History in Five Minutes Podcast http://www.michaelrank.net History. Only Not Boring. Thu, 29 Dec 2016 04:22:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.9 Historian and veteran Middle East journalist Michael Rank looks into the most exciting events and personalities of history in this podcast and explains them in five-minute episodes so that you can absorb the facts in the fastest way possible. Learn about the lives of Genghis Khan, Vlad Dracul, and Richard the Lionheart, and such events as the Crusades and the Black Death in these highly entertaining and informative episodes. Michael has sold thousands of books with his unique take on the past with such best-selling titles as "History's Most Insane Rulers: Lunatics, Eccentrics, and Megalomaniacs From Emperor Caligula to Kim Jon Il," and he brings the same energy to this podcast. He focuses on world history, Roman history, military history, the history of the United States, the most famous rulers in history, biographies, biography of famous people, the most famous people in history, the most powerful rulers, medieval history, violent history, world history, United States history, and how to put all these pieces together. <br /> <br /> This is a great podcast if you know nothing about a topic and need a good launching point into a deeper study. Michael Rank: Historian, Writer, and Podcaster Michael Rank: Historian, Writer, and Podcaster michaelrank5mc@gmail.com michaelrank5mc@gmail.com (Michael Rank: Historian, Writer, and Podcaster) Copyright © History in Five Minutes -- Learn About the Past in Minutes 2013 This podcast discusses history and looks into the lives of the most powerful dictators, insane rulers, culture shapers, all in five minutes History in Five Minutes Podcast http://www.michaelrank.net/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/podcastimage300x300.jpg http://www.michaelrank.net Istanbul Weekly H5M 159 | The Man Who Avoided Drowning on the Titanic By Getting Drunk http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/12/29/h5m-159-the-man-who-avoided-sinking-on-the-titantic-by-getting-drunk/ Thu, 29 Dec 2016 04:19:06 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2607 http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/12/29/h5m-159-the-man-who-avoided-sinking-on-the-titantic-by-getting-drunk/#respond Michael Rank The sinking of the Titantic was one of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century. Over 1,000 passengers lost their lives on the supposedly unsinkable ship. But the chief baker didn't. He managed to survive in the frigid waters for four hours while most died of hypothermia after 15 minutes. How? By downing two bottles of whisky and getting completely drunk. This episode is brought to you by a new show Presidents Are People Too – an original audio series available on Channels in the Audible app. The series explores some of the lighter, real and at times, less-than-prez-worthy moments in the lives and careers of our former commanders in chief. It's hosted by former Daily Show head writer, Elliott Kalan and American historian Alexis Coe Discover fascinating lesser-known facts, foibles and personal faux pas about our past presidents. You’ll hear illuminating stories that show them to be more like you and me than the towering figures we so often hear about. Most importantly, you’ll hear tid bits to defuse dinner chat that could ruin delicious comfort food and catching up with family Presidents Are People Too – a fun alternative to conversation about current events around the holiday table. Learn more at www.audible.com/presidents   This episode is based on a selection from an incredible new book by Giles. Get a copy of  Giles's new book When Churchill Slaughtered Sheep and Stalin Robbed a Bank: History's Unknown Chapters. You can get it by clicking here. The sinking of the Titantic was one of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century. Over 1,000 passengers lost their lives on the supposedly unsinkable ship.

But the chief baker didn’t. He managed to survive in the frigid waters for four hours while most died of hypothermia after 15 minutes. How? By downing two bottles of whisky and getting completely drunk.

This episode is brought to you by a new show Presidents Are People Too – an original audio series available on Channels in the Audible app.

The series explores some of the lighter, real and at times, less-than-prez-worthy moments in the lives and careers of our former commanders in chief. It’s hosted by former Daily Show head writer, Elliott Kalan and American historian Alexis Coe

Discover fascinating lesser-known facts, foibles and personal faux pas about our past presidents. You’ll hear illuminating stories that show them to be more like you and me than the towering figures we so often hear about. Most importantly, you’ll hear tid bits to defuse dinner chat that could ruin delicious comfort food and catching up with family

Presidents Are People Too – a fun alternative to conversation about current events around the holiday table.

Learn more at www.audible.com/presidents


 

This episode is based on a selection from an incredible new book by Giles.

Get a copy of  Giles’s new book When Churchill Slaughtered Sheep and Stalin Robbed a Bank: History’s Unknown Chapters. You can get it by clicking here.

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H5M 158 | Churchill’s “Operation Vegetarian” http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/12/05/h5m-158-churchills-operation-vegetarian/ Mon, 05 Dec 2016 02:34:02 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2588 http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/12/05/h5m-158-churchills-operation-vegetarian/#respond Michael Rank Our guest today is Giles Milton, the host of the Unknown History Podcast. Winston Churchill was not afraid to get his hands dirty. He was perfectly happy to consider chemical warfare against the Axis powers. One plan involved turning an entire island into vegetarians. What did this plot mean, and how would he enact it? Giles explains many things in this episode, such as: What exactly was "Operation Vegetarian"? What was the result of this experiment? How did the development of the Atomic bomb change Churchill's strategy? What ever came of Gruinard Island?   This episode is based on a selection from an incredible new book by Giles. Get a copy of  Giles's new book When Churchill Slaughtered Sheep and Stalin Robbed a Bank: History's Unknown Chapters. You can get it by clicking here.

Our guest today is Giles Milton, the host of the Unknown History Podcast.

Winston Churchill was not afraid to get his hands dirty. He was perfectly happy to consider chemical warfare against the Axis powers. One plan involved turning an entire island into vegetarians. What did this plot mean, and how would he enact it?

Giles explains many things in this episode, such as:

  • What exactly was “Operation Vegetarian”?
  • What was the result of this experiment?
  • How did the development of the Atomic bomb change Churchill’s strategy?
  • What ever came of Gruinard Island?

 

This episode is based on a selection from an incredible new book by Giles.

Get a copy of  Giles’s new book When Churchill Slaughtered Sheep and Stalin Robbed a Bank: History’s Unknown Chapters. You can get it by clicking here.

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http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/12/05/h5m-158-churchills-operation-vegetarian/feed/ 0 Our guest today is Giles Milton, the host of the Unknown History Podcast. Winston Churchill was not afraid to get his hands dirty. He was perfectly happy to consider chemical warfare against the Axis powers. Our guest today is Giles Milton, the host of the Unknown History Podcast. Winston Churchill was not afraid to get his hands dirty. He was perfectly happy to consider chemical warfare against the Axis powers. One plan involved turning an entire island into vegetarians. What did this plot mean, and how would he enact it? […] Michael Rank: Historian, Writer, and Podcaster
H5M 157 | Churchill’s Most Controversial Cousin http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/11/28/h5m-157-churchills-most-controversial-cousin/ Mon, 28 Nov 2016 02:33:57 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2587 http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/11/28/h5m-157-churchills-most-controversial-cousin/#respond Michael Rank Our guest today is Giles Milton, the host of the Unknown History Podcast. We all have an embarrassing relative. Maybe that embarrassing relative is us. But Winston Churchill's cousin took it to a new level. She had love affairs, one of which threatened to create an international incident. Giles gets into all sorts of interesting stories in this episode. Here are some of the things he touches on: Who was Clare Sheridan and why did she gain attention in 1920? What about the rumors regarding Clare and Trotsky's relationship? Did Churchill ever forgive his cousin Clare?   This episode is based on a selection from an incredible new book by Giles. Get a copy of  Giles's new book When Churchill Slaughtered Sheep and Stalin Robbed a Bank: History's Unknown Chapters. You can get it by clicking here.

Our guest today is Giles Milton, the host of the Unknown History Podcast.

We all have an embarrassing relative. Maybe that embarrassing relative is us.

But Winston Churchill’s cousin took it to a new level. She had love affairs, one of which threatened to create an international incident.

Giles gets into all sorts of interesting stories in this episode. Here are some of the things he touches on:

  • Who was Clare Sheridan and why did she gain attention in 1920?
  • What about the rumors regarding Clare and Trotsky’s relationship?
  • Did Churchill ever forgive his cousin Clare?

 

This episode is based on a selection from an incredible new book by Giles.

Get a copy of  Giles’s new book When Churchill Slaughtered Sheep and Stalin Robbed a Bank: History’s Unknown Chapters. You can get it by clicking here.

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http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/11/28/h5m-157-churchills-most-controversial-cousin/feed/ 0 Our guest today is Giles Milton, the host of the Unknown History Podcast. We all have an embarrassing relative. Maybe that embarrassing relative is us. But Winston Churchill’s cousin took it to a new level. She had love affairs, Our guest today is Giles Milton, the host of the Unknown History Podcast. We all have an embarrassing relative. Maybe that embarrassing relative is us. But Winston Churchill’s cousin took it to a new level. She had love affairs, one of which threatened to create an international incident. Giles gets into all sorts of interesting […] Michael Rank: Historian, Writer, and Podcaster
HFM 156 | Churchill’s Affinity for Chemical Weapons http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/11/22/hfm-156-churchills-affinity-for-chemical-weapons/ Tue, 22 Nov 2016 02:56:46 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2586 http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/11/22/hfm-156-churchills-affinity-for-chemical-weapons/#respond Michael Rank Our guest today is Giles Milton, the host of the Unknown History Podcast. Giles is going to talk all about Churchill's affinity for chemical weapons, something I didn't even know was a thing. He answers all sorts of questions in this interview. Questions like: Did Churchill ever actually go forward with the use of chemical weapons? What happened to the victims of the attack in Russia? How did the weather dampen the effect of the poisonous gas? What did Churchill do with the remaining devices? Download the episode by right-click here and select "Save As."     This episode is based on a selection from an incredible new book by Giles. Get a copy of  Giles's new book When Churchill Slaughtered Sheep and Stalin Robbed a Bank: History's Unknown Chapters. You can get it by clicking here.

Our guest today is Giles Milton, the host of the Unknown History Podcast.

Giles is going to talk all about Churchill’s affinity for chemical weapons, something I didn’t even know was a thing.
He answers all sorts of questions in this interview. Questions like:
  • Did Churchill ever actually go forward with the use of chemical weapons?
  • What happened to the victims of the attack in Russia?
  • How did the weather dampen the effect of the poisonous gas?
  • What did Churchill do with the remaining devices?

Download the episode by right-click here and select “Save As.”

 


 

This episode is based on a selection from an incredible new book by Giles.

Get a copy of  Giles’s new book When Churchill Slaughtered Sheep and Stalin Robbed a Bank: History’s Unknown Chapters. You can get it by clicking here.

