Enjoyable History

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    Enjoyable History

    Aug 19 2019

  • Witness History / The first human Cyborg

    In 1998, a transponder or silicon chip was surgically implanted into the forearm of a British scientist. It sent identifying signals to a central computer that tracked his movements and allowed him access to his workplace, by opening doors and switching on lights. Professor Kevin Warwick has been speaking to Farhana Haider about becoming a more enhanced version of himself and as a result the world's first Cyborg: a man-machine hybrid. Photo: Professor Kevin Warwick with chip transponder Cre...more

  • Lore / Episode 121: Uninvited Guest

    Some threats to our safety and well-being are obvious and easy to spot from a mile away. Over the course of history, people have become very skilled at looking for danger and avoiding it. But some threats are more difficult to spot—and once they strike, the results can be deadly.* * *This episode of Lore was sponsored by:Casper: Discover Casper’s new Hybrid mattress, which combines the pressure relief of their award-winning foam with durable-yet-gentle springs. Try it for 100 nights—risk-free—in...more

  • OTR Detective – The Great Detectives of Old Time Radio / Sherlock Holmes: The Solitary Cyclist (Host’s Choice/Wild Card)

    A charming young governess is haunted by a mysterious bearded bicyclist. Original Air Date: February 27, 1955 Support the show monthly at Support the show on a one-time... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

  • Futility Closet / 261-The Murder of Lord William Russell

      In May 1840 London was scandalized by the murder of Lord William Russell, who'd been found in his bed with his throat cut. The evidence seemed to point to an intruder, but suspicion soon fell on Russell's valet. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll follow the investigation and trial, and the late revelation that decided the case. We'll also marvel at Ireland's greenery and puzzle over a foiled kidnapping. Intro: Marshal Ney directed his own execution. Lewis Carroll inven...more

  • Revolutions / 10.11- War and Peace

    This week, it's nothing less than The Divine Savior vs. The Antichrist

  • White Horse Inn / The Servant Leader

    What lessons should we draw from the fact that Jesus washed his disciples feet? How did people think about foot washing in the ancient world, and why was it necessary in the first place? The hosts will discuss the fascinating cultural background to this scene which helps to shed light both on the significance of Jesus’ actions, and what it means for us today. On this program the hosts arrive at chapter 13 in their year-long series on The Gospel of John.

  • Dan Snow's History Hit / The Peterloo Massacre with Robert Poole

    The Peterloo Massacre was a critical moment in the reform movement at the start of the 19th century. Thousands of people gathered at St Peter's Fields near Manchester to protest for an expansion of the franchise. The local magistrates summoned yeomanry to dispel what they saw as a riot, but as they waded into the crowd to arrest the leaders, the protest quickly became a massacre, as the yeomanry used their sabres to force their way through the crowd.Most accounts consider the repression that fol...more

  • Native Opinion Podcast an American Indian Perspective / THE TRUTH IS UGLY. HOLD ON TO YOUR BUTTS!

    Native Opinion Episode 184 THE TRUTH IS UGLY. HOLD ON TO YOUR BUTTS! How To Reach Our Show: E-Mail: Twitter: @nativeopinion Facebook: Our Website: Our Youtube Channel: ________________________________________________________ CALL OUR SHOW! Click or Tap to call: 860–800–5595 Listen LIVE every Saturday Morning, 9am Eastern Standard Time Through Our Website or via the SPREAKER A...more

  • Earth Ancients / Randall Carlson: Catastrophes of Ancient Earth

    The mission of Sacred Geometry International and The Cosmographic Research Institute to investigate and document the catastrophic history of the world and the evidence for advanced knowledge in earlier cultures; through educational programs to advance a deeper understanding of the implications of this knowledge for both past and the future of planet Earth and Human civilization upon it; and to promote strategies for successfully coping with the inevitable change that is to come. Sacred Geometry...more

  • The Brian Lehrer Show / American Politics and the White Southern Voter

    Co-authors of The Long Southern Strategy: How Chasing White Voters in the South Changed American Politics (Oxford University Press, 2019) Angie Maxwell, director of the Diane Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society and professor in Southern Studies at the University of Arkansas and Todd Shields, dean of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and a professor of political science at the University of Arkansas talk about the GOP's Southern strategy beyond Goldwater and Nixon mo...more

