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Untangling history’s greatest controversies. Every month, we take a hard look at the historical conflicts that raise difficult questions, stoke controversy, and send our moral compasses spinning.

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The Third Temple - Part 2

The Third Temple - Part 2

2020-10-2601:43:09

Tank battles, Cold War politics, and nuclear alerts. This is the epic conclusion of a two-part series on the Yom Kippur War. On October 6th, 1973, Egypt and Syria launch a brilliant surprise attack on the nation of Israel. Golda Meir struggles to restrain her generals from unleashing doomsday weapons, and Dr. Henry Kissinger navigates the perilous world of Cold War diplomacy in hopes of bringing the conflict to a swift end. Even Nixon makes an appearance. SOURCES: Morse, David R. Kissinger and the Yom Kippur War. 2015. Boyne, Walter J. The Two O’clock War. 2002. Blum, Howard. The Eve of Destruction. 2003. Klagsbrun, Francine. Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel. 2017. Herzog, Chaim. The War of Atonement. 1975. Charles Rivers Editors. The Yom Kippur War. 2017. Abraham Rabinovich. The Yom Kippur War. 2004. Bregman, Ahron. The Spy Who Fell To Earth. 2016. Oren, Michael B. Six Days of War. 2002.
The Third Temple - Part 1

The Third Temple - Part 1

2020-10-0301:24:26

The Yom Kippur War of 1973 has been described as the greatest military intelligence failure since Pearl Harbor. This is the story of how a vengeful surprise attack almost destroyed the nation of Israel. Told through the eyes of titanic personalities like Anwar Sadat, Golda Meir, and Moshe Dayan. (Part 1 of 2). SOURCES: Boyne, Walter J. The Two O’clock War. 2002. Blum, Howard. The Eve of Destruction. 2003. Klagsbrun, Francine. Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel. 2017. Herzog, Chaim. The War of Atonement. 1975. Charles Rivers Editors. The Yom Kippur War. 2017. Abraham Rabinovich. The Yom Kippur War. 2004. Bregman, Ahron. The Spy Who Fell To Earth. 2016. Oren, Michael B. Six Days of War. 2002.
Showdown at the Ikedaya Inn

Showdown at the Ikedaya Inn

2020-08-3101:22:18

On June 5th, 1864, the Shogun’s secret police raced against time to foil a sweeping terrorist plot in Kyoto. The ensuing bloodbath would have far-reaching consequences for the future of Japan.  SOURCES: Hillsborough, Romulus. Shinsengumi: The Shogun’s Last Samurai Corps. 2005. Hillsborough, Romulus. Samurai Revolution. 2014.  Hillsborough, Romulus. Samurai Assassins. 2017.  Jansen, Marius B. The Making of Modern Japan. 2000. Ravina, Mark. The Last Samurai: The Life and Battles of Saigo Takamori. 2004. Esposito, Gabriele. Japanese Armies, 1868-1877. 2020. Charles Rivers Editors. Commodore Matthew Perry. 2020.
Pardon My French

Pardon My French

2020-07-2902:01:07

The Marquis De Sade was a pariah in his time, a monster on the page, and a genius in death. But what crimes did the namesake of “sadism” actually commit? Where did his real-life appetites end…and his literary fantasies begin? (Explicit, obviously) SOURCES: Thomas, Donald. The Marquis de Sade. 1976. Du Plessix Gray, Francine. At Home with the Marquis de Sade. 1998. Lever, Maurice. Sade. 1994. Schaeffer, Niel. The Marquis De Sade: A Life. 1999. Gorer, Geoffrey. The Life and Ideas of the Marquis de Sade. 1933. Marquis de Sade. The 120 Days of Sodom. Marquis de Sade. Letters from Prison.
McNamara's Boys

