Notes: Episode 54, Mormonism (Part 2)

As with every show, I’ll list any corrections or clarifications here. If there’s anything I’ve overlooked, please contact me by email or in the comments and I’ll edit the notes to reflect the new information.   4:03 – The Louisiana Purchase territory wasn’t all unorganized by the time frame we’re talking about here. Some of it was, but other states were a territorial version of the state they would eventually become, and still others had been accepted into the union. Because of […]

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Notes: Episode 53, Mormonism (Part 1)

As with every show, I’ll list any corrections or clarifications here. If there’s anything I’ve overlooked, please contact me by email or in the comments and I’ll edit the notes to reflect the new information.   7:25 – The accurate line that’s relevant here is Mark 16:17-18. In recognition of the Mormon preference to the King James Version of the Bible, this reads: “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out evils; they shall speak […]

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Notes: Episode 52, Caribbean Piracy (Part 2)

As with every show, I’ll list any corrections or clarifications here. If there’s anything I’ve overlooked, please contact me by email or in the comments and I’ll edit the notes to reflect the new information.   8:55 – I realized around this point that I didn’t give the name of the governor of Jamaica who had essentially traded its safety for any legitimacy in prosecuting piracy in the region. Largely that’s because it was a series o a few pirate-friendly governors who […]

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Notes: Episode 51, Caribbean Piracy (Part 1)

As with every show, I’ll list any corrections or clarifications here. If there’s anything I’ve overlooked, please contact me by email or in the comments and I’ll edit the notes to reflect the new information.   6:36 – The Chinese pirate I’m referring to was named Ching Shih, or Madame Ching sometimes. She commanded a fleet of over 300 vessels, commanded tens of thousands, faced many of the major empires of the 18th and 19th centuries including Britain and China, and retired […]

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Notes: Episode 50, Conspiracy Theories (Part 2)

As with every show, I’ll list any corrections or clarifications here. If there’s anything I’ve overlooked, please contact me by email or in the comments and I’ll edit the notes to reflect the new information.   2:59 – This was a joke, but it’s also a real thing. Comedian David Rees did a circuit on a book called “How To Sharpen Pencils”, and I think it might have gotten away on him a little bit, as everyone got way on board and […]

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Notes: Episode 49, Conspiracy Theories (Part 1)

As with every show, I’ll list any corrections or clarifications here. If there’s anything I’ve overlooked, please contact me by email or in the comments and I’ll edit the notes to reflect the new information.   10:43 – “Millennialism” is correct as I present it here. What was throwing me off here is something “millenarianism”, which is a less specific belief that there will be societal upheaval of some sort every 1,000 years, and of which millennialism is a specific type. I […]

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Notes: Episode 48, The Italian Renaissance (Part 2)

As with every show, I’ll list any corrections or clarifications here. If there’s anything I’ve overlooked, please contact me by email or in the comments and I’ll edit the notes to reflect the new information.   5:56 – Since audio is such a fantastically poor medium for discussing the visual arts, I’ll try to link to images of the paintings, buildings, and sculptures we discuss. Here’s one for “The Garden of Earthly Delights” by Heironymus Bosch. 12:52 – The Mona Lisa is […]

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Notes: Episode 47, The Italian Renaissance (Part 1)

As with every show, I’ll list any corrections or clarifications here. If there’s anything I’ve overlooked, please contact me by email or in the comments and I’ll edit the notes to reflect the new information.   15:30 – I’m using the word “princes” in its generic form here – most of the city states had their own customized words for their rulers, unique to that city. The politics of 14th century Italy are fairly complicated, and I’m breezing by them in an […]

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Notes: Episode 46, Communism (Part 2)

As with every show, I’ll list any corrections or clarifications here. If there’s anything I’ve overlooked, please contact me by email or in the comments and I’ll edit the notes to reflect the new information.   3:30 The 1871 Treaty of Versailles was in fact the eighth treaty bearing this name, so definitely not the first. I wouldn’t even go so far as to call it the first big one – some of them were certainly small and in modern context maybe […]

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Notes: Episode 45, Communism (Part 1)

As with every show, I’ll list any corrections or clarifications here. If there’s anything I’ve overlooked, please contact me by email or in the comments and I’ll edit the notes to reflect the new information.   8:13 – It would be fair to criticize at this point that I’m making judgements about communism based on its most ideal and theoretical form. That being said, that’s also a bit of an unfair standard; we judge some of our most dear economic and political […]

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