Unbuttoned History (Society & Culture)

The first episode of 2018 is packed to the gills with content! New updates about the podcast! A Friend departs! Then we talk about the Saints and how they all were manic but that doesn't take anything away from them for 2 hours. Mountains Levitate, Alphabets are invented, Animals are befriended!

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 2:22pm EST

In this episode, Captain Mike and Caleb tell you about two Swedes who were assassinated for very different reasons, and by that I mean one was a real mensch and the other was a real wang. We tackle King Gustav III and the General Secretary of the UN Dag Hammarskjöld.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:33pm EST

If you love people doing utterly horrendous Scottish Accents, then this is your paradise. 

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

Captain Mike tries to tell us about how the great Byzantine city o Constantinople fought off Crusaders, Latins, The Rus and a khannate or two before the Turks finally defeated them. But Mike Genuine Draft and Caleb are drunk and having too much fun going on tangents about the folly of not trusting Hungarians, being too cheap in regards to cannons, and how the Catholic Crusaders are basically heroin addicts whos teal copper piping from elementary schools.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:33pm EST

Your favorite pseudo historians get to revive their first series: Newest Nations, and talk about the brief country of Catalonia. We cover the rise of Catalonian Nationalism, their oppression under Franco, and their efforts to become independence in the 21st century.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

This week your favorite pseudo=historians take a look at America's Forgotten War: The Korean War. Where we learn the importance of Geography classes, that tanks versus people is lopsided and that having a billion people means you tip the scales no matter what.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

We celebrate the 100th-anniversary of the October Revolution, also known as the Bolshevik Revolution. Fun story, this all actually happened in November because Russia was still using the Julian Calendar.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

Capt. Mike attempts to wrap up his long running Ethiopian Epic series, but Mike Genuine Draft and Caleb play the Unbuttoned Drinking game and try to stop him at every turn. This is a sloppy and funny one, historians.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

For 21 years Brazil was ruled by a brutal, and oppressive Military Dictatorship that specialized in torture and huge economic expansion for the ruling elites. Learn in this episode how there's only 12 names in 20th century Brazilian politics, how Superman defeated the KKK and why so many South American politicians are Italian.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 12:48pm EST

Captain Mike finally gets to gush about how much he loves US President Theodore Roosevelt to his heart's extent. Caleb has a pretty great recurring bit about Taft getting stuck in bathtubs, and also why having your country actually matter sucks.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

The Unbuttoned cast celebrates a huge milestone with some old friends of the show, Terry Torres, Julia Scherer-Hoock and Rebecca Bishop and discuss two very important questions: "Why is history important to you?" and "Why is history important to humankind?" 

Frivolity ensues.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

This week we learn about the one time a super left wing major city decided to make itself it's own country--and how poorly it went. We cover the Paris Commune, Zoo animal Cuisine, Ridiculous Calendars, Red Flags and all the things you shouldn't do when you try to rise up against your national government.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 9:35pm EST

Game of Thrones is wrapping up their penultimate season, and the topic of Royal Incest as abounded. But what of when this happened in our world? This week we talk about the strange practice of Royalty marrying and having children with their own families. From the horrific birth defects of King Tut, to the ravages of having everyone be a Hapsburg.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

A new series begins as we take a look at the horrific natural disaster that shaped San Francisco as we know it: the Massive Earthquake and subsequent fires. Here how the city and some very unlikely inhabitants were able build new, bigger and better after their whole city was wiped off the map.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:16pm EST

It's vacation time at our satellite studio at the Bishop wharf, we have friend of the show Julia Scherer-Hoock on to talk about Witches, European and American. 

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:31pm EST

That's right, folks. After a two eyer absence, Terry is back to guest on this episode looking at the differences between written and unwritten constitutions.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

In this week's episode we bring back the beloved Atrocity deathmatch series, find out how easy it is to trick Blind Mike, and how bad Original Mike's memory and reading comprehension is.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

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.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 3:48pm EST

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.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

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.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

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.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

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.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 10:59pm EST

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.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

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.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

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. 

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 2:54pm EST

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.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

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.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:15pm EST

This week we take on Ancient Carthage, a great Mediterranean Civilization known more for their feuds with the much more famous Greeks and Romans. But as one fan put it: Carthage is a cooler, blacker Rome.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

Caleb gets drunk and high and has a great time telling you about everyone's favorite stupid holiday.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:11pm EST

This week Caleb and Blind Mike get together for the first intended uncut episode. They discuss Madagascar's Queen Ranavalona I or as butthurt Europeans called her, "The Mad Queen of Madagascar"

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

This episode was recorded March 17th, also known as St. Patrick’s day, a holiday celebrated exponentially more in the US than Ireland. And here in America’s most Irish region we thought it’d be perfect to honor that holiday by covering the Lebanese Civil War. Shout out to @monsone87 for requesting this topic! 

