December 15, 2014

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HFM 104 | Where Does the Phrase “On the Wagon” Come From?

 

Why do drunks fall off the wagon while teetotalers stay on the wagon? Some say it has to do with an English tradition before execution. Others say it comes from America’s temperance movement. Find out which one is correct!

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December 8, 2014

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HFM 103 | Ned Kelly: Australia’s Iron-Suited Robin Hood

Ned Kelly was Australia’s Robin Hood. His theft and killings of police made the British Empire put the highest bounty in its history on the heads of him and his gang. Learn about his deeds and how he went down in a blaze of glory while wearing a homemade Iron Man suit.

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December 1, 2014

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HFM 102 | Kara Feyzi: The Ottoman Mafioso Who Controlled Bulgaria from 1792 to 1808

The line between mafia and legitimate government can get very blurry. In the case of Kara Feyzi, an Ottoman bandit in the 19th century who practically controlled Bulgaria, the line was non-existent.

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1. Off the Edge of the Map: Marco Polo, Captain Cook, and 9 Other Travelers and Explorers that Pushed the Boundaries of the Known World

2. Spies, Espionage, and Covert Operations: From Ancient Greece to the Cold War

3. How Iowa Conquered the World: The Story of a Small Farm State’s Journey to Global Dominance

4. History’s Greatest Generals: 10 Commanders Who Conquered Empires, Revolutionized Warfare, and Changed History Forever

5. Lost Civilizations: 10 Societies that Vanished Without a Trace

6. History’s Most Insane Rulers: Lunatics, Eccentrics, and Megalomaniacs from Emperor Caligula to Kim Jong Il

7. The Most Powerful Women in the Middle Ages: Queens, Saints, and Viking Slayers From Empress Theodora to Elizabeth of Tudor

8. History’s Worst Dictators: A Short Guide to the Most Brutal Rulers, From Emperor Nero to Ivan the Terrible

9. The Crusades and the Soldiers of the Cross: The 10 Most Important Crusades, From German Emperors to Warrior Lepers

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November 30, 2014

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HFM 101 | The Yakuza: Japan’s Largest Mafia Organization….. And First Responder

Japan has 10 times the mafia members per capita than the U.S. But they are more than a mafia — the Yakuza has public clubs, members on large businesses’ board of directors, and even disaster relief organizations.

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1. Off the Edge of the Map: Marco Polo, Captain Cook, and 9 Other Travelers and Explorers that Pushed the Boundaries of the Known World

2. Spies, Espionage, and Covert Operations: From Ancient Greece to the Cold War

3. How Iowa Conquered the World: The Story of a Small Farm State’s Journey to Global Dominance

4. History’s Greatest Generals: 10 Commanders Who Conquered Empires, Revolutionized Warfare, and Changed History Forever

5. Lost Civilizations: 10 Societies that Vanished Without a Trace

6. History’s Most Insane Rulers: Lunatics, Eccentrics, and Megalomaniacs from Emperor Caligula to Kim Jong Il

7. The Most Powerful Women in the Middle Ages: Queens, Saints, and Viking Slayers From Empress Theodora to Elizabeth of Tudor

8. History’s Worst Dictators: A Short Guide to the Most Brutal Rulers, From Emperor Nero to Ivan the Terrible

9. The Crusades and the Soldiers of the Cross: The 10 Most Important Crusades, From German Emperors to Warrior Lepers

10. From Muhammed to Burj Khalifa: A Crash Course in 2,000 Years of Middle East History

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November 29, 2014

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HFM 100 | The Italian Mafia in America

For nearly a century the Italian mafia dominated America, but they had such a good policy of stopping rats that we didn’t know about their inner workings until very recently. Find out what separates a foot soldier from a don in this episode.

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1. Off the Edge of the Map: Marco Polo, Captain Cook, and 9 Other Travelers and Explorers that Pushed the Boundaries of the Known World

2. Spies, Espionage, and Covert Operations: From Ancient Greece to the Cold War

3. How Iowa Conquered the World: The Story of a Small Farm State’s Journey to Global Dominance

4. History’s Greatest Generals: 10 Commanders Who Conquered Empires, Revolutionized Warfare, and Changed History Forever

5. Lost Civilizations: 10 Societies that Vanished Without a Trace

6. History’s Most Insane Rulers: Lunatics, Eccentrics, and Megalomaniacs from Emperor Caligula to Kim Jong Il

7. The Most Powerful Women in the Middle Ages: Queens, Saints, and Viking Slayers From Empress Theodora to Elizabeth of Tudor

8. History’s Worst Dictators: A Short Guide to the Most Brutal Rulers, From Emperor Nero to Ivan the Terrible

9. The Crusades and the Soldiers of the Cross: The 10 Most Important Crusades, From German Emperors to Warrior Lepers

10. From Muhammed to Burj Khalifa: A Crash Course in 2,000 Years of Middle East History

11. Greek Gods and Goddesses Gone Wild: Bad Behavior and Divine Excess From Zeus’s Philandering to Dionysus’s Benders

 

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November 28, 2014

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HFM 099 | How Russia’s Mafia Spread Across the World

Russia’s mafia excels at money laundering, organ trafficking, and the trade. It has to do with inefficient local govenrment extending from the tsarist period to today.

