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Untangling history’s greatest controversies. Every month, we take a hard look at the historical conflicts that raise difficult questions, stoke controversy, and send our moral compasses spinning.

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Untangling history’s greatest controversies. Every month, we take a hard look at the historical conflicts that raise difficult questions, stoke controversy, and send our moral compasses spinning.

    Human Error: The Destruction of KAL Flight 007

    Human Error: The Destruction of KAL Flight 007

    On September 1st, 1983, a South Korean commercial airliner inexplicably drifted 200 miles off course into restricted Soviet airspace. In response, a Soviet fighter plane intercepted the aircraft, fired two missiles, and shot it down, killing all 269 people on board. In this standalone episode, we examine one of the most enduring outrages of the Cold War, a mystery that baffled investigators and inflamed political animus for more than a decade. 

    SOURCES:
    Degani, Asaf. Taming HAL: Designing Interfaces Beyond 2001. 
    Westad, Odd Arne. The Cold War: A World History. 2017.
    Service, Robert. The End of the Cold War. 2015.
    Downing, Taylor. 1983: Reagan, Andropov, And A World On The Brink. 2018.
    Dobbs, Michael. Down With Big Brother. 1997. 
    Hersh, Seymour. The Target Is Destroyed. 1986. 
    Dallin, Alexander. Black Box: KAL 007 and the Superpowers. 1985.
    https://www.reaganlibrary.gov/public/digitallibrary/dailydiary/1982-09.pdf
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    • 1 hr 27 min
    The Stock Market Crash of 1929 – Part 3: The Music Stops

    The Stock Market Crash of 1929 – Part 3: The Music Stops

    After weeks of uncertainty and fear, the Great Crash finally arrives on October 24th, 1929. While America’s financial infrastructure burns, Jesse Livermore makes $100 million in a single week. Wall Street’s great cheerleader, Sunshine Charlie Mitchell, schemes and maneuvers to puff up the bull market and preserve his legacy. Amidst the wreckage of the Great Depression, a scrappy immigrant lawyer named Ferdinand Pecora leads a Federal investigation into Sunshine Charlie and National City Bank that shakes the very bedrock of American financial law.   

    SOURCES:
    Ahamed, Liaquat. Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World. 2009.
    Allen, Frederick Lewis. Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920s. 1931
    Blumenthal, Karen. Six Days in October. 2002. 
    Charles Rivers Editors. Jesse Livermore. 2021.
    Charles Rivers Editors. Wall Street. 2020.
    Galbraith, John Kenneth. The Great Crash 1929. 1955.
    Galbraith, John Kenneth. A Short History of Financial Euphoria. 1990.
    Geisst, Charles R. Wall Street: A History. 1997.
    Klein, Maury. Rainbow’s End. 2001. 
    Morris, Charles R. A Rabble of Dead Money. 2017.
    Nations, Scott. A History of the United States in Five Crashes. 2017.
    Parker, Selwyn. The Great Crash. 2008.
    Perino, Michael. The Hellhound of Wall Street. 2010.
    Rubython, Tom. Jesse Livermore: Boy Plunger. 2016.
    Thomas, Gordon. Morgan-Witts, Max. The Day the Bubble Burst. 1979.
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    • 2 hrs 23 min
    History Daily (Special Featured Podcast): “The Start of the Cuban Revolution”

    History Daily (Special Featured Podcast): “The Start of the Cuban Revolution”

    In this special featured episode of History Daily, host Lindsay Graham gives an atmospheric retelling of the events of December 2nd, 1956. On that day, the communist revolutionary Fidel Castro launched the Cuban Revolution. 
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    • 17 min
    The Stock Market Crash of 1929 – Part 2: Age of Illusion

    The Stock Market Crash of 1929 – Part 2: Age of Illusion

    As economic disaster looms in the Fall of ‘29, the American public is blissfully unaware, entranced by stratospheric share prices and the sunny proclamations of Wall Street cheerleaders. Jesse Livermore, the infamous “Boy Trader”, follows his hunches and prepares for the coming catastrophe. The Federal Reserve, rudderless and impotent after the untimely death of its leader Ben Strong, sits on its hands. “Sunshine” Charlie Mitchell, chief executive of the country’s largest bank, injects fresh life into the boom as the stock market bubble inflates to dangerous heights of make-believe. 

