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Episode 36: Ashes to Ashes - Burial Practices and the Chemistry of Death

8/15/2019
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"Death is not an unaltering state." On this episode, I intend to explain what that means by discussing the chemical processes of death and decomposition. This will serve as the introduction for our discussion on Burial Practices and how we treat the dead. Thank you as always to our supporters on Patreon Billy Littlefield Alicia Woods & Ronnie New If you value the show as an educational resource, consider supporting the show on Patreon. Patreon.com/dirtyhistory Thank you, and enjoy the show!

Duration:00:39:04

Episode 35: Why We Teach History the Way We Do—Religion and Politics (What Not to Say At Parties)

7/24/2019
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On this episode, I try to figure out how we teach history and what pieces get left out. I also look into topics you shouldn't mention at your next dinner party. I hope this episode challenges you to disagree with my guest Mark Elsico or I and formulate a response, critique, or defense of our positions because that is learning in one of its purest forms. If you value the show as an educational resource—support it on Patreon. Patreon.com/dirtyhistory Dirty History is powered by Patrons like:...

Duration:00:55:07

Episode 34: Pubic Hair, Cleanliness, and Just A Touch of Porn and Power

7/9/2019
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On this episode, I was joined by Lyndsey Craig, a researcher and Ph.D. student of Anthropology at UNLV. She recently penned a paper titled, “Pubic Hair Removal Practices in Cross-Cultural Perspective”, Needless to say, as soon as I read it I wanted to talk to her. This is that conversation. Please welcome, Lyndsey Craig! Twitter: @lyndseykcraig Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lyndsey.craig.92 Find the Study @ https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1069397118799298 This episode was...

Duration:01:09:10

Episode 33: Executioners and Torture-Executions: A Dirty History of Social Ostracism

6/20/2019
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On this episode of Dirty History, we will discuss why executioners were shunned and feared by middle ages society, and how they coped with it. Also, there is the obligatory recounting of brutal torture executions, a few asides on torture, how to verify death, the various dirty jobs an executioner had to perform, and a rumination on mob violence. This episode does get a touch graphic, but that is to be expected because this is Dirty History.

Duration:00:44:33

Episode 32: That's BS On Dirty History I

6/13/2019
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On this episode, I am joined by the host of That's BS, Jordan Meyers, to discuss objectivity (or the lack thereof) in history, the concept of truth, and of course the obligatory mention of bloodletting and witch burning. If you liked what you heard here, you can get more of That's BS at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD1RiH1j-M6C59z1upPXkWw And as always you can support Dirty History at Patreon.com/dirtyhistory I hope you enjoy the episode!

Duration:01:45:31

Episode 31: Slippery When Wet: Dirty History Live At The Lawrence County Historical Society

6/5/2019
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I have a confession to make. Audio from live events is often awful, and mine was no exception. So we are going to do a little theater of the mind. I re-recorded the lecture I gave at the Lawrence County Historical Society—I even added in ambient noise to recreate what it was like to be there. In this episode, we discuss the Siege of Leningrad and the incident at Chichi Jima as case studies for a larger question. Can we, from our present situations, make determinations about what is or is not...

Duration:00:47:20

Episode 30: Body Snatchers and Barber-Surgeons: A Dirty History of Pre-Antiseptic Surgery

5/21/2019
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On this episode of Dirty History, we'll explore the surgical theaters and barber shops of pre-antiseptic medical practitioners. I ask that going forward in this episode we check the easily obtainable notion that what was happening to obtain human donors was, yanno, "wrong". Instead let us focus on the structures that led the researchers and surgeons to resort to these less than savory methods.

Duration:00:58:16

Episode 29: The Hard Facts: A Phallic History of Sexual Enhancement

4/30/2019
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On this episode, we explore Ancient Greece, Modern Japan, quack medical remedies of old, and more to find out just what drives the sexual enhancement market. Who knows, maybe along the way, we'll unearth the origin of a few age-old phallic-based dilemmas. Tune in, drop out, and learn that which you shouldn't. This is Dirty History

Duration:01:15:45

Episode 28: The Silent Teacher W/ Aaron Fried

4/16/2019
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This week I sit down with Aaron Fried to discuss the ethical considerations of how Nazi anatomists sourced their human donors—along with a broader conversation on anatomy, dissection, and medical history. Put that sandwich down, strap in, and learn a few things. I'm Thomas Thompson and this is Dirty History Find out more about Aaron and his hunt for Pernkopf Atlases at https://www.mvccanatomy.org/

Duration:01:08:26

A Public Service Announcement

4/9/2019
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Something is afoot...

Duration:00:16:49

Episode 27: The Story of William Lanne

4/2/2019
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There is more to the story than the scrotum!

Duration:00:21:46

Episode 26: Trophies II - "Things People"

3/26/2019
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From skull caps and scalps to antlers and pelts why have people taken trophies? Do we still take them today?

Duration:00:28:39

Episode 25: Trophies I - Headhunting

3/5/2019
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What does the way we celebrate accomplishment say about us and what we value? What does it say about the way our society is structured? Also, we talk about a scrotum that ends up fashioned into a tobacco patch... Yeah, it's that kind of episode.

Duration:00:27:33

Dirty History on That's BS

2/27/2019
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We sat down with That's BS to discuss how we do history, why we do history and what the hell imperialism is anyways. By most accounts, I'd say we succeeded. These guys were fun to talk to and I hope you enjoy the discussion as much as I did. Buckle up, this is a long one. Get more of That's BS on their YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD1RiH1j-M6C59z1upPXkWw

Duration:02:19:40

Episode 24: Bloodsports V - Man Vs Technology

2/25/2019
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On the conclusion of our series on Bloodsports, we discuss the Russian Roulette as the ultimate example of Man Versus Technology. It doesn't sleep, it doesn't think, it only kills. Don't try this at home kids!

Duration:00:30:58

Episode 23: Bloodsports IV - Man Vs Society

2/19/2019
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This week is a real David and Goliath episode! From executioner footraces and running the gauntlet to the Blue Whale Game, the contests we found in which individuals are set against society at large can be divided into two categories: one in which the society initiates the game and one in which an individual initiates the game. This is Dirty History

Duration:00:37:23

Mesoamerican Ball Games Or: Team Sports

2/12/2019
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The ethos of being a hero—of having something to root for is firmly grounded in team sports and nowhere else is that clearer than in the combat team sports of Mesoamerican ball games.

Duration:00:17:39

Episode 22: Bloodsports III - Man Vs Nature

2/5/2019
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Is culture something wholly different from the natural order? Who are the greatest predators of all? What do fox tossing, bear worrying, goose pulling, and bullfighting have to offer to these questions? Do we have all the answers? Did the Ancient Romans use animals to carry out executions? (Yep) This is Dirty History!

Duration:00:42:07

Blood Sports Bonus: Bare Knuckle In The UK With John Chambers

2/4/2019
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On this bonus episode of Dirty History, I sit down with UK based historian John Chambers to discuss bare-knuckle, underground and Gypsy boxing in England and the surrounding region. It was a good discussion, dirty, informative, and funnier than hell. I'm Thomas Thompson, and this is Dirty History! Get more of John on Netflix in the documentary "Secrets of the Scotland Yard"

Duration:00:28:11

Episode 21: Bloodsports II - Man Vs Man

1/29/2019
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In Ancient Greece, athletics were the recreation of the warrior class, but something changed. This week we're discussing what happened to make that change occur, and how this fundamental change rippled across the world of combat sport. Spoiler alert: some unfortunate people are going to have their eyes gouged out!

Duration:00:41:54