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1. Off the Edge of the Map: Marco Polo, Captain Cook, and 9 Other Travelers and Explorers that Pushed the Boundaries of the Known World

2. Spies, Espionage, and Covert Operations: From Ancient Greece to the Cold War

3. How Iowa Conquered the World: The Story of a Small Farm State’s Journey to Global Dominance

4. History’s Greatest Generals: 10 Commanders Who Conquered Empires, Revolutionized Warfare, and Changed History Forever

5. Lost Civilizations: 10 Societies that Vanished Without a Trace

6. History’s Most Insane Rulers: Lunatics, Eccentrics, and Megalomaniacs from Emperor Caligula to Kim Jong Il

7. The Most Powerful Women in the Middle Ages: Queens, Saints, and Viking Slayers From Empress Theodora to Elizabeth of Tudor

8. History’s Worst Dictators: A Short Guide to the Most Brutal Rulers, From Emperor Nero to Ivan the Terrible

9. The Crusades and the Soldiers of the Cross: The 10 Most Important Crusades, From German Emperors to Warrior Lepers

10. From Muhammed to Burj Khalifa: A Crash Course in 2,000 Years of Middle East History

11. Greek Gods and Goddesses Gone Wild: Bad Behavior and Divine Excess From Zeus’s Philandering to Dionysus’s Benders

 

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November 27, 2014

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HFM 098 | The Origin of the Sicilian Mafia

 

Why did you have to be 100% Sicilian to join the Italian Mafia in 1950s New York? It all has to do with Sicily’s history of foreign governments and solving problems itself.

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1. Off the Edge of the Map: Marco Polo, Captain Cook, and 9 Other Travelers and Explorers that Pushed the Boundaries of the Known World

2. Spies, Espionage, and Covert Operations: From Ancient Greece to the Cold War

3. How Iowa Conquered the World: The Story of a Small Farm State’s Journey to Global Dominance

4. History’s Greatest Generals: 10 Commanders Who Conquered Empires, Revolutionized Warfare, and Changed History Forever

5. Lost Civilizations: 10 Societies that Vanished Without a Trace

6. History’s Most Insane Rulers: Lunatics, Eccentrics, and Megalomaniacs from Emperor Caligula to Kim Jong Il

7. The Most Powerful Women in the Middle Ages: Queens, Saints, and Viking Slayers From Empress Theodora to Elizabeth of Tudor

8. History’s Worst Dictators: A Short Guide to the Most Brutal Rulers, From Emperor Nero to Ivan the Terrible

9. The Crusades and the Soldiers of the Cross: The 10 Most Important Crusades, From German Emperors to Warrior Lepers

10. From Muhammed to Burj Khalifa: A Crash Course in 2,000 Years of Middle East History

11. Greek Gods and Goddesses Gone Wild: Bad Behavior and Divine Excess From Zeus’s Philandering to Dionysus’s Benders

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November 24, 2014

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HFM 097 | Cassius Marcus Clay – Abraham Lincoln’s Blue Suited, Bowie-Knife Carrying, Diplomat to Russia – and Namesake for the Famous Boxer

In this episode, learn about the man who dressed like Django, convinced LIncoln to enact the Emancipation Proclamation, and fought off men by the dozen with his bowie knife.

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November 22, 2014

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Pre-Order ‘How Iowa Conquered the World’ for $0.99, get $59 bonus!

My new book “How Iowa Conquered the World” is available for pre-order! It comes out December 1, but if you order it now, I’m throwing in my Udemy course “History of the Middle East: 600 A.D. to Today” absolutely free! This course contains over 10 hours of video lectures and normally retails for $59.

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– Saved billions of people from starvation in the 20th century

– Created Silicon Valley in the 1960s and inspired the startup culture of egalitarianism and hoodies

– Decides who will win the presidential election every four years

– Was the multicultural center of America and hosted more utopian communes and transcendental meditation centers than any other place in the United States

– Created the General American English accent spoken by all actors and broadcasters. People the world over are learning to speak like an Iowan, even if they don’t know it.

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November 17, 2014

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HFM 096 | Why the British Govt. Lied About Carrots Being Good For Your Eyes: The Best Deceptive Tactics Used During War, Part 4

Everybody believes carrots improve your eyesight, so of course this fact is not true. But why does everybody believe it? Because the British government lied to the public during World War II to make them eat an unpopular vegetable during war rationing, of course!

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