Monthly Archives: May 2010

Who was the Emperor of the United States?


When Joshua Norton returned to San Francisco following a disastrous business deal, he was a little bit loopy. Norton went to the newspapers and declared himself emperor of the United States. Here’s the crazy part: it worked. Tune in and … Continue reading

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Caligula Disentangled


According to most popular accounts, Caligula was an insane, cruel and bizarre emperor. But how reliable are those stories? Join Katie and Sarah as they take a look at Caligula’s life — and try to separate the facts from the … Continue reading

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Nefertiti and the Heretic Pharaoh


Today historians know very little about Nefertiti, but during her time as Egypt’s queen she was revered as a goddess. In this episode, Sarah and Katie explore the reign of Nefertiti, and why her controversial husband Akhenaton was considered a … Continue reading

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The Shipwreck that Saved Jamestown


When a relief mission left Plymouth in 1609 to assist the troubled colony of Jamestown, an intense storm separated one vessel from the rest of the fleet. Learn how this shipwreck may have saved Jamestown — and inspired Shakespeare — … Continue reading

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Simon Bolivar, the Liberator


Born in 1783, Simon Bolivar grew to become known as the George Washington of South America. But how did this happen? Listen in and learn how Simon Bolivar left a life of luxury to pursue liberation from Spain in this … Continue reading

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A Grim Tale: The Brothers Grimm


Fairy tales weren’t always safe fodder for the latest Disney film. In fact, some were downright macabre. Learn more about the original versions of fairy tales — and the eccentric brothers responsible for popularizing them — in this podcast.

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The 47 Ronin and the Samurai’s Code


Historically, the samurai were Japanese warriors famous for their loyalty to their feudal lords and adherence to a strict code of honor. Tune in to learn more about the samurai and the legendary tale of the 47 Ronin.

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