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http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/11/22/hfm-156-churchills-affinity-for-chemical-weapons/feed/ 0 Our guest today is Giles Milton, the host of the Unknown History Podcast. Giles is going to talk all about Churchill’s affinity for chemical weapons, something I didn’t even know was a thing. He answers all sorts of questions in this interview. Our guest today is Giles Milton, the host of the Unknown History Podcast. Giles is going to talk all about Churchill’s affinity for chemical weapons, something I didn’t even know was a thing. He answers all sorts of questions in this interview. Questions like: Did Churchill ever actually go forward with the use of chemical […] Michael Rank: Historian, Writer, and Podcaster
HFM 155 | Why Did British Men Wear Powdered Wigs in the 1700s? http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/09/29/hfm-155-why-did-british-men-wear-powdered-wigs-in-the-1700s/ Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:12:54 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2584 http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/09/29/hfm-155-why-did-british-men-wear-powdered-wigs-in-the-1700s/#respond Michael Rank   You've seen the look in historical dramas. You laughed at the foppish dandies that appear on Masterpiece Theater. In grade school you sneered at pictures of King George with his powdered wig, adjusting it ever so slightly while drinking a cup of tea with his pinky finger extended, wondering how he further extort colonists with new taxes. You didn't know that we call important people "bigwig" due to the aristocracy tradition of fancy wigs. But where does the powdered wig come from? Why was such a peculiar look the sign of nobility in England during the 1500s-1700s? It all has to do with syphilis, head lice, the shame of male-pattern baldness, and the fashion tastes of Louis XIV. WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man -- one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill. You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today. Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one. Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

 

You’ve seen the look in historical dramas. You laughed at the foppish dandies that appear on Masterpiece Theater. In grade school you sneered at pictures of King George with his powdered wig, adjusting it ever so slightly while drinking a cup of tea with his pinky finger extended, wondering how he further extort colonists with new taxes.

You didn’t know that we call important people “bigwig” due to the aristocracy tradition of fancy wigs.

But where does the powdered wig come from? Why was such a peculiar look the sign of nobility in England during the 1500s-1700s?

It all has to do with syphilis, head lice, the shame of male-pattern baldness, and the fashion tastes of Louis XIV.

WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW

This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man — one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill.

You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today.

Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one.

Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

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HFM 154 | German POWs in the U.S. During World War II http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/09/22/hfm-154-german-pows-in-the-u-s-during-world-war-ii/ Wed, 21 Sep 2016 22:10:42 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2580 http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/09/22/hfm-154-german-pows-in-the-u-s-during-world-war-ii/#respond Michael Rank   Did you know that over 400,000 German POWs were settled in the United States during World War II? Did you know that they may have built some of the stone buildings that make up your town square? Or that they were responsible for bringing in America's harvest in the fall of 1945 when most men were still off to war? Learn about this fascinating but understudied part of America's history. Check out this episode of Radiolab to learn more about "Nazi Summer Camp." WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man -- one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill. You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today. Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one. Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

 

Did you know that over 400,000 German POWs were settled in the United States during World War II? Did you know that they may have built some of the stone buildings that make up your town square? Or that they were responsible for bringing in America’s harvest in the fall of 1945 when most men were still off to war?

Learn about this fascinating but understudied part of America’s history.

Check out this episode of Radiolab to learn more about “Nazi Summer Camp.”

WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW

This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man — one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill.

You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today.

Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one.

Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

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HFM 153 | Teddy Roosevelt’s Near-Death Journey Through the Amazon http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/09/22/hfm-153-teddy-roosevelts-near-death-journey-through-the-amazon/ Wed, 21 Sep 2016 22:10:29 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2579 http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/09/22/hfm-153-teddy-roosevelts-near-death-journey-through-the-amazon/#respond Michael Rank   Teddy Roosevelt was not afraid to tempt death. He hiked the Matterhorn during his honeymoon. He arrested outlaws on the Dakota Frontier. He hunted rhinos in Africa. But his most dangerous journey came after his failure in 1912 to retake the presidency as a third-party candidate on the Bull Moose ticket. He choose to shake off the blues in an extremely dangerous journey to South America. Roosevelt did not merely want a repeat of his African safari: a well-provisioned hunt to a foreign land that was little more than an exotic form of sight seeing. Roosevelt wanted to join the ranks of explorers who were pushing the boundaries of scientific knowledge: the arctic explorers discovering the Northwest passage or the African trekkers locating the source of the Nile River. His guide, the Brazilian explorer Col. Candido Rondon, suggested they survey the River of Doubt, an uncharted capillary of the Amazon that ran through treacherous terrain of the rainforest. Many told him the journey would end in his death. Ignoring the warnings of field naturalists with experience in the Amazon, Roosevelt said, “If it is necessary for me to leave my bones in South America, I am quite ready to do so.” Learn in this episode how he almost did. WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man -- one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill. You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today. Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one. Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

 

Teddy Roosevelt was not afraid to tempt death. He hiked the Matterhorn during his honeymoon. He arrested outlaws on the Dakota Frontier. He hunted rhinos in Africa.

But his most dangerous journey came after his failure in 1912 to retake the presidency as a third-party candidate on the Bull Moose ticket. He choose to shake off the blues in an extremely dangerous journey to South America. Roosevelt did not merely want a repeat of his African safari: a well-provisioned hunt to a foreign land that was little more than an exotic form of sight seeing. Roosevelt wanted to join the ranks of explorers who were pushing the boundaries of scientific knowledge: the arctic explorers discovering the Northwest passage or the African trekkers locating the source of the Nile River. His guide, the Brazilian explorer Col. Candido Rondon, suggested they survey the River of Doubt, an uncharted capillary of the Amazon that ran through treacherous terrain of the rainforest.

Many told him the journey would end in his death. Ignoring the warnings of field naturalists with experience in the Amazon, Roosevelt said, “If it is necessary for me to leave my bones in South America, I am quite ready to do so.”

Learn in this episode how he almost did.

WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW

This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man — one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill.

You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today.

Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one.

Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

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HFM 152 | How Teddy Roosevelt Gave a 90-Minute Speech After Being Shot http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/09/15/hfm-152-how-teddy-roosevelt-gave-a-90-minute-speech-after-being-shot/ Wed, 14 Sep 2016 21:53:54 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2576 http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/09/15/hfm-152-how-teddy-roosevelt-gave-a-90-minute-speech-after-being-shot/#respond Michael Rank   Theodore Roosevelt was hell bent on becoming president in 1912. He ran as a third-party candidate for the Progressive Party, a splinter group of Republicans dissatisfied with William Howard Taft. He was so committed to winning that he gave a 90-minute speech...immediately after being shot in the chest by a would-be assassin. How did he do it without passing out? What did his audience think as he bled out before their eyes? WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man -- one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill. You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today. Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one. Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

 

Theodore Roosevelt was hell bent on becoming president in 1912. He ran as a third-party candidate for the Progressive Party, a splinter group of Republicans dissatisfied with William Howard Taft.

He was so committed to winning that he gave a 90-minute speech…immediately after being shot in the chest by a would-be assassin. How did he do it without passing out? What did his audience think as he bled out before their eyes?

WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW

This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man — one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill.

You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today.

Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one.

Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

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HFM 151 |When Teddy Roosevelt Arrested Three Boat Thieves http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/09/15/hfm-151-when-teddy-roosevelt-arrested-three-boat-thieves/ Wed, 14 Sep 2016 21:49:35 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2574 http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/09/15/hfm-151-when-teddy-roosevelt-arrested-three-boat-thieves/#respond Michael Rank Perhaps no president has as many unbelievable stories about his life than Teddy Roosevelt. He was an amateur boxer. He was the first American politician to learn judo. He summited the Matterhorn during his honeymoon. He joined an expedition to log data about an unchartered river in the Amazon. But perhaps no story matches his pursuit of three boat thieves in the Dakotas in the 1880s. Learn how Roosevelt travelled 300 miles in the bitter cold to arrest three thieves... all to prove to other ranches that he wasn't a week Easterner who came out to to the frontier to play cowboy. WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man -- one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill. You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today. Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one. Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

Perhaps no president has as many unbelievable stories about his life than Teddy Roosevelt. He was an amateur boxer. He was the first American politician to learn judo. He summited the Matterhorn during his honeymoon. He joined an expedition to log data about an unchartered river in the Amazon.

But perhaps no story matches his pursuit of three boat thieves in the Dakotas in the 1880s. Learn how Roosevelt travelled 300 miles in the bitter cold to arrest three thieves… all to prove to other ranches that he wasn’t a week Easterner who came out to to the frontier to play cowboy.

WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW

This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man — one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill.

You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today.

Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one.

Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

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http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/09/15/hfm-151-when-teddy-roosevelt-arrested-three-boat-thieves/feed/ 0 Perhaps no president has as many unbelievable stories about his life than Teddy Roosevelt. He was an amateur boxer. He was the first American politician to learn judo. He summited the Matterhorn during his honeymoon. Perhaps no president has as many unbelievable stories about his life than Teddy Roosevelt. He was an amateur boxer. He was the first American politician to learn judo. He summited the Matterhorn during his honeymoon. He joined an expedition to log data about an unchartered river in the Amazon. But perhaps no story matches his pursuit […] Michael Rank: Historian, Writer, and Podcaster 12:11
HFM 150 | The Story of the Donner Party http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/09/07/hfm-150-the-story-of-the-donner-party/ Wed, 07 Sep 2016 18:31:36 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2556 http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/09/07/hfm-150-the-story-of-the-donner-party/#respond Michael Rank Gather around the campfire, children, and learn about the most ghoulish story from America's pioneer days. What really happened to the party led by George Donner and his brother Jacob when they set out for California in 1846? When the party was trapped in feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, how long did they hold out before devouring the dead? Was anyone killed for their flesh? Listen to this episode and learn why you should never travel on an untested mountain pass late in the travel season. WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man -- one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill. You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today. Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one. Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

Gather around the campfire, children, and learn about the most ghoulish story from America’s pioneer days. What really happened to the party led by George Donner and his brother Jacob when they set out for California in 1846? When the party was trapped in feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, how long did they hold out before devouring the dead? Was anyone killed for their flesh?

Listen to this episode and learn why you should never travel on an untested mountain pass late in the travel season.

WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW

This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man — one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill.

You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today.

Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one.

Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

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http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/09/07/hfm-150-the-story-of-the-donner-party/feed/ 0 Gather around the campfire, children, and learn about the most ghoulish story from America’s pioneer days. What really happened to the party led by George Donner and his brother Jacob when they set out for California in 1846? Gather around the campfire, children, and learn about the most ghoulish story from America’s pioneer days. What really happened to the party led by George Donner and his brother Jacob when they set out for California in 1846? When the party was trapped in feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, how long did […] Michael Rank: Historian, Writer, and Podcaster 11:30
HFM 149 | Cannibalism During the Crusades http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/08/29/hfm-149-cannibalism-during-the-crusades/ Mon, 29 Aug 2016 16:06:45 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2553 http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/08/29/hfm-149-cannibalism-during-the-crusades/#respond Michael Rank   References to acts of cannibalism are sprinkled throughout many religious and historical documents, such as the reports that cooked human flesh was being sold in 11th-century English markets. But the world’s first cannibal incident reported by multiple, independent, first-hand accounts took place during the Crusades by European soldiers. These first-hand stories agree that in 1098, after a successful siege and capture of the Syrian city Ma’arra. Some accounts say that soldiers ate the flesh of dead Muslims at the point of complete starvation, and even then they sliced off tiny parts of flesh. Other accounts claim to boil adults alive in cooking pots. Which account is correct and why such a wide discrepancy. Furthermore, how do we understand this story in the context of the Crusades, which the chroniclers normally cover with heavy layers of chivalry and bravery. Lastly, what do Muslims themselves think of this particularly gruesome story? WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man -- one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill. You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today. Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one. Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

 

References to acts of cannibalism are sprinkled throughout many religious and historical documents, such as the reports that cooked human flesh was being sold in 11th-century English markets. But the world’s first cannibal incident reported by multiple, independent, first-hand accounts took place during the Crusades by European soldiers. These first-hand stories agree that in 1098, after a successful siege and capture of the Syrian city Ma’arra.

Some accounts say that soldiers ate the flesh of dead Muslims at the point of complete starvation, and even then they sliced off tiny parts of flesh. Other accounts claim to boil adults alive in cooking pots.

Which account is correct and why such a wide discrepancy. Furthermore, how do we understand this story in the context of the Crusades, which the chroniclers normally cover with heavy layers of chivalry and bravery. Lastly, what do Muslims themselves think of this particularly gruesome story?

WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW

This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man — one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill.

You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today.

Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one.

Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

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http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/08/29/hfm-149-cannibalism-during-the-crusades/feed/ 0   References to acts of cannibalism are sprinkled throughout many religious and historical documents, such as the reports that cooked human flesh was being sold in 11th-century English markets. But the world’s first cannibal incident reported by multip...   References to acts of cannibalism are sprinkled throughout many religious and historical documents, such as the reports that cooked human flesh was being sold in 11th-century English markets. But the world’s first cannibal incident reported by multiple, independent, first-hand accounts took place during the Crusades by European soldiers. These first-hand stories agree that in 1098, […] Michael Rank: Historian, Writer, and Podcaster 12:38
HFM 148 | Cannibalism in History http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/08/22/hfm-148-cannibalism-in-history/ Mon, 22 Aug 2016 16:31:00 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2551 http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/08/22/hfm-148-cannibalism-in-history/#respond Michael Rank   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. WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man -- one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill. You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today. Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one. Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

 

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.

WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW

This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man — one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill.

You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today.

Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one.

Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

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http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/08/22/hfm-148-cannibalism-in-history/feed/ 0   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 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 […] Michael Rank: Historian, Writer, and Podcaster 11:23
HFM 147 | The Real Story of the Scopes Monkey Trial http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/08/15/hfm-147-the-real-story-of-the-scopes-monkey-trial/ Mon, 15 Aug 2016 07:02:49 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2539 http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/08/15/hfm-147-the-real-story-of-the-scopes-monkey-trial/#respond Michael Rank   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. WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man -- one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill. You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today. Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one. Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

 

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.

WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW

This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man — one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill.

You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today.

Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one.

Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

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HFM 146 | Did Anyone Actually Wear Chastity Belts? http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/08/08/hfm-146-did-anyone-actually-wear-chastity-belts/ Mon, 08 Aug 2016 07:02:46 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2538 http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/08/08/hfm-146-did-anyone-actually-wear-chastity-belts/#respond Michael Rank   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? WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man -- one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill. You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today. Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one. Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

 

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?

WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW

This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man — one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill.

You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today.

Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one.

Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

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HFM 145 | George Washington Was Really the 9th President of the United States? http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/08/01/hfm-145-george-washington-was-really-the-9th-president-of-the-united-states/ Mon, 01 Aug 2016 07:02:44 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2537 http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/08/01/hfm-145-george-washington-was-really-the-9th-president-of-the-united-states/#respond Michael Rank   "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. WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man -- one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill. You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today. Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one. Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

 

“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.

WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW

This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man — one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill.

You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today.

Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one.

Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

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HFM 144 | Columbus Wasn’t As Wonderful – Or As Terrible – As You’ve Heard http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/07/25/hfm-144-columbus-wasnt-as-wonderful-or-as-terrible-as-youve-heard/ Mon, 25 Jul 2016 07:02:43 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2536 http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/07/25/hfm-144-columbus-wasnt-as-wonderful-or-as-terrible-as-youve-heard/#respond Michael Rank   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. WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man -- one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill. You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today. Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one. Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

 

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.

WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW

This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man — one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill.

You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today.

Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one.

Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

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HFM 143 | Why The Fall of Rome is Centuries Later Than You Think http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/07/18/hfm-143-why-the-fall-of-rome-is-centuries-later-than-you-think/ Mon, 18 Jul 2016 07:02:41 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2535 http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/07/18/hfm-143-why-the-fall-of-rome-is-centuries-later-than-you-think/#respond Michael Rank   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. WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man -- one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill. You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today. Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one. Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

 

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.

WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW

This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man — one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill.

You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today.

Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one.

Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

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HFM 142 | The Enormously Misunderstood Heresy Trial of Galileo http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/07/11/hfm-142-the-enormously-misunderstood-heresy-trial-of-galileo/ Mon, 11 Jul 2016 07:02:39 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2534 http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/07/11/hfm-142-the-enormously-misunderstood-heresy-trial-of-galileo/#respond Michael Rank   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. WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man -- one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill. You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today. Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one. Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

 

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.

WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW

This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man — one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill.

You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today.

Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one.

Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

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http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/07/11/hfm-142-the-enormously-misunderstood-heresy-trial-of-galileo/feed/ 0   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,   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. WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE […] Michael Rank: Historian, Writer, and Podcaster 12:09
HFM 141 | Why Does the US Celebrate the 4th of July the Way It Does? http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/07/04/hfm-141-why-does-the-us-celebrate-the-4th-of-july-the-way-it-does/ Mon, 04 Jul 2016 07:49:26 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2547 http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/07/04/hfm-141-why-does-the-us-celebrate-the-4th-of-july-the-way-it-does/#respond Michael Rank   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. LEARN HOW TO GET THE PERFECT SHAVE This episode is brought to you by Harry’s. They are one of my favorite companies. Harry’s produces shaving products.“I’ve used their products and say that it’s the best shave I’ve had in a long time, and I’m a guy who has his own straight razor that he sharpens with his own strop. But they sell everything online, making their premium products as cheap as a plastic Bics razor. Plus, shipping to the U.S. is free for all Harry’s shave sets. Harry’s will give you $5 off your first purchase with promo code harrys.com/h5m Harry’s starter set (called the Truman) is a great option for new customers and an amazing deal. For just $15 dollars you get a razor handle, moisturizing shave cream, and 3 of Harry’s 5-blade German-engineered razors.

 

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.

LEARN HOW TO GET THE PERFECT SHAVE

This episode is brought to you by Harry’s. They are one of my favorite companies. Harry’s produces shaving products.“I’ve used their products and say that it’s the best shave I’ve had in a long time, and I’m a guy who has his own straight razor that he sharpens with his own strop. But they sell everything online, making their premium products as cheap as a plastic Bics razor. Plus, shipping to the U.S. is free for all Harry’s shave sets.

Harry’s will give you $5 off your first purchase with promo code harrys.com/h5m

Harry’s starter set (called the Truman) is a great option for new customers and an amazing deal. For just $15 dollars you get a razor handle, moisturizing shave cream, and 3 of Harry’s 5-blade German-engineered razors.

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http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/07/04/hfm-141-why-does-the-us-celebrate-the-4th-of-july-the-way-it-does/feed/ 0   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 R...   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 […] Michael Rank: Historian, Writer, and Podcaster 9:12
HFM 140 | Why We Have Gutenberg All Wrong http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/06/27/hfm-140-why-we-have-gutenberg-all-wrong/ Mon, 27 Jun 2016 07:12:52 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2533 http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/06/27/hfm-140-why-we-have-gutenberg-all-wrong/#respond Michael Rank 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. Learn more in this episode. WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man -- one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill. You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today. Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one. Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

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.

Learn more in this episode.

WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW

This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man — one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill.

You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today.

Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one.

Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

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http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/06/27/hfm-140-why-we-have-gutenberg-all-wrong/feed/ 0 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. 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 […] Michael Rank: Historian, Writer, and Podcaster 7:06
HFM 139 | James Holman: The Blind Traveller http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/06/06/hfm-139-james-holman-the-blind-traveller/ Mon, 06 Jun 2016 07:43:36 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2530 http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/06/06/hfm-139-james-holman-the-blind-traveller/#respond Michael Rank 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. WANT TO GET DAD THE PERFECT FATHER'S DAY GIFT? READ BELOW This episode is brought to you by Harry's. They are one of my favorite companies. Harry’s produces shaving products.“I’ve used their products and say that it’s the best shave I’ve had in a long time, and I’m a guy who has his own straight razor that he sharpens with his own strop. But they sell everything online, making their premium products as cheap as a plastic Bics razor. Plus, shipping to the U.S. is free for all Harry’s shave sets. Harry’s will give you $5 off your first purchase with promo code harrys.com/h5m The limited edition Father’s Day Shave Set includes a matte-black razor handle, a chrome razor stand, Harry’s moisturizing foaming shave gel, 3 of Harry’s hand-crafted blade cartridges, and a travel cover, all for $40. Plus, it comes in a sleek giftable box with the option to add custom engraving and a personalized card. Go to Harrys.com right now to redeem a special offer. Harry’s will give you $5 off your first purchase with promo code harrys.com/h5m.  Don’t wait! Economy shipping for Father’s Day ends on Thursday, June 9th, so act now.

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.

WANT TO GET DAD THE PERFECT FATHER’S DAY GIFT? READ BELOW

This episode is brought to you by Harry’s. They are one of my favorite companies. Harry’s produces shaving products.“I’ve used their products and say that it’s the best shave I’ve had in a long time, and I’m a guy who has his own straight razor that he sharpens with his own strop. But they sell everything online, making their premium products as cheap as a plastic Bics razor. Plus, shipping to the U.S. is free for all Harry’s shave sets.

