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Everywhere around us are echoes of the past. Those echoes define the boundaries of states and countries, how we pray and how we fight. They determine what money we spend and and how we earn it at work, what language we speak and how we raise our children. In this new series from Wondery, host Patrick Wyman, PhD (“Fall Of Rome”) helps us understand our world and how it got to be the way it is.

Everywhere around us are echoes of the past. Those echoes define the boundaries of states and countries, how we pray and how we fight. They determine what money we spend and and how we earn it at work, what language we speak and how we raise our children. In this new series from Wondery, host Patrick Wyman, PhD (“Fall Of Rome”) helps us understand our world and how it got to be the way it is.
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Everywhere around us are echoes of the past. Those echoes define the boundaries of states and countries, how we pray and how we fight. They determine what money we spend and and how we earn it at work, what language we speak and how we raise our children. In this new series from Wondery, host Patrick Wyman, PhD (“Fall Of Rome”) helps us understand our world and how it got to be the way it is.

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Episodes

Tides of History Book Club, Part 2

5/18/2018
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In Part 2 of our Book Club, we explore the Old West. Thank you to Audible for sponsoring our book club! Start a 30-day free trial and get your first audiobook for FREE by visiting Audible.com/TIDES or texting TIDES to 500-500. Today we're talking about: Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History, by S.C. Gwynne The Comanche Empire, by Pekka Hamalainen The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold...

Duration:00:26:15

22 | Martin Luther and the Early Reformation

5/17/2018
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The Protestant Reformation is one of the defining processes of the last 500 years, and Martin Luther's 95 Theses kicked it off. Today, we look at the medieval background to the Reformation, the complicated character of Luther himself, and the dramatic consequences of Luther's actions. Support this show by supporting our sponsors! Boll & Branch- Get $50 off your first set of sheets by going to bollandbranch.com and using promo code TIDES Bombas - Get 20% off your first purchase by going to...

Duration:00:56:12

Pea Plants, Salmon Sperm, and a Milestone for Humanity - Interview with Steven Johnson

5/10/2018
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The phone in your hand is more powerful than all of the computers that put a man on the moon, combined. In the age of supercomputers, driverless cars, and mail-order DNA testing it’s easy to forget that the journey to these incredible innovations was a lot of surprising moments. We’re fascinated with the scientists, engineers and innovators who changed the world for the better… and sometimes worse. These are the leaps of mankind, as they happened. We had the chance to talk to Steven...

Duration:00:38:54

Tides of History Book Club, Part 1

5/3/2018
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More than anything else, we get asked two questions: “What is Patrick reading?!”; and "What would you recommend to read?" We hear you, and we’re bringing you several episodes dedicated to Patrick’s favorite books over the next few months. Today's episode is sponsored by Audible! Check out all of our books today on Audible. Go to Audible.com/TIDES to start a 30-day trial and your first audiobook is free. Today we talked about... SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome, by Mary Beard The Guns of...

Duration:00:33:27

Interview: Historian and Author Roger Crowley on the Portuguese Voyages to India

4/19/2018
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How and why did the Portuguese end up sailing thousands of miles from their home country to acquire the riches of the Indian Ocean? To find out, I spoke to Roger Crowley, author of the recent book Conquerors: How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire. We also discussed his previous books, on the early modern Mediterranean, and how to write a great historical narrative. Bombas - Save 20% on your first purchase by going to bombas.com/TIDES and enter code TIDES at checkout. First Leaf -...

Duration:00:45:44

21 | Columbus, Da Gama, and the Age of Discovery

4/12/2018
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Within one fateful decade, the 1490s, Europeans burst onto the world scene: Christopher Columbus headed west across the Atlantic and came upon the Americas, while Vasco da Gama reached India. In today's episode, we try to understand these two figures, why their voyages happened so close together in that decade, and what impact they had on the world that followed. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Boll & Branch - Get $50 off your first set of sheets by going to bollandbranch.com and...

Duration:00:58:54

20 | Medieval Exploration and the Age of Discovery

4/5/2018
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Christopher Columbus, Vasco da Gama, and the other important explorers of the early sixteenth century didn't appear in a vacuum; instead, their voyages were the result of centuries of slow, steady exploration in the Atlantic. In today's episode, we explore the medieval background to the Age of Discovery. Beginning in the thirteenth century, sailors had to learn winds and tides, merchants had to learn how to make profits in unfamiliar markets, and governments had to learn to exert control...

Duration:00:54:11

19 | The Printing Press and the Information Revolution

3/22/2018
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Within a few decades of its invention in the 1450s, the printing press transformed the world. It launched an information revolution, leading directly to the Protestant Reformation, the Scientific Revolution, and even the invention of news as we understand it. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Masterclass - Get an all-access pass to learn from the world's greatest minds at MasterClass.com/Tides Boll & Branch - Get $50 off your first set of sheets when you enter promo code TIDES at...

Duration:00:51:32

Interview: The Washington Post's Lillian Cunningham on the Ebb and Flow of History

3/15/2018
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Today we're joined by Washington Post editor and podcaster Lillian Cunningham. Lillian has two shows that we highly recommend - Presidential and Constitutional - that trace American History and the way that our nation's past influences our present. Sound familiar? You'll love our conversation with Lillian, and you can click on her shows below to listen. Listen to Presidential. Listen to Constitutional. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Quip- Sign up and get your first refill pack...

