August 22, 2016

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HFM 148 | Cannibalism in History

 

It is the most gruesome activity that a human can do. It is the most ancient of taboos. Stories of the Donner Party, Jamestown, and the Franklin Expedition make for ghost stories today.

But the real question is not why cannibalism occurs in humans. It is why it doesn’t occur.

Eating dead humans has clear benefits. Like cows, chickens, turkeys, and other animals that we love to feast on, humans are made of meat.  Shoving all that tasty meat in a hole in the ground during a  funeral ceremony is a terrible waste of resources. For the majority of humans’ time on Earth those resources could have made the difference between life and death.

Learn more about why cannibalism doesn’t happen in this episode and the few surprising ways that it does.

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August 15, 2016

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HFM 147 | The Real Story of the Scopes Monkey Trial

 

If you’ve seen the 1960 Spencer Tracy movie Inherit the Wind, you know about the Scopes Monkey Trial. In this real-life 1925 case, John Scopes was accused of violating Tennessee’s Butler Act, which had made it unlawful to teach human evolution in any state-funded school.

The case became an enormous media sensation. It was reported on like a boxing match, science vs. fundamentalism. But oddly enough, Scopes was not originally brought to trial by any fundamentalists. The trial was deliberately staged to attract publicity to the small town of Dayton, Tennessee, where it was held.

Scopes was unsure whether he had ever actually taught evolution, but he purposely incriminated himself so that the case could have a defendant.

Learn how the Scopes Monkey Trial was at its core a small town’s attempt at a publicity stunt that took on a life of its own.

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August 8, 2016

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HFM 146 | Did Anyone Actually Wear Chastity Belts?

 

According to legends of the Middle Ages, knights used the chastity belt on their wives as an anti-temptation device before embarking on the Crusades. When the knight left for the Holy Lands on the Crusades, his Lady would wear a chastity belt to preserve her faithfulness to him.

However, there is no reliable evidence that chastity belts existed before the 15th century. Any reference to them is likely symbolic or a satirical drawing. Were they ever in use at all? If not, how did the legend appear?

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August 1, 2016

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HFM 145 | George Washington Was Really the 9th President of the United States?

 

“George Washington was the First President of the United States.” This is the most basic fact that an American school child can learn. But he wasn’t the first. Nor the second. He was actually the ninth president of the United States.

How can that be? It all has to do with the ad hoc, make-it-up-as-you-go nature of the United States government between the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the signing of the Constitution in 1789.

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July 25, 2016

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HFM 144 | Columbus Wasn’t As Wonderful – Or As Terrible – As You’ve Heard

 

Depending on which account you hear, Columbus was either the bravest explorer of the early Renaissance or a mass murdered who subjected the indigenous population of the new world to death or slavery.

Learn in this episode how Columbus was both and neither of these descriptions.

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July 18, 2016

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HFM 143 | Why The Fall of Rome is Centuries Later Than You Think

 

Rome didn’t fall in 476 when Romulus, the last of the Roman emperors in the west, was overthrown by the Germanic leader Odoacer, who became the first Barbarian to rule in Rome.

Nor did it fall in 1453 when the Ottoman Empire conquered Constantinople.

Depending on how you define ‘Rome,’ it didn’t fall until the Napoleonic Wars. Or the end of hostilities following World War I. If you visit Turkey, you might meet somebody who still calls himself a Roman.

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July 11, 2016

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HFM 142 | The Enormously Misunderstood Heresy Trial of Galileo

 

Few episodes in history are so misunderstood as the condemnation of Galileo. His trial has become a stock argument to show the fundamental clash between science and dogmatism.

Turns out the whole affair was actually a giant clash of egos, with churchmen and scientists on both sides of the argument.

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July 4, 2016

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HFM 141 | Why Does the US Celebrate the 4th of July the Way It Does?

 

Why do Americans celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks? Are we trying to take the National Anthem as literally as possible, creating “Bombs Bursting in Air”? Or is there another reason?

Much of the trappings of the Fourth of July date back to Renaissance Italy, and even further back to Imperial China. But the actual form of the holiday came into existence even before America itself. Listen to learn more.

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June 27, 2016

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HFM 140 | Why We Have Gutenberg All Wrong

Gutenberg’s moveable type printing press was the prime mover of the Renaissance. From his machine came millions of books, leading to the democratization of knowledge, the fall of the papacy, and the rise of reason.

But what if this wasn’t Gutenberg’s goal? What if he was a happy client of the papacy? What if he worked directly with the medieval church to sell indulgences?

Turns out he did.

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June 6, 2016

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HFM 139 | James Holman: The Blind Traveller

In the early 1800s there was no English explorer greater than James Holman. He travelled almost 20 times farther than Marco Polo. He travelled among 200 different cultures, charted undiscovered parts of Australia, and by October 1846 had visited every inhabited continent.

He did all this despite being completely blind.

How did he travel the world when any sort of international exploration was exceptionally dangerous? Learn how in this episode.

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