    SOURCES:
    Ahamed, Liaquat. Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World. 2009.
    Allen, Frederick Lewis. Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920s. 1931
    Blumenthal, Karen. Six Days in October. 2002. 
    Charles Rivers Editors. Jesse Livermore. 2021.
    Charles Rivers Editors. Wall Street. 2020.
    Galbraith, John Kenneth. The Great Crash 1929. 1955.
    Galbraith, John Kenneth. A Short History of Financial Euphoria. 1990.
    Geisst, Charles R. Wall Street: A History. 1997.
    Klein, Maury. Rainbow’s End. 2001. 
    Morris, Charles R. A Rabble of Dead Money. 2017.
    Nations, Scott. A History of the United States in Five Crashes. 2017.
    Parker, Selwyn. The Great Crash. 2008.
    Perino, Michael. The Hellhound of Wall Street. 2010.
    Rubython, Tom. Jesse Livermore: Boy Plunger. 2016.
    Thomas, Gordon. Morgan-Witts, Max. The Day the Bubble Burst. 1979.
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    • 1 hr 48 min
    The Stock Market Crash of 1929 – Part 1: To The Moon!

    The Stock Market Crash of 1929 – Part 1: To The Moon!

    One of the worst financial disasters in history unfolded on Wall Street in late October of 1929. Within a week, 30 billion dollars had disappeared into thin air, leaving the global economy in tatters and heralding the beginning of a worldwide Depression. But what exactly happened? And why? In Part 1 of this 3-Part series on the Wall Street Crash of 1929, we discover how the American public became fatally infatuated with the stock market during the “Roaring 20’s”; and how one debauched day trader – Jesse Livermore – saw the whole thing coming. 

    SOURCES:
    Ahamed, Liaquat. Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World. 2009.
    Blumenthal, Karen. Six Days in October. 2002. 
    Charles Rivers Editors. Jesse Livermore. 2021.
    Charles Rivers Editors. Wall Street. 2020.
    Galbraith, John Kenneth. The Great Crash 1929. 1955.
    Galbraith, John Kenneth. A Short History of Financial Euphoria. 1990.
    Geisst, Charles R. Wall Street: A History. 1997.
    Klein, Maury. Rainbow’s End. 2001. 
    Morris, Charles R. A Rabble of Dead Money. 2017.
    Nations, Scott. A History of the United States in Five Crashes. 2017.
    Parker, Selwyn. The Great Crash. 2008.
    Perino, Michael. The Hellhound of Wall Street. 2010.
    Rubython, Tom. Jesse Livermore: Boy Plunger. 2016.
    Thomas, Gordon. Morgan-Witts, Max. The Day the Bubble Burst. 1979.
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Gore: The Brutal History of Bullfighting

    Gore: The Brutal History of Bullfighting

    Some revere it as an art form, others revile it as a blood sport, but no matter where you stand, few traditions stir up strong emotions quite like the centuries-old ritual of bullfighting. Born in the villages of rural Spain, refined in the crowded arenas of Seville, and fetishized by wandering aficionados like Ernest Hemingway, the “corrida de toros” holds a special place not only in Spanish cultural life but in human history. Beneath the pomp and pageantry, will we find senseless animal cruelty? Or a transcendent reflection on the human condition? 

    SOURCES:
    Bailey, C. (2007). “Africa Begins at the Pyrenees”: Moral Outrage, Hypocrisy, and the Spanish Bullfight. Ethics and the Environment.
    Bentley, Logan. (1962). “What The Horns Couldn’t Do”. Sports Illustrated.
    Colenutt, Mark. Spanish Bull: A Provocative Guide to Bullfighting. 2014.
    Conrad, Barnaby. The Death of Manolete. 1958.
    Dozier, Thomas. (1955) “The One Who Lived”. Sports Illustrated.
    Gamado, Ignacio. Discovering the World of Bullfighting. 2021.
    Hardouin-Fugier, Elisabeth. Bullfighting: A Troubled History. 2010.
    Hemingway, Ernest. Death in the Afternoon. 1932
    Kennedy, A.L.: On Bullfighting. 1999.
    McCormick, John. Bullfighting: Art, Technique & Spanish Society. 1998
    Mitchell, Timothy. Blood Sport: A Social History of Spanish Bullfighting. 1991.
    Ribezzo, Viviana. Adresi, Marta. The Corrida: The History of Bullfighting from its Origins to Present Day. 2018.
    Tauromaquia. Jaime Alekos. 2017.
    Tynan, Kenneth. (1955) “The Death of Manolete”. The Paris Review 
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    • 2 hrs 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

MrSimon83 ,

Really well put together

This podcast series has been researched extremely well, and put together impeccably… thoroughly enjoying each episode & considering I’m very late to the party where podcasts are concerned, having only recently started to listen to them regularly this is one of my favourites!! Keep them coming. 1 very happy listener 👏👏👏

Picklepantry ,

Best researched and delivered history pod

An amazingly detailed and well written podcast - quite possibly the most in depth and well delivered history podcast out there!

It is the closest podcast to an academic history book, but also grips the listener due to the excellent delivery from the host.

If I could give 6 stars, I would!

Paulr9750:) ,

Superb

Great podcast. Really well researched.

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