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An irreverent, fun, and informative look at history through the lens of movies and tv. It's never too serious, but you'll always learn something!

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An irreverent, fun, and informative look at history through the lens of movies and tv. It's never too serious, but you'll always learn something!

    The Patriot: heroism, invisible slavery, and cutting-edge chair technology

    The Patriot: heroism, invisible slavery, and cutting-edge chair technology

    Mel Gibson history movies. The invention of the rocking chair. Smooth-bore and rifled firearms. Militias. The "swamp fox." Gambling away your inheritance. War crimes. Slavery.

    Gangs of New York: history of The Five Points, immigration, and archaic criminal lingo

    Gangs of New York: history of The Five Points, immigration, and archaic criminal lingo

    Crime in 19th century New York. Building the Five Points. Irish influx. The real Bill the Butcher. Period dialects. Surprising living conditions. Draft Riots!

    The Last Samurai: Bushido, European influence, and howizters w/ Isaac Meyer

    The Last Samurai: Bushido, European influence, and howizters w/ Isaac Meyer

    Japan emerging from isolation and integrating the west. Saigo Takamori. Seppuku and Bushido code. Bad samurai poetry. And samurai with guns!

    First Man: moon rocks, moon lasers, and the edge of space

    First Man: moon rocks, moon lasers, and the edge of space

    From first flight to a moon landing in only a few decades. Apollo TV signal encoding. Moon rocks. Lunar laser ranging and confirming relativity.

    • 41 min
    300: professional soldiers, the Spartan Mirage, and expert poking w/ Josh

    300: professional soldiers, the Spartan Mirage, and expert poking w/ Josh

    Base myths of western civilization. The spartan state. Ancient warfare. The "spikey steamroller" of the phalanx. Taking apart the Spartan mirage. Etc.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Apocalypto: sacrificial practices, temples, and Mayan writing and math

    Apocalypto: sacrificial practices, temples, and Mayan writing and math

    Criticisms & controversy. Mel Gibson. Working from limited written history. The height & decline of Mayan civilization. Mayan science, math, and calendars.

    • 42 min

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