Harry’s will give you $5 off your first purchase with promo code harrys.com/h5m

The limited edition Father’s Day Shave Set includes a matte-black razor handle, a chrome razor stand, Harry’s moisturizing foaming shave gel, 3 of Harry’s hand-crafted blade cartridges, and a travel cover, all for $40. Plus, it comes in a sleek giftable box with the option to add custom engraving and a personalized card.

Go to Harrys.com right now to redeem a special offer. Harry’s will give you $5 off your first purchase with promo code harrys.com/h5m.  Don’t wait! Economy shipping for Father’s Day ends on Thursday, June 9th, so act now.

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http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/06/06/hfm-139-james-holman-the-blind-traveller/feed/ 0 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, 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 […] Michael Rank: Historian, Writer, and Podcaster 8:46
HFM 138 | Leaders in Times of Crisis, Part 8 – Winston Churchill (1874-1965) http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/03/28/hfm-138-leaders-in-times-of-crisis-part-8-winston-churchill-1874-1965/ Mon, 28 Mar 2016 08:56:39 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2507 http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/03/28/hfm-138-leaders-in-times-of-crisis-part-8-winston-churchill-1874-1965/#respond Michael Rank   Britain's World War II leader is considered as the gold standard of confident leadership. He gave Britain strength during the darkest moments of the war through his unflagging determination to survive and prove to the world of his nation's unshakeable courage. He was not born that way. Churchill had a disappointing career as an author, journalist, politician and statesman. He suffered adversity and failure throughout a life. As a child he was scorned by teachers for hyperactivity. As a soldier he was considered a medal hound. As a politician he was chided for being an opportunist. Beyond that he suffered from depression. How did he become Britain's beacon of light? Listen to this podcast to learn more. WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man -- one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill. You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today. Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one. Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

 

Britain’s World War II leader is considered as the gold standard of confident leadership. He gave Britain strength during the darkest moments of the war through his unflagging determination to survive and prove to the world of his nation’s unshakeable courage.

He was not born that way. Churchill had a disappointing career as an author, journalist, politician and statesman. He suffered adversity and failure throughout a life. As a child he was scorned by teachers for hyperactivity. As a soldier he was considered a medal hound. As a politician he was chided for being an opportunist. Beyond that he suffered from depression.

How did he become Britain’s beacon of light? Listen to this podcast to learn more.

WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW

This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man — one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill.

You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today.

Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one.

Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

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http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/03/28/hfm-138-leaders-in-times-of-crisis-part-8-winston-churchill-1874-1965/feed/ 0   Britain’s World War II leader is considered as the gold standard of confident leadership. He gave Britain strength during the darkest moments of the war through his unflagging determination to survive and prove to the world of his nation’s unshakeabl...   Britain’s World War II leader is considered as the gold standard of confident leadership. He gave Britain strength during the darkest moments of the war through his unflagging determination to survive and prove to the world of his nation’s unshakeable courage. He was not born that way. Churchill had a disappointing career as an author, journalist, […] Michael Rank: Historian, Writer, and Podcaster 13:21
HFM 137 | Leaders in Times of Crisis, Part 7 – Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (1881-1938) http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/03/21/hfm-137-leaders-in-times-of-crisis-part-7-mustafa-kemal-ataturk-1881-1938/ Mon, 21 Mar 2016 07:44:29 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2505 http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/03/21/hfm-137-leaders-in-times-of-crisis-part-7-mustafa-kemal-ataturk-1881-1938/#respond Michael Rank   Mustafa Kemal Ataturk -- the victor at the Battle of Gallipoli, Turkey's first president, and a reformer so zealous that he replaced six centuries of Ottoman Islamic legal and cultural custom with Western practices in the space of 15 years -- lost his father at the age of 7, was neglected by his family, and lacked most formal education. Learn how he overcame these challenges to become the beloved national hero of millions of Turkish citizens. WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man -- one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill. You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today. Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one. Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

 

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk — the victor at the Battle of Gallipoli, Turkey’s first president, and a reformer so zealous that he replaced six centuries of Ottoman Islamic legal and cultural custom with Western practices in the space of 15 years — lost his father at the age of 7, was neglected by his family, and lacked most formal education.

Learn how he overcame these challenges to become the beloved national hero of millions of Turkish citizens.

WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW

This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man — one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill.

You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today.

Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one.

Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

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http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/03/21/hfm-137-leaders-in-times-of-crisis-part-7-mustafa-kemal-ataturk-1881-1938/feed/ 0   Mustafa Kemal Ataturk — the victor at the Battle of Gallipoli, Turkey’s first president, and a reformer so zealous that he replaced six centuries of Ottoman Islamic legal and cultural custom with Western practices in the space of 15 years — lost his ...   Mustafa Kemal Ataturk — the victor at the Battle of Gallipoli, Turkey’s first president, and a reformer so zealous that he replaced six centuries of Ottoman Islamic legal and cultural custom with Western practices in the space of 15 years — lost his father at the age of 7, was neglected by his family, […] Michael Rank: Historian, Writer, and Podcaster 15:14
HFM 136 | Leaders in Times of Crisis, Part 6 – Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/03/14/hfm-136-leaders-in-times-of-crisis-part-6-abraham-lincoln-1809-1865/ Mon, 14 Mar 2016 08:31:34 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2502 http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/03/14/hfm-136-leaders-in-times-of-crisis-part-6-abraham-lincoln-1809-1865/#respond Michael Rank   Recognized by most historians and much of the public as one of our country’s greatest presidents, Abraham Lincoln is known for his impressive accomplishments, including preserving the union during the Civil War and signing The Emancipation Proclamation. But he is less known for his ability to overcome a significant obstacle in his life—clinical depression. He also failed at every upward step in his career - losing multiple elections, denounced by his opponents, and described by his colleagues as suicidal. But it is because of these failures that he became such a towering figure, not in spite of them. Learn more about the trials and tribulations of Abraham Lincoln in this podcast episode. WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man -- one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill. You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today. Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one. Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

 

Recognized by most historians and much of the public as one of our country’s greatest presidents, Abraham Lincoln is known for his impressive accomplishments, including preserving the union during the Civil War and signing The Emancipation Proclamation. But he is less known for his ability to overcome a significant obstacle in his life—clinical depression.

He also failed at every upward step in his career – losing multiple elections, denounced by his opponents, and described by his colleagues as suicidal.

But it is because of these failures that he became such a towering figure, not in spite of them. Learn more about the trials and tribulations of Abraham Lincoln in this podcast episode.

WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW

This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man — one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill.

You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today.

Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one.

Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

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http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/03/14/hfm-136-leaders-in-times-of-crisis-part-6-abraham-lincoln-1809-1865/feed/ 0   Recognized by most historians and much of the public as one of our country’s greatest presidents, Abraham Lincoln is known for his impressive accomplishments, including preserving the union during the Civil War and signing The Emancipation Proclamati...   Recognized by most historians and much of the public as one of our country’s greatest presidents, Abraham Lincoln is known for his impressive accomplishments, including preserving the union during the Civil War and signing The Emancipation Proclamation. But he is less known for his ability to overcome a significant obstacle in his life—clinical depression. He […] Michael Rank: Historian, Writer, and Podcaster 13:30
HFM 134 | Leaders in Times of Crisis, Part 5 – Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/03/07/hfm-134-leaders-in-times-of-crisis-part-5-andrew-jackson-1767-1845/ Mon, 07 Mar 2016 05:53:25 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2499 http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/03/07/hfm-134-leaders-in-times-of-crisis-part-5-andrew-jackson-1767-1845/#respond Michael Rank   Perhaps nobody transformed American politics in the first half of the 1800s more than Andrew Jackson. He spoke on behalf of common people, settlers, and farmers instead of earlier presidents who represented the East Coast establishment. Jackson broke open opportunities for non-elite Americans in political life. Jackson was born on the frontier between North and South Carolina. The son of Irish immigrants, he had little formal schooling and taught himself law in his late teens and earned entry to the North Carolina bar in 1787. Jackson became a lawyer, then a militia officer, then a U.S. Representative, then a contested White House candidate. In each of his careers Jackson fought as tenaciously as if he were on the frontier in a shoot-out with a band of mountain brigands. When he won the presidency, Jackson brought the same tenacity to the White House. Learn more about the incredible difficulties Jackson overcame in this podcast episode. WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man -- one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill. You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today. Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one. Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

 

Perhaps nobody transformed American politics in the first half of the 1800s more than Andrew Jackson. He spoke on behalf of common people, settlers, and farmers instead of earlier presidents who represented the East Coast establishment. Jackson broke open opportunities for non-elite Americans in political life.

Jackson was born on the frontier between North and South Carolina. The son of Irish immigrants, he had little formal schooling and taught himself law in his late teens and earned entry to the North Carolina bar in 1787. Jackson became a lawyer, then a militia officer, then a U.S. Representative, then a contested White House candidate. In each of his careers Jackson fought as tenaciously as if he were on the frontier in a shoot-out with a band of mountain brigands. When he won the presidency, Jackson brought the same tenacity to the White House.

Learn more about the incredible difficulties Jackson overcame in this podcast episode.

WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW

This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man — one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill.

You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today.

Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one.

Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

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http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/03/07/hfm-134-leaders-in-times-of-crisis-part-5-andrew-jackson-1767-1845/feed/ 0   Perhaps nobody transformed American politics in the first half of the 1800s more than Andrew Jackson. He spoke on behalf of common people, settlers, and farmers instead of earlier presidents who represented the East Coast establishment.   Perhaps nobody transformed American politics in the first half of the 1800s more than Andrew Jackson. He spoke on behalf of common people, settlers, and farmers instead of earlier presidents who represented the East Coast establishment. Jackson broke open opportunities for non-elite Americans in political life. Jackson was born on the frontier between North […] Michael Rank: Historian, Writer, and Podcaster 13:32
HFM 133 | Leaders in Times of Crisis, Part 4 – Peter the Great (1672-1725) http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/02/29/hfm-133-leaders-in-times-of-crisis-part-4-peter-the-great-1672-1725/ Mon, 29 Feb 2016 10:28:37 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2496 http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/02/29/hfm-133-leaders-in-times-of-crisis-part-4-peter-the-great-1672-1725/#respond Michael Rank   No institution went untouched by Peter the Great. In the early 1700s he took the Russian Empire -- considered by Europeans to be a backward Asiatic monster stuck in the Middle Ages -- and forced it into the modern era. He accomplished despite being the unwanted 14th child of his father, exiled as a boy. Things became no easier when he ascended the throne. Everyone opposed his reforms, included his boyars, state ministers, religious clergy, and peasants. How did he stand against his own people and win? Find out in this episode. WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man -- one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill. You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today. Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one. Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

 

No institution went untouched by Peter the Great. In the early 1700s he took the Russian Empire — considered by Europeans to be a backward Asiatic monster stuck in the Middle Ages — and forced it into the modern era. He accomplished despite being the unwanted 14th child of his father, exiled as a boy.

