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Archive for November, 2007

29 November
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HP105 – Elizabeth: Part 2

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Another episode written by Fiona Skepper. Thank you very much Fiona. I hope everyone else enjoys this one as much as I did. Please leave your comments for Fiona and I on this posts. Thank you.

Sources:

Elizabeth: The Struggle for the Throne (P.S.)

A History of Britain : At the Edge of the World, 3500 B.C.-1603 A.D

I, Elizabeth: A Novel

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Walsingham

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Cecil,_1st_Baron_Burghley

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greensickness

http://www.elizabethi.org/us

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypochromic_anemia

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20 November
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HP104 – Harlem Renaissance

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This episode was a request via email from Brandon M. For much more information on the Harlem Renaissance check out the links below and this cool YouTube Video.

Sources:

http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/harlem/harlem.html

http://www.jcu.edu/harlem/Education/page_1.htm

Books:

The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man

God’s Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)

Harlem shadows: The poems of Claude McKay

Home to Harlem

Caroling Dusk: An Anthology of Verse by Black Poets of the Twenties

The Weary Blues

Not Without Laughter

The Blacker The Berry (Black Classics)

The Book of American Negro Poetry

The New Negro : Voices of the Harlem Renaissance

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18 November
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Listeners all the way from Kuwait!

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I was really shocked and elated to see this email come in all the way from Kuwait.  Many thanks to Naif for taking the time to email me and of course for listening to the podcast!

Hi there,

First I have to say that I really love your show, it’s one of two non-gaming podcast I subscribe to (the other being smodcast), anyway I wanted to ask about the history of the Assassins, the reason why I’m asking is because since the game Assassin’s creed is being released soon Ubisoft wanted to release a book series about the game which has been stopped due to Assassins fear of being shown in a bad way.

Anyway keep on the good work and I wish all the best for your podcast.

Yours From Kuwait

Naif

Well, you know what this means, pretty soon you will all be listening to a podcast about the history of Assassins. Keep those emails coming!

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14 November
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Top 10 Myths About Thanksgiving

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MYTH # 1 The Pilgrims Held the First Thanksgiving

To see what the first Thanksgiving was like you have to go to: Texas. Texans claim the first Thanksgiving in America actually took place in little San Elizario, a community near El Paso, in 1598 — twenty-three years before the Pilgrims’ festival. [via hnn.us] Read more…

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09 November
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HP103 – Elizabeth: The Early Years

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In this episode I read a topic sent in from Fiona Skepper, a listener from Melbourne, Australia. Fiona did a great job compiling this episodes script on the early life of Elizabeth I. Please leave your feedback for Fiona in the comments.

Sources:

Elizabeth I the Word of a Prince
Children of England
Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII
Elizabeth
Elizabeth I
A History of Britain : At the Edge of the World, 3500 B.C.-1603 A.D
www.elizabethi.org/us/earlyyears
www.britannia.com/history/monarchs/mon45.html

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08 November
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Who’s Listening: What you watch

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I found this one very interesting. This is the percent of History Podcast listeners that watch these stations:

The History Channel – 62.82%

The History Channel International – 21.47%

PBS – 40.06%

Discovery Channel – 59.94%

Discovery Times – 15.38%

National Geographic Channel – 43.27%

The History Channel is the clear winner which makes sense. Also, it helps that it is a usually included in standard cable, while most of the other channels are part of a special cable tier that costs extra.

I do watch the History Channel on ocassion. Mostly I wach whatever station is carrying the hockey game. Michelle watches a lot of HGTV, Food Network (which appeared a few times in the “other” category), and Travel.

In the “other” category many of the write-ins were BBC, CBC, and Biography, as well as a few comedy centrals, and even some, “I don’t have cable”. However, my favorite was the person who wrote simply “podcasts”.

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07 November
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Mad Scientist

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Biography: Geoffrey Pyke
by Kenneth L
http://plusultraspain.blogspot.com/

Most of us are familiar with the old “mad scientist” stereotype: the wild-eyed maniac with a frizzy shock of hair and a bunch of test tubes bubbling over with sinister-looking liquids. Whether from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein or an old low-budget flick, these characters are generally groundless inventions of writers’ imaginations. But, as with every stereotype, behind it lies a grain of truth.

Read more…

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02 November
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HP102 – Colonization of Africa

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This weeks episode is a request from Jonathan Grunert via email.

Sources for this podcast:

The scramble for Africa. Economist, 00130613, 12/31/99 Millennium Special Edition, Vol. 353, Issue 8151

Wikipedia

More information about this episode:

Berlin Conference:

http://www.homestead.com/wysinger/berlinconference.html

http://geography.about.com/cs/politicalgeog/a/berlinconferenc.htm

Maxium gun

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02 November
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Hiroshima bomber pilot dies at 92

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Paul Warfield Tibbets Jr. was the pilot who dropped the five-ton “Little Boy” bomb on the city of Hiroshima, Japan, August 6, 1945.  He died November 1, 2007 at his home in Columbus, Ohio, aged 92.

Read more about the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in this wikipedia article.

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