Monthly Archives: December 2009

The Real Citizen Kane


Critics around the world agree that Citizen Kane is one of history’s best films — but who was the basis of this story? Listen in as Sarah and Katie take a look back on the life of William Randolph Hearst … Continue reading

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The Virgin Queen’s Great Love


Elizabeth I never married. Instead, she encouraged (and avoided) many suitors without making a commitment. Additionally, many people believed Elizabeth was in love with a man named Robert Dudley. Learn more about Elizabeth’s great love in this episode.

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What was Saturnalia?


Winter solstice celebrations predate Christmas, and trace back into antiquity. Saturnalia was one of these ancient traditions, and it was very different from the celebration we recognize as Christmas today. Tune in and learn more in this episode.

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Bungled Attempts at One-Person Flights


Nowadays almost every urban center has an airport, and the idea of flying across an ocean seems normal. Yet this wasn’t always the case. Join Katie and Sarah as they explore the fascinating stories of the people who tried — … Continue reading

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Rival Queens: Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I


Although they were cousins, Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart had little in the way of familial affection. Join Katie and Sarah as they take a closer look at the infamous rivalry between Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I in this episode.

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How the Taiping Rebellion Worked


In 1850, a disillusioned would-be bureaucrat named Hung Hsiu-ch’uan became the head of a rebellion against the Qing dynasty. Learn the story of this rebellion — and how it influenced modern China — in this episode.

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Elizabeth The First, Before She Was Queen


As the only child of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth I was born into a world of privilege and danger. Learn more about the tumultuous life of Elizabeth I before she became the Queen of England in this episode.

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