September 5, 2017

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HFM 160 | Series Finale: The Final Episode of History in Five Minutes

Welcome to the end, my friends! I am powering down History in Five Minutes because I have launched a new and better show called History Unplugged.  You can subscribe to the show on iTunes or Android

Here’s an overview of History Unplugged: Every Tuesday through Friday I release a short episode of 5-10 minutes in length. It’s basically the same thing you’ve come to know and love (0r hate) from History in Five Minutes.

Every Monday I release a longform interview with a book author, history podcaster, or historical consultant from a TV show.

There are two sorts of episodes that we feature on the History Unplugged podcast: the call-in show and author interviews.

The Call-In Show

The first sort of episode is the weekday where a listener like you can ask me anything. What did the Vikings eat? What was it like to be a Turkish sultan with 4 wives and multiple concubines? If you were sent back in time with your current knowledge, how would you conquer the Roman Empire?

If you would like to send me a question to answer on the show, you can do so one of two ways. The first is to email us at info [@] historyonthenet.com. The second is to leave a voice mail.

 

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE PAGE WHERE YOU CAN LEAVE A VOICE MAIL

 

Please keep it to about a minute long, be polite, and an all-around cool laddie or lass. Here are the full submission guidelines.

 

Interviews

The second sort of episode on our podcast is the long form interview (40 minutes – 1 hour) with top history book authors. These authors have written about everything—and I mean everything—including gruff World War II generals who flew with airmen on bombing raids, a war horse who gained the rank of sergeant, and presidents who gave their best speeches while drunk.

I sit down with them and go in-depth on their topics. So far I’ve been blown away by the stories I’ve heard.

Here are some of our guests that have been or will be featured on the show.

  • Robin Hutton, author of Sgt. Reckless, America’s War Horse
  • Mark Will-Weber, author of Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt: The Complete History of Presidential Drinking
  • Prof. Richard Weikart, author of Hitler’s Relgion: The Twisted Beliefs that Drove the Third Reich
  • Tevi Troy, author of What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted
  • Brion McClanahan, author of Nine Presidents Who Screwed Up America, and Four Who Tried to Save Her
  • Prof. Michael Foley: author of Drinking With the Saints: The Sinner’s Guide to a Holy Happy Hour
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December 29, 2016

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H5M 159 | The Man Who Avoided Drowning on the Titanic By Getting Drunk

The sinking of the Titantic was one of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century. Over 1,000 passengers lost their lives on the supposedly unsinkable ship.

But the chief baker didn’t. He managed to survive in the frigid waters for four hours while most died of hypothermia after 15 minutes. How? By downing two bottles of whisky and getting completely drunk.

This episode is brought to you by a new show Presidents Are People Too – an original audio series available on Channels in the Audible app.

The series explores some of the lighter, real and at times, less-than-prez-worthy moments in the lives and careers of our former commanders in chief. It’s hosted by former Daily Show head writer, Elliott Kalan and American historian Alexis Coe

Discover fascinating lesser-known facts, foibles and personal faux pas about our past presidents. You’ll hear illuminating stories that show them to be more like you and me than the towering figures we so often hear about. Most importantly, you’ll hear tid bits to defuse dinner chat that could ruin delicious comfort food and catching up with family

Presidents Are People Too – a fun alternative to conversation about current events around the holiday table.

Learn more at www.audible.com/presidents


 

This episode is based on a selection from an incredible new book by Giles.

Get a copy of  Giles’s new book When Churchill Slaughtered Sheep and Stalin Robbed a Bank: History’s Unknown Chapters. You can get it by clicking here.

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December 5, 2016

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H5M 158 | Churchill’s “Operation Vegetarian”

Our guest today is Giles Milton, the host of the Unknown History Podcast.

Winston Churchill was not afraid to get his hands dirty. He was perfectly happy to consider chemical warfare against the Axis powers. One plan involved turning an entire island into vegetarians. What did this plot mean, and how would he enact it?

Giles explains many things in this episode, such as:

  • What exactly was “Operation Vegetarian”?
  • What was the result of this experiment?
  • How did the development of the Atomic bomb change Churchill’s strategy?
  • What ever came of Gruinard Island?

 

This episode is based on a selection from an incredible new book by Giles.

Get a copy of  Giles’s new book When Churchill Slaughtered Sheep and Stalin Robbed a Bank: History’s Unknown Chapters. You can get it by clicking here.

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November 28, 2016

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H5M 157 | Churchill’s Most Controversial Cousin

Our guest today is Giles Milton, the host of the Unknown History Podcast.

We all have an embarrassing relative. Maybe that embarrassing relative is us.

But Winston Churchill’s cousin took it to a new level. She had love affairs, one of which threatened to create an international incident.

Giles gets into all sorts of interesting stories in this episode. Here are some of the things he touches on:

  • Who was Clare Sheridan and why did she gain attention in 1920?
  • What about the rumors regarding Clare and Trotsky’s relationship?
  • Did Churchill ever forgive his cousin Clare?

 

This episode is based on a selection from an incredible new book by Giles.

Get a copy of  Giles’s new book When Churchill Slaughtered Sheep and Stalin Robbed a Bank: History’s Unknown Chapters. You can get it by clicking here.

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November 22, 2016

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HFM 156 | Churchill’s Affinity for Chemical Weapons

Our guest today is Giles Milton, the host of the Unknown History Podcast.

Giles is going to talk all about Churchill’s affinity for chemical weapons, something I didn’t even know was a thing.
He answers all sorts of questions in this interview. Questions like:
  • Did Churchill ever actually go forward with the use of chemical weapons?
  • What happened to the victims of the attack in Russia?
  • How did the weather dampen the effect of the poisonous gas?
  • What did Churchill do with the remaining devices?

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This episode is based on a selection from an incredible new book by Giles.

Get a copy of  Giles’s new book When Churchill Slaughtered Sheep and Stalin Robbed a Bank: History’s Unknown Chapters. You can get it by clicking here.

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September 29, 2016

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HFM 155 | Why Did British Men Wear Powdered Wigs in the 1700s?

 

You’ve seen the look in historical dramas. You laughed at the foppish dandies that appear on Masterpiece Theater. In grade school you sneered at pictures of King George with his powdered wig, adjusting it ever so slightly while drinking a cup of tea with his pinky finger extended, wondering how he further extort colonists with new taxes.

You didn’t know that we call important people “bigwig” due to the aristocracy tradition of fancy wigs.

But where does the powdered wig come from? Why was such a peculiar look the sign of nobility in England during the 1500s-1700s?

It all has to do with syphilis, head lice, the shame of male-pattern baldness, and the fashion tastes of Louis XIV.

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This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man — one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill.

You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today.

Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one.

Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

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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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This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man — one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill.

You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today.

Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one.

Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

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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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This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man — one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill.

You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today.

Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one.

Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

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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?

WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW

This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man — one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill.

You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today.

Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one.

Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

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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.

WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW

This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man — one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill.

You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today.

Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one.

Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

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