[RERUN] EPISODE 54 Sitting Bull (Part 1)
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by Daniele Bolelli
5d ago
“Sitting Bull, leader of the largest Indian nation on the continent, the strongest, boldest, most stubborn opponent of European influence, was the very heart and soul of the Frontier. When the true history of the New World is written, he will receive his chapter. For Sitting Bull was one of the Makers of America.” — Stanley Vestal  “If you intend to do this for my sake, take good care of them and let them live. My father is a man and death is his.” — Sitting Bull addressing his fellow tribesmen who wanted to kill some captives “I told them I did not want their annuities, nor could I sell ..read more
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EPISODE 97: The Psychology of Power in History: A Conversation with Aziz Al-Doory
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by Daniele Bolelli
3w ago
“…we venerate the crooks, rapists, and pillagers credulous historians have repackaged as ‘founders,’ ‘conquerors,’ and ‘civilize.’ We erect statues and consecrate tombs to commemorate their difference-making. But in fact, most of these monuments memorialize the dark deeds of unhinged lunatics driven by rampant ego and raving greed… most of the supposed ‘great men of history’ were criminals on a rampage. We celebrate them because they ‘changed the world.’ But where’s the evidence that they changed it for the better?” — Chris Ryan “He who dies with the most toys wins.” — Malcolm Forbes  “I ..read more
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EPISODE 96: The Wildest Man You Have Never Heard Of: Thomas Morton
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by Daniele Bolelli
2M ago
“The Puritans feared that which was undomesticated.” — Jeff Hendricks “Our earliest American heroes were Morton’s oppressors, Endicott, Bradford, Miles Standish. Merry Mount’s been expunged from the official version because it’s the story not of a virtuous utopia but of a utopia of candor. Yet it’s Morton whose face should be carved in Mount Rushmore.” — Philip Roth  “He held out the promise of America as an earthly paradise, a pagan, not a protestant prospect, a zone of pleasure, not salvation through suffering.” — John Seelye  “Drink and be merry, merry, merry boys; Let ..read more
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[RERUN] EPISODE 50 Philosophers and Thugs: Jigoro Kano (Part 2)
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by Daniele Bolelli
2M ago
“I teach Kodokan judo as a way of life.” — Jigoro Kano  “Even though he was drunker than usual, Saigo came to the driver’s aid. The burly sailors laughed out loud: “Scram, midget!” Much to their great surprise and considerable pain, in a flash, the pocket Hercules subsequently hurled each of them into the river.” — John Stevens  “I have not been able to transmit my ideals to many students, and there are unfortunately few instructors who can impart proper Kodokan values.” — Jigoro Kano  “The teaching of one virtuous person can influence many.” — Jigoro Kano  In the second h ..read more
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Feed Drop For "This Job Is History"
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by Daniele Bolelli
2M ago
Where the oddest jobs from the past meet a comedian from the present… and it’s awkward! On this weekly show, Chris Parnell (SNL, Rick and Morty) welcomes guests who have held some of human history’s most unexpected and downright bizarre jobs: funeral clowns, garden hermits, VHS clerks, and everything in between. With the help of his tireless producer, Chris hears from the essential workers from decades and centuries past. Because before there were actual medical doctors, there were barber surgeons. And before there was Instacart, there were milkmen. Wondery’s This Job Is History is a funny, ab ..read more
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[RERUN] EPISODE 49 The Father of Martial Arts: Jigoro Kano (Part 1)
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by Daniele Bolelli
3M ago
“It was a period of stupendous change and immense challenge; the entire social, political, and economic landscape of Japan would be transformed within a few decades. Just as this new era was dawning in Japan, Jigoro Kano was born, on October 28, 1860.” — John Stevens  “In my childhood, I had heard that there was a thing called jujutsu thanks to which even a weak person could defeat a strong person. I definitely thought about learning it.” — Jigoro Kano  “Some people believe that Judo means simply practicing at the dojo. This is applying the principle of judo at the dojo when practic ..read more
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EPISODE 95: Tom Le Forge: The Real Dances with Wolves
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by Daniele Bolelli
3M ago
“The adopted father gave away many presents to the people, and these in turn gave presents to me. Thus I became a Crow Indian, a brother of Three Irons and a son of Yellow Leggings, who was a leading counselor of Blackbird, chief of the Mountain Crow tribe.” — Tom Le Forge  “Cherry was utterly cool… under fire. She was as brave as the bravest. She liked to sing and pray, she was jolly and amiable, but on proper occasion she would stand her ground and fight bravely if that were necessary.” — Tom Le Forge about his wife Cherry “The white-man system of continual struggle for money began to ..read more
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[RERUN] EPISODE 48: Give Me Back My Legions! (Part 2)
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by Daniele Bolelli
4M ago
“In order to depict a battle, there is required one of those powerful painters who have chaos in their brushes” — Victor Hugo  “Inconceivable!” — From The Princess Bride  A little over 2,000 years ago, Rome was a well-oiled war machine crushing everything in its path. At that time, the Roman legions were the most deadly military force in the Western world, and possibly in the whole world. Every year, they conquered new peoples and pushed the boundaries of their empire. Rape and pillage was the name of the game, and they were masters at it. But in the year 9 CE, something happened in ..read more
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EPISODE 94: The Last War Chief
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by Daniele Bolelli
4M ago
“Reflecting upon the chiefs I had known, I realized that here had never been one who was very well off. Poverty was part of a chief’s obligations…” — Frank Bird Linderman   “While we painted ourselves the drums kept beating, and our women sang war-songs. No man can feel himself a coward at such a time. Every man that lives will welcome battle while brave men and women sing war-songs. I would have willingly gone alone against our enemies that day.”  — Plenty Coups “To be alone with our war-horses at such a time teaches them to understand us, and us to understand them. My horse fights ..read more
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EPISODE 93: The Beast of Gevaudan
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by Daniele Bolelli
6M ago
“This animal is a monster whose father is a lion; it remains open what the mother is.” — Jean-Baptiste Boulanger Duhamel “I would be tempted to imagine that we are dealing with a witch, or the devil in person, if only I could believe it.” — Jean-Baptiste Boulanger Duhamel It’s the 1760s, in the Gevaudan area of South Central France. Imagine being a kid. Maybe 12 years old. Maybe as young as 8. You have heard the rumors. Maybe, you saw the mangled bodies. There’s a monster out there. A monster that hunts people and eats them. It has killed people in the woods, on the pastures, and even just a ..read more
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