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May 7, 2021

Tyler Alderson talks to Robert C Ritchie, author of The Lure of the Beach, about the rise of the beach resort. Class, health, and (of course!) sex all play a part in the story of our fascination with the sandy shoreline. 57 mins.


Apr 29, 2021

Jeremy Salkeld (EnclavedMicrostate) talks with Trevor Culley (Trevor_Culley) about an answer the latter wrote on the subreddit about depictions of Alexander the Great in Persia. Building from that answer's discussion, this episode takes us from the fragmentary bits and pieces of the Alexander legend in...


Apr 15, 2021

Tyler Alderson talks with Jason Dyer about the public computing movement and early computer games, including the seminal "Hunt the Wumpus." 64 mins.


Apr 8, 2021

Tyler Alderson talks with u/EnclavedMicrostate about an answer he wrote on the European influence (or lack thereof) on the Taiping Rebellion. Rather than looking at the Opium Wars as a root cause, he discusses other uprisings in China at the time, and examines the effect of ethnic, economic, and other tensions. 38 min.


Apr 2, 2021

In this episode, P.H. Jones and Johannes Breit discuss one of the largest publishing hoaxes of the 20th century: The Hitler Diaries. When German journalist Gerd Heidemann entered a world of Nazis, old and new, WWII memorabilia, and collectors of Hitler paintings in the 70s, he never expected to find the alleged...