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American History Tellers Preview: What It Was Like to Get Visited By the FBI For Being a Suspected Communist

Check out this special preview of the new show "American History Tellers," the podcast that takes you inside some of the most important stories in the United States' past. This episode looks at what it was like to be visited by the FBI in the 1950s for being a suspected communist. Check out American History Tellers on your favorite podcast listening platform to hear more stories like this.

Duration: 00:10:04

The Origin of the High Five

The origins of some cultural practices are lost to the mists of time. Not so the high five. We can trace it back to a specific day at a specific baseball game. From then on the world was never the same.

Duration: 00:06:02

Nobody in the Middle Ages Thought the Earth Was Flat

One of the most widespread and pernicious bits of common knowledge about the Middle Ages that is incorrect is the idea that everyone believed the world to be flat. This is ridiculous. Nobody thought that. Anyone who knew about astronomy (which was almost everyone), had been on a boat, or had any sort of learning whatsoever knew this to be false. Then why do make this wrong assumption today?

Duration: 00:06:47

Which Leader Had the Best Shot at World Domination?

Which world leader or dictator had the best chance at world domination? (i.e. Hitler, Napoleon, Alexander the Great). In this episode I discuss whether such a goal is even possible, and if so, under what conditions.

Duration: 00:21:04

Pinetti, the 18th-Century Illusionist and Forerunner of Chris Angel and David Copperfield—Brian Earl from the Illusion Podcast

Giussepe Pinetti: You might not know the name, but he's considered the guy who made magic into a respected theatrical art form. Before him, it was practiced mostly by buskers on street corners, or at private engagements for the rich, not public theaters. He single-handedly changed the persona of magician from shady trickster to consummate performer Brian Earl from the Illusion Podcast is here to talk about the granddaddy of all illusionists. He was there 200 years before David Copperfield,...

Duration: 00:57:30

The Origin of the Military Salute

The simple military salute is a symbol whose meaning goes back centuries earlier than most any soldier would suspect.

Duration: 00:06:59

Would Somebody from 1000 BC Transported to 1000 AD Notice the Difference?

Did technological and social change happen fast enough in the 2,000-year period between 1000 BC and AD that a time traveller would notice he were transported from one to the other?

Duration: 00:12:36

The English Channel—The 26-Mile Strait That Has Stopped Armies For Millenia

Why has a puny strip of sea stopped invading armies almost as effectively as the Atlantic Ocean has for America? Because staging a successful amphibious assault is extremely hard.

Duration: 00:10:21

The Richest Man in History Was the 14th c. King of Mali

Learn about King Musa, the man so rich he crashed the value of gold in Egypt by giving away too many gifts while on an extended vacation.

Duration: 00:08:00

Canines in Combat: How the 8125th Sentry Dog Detachment Saved Countless Lives in the Korean War—Rachel Reed

The Korean War is widely misunderstood in the 21st century. Most have a sepia-toned nostalgia of the bravery of World War Two, or the less black-and-white nature of the Vietnam War. But not Korea. If anyone thinks of it, they might think of reruns of M*A*S*H on Nick at Nite or a barely-remembered high school history lesson on the U.S. Cold War policy of Soviet containment. For this reason, some historians have dubbed it the Forgotten War. To explore this forgotten war, I talked with...

Duration: 00:58:51

Presidential Fight Club Epilogue: Is There a Connection Between Fighting Ability and Being a Great President?

In this postscript to the Presidential Fight Club, James and Scott discuss whether the qualities that make a president a good fighter also make him a good leader. We mostly agree that it does.

Duration: 00:18:49

Presidential Fight Club: The Final Match - Teddy Roosevelt vs. Dwight D. Eisenhower

We are at the end of the tournament! After 43 battles, with the arena littered with the battered and bruised presidents who lost, only two remain standing. Who will be victorious? Teddy Roosevelt or Dwight D. Eisenhower?

Duration: 00:11:19

Presidential Fight Club: Final 4 - Washington vs. Eisenhower

George Washington vs. Dwight D. Eisenhower

Duration: 00:12:46

Presidential Fight Club: Final 4 - Teddy Roosevelt vs. Abraham Lincoln

We're nearing the end of the tournament and down to our final four contenders! Enjoy this fight between Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln

Duration: 00:11:59

Europe's Military Quantum Leap (1350-1650)—Patrick Wyman From Tides of History

Want to conquer Europe in the Middle Ages? You need plenty of knights mounted on steeds to launch a full cavalry charge. Once they take out their enemies in pitched battle, you need engineers to launch a siege on your enemies castles. Want to conquer Europe in 1600? Everything has changed. Cannon makes castles obsolete. Firearms and pikes have displaced knights as the dominant force on the battlefield. The scale of war has also grown from a few thousand soldiers on the battlefield to tens...

Duration: 00:53:43

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