Things became no easier when he ascended the throne. Everyone opposed his reforms, included his boyars, state ministers, religious clergy, and peasants. How did he stand against his own people and win? Find out in this episode.

WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW

This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man — one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill.

You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today.

Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one.

Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

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http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/02/29/hfm-133-leaders-in-times-of-crisis-part-4-peter-the-great-1672-1725/feed/ 0   No institution went untouched by Peter the Great. In the early 1700s he took the Russian Empire — considered by Europeans to be a backward Asiatic monster stuck in the Middle Ages — and forced it into the modern era.   No institution went untouched by Peter the Great. In the early 1700s he took the Russian Empire — considered by Europeans to be a backward Asiatic monster stuck in the Middle Ages — and forced it into the modern era. He accomplished despite being the unwanted 14th child of his father, exiled as a […] Michael Rank: Historian, Writer, and Podcaster 13:51
HFM 132 | Leaders in Times of Crisis, Part 3 – Genghis Khan (1162-1227) http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/02/22/hfm-132-leaders-in-times-of-crisis-part-3-genghis-khan-1162-1227/ Mon, 22 Feb 2016 07:11:59 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2494 http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/02/22/hfm-132-leaders-in-times-of-crisis-part-3-genghis-khan-1162-1227/#respond Michael Rank   "Do not scorn a weak cub; he may become a brutal tiger.” -- Mongolian proverb. Genghis Khan is the greatest conqueror in history. His descendants triggered 40 million deaths. His conquest covered 22 percent of the earth. But his origins are incredibly humble. His father was killed and the family left to die in the harsh Mongolian winter. Genghis claimed his father's position as chieftain of the tribe, but the tribe rejected him and his family, leaving them isolated and without protection. For the next several years, he lived in abject poverty, surviving on wild fruits, ox carcasses, and marmots.  Temperatures in the winter plummeted to minus 20 degrees. To make things worse, he was then captured and enslaved by his father's former allies In this episode, learn how he overcame adversity to become the greatest conqueror in history. WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man -- one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill. You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today. Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one. Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.  

“Do not scorn a weak cub; he may become a brutal tiger.

— Mongolian proverb.

Genghis Khan is the greatest conqueror in history. His descendants triggered 40 million deaths. His conquest covered 22 percent of the earth.

But his origins are incredibly humble.

His father was killed and the family left to die in the harsh Mongolian winter. Genghis claimed his father’s position as chieftain of the tribe, but the tribe rejected him and his family, leaving them isolated and without protection. For the next several years, he lived in abject poverty, surviving on wild fruits, ox carcasses, and marmots.  Temperatures in the winter plummeted to minus 20 degrees. To make things worse, he was then captured and enslaved by his father’s former allies

In this episode, learn how he overcame adversity to become the greatest conqueror in history.

WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW

This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man — one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill.

You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today.

Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one.

Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

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http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/02/22/hfm-132-leaders-in-times-of-crisis-part-3-genghis-khan-1162-1227/feed/ 0   “Do not scorn a weak cub; he may become a brutal tiger.” — Mongolian proverb. Genghis Khan is the greatest conqueror in history. His descendants triggered 40 million deaths. His conquest covered 22 percent of the earth.   “Do not scorn a weak cub; he may become a brutal tiger.” — Mongolian proverb. Genghis Khan is the greatest conqueror in history. His descendants triggered 40 million deaths. His conquest covered 22 percent of the earth. But his origins are incredibly humble. His father was killed and the family left to die in […] Michael Rank: Historian, Writer, and Podcaster 12:47
HFM 131 | Leaders in Times of Crisis, Part 2 – William the Conqueror (1028-1087) http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/02/15/hfm-131-leaders-in-times-of-crisis-part-2-william-the-conqueror-1028-1087/ Mon, 15 Feb 2016 07:38:12 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2490 http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/02/15/hfm-131-leaders-in-times-of-crisis-part-2-william-the-conqueror-1028-1087/#respond Michael Rank   William of Normandy, also known as William the Conqueror, had to overcome challenges not faced by most royalty. We know this because his other moniker was William the Bastard. He was born in 1028 to Robert I, the sixth Duke of Normandy. His mother was Herleva the humble daughter of a Tanner. They were unmarried, hence William's sobriquet. Despite this humble upbringing he became a formidable Norman ruler and one of England's most influential kings. Here's my question when I researched the life of William. He was a bastard offspring. In some contexts this would disqualify one from receiving his father's office, especially a Duke. But it didn't appear to be a problem for William. How did the illegitimate offspring of a tanner's daughter become king of England? Find out in this podcast episode. WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man -- one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill. You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today. Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one. Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

 

William of Normandy, also known as William the Conqueror, had to overcome challenges not faced by most royalty. We know this because his other moniker was William the Bastard. He was born in 1028 to Robert I, the sixth Duke of Normandy. His mother was Herleva the humble daughter of a Tanner. They were unmarried, hence William’s sobriquet. Despite this humble upbringing he became a formidable Norman ruler and one of England’s most influential kings.

Here’s my question when I researched the life of William. He was a bastard offspring. In some contexts this would disqualify one from receiving his father’s office, especially a Duke. But it didn’t appear to be a problem for William. How did the illegitimate offspring of a tanner’s daughter become king of England? Find out in this podcast episode.

WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW

This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man — one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill.

You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today.

Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one.

Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

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HFM 130 | Leaders in Times of Crisis, Part 1 – Empress Theodora (500-548) http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/02/08/hfm-130-leaders-in-times-of-crisis-part-1-empress-theodora-500-548/ Mon, 08 Feb 2016 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2485 http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/02/08/hfm-130-leaders-in-times-of-crisis-part-1-empress-theodora-500-548/#respond Michael Rank We are launching a new series, looking at leaders in history who overcame significant adversity. History has demonstrated time and again that effective leaders emerge in times of great stress, change and uncertainty. The first person in this series is Empress Theodora, the co-ruler of the Byzantine Empire at the height of its power in the 6th century. Learn how she rose from prostitute to mistress of a provincial governor to the co-ruler of Byzantine Empire, the defacto world's most powerful woman. She stopped the Nika Revolts, kept Constantinople from falling to mob rule, commissioned dozens of churches and monasteries, and open up charitable institutions across the Eastern Mediterranean. WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man -- one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill. You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today. Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one. Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

We are launching a new series, looking at leaders in history who overcame significant adversity. History has demonstrated time and again that effective leaders emerge in times of great stress, change and uncertainty. The first person in this series is Empress Theodora, the co-ruler of the Byzantine Empire at the height of its power in the 6th century.

Learn how she rose from prostitute to mistress of a provincial governor to the co-ruler of Byzantine Empire, the defacto world’s most powerful woman. She stopped the Nika Revolts, kept Constantinople from falling to mob rule, commissioned dozens of churches and monasteries, and open up charitable institutions across the Eastern Mediterranean.

WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW

This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man — one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill.

You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today.

Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one.

Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

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http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/02/08/hfm-130-leaders-in-times-of-crisis-part-1-empress-theodora-500-548/feed/ 0 We are launching a new series, looking at leaders in history who overcame significant adversity. History has demonstrated time and again that effective leaders emerge in times of great stress, change and uncertainty. We are launching a new series, looking at leaders in history who overcame significant adversity. History has demonstrated time and again that effective leaders emerge in times of great stress, change and uncertainty. The first person in this series is Empress Theodora, the co-ruler of the Byzantine Empire at the height of its power in the 6th […] Michael Rank: Historian, Writer, and Podcaster 11:10
HFM 129 | The Step-by-Step Guide to Building a 13th-Century French Castle http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/11/16/hfm-129-the-step-by-step-guide-to-building-a-13th-century-french-castle/ Mon, 16 Nov 2015 09:32:39 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2480 http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/11/16/hfm-129-the-step-by-step-guide-to-building-a-13th-century-french-castle/#respond Michael Rank   In a remote forest clearing in Burgundy, France, a 13th-century castle is slowly being constructed using only the tools, techniques, and materials that would have been available to the builders of the day. It's archaeology in reverse. What started out as an eccentric pipe dream is now an established enterprise, drawing in tens of thousands of visitors from around Europe every year. Learn what it took to build a castle in 13th-century France in this podcast episode. If you want to learn first-hand, go to Burgundy and check it out! This podcast is brought to you by Harry's. Harry's is an awesome and wonderfully disruptive razor company. It was started by two guys who wanted to create the most debonair shaving experience possible but at the best price. They bough a blade factory in German that has crafted some of the world's highest quality blades for nearly a century. They cut out the middle man and offer an amazing shave and meticulous craftsmanship at less than half the price of a pack of Gillettes. I can personally vouch that using it is amazing. When using it, I feel like I am about to put on a tux and go gambling in Monte Carlo. Go to harrys.com, where you can get a starter set for only $15. That includes the razor, 3 blades and your choice of Harry's shave cream or foam shaving gel. If you use my coupon code h5m, you will get another $5 off. That's a month of a premium shave experience for $10, thanks to their free shipping policy. Like this podcast? Click here to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes

 

In a remote forest clearing in Burgundy, France, a 13th-century castle is slowly being constructed using only the tools, techniques, and materials that would have been available to the builders of the day. It’s archaeology in reverse.

What started out as an eccentric pipe dream is now an established enterprise, drawing in tens of thousands of visitors from around Europe every year.

Learn what it took to build a castle in 13th-century France in this podcast episode. If you want to learn first-hand, go to Burgundy and check it out!

This podcast is brought to you by Harry’s. Harry’s is an awesome and wonderfully disruptive razor company. It was started by two guys who wanted to create the most debonair shaving experience possible but at the best price. They bough a blade factory in German that has crafted some of the world’s highest quality blades for nearly a century. They cut out the middle man and offer an amazing shave and meticulous craftsmanship at less than half the price of a pack of Gillettes.

I can personally vouch that using it is amazing. When using it, I feel like I am about to put on a tux and go gambling in Monte Carlo. Go to harrys.com, where you can get a starter set for only $15. That includes the razor, 3 blades and your choice of Harry’s shave cream or foam shaving gel. If you use my coupon code h5m, you will get another $5 off. That’s a month of a premium shave experience for $10, thanks to their free shipping policy.

