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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 Kinsey Report – Part 2

    The Kinsey Report – Part 2

    As Dr. Alfred Kinsey begins his foray into sex research in 1938, he faces a rising tide of controversy at Indiana University, and is soon confronted with an ultimatum. While his research develops and his methodology takes shape, Kinsey is forced to reckon with hard truths about sex – and himself. 

    SOURCES:
    Allen, Judith A. The Kinsey Institute: The First Seventy Years. 2017.
    Brenot, Phillipe. The Story of Sex. 2016. 
    D’Emilio, John. Freedman, Estelle. Intimate Matters: The History of Sexuality in America. 1988.
    Donna J. Drucker, “‘A Noble Experiment’: The Marriage Course at Indiana University, 1938-1940,” IMH September 2007 https://www.jstor.org/stable/27792817?read-now=1&seq=7#page_scan_tab_contents
    Gary, Brett. Dirty Works. Obscenity on Trial in America’s First Sexual Revolution. 2021.
    Hardy, Gathorne. Sex: The Measure of All Things: A Life of Alfred C. Kinsey. 1998.
    Hegarty, Peter. Gentlemen’s Disagreement. 2013.
    Jones, James H. Alfred C. Kinsey: A Life. 1997.
    Wimpee, Rachel. Iacobell, Teresa. “Funding a Sexual Revolution: The Kinsey Reports.” Jan 9 2020. Rockefeller Archive Center.
    https://resource.rockarch.org/story/funding-a-sexual-revolution-the-kinsey-reports/
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    The Kinsey Report – Part 1

    The Kinsey Report – Part 1

    In 1948, Dr. Alfred Kinsey wrote the book on sex. “The Kinsey Report”, as it came to be known, was a pioneering scientific study on the sexual habits of ordinary Americans. Divided into Male and Female Volumes, it challenged longstanding myths about sex and the religious ideology that upheld them. In this first installment of a three-part series, we explore the life, times and motivations of the enigmatic man behind the Kinsey Report – Dr. Alfred Kinsey. 

    SOURCES:
    Allen, Judith A. The Kinsey Institute: The First Seventy Years. 2017.
    Brenot, Phillipe. The Story of Sex. 2016. 
    D’Emilio, John. Freedman, Estelle. Intimate Matters: The History of Sexuality in America. 1988.
    Donna J. Drucker, “‘A Noble Experiment’: The Marriage Course at Indiana University, 1938-1940,” IMH September 2007
    Gary, Brett. Dirty Works. Obscenity on Trial in America’s First Sexual Revolution. 2021.
    Hardy, Gathorne. Sex: The Measure of All Things: A Life of Alfred C. Kinsey. 1998.
    Hegarty, Peter. Gentlemen’s Disagreement. 2013.
    Jones, James H. Alfred C. Kinsey: A Life. 1997.
    Wimpee, Rachel. Iacobell, Teresa. “Funding a Sexual Revolution: The Kinsey Reports.” Jan 9 2020. Rockefeller Archive Center.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    History Daily: The Pirate Trial of 1720

    History Daily: The Pirate Trial of 1720

    This featured guest episode of History Daily examines the events of November 16th, 1720. On that day, the trials of notorious pirates Anne Bonny, Mary Read, and John Rackham began in Spanish Town, Jamaica.
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    • 18 min
    Hiroo Onoda & The Surrender of Japan

    Hiroo Onoda & The Surrender of Japan

    In 1974, a Japanese soldier named Hiroo Onoda emerged from the Philippine jungle, unaware that World War 2 had been over for nearly 30 years. During those three decades, Onoda waged a murderous guerilla insurgency against the residents of Lubang island, leaving a trail of corpses and broken lives in his wake. Meanwhile, the defeated Empire of Japan was undergoing a radical transformation that would reshape the trajectory of East Asia. In this standalone episode of Conflicted, we weave these two parallel stories together into an examination of the nature of loss, persistence, and hope.

    SOURCES:
    Ballinger-Fletcher, Zita. “Was Hiroo Onoda a Soldier or Serial Killer?” History Net. May 2 2023.
    Betuel, Emma. “73 Years Later, The A-Bomb Trees Still Grow in Hiroshima” Inverse. Aug 6 2018.
    Buruma, Ian. Year Zero. A History of 1945. 2013. 
    Dower, John W. Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II. 1999.
    Gallicchio, Marc. Unconditional: The Japanese Surrender in World War II. 2020. 
    Harmsen, Peter. War in the Far East: Asian Armageddon 1944-1945. 2021.
    Onoda, Hiroo. No Surrender: My Thirty Year War. 1974.
    Paine, S.C.M. The Japanese Empire. 2017. 
    Spector, Ronald. In The Ruins Of Empire. 2007. 
    Toll, Ian W. Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific 1944-1945. 2020. 
    Walker, Brett L. A Concise History of Japan. 2015.
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    • 2 hr 15 min
    The Gulf War 1991 – Part 3: Land of Darkness

    The Gulf War 1991 – Part 3: Land of Darkness

    On January 17th, 1991, Operation Desert Storm begins. As President Bush braces for high casualties, Saddam Hussein desperately seeks a path to survival. In Baghdad, Coalition air forces rain hell on Iraqi soldiers and civilians alike, while American diplomats scramble to defuse a potential crisis in Israel. US infantrymen come face-to-face with the fourth largest army in the world…with surprising results. As oil wells burn and journalists jockey for access, the war reaches a bloody climax at the “Highway of Death”. 

