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Everywhere around us are echoes of the past. Those echoes define the boundaries of states and countries, how we pray and how we fight. They determine what money we spend and how we earn it at work, what language we speak and how we raise our children. From Wondery, host Patrick Wyman, PhD (“Fall Of Rome”) helps us understand our world and how it got to be the way it is.

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    • 4.7 • 4.9K Ratings

Everywhere around us are echoes of the past. Those echoes define the boundaries of states and countries, how we pray and how we fight. They determine what money we spend and how we earn it at work, what language we speak and how we raise our children. From Wondery, host Patrick Wyman, PhD (“Fall Of Rome”) helps us understand our world and how it got to be the way it is.

    Hunter-Gatherers, Archaeology, and Prehistory: Interview with Professor Robert Kelly

    Hunter-Gatherers, Archaeology, and Prehistory: Interview with Professor Robert Kelly

    What can we learn about the deep human past by studying present-day hunter-gatherers? I asked that question to Professor Robert Kelly of the University of Wyoming, who's both one of the world's experts on hunter-gatherers and an accomplished archaeologist. Today's hunter-gatherers aren't living fossils who provide a direct window onto the distant past, but their lifeways do offer fascinating insights into that past.

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    • 59 min
    Wondery Presents: Against The Odds

    Wondery Presents: Against The Odds

    In July 2018, 12 youth soccer players and their coach found themselves trapped 6 miles deep in a cave with no food or water and depleting oxygen. The rock formed maze became almost completely submerged as the water rose to levels nearly impossible for survival. There was no light and no way to communicate with the outside world. The first season of Wondery’s new original series Against the Odds takes you into the incredible events of when an adventurous group of teens found themselves fighting to save their lives, and the brave heroes that gave them their only chance at survival. With step by step recounts, experience for yourself what it was like to be in their shoes, and how they survived against the odds. Listen to Against the Odds at wondery.fm/ATO.

    • 6 min
    Uruk and the Rise of Civilization

    Uruk and the Rise of Civilization

    More than 5,000 years ago, the city of Uruk in what's now Iraq was the heart of a new civilization. Cities, kings, armies, monumental temples, and writing were all new developments. But why here? Why then? And who suffered so that civilization could rise?

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    • 49 min
    Egypt Before the Pharaohs

    Egypt Before the Pharaohs

    Pyramids, mummies, and pharaohs define our understanding of ancient Egypt, a timeless and eternal land. But the Nile wasn't always ruled by god-like kings, and long before they emerged, Egypt was home to other peoples and other ways of life. As Egyptian civilization emerged, these older traditions didn't disappear, but remained, shaping thousands of years of subsequent history.

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    • 46 min
    Classic Tides | Boxing, Race, and the Gilded Age: An Interview with Professor Louis Moore

    Classic Tides | Boxing, Race, and the Gilded Age: An Interview with Professor Louis Moore

    Boxing has a long past, one deeply connected to race, labor, and broader developments in American history. Professor Louis Moore joins me to talk about those topics and about his outstanding book, I Fight For a Living: Boxing and the Battle for Black Manhood, 1880-1915.

    Find Professor Moore's book here: https://www.amazon.com/Fight-Living-Manhood-1880-1915-Society/dp/0252082877.

    This episode originally aired on August 8, 2019.

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    • 36 min
    Mesopotamia at the Dawn of History

    Mesopotamia at the Dawn of History

    Civilization first emerged in the fertile floodplains of Mesopotamia - present-day Iraq - with priest-kings and cities full of temples and ziggurats, pictographs and cuneiform writing. But what were the conditions and processes that led up to this complex of developments? How and why did it happen, and why there?

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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
4.9K Ratings

4.9K Ratings

Sirius Coffee ,

One of the best History Podcasts

Great podcast. The new season about prehistory is just as fun as the previous ones about the rise of the modern world.

tnpepper ,

You R the gold standard of podcasts

Your podcast is the first I ever subscribed to. They are always interesting, entertaining and educational. I had one history teacher in high school and one in college who taught history but also taught that history could be interesting and relevant today-this was in the 1960’s! So glad you and I have this forum. Keep up the good work. P.S. Recent pre-history podcasts are amazing.

RKnight36 ,

Beautifully done

This is a beautifully done podcast. The music, sound and intros are absolutely phenomenal on Tides, which allow us, the listener, to visualize and to follow along with the beautifully narrated story.

Patrick has wonderful delivery and really draws you in. I can’t rate and recommend this podcast enough. Even his accompanying Substack blog is chocked full of information and pictures from episodes.

I’d rate this higher than a 5 if I could. Great podcast.

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