Podcast: Lepa Radic, Teenage Partisan Executed by the Nazis

Lepa Radić was just a 17-year-old Yugoslavian girl when she was hanged by the Nazis for being a Partisan in 1943.  This extraordinarily brave girl had joined the Yugoslav Partisans in the fight against their Nazi oppressors in World War II, and taken on the most dangerous assignments.  What turn of events lead to her transformation, capture and ultimate execution?

Podcast: 10 Forgotten Facts about the Women’s Suffrage Movement

August 2020 marked 100 years since women in the U.S. were finally given the right to vote.  Though the Declaration of Independence in 1776 declared that all ‘men’ are created equal, the U.S. Constitution did not grant such equality to women. 

Podcast: 6 Theories on the Mysterious Death of Edgar Allen Poe

Edgar Allen Poe was the Stephen King of his day.  A master poet and author of mystery and the macabre. To this day, his name alone evokes a chill down ones spine. Amongst his most popular works were Murders in the Rue Morgue and Masque of the Red Death. His life may have been cut short,Continue reading “Podcast: 6 Theories on the Mysterious Death of Edgar Allen Poe”

Podcast: The Final Deadly Days of the Knights Templar

For almost 200 years, the famous Knights Templar had considerable power, wealth, and influence across Europe and the Mediterranean.  But it all came to an abrupt and bloody end in 1314. The Knights were originally founded as a Christian, monastic-military order, devoted to protecting pilgrims traveling to and from the Holy Land following the FirstContinue reading “Podcast: The Final Deadly Days of the Knights Templar”

Podcast: Josef Stalin and the Soviet Great Purge

After the death of Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin, the infamous Josef Stalin came to powerful Premier of the Soviet Union.  In the late 1930s, Stalin began a ruthless campaign known as The Great Purge, referred to by the people of Russia as The Great Terror. Any person or group perceived in Stalin’s twisted mind as a threat to his power was arrested, given a sham trial, and either executed on the spot, or sent to the notorious Siberian Gulags. 

Podcast: The Black Hole of Calcutta’s Night of Horror

In 18th century India, the power of the Mughal Empire lay in the despotic hands of the Nawabs, or provincial princes. At the same time, the British and French East India Companies had built competing commercial empires on the lucrative sub-continent. The British had established a port and trading hub at Kolkata (Calcutta) and builtContinue reading “Podcast: The Black Hole of Calcutta’s Night of Horror”

Podcast: The Forgotten Great Chinese Famine of 1959

From 1959 to 1961, the Chinese people were decimated, not by a coronavirus, but by a devastating famine. The death toll, concealed by the Communist government at the time, is still a matter of debate. The consensus however is that at least 30 million people died, though some take it as high as 50 MILLION.Continue reading “Podcast: The Forgotten Great Chinese Famine of 1959”

Podcast: The 10 Most Successful Vaccines in History

We used to take vaccines for granted. After all, they’ve been around for decades. Some, like small pox and polio, were given to our grandparents and even great-grandparents. We all received our last round of childhood shots as kids. So much so, we were shocked by a modern pandemic in 2020, due in part toContinue reading “Podcast: The 10 Most Successful Vaccines in History”

Podcast: Whodunit? Who Burned the Great Library of Alexandria?

Egypt’s Great Library of Alexandria was once the largest of the ancient world, containing the works of Homer, Plato, Euclid, Socrates, Aristotle and hundreds more. Close to one million books and scrolls from across Greece, Assyria, Egypt, Persia and India filled its vast shelves.  It’s believed to have been completely destroyed in a devastating fireContinue reading “Podcast: Whodunit? Who Burned the Great Library of Alexandria?”