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95 minutes | Jun 16, 2020
Religion Mongery. Episode 22 - Primeval origins and medieval cults
Why do many of us hold theological beliefs? When did we, as a species, start thinking of the world and our place in it in these terms? What is the difference between a religion and a cult? And speaking of cults, what happened in Münster in 1534?
85 minutes | Jan 6, 2019
Civilization Mongery. Episode 21 - Europe: Evolution, Dinosaurs & Suicidal Counts
We talk about the amazing book “Europe”, written by Tim Flannery, drink wine and philosophize …..
57 minutes | Sep 2, 2018
Civilization Mongery. Episode 20 - Maize, Corn & giant Heads
We continue to explore the middle and south american continent to find other cradles of human civilization. this time we stop by at the Olmecs' giant heads, learn about their body art transformation and also amazing stuff about the (still mysterious) origins of maize & corn.
83 minutes | Aug 12, 2018
Civilization Mongery. Episode 19 - Tales and wonders from a tiny country in the middle of Europe, that few have ever heard of
It of course includes tales of baby dragons, exploding dragons and dragon lines. We also have food, even more wine and lots of amazing stories, including the Romans, truffles, caves, wonders of nature and even Greek heroes!
90 minutes | Jun 24, 2018
Civilization Mongery. Episode 18 - The Worldshaker & Company
n this episode we look at using knotted and colored strings to convey information, using vampire bat wool to make summer clothing and stepping on your enemies. Of course, it's the Tiwanaku empire! And yes, the word Titicaca is still funny.
64 minutes | May 31, 2018
Trade Mongery. Episode 17 - Worshipful Companies and others
Gildes, Zünfte (yes, we are going full on german folkloristic, with an UMLAUT on top). Follow us when we go on the "Walz", like journey man and women do for hundreds of years, to perfect their trade and learn new skills.
63 minutes | Apr 21, 2018
Trade Mongery. Episode 16 - Pirates
How many pirates does it take to change a light bulb? Or a country, for that matter? What do you do if you are a pirate queen who wants to retire? And tell me more about Blackbeard. You have come to the right place.
70 minutes | Apr 21, 2018
Trade Mongery. Episode 15 - Silk Roads & Indian Ocean Trade
For over 2000 years trade has been conducted between Asia and the middle east, leading to a rich commercial, scientific and cultural exchange between the two regions.
61 minutes | Apr 21, 2018
Trade Mongery. Episode 14 - East vs Dutch East India Company - the Battle of the Bastards
Which proto-multinational was more evil? Surely it is not a competition. Oh, but it is. Unconstrained monopolies and colonial brutality from two nation sanctioned corporations cause public outrage that gives rise to modern governance laws.
73 minutes | Jan 28, 2018
Trade Mongery. Episode 13 - Economic Bubbles
We talk about some of the most craziest financial bubbles in modern history.
71 minutes | Jan 28, 2018
Trade Mongery. Episode 12 - Give me Money, Honey!
Cocoa beans, Templar (or - some say Illuminati - just saying..), Bitcoin and overall meta-concepts of intrinsic value and how to buy stuff. Show me the money!
93 minutes | Jan 21, 2018
Trade Mongery. Episode 11 - Emperors, Luther and money - the struggle is real.
Who were these not so poor Fuggers? We will enlighten you. Learn what mining, Luther, emperors and kings fighting for the chance to be the big dog have to do with shaping Europe's landscape forever. Also, Scott tastes original Niederegger marzipan for the first time.
72 minutes | Jan 9, 2018
Trade Mongery. Episode 9 - Hanse & Medici Part 02
Two brothers in a deadly rivalry, the english crown and more profiteering for you - a tour de force through Europe in the late middle ages/early Renaissance.
59 minutes | Jan 3, 2018
Trade Mongery. Episode 8 - Hanse & Medici Part 01
Follow us on our new journey through medieval Europe from north to south. We will discover the early trade networks. the aftermath of that shapes our world view and economics up until this day. Also included: pirate Popes and Scott eating his first ever Kaubonbon - its hilarious.
80 minutes | Nov 25, 2017
Food Mongery. Episode 7 - Sugar? Oh, Honey!
Next to wild culinary experimentations we will learn that Scott doesn't has a sweet tooth - and so a lot of fun ensures with Ellen trying to explain common german Kaubonbons.
70 minutes | Nov 12, 2017
Food Mongery. Episode 6 - "Keep your spirits up"
This week it's spirits, specifically rum and gin, port and sherry. What is difference between ruby, tawny and vintage? What happened in Captain Bligh's second mutiny? And what is "mother's ruin"?
55 minutes | Oct 30, 2017
Food Mongery. Episode 5 - "My God! What the hell are you eating?!"
This week look at strange food from around the world some of which, quite frankly, makes us gag. From bat pasta to stink head to jellied moose nose to maggot cheese. And of course, you won't believe what the ancient Romans did with sows.
37 minutes | Oct 23, 2017
Food Mongery. Episode 4 Part 3 - "A Pinch of Salt"
In the final installment in our three part series on salt, we look the role of salt played in wars, cities and the rise and fall of empires. As well as some more delicious food mongery with whale tongues. purposeful porpoises and beaver tails.
35 minutes | Oct 23, 2017
Food Mongery. Episode 4 Part 2 - "Worth his Salt"
In the second part of our series on salt, we tell you what blond Celtic warrior gods, Egyptian mummies and french Kings have in common.
44 minutes | Oct 23, 2017
Food Mongery. Episode 4 Part 1 - "Salt of the Earth"
What is salt, why do we need it and where does it come from? In the first part of our three part series on salt, we will talk a little bit of chemistry, learn how to make Sydney harbor burn and discover why priests were not allowed to carry salt (spoiler alert - celibacy reasons).
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