McNamara's Boys

2020-07-0333:45

How the US government deliberately sent thousands of mentally-disabled men into combat during the Vietnam War. A bonus episode and companion to Episode 12: "The Good Guys". SOURCES: Gregory, Hamilton. McNamara's Folly: The Use of Low-IQ Troops in the Vietnam War. 2015.  Hsiao, Lisa. “Project 100,000: The Great Society’s Answer to Military Manpower Needs in Vietnam”. 1989. Hastings, Sir Max. Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy (1945-1975). 2018.  Turse, Nick. Kill Anything That Moves. 2013. Charles Rivers Editors. The My Lai Massacre. 2015.  Jones, Howard. My Lai. 2015.  Fitzgerald, Frances. Fire In The Lake. 1972. O’Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried. 1990.
The Good Guys

The Good Guys

2020-06-1302:09:04

The 1968 My Lai Massacre shocked Americans, but the true nature of the Vietnam War went far beyond anything the public could’ve imagined. This is the story of the war within the War, between the soldiers who brutalized Vietnamese civilians, and the unsung men who tried to stop them. SOURCES: Jones, Howard. My Lai. 2015.  Hastings, Sir Max. Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy (1945-1975). 2018.  Hersh, Seymour M. Cover-Up. 1972. Charles Rivers Editors. The My Lai Massacre. 2015.  Fitzgerald, Frances. Fire In The Lake. 1972. O’Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried. 1990. Turse, Nick. Kill Anything That Moves. 2013.
I Must Not Burn

I Must Not Burn

2020-05-1201:49:59

In 1945, the German city of Dresden was consumed in a firestorm engineered by the Allies. Many consider it to be a war crime. Others, a necessary evil. SOURCES Taylor, Frederick. Dresden: Tuesday, February 13th, 1945. 2004. McKay, Sinclair. The Fire and the Darkness: The Bombing of Dresden 1945. 2020. Charles River Editors. The Firebombing of Dresden and Tokyo. 2017. Gregg, Victor. Dresden: A Survivor’s Story. 2013. Harris, Arthurs. Bomber Offensive. 1947. Klemperer, Victor. I Will Bear Witness: A Diary. 1995. Harmon, Christopher. "Are We Beasts?: Churchill and the Moral Question of World War 2 Area Bombing". 1991. Editors, History.com. "Massive fire burns in Wisconsin". Nov 2009
A bonus episode concerning the Praetorian Guard's musical and murderous relationship with Rome's fabulous fifth Emperor, Nero. An epilogue to E10: "Kingbreakers" SOURCES: Strauss, Barry. Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine.2019 De La Bodeyere, Guy. Praetorian: The Rise and Fall of Rome’s Imperial Bodyguard. 2017 Rankov, Boris. The Praetorian Guard. 1994 Bingham, Sandra. The Praetorian Guard. 2012 Suetonius. Lives of the Caesars. AD 121 Dando-Collins, Stephen. Caligula: The Mad Emperor of Rome. 2019. Tacitus, Cornelius. The Complete Works. 1994.
Kingbreakers

Kingbreakers

2020-03-3001:39:18

The story of Rome through the eyes of the infamous Praetorian Guard, feared bodyguards who wielded the power and leverage to make – or break – the Emperors they swore to protect. SOURCES: Strauss, Barry. Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine. 2019 De La Bodeyere, Guy. Praetorian: The Rise and Fall of Rome’s Imperial Bodyguard. 2017 Rankov, Boris. The Praetorian Guard. 1994 Bingham, Sandra. The Praetorian Guard. 2012 Beard, Mary. SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome. 2015 Beard, Mary. The Roman Triumph. 2007. Suetonius. Lives of the Caesars. AD 121 Dando-Collins, Stephen. Caligula: The Mad Emperor of Rome. 2019. Tacitus, Cornelius. The Complete Works. 1994.
Pax Mongolica

Pax Mongolica

2020-03-0102:00:50

Genghis Khan and the Mongols killed millions, but were they actually woke AF? Let's tackle the surprisingly progressive (yet blood-drenched) legacy of one of history's most mysterious empires. SOURCES: Weatherford, Jack. Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World. 2004. Weatherford, Jack. Genghis Khan and the Quest for God. 2016. Weatherford, Jack. The Secret History of the Mongol Queens. 2010. McLynn, Frank. Genghis Khan: His Conquests, His Empire, His Legacy. 2015. Waterson, James. Defending Heaven: China’s Mongol Wars. 2013. Bergreen, Laurence. Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu. 2007. Turnbull, Stephen. Genghis Khan & the Mongol Conquests, 1190-1400. 2003. Turnbull, Stephen. Mongol Warrior, 1200-1350. 2003.
Hate Thy Neighbor

