Unbuttoned History (society & culture)

Finally we get around to Shaka and the Zulu people in this weeks episode. Learn about the things they don't tell you about Shaka himself, how the desire for making South Africa into Canada nearly destroyed it and how sometime syou can get carried away during the fun of the roads.

Direct download: UHZULUKINGDOM.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 3:48pm EDT

Take a hit of vicarious righteousness as you learn about the deeds of some of the bravest freedom fighters who ever lived and briefly imagine that you could be a sixteenth as awesome as they were before the bleak memory of your mediocre cowardice returns. This week we’re talking about the failed revolution at Harpers Ferry, Virginia.

Direct download: UHHarpersFerry.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Caleb and Make have a short form two-hander about their favorite slave insurrection. Learn about how volcanic activity on the other side of a continent help cue an uprising, and how it's better to be in the slave rebellion than to stay out of it.

Direct download: UHFRTurnerRebellion.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Caleb and Mike do a two hander about the time a dictator and his shoe obsessed wife, were overthrown by the clever use of theme songs and road blocks. Also hear someone decide not to plunge their country into horrific sectarian civil war.

Direct download: UHPeoplePowerMovement.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Whether a vestigial relic of old pagan faiths, cultural quirks or a jeer to belittle a native faith--Superstitions can be found in every region of the globe. This week we have Rebecca Bishop on to talk about some of the most famous, and to detail our own personal superstitions.

Direct download: UHSuperstition.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 10:59pm EDT

This week, we continue our Badass Bitches series with a more modern icon. We take you to Myanmar, where Suu Kyi fights everyday for democracy.

Direct download: UHBBAungSanSuuKyi.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

It's just Blind Mike and Caleb this week, and they decide to challenge themselves to make an episode with the MPAA rules for a PG-13 movie rating. A lot of fun is had, and then they start using trailer voice over voices at each other and things get ridiculous. Oh and some Swedish History is briefly discussed.

Direct download: UHCHarlesXIIandtheSwedishempirepg13.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

This week we take a look at the major foundational Philosophies and Religious thought of the long living Middle Kingdom. We take on Confucianism, Legalism and Taoism. How they are similar, how they build upon each other and how they greatly differ. 

Direct download: UHChinesePhilosophy.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 2:54pm EDT

This week we finally take a look at the Cuban Revolution. Mafiosi, American Elites, Spanish aristocrats, Communists, and Arawaks have all fought over the immense and beautiful island of Cuba. Let's find out how the first Adult Playground for Americans became one of the sole remaining communist nations in the world, also they have great coffee and sandwiches.

Direct download: UHCubanRevolution.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

This week we whisk you away to a tropical island paradise and discuss: god incest, socially encouraged bisexuality, and the argument that you only need 12 letters. This week we talk about Hawaii from it's discovery all the way until it is annexed by the United States.

Direct download: UHHawaii.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:15pm EDT