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

This week fan favorite Rebecca Bishop comes back to give an amazing entry level intro into the history of Feminism, it's Waves, terms and figures. To get you to stay and pay attention the three of us Pseudo-Historians act like jackasses and yell things. Enjoy.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:34pm EST

Money has ruled everything around us for several thousand years now. But where did it come from? And who invented it? Was it always the same way that we think of it now? This episode answers all of this and also why the people the most devoted to it may not even really understand what it is.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

In this episode, we celebrate Mike A's newest Milestone, reveal Jeff Dunham was a Socialist Presidential candidate, Why the Boat and Wagon people will always be there when the trains are protesting, and that Socialists make better Presidential candidates when they're currently in prison.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:07pm EST

Mike A has a singular fascination with the history of modern day Ethiopia. First he brought us Emperor Haile Selassie, a man made a god by Jamaicans. Then he brought us Beta Israel, the forgotten first Jewish Kingdom outside Israel. Last year he gave us Commie v. Commie when the Ethiopian DERG fought the Somali Supreme Revolutionary Council for communist supremacy of the Horn of Africa. Today he gives you his 4th of 5 parts: the Battle of Adwa, where Ethiopians brutally embarrassed a late to the imperialism game Italy.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 12:02pm EST

We're minus one Mike but plus one Rebecca as we talk about real life legend John C. Frémont as he explore's, conquers, finds gold, discovers Grant, runs on a more left wing platform than Bernie Sanders and refuses to go to Arizona. All this and mor ein Frémont's incredible life.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:03pm EST

There has been a number of fan requests to do South American Fascists, in this episode we talk about dictators from Chile, Brazil and Argentina and also why the term Fascist is so hard to pin down.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

Traveling all around this week as several people go on or come back from their Grand Tours. Rebecca joins us this week as we discuss Caleb and Rebecca's Honeymoon, women who hover to pee, where the phrase Man Alive comes from and when we have time the Life and Complaints of John Milton. Also in this episode: all three of us finding out John Hurt died on air.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

Back in late 2015 we did an episode called Traitors. We loved this episode so much that we thought: let's do a sequel! This time around we take on Slovakia's Jozef Tiso, Mughal India's Mir Jafar, and the US' Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. We present you with some pretty terrible excuses for human beings.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

Three-time guest and super best friend of the show Gabe Graetz comes on, and the tangents are a-plenty. We pitch a book series called Cyber Wars, learn what having having sex 'The French Way' means, find out how gross Henry the VIII was and eventually talk about his wives. We got together with Gabe so this episode is like 9 hours long, enjoy!

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

The diplomatic ramifications of acknowledging Taiwan has been in the news recently. And we had fans call us in asking, "Hey, what's the deal with Taiwan, and why are the Chinese so angry about it?" Well Caleb and Mike Hachey bring you another two-hander, and tell you precisely why!

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

It's the first episode of 2017 and it starts with a real bang. In this two-hander Caleb and Mike discuss one of the most enigmatic and controversial Statesmen of 20th Century America. To many he was a Savior of the lower classes to others, the closest an American got to being a totalitarian dictator. This week we talk about the King of Louisiana, Huey Long.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

You've heard it talked about in the news for 52 years, Communist guerillas fighting the Colombian government in interior jungles. What do any of us really know what The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia—People's Army is really about? Where did they come from? What do they want? Why have they been fighting for so long that almost all the other Communists are gone?

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

What if I told you there could have dozens of different States than we see on the map? This week a rather congested Caleb is rocking solo in the Rox Labs Studios and goes over states that's proposals, partitions and secessions were rejected. 

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 4:26pm EST

This week we bring you the tale of how the IMF and Communist Megalomaniacs worked together to decimate a country. Also covered: Russian Anti-Semitism, Modern Day Druids, Why Blind Mike decided to be a Civil Engineer and a fan who is an enigma.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

The 2016 US Presidential Election has happened. Caleb and Blind Mike made a pact to not talk about it. But Mike has different plans. What starts as next week's episode devolves into an hour plus conversation about everything that has happened, and what might be coming down the line.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:59pm EST

What came first, the satanist or the lunatic christian? Let us take you back to a simpler time when everyone believed in magic - the 1980s.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

Presidential UFO Sightings. Medieval Eastern European Serial Killers. And maybe if you're good, just how the hell Halloween even came together. All of this and more on this week's Unbuttoned History!

