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Historian and veteran Middle East journalist Michael Rank looks into the most exciting events and personalities of history in this podcast and explains them in five-minute episodes so that you can absorb the facts in the fastest way possible. Learn about the lives of Genghis Khan, Vlad Dracul, and Richard the Lionheart, and such events as the Crusades and the Black Death in these highly entertaining and informative episodes. Michael has sold thousands of books with his unique take on the past with such best-selling titles as "History's Most Insane Rulers: Lunatics, Eccentrics, and Megalomaniacs From Emperor Caligula to Kim Jon Il," and he brings the same energy to this podcast. He focuses on world history, Roman history, military history, the history of the United States, the most famous rulers in history, biographies, biography of famous people, the most famous people in history, the most powerful rulers, medieval history, violent history, world history, United States history, and how to put all these pieces together. This is a great podcast if you know nothing about a topic and need a good launching point into a deeper study.

Historian and veteran Middle East journalist Michael Rank looks into the most exciting events and personalities of history in this podcast and explains them in five-minute episodes so that you can absorb the facts in the fastest way possible. Learn about the lives of Genghis Khan, Vlad Dracul, and Richard the Lionheart, and such events as the Crusades and the Black Death in these highly entertaining and informative episodes. Michael has sold thousands of books with his unique take on the past with such best-selling titles as "History's Most Insane Rulers: Lunatics, Eccentrics, and Megalomaniacs From Emperor Caligula to Kim Jon Il," and he brings the same energy to this podcast. He focuses on world history, Roman history, military history, the history of the United States, the most famous rulers in history, biographies, biography of famous people, the most famous people in history, the most powerful rulers, medieval history, violent history, world history, United States history, and how to put all these pieces together. This is a great podcast if you know nothing about a topic and need a good launching point into a deeper study.
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Historian and veteran Middle East journalist Michael Rank looks into the most exciting events and personalities of history in this podcast and explains them in five-minute episodes so that you can absorb the facts in the fastest way possible. Learn about the lives of Genghis Khan, Vlad Dracul, and Richard the Lionheart, and such events as the Crusades and the Black Death in these highly entertaining and informative episodes. Michael has sold thousands of books with his unique take on the past with such best-selling titles as "History's Most Insane Rulers: Lunatics, Eccentrics, and Megalomaniacs From Emperor Caligula to Kim Jon Il," and he brings the same energy to this podcast. He focuses on world history, Roman history, military history, the history of the United States, the most famous rulers in history, biographies, biography of famous people, the most famous people in history, the most powerful rulers, medieval history, violent history, world history, United States history, and how to put all these pieces together. This is a great podcast if you know nothing about a topic and need a good launching point into a deeper study.

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Episodes

H5M 159 | The Man Who Avoided Drowning on the Titanic By Getting Drunk

12/28/2016
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The sinking of the Titantic was one of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century. Over 1,000 passengers lost their lives on the supposedly unsinkable ship. But the chief baker didn't. He managed to survive in the frigid waters for four hours while most died of hypothermia after 15 minutes. How? By downing two bottles of whisky and getting completely drunk. This episode is brought to you by a new show Presidents Are People Too – an original audio series available on Channels in the Audible...

Duration:00:08:21

HFM 156 | Churchill’s Affinity for Chemical Weapons

11/21/2016
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Our guest today is Giles Milton, the host of the Unknown History Podcast. Giles is going to talk all about Churchill's affinity for chemical weapons, something I didn't even know was a thing. He answers all sorts of questions in this interview. Questions like: Did Churchill ever actually go forward with the use of chemical weapons? What happened to the victims of the attack in Russia? How did the weather dampen the effect of the poisonous gas? What did Churchill do with the remaining...

HFM 154 | German POWs in the U.S. During World War II

9/21/2016
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Did you know that over 400,000 German POWs were settled in the United States during World War II? Did you know that they may have built some of the stone buildings that make up your town square? Or that they were responsible for bringing in America's harvest in the fall of 1945 when most men were still off to war? Learn about this fascinating but understudied part of America's history. Check out this episode of Radiolab to learn more about "Nazi Summer Camp." WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE...