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HFM 128 | Europeans in the Far East Before Marco Polo http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/11/02/hfm-128-europeans-in-the-far-east-before-marco-polo/ Mon, 02 Nov 2015 11:15:17 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2478 http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/11/02/hfm-128-europeans-in-the-far-east-before-marco-polo/#respond Michael Rank   Marco Polo is the most famous European explorer to the Far East, but he definitely wasn't the first. His father and uncle came there years before. And they found a small colony of Europeans who lived permanently in China. Perhaps the most famous pre-Polo European in the Far East is William of Rubruck. This plucky monk did his best to convert the Great Khan to Christianity. He made his effort by debating Muslims and Buddhists as to which religion was the true one. See how that turns out in this week's episode. This podcast is brought to you by Harry's. Harry's is an awesome and wonderfully disruptive razor company. It was started by two guys who wanted to create the most debonair shaving experience possible but at the best price. They bough a blade factory in German that has crafted some of the world's highest quality blades for nearly a century. They cut out the middle man and offer an amazing shave and meticulous craftsmanship at less than half the price of a pack of Gillettes. I can personally vouch that using it is amazing. When using it, I feel like I am about to put on a tux and go gambling in Monte Carlo. Go to harrys.com, where you can get a starter set for only $15. That includes the razor, 3 blades and your choice of Harry's shave cream or foam shaving gel. If you use my coupon code h5m, you will get another $5 off. That's a month of a premium shave experience for $10, thanks to their free shipping policy. Like this podcast? Click here to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes

 

Marco Polo is the most famous European explorer to the Far East, but he definitely wasn’t the first. His father and uncle came there years before. And they found a small colony of Europeans who lived permanently in China.

Perhaps the most famous pre-Polo European in the Far East is William of Rubruck. This plucky monk did his best to convert the Great Khan to Christianity. He made his effort by debating Muslims and Buddhists as to which religion was the true one. See how that turns out in this week’s episode.

This podcast is brought to you by Harry’s. Harry’s is an awesome and wonderfully disruptive razor company. It was started by two guys who wanted to create the most debonair shaving experience possible but at the best price. They bough a blade factory in German that has crafted some of the world’s highest quality blades for nearly a century. They cut out the middle man and offer an amazing shave and meticulous craftsmanship at less than half the price of a pack of Gillettes.

I can personally vouch that using it is amazing. When using it, I feel like I am about to put on a tux and go gambling in Monte Carlo. Go to harrys.com, where you can get a starter set for only $15. That includes the razor, 3 blades and your choice of Harry’s shave cream or foam shaving gel. If you use my coupon code h5m, you will get another $5 off. That’s a month of a premium shave experience for $10, thanks to their free shipping policy.

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HFM 127 | Damascus Steel: The Medieval Blade That We Still Can’t Top Today http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/10/26/hfm-127-damascus-steel-the-medieval-blade-that-we-still-cant-top-today/ Mon, 26 Oct 2015 10:00:37 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2476 http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/10/26/hfm-127-damascus-steel-the-medieval-blade-that-we-still-cant-top-today/#respond Michael Rank Damascus swords, which were generally made in the Middle East anywhere from 540 A.D. to 1800 A.D., were sharper, more flexible and harder/stronger than other contemporary blades. According to legend, the blades can cut a piece of silk in half as it falls to the ground and maintain their edge after cleaving through stone, metal, or even other swords. However nobody knew exactly how it had been produced, and the last Damascus Steel had been produced in the early 1800s. How was the technology lost? This podcast is brought to you by Harry's. Harry's is an awesome and wonderfully disruptive razor company. It was started by two guys who wanted to create the most debonair shaving experience possible but at the best price. They bough a blade factory in German that has crafted some of the world's highest quality blades for nearly a century. They cut out the middle man and offer an amazing shave and meticulous craftsmanship at less than half the price of a pack of Gillettes. I can personally vouch that using it is amazing. When using it, I feel like I am about to put on a tux and go gambling in Monte Carlo. Go to harrys.com, where you can get a starter set for only $15. That includes the razor, 3 blades and your choice of Harry's shave cream or foam shaving gel. If you use my coupon code h5m, you will get another $5 off. That's a month of a premium shave experience for $10, thanks to their free shipping policy. Like this podcast? Click here to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes

Damascus swords, which were generally made in the Middle East anywhere from 540 A.D. to 1800 A.D., were sharper, more flexible and harder/stronger than other contemporary blades. According to legend, the blades can cut a piece of silk in half as it falls to the ground and maintain their edge after cleaving through stone, metal, or even other swords.

However nobody knew exactly how it had been produced, and the last Damascus Steel had been produced in the early 1800s. How was the technology lost?

This podcast is brought to you by Harry’s. Harry’s is an awesome and wonderfully disruptive razor company. It was started by two guys who wanted to create the most debonair shaving experience possible but at the best price. They bough a blade factory in German that has crafted some of the world’s highest quality blades for nearly a century. They cut out the middle man and offer an amazing shave and meticulous craftsmanship at less than half the price of a pack of Gillettes.

I can personally vouch that using it is amazing. When using it, I feel like I am about to put on a tux and go gambling in Monte Carlo. Go to harrys.com, where you can get a starter set for only $15. That includes the razor, 3 blades and your choice of Harry’s shave cream or foam shaving gel. If you use my coupon code h5m, you will get another $5 off. That’s a month of a premium shave experience for $10, thanks to their free shipping policy.

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HFM 126 | Useful Skills That People Had in the Middle Ages That We Don’t Today, Part 2: Making Things With Your Hands http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/10/19/hfm-126-useful-skills-that-people-had-in-the-middle-ages-that-we-dont-today-part-2-making-things-with-your-hands/ Mon, 19 Oct 2015 08:00:07 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2468 http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/10/19/hfm-126-useful-skills-that-people-had-in-the-middle-ages-that-we-dont-today-part-2-making-things-with-your-hands/#respond Michael Rank Can you sew your own clothing? That one is easy. What about making your own shoes, butchering an animal, removing its skin, tanning the leather, then rending the fat to make candles? If you can answer 'yes' to all those things, then you are merely average for a medieval peasant. Learn more about what a person could do in the Middle Ages that you likely can't. This podcast is brought to you by Harry's. Harry's is an awesome and wonderfully disruptive razor company. It was started by two guys who wanted to create the most debonair shaving experience possible but at the best price. They bough a blade factory in German that has crafted some of the world's highest quality blades for nearly a century. They cut out the middle man and offer an amazing shave and meticulous craftsmanship at less than half the price of a pack of Gillettes. I can personally vouch that using it is amazing. When using it, I feel like I am about to put on a tux and go gambling in Monte Carlo. Go to harrys.com, where you can get a starter set for only $15. That includes the razor, 3 blades and your choice of Harry's shave cream or foam shaving gel. If you use my coupon code h5m, you will get another $5 off. That's a month of a premium shave experience for $10, thanks to their free shipping policy. Like this podcast? Click here to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes

Can you sew your own clothing? That one is easy. What about making your own shoes, butchering an animal, removing its skin, tanning the leather, then rending the fat to make candles? If you can answer ‘yes’ to all those things, then you are merely average for a medieval peasant.

Learn more about what a person could do in the Middle Ages that you likely can’t.

This podcast is brought to you by Harry’s. Harry’s is an awesome and wonderfully disruptive razor company. It was started by two guys who wanted to create the most debonair shaving experience possible but at the best price. They bough a blade factory in German that has crafted some of the world’s highest quality blades for nearly a century. They cut out the middle man and offer an amazing shave and meticulous craftsmanship at less than half the price of a pack of Gillettes.

I can personally vouch that using it is amazing. When using it, I feel like I am about to put on a tux and go gambling in Monte Carlo. Go to harrys.com, where you can get a starter set for only $15. That includes the razor, 3 blades and your choice of Harry’s shave cream or foam shaving gel. If you use my coupon code h5m, you will get another $5 off. That’s a month of a premium shave experience for $10, thanks to their free shipping policy.

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HFM 125 | Useful Skills That People Had in the Middle Ages That We Don’t Today, Part 1: Ars Memoriae – The Art of Memory http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/10/11/hfm-125-useful-skills-that-people-had-in-the-middle-ages-that-we-dont-today-part-1-ars-memoriae-the-art-of-memory/ Sun, 11 Oct 2015 17:56:09 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2469 http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/10/11/hfm-125-useful-skills-that-people-had-in-the-middle-ages-that-we-dont-today-part-1-ars-memoriae-the-art-of-memory/#respond Michael Rank Think you have a good memory? The average peasant of 1,000 years ago had 10x more memorized than you ever will. Learn more about people trained in the  ars memoriae, who were living databases of information. Like this podcast? Click here to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes memorization

Think you have a good memory? The average peasant of 1,000 years ago had 10x more memorized than you ever will. Learn more about people trained in the  ars memoriae, who were living databases of information.

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HFM 124 | The Origin of “The Finger”: Why Do We Call it The Bird? http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/07/06/hfm-124-the-origin-of-the-finger-why-do-we-call-it-the-bird/ Mon, 06 Jul 2015 04:54:27 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2414 http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/07/06/hfm-124-the-origin-of-the-finger-why-do-we-call-it-the-bird/#respond Michael Rank We've all done it in moments of anger. But why do we use our middle finger to express anger? And why do we call it "the bird." Suggestions range from The Battle of Agincourt in 1415 to Ancient Rome. We find out the history everyone's favorite one-finger salute in this episode. Like this podcast? Click here to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes

We’ve all done it in moments of anger. But why do we use our middle finger to express anger? And why do we call it “the bird.” Suggestions range from The Battle of Agincourt in 1415 to Ancient Rome. We find out the history everyone’s favorite one-finger salute in this episode.

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http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/07/06/hfm-124-the-origin-of-the-finger-why-do-we-call-it-the-bird/feed/ 0 We’ve all done it in moments of anger. But why do we use our middle finger to express anger? And why do we call it “the bird.” Suggestions range from The Battle of Agincourt in 1415 to Ancient Rome. We find out the history everyone’s favorite one-finge... We’ve all done it in moments of anger. But why do we use our middle finger to express anger? And why do we call it “the bird.” Suggestions range from The Battle of Agincourt in 1415 to Ancient Rome. We find out the history everyone’s favorite one-finger salute in this episode. Like this podcast? Click […] Michael Rank: Historian, Writer, and Podcaster
HFM 123 | The Most Productive People in History, Part 6: Elon Musk http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/05/25/hfm-123-the-most-productive-people-in-history-part-6-elon-musk/ Mon, 25 May 2015 06:39:33 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2411 http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/05/25/hfm-123-the-most-productive-people-in-history-part-6-elon-musk/#respond Michael Rank Elon Musk is the inspiration for Tony Stark. The 43-year-old native South African is also CEO of SpaceX, the first private rocket company able to send payloads to the International Space Station. On top of that he is the CEO and chief product architect of Tesla Motors, which has produced a line of electric cars since 2008. Despite the cars running six figures, there is a months-long waiting list. He sells thousands of its Model S sedans per month and claims Tesla will sell a few million cars by 2025. If so, Musk will fulfill the dream of making electric cars a mass-market reality, which other car makers have failed to accomplish for over a century.  Learn how he does what he does in this podcast. Learn more about his life by getting my new book The Most Productive People in History: 18 Extraordinarily Prolific Inventors, Artists, and Entrepreneurs, From Archimedes to Elon Musk by clicking here.  Like this podcast? Click here to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes

Elon Musk is the inspiration for Tony Stark. The 43-year-old native South African is also CEO of SpaceX, the first private rocket company able to send payloads to the International Space Station. On top of that he is the CEO and chief product architect of Tesla Motors, which has produced a line of electric cars since 2008. Despite the cars running six figures, there is a months-long waiting list. He sells thousands of its Model S sedans per month and claims Tesla will sell a few million cars by 2025. If so, Musk will fulfill the dream of making electric cars a mass-market reality, which other car makers have failed to accomplish for over a century. 

