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The History Bit
36 minutes | Sep 23, 2019
Cultic Chaos - A Brief Overview of Obscure Cults
In this episode, we present a brief overview of several obscure cults that you may have never heard of and explore the interesting world where religions fervor and devotion meets a charismatic, commanding individual.
43 minutes | Sep 17, 2019
The Wine of Araby - A Brief Conversation About the History of Coffee
In this episode, we explore the fascinating history of coffee and how it progressed from being just a mystery seed found high up in the forests of the Ethiopian Plateau to the cultural sensation that is consumed in large quantities across the world today.
40 minutes | Sep 10, 2019
Sidewalk Surfing - A Brief History of Skateboarding
Odds are, if you grew up within the past fifty years, you probably owned a skateboard or some variation of one. In this episode, we delve into the humble origins of the skateboard and highlight it's phoenix-like births, deaths, and rebirths.
49 minutes | Sep 3, 2019
The Perfect Storm - A Discussion of Bizarre Weather Phenomena
In this episode, we discuss three different examples of what happens when conditions are "just right", nature's norms are temporarily suspended, and bizarre weather phenomena strike.
48 minutes | Aug 27, 2019
Alps, Romans, and Elephants... Oh My! - A Brief Look at Hannibal of Carthage's Strategy in the Second Punic War
In this episode, we examine the strategy of Hannibal of Carthage and how he took the fight to the Romans during the Second Punic War.
52 minutes | Aug 20, 2019
A Whole New World - The Entertainment Empire of Walt Disney
In this episode, we dive into Walt Disney (the man and the corporation) to learn about how they became the entertainment industry titans they are today, influencing the entire world and projecting a particular vision of American identity.
51 minutes | Aug 12, 2019
UFO.M.G. - A Brief Overview of UFOs in Human History
In this week's episode, we give a brief overview of the history of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs): what constitutes a UFO, their earliest appearances in mankind's historical records, and for our context, the role that they have played in American culture since the late 1940s thanks to a certain small town in New Mexico...
52 minutes | Aug 6, 2019
What the Chuck? - A Brief History of Converse Shoes and the Life of Charles "Chuck" Taylor
In this first episode of our second season, we explore the history of one of the most prominent shoe companies in the world, the Converse Rubber Shoe Company as well as seek to learn more about the life and legacy of perhaps the most famous shoe salesman all of time, Charles "Chuck" Taylor. Stay tuned at the end to hear about an exciting new segment which we will be debuting in the next several weeks of which YOU the listener can be a part!
56 minutes | Apr 24, 2019
The History of Fast Food in America
In this episode, we explore the origins and explosive growth of fast food restaurants in the United States, and we also trace the history of perhaps the most iconic item on fast food menus: the hamburger.
48 minutes | Apr 15, 2019
Obscure U.S. Presidents Part 2
Originally, we had intended for this topic to only be featured in one episode, but the discussion proved to be so fascinating and in-depth, we only made it through half of our planned material. Thus, in this episode, we discuss three more obscure U.S. presidents, seeking to shed light on these lesser known players in American history.
48 minutes | Apr 8, 2019
Obscure U.S. Presidents Part 1
In this episode, we discuss obscure presidents of the United States who have been lost to the common current of American historical thought. We discuss their upbringings and life stories, their unique contributions to the Presidential office, and amusing anecdotes from throughout their lives. We hope you enjoy this week's episode of the History Bit.
65 minutes | Apr 2, 2019
The Unsinkable Titanic
In this episode, we discuss the tragic story of the Titanic, a ship that many once wrongly believed to be unsinkable. We talk through the timeline of Titanic's first and only voyage from the ship setting sail from England to its untimely end in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic.
66 minutes | Mar 26, 2019
When someone says the word viking today, there is probably a specific image that comes to mind: a burly warrior clad in a metal helmet with horns on each side who won't stop until he has laid waste to an unsuspecting village. In today's episode, we attempt to parse out a realistic picture of the Scandinavian farmer standing behind the mythic Viking warrior.
54 minutes | Mar 19, 2019
The Salem Witch Trials
In this episode, we explore one of the darker episodes in North American history, the Salem Witch Trials. We unpack the events immediately preceding the hysteria to understand how it is that a whole town could be caught up in something that now, in retrospect seems so preposterous. We also detail the trials themselves and the events surrounding them which would eventually lead to them being stopped eleven months after they began.
56 minutes | Mar 12, 2019
PT Barnum - The Man Behind the Greatest Show on Earth
This week, we explore the life of famed showman PT Barnum. With the hugely successful film The Greatest Showman bringing him into the limelight in recent months, we thought it would be interesting to dive into the man behind the musical and learn just who the real PT Barnum was. Also, we take time to compare Barnum's real life with that which is depicted in the film and see how it holds up. We hope you enjoy this week's episode of The History Bit.
59 minutes | Mar 5, 2019
Communism in Romania - A Family Story Ft. Luna (Jeremy's Daughter) in the Background)
We all have some sort of personal connection to past events that have shaped the world into what it is today. To highlight this, in this episode, we unpack a personal story from Jeremy's family about their experience living in Romania during the rule of Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.
57 minutes | Feb 26, 2019
In honor of reaching episode 13, we decided to unpack some of the most well-known superstitions in our society, involving both good luck and bad luck. Tune in to learn the origins of some of our society's prominent and bizarre notions.
54 minutes | Feb 19, 2019
In this episode, we discuss the battle of Iwo Jima, specifically a photograph that was taken during it that was to single-handedly boost American morale in the latter stages of a long war and become one of the most iconic images of the 20th century.
33 minutes | Feb 12, 2019
The Forgotten War
In this episode, we attempt to shed some light on a war that has been all but forgotten today. Even though it lasted 172 years, not a single shot was fired, and there were no casualties. Tune in to learn about the surprising story of this obscure conflict that occurred against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Empire.
68 minutes | Feb 5, 2019
In this episode, we discuss the history of arguably one of the most well-known counter culture movements in recent history: punk. We explore the origins of the movement, both in regards to music and fashion, how it developed on both sides in the pond (the USA and the UK), and what it has evolved into today.
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