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01 May
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Osama Bin Laden is Dead

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Tonight the President announced that Osama Bin Laden is dead.  This is just a quick post to thank and congratulate the men and women of our armed forces and intelligence community for their exceptional work!

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28 April
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The Thirty Years War the Video

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So here is the promised video.  All I did was create some slides to go along with the audio from the podcast.  I hope this is okay.  I’m looking for better ways to do this in the future, if you have any suggestions I would like to hear them in the comments.  I had some trouble viewing the video in Safari (try play in pop-up), but it works fine in Chome.  Let me know if there are issues with other browsers.  Thanks!

 

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18 April
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History Guide of the Thirty Years War

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I’ve put together a PDF that you can download for free to refer to the last podcast. It has links to many of the topics we talked about but did not go into detail about. Plus, it has pictures of the people discussed in the podcast. It has the full text of the last podcast. If you find any errors, please email me so I can update the file. Thanks!

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14 April
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Podcast Reviews

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While you guys are still fighting over what podcast topic to cover next, 30 years war and Japan’s aspirations leading to WWII are still tied, you might want to take a look at some of these podcasts. I’ve already reviewed a few to help you choose. Also, I’m going to start working on something for the 30 years war this weekend. But you can still vote on the poll below:

Choose the next podcast episode

  • The 30 Years War (24%, 4 Votes)
  • Japanese aspirations to Empire, leading up to WWII (18%, 3 Votes)
  • Alexander the Great (12%, 2 Votes)
  • Spanish New World Empire (12%, 2 Votes)
  • Josephus and the Jewish War (12%, 2 Votes)
  • The Mongol Empire (12%, 2 Votes)
  • Rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire (6%, 1 Votes)
  • I don't like any of those do something else! (4%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 17

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  1. Stuff You Missed in History Class – Read my review.
  2. A History of the World in 100 Objects – no review yet, but stay tuned.
  3. BackStory with the American History Guys – no review yet, but stay tuned.
  4. Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know – not yet, but this is by the same folks as number 1 on this list, howstuffworks.
  5. The Stuff of Genius – not yet, but I will do one soon.
  6. Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History – Read my review.
  7. The History of Rome – Read my review.
  8. In Our Time – This is an oldie but a goodie, I’ll have to do a review soon on this one too.
  9. Laughing Historically – No review yet.
  10. BBC History Magazine – Read my review.
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06 April
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Top 5 topics last month

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Time for a short re-cap of last months top topics:

Texas City Disaster – A 1947 harbor explosion in Texas City.

Congress of Vienna – A 1815 congress that divided up the different areas of Europe.

London Bridge sold to an American – in 1968 a oil tycoon bought the London bridge.

Vladimir Komarov & Yuri Gagarin – The mystery of what really happened to these two astronauts may soon be revealed.

Cleopatra – Learn about one of the most famous women in history.

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24 March
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Planned Website Maintenance

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My website hosting company has informed me that they will physically be moving the server that historyonair.com resides on. This will happen between 9 PM, March 23rd and 5 AM March 24th (MDT). The website will be down for this entire period. I apologize for any inconvenience.

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28 February
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February Recap: Top 5 Post this Month

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This was an interesting month.  I started posting every day this month.  I think the articles have some really good content.  I learned a lot writing the articles and it was fun for me.  I hope you learned something and had some fun too.  Oh, before I forget, now that we know who the big winners were from the Academy Awards yesterday, check out who won at the very first Oscar’s in 1929.

The two most popular post this month were not from this month.  They were:

Other popular post from this month included:

 

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19 February
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History’s Downward Trend

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What is wrong with the world today?  No one is interested in history anymore?  Just look at this horrible downward trend.  I’m afraid to compare this trend to Britney Spears or Justin Bieber, and yes I did have to look up how to spell his last name.  No idea what he is even famous for.  Just know he is famous.  What can we as history enthusiasts do to turn this tend upside down?

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18 February
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Join Us on Facebook and Twitter

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We’re social! But don’t worry we won’t overshare. Check us out on Facebook and Twitter! I will post to Facebook and Twitter as often as possible and try to make these services something you all will enjoy. Both of these are just one more way to contact me and interact with the rest of your history podcast fans.
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Don’t forget to vote for the next history podcast episode topic:

Choose the next podcast episode

  • The 30 Years War (24%, 4 Votes)
  • Japanese aspirations to Empire, leading up to WWII (18%, 3 Votes)
  • Alexander the Great (12%, 2 Votes)
  • Spanish New World Empire (12%, 2 Votes)
  • Josephus and the Jewish War (12%, 2 Votes)
  • The Mongol Empire (12%, 2 Votes)
  • Rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire (6%, 1 Votes)
  • I don't like any of those do something else! (4%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 17

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16 February
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Listening to Podcast on an Android Phone

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I am one of the few who does not have an iPhone.  I think everyone would know how to subscribe to a podcast using their iPhone.  But, what if, like me, you have an android phone?  Well, I wanted to investigate this since I have one and sometimes I want to discover new podcast or subscribe to one and I don’t have wifi for my iPod, but I do have my trusty Android phone.  I found Google Listen.  It is an app from Google Labs.  The app allows you to search for podcast to listen to.  Once you find one you can subscribe and instantly listen to a podcast.  The podcast subscription will appear in you Google Reader under a folder called “Listen Subscriptions”.

It was hard for me to find the podcast I was looking for using my phone to search.  It was much easier to find the rss feed of the podcast, and paste it into google reader, then I dragged it to the Listen Subscriptions folder and presto, it was in my phone instantly.  That was easy, but it doesn’t solve the problem of finding and subscribing with just the phone.  It’s too bad google doesn’t have an easier way to do this.

Check out this in-depth youtube review of Google Listen:

Do you use another app for Android that you like?  Please share in the comments.

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