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The Historical Blindness podcast is a discussion of interesting and largely forgotten stories from our past, with a specific focus on demonstrating the inscrutability, the ineffability, and the unknowability of the past. By examining cases of outrageous hoaxes, mass hysteria, baffling mysteries and unreliable historiography, we raise the question, “Can we trust history as we have received it?”

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The Historical Blindness podcast is a discussion of interesting and largely forgotten stories from our past, with a specific focus on demonstrating the inscrutability, the ineffability, and the unknowability of the past. By examining cases of outrageous hoaxes, mass hysteria, baffling mysteries and unreliable historiography, we raise the question, “Can we trust history as we have received it?”

    The Jansenist Miracles of Enlightenment France, Part Two: The Convulsionnaires

    The Jansenist Miracles of Enlightenment France, Part Two: The Convulsionnaires

    In the conclusion to this series about an age of miracles in the midst of the Enlightenment, we look at the strange development of convulsionism among the adherents of François de Pâris. Along the way, we see the emergence of egalitarianism and democratic ideals in pre-Revolutionary France as well as signs of disorder between the powers of the throne, the Church, and the sovereign court. 
    Much of the music on this episode is copyright Alex Kish. Contact Alex at https://www.alexkishmusic.com/ to license his music. Other songs, including the tracks "daedalus," "Evermore," "Mare," and "July" are by Kai Engel and licensed under a Creative Commons International Attribution license (CC BY 4.0).
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    • 38 min
    The Jansenist Miracles of Enlightenment France, Part One: The Thaumaturges

    The Jansenist Miracles of Enlightenment France, Part One: The Thaumaturges

    In the center of the High Enlightenment, as Western culture moved toward rational worldview, a series of miracles deepens a religious schism and contributes to a lack of faith in the royal government, laying the groundwork for a future revolution. But what really happened at the tomb of François de Pâris in the cemetery of Saint-Médard? Part one of two. Featuring a promo for Pontifacts, the podcast that ranks all the popes, from Peter to Francis!
    Background tracks "July," "Brand New World," "Scenery," "Interception," "Meekness," "periculum," "modum," and "Delirium" by Kai Engel, licensed under a Creative Commons International Attribution License (CC BY 4.0). Other music copyright film composer Alex Kish. License his music by contacting him at https://www.alexkishmusic.com/.
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    • 35 min
    Jubal Early's Lost Cause (rerelease) #BlackLivesMatter

    Jubal Early's Lost Cause (rerelease) #BlackLivesMatter

    With Black Lives Matter protesters focusing on toppling Confederate monuments, and talking heads on the right calling efforts to legislate the removal of these monuments to slavery an attempt to "destroy history," and Trump making executive orders to protect them, this episode from 2017 is especially relevant again. Thanks Diane for suggesting I rerelease it! 
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    • 24 min
    The Killing of Dr. King (supercut rerelease) #BlackLivesMatter

    The Killing of Dr. King (supercut rerelease) #BlackLivesMatter

    As a show of support for Black Lives Matter protesters, I'm releasing this more than three hour, ad-free supercut of my series on the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., including some exclusive content that non-patrons haven’t yet heard. It is my intention with this re-release to honor the perennial struggle for African American civil rights and especially the spirit of non-violent protest as embodied by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, whose banner I believe BLM is carries today.
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    • 3 hr 10 min
    The Feat of the Flying Friar: St. Joseph of Cupertino

    The Feat of the Flying Friar: St. Joseph of Cupertino

    In this new episode, I play the devil's advocate and investigate the supposed miracles of an Italian monk said to have the superhuman ability of unencumbered flight! Was he the returned messiah, a servant of the devil, or a charlatan? Or did he just have a superpower?
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    Background tracks "Something (Bonus Track)," "Smoldering," "July," and "Daylight (PON II)" by Kai Engel, licensed under a Creative Commons International Attribution License (CC BY 4.0). Other background music is copyright Alex Kish, alexkishmusic.com.
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    • 38 min
    In the Footsteps of the Wandering Jew: Anti-Semitic Canards in the Coronavirus Era

    In the Footsteps of the Wandering Jew: Anti-Semitic Canards in the Coronavirus Era

    As we see anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and hate speech surge during the coronavirus pandemic, a historical pattern can be discerned, a tradition of fear and resentment that is well illustrated in the medieval legend of the Wandering Jew. Join me as I explore this Christian legend, connecting it every step of the way with the long history of using Jews as scapegoats for calamities of all kinds. 
     Background tracks "Wake Up," "Imminence," "Smoldering," "Homeroad," "Delirium," "daedalus," "July," and "Behind Your Window," by Kai Engel, licensed under a Creative Commons International Attribution License. 
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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

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273 Ratings

273 Ratings

Bluebird074 ,

One of my favorites

Really great show, always look forward to new ones, very interesting material & the host has a relaxing & accessible style of storytelling. I loved the episode dispelling the ‘states rights’ myth, definitely keeping that info handy for when I encounter that nonsense.

Russell gawat ,

Excellent and well balanced

Really enjoy this excellent and well researched podcast. Pls ignore the comments from Trumpistan they really don’t know what they are talking about. Well done and keep up the good work.

ptr_lapp ,

Cool approach to history

Really dig this show. I listen to a lot of history podcasts, and Historical Blindness is at the top of my list.

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