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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.

    The Partition of India – Part 2: Two Blind Eyes

    The Partition of India – Part 2: Two Blind Eyes

    As the British Raj crumbles, old animosities begin to stir in the subcontinent’s communities. Mohandas Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru face a formidable new adversary in the form of Muhammed Ali Jinnah, who calls for the creation of a separate Muslim nation - Pakistan. Hindu-Muslim tensions, fueled by political polarization and corrosive rhetoric, explode into sectarian violence during the Great Calcutta Killing of August 1946. 

    Sources:
    Akbar, M.J. Tinderbox: The Past and Future of Pakistan. 2011.
    Tharoor, Shashi. Nehru: The Invention of India. 2003.
    Tharoor, Shashi. Inglorious Empire: What The British Did To India. 2017.
    Khan, Yasmin. The Great Partition: The Making of India and Pakistan. 2007.
    Guha, Ramachandra. Gandhi: The Years That Changed The World. 2018.
    Sarila, Narendra Singh. The Shadow of the Great Game. 2005.
    Charles Rivers Editors. The Punjab. 2018.
    Charles Rivers Editors. British India. 2017.
    Puri, Kavita. Partition Voices: Untold British Stories. 2019.
    Malhotra, Aanchal. Remnants of Partition: 21 Objects From A Continent Divided. 2017.
    Von Tunzelmann, Alex. Indian Summer. 2007.
    Zakaria, Anam. The Footprints of Partition. 2015.
    Ahmed Akbar. Jinnah, Pakistan and Islamic Identity. 1997.
    Urvashi, Butalia. The Other Side of Silence: Voices from the Partition of India. 1998.
    White-Spunner, Barney. Partition. 2017.
    Lawrence, James. Raj: The Making and Unmaking of British India. 1997.
    Hamdani, Yasser Latif. Jinnah: A Life. 2020.
    Fischer, Louis. Gandhi. 1950. 
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    • 1 hr 43 min
    The Partition of India – Part 1: End of Empire

    The Partition of India – Part 1: End of Empire

    In the summer of 1947, the British Raj relinquished its hold over the Indian subcontinent. In its wake, two new nations were created: India and Pakistan. The hastily-drawn border between the countries slashed through communities and bisected entire provinces, triggering one of the largest forced migrations in human history. In the first episode of a multi-part series, we examine the twilight years of the British in India, as well as the forceful personalities who helped loosen its colonial grip. From Mohandas Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru to the elegant Earl of Mountbatten, we’ll begin assembling the cast that that will be forced to grapple with the looming crisis. 

    Sources:
    Akbar, M.J. Tinderbox: The Past and Future of Pakistan. 2011.
    Tharoor, Shashi. Nehru: The Invention of India. 2003.
    Tharoor, Shashi. Inglorious Empire: What The British Did To India. 2017.
    Khan, Yasmin. The Great Partition: The Making of India and Pakistan. 2007.
    Guha, Ramachandra. Gandhi: The Years That Changed The World. 2018.
    Sarila, Narendra Singh. The Shadow of the Great Game. 2005.
    Charles Rivers Editors. The Punjab. 2018.
    Charles Rivers Editors. British India. 2017.
    Puri, Kavita. Partition Voices: Untold British Stories. 2019.
    Malhotra, Aanchal. Remnants of Partition: 21 Objects From A Continent Divided. 2017.
    Von Tunzelmann, Alex. Indian Summer. 2007.
    Zakaria, Anam. The Footprints of Partition. 2015.
    Ahmed Akbar. Jinnah, Pakistan and Islamic Identity. 1997.
    Urvashi, Butalia. The Other Side of Silence: Voices from the Partition of India. 1998.
    White-Spunner, Barney. Partition. 2017.
    Lawrence, James. Raj: The Making and Unmaking of British India. 1997.
    Hamdani, Yasser Latif. Jinnah: A Life. 2020.
    Fischer, Louis. Gandhi. 1950. 
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    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 hr 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

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