Learn how he does what he does in this podcast.

Learn more about his life by getting my new book The Most Productive People in History: 18 Extraordinarily Prolific Inventors, Artists, and Entrepreneurs, From Archimedes to Elon Musk by clicking here. 

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HFM 122 | The Most Productive People in History, Part 5: Thomas Aquinas http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/05/18/hfm-122-the-most-productive-people-in-history-part-5-thomas-aquinas/ Mon, 18 May 2015 06:33:34 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2409 http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/05/18/hfm-122-the-most-productive-people-in-history-part-5-thomas-aquinas/#respond Michael Rank Thomas Aquinas is arguably the greatest theologian in Catholic Church. During his lifetime he wrote over 60 tomes of philosophy and theology, most the size of a scholar's magnum opus. The total word count of his extant writings exceeds 6 million words, perhaps the largest set of complete works created by one man before the invention of the word processor. The pages of these books contain dense concepts – much more so than Isaac Asimov's thoughtful-but-workmanlike prose – packing in enough ideas per paragraph to warrant a three-hour graduate student session. They include exegeses of scripture, theological syntheses (Summas), commentaries on church fathers or Aristotelian philosophy, and polemical works. Philosophy professor Peter Kreeft believes that were it not for the scarcity of parchment and ink, Thomas could have written more than 500 books in his lifetime. How did he do it? By delegation, extraordinary focus, and always keeping his eyes on larger goals. Learn more about his life by getting my new book The Most Productive People in History: 18 Extraordinarily Prolific Inventors, Artists, and Entrepreneurs, From Archimedes to Elon Musk by clicking here.  Like this podcast? Click here to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes

Thomas Aquinas is arguably the greatest theologian in Catholic Church. During his lifetime he wrote over 60 tomes of philosophy and theology, most the size of a scholar’s magnum opus. The total word count of his extant writings exceeds 6 million words, perhaps the largest set of complete works created by one man before the invention of the word processor. The pages of these books contain dense concepts – much more so than Isaac Asimov’s thoughtful-but-workmanlike prose – packing in enough ideas per paragraph to warrant a three-hour graduate student session. They include exegeses of scripture, theological syntheses (Summas), commentaries on church fathers or Aristotelian philosophy, and polemical works. Philosophy professor Peter Kreeft believes that were it not for the scarcity of parchment and ink, Thomas could have written more than 500 books in his lifetime.

How did he do it? By delegation, extraordinary focus, and always keeping his eyes on larger goals.

Learn more about his life by getting my new book The Most Productive People in History: 18 Extraordinarily Prolific Inventors, Artists, and Entrepreneurs, From Archimedes to Elon Musk by clicking here. 

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http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/05/18/hfm-122-the-most-productive-people-in-history-part-5-thomas-aquinas/feed/ 0 Thomas Aquinas is arguably the greatest theologian in Catholic Church. During his lifetime he wrote over 60 tomes of philosophy and theology, most the size of a scholar’s magnum opus. The total word count of his extant writings exceeds 6 million words,... Thomas Aquinas is arguably the greatest theologian in Catholic Church. During his lifetime he wrote over 60 tomes of philosophy and theology, most the size of a scholar’s magnum opus. The total word count of his extant writings exceeds 6 million words, perhaps the largest set of complete works created by one man before the […] Michael Rank: Historian, Writer, and Podcaster 9:41
HFM 121 | The Most Productive People in History, Part 4: Theodore Roosevelt http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/05/07/hfm-121-the-most-productive-people-in-history-part-4-theodore-roosevelt/ Thu, 07 May 2015 09:06:14 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2405 http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/05/07/hfm-121-the-most-productive-people-in-history-part-4-theodore-roosevelt/#respond Michael Rank   Theodore Roosevelt won the presidency twice, was the first American to earn a belt in judo, hunted, wrote numerous books, and read four hours a day even during the busiest moments of his political life. For good measure he also won a Nobel Peace Prize and visited the Panama Canal works, making him the first sitting president to leave the United States. How did he do it all? Learn more in this podcast episode.  Learn more about his life by getting my new book The Most Productive People in History: 18 Extraordinarily Prolific Inventors, Artists, and Entrepreneurs, From Archimedes to Elon Musk by clicking here.  Like this podcast? Click here to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes

 

Theodore Roosevelt won the presidency twice, was the first American to earn a belt in judo, hunted, wrote numerous books, and read four hours a day even during the busiest moments of his political life. For good measure he also won a Nobel Peace Prize and visited the Panama Canal works, making him the first sitting president to leave the United States. How did he do it all? Learn more in this podcast episode. 

Learn more about his life by getting my new book The Most Productive People in History: 18 Extraordinarily Prolific Inventors, Artists, and Entrepreneurs, From Archimedes to Elon Musk by clicking here. 

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http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/05/07/hfm-121-the-most-productive-people-in-history-part-4-theodore-roosevelt/feed/ 0   Theodore Roosevelt won the presidency twice, was the first American to earn a belt in judo, hunted, wrote numerous books, and read four hours a day even during the busiest moments of his political life. For good measure he also won a Nobel Peace Priz...   Theodore Roosevelt won the presidency twice, was the first American to earn a belt in judo, hunted, wrote numerous books, and read four hours a day even during the busiest moments of his political life. For good measure he also won a Nobel Peace Prize and visited the Panama Canal works, making him the […] Michael Rank: Historian, Writer, and Podcaster 8:09
HFM 120 | The Most Productive People in History, Part 3: Leonardo da Vinci http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/05/06/hfm-120-the-most-productive-people-in-history-part-3-leonardo-da-vinci/ Wed, 06 May 2015 07:57:34 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2403 http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/05/06/hfm-120-the-most-productive-people-in-history-part-3-leonardo-da-vinci/#respond Michael Rank Few Renaissance figures have as many legends swirling around their life as Leonardo da Vinci. The myths persist because of the unconventional nature of his life. Leonardo was a painter, architect, sculptor, mathematician, engineer, musician, inventor, anatomist, geologist, botanist, cartographer, military strategist, and writer. Leonardo is the ideal of a multi-accomplished humanist figure, of limitless curiosity and feverish imagination. He employed unusual empirical methods of the time to approach his broad scope of interest. He made discoveries in optics, hydrodynamics, engineering, and anatomy. He conceived of flying machines, armored vehicles, calculators, the double hull, and even concentrated solar power. Few of his designs came to fruition – his flying machine would have crashed into the ground if ever built and tested – but some of his designs were manufactured, such as a machine that tested the tensile strength of wire and an automated bobbin winder. Learn more about his life by getting my new book The Most Productive People in History by clicking here. Like this podcast? Click here to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes

Few Renaissance figures have as many legends swirling around their life as Leonardo da Vinci. The myths persist because of the unconventional nature of his life. Leonardo was a painter, architect, sculptor, mathematician, engineer, musician, inventor, anatomist, geologist, botanist, cartographer, military strategist, and writer. Leonardo is the ideal of a multi-accomplished humanist figure, of limitless curiosity and feverish imagination. He employed unusual empirical methods of the time to approach his broad scope of interest. He made discoveries in optics, hydrodynamics, engineering, and anatomy. He conceived of flying machines, armored vehicles, calculators, the double hull, and even concentrated solar power. Few of his designs came to fruition – his flying machine would have crashed into the ground if ever built and tested – but some of his designs were manufactured, such as a machine that tested the tensile strength of wire and an automated bobbin winder.

Learn more about his life by getting my new book The Most Productive People in History by clicking here.

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Thomas Edison is arguably the most prolific inventor in all of history, with 1,093 patents to his name. At one point Edison promised to turn out a minor invention every 10 days and a big thing every six months or so.

He largely made good on his promise. Edison is responsible for inventing the practical incandescent light bulb, phonograph, motion picture camera, cement making technology, batteries, and the electric power generation system. While Edison purchased and even stole some of these patents, nearly 100 percent of them were tied to commercial success and quickly influenced American technological life.

Did he accomplish this by brilliance, hard work, or stealing the inventions of better scientists like Nikola Tesla? A little bit of all of these.

Learn more about his life by getting my new book The Most Productive People in History by clicking here.

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http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/05/05/hfm-119-the-most-productive-people-in-history-part-2-thomas-edison/feed/ 0   Thomas Edison is arguably the most prolific inventor in all of history, with 1,093 patents to his name. At one point Edison promised to turn out a minor invention every 10 days and a big thing every six months or so.   Thomas Edison is arguably the most prolific inventor in all of history, with 1,093 patents to his name. At one point Edison promised to turn out a minor invention every 10 days and a big thing every six months or so. He largely made good on his promise. Edison is responsible for inventing the […] Michael Rank: Historian, Writer, and Podcaster 9:46
HFM 118 | The Most Productive People in History, Part 1: Benjamin Franklin http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/05/04/hfm-118-the-most-productive-people-in-history-part-1-benjamin-franklin/ Mon, 04 May 2015 09:37:44 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2399 http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/05/04/hfm-118-the-most-productive-people-in-history-part-1-benjamin-franklin/#respond Michael Rank Benjamin Franklin was nothing if not diversified in his talents. The Founding Father was a printer, scientist, inventor, diplomat, postmaster general, educator, philosopher, entrepreneur, library curator, and America's first researcher to win an international scientific reputation for his studies in electrical theory. He even made contributions to knowledge of the Gulf Stream.  How did he accomplish so much? Learn more about his life by getting my new book The Most Productive People in History by clicking here. Like this podcast? Click here to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes

Benjamin Franklin was nothing if not diversified in his talents. The Founding Father was a printer, scientist, inventor, diplomat, postmaster general, educator, philosopher, entrepreneur, library curator, and America’s first researcher to win an international scientific reputation for his studies in electrical theory. He even made contributions to knowledge of the Gulf Stream. 