    SOURCES:
    Aburish, Said K. Saddam Hussein: The Politics of Revenge. 2000.
    Atkinson, Rick. Crusade: The Untold Story of the Gulf War. 1993.
    Al-Radi, Nuha. Baghdad Diaries. 1998.
    Baudrillard, Jean. The Gulf War Did Not Take Place. 1991. 
    Bergen, Peter L. The Rise and Fall of Osama bin Laden. 2021.
    Charles Rivers Editors. The Gulf War. 2018.
    Coll, Steve. Ghost Wars. 2004.
    Coll, Steve. Branigin, William. “US scrambled to shape view of ‘Highway of Death’”. 3.11.1991.
    Corrigan, Jim. Desert Storm Air War. 2017.
    Coughlin, Con. Saddam: His Rise and Fall. 2005. 
    DeGhett, Torie Rose. “The War Photo No One Would Publish”. 8.8.2014.
    Dunnigan, James F. Macedonia, Raymond M. Getting It Right. 1995. 
    Engel, Jeffrey A. When the World Seemed New. 
    Finlan, Alastair. The Gulf War 1991. 2003. 
    Gordon, Michael R. Trainer, Bernard E. The General’s War. 1995. 
    “The Gulf War” / FRONTLINE. PBS. Jan 9, 1996.
    Hallion, Richard P. Desert Storm 1991. 2022. 
    Hiro, Dilip. Desert Shield to Desert Storm: The Second Gulf War. 1991. 
    Hiro, Dilip. Cold War in the Islamic World. 2018.
    Karsh, Efraim. The Iran-Iraq War, 1980-1988. 1989.
    Karsh, Efraim. Rautsi, Inari. Saddam Hussein. A Political Biography. 1991.
    Khadduri, Majid. Ghareeb, Edmund. War in the Gulf, 1990-1991. 1999.
    Jarecke, Kenneth. Cervenka, Exene. Just Another War. 1991.  
    Lockwood, Stuart. 2015 June 5. “That’s Me In The Picture”. The Guardian.
    MacArthur, John R. Second Front: Censorship and Propaganda in the 1991 Gulf War. 1992. 
    Mufson, Steven. 1990 Aug 6. “Kuwait Assets Form Vast, Frozen Empire”. The Washington Post.
    Murray, Williamson. Woods, Kevin M. The Iran-Iraq War. 2014.
    Meacham, Jon. Destiny and Power. 2015.
    Morris, David J. Storm on the Horizon. 2004. 
    Riedel, Bruce. Kings and Presidents: Saudi Arabia and the United States. 2019.
    Swofford, Anthony. Jarhead. 2003. 
    Woodward, Bob. 1991, May 4. “Regal Audience for a Forceful Presence”. The Washington Post
    Wyndham, Buck. Hogs in the Sand. 2020. 
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    • 2 hr 1 min
    Introducing: The French History Podcast - “The Battle of Poitiers 732”

    Introducing: The French History Podcast - “The Battle of Poitiers 732”

    If you’re a fan of Conflicted, we think you’ll enjoy this special featured episode of The French History Podcast. In this episode, host Dr. Gary Girod breaks down what really happened at the Battle of Poitiers, one of the largest battles in early Medieval Western Europe. But was it the cataclysm so many people think it was? 
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    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

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313 Ratings

313 Ratings

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Underrated Podcast, Incredible Breakdowns

Blown away by the episodes I’ve listen too. Zach does an awesome job at breaking down these pivotal events in history. I love that for all the topics we get the macro and the micro as I really love learning about these events within the greater context of the entire world and the little nuanced details that make the events unique. You WILL come out a mini expert on these topics from listening to these episodes. Zach thank you for your due diligence and putting the amount of time, thought and effort into your research and writing. This podcast is truly a gift for a history fan like myself!

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The Best

I don’t understand how this isn’t one of the most popular podcasts out there, it is so good. The writing and story telling is incredible, the topics are always fascinating and the production is great. I never get tired of it, I just wish there were more episodes! Keep it up!

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History for Dummies!

History has never been my forte, I got tangled with the what’s, who and when and grew confused and disinterested until now. What an engaging way to learn history, I’m really loving it. I listened to an episode and some weeks later I listen to it again when I’m driving or working because they are so good, so well explained, such depth. I even plan to get my children to listen to some of them. Best history lessons ever!

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