Is Socialized Medicine Real? | Universal Health Care Pt. 1

Summary

The issue on every American’s mind for the past century: What is wrong with our healthcare system? Why do we spend the most on healthcare, yet fail to deliver basic coverage to every American? The United States Healthcare system is perhaps as complex as the billing codes that insurance companies use to charge us (sometimes) into bankruptcy. Gone are the days, when Americans will stand by as confused, victims of the system! In this special 3 part episode, our guest Esteban, will be breaking down the 4 different models of healthcare around the world and explaining how the U.S. compares.

In part one, Esteban will be breaking down ‘The Beveridge Model’ of healthcare that is used in  countries such as Great Britain, Spain, and New Zealand.

Book Source and Recommendation: The Healing of America by T.R. Reid.

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How Long Did Apartheid Last?

Summary

South Africa, one of the most beautiful countries in the world, has an ugly past marked by one of the severest examples of racial segregation in history.  In this episode Jac explains the system known as Apartheid and its lasting effects on the country today.

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Did Rasputin Have Magical Powers?

Summary

An evil sorcerer, undercover spy, and the secret lover of the Empress. A man of great mystery and intrigue, the infamous Rasputin has been called all these names and more. But do we really know the full story? In this episode, Nat uncovers the unbelievable life of Grigory Rasputin and the last Russian emperor.

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What Is A Mooncake?

Summary

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! Here’s the Chinese legend of how the ancient Asian festival came to be.

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What’s Going On In The Middle East?

Summary

The Middle East is an incredibly diverse and complex region, but it’s oftentimes disregarded by Western media as too confusing or too complicated to be “solved”. In order to gain a better understanding of today’s world, Nat covers the Arab Spring, an unprecedented series of pro-democracy uprisings that swept across North Africa and the Middle East in the spring of 2011.

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There Are Two Irelands?

Summary

Ireland: the home of gorgeous coastal mountains and grassy plains. Yet, despite the beauty and charm, the island of Ireland has a long history of conflict. So much so, that the island is split into two *not physically of course*. 

In our Season 2, World History premiere, Jac takes us through the conflict between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland .

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Minisode #9: The Iditarod

Summary

Ever wonder if anyone still dog sleds? They do, and they have a race for it too.

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How Many US Presidents Have Been Assassinated?

Summary

Most Americans are familiar with the assassinations of JFK and Lincoln, but what about James Garfield? Despite the fact that he was considered to be one of the most promising presidents of his time, his life and unfortunate death is mostly forgotten today. In the Season 1 finale, Nat covers the assassination of President James Garfield and the man who was insane enough to carry out the deed.

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Minisode #8: The US Territory of American Samoa

Summary

In the 4th and final part of the miniseries on permanently inhabited US territories, Nat covers the history of American Samoa and how fa’a Samoa (the Samoan way of life) has been preserved throughout centuries.

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So You Want To Be A Billionaire?

Summary

In a time where billionaires roamed the earth, it seemed as if everything in the United States was gold. Spoiler Alert: It wasn’t. If your last name isn’t Rockefeller, Carnegie, or Vanderbilt, there’s a good chance your ancestors were dirt poor and pawns in the grips of capitalism and corruption. In this Episode, Jac takes you through the history of the Gilded Age, striping off the thin gold on top and exposing the rusted, abused tin underneath. 

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