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Enjoyable History

Some people love history, and some find it a terrible bore. This channel will draw you in with great fascinating tales and wonderful narration.

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    Enjoyable History

    Apr 01 2020

  • Radiolab / Dispatch 2: Every Day is Ignaz Semmelweis Day

    It began with a tweet: “EVERY DAY IS IGNAZ SEMMELWEIS DAY.” Carl Zimmer — tweet author, acclaimed science writer and friend of the show — tells the story of a mysterious, deadly illness that struck 19th century Vienna, and the ill-fated hero who uncovered its cure … and gave us our best weapon (so far) against the current global pandemic. This episode was reported and produced with help from Bethel Habte and Latif Nasser. Support Radiolab today at Radiolab.org/donate. 

  • History Extra podcast / Okinawa: the battle and the bomb

    On the 75th anniversary of the battle of Okinawa, historian Saul David revisits one of the bloodiest clashes of the Pacific War and explains how it played a crucial part in the United States’ decision to use atomic weapons against Japan. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Spirits / 174: Gargoyles

    Sure, we talk about mythology all the time, but what if we talked about mythology AND architecture AND science? So we’re diving deep on gargoyles to find out how they went from architectural necessities to living creatures in folklore! Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about or mentions of age-inappropriate crushes, religious influence, murder, fire/burning, sexual assault, and incarceration.   Housekeeping - Recommendation: This week, Amanda recommends Rebecca Solnit’s Recoll...more

  • Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill / Essential Workers and the Reverse Robin Hood Coronavirus Bailout

    Workers at Amazon, Instacart, and Whole Foods have gone on strike demanding safe work conditions. Amazon has already fired one organizer and continues to pump out misinformation and propaganda as Jeff Bezos continues to rake in billions of dollars. We hear from the fired Amazon manager Christian Smalls and talk to Jacobin magazine reporter Meagan Day about her reporting on the conditions of some essential workers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, Joe Biden’s campaign against Medicare for All...more

  • Witness History / Avenging the Amritsar Massacre

    A former governor of Punjab, Sir Michael O'Dwyer, was killed by an Indian immigrant in London in 1940. The assassin, Udham Singh, said he was avenging the deaths of hundreds of civilians who had been fired on by colonial troops in Amritsar in India in April 1919. When he was put on trial at the Old Bailey, he gave a defiant speech against colonial rule. Sajid Iqbal has been speaking to Avtar Singh Jouhal who campaigned to have Udham Singh's courtroom speech made public. Photo:An Indian man take...more

  • OTR Detective – The Great Detectives of Old Time Radio / Jeff Regan: The Man in the Door (Jack Webb Centennial)

    The Lyon sends Regan down to get a potential client to sign a contract. The client falls dead at Regan’s feet before he can sign it. Original Air Date: August 28, 1948 Support the show monthly at... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

  • White Horse Inn / What Does it Mean to be Saved?

    You've probably heard Christians ask the question, "Are you saved?" But what exactly are we saved from? Tune in to find out how average Christian pastors answered this question (originally aired 04-23-06).   To receive our free INNtro kit which includes the current issue of Modern Reformation magazine and our most recent set of extended length White Horse Inn broadcasts, go to whitehorseinn.org/inntro-kit   For a gift of any size receive our digital download collection, Know What Your Neighbor B...more

  • Myths and Legends / 177C-Trojan War: When I am Gone

    Achilles is back and it's god vs. god, Greek vs. Trojan, Achilles vs. Hector in the most epic battle of the Trojan War. The creature this week, the Seto taishō, will absolutely come after you with a sharpened spoon. His weakness? Light kicks. Episode post: https://www.mythpodcast.com/14155/177c-trojan-war-when-i-am-gone/ -- Sponsor: Talk to a therapist online and get help at http://betterhelp.com/legends -- Music: “Watercool Quiet” by Blue Dot Sessions “Thunder Comes” by Will Van De Crommert “Gi...more

  • 5 Minutes in Church History with Stephen Nichols / 5 Latin Words

    How good is your Latin? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols defines five Latin terms that have been used by Christians through the ages to describe key theological truths. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/5-latin-words/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • Earth Ancients / Earth Ancients Quarantine Series: The Megaliths of Japan

