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Half True History
42 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
69. What was the 100 Years' War?
In episode 69 (nice) of Half True History, Dan Parrella and Pedro Lima are back in the studio with Chris Crespo to talk about England versus France in the 100 Years' War. Listen to find out how this story includes legendary swords, messengers from God, toddler heirs, long bows, cannons, and more!
43 minutes | May 19, 2021
68. What is the Wealth of Nations?
In episode 68 of Half True History, Dan Parrella tells Pedro Lima and Chris Crespo all about the Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith and how this led to our modern understanding of capitalism and why it is probably a problem that we base so much of how our world works on a person with questionable authority on the subject. Enjoy!
38 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
67. Who Conquered The Most?
In episode 67 of Half True History, Dan Parrella tells Pedro Lima and Chris Crespo all about the general who has conquered the most, and that would be Genghis Khan's main man, the Dog of War, the Doorman of the Khan, the Unrelenting, the Wolf Himself, the one and only General Subutai. How bad ass was this guy? Listen to find out!
38 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
66. Is there more to the Taj Mahal?
In episode 66 of Half True History, Dan Parrella tells Pedro Lima and Chris Crespo about the history of the Taj Mahal, the reason it was built, and the familial civil war that cropped up around it. We're talking about mystic maps, jizya taxes, beheadings, and more! Enjoy the show!
38 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
65. What was the Russo-Japanese War?
In episode 65 of Half True History, Dan Parrella tells Pedro Lima and Chris Crespo about the Russo-Japanese War and how Russia's late industrialized development led to them being underprepared for war with Japan in what could be considered World War Zero.
45 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
64. What is the English Language?
In episode 64 of Half True History, Dan Parrella tells Pedro Lima and Chris Crespo about the evolution of the English language, and how it is an ever-evolving thing that can't be stopped from changing with each passing generation.
43 minutes | Feb 12, 2021
63. What was Italian Unification?
In episode 63 of Half True History, Italiano Dan Parrella tells Pedro Lima and Chris Crespo about Italy's 1,400 year journey to unification, and how it involves the Fall of Rome, Napoleon's French Empire, Napoleon III's broken promises, the Ragamuffin War, Ana Maria de Jesus Ribeiro da Silva, the Four Fathers of Italy, and more!
38 minutes | Jan 27, 2021
62. What was the Boxer Rebellion?
In episode 62 of Half True History, Dan Parrella tells Pedro Lima and producer Chris Crespo all about the Boxer Rebellion. Why is this story of a group of conservative protestors storming a capital at the behest of their manipulative leader relevant to today? You have to listen to find out!
49 minutes | Jan 13, 2021
61. What was the Birth of Movies?
In episode 61 of Half True History, Dan Parrella tells Pedro Lima and Chris Crespo about the birth of the movie industry in the United States and the art form started as cheap vaudeville entertainment and grew into an international industry. There is talk of the zoopraxiscope, Edison's Black Maria, Fred Ott's Sneeze, the Wizard of Menlo Park, the Cinemagician Georges Méliès, The Great Train Robbery, The Birth of a Nation, and much more!
54 minutes | Dec 30, 2020
60. How Did Sports Start in America?
In episode 60 of Half True History, Dan Parrella tells Pedro Lima and Chris Crespo about how Albert Spalding used Abner Doubleday to kickstart baseball in 1800's America, how James Naismith started baseketball, and how Yale invented football. Come for the Cuban Giants, stay for the 1919 Black Sox cheating scandal, time to talk about the truths and legends of early sports in the US.
26 minutes | Dec 16, 2020
59. What was the War of the Three Kingdoms?
In episode 59 of Half True History, Dan Parrella tells Pedro Lima and Chris Crespo about the War of the Three Kingdoms, and how it is one of the most fictionalized wars of all time. Dynasty Warriors, the Yellow Turban Rebellion, and the restoration of the Han Dynasty all factor in to listen to find out how!
36 minutes | Dec 2, 2020
58. What was the Haitian Revolution?
In episode 58 of Half True History, Dan Parrella tells Pedro Lima and Chris Crespo about the world's first successful slave revolution, and how it started as a colonial class war and ended up a full on fight for independence. The French Revolution starts it and Napoleon Bonaparte ends it, and it all involves lots of sugar money, and somehow Bane from The Dark Knight Rises gets thrown in the mix, so listen this episode to find out how this all ties together.
40 minutes | Nov 12, 2020
57. Who is the Sun King?
In episode 57 of Half True History, Dan Parrella tells Pedro Lima and Chris Crespo all about King Louis XIV, who went from child king to long time ruler by divine right! We talk about his expertise in branding and marketing, sowing division to secure power, and belittling others, and how he actually built his empire and then maintained it by use of a 500-room palace that seemingly had something missing.
36 minutes | Oct 29, 2020
56. Where did Halloween come from?
In episode 56 of Half True History, Dan Parranormal tells Petrified Pedro Lima and Creepy Chris Crespolteregeist about the history of Halloween, which includes the correct pronunciation of the word "Samhain," the origins of dressing up in costumes, bobbing for apples, and trick or treating, plus there's talk of faeries, turnips, and Catholicism. Also there's a quick appearance from Jared Vorhees, CPA.
38 minutes | Oct 15, 2020
55. What is Columbus Day?
In episode 55 of Half True History, Dan Parrella tells Pedro Lima and Chris Crespo about how Cristoforo Colombo de Genoa became Christopher Columbus and how, despite being bad at his various jobs and also a rapist and murderer, he got his own holiday in America thanks to the tireless work starting with the Italian immigrants of the 1880s leading all the way up to FDR declaring Columbus Day as a full on holiday, and what that meant socially for Italians in America. Plus Dan has a few ideas for famous Italians who could replace Columbus.
30 minutes | Oct 1, 2020
54. What was the Safavid Empire?
In episode 54 of Half True History, Dan Parrella tells Pedro Lima (and Chris Crespo) about one of the funniest empires in history, the Safavid Empire! Find out about the Curly Joe of Middle Eastern empires and how they started with a lie and ended like a fart in the wind. Enjoy!
37 minutes | Sep 17, 2020
53. What is the History of Climate Change?
In episode 53 of Half True History, Dan Parrella explains to Pedro Lima and Chris Crespo the history (relative to recorded humanity) of climate change, and how the various warming and cooling periods have affected world history. Enjoy!
39 minutes | Sep 8, 2020
52. Who was LGBTQ+ in History?
In episode 52 of Half True History, Dan Parrella talks to Pedro and Breanna Lima (and Chris Crespo) about Alexander the Great, Richard the Lionheart, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, Frederick the Great, Anne Lister, and many more historical figures who are also LGBTQ+!
40 minutes | Aug 26, 2020
51. What is the Pax Mongolia?
In episode 51 of Half True History, Dan Parrella tells Pedro Lima (and Chris Crespo) about the Pax Mongolia, finally delivering on the part 2 of the Genghis Khan episode.
35 minutes | Aug 11, 2020
50. What is the Congo Conference?
In episode 50 of Half True History, Dan Parrella tells Pedro Lima (and Chris Crespo) about the Congo Conference of 1884 and the various events and geopolitics that led to the European corporate capitalist machine divide up Africa and royally screw the entire place up for a very long time to come. Learn about the Songhai Empire selling slaves, abolitionism ending that revenue stream, the birth of Liberia, the unconquering of Ethiopia, the founding of Rhodesia and the De Beers diamond company, and more!
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