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?”.
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!
Please check out the Halfie Project podcast and YouTube channel hosted by Becky and Cedric:
Study abroad is expensive, but luckily there are scholarships available to help! In this guest episode, we talk about the founding of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship as well as application tips and deadlines. Special thanks to our guest for this week, Sarah, the host of ‘A Gilman Podcast’!
Fritz Haber is arguably one of the most influential people in the world, and yet most listeners probably haven’t heard his story before. He’s the reason most of us exist today, and yet he’s also responsible for thousands of lives. In this episode, Nat dives into the complicated and tragic life of Fritz Haber and asks the question: how much virtue is necessary to outweigh the sins in a person’s life?