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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.

    Pardon My French

    Pardon My French

    The Marquis De Sade was a pariah in his time, a monster on the page, and a genius in death. But what crimes did the namesake of “sadism” actually commit? Where did his real-life appetites end…and his literary fantasies begin? (Explicit, obviously)

    SOURCES:
    Thomas, Donald. The Marquis de Sade. 1976.
    Du Plessix Gray, Francine. At Home with the Marquis de Sade. 1998.
    Lever, Maurice. Sade. 1994.
    Schaeffer, Niel. The Marquis De Sade: A Life. 1999.
    Gorer, Geoffrey. The Life and Ideas of the Marquis de Sade. 1933.
    Marquis de Sade. The 120 Days of Sodom.
    Marquis de Sade. Letters from Prison.

    • 2 hr 1 min
    McNamara's Boys: An Epilogue

    McNamara's Boys: An Epilogue

    How the US government deliberately sent thousands of mentally-disabled men into combat during the Vietnam War. A bonus episode and companion to Episode 12: "The Good Guys".

    SOURCES:
    Gregory, Hamilton. McNamara's Folly: The Use of Low-IQ Troops in the Vietnam War. 2015. 
    Hsiao, Lisa. “Project 100,000: The Great Society’s Answer to Military Manpower Needs in Vietnam”. 1989.
    Hastings, Sir Max. Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy (1945-1975). 2018. 
    Turse, Nick. Kill Anything That Moves. 2013.
    Charles Rivers Editors. The My Lai Massacre. 2015. 
    Jones, Howard. My Lai. 2015. 
    Fitzgerald, Frances. Fire In The Lake. 1972.
    O’Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried. 1990.

    • 34 min
    The Good Guys

    The Good Guys

    The 1968 My Lai Massacre shocked Americans, but the true nature of the Vietnam War went far beyond anything the public could’ve imagined. This is the story of the war within the War, between the soldiers who brutalized Vietnamese civilians, and the unsung men who tried to stop them.

    SOURCES:
    Jones, Howard. My Lai. 2015. 
    Hastings, Sir Max. Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy (1945-1975). 2018. 
    Hersh, Seymour M. Cover-Up. 1972.
    Charles Rivers Editors. The My Lai Massacre. 2015. 
    Fitzgerald, Frances. Fire In The Lake. 1972.
    O’Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried. 1990.
    Turse, Nick. Kill Anything That Moves. 2013.

    • 2 hr 9 min
    I Must Not Burn

    I Must Not Burn

    In 1945, the German city of Dresden was consumed in a firestorm engineered by the Allies. Many consider it to be a war crime. Others, a necessary evil.

    SOURCES
    Taylor, Frederick. Dresden: Tuesday, February 13th, 1945. 2004.
    McKay, Sinclair. The Fire and the Darkness: The Bombing of Dresden 1945. 2020.
    Charles River Editors. The Firebombing of Dresden and Tokyo. 2017.
    Gregg, Victor. Dresden: A Survivor’s Story. 2013.
    Harris, Arthurs. Bomber Offensive. 1947.
    Klemperer, Victor. I Will Bear Witness: A Diary. 1995.
    Harmon, Christopher. "Are We Beasts?: Churchill and the Moral Question of World War 2 Area Bombing". 1991.
    Editors, History.com. "Massive fire burns in Wisconsin". Nov 2009
     

    • 1 hr 50 min
    Roadies For Nero: An Epilogue

    Roadies For Nero: An Epilogue

    A bonus episode concerning the Praetorian Guard's musical and murderous relationship with Rome's fabulous fifth Emperor, Nero. An epilogue to E10: "Kingbreakers"

    SOURCES:
    Strauss, Barry. Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine.2019
    De La Bodeyere, Guy. Praetorian: The Rise and Fall of Rome’s Imperial Bodyguard. 2017
    Rankov, Boris. The Praetorian Guard. 1994
    Bingham, Sandra. The Praetorian Guard. 2012
    Suetonius. Lives of the Caesars. AD 121
    Dando-Collins, Stephen. Caligula: The Mad Emperor of Rome. 2019.
    Tacitus, Cornelius. The Complete Works. 1994.

    • 25 min
    Kingbreakers

    Kingbreakers

    The story of Rome through the eyes of the infamous Praetorian Guard, feared bodyguards who wielded the power and leverage to make – or break – the Emperors they swore to protect.

    SOURCES:
    Strauss, Barry. Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine. 2019
    De La Bodeyere, Guy. Praetorian: The Rise and Fall of Rome’s Imperial Bodyguard. 2017
    Rankov, Boris. The Praetorian Guard. 1994
    Bingham, Sandra. The Praetorian Guard. 2012
    Beard, Mary. SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome. 2015
    Beard, Mary. The Roman Triumph. 2007.
    Suetonius. Lives of the Caesars. AD 121
    Dando-Collins, Stephen. Caligula: The Mad Emperor of Rome. 2019.
    Tacitus, Cornelius. The Complete Works. 1994.
     

    • 1 hr 39 min

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