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History of France in English Podcast - Episode 40

Hi, remember me? Yeah, it's been a while. Here's episode 40 and a promise for many more in the next year. I'm back after beating cancer (fingers crossed) as well as a number of lesser problems. So her

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Learning English Broadcast - January 23, 2020

Learning English use a limited vocabulary and are read at a slower pace than VOA's other English broadcasts. Previously known as Special English.

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Bonus 01: Inside the Safes

Gangsters Walter Scheib and Frank Hoffman owned one of the most successful speakeasies during the prohibition. But Hoffman disappeared in the 1940s, leaving behind 2 iron safes . . . and what was insi

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Lauren Working, The Making of an Imperial Polity: Civility and America in the Jacobean Metr

In his Relation of the second voyage to Guiana, published in 1596, George Chapman put the imperial ambitions of England into a telling verse couplet. Riches, and Conquest, and Renowne I sing. / Riches



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Cars, Stars, and Rock 'n' Roll

Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III is no administrative assistant. He’s the head of the largest museum, education, and research complex in the world. He’s also the first historian to lead the S

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California Water Wars - A River in the Desert | 1

By the turn of the twentieth century, Los Angeles had grown from a dusty, crime-ridden pueblo into a thriving metropolis. The only problem was that it was growing too fast. With no consistently reliab

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Mary Church Terrell (part 1)

Mary Terrell was one of the first African American Women to graduate from college, and rose to prominence during the battles for universal suffrage and civil rights. With fiery speeches and a push in

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Dr. King, Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X - Dr. King Day 2020 - Michael Imhotep 1-20-20

Michael Imhotep host of The African History Network Show on 1-20-20 discussed Dr. King, Muhammad Ali & Malcolm X; Why was Dr. King the most hated man in America when he was assassinated?; Muhammad Ali


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Stamp of war — the end of Yugoslavia

Three teenage girls — a Muslim, a Serb and a Croatian all from Bosnia Herzegovina, are drawn into one of the bloodiest conflicts in post war Europe. 30 years later they find their voice.

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Sanctuary with Shannon McSheffrey

In the Middle Ages, a person could claim sanctuary to delay or avoid punishment for a serious crime. But what were the rules? This week, Danièle interviews Dr. Shannon McSheffrey to find out how and w

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Lord Elgin and the Parthenon Sculptures, Part 2

Today's episode covers how the removal of Ancient Greek artifacts from Greece by Lord Elgin played out, how these sculptures became part of the collection of the British Museum, and why the controvers

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The Anglo-Zulu War

Saul David - historian, broadcaster and author of several works of fiction and non-fiction - comes on the show to discuss the most brutal and controversial British imperial confli


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Simon de Montfort’s medieval revolution

Historian Sophie Ambler chronicles the dramatic life of Simon de Montfort, the 13th-century rebel who battled Henry III for mastery in England and established a revolutionary form of government. Histo

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Siege of Calais Part 5

This show is part 5 of 6 on the siege and capture of Calais in 1347.

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Mark's Almanac for January 22, 2020

On this date in 1998, Ted Kaczynski pleaded guilty to all charges in connection with a series of package bombs attributed to the unibomber. And in 2002, a major staple in retail filed for bankruptcy

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Silent Spring: A book that changed the world

Silent Spring, written by marine biologist Rachel Carson, looked at the effect that synthetic pesticides were having on the environment. Within years of its publication in 1962, the widespread use of



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