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Episode 27: Danish History Part 1

6/3/2019
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Today’s episode is part one of a series on Danish history. As I prepare for my first trip to Denmark, the country my paternal grandparents emigrated from in the mid-20th century, I wanted to know more about the history of the country - from the first inhabitants, to the Vikings, monarchy and the culture that led to current day Denmark.

Duration:00:11:36

Episode 26: UNESCO Heritage Sites

4/29/2019
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When the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris caught fire a few weeks ago, it was mentioned that it was a UNESCO Heritage Site. What is a UNESCO Heritage Site? And what are some that we know, or maybe don't know?

Duration:00:10:34

Episode 25: World's Fairs

4/15/2019
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Timeless fans and readers of Eric Larson's "The Devil in the White City" may know the history of the Chicago World's Fair (the World's Columbian Exhibition) well, but do you know that there were other major exhibitions around the world that featured major architectural, industrial, and artistic feats?

Duration:00:11:12

Episode 24: Architecture of Chicago

4/8/2019
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Chicago's history is fascinating, but what's even more intriguing is its architectural history. Listen in as we discover just a fraction of what Chicago's architectural history has to offer.

Duration:00:11:30

Episode 23: Early Female Computer Programmers

3/25/2019
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As March comes to a close and we begin to wrap up women’s history month, let’s take some time to recognize two female computer programmers who made an incredible impact on what we see and use on a daily basis.

Duration:00:11:09

Episode 22: Laura de Force Gordon

3/18/2019
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March is Women’s History Month and there are SO many incredible women in history to highlight! Today we’re looking at Laura de Force Gordon, an American lawyer, suffragist, newspaper publisher, and a passionate advocate for women’s rights.

Duration:00:11:46

Episode 21: Unknown Battles of World War II

3/4/2019
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Do you remember the Battle of Los Angeles? No? What about the Battle of Crete? Still no? There are often a lot of decisive battles left out of history books because wars, especially ones as large as World War II, were full of battles. But a lot of these unknown battles heavily influenced the results of the war or, in the case of the Battle of Los Angeles, emphasize just how high tensions about a potential invasion went.

Duration:00:11:34

Episode 20: Los Angeles, California Part 2

2/25/2019
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Last week we discovered the beginnings of Los Angeles, California up to the turn of the 20th Century. This week, we step into the 1900s with a look at the media, film, music, and transportation history of the city including William Randolph Hearst, the beginnings of film and Hollywood, music's entry into LA with the Hollywood Bowl, Capitol Records, and Whisky A Go Go, plus Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh, LAX, and US Highway 66.

Duration:00:15:29

Episode 19: Los Angeles, California Part 1

2/18/2019
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We grew up studying major US and world historical events, learning about what happened in our own backyards, but did we ever learn much about other cities and states in the country? Sure we learned about the Boston Tea Party, Chicago's meat packing industry from Upton Sinclair, and Gettysburg from the Civil War, but do we really know the history of some of the other major US cities? Or the smaller cities and towns we rarely, if ever, visit? This is part one of the history of Los Angeles, a...

Duration:00:13:57

Episode 18: The Brooklyn Bridge and Emily Warren Roebling

2/4/2019
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Have you ever walked or driven across a bridge and wondered just who made it and how it was made? Or have you, like me, marveled the architectural and engineering feats of New York City’s bridges, subways, and tunnels? Did you know that much of the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge was actually monitored by a woman? Emily Warren Roebling stepped in for her husband, Washington Roebling when he fell ill during the construction of the bridge, and she saw it to completion.

Duration:00:11:53

Episode 17: Sylvia Plath

1/21/2019
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Have you ever read "The Bell Jar" by Sylvia Plath? Did you know anything about the author, how she lived and died? Most of us have probably picked up "The Bell Jar" at some point in our lives, whether it was an assignment for school or an independent read, but most of us don't know much about her life. Today we take a look at Sylvia Plath's life and how it influenced her works.

Duration:00:10:46

Episode 16: Ida B. Wells

1/14/2019
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Ida B. Wells. An incredible, outspoken woman who spoke out on lynchings and racial injustices in the South in the late 1800s and early 1900s. She was a force, but like so many others, her story has been swept under the rug.

Duration:00:11:11

Episode 15: History of Fairy Tales

1/7/2019
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We all know the story of Little Red Riding Hood and we’ve all seen Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and the Little Mermaid, but the origins of these fairy tales are not so Disney friendly. In fact, they’re rather horrific and nightmare inducing.

Duration:00:10:03

Episode 14: Recapping Timeless: The Gold Rush and Hungnam Evacuation

12/31/2018
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Did you watch the Timeless two hour event? I did (of course!) and I wanted to know so much more about the two time periods and places we visited in those episodes - The Gold Rush and the Hungnam Evacuation. Today's episode digs a bit deeper into the events and some of the people involved.

Duration:00:14:18

Episode 13: Christmas Traditions

12/24/2018
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Christmas is steeped in tradition that's far more than just the birth of Christ. In today's episode, we explore some Christmas traditions from both Denmark and Britain that have been passed down through my family. We also briefly recap the Timeless movie (episodes 11 and 12).

Duration:00:10:07

Episode 12: The Timeless Movie

12/20/2018
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Today's the day - the Timeless 2 hour movie event airs on NBC at 8 pm ET! It's the event we've all been waiting for, so here is a bit of a recap of why it is so important we watch this show (and save it!) and a bit of a recap of the time periods and places visited, and the people we met in season 1 and 2 of the show.

Duration:00:08:22

Episode 11: World War I, 100 Years

11/12/2018
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World War I ended 100 years ago yesterday, November 11. It’s been over 100 years since the war started, and now 100 years since it ended - a century is a long time and events, people, and facts are starting to slip from our minds and our lessons.

Duration:00:10:49

Episode 10: Guy Fawkes Day

11/5/2018
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Do you remember the 2005 dystopian movie starring Natalie Portman, V for Vendetta? Did you ever wonder where the idea for the movie came from, or know that it was originally a graphic novel? In today's 10 minutes, we dive into the history of the inspiration of the movie and novel: the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, better known today as Guy Fawkes Day.

Duration:00:11:01

Episode 9: Hockey History and Tim Horton

10/29/2018
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We all know hockey heroes Gordie Howe, Wayne Gretzky, and Sidney Crosby, and we all know Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas and KFC founder Colonel Sanders, but have you ever wondered what would happen if you combined the two? Today’s episode focuses on hockey hero and Tim Hortons founder, Miles Gilbert “Tim” Horton.

Duration:00:07:37

Episode 8: Dystopian Novels

10/23/2018
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Dystopian novels speak volumes about political and cultural climates, technological and scientific advances, and are often societal criticisms woven into a storyline. Some of my favorite novels fall into the dystopian genre, and with the recent release of season three of The Man in the High Castle, I wanted to briefly explore the history of the genre.

Duration:00:10:22