Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The History Files - episode 18: Lex vs. Rex

This week on the History Files podcast it's the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, which calls for some discussion of what it is and its impact on western governments, especially those of Britain and the United States.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The History Files - episode 17: The U.S. in Mexico, 1914

This week on the History Files podcast we look into the U.S. incursion into Mexico after the unpleasantness in Vera Cruz in 1914, a precursor to further intervention in 1916 during Mexico's Civil War.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The History Files - episode #16: Slavery, Racism, and Bacon's Rebellion

19th century engraving of the burning of Jamestown during Bacon's Rebellion.
This week on the History Files we look at the various situations of minorities in early Colonial America, the evolution from indentured servitude to outright slavery, and eventual abolition.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The History Files - episode #15: False Flag Events

Since this episode of The History Files was recorded in May of 2015, exactly 100 years after the sinking of the RMS Lusitania, Gordon thought it might be appropriate to discuss "false flag" events. It should come as no surprise that the Lusitania incident isn't the only one. It should also not surprise anybody to discover that political leaders can do some pretty shady things in the name of "the end justifies the means".

The History Files - episode #14: From Lance to Pistol

Cuirassiers of Gottfried Heinrich Graf zu Pappenheim
In this episode of the History Files, Gordon discusses the difference between "warrior" and "soldier", and the impact of the evolution of firearms on what would become the model of the modern army.

Producer’s note: We had a recording glitch that meant I had to chase Gordon down at his day job and re-record part of the main segment in less-than-ideal circumstances, so that’s the reason for the weird “why is he suddenly in an abandoned warehouse?” sound for a few minutes. Apologies!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The History Files - episode #13: Historical Archeology in the Western US


In this episode of The History Files, Gordon interviews historical archeologist Morgan Blanchard. Starting with new developments in high-tech surveying tools, they go on to discuss excavations of battle sites in New Mexico, World War 2 internment camps, the Battle of the Little Big Horn, and the Tlingit Revolt of 1802 amongst other things.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The History Files - episode #12: Conditions For Revolution

Caricature of the trial of Charlotte Corday (1793), famous for assassinating Marat, one of the prime instigators of the Reign of Terror.
 In this episode of The History Files, Gordon cites three examples from history that illustrate national conditions which usually lead to revolution, sometimes even several waves of revolution. Bonus: stay tuned after the sign-off to hear Neb and Gordon ramble on about Iran, pop-culture wars, and that inexplicable statue of Lenin in Fremont (a neighborhood on the ship canal north of Seattle).