Hate Thy Neighbor

2020-01-2601:51:11

Car bombs, hitmen, and hunger strikes. How "The Troubles" tore Northern Ireland apart. SOURCES: Toolis, Kevin. Rebel Hearts. 1995 McKittrick, David. Making Sense of the Troubles. 2000 Coogan, Tim Pat. The Troubles: Ireland's Ordeal and the Search for Peace. 1995. Edwards, Aaron. The Northern Ireland Troubles. 2014. O'Doherty, Malachi. The Trouble With Guns. 1998. Collins, Eamon. Killing Rage. 1997. Bingham, John. "Margaret Thatcher: Seconds from death at the hands of IRA bomber." April 2013. Moriarty, Gerry. "Internment Explained: when it was introduced and why". August 2019.  Simonson, Robert. "The Irish Car Bomb". March 2018
The City Of Dreams - Part 2

The City Of Dreams - Part 2

2019-11-2701:01:08

Wonder and warmth quickly turn to slaughter and horror as Hernan Cortes meets Emperor Moctezuma in the explosive conclusion of this two-part series. SOURCES: Levy, Buddy. Conquistador: Hernan Cortes, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs. Sheppard, Si. Tenochtitlan 1519-1521. 2018. Thomas, Hugh. Conquest: Montezuma, Cortes, and the Fall of Old Mexico. 1993. Prescott, William H. History of the Conquest of Mexico. 1843 Cortes, Hernan. Five Letters. 1519-1526. Restall, Matthew. When Montezuma Met Cortez: The True Story of the Meeting That Changed History. 2018.
How a handful of mercenaries, explorers, and pirates destroyed the Aztec Empire and burnt its capital city to the ground. Two cultures collide in the first of a two-part series on the Conquest of Mexico.  SOURCES: Levy, Buddy. Conquistador: Hernan Cortes, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs. Sheppard, Si. Tenochtitlan 1519-1521. 2018. Thomas, Hugh. Conquest: Montezuma, Cortes, and the Fall of Old Mexico. 1993. Prescott, William H. History of the Conquest of Mexico. 1843 Cortes, Hernan. Five Letters. 1519-1526. Restall, Matthew. When Montezuma Met Cortez: The True Story of the Meeting That Changed History. 2018.
Forbidden Children

Forbidden Children

2019-10-2258:19

The story of China’s infamous One-Child Policy, the most ambitious (and catastrophic) social engineering project the modern world has ever seen. SOURCES: Fong, Mei. One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment. 2016 Evans, Karin. The Lost Daughters of China. 2008 Johnson, Kay Ann. China’s Hidden Children. 2016 Xinran, Message From an Unknown Chinese Mother: Stories of Loss and Love. 2012 Greenhalgh, Susan. Just One Child: Science and Policy in Deng’s China. 2008.  Ren, Yuan. “How China's one-child policy overhauled the status and prospects of girls like me”. The Telegraph. Dec 2013.  Clarke, Aileen. “See How The One-Child Policy Changed China”. National Geographic. Nov 2015.  Chen, Shanshan. “Lost lives: the battle of China's invisible children to recover missed years”. Reuters. Dec 2016.
Six Days

Six Days

2019-09-1501:28:12

How a single week in 1967 changed the Middle East, and the world, forever. This is the action-packed, heartbreaking origin story of Israel and the Six-Day War.  SOURCES: Oren, Michael B. Six Days Of War. 2002. Pressfield, Steven. The Lion’s Gate. 2014. Churchill, Randolph S. The Six Day War. 1967 Dana, Seif. “The 1967 Naksa: The Making of the New Middle East”. Al Jazeera. June 2016. Samuel, Sigal. “How the Six Day War Transformed Religion”. The Atlantic. Jun 5 2017 Land, Graham. “Was the Great Jewish Revolt Against Rome a Preventable Tragedy?” HistoryHit. July 2018 Josephus. The Works of Josephus. The Wars of the Jews, Book 7
Wonder Women

