July 18, 2016

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HFM 143 | Why The Fall of Rome is Centuries Later Than You Think

 

Rome didn’t fall in 476 when Romulus, the last of the Roman emperors in the west, was overthrown by the Germanic leader Odoacer, who became the first Barbarian to rule in Rome.

Nor did it fall in 1453 when the Ottoman Empire conquered Constantinople.

Depending on how you define ‘Rome,’ it didn’t fall until the Napoleonic Wars. Or the end of hostilities following World War I. If you visit Turkey, you might meet somebody who still calls himself a Roman.

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July 11, 2016

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HFM 142 | The Enormously Misunderstood Heresy Trial of Galileo

 

Few episodes in history are so misunderstood as the condemnation of Galileo. His trial has become a stock argument to show the fundamental clash between science and dogmatism.

Turns out the whole affair was actually a giant clash of egos, with churchmen and scientists on both sides of the argument.

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July 4, 2016

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HFM 141 | Why Does the US Celebrate the 4th of July the Way It Does?

 

Why do Americans celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks? Are we trying to take the National Anthem as literally as possible, creating “Bombs Bursting in Air”? Or is there another reason?

Much of the trappings of the Fourth of July date back to Renaissance Italy, and even further back to Imperial China. But the actual form of the holiday came into existence even before America itself. Listen to learn more.

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June 27, 2016

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HFM 140 | Why We Have Gutenberg All Wrong

Gutenberg’s moveable type printing press was the prime mover of the Renaissance. From his machine came millions of books, leading to the democratization of knowledge, the fall of the papacy, and the rise of reason.

But what if this wasn’t Gutenberg’s goal? What if he was a happy client of the papacy? What if he worked directly with the medieval church to sell indulgences?

Turns out he did.

Learn more in this episode.

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June 6, 2016

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HFM 139 | James Holman: The Blind Traveller

In the early 1800s there was no English explorer greater than James Holman. He travelled almost 20 times farther than Marco Polo. He travelled among 200 different cultures, charted undiscovered parts of Australia, and by October 1846 had visited every inhabited continent.

He did all this despite being completely blind.

How did he travel the world when any sort of international exploration was exceptionally dangerous? Learn how in this episode.

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March 28, 2016

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HFM 138 | Leaders in Times of Crisis, Part 8 – Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

 

Britain’s World War II leader is considered as the gold standard of confident leadership. He gave Britain strength during the darkest moments of the war through his unflagging determination to survive and prove to the world of his nation’s unshakeable courage.

He was not born that way. Churchill had a disappointing career as an author, journalist, politician and statesman. He suffered adversity and failure throughout a life. As a child he was scorned by teachers for hyperactivity. As a soldier he was considered a medal hound. As a politician he was chided for being an opportunist. Beyond that he suffered from depression.

How did he become Britain’s beacon of light? Listen to this podcast to learn more.

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March 21, 2016

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HFM 137 | Leaders in Times of Crisis, Part 7 – Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (1881-1938)

 

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk — the victor at the Battle of Gallipoli, Turkey’s first president, and a reformer so zealous that he replaced six centuries of Ottoman Islamic legal and cultural custom with Western practices in the space of 15 years — lost his father at the age of 7, was neglected by his family, and lacked most formal education.

Learn how he overcame these challenges to become the beloved national hero of millions of Turkish citizens.

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March 14, 2016

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HFM 136 | Leaders in Times of Crisis, Part 6 – Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

 

Recognized by most historians and much of the public as one of our country’s greatest presidents, Abraham Lincoln is known for his impressive accomplishments, including preserving the union during the Civil War and signing The Emancipation Proclamation. But he is less known for his ability to overcome a significant obstacle in his life—clinical depression.

He also failed at every upward step in his career – losing multiple elections, denounced by his opponents, and described by his colleagues as suicidal.

But it is because of these failures that he became such a towering figure, not in spite of them. Learn more about the trials and tribulations of Abraham Lincoln in this podcast episode.

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March 7, 2016

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HFM 134 | Leaders in Times of Crisis, Part 5 – Andrew Jackson (1767-1845)

 

Perhaps nobody transformed American politics in the first half of the 1800s more than Andrew Jackson. He spoke on behalf of common people, settlers, and farmers instead of earlier presidents who represented the East Coast establishment. Jackson broke open opportunities for non-elite Americans in political life.

Jackson was born on the frontier between North and South Carolina. The son of Irish immigrants, he had little formal schooling and taught himself law in his late teens and earned entry to the North Carolina bar in 1787. Jackson became a lawyer, then a militia officer, then a U.S. Representative, then a contested White House candidate. In each of his careers Jackson fought as tenaciously as if he were on the frontier in a shoot-out with a band of mountain brigands. When he won the presidency, Jackson brought the same tenacity to the White House.

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February 29, 2016

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HFM 133 | Leaders in Times of Crisis, Part 4 – Peter the Great (1672-1725)

 

No institution went untouched by Peter the Great. In the early 1700s he took the Russian Empire — considered by Europeans to be a backward Asiatic monster stuck in the Middle Ages — and forced it into the modern era. He accomplished despite being the unwanted 14th child of his father, exiled as a boy.

Things became no easier when he ascended the throne. Everyone opposed his reforms, included his boyars, state ministers, religious clergy, and peasants. How did he stand against his own people and win? Find out in this episode.

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