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:03pm EST

We finish our two part series on the Congo and Colonialism. We shift from direct Colonial Oppression to Post-Colonial neglect. We cover the Rise and Fall of Patrice Lumumba, Mobutu's brutal rule of Zaire, and the unending wars of the DRC era.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

The Tale of today's Democratic republic of Congo is so  long that we had to split it into two episodes. In the first installment we briefly talk about the Pre-European Colonization Kingdom of Kongo. Then we talk about the horrific Congo Free State and the slightly less horrific Belgian Congo.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

Atrocity Deathmatch rears it's ugly head once again. This time we focus on three WWII and beyond era horrors. The tales that were so disgusting that amid a world rife with Atrocities, these stories lived in even darker shadows. From the Holocaust's Josef Mengele, to the Japanese Unit 731 all the way to America's own shame in the Tuskeegee Experiments. Who wins? Should anyone really win?

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 9:21am EST

While Blind Mike tries to tell the listener about the Rus Khaganate, Caleb and Mike interrupt him with tangents ranging from Trinidadian Musicians all the way to the Problem with Uncircumcised men.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

The Badass Bitches Series continue with a woman who is the greatest example of the American Dream.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:42pm EST

The Mikes have finally returned for this doozy about Megalomaniacs, Sociopaths and a sorta Dumb guy who might have actually become a Messiah just as he told everyone he wasn't one.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

Badass Bitches is back with American Legend Sojourner "Ain't I a Woman" Truth. This week a totally not sick Caleb is joined by a clearly not sicker Rebecca and a Healthy Julia who is back by popular demand.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:08pm EST

Caleb and Mike are joined by Rebecca to talk about the time a Prime Minister got drunk and called an election to prove a point--only for it to blow up in his face. The gang decides to drink heavily in honor of the infamous PM Robert Muldoon, only to have this episode blow up in their face.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:10pm EST

What is nothing? How can something be nothing? And why is understanding the concept of zero so important? Today special guest Rebecca Bishop joins us to find out how something we take for granted was conceived in Gupta India and broadcast to the world.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 4:09pm EST

We talk about the Prime Minister of Sweden who was killed by either Reagan and Thatcher, South African Spies, Kurdish Separatists, the nation of Yugoslavia, IKEA or just some guy by accident. 

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 2:22pm EST

Today we discover that all the problems of the world can be blamed on the British...again.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

2 African Communists fight in the desert--also featuring an in-depth look at Communist sweetheart Leonid Brezhnev’s eyebrows.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

There are so many popes and they are all terrible.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

The roof is on fire, the roof is on fire, we don’t need no water--though we could use some water as the Philly PD has dropped an actual bomb on us.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 4:04pm EST

The gang digs up the rotting corpse of Niccolò Machiavelli in order to learn a thing or two about being a power-hungry douchebag.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

Smelly, mostly white people fight over poop.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

“Hey, Caleb, I found these golden discs in the trash. Let’s con some people.” - John Smith

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

Watch a man pull the living body of a nation state out of the rubble of an empire.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 10:00pm EST

In today's show Unbuttoned History tries to tackle the murky, complex and erratic history of the Black Panther Party.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:39pm EST

Journey down the misty waters of the Mekong River and see the city-sized temples of indescribably ornate masonry and refinement; the unparalleled landscaping, and artificial bodies of water;  and cities of millions in the 1100s. Have you entered a mythic land of gods? Or could Could it be, the Khmer Empire.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

Oh gee, monotheism. Are they magicians? Are they fire-worshippers? Who are these Zoroastrians?!

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 9:04pm EST

Discover how a cripple got us out of a pickle!

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

Wait--you’re telling me that Cinco de Mayo isn’t about Mexican Independence and drinking…?! Here’s a truth shot, bro. Take it with salt.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

From nomads to losers of colonial border disputes, to freedom fighters, today we speak about Stateless People: those distinct ethnicities, cultures and history of Peoples without a Nation.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

Today the gang discovers that no matter the politics or ideologies Chinese and Russian People just don’t like each other. Listen as TWO communist nations’ incompetence nearly sends us spirally towards thermonuclear war.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

For the last time in history, tax evasion is the key to vast personal wealth.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

Listen to the Russians work out the principles of the enlightenment a couple hundred years too late and completely cock it up. Think of it as the rejected pilot of the Communist Revolution.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 11:11pm EST

We are governed by foolish men. Today we learn that  those sent to covertly protect us are actually dipshits and sociopaths. It’s CIA FuckUps.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

From the Delhi Sultanate to the Ming Dynasty to modern day Indonesia, the gang explains why Islam is more FAR East than Middle East.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

Much like the Tootsie Pop, how many revolutions does it take to free a country from Spain...One, Two, Threeeeeee--Crunch! Simon Bolivar: Monster or Mensch?

