the relationships he started with people who would become his lifelong friends, meeting Linda, and the Long Beach Sports International Karate Tournament. This week we discuss: The birth of Bruce’s children, Brandon and Shannon His break into the US television/film industry with Charlie Chan and The...

Duration:00:49:07

15 - The Life of Bruce Lee (Part 2)

12/12/2018
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This week on The Life of X, we continue our series on Bruce Lee. In Part 1, we discussed his early life growing up on the rough and tumble streets of Hong Kong, his introduction to Wing-Chun, and his decision to emigrate to the United States. This week we discuss: Bruce’s early days in San Francisco His move to Seattle and the beginning of his career as a teacher Early students who became lifelong friends His return visit to Hong Kong in 1963 Meeting Linda and establishing the Jun Fan...

Duration:00:45:07

09 - The Life of Steve Jobs (Part 2)

10/31/2018
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This week on the Life of X, we continue our series on Steve Jobs. This week we cover: Steve’s sojourn through Europe to India in search of a guru His return to Atari The incredible genius of Steve Wozniak The formation of the Apple Computer Company People who should be billionaires but whiffed on buying Apple The Apple I and Apple II Be sure to tune in next week for The Life of Steve Jobs (Part 3!) Based primarily on: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson Episode Artwork by Caricatures by...

Duration:00:49:56

08 - The Life of Steve Jobs (Part 1)

10/24/2018
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This week on the Life of X, we begin our four-part series on the founder of Apple and Pixar, Steve Jobs. Steve is likely to be one of our more well-known subjects but his life was extremely interesting and a pleasure to read about. We hope you enjoy the series as much as we enjoyed making it! This week we cover: Steve’s parents (all four of them) His early life The beginning of his relationship with Steve Wozniak His obsessive personality His time at Reed College Be sure to tune in...

Duration:00:49:19

07 - The Life of Marvin Gaye (Part 2)

10/17/2018
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Before going further, this episode contains discussions of the use of cocaine and sexual situations that may not be suitable for all listeners. This week we continue our discussion of the life of Marvin Gaye. To recap, last week we discussed Marvin’s childhood, his terribly abusive father, and the demons he carried because of him, his early career, and the launch of his illustrious career with Motown. This week we’ll discuss: The increasingly strained relationship between Marvin and...

Duration:00:47:02

05 - The Life of Dwight Eisenhower (Part 3)

10/3/2018
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This week we conclude our series on The Life of Dwight Eisenhower. Last week we discussed Ike’s leadership during World War II. In this episode, we focus on Ike as a world leader in a moment in time when the United States was emerging as a hegemonic power. Further, we discuss: Ike as the Governor of the US Occupation Zone immediately following the end of WWII The End of his relationship with Kay Summersby His tenure as President of Columbia University His presidential run and presidency...

Duration:00:48:53

04 - The Life of Dwight Eisenhower (Part 2)

9/26/2018
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This week we continue our discussion of the life of Dwight Eisenhower. Last week we covered Ike’s childhood and upbringing, his dud of a father, hero of a mother, meteoric rise through the ranks of the Army, and devastating loss of his son. This week we pick up with Ike’s leaving Manilla after his relationship General MacArthur went south. We will discuss: Ike as the European Theatre of Operations Commander and later Supreme Allied Commander in Europe during World War II His relationship...

Duration:00:48:22

02 - The Life of Wilt Chamberlain (Part 2)

9/12/2018
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This week on The Life of X, we finish up our discussion of The Big Dipper himself, Wilt Chamberlain. In part 1 of our discussion of Wilt, we discussed his childhood through his college years and the impact he had on basketball before he ever played a professional game. In part 2, we continue our discussion of Wilt's incredible athletic ability, but we'll also dive more deeply into who Wilt Chamberlain, the man, was. This week we’ll cover: Be sure to tune in next week for The Life of Dwight...

Duration:00:51:44

01-The Life of Wilt Chamberlain (Part 1)

9/11/2018
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This week on The Life of X, we discuss part one of the man, the myth, the legend, Wilt Chamberlain. Born in 1936 to a working class family in Philadelphia, Wilt led a fascinating life. Known primarily for his legendary athleticism and ability on the hardwood, Wilt was a much more complex figure than many people realize. This week we’ll cover: Be sure to tune in next week for part two, where we’ll cover Wilt’s professional career through the end of his life! Based primarily on: Wilt...

Duration:00:45:46