Duration:00:37:53

18 | Gutenberg and the Printing Press

3/8/2018
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The printing press is one of the most important inventions in human history. It launched a communications revolution, gave us mass production of books, and even enabled political propaganda on a huge scale. In today's episode, we'll explore its inventor, Gutenberg, and how printing spread throughout Europe in the second half of the fifteenth century. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Ring - Save up to $150 on a Ring security kit at ring.com/TIDES. Helix Sleep - Get a custom...

Duration:00:51:34

Interview: Historian Keith Pluymers on Environmental History and Political Ecology

2/22/2018
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How do people interact with their environments, and how do those environments change over time? How do people respond to shifts in climate and the scarcity of resources? Dr. Keith Pluymers, soon to be professor of history at Illinois State University, drops by to discuss environmental history, the Atlantic World, and the politics of ecology.

Duration:00:57:24

17 | Why Did the Roman Empire Fall, and Why Does It Matter?

2/15/2018
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Did the Roman Empire ever actually fall? Some historians don't think so, for good reasons. In today's episode, we finish our conversation on why I believe the Roman Empire actually fell, why that happened, and why it matters in the grand scheme of things. If you only take one thing away from our time in Rome, remember this: What's extraordinary about the Roman Empire is not that it fell, but that it existed and held together as long as it did. Ave atque vale! Support us by supporting our...

Duration:00:46:31

16 | Decline, Fall, or Transformation?

2/8/2018
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Did the Roman Empire ever actually fall? Some historians don't think so, and say its end is better described as a long transformation. Others say that the question itself misses the point, and prefer to discuss a long Late Antiquity of religious and cultural dynamism. In today's episode, we explore those perspectives and why I still think there was a real fall of the Roman Empire. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Boll & Branch - Get $50 off your first set of sheets when you enter...

Duration:00:44:17

15 | Life in Renaissance Florence

1/25/2018
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What was it like to have a front-row seat to the explosion of learning, art, and culture in Renaissance Florence? In this episode, we follow two people as they lived in the linked worlds of business and humanistic learning in the fifteenth century. These early knowledge workers combined a genuine interest in the wisdom of the classical past with a practical desire for the skills that would help them rise up the economic and social ladder. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Quip - Get...

Duration:00:54:49

14 | The Renaissance

1/11/2018
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The Renaissance is still with us today. It shapes our sense of what art is, our ideas of education, our understanding of historical time, and even our political concepts. But the Renaissance didn't arrive out of nowhere: It grew out of a specific place and time, the wealthy and urban Italy of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Thank you to our sponsors: Boll & Branch - Get $50 off your first set of sheets when you enter code TIDES at: bollandbranch.com. Hello Fresh - Take $30 off...

Duration:00:52:04

Interview: Historian Kyle Harper on Disease, Climate and the Fall of the Roman Empire

1/4/2018
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How did a changing climate and plague play into the fall of the Roman Empire? I'm joined by Kyle Harper, Professor of Classics at the University of Oklahoma, to discuss his important new book The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease, and the End of an Empire. Subscribe today so you never miss an episode: https://smarturl.it/TOH Watch the trailer for Darkest Hour: http://bit.ly/2uH7nAt Thank you to our sponsors: Hello Fresh - Take $30 off your first week of meals when you enter code TIDES30...

Duration:00:41:57

Interview: Historian Peter Mancall on Monsters, the Atlantic World, and Early Modernity

12/29/2017
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Why did sixteenth-century maps of the Atlantic Ocean prominently feature monsters? How did early modern people imagine the world around them? What does "early modern" mean, anyway? To find out, I talked to Peter Mancall, the Mellon Professor of the Humanities at USC and director of the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute and the author of the recently released Nature and Culture in the Early Modern Atlantic. Subscribe today so you never miss an episode:...

Duration:00:50:43

Interview: Actor Gary Oldman from "Darkest Hour" on History and Film

12/21/2017
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For much of the general public, fictional portrayals (rather than nonfiction history) dominate their understanding of the past. We had the opportunity to talk to Actor Gary Oldman and Screenwriter Anthony McCarten about that. The conversation covered history, film and how they recreated Winston Churchill's first month as Prime Minister in the tense weeks of May 1940 in the new film "Darkest Hour." You can see "Darkest Hour" in theaters everywhere on December 22. Subscribe today so you...

Duration:00:34:33

13 | Natural Disasters and the End of the Roman Empire

12/14/2017
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Justinian was the last great Roman emperor, but his reign was plagued by disasters beyond his control: volcanic eruptions, a changing climate, and a plague of epic proportions. Those disasters created a turning point that we can, with good reason, call the end of the Roman Empire. Subscribe today so you never miss an episode: https://smarturl.it/TOH Thank you to our sponsors: Hello Fresh - Take $30 off your first week of meals when you enter code TIDES30...

Duration:00:46:11

12 | Justinian the Great and the Reconquest of the Western Empire

12/7/2017
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Justinian is one of the defining figures of the Roman Empire. In many ways, he marks the boundary between Antiquity and the Middle Ages. In this episode, we explore his ambitious reform program and his reconquest of the lost provinces of the West. Thank you to our sponsors: Hello Fresh - Take $30 off your first week of meals when you enter code TIDES30 at: www.hellofresh.com Squarespace - Get a free trial and save 10% when you launch your domain here: www.squarespace.com/tides MVMT -...

Duration:00:49:09

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