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:19pm EST

Hey! Turns out genocide is not super funny. But listen to this anyway! The gang dissects the Armenian and Rwandan Genocides without ever referencing the Kardashians--oh goddamnit.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

Take 1.2 million squares miles of arable land.


Add 1.2 billion human beings.


Season with armor plated war elephants and values of religious tolerance and learning.


Shake vigorously.


This is the how you make a great empire of India.


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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

Pin-up Girls? Rosie the Riveter? They got nothing on these badass bitches. Learn about the super spies, skirted snipers, and tank piloting girlfriends that led the allies to victory in World War Two.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:17am EST

The best person who will ever live has already come and gone, so you can stop trying so hard.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

Do you believe in magic? What are you, a fucking idiot?! Join the gang in a gynecological journey through the spirit world. From ectoplasm to Anti-Semitism, we cover it all.

#teamhoudini #teammargery

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

7 foot tall, Chinese Muslim eunuch badass sails around the world collecting giraffes and beating people up. What are you gunna do about it? Nothing. Zheng He.  

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:30pm EST

Jews have been oppressed for thousands of years. Now find out about the Jews that the Jews oppress! The gang discusses the African Jewish Kingdom of Beta Israel.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 11:08am EST

This week Blind Captain Mike really hits the mark -- the BISMARCK that is. Your Unbuttoned hosts have been saving up the tangents all holiday break and they’re ready to unleash their hilarity across a unified Germany.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:30pm EST

We’ve got a new name, but it’s an, old old world. On the inaugural episode of the newly-renamed Unbuttoned History, we discuss the indigenous peoples of Africa, Asia, and Europe. So light a fire, put on a robe and get casually sexy with Unbuttoned History. Unbutton it.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:00pm EST

In this episode the gang talks about the fascinating history of the Birth Control Pill from Greek Goddesses eating pomegranate seeds to the Political War over Women's Healthcare in 21st Century America. Yes, they discuss this in the manner that you are accustomed to, nothing is different about yours hosts this week, absolutely nothing at all.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:30pm EST

Emma tells the ridiculous tale of when the Australian Military faced their greatest threat at home: large flightless birds. Buckle up this one is gonna be absurd.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 9:51pm EST

The gang get a little sensational as they discuss an article on Norman Ohler's book The Total Rush: Drugs in the Third Reich. Learn how pretty much everyone was out of their gourds on drugs before, during and after World War II. We also have a discussion on how pervasive narcotics have been for war efforts.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:30pm EST

The Badass Bitches series continues as Mike & Mike discuss Theodora empress of Byzantine, in Mike's Somerville cave.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:30pm EST

When Mike is away, the gang will play….a lot of shitty games. Learn how Korean women look like babies, how Mike Hachey as wrong about moveable type and why Dan Kruger’s girlfriend hates Caleb.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

This week Americans celebrate a feast holiday of Thanksgiving merging the ideas of having a great late fall feast and to remember our centuries long issues with racial interaction, but this week we look at notable food fails born of pride, greed, and just straight up dumbassery. Caleb encourages listeners to listen to the Hot 8 Brass Band's cover of "Sexual Healing" and talks about a new podcast coming out.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:30pm EST

Learn about how the Spanish conquered a more advanced civilization through never bathing and having gross pig diseases.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

The gang explains how Metacomet’s post-mortem revenge on English Colonists leads to the heroin epidemic in New England.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

Caleb, Mike and Mike discuss the finer points of 19th century sexual harassment and Rasputin.


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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 5:58pm EST

Lord Byron, Mary Shelley and Percy Shelley invent Gothic Post Punk while Methos the Immortal and DJ Dr. John Williams Polidari invent the first mixtape. We  learn that Lord Byron is  a Sex Monster. Oh, and Frankenstein is written.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

The gang minus Mike the Intern, assemble to talk to one of the greatest minds in history: Isaac Newton. In an interesting turn of events, he's a complete freak. Special Guest Appearance by Gabe Graetz!

Direct download: HLIsaacNewtonmp3.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:26pm EST

Forced migration: fun for the whole family! Listen to the latest installment of Atrocity Deathmatch and let us know which is more atrocious: the American Trail of Tears or Soviet Russia’s Operation Lentil.

Direct download: HLTrailTearsOperationLentil.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:47pm EST

Grab a Guinness, turn on that Cranberries CD, and see how Irish petty grievances, World War I, and English underestimation leads to the worst Dublin's ever seen.

Direct download: HLEasterRebellion.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:36pm EST