Wonder Women

2019-09-1501:19:15

African berserkers, graceful samurai, and deadly Soviet fighter pilots. A three-part, globe-trotting tour of remarkable female soldiers and the complicated lives that they led. SOURCES: Vinogradova, Lyuba. Defending the Motherland. 2015 Alpern, Stanley B. Amazons of Black Sparta. 1998. Dash, Mike. “Dahomey’s Women Warriors”. Smithsonian.com. Sept 2011 Busch, Jenna. “Meet the Dahomey Amazons, the Inspiration for the Dora Milaje”. SyFy Wire. Nov 2018. Joubeaud, Edouard. The Women Soldiers of Dahomey. UNESCO Digital Library. 2014 “Three Months in Captivity in Dahomey”. The Sydney Morning Herald. Oct 1890 Budnik, Ruslan. “Dahomey Amazons - The Only Elite All-Female Warrior Regiments”. War History Online. Oct 2018 Okoh, Lize. “Meet the Dahomey Amazons: The All-Female Warriors of West Africa”. Culture Trip. May 2018. Turnbull, Stephen. Samurai Women, 1184 -1877. 2012. Hoffman, Michael. “Women Warriors of Japan”. The Japan Times. Oct 2011. Hastings, Cristobel. “How Onna-Bugeisha, Feudal Japan's Women Samurai, Were Erased From History”. VICE. Sept 2018.
They Saw Red

They Saw Red

2019-09-1545:41

The Rated-R-for-Russian story of the Red Army’s horrific campaign of vengeance against Nazi Germany.  SOURCES: Beevor, Antony. The Fall of Berlin 1945. 2003. Huggler, Justin. “Fall of Berlin: ‘Of course I was afraid. I was 17 years old.’”. The Telegraph UK. May 2015 Johnson, Daniel. “Red Army troops raped even Russian women as they freed them from camps”. The Guardian. Jan 2002. Ash, Lucy. “The Rape of Berlin”. BBC News. May 2015. Fitzgerald, Nora. “Berliners recall Red Army atrocities”. Chicago Tribune. September 2002.
The Tiger and the Turtle

The Tiger and the Turtle

2019-09-1501:26:06

Sea battles, tiger hunts, and a mountain of human noses. This is the Shakespearean saga that triggered centuries of bad blood between Korea and Japan. SOURCES: Samuel, Hawley. The Imjin War: Japan's Sixteenth-Century Invasion of Korea and Attempt to Conquer China. 2005 Turnbull, Stephen. The Samurai Invasion of Korea. 2008. Turnbull, Stephen. War in Japan, 1467-1615. 2002 Berry, Mary Elizabeth. Hideyoshi. 1982 Kristof, Nicholas D. “Japan, Korea, and 1597: A Year That Lives in Infamy”. Sept 1997
This Is Sparta?

This Is Sparta?

2019-09-1550:38

A myth-busting breakdown of history’s favorite fitness cult. SOURCES: Hanson, Victor Davis. A War Like No Other. 2005. Thucydides. History of the Peloponnesian War Plutarch. Parallel Lives Xenophon. Hellenica Cartledge, Paul. “The Socratics’ Sparta and Rosseau’s”. Cambridge University. 1998 Penades, Antonio. “Bred for Battle - Understanding Ancient Sparta’s Military Machine”. National Geographic History. Dec 2016.  Grant, R.G. “Battle of Leuctra”. Encyclopedia Britannica. March, 2017 Andrews, Evan. “8 Reasons It Wasn’t Easy Being Spartan”. History.com. Sept 2018  Grant, R.G. “Battle of Leuctra”. Encyclopedia Britannica. March, 2017
Conflicted - Welcome

Conflicted - Welcome

2019-09-1502:34

A quick introduction to the concept behind the show and your host, Zach Cornwell.
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