    In recent years the increasing number of books and programs on television discussing the mysteries of ancient Japan, reflect a renewed interest in this area, highlighting the many unanswered questions which still hover over the pages of Japan’s history books. Many theories and hypothesis have been put forward over the years, and while conflicting at times, they all insist on one common point – somewhere in the pages of Japan’s ancient history certain crucial chapters are missing. With new discov...more

  • The Dollop with Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds / West Virginia Textbook War

    Comedians Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds examine the West Virginia Textbook WarSourcesTour DatesRedbubble Merch

  • The Thomas Jefferson Hour / #1384 Virtual Virus (Part One)

    This week in the first of a two part program we hear from Jefferson Hour listeners from around the country about how the coronavirus is affecting them and their communities. Included are reports from Clay’s daughter Catherine who finds herself somewhat stranded in Britain and Pat Brodowski, the head gardener at Monticello. Ask President Jefferson a question! You can send your written questions at jeffersonhour.com/ask or by calling in to the TJH Hotline: (701) 575-0727 Find this episode, along w...more

  • Intelligence Squared / Coronavirus: Your Questions Answered

    How can we protect ourselves from coronavirus? How long will the current situation last? Why has the death rate been so high in Italy? And why have some other countries apparently been more successful at reducing the spread of the virus?This episode is from a live online event that we staged on Friday March 27, and it features science broadcaster Xand Van Tulleken, epidemiologist David Heymann, economist Linda Yueh and disease control expert Bharat Pankhania.Stay tuned for more informa...more

  • The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe / Episode 154: OCCASIONALLY--Quarantined Edition

    Mike was the keynote speaker at the last large gathering in the United States before the country officially closed for business. His job? Shaking hands--with over a hundred thousand people. Now, after three weeks of self-isolation, he'd like to tell you about it. And then, read a very funny story from his mom's new book.

  • SpyCast / Talking to a Former Hostage: A Conversation with Jason Rezaian

    Executive Director Chris Costa sits down with Washington Post journalist, Jason Rezaian to talk about his book and experiences being taken hostage in Iran.

  • Switched on Pop / D’Angelo and the Legacy of Voodoo (with Faith Pennick)

    In the year 2000, D'Angelo released Voodoo—with some help from Questlove, Angie Stone, Raphael Saadiq, and a band of jazz veterans—an album that has cast a long shadow with its unique sound of stripped-down soul, Faith Pennick, who literally wrote the book on the record, joins to break how D'Angelo broke the "shiny suit" regime of R&B, explore how he conjured the spirits of J Dilla, Prince, and Roberta Flack, and consider how one video almost derailed his career.Check out D'Angelo's Voodoo b...more

  • Skeptoid / Skeptoid #721: Debunking Ancient Aliens, Part 3

    A look at some of the ancient artworks and artifacts that the show Ancient Aliens gets totally wrong.

  • Cold Case Files / Brooke's Top 10: A Map to Murder

    A serial killer targets women who live on the fringes of society - with little to no connection to the mainstream world. As victims, this makes them incredibly difficult to investigate. That is... until the killer inadvertently hands investigators a map. Love your cat? Make the switch to PrettyLitter! Go to www.PrettyLitter.com and use promo code "COLDCASE" for 20% off your first order!

  • The Next Picture Show / #220: Infection Point Pt. 2 - Contagion

    Steven Soderbergh’s viral thriller CONTAGION may have come out in 2011, but it’s never felt more timely than in the midst of the world’s current coronavirus crisis, which makes it a natural stand-in for the “current film” half of our pairing with Elia Kazan’s 1950 plague noir PANIC IN THE STREETS. Watched today, Soderbergh’s film, a kaleidoscopic treatment of an illness called MEV-1 with a startling 25 percent mortality rate, is both alarming in its prescience and comforting in its diversions fr...more

  • Useless Information Podcast / UI #133 - A Nose for Fishing

    Sometimes a person can accomplish a great deal over the span of his or her lifetime but is forever defined by one thing that took just a brief moment while they were still young. Harry Morse was one of those men. Also learn about the first Beatles song banned by the BBC, someone who woke up beside a dead man, a wife whose first husband was found alive, and the Send-A-Dame chain letter. Retrosponsor: Feen-A-Mint Chewing Gum Laxative Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices