Hosts Jac and Nat are fresh out of college and studying for the Foreign Service Officer Test. Unfortunately, they have quickly realized how little they know about world history. Join them each week as they sit down and have a conversation about influential moments in history and ask, “How did we not know that?”.
Abortion laws have been all over the news these past few months, so what better way to start the new year than to explain the history of the landmark supreme court case, Roe V Wade. In this episode, Jac breaks down abortion laws in the United States before, during, and after the supreme court ruling and finally ends with current news surrounding women’s rights and abortion.
Apart from all the pizza and pasta, Italy is also known as the birthplace of fascism! Although the term is thrown around colloquially these days, should it be? Who is a fascist and what do they do? How did it start and did it ever end? In this episode, Jac takes us through the history of Italian Fascism and the rule of the infamous Benito Mussolini.
Despite the erroneous displays and spellings of “voodoo” in the western world and media, Vodou is actually an ancient religion passed down for centuries throughout West Africa. In this episode, learn about the history of one of the only traditional African religions to survive in the modern western hemisphere!
Did you know Singapore used to be part of Malaysia? With its ideal location, bustling economy, and cultural melting pot you’d think any country would snatch at the opportunity to merge with Singapore, but this wasn’t the case. In This episode, Jac explains how Malaysia was formed and why Singapore was not a part of it.
In this special collaboration with the Scrolls & Leaves podcast, Jac and Nat discuss the not so distant history of Canadian residential schools for Indigenous children. You’ve probably hear a lot about these “schools” in the news recently, but do you really understand the severity of the impact they had on these children and their communities? Listen to this deep-dive, and then be sure to listen to the Scrolls & Leaves podcast cover the history of residential schools in the US!
Thank you again to the Scrolls & Leaves podcast for this collaboration! You can listen to their episode on residential schools in the US here:
From the absolute monarchies in medieval times to the soft, elderly Queen Elizabeth II today, have you ever wondered how the British Monarchs got to this point? In this episode, Jac and Nat discuss the various events that led to the English royals’ loss of power as well as the fall of several other European monarchies.
The relationship between Iran and the US has always been a rough one, and in today’s episode we’re going to highlight one of the major events that has shaped this relationship. The Iran Hostage Crisis defined the future of US-Iran relations, changed the course of the Carter Administration’s success, and devastated the lives of several American diplomats. In this episode, Nat and Jac learn about the Iran Hostage Crisis and reflect on the risks associated with public service and diplomacy.
Efforts to stamp out the drug trade in Latin America have been met with horrific violence and retaliation. As countries struggle to combat drug trafficking, the severity of conflict continues to grow more widespread. So, how did we get here? In this episode, Jac explains the history of the drug trade, what has been done to combat it, and where we are now.
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In this episode, we are joined by a very special guest, Becky from the Halfie Project! Becky shares with us the history of K-Pop and how influential events and domestic politics have shaped the Korean music scene throughout the years.
Thanks again to Becky for this amazing episode!
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