Duration:00:11:52

HFM 153 | Teddy Roosevelt’s Near-Death Journey Through the Amazon

9/21/2016
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Teddy Roosevelt was not afraid to tempt death. He hiked the Matterhorn during his honeymoon. He arrested outlaws on the Dakota Frontier. He hunted rhinos in Africa. But his most dangerous journey came after his failure in 1912 to retake the presidency as a third-party candidate on the Bull Moose ticket. He choose to shake off the blues in an extremely dangerous journey to South America. Roosevelt did not merely want a repeat of his African safari: a well-provisioned hunt to a foreign land...

Duration:00:08:41

HFM 152 | How Teddy Roosevelt Gave a 90-Minute Speech After Being Shot

9/14/2016
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Theodore Roosevelt was hell bent on becoming president in 1912. He ran as a third-party candidate for the Progressive Party, a splinter group of Republicans dissatisfied with William Howard Taft. He was so committed to winning that he gave a 90-minute speech...immediately after being shot in the chest by a would-be assassin. How did he do it without passing out? What did his audience think as he bled out before their eyes? WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ...

Duration:00:06:35

HFM 150 | The Story of the Donner Party

9/7/2016
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Gather around the campfire, children, and learn about the most ghoulish story from America's pioneer days. What really happened to the party led by George Donner and his brother Jacob when they set out for California in 1846? When the party was trapped in feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, how long did they hold out before devouring the dead? Was anyone killed for their flesh? Listen to this episode and learn why you should never travel on an untested mountain pass late in the...

Duration:00:11:30

HFM 149 | Cannibalism During the Crusades

8/29/2016
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References to acts of cannibalism are sprinkled throughout many religious and historical documents, such as the reports that cooked human flesh was being sold in 11th-century English markets. But the world’s first cannibal incident reported by multiple, independent, first-hand accounts took place during the Crusades by European soldiers. These first-hand stories agree that in 1098, after a successful siege and capture of the Syrian city Ma’arra. Some accounts say that soldiers ate the flesh...

Duration:00:12:38

HFM 148 | Cannibalism in History

8/22/2016
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It is the most gruesome activity that a human can do. It is the most ancient of taboos. Stories of the Donner Party, Jamestown, and the Franklin Expedition make for ghost stories today. But the real question is not why cannibalism occurs in humans. It is why it doesn't occur. Eating dead humans has clear benefits. Like cows, chickens, turkeys, and other animals that we love to feast on, humans are made of meat. Shoving all that tasty meat in a hole in the ground during a funeral ceremony is...

Duration:00:11:23

HFM 145 | George Washington Was Really the 9th President of the United States?

8/1/2016
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"George Washington was the First President of the United States." This is the most basic fact that an American school child can learn. But he wasn't the first. Nor the second. He was actually the ninth president of the United States. How can that be? It all has to do with the ad hoc, make-it-up-as-you-go nature of the United States government between the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the signing of the Constitution in 1789. WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON...

Duration:00:07:35

HFM 144 | Columbus Wasn’t As Wonderful – Or As Terrible – As You’ve Heard

7/25/2016
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Depending on which account you hear, Columbus was either the bravest explorer of the early Renaissance or a mass murdered who subjected the indigenous population of the new world to death or slavery. Learn in this episode how Columbus was both and neither of these descriptions. WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating...

Duration:00:10:12

HFM 143 | Why The Fall of Rome is Centuries Later Than You Think

7/18/2016
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Rome didn't fall in 476 when Romulus, the last of the Roman emperors in the west, was overthrown by the Germanic leader Odoacer, who became the first Barbarian to rule in Rome. Nor did it fall in 1453 when the Ottoman Empire conquered Constantinople. Depending on how you define 'Rome,' it didn't fall until the Napoleonic Wars. Or the end of hostilities following World War I. If you visit Turkey, you might meet somebody who still calls himself a Roman. WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE...

Duration:00:06:41

HFM 142 | The Enormously Misunderstood Heresy Trial of Galileo

7/11/2016
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Few episodes in history are so misunderstood as the condemnation of Galileo. His trial has become a stock argument to show the fundamental clash between science and dogmatism. Turns out the whole affair was actually a giant clash of egos, with churchmen and scientists on both sides of the argument. WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life...