  • BackStory / 290: Enlightened America?: A History of Buddhism in the United States

    Today, Americans generally view Buddhists favorably, according to the Pew Research Center. Meanwhile, terms like “zen” and “mindfulness” are often used as buzzwords to evoke the religion. However, over the last century, Buddhism wasn’t always viewed as a peaceful practice by a mainstream population. On this episode, Brian, Joanne, and Nathan, explore the ways the religion adapted and evolved throughout the 20th century into a distinctive form of “American Buddhism.”Image: Lama in meditation, Sik...more

  • Filmspotting / #740: The Nightingale / Dietrich-Von Sternberg #2 - Morocco

    Making a film that details the violence – specifically, the sexual violence – that colonialism wrought in places like Tasmania in the early 19th century is an honorable endeavor that also makes for a very difficult viewing experience. Adam and Josh find lots to admire in Kent's THE NIGHTINGALE, but question whether the director's decision to make the film so explicit makes it a better one. That review, plus Dietrich in drag and some tough notes for a young Gary Cooper in 1930's MOROCCO, the seco...more

  • Sound Opinions / #716 The Mountain Goats, Opinions on Sleater-Kinney & The Regrettes

    Over the course of 17 albums, The Mountain Goats have gone from a super lo-fi solo project to a polished four piece combo. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are joined by the whole band for an exclusive performance and interview with songwriter John Darnielle and drummer Jon Wurster. They also review the new albums from Sleater-Kinney and The Regrettes.

  • Intelligence Squared / Michael Pollan and Xand Van Tulleken on the New Science of Psychedelics

    In this episode of the Intelligence Squared podcast we were joined by the acclaimed food writer Michael Pollan, whose most recent book How To Change Your Mind is a deep dive into the world of psychedelic drugs and what they can teach us about consciousness, dying, addiction, depression and transcendence. He was interviewed by the doctor and science broadcaster Xand Van Tulleken.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit

  • History Extra podcast / Peterloo: the story of a massacre

    Ahead of the 200th anniversary of Peterloo, we speak to Robert Poole, author of a major new history of the massacre. He explores the history of 19th-century radicalism that fed into the Manchester demonstration and then reveals why a peaceful meeting ended in death and injury. For information regarding your data privacy, visit

  • In Our Time / Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Summer Repeat)

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss one of the jewels of medieval English poetry. It was written c1400 by an unknown poet and then was left hidden in private collections until the C19th when it emerged. It tells the story of a giant green knight who disrupts Christmas at Camelot, daring Gawain to cut off his head with an axe if he can do the same to Gawain the following year. Much to the surprise of Arthur's court, who were kicking the green head around, the decapitated body reaches for his head and...more

  • Tides of History / The Origins and Rise of Venice

    A swampy lagoon on the Adriatic coast of Italy was not a promising place for a city, but Venice grew from a collection of huts on spits of land to a glittering center of commerce and the heart of a maritime empire. Today, we explore the beginnings and rise of this fascinating city from late antiquity to the Black Death.The best way to support us peasants is by supporting our sponsors! LinkedIn - To get $50 off your first job posting, visit

  • Spirits / 141: Your Urban Legends XXV - Lost My Friend in a Ball Pit

    This episode is chock full of summer camp ghosts, haunted schools, and too many cemeteries. Eric makes too many ranch dressing related jokes. Julia becomes incredibly jealous of a ghost hunting club. Amanda is once again confused by narwhals.  This week, Amanda recommends the Essex County Trilogy by Jeff Lemire.  Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about food, Manifest Destiny, starvation, animal death, death, animal attacks, hanging, and institutional racism.  Sponsors - Ski...more

  • 5 Minutes in Church History with Stephen Nichols / Savannah

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to the oldest city in Georgia, where both George Whitefield and John Wesley preached. Read the transcript. A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries.

  • Myths and Legends / 151A-Faust: A Man of Wealth and Taste

    The story of Faust and his infamous deal is one that has survived for hundreds of years. Beginning as whispers in Germany in the 1500s, it grew to plays and, most famously, a play by the German writer Goethe, largely considered to be one of the greatest works of German literature. The story has been done and redone, and the phase Faustian bargain is still in use to this day. In today's episode, we're getting back to the very beginning - to the legends behind the masterpieces, and the story of a ...more