Unbuttoned History

Mike is in the studio alone with show intern, Tucker Ramses. Friend of the show James Sokolove drops by to talk about his new legal social network, Sokolaw, and to give the boys a celestial warning. Guest starring Joe Ruscio.

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Insane Violent crime levels, Actor Presidents, Shoulder Pads, and Live Aid all this and more on our dissection of the 80's.

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Discover the true and bloody meaning behind this seemingly innocuous holiday. Employer versus Employee! Historians of the world, unite!

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With the help of the Ghost Phone, Caleb and Mike call up gothic fictionist Edgar Allen Poe. We also introduce a new member of the History Lessons team! Guest starring Joe Ruscio.

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Using the Ghost Phone, Mike and Terry reach out to one of America’s most historic duos – the Wright Brothers! Meanwhile, Caleb screams in an endless tunnel of fire and wind. Guest starring Joe Ruscio.

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The boys reach across time and space to speak to Napoleon Bonaparte.

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Welcome to the Land of the Rising Sun! Now get out. Today, you're gonna learn about the Meiji Restoration, when Japan learned how to be like the West, in terms of conquering people, killing them for having different skin tones, etc.

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This week, the boys try desperately not to say disparaging things about religious figures, five in all! Rumi, Jan Hus, Bahá'u'lláh, Malcom X, and Dorothy Day all get the History Lessons treatment.

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In this minisode, Mike and Terry conduct an interview with the creator of a new historical chronology, Anatoly Fomenko. This is mostly true.

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To celebrate the independence of their country, the boys are goin' to West Africa! Learn about the Land of Gold, the apparently real city of Timbuktu, the most extravagant road trip to Mecca, and how being too kind can ruin a sensitive economy. And: a special secret guest. I NEED GOOOOOLD!

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