54. Mormonism (Part 2)

In this episode we follow Joseph Smith and the early LDS church from their origins in Ohio through a number of states until finally settling, after their founder’s death, in what would become Utah. We also cover the immense legal and moral battle with the federal government over the issue of polygamy. Gary Hallman returns as guest.

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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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53. Mormonism (Part 1)

In this episode we discuss some of the basic tenets of Mormonism, including its links to American exceptionalism, as well as the founding of the church by Joseph Smith. Gary Hallman returns as guest.

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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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52. Caribbean Piracy (Part 2)

In this episode we briefly cover the lives of a number of famous pirates, as well as discuss the end of the golden age of piracy in the Caribbean. Yumiko Hutchenreuther returns as guest.

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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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51. Caribbean Piracy (Part 1)

In this episode we discuss the global framework that allowed piracy to become such a strong phenomenon in the Caribbean Sea, as well as what being a pirate was like. Yumiko Hutchenreuther returns as guest.

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The Rachni Wars

In this episode we discuss the Rachni Wars and the resulting Krogan uplifting, as well as the ensuing Krogan rebellions and eventual deployment of the biological weapon known as the genophage. Ethan Bleskie returns as guest.

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Notes: Episode 42, Roman Britannia (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.   8:18 – Listen, we all say things sometimes that we wish we could take back. To categorize the Romanization of the Britons as not hurting anyone and no one minding is painting the entire thing with an awfully broad brush; Boudica, for example, had minded quite […]

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42. Roman Britannia (Part 2)

In this episode we discuss the building of Hadrian’s Wall, the maturation of the province of Britain, the political upheavals of the later Western Roman empire, and the eventual Saxon raids that mark the end of Roman influence on the British Isles. Phil Downey returns as guest.

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