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http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/05/04/hfm-118-the-most-productive-people-in-history-part-1-benjamin-franklin/feed/ 0 Benjamin Franklin was nothing if not diversified in his talents. The Founding Father was a printer, scientist, inventor, diplomat, postmaster general, educator, philosopher, entrepreneur, library curator, and America’s first researcher to win an intern... Benjamin Franklin was nothing if not diversified in his talents. The Founding Father was a printer, scientist, inventor, diplomat, postmaster general, educator, philosopher, entrepreneur, library curator, and America’s first researcher to win an international scientific reputation for his studies in electrical theory. He even made contributions to knowledge of the Gulf Stream.  How did he […] Michael Rank: Historian, Writer, and Podcaster 8:31
HFM 117 | What Was Dental Hygiene Like During the Middle Ages? http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/04/20/hfm-117-what-was-dental-hygiene-like-during-the-middle-ages/ Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:32:03 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2396 http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/04/20/hfm-117-what-was-dental-hygiene-like-during-the-middle-ages/#respond Michael Rank Medieval peasants had rotting teeth if they had any at all, right? Not all all. They not only had pretty good dental hygiene, but it was even better than ours today. For more from Tim O'Neil, check out these old podcasts: http://www.michaelrank.net/2013/07/01/hfm-021-common-knowledge-about-medieval-history-that-is-incorrect-part-1-with-tim-oneill/ Like this podcast? Click here to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes

Medieval peasants had rotting teeth if they had any at all, right? Not all all. They not only had pretty good dental hygiene, but it was even better than ours today.

For more from Tim O’Neil, check out these old podcasts:

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http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/04/20/hfm-117-what-was-dental-hygiene-like-during-the-middle-ages/feed/ 0 Medieval peasants had rotting teeth if they had any at all, right? Not all all. They not only had pretty good dental hygiene, but it was even better than ours today. For more from Tim O’Neil, check out these old podcasts: http://www.michaelrank. Medieval peasants had rotting teeth if they had any at all, right? Not all all. They not only had pretty good dental hygiene, but it was even better than ours today. For more from Tim O’Neil, check out these old podcasts: http://www.michaelrank.net/2013/07/01/hfm-021-common-knowledge-about-medieval-history-that-is-incorrect-part-1-with-tim-oneill/ Like this podcast? Click here to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes Michael Rank: Historian, Writer, and Podcaster
HFM 116 | Americana: The Brazilian City Where the Confederacy Still Lives http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/04/06/hfm-116-americana-the-brazilian-city-where-the-confederacy-still-lives/ Mon, 06 Apr 2015 10:06:25 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2393 http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/04/06/hfm-116-americana-the-brazilian-city-where-the-confederacy-still-lives/#respond Michael Rank The United States has accepted immigrants throughout its history, but America has its emmigrants as well. Did you know there is a city in Brazil founded by Confederates who wanted to flee the U.S. during Reconstruction? Welcome to Americana, Brazil. Like this podcast? Click here to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes

The United States has accepted immigrants throughout its history, but America has its emmigrants as well. Did you know there is a city in Brazil founded by Confederates who wanted to flee the U.S. during Reconstruction?

Welcome to Americana, Brazil.

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HFM 115 | Real-Life Ghost Ships, Part 2: Mary Celeste http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/03/23/hfm-115-real-life-ghost-ships-part-2-mary-celeste/ Mon, 23 Mar 2015 18:43:04 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2390 http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/03/23/hfm-115-real-life-ghost-ships-part-2-mary-celeste/#respond Michael Rank The discovery of the abandoned Mary Celeste in 1872 is the stuff of nightmares. The brigantine merchant ship was found in the Atlantic Ocean with its cargo and valuables completely untouched but still packed with six months’ worth of food and water. No sign of a single crew member or passenger could be seen. The story only gets stranger from there. Like this podcast? Click here to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes

The discovery of the abandoned Mary Celeste in 1872 is the stuff of nightmares. The brigantine merchant ship was found in the Atlantic Ocean with its cargo and valuables completely untouched but still packed with six months’ worth of food and water. No sign of a single crew member or passenger could be seen.

The story only gets stranger from there.

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http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/03/23/hfm-115-real-life-ghost-ships-part-2-mary-celeste/feed/ 0 The discovery of the abandoned Mary Celeste in 1872 is the stuff of nightmares. The brigantine merchant ship was found in the Atlantic Ocean with its cargo and valuables completely untouched but still packed with six months’ worth of food and water. The discovery of the abandoned Mary Celeste in 1872 is the stuff of nightmares. The brigantine merchant ship was found in the Atlantic Ocean with its cargo and valuables completely untouched but still packed with six months’ worth of food and water. No sign of a single crew member or passenger could be seen. The […] Michael Rank: Historian, Writer, and Podcaster 5:34
HFM 114 | Real-Life Ghost Ships, Part 1: The HMS Terror and Erebus http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/03/09/hfm-114-real-life-ghost-ships-part-1-the-hms-terror-and-erebus/ Mon, 09 Mar 2015 14:06:27 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2388 http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/03/09/hfm-114-real-life-ghost-ships-part-1-the-hms-terror-and-erebus/#respond Michael Rank Ghost ships are one of the most enduring legends of the sea, and tales of mysterious ships with missing crews have peppered the accounts of mariners both ancient and modern for hundreds of years. Some ghost ships exist in the realm of rumor, others are real but remain unexplained. On May 19, 1845, two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, departed England and set sail for the Canadian Arctic. Their goal was to travel through the treacherous waters of the Northwest Passage that separated the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. None of the crew were ever found. Like this podcast? Click here to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes

Ghost ships are one of the most enduring legends of the sea, and tales of mysterious ships with missing crews have peppered the accounts of mariners both ancient and modern for hundreds of years. Some ghost ships exist in the realm of rumor, others are real but remain unexplained.

On May 19, 1845, two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, departed England and set sail for the Canadian Arctic. Their goal was to travel through the treacherous waters of the Northwest Passage that separated the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. None of the crew were ever found.

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HFM 113 | Real Life James Bond Villains, Part 3: Leonardo da Vinci http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/02/23/hfm-113-real-life-james-bond-villains-part-3-leonardo-da-vinci/ Mon, 23 Feb 2015 08:44:08 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2385 http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/02/23/hfm-113-real-life-james-bond-villains-part-3-leonardo-da-vinci/#respond Michael Rank   No less a man than Leonardo Da Vinci was a real-life James Bond villain. How else can you describe a man who design cannons, tanks, and machine guns centuries ahead of his time? Like this podcast? Click here to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes

 

No less a man than Leonardo Da Vinci was a real-life James Bond villain. How else can you describe a man who design cannons, tanks, and machine guns centuries ahead of his time?

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HFM 112 | Real-Life James Bond Villains, Part 2: Franz Helm and his 16th-Century Rocket Cats http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/02/09/hfm-112-real-life-james-bond-villains-part-2-franz-helm-and-his-16th-century-rocket-cats/ Mon, 09 Feb 2015 08:13:59 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2382 http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/02/09/hfm-112-real-life-james-bond-villains-part-2-franz-helm-and-his-16th-century-rocket-cats/#respond Michael Rank   Franz Helm had creative ideas of using artillery. One was to strap a primitive jet pack on cats and launch them over the walls of enemy fortifications. Like this podcast? Click here to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes

 

Franz Helm had creative ideas of using artillery. One was to strap a primitive jet pack on cats and launch them over the walls of enemy fortifications.

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http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/02/09/hfm-112-real-life-james-bond-villains-part-2-franz-helm-and-his-16th-century-rocket-cats/feed/ 0   Franz Helm had creative ideas of using artillery. One was to strap a primitive jet pack on cats and launch them over the walls of enemy fortifications. Like this podcast? Click here to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes   Franz Helm had creative ideas of using artillery. One was to strap a primitive jet pack on cats and launch them over the walls of enemy fortifications. Like this podcast? Click here to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes Michael Rank: Historian, Writer, and Podcaster 5:09
HFM 111 | Real-Life James Bond Villains, Part 1: Archimedes and the Defense of Syracuse http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/02/02/hfm-111-real-life-james-bond-villains-part-1-archimedes-and-the-defense-of-syracuse/ Mon, 02 Feb 2015 08:00:17 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2380 http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/02/02/hfm-111-real-life-james-bond-villains-part-1-archimedes-and-the-defense-of-syracuse/#respond Michael Rank Auric Goldfinder and SPECTRE may seem over-the-top for their plans to irradiate the world's gold supply or kill political leaders with lasers from surveillance satellites, but there are real-life examples of inventors using audacious machines to crush their enemies. Learn how Archimedes defended his city with monstrous catapults, a huge iron claw, and even a primitive death ray. Like this podcast? Click here to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes

Auric Goldfinder and SPECTRE may seem over-the-top for their plans to irradiate the world’s gold supply or kill political leaders with lasers from surveillance satellites, but there are real-life examples of inventors using audacious machines to crush their enemies. Learn how Archimedes defended his city with monstrous catapults, a huge iron claw, and even a primitive death ray.

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HFM 110 | Gunpowder started as an eternal-life elixir – The most useful inventions originally designed with a completely different purpose, part 3 http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/01/25/hfm-110-gunpowder-started-as-an-eternal-life-elixir-the-most-useful-inventions-originally-designed-with-a-completely-different-purpose-part-3/ Sun, 25 Jan 2015 06:45:16 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2377 http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/01/25/hfm-110-gunpowder-started-as-an-eternal-life-elixir-the-most-useful-inventions-originally-designed-with-a-completely-different-purpose-part-3/#respond Michael Rank Gunpowder has killed more people than any other invention in history, but it was ironically invented by Chinese alchemists with the intention of helping people live forever. Like this podcast? Click here to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes

Gunpowder has killed more people than any other invention in history, but it was ironically invented by Chinese alchemists with the intention of helping people live forever.

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HFM 109 | Play-Doh was originally wall paper cleaner? The most useful inventions originally designed with a completely different purpose, part 2 http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/01/19/hfm-109-play-doh-was-originally-wall-paper-cleaner-the-most-useful-inventions-originally-designed-with-a-completely-different-purpose-part-2/ Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:08:33 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2375 http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/01/19/hfm-109-play-doh-was-originally-wall-paper-cleaner-the-most-useful-inventions-originally-designed-with-a-completely-different-purpose-part-2/#respond Michael Rank Every pre-schooler's favorite snack has had a strange journey. What was once the cure to wall-paper stains left by coal smoke is now one of the world's most popular toys. Like this podcast? Click here to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes

Every pre-schooler’s favorite snack has had a strange journey. What was once the cure to wall-paper stains left by coal smoke is now one of the world’s most popular toys.

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