Monthly Archives: November 2009

Why did Angkor fall?


At its height, the city of Angkor was larger than Rhode Island. Replete with ornate architecture, the metropolis also served as a religious center. Yet by the time Europeans discovered the site, it was ruined. What happened? Listen in and … Continue reading

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How the First Thanksgiving Worked


Nowadays, Thanksgiving has become an official holiday, complete with its own trappings of tradition and mythology. But how much of the conventional Thanksgiving story is true? Join Sarah and Katie as they take a closer look at the first Thanksgiving.

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How the Opium Wars Worked


In the 19th century, Britain tried to remedy a trade deficit with China by hooking the country on opium. Tensions rose as more and more Chinese citizens became opium addicts, eventually leading to war. Learn more about the Opium Wars … Continue reading

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Pocahontas: An American Princess


Born around 1596, Pocahontas was the daughter of the chief Powhatan. Today she is remembered as an ardent supporter of the Jamestown colonists — but how much of this story is true? Learn more about Pocahontas in this episode.

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Was there really an Atlantis?


According to Plato, Atlantis was an ancient civilization destroyed by an earthquake over 10,000 years ago. Join Katie and Sarah as they take a look at the myth of Atlantis — and the bizarre theories surrounding its location — in … Continue reading

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Who was the Enchantress of Numbers?


The first computer programmer was a woman named Ada Lovelace. Learn how the daughter of Lord Byron — one of the most famous poets in the Western world — moved out of her father’s shadow and became a herald of … Continue reading

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How Lord Byron Worked


Whether the topic is Lucrezia Borgia or Frankenstein, Lord Byron keeps popping up in podcasts. Who was this poet, and why is he associated with so many historical figures? Join Katie and Sarah as they take a look back at … Continue reading

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