Duration:00:12:09

HFM 141 | Why Does the US Celebrate the 4th of July the Way It Does?

7/4/2016
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Why do Americans celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks? Are we trying to take the National Anthem as literally as possible, creating "Bombs Bursting in Air"? Or is there another reason? Much of the trappings of the Fourth of July date back to Renaissance Italy, and even further back to Imperial China. But the actual form of the holiday came into existence even before America itself. Listen to learn more. LEARN HOW TO GET THE PERFECT SHAVE This episode is brought to you by Harry’s. They...

Duration:00:09:12

HFM 140 | Why We Have Gutenberg All Wrong

6/27/2016
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Gutenberg's moveable type printing press was the prime mover of the Renaissance. From his machine came millions of books, leading to the democratization of knowledge, the fall of the papacy, and the rise of reason. But what if this wasn't Gutenberg's goal? What if he was a happy client of the papacy? What if he worked directly with the medieval church to sell indulgences? Turns out he did. Learn more in this episode. WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW...

Duration:00:07:06

HFM 139 | James Holman: The Blind Traveller

6/6/2016
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In the early 1800s there was no English explorer greater than James Holman. He travelled almost 20 times farther than Marco Polo. He travelled among 200 different cultures, charted undiscovered parts of Australia, and by October 1846 had visited every inhabited continent. He did all this despite being completely blind. How did he travel the world when any sort of international exploration was exceptionally dangerous? Learn how in this episode. WANT TO GET DAD THE PERFECT FATHER'S DAY GIFT?...

Duration:00:08:46

HFM 138 | Leaders in Times of Crisis, Part 8 – Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

3/28/2016
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Britain's World War II leader is considered as the gold standard of confident leadership. He gave Britain strength during the darkest moments of the war through his unflagging determination to survive and prove to the world of his nation's unshakeable courage. He was not born that way. Churchill had a disappointing career as an author, journalist, politician and statesman. He suffered adversity and failure throughout a life. As a child he was scorned by teachers for hyperactivity. As a...

Duration:00:13:21

HFM 137 | Leaders in Times of Crisis, Part 7 – Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (1881-1938)

3/21/2016
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Mustafa Kemal Ataturk -- the victor at the Battle of Gallipoli, Turkey's first president, and a reformer so zealous that he replaced six centuries of Ottoman Islamic legal and cultural custom with Western practices in the space of 15 years -- lost his father at the age of 7, was neglected by his family, and lacked most formal education. Learn how he overcame these challenges to become the beloved national hero of millions of Turkish citizens. WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT...

Duration:00:15:14

HFM 136 | Leaders in Times of Crisis, Part 6 – Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

3/14/2016
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Recognized by most historians and much of the public as one of our country’s greatest presidents, Abraham Lincoln is known for his impressive accomplishments, including preserving the union during the Civil War and signing The Emancipation Proclamation. But he is less known for his ability to overcome a significant obstacle in his life—clinical depression. He also failed at every upward step in his career - losing multiple elections, denounced by his opponents, and described by his...

Duration:00:13:30

HFM 134 | Leaders in Times of Crisis, Part 5 – Andrew Jackson (1767-1845)

3/7/2016
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Perhaps nobody transformed American politics in the first half of the 1800s more than Andrew Jackson. He spoke on behalf of common people, settlers, and farmers instead of earlier presidents who represented the East Coast establishment. Jackson broke open opportunities for non-elite Americans in political life. Jackson was born on the frontier between North and South Carolina. The son of Irish immigrants, he had little formal schooling and taught himself law in his late teens and earned...

Duration:00:13:32

HFM 133 | Leaders in Times of Crisis, Part 4 – Peter the Great (1672-1725)

2/29/2016
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No institution went untouched by Peter the Great. In the early 1700s he took the Russian Empire -- considered by Europeans to be a backward Asiatic monster stuck in the Middle Ages -- and forced it into the modern era. He accomplished despite being the unwanted 14th child of his father, exiled as a boy. Things became no easier when he ascended the throne. Everyone opposed his reforms, included his boyars, state ministers, religious clergy, and peasants. How did he stand against his own...

Duration:00:13:51