September 22, 2016

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HFM 154 | German POWs in the U.S. During World War II

 

Did you know that over 400,000 German POWs were settled in the United States during World War II? Did you know that they may have built some of the stone buildings that make up your town square? Or that they were responsible for bringing in America’s harvest in the fall of 1945 when most men were still off to war?

Learn about this fascinating but understudied part of America’s history.

Check out this episode of Radiolab to learn more about “Nazi Summer Camp.”

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September 22, 2016

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HFM 153 | Teddy Roosevelt’s Near-Death Journey Through the Amazon

 

Teddy Roosevelt was not afraid to tempt death. He hiked the Matterhorn during his honeymoon. He arrested outlaws on the Dakota Frontier. He hunted rhinos in Africa.

But his most dangerous journey came after his failure in 1912 to retake the presidency as a third-party candidate on the Bull Moose ticket. He choose to shake off the blues in an extremely dangerous journey to South America. Roosevelt did not merely want a repeat of his African safari: a well-provisioned hunt to a foreign land that was little more than an exotic form of sight seeing. Roosevelt wanted to join the ranks of explorers who were pushing the boundaries of scientific knowledge: the arctic explorers discovering the Northwest passage or the African trekkers locating the source of the Nile River. His guide, the Brazilian explorer Col. Candido Rondon, suggested they survey the River of Doubt, an uncharted capillary of the Amazon that ran through treacherous terrain of the rainforest.

Many told him the journey would end in his death. Ignoring the warnings of field naturalists with experience in the Amazon, Roosevelt said, “If it is necessary for me to leave my bones in South America, I am quite ready to do so.”

Learn in this episode how he almost did.

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September 15, 2016

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HFM 152 | How Teddy Roosevelt Gave a 90-Minute Speech After Being Shot

 

Theodore Roosevelt was hell bent on becoming president in 1912. He ran as a third-party candidate for the Progressive Party, a splinter group of Republicans dissatisfied with William Howard Taft.

He was so committed to winning that he gave a 90-minute speech…immediately after being shot in the chest by a would-be assassin. How did he do it without passing out? What did his audience think as he bled out before their eyes?

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September 15, 2016

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HFM 151 |When Teddy Roosevelt Arrested Three Boat Thieves

Perhaps no president has as many unbelievable stories about his life than Teddy Roosevelt. He was an amateur boxer. He was the first American politician to learn judo. He summited the Matterhorn during his honeymoon. He joined an expedition to log data about an unchartered river in the Amazon.

But perhaps no story matches his pursuit of three boat thieves in the Dakotas in the 1880s. Learn how Roosevelt travelled 300 miles in the bitter cold to arrest three thieves… all to prove to other ranches that he wasn’t a week Easterner who came out to to the frontier to play cowboy.

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September 7, 2016

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HFM 150 | The Story of the Donner Party

Gather around the campfire, children, and learn about the most ghoulish story from America’s pioneer days. What really happened to the party led by George Donner and his brother Jacob when they set out for California in 1846? When the party was trapped in feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, how long did they hold out before devouring the dead? Was anyone killed for their flesh?

Listen to this episode and learn why you should never travel on an untested mountain pass late in the travel season.

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August 29, 2016

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HFM 149 | Cannibalism During the Crusades

 

References to acts of cannibalism are sprinkled throughout many religious and historical documents, such as the reports that cooked human flesh was being sold in 11th-century English markets. But the world’s first cannibal incident reported by multiple, independent, first-hand accounts took place during the Crusades by European soldiers. These first-hand stories agree that in 1098, after a successful siege and capture of the Syrian city Ma’arra.

Some accounts say that soldiers ate the flesh of dead Muslims at the point of complete starvation, and even then they sliced off tiny parts of flesh. Other accounts claim to boil adults alive in cooking pots.

Which account is correct and why such a wide discrepancy. Furthermore, how do we understand this story in the context of the Crusades, which the chroniclers normally cover with heavy layers of chivalry and bravery. Lastly, what do Muslims themselves think of this particularly gruesome story?

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August 22, 2016

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HFM 148 | Cannibalism in History

 

It is the most gruesome activity that a human can do. It is the most ancient of taboos. Stories of the Donner Party, Jamestown, and the Franklin Expedition make for ghost stories today.

But the real question is not why cannibalism occurs in humans. It is why it doesn’t occur.

Eating dead humans has clear benefits. Like cows, chickens, turkeys, and other animals that we love to feast on, humans are made of meat.  Shoving all that tasty meat in a hole in the ground during a  funeral ceremony is a terrible waste of resources. For the majority of humans’ time on Earth those resources could have made the difference between life and death.

Learn more about why cannibalism doesn’t happen in this episode and the few surprising ways that it does.

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August 15, 2016

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HFM 147 | The Real Story of the Scopes Monkey Trial

 

If you’ve seen the 1960 Spencer Tracy movie Inherit the Wind, you know about the Scopes Monkey Trial. In this real-life 1925 case, John Scopes was accused of violating Tennessee’s Butler Act, which had made it unlawful to teach human evolution in any state-funded school.

The case became an enormous media sensation. It was reported on like a boxing match, science vs. fundamentalism. But oddly enough, Scopes was not originally brought to trial by any fundamentalists. The trial was deliberately staged to attract publicity to the small town of Dayton, Tennessee, where it was held.

Scopes was unsure whether he had ever actually taught evolution, but he purposely incriminated himself so that the case could have a defendant.

Learn how the Scopes Monkey Trial was at its core a small town’s attempt at a publicity stunt that took on a life of its own.

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August 8, 2016

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HFM 146 | Did Anyone Actually Wear Chastity Belts?

 

According to legends of the Middle Ages, knights used the chastity belt on their wives as an anti-temptation device before embarking on the Crusades. When the knight left for the Holy Lands on the Crusades, his Lady would wear a chastity belt to preserve her faithfulness to him.

However, there is no reliable evidence that chastity belts existed before the 15th century. Any reference to them is likely symbolic or a satirical drawing. Were they ever in use at all? If not, how did the legend appear?

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August 1, 2016

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HFM 145 | George Washington Was Really the 9th President of the United States?

 

“George Washington was the First President of the United States.” This is the most basic fact that an American school child can learn. But he wasn’t the first. Nor the second. He was actually the ninth president of the United States.

How can that be? It all has to do with the ad hoc, make-it-up-as-you-go nature of the United States government between the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the signing of the Constitution in 1789.

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