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Articles on the subject of history – one of my favorite topics – including follow-up content related to historical discussions on the podcast.

America: Inspired by Sanity – Founded on Contemporary Issues…

In the spirit of John Stewart and his Rally to Restore Sanity, listener & contributor J.D. Luedi writes about the founding of America and its prevailing principles of reason.

Book Review | The Billion Dollar Spy

The Billion Dollar Spy is an exhilarating look into the world of Cold War era clandestine dead drops, tradecraft, betrayal, surveillance detection runs and double agents.

Book Review: In The Garden Of Beasts

How do you keep the reader engaged in a story when they already know how it ends? This is the challenge that author, Erik Larson, had to overcome in his newest book, "In the Garden of...

The Making of Red China: A Historiographical Analysis of the Chinese...

Throughout history civil war has been a catalyst for radical upheavals and major paradigm shifts in many societies. Civil wars are often the physical manifestations of...

“Politics of the Belly” in Africa

A short review of Jean-Francois Bayart's work on Africa - a theoretical discussion attempting to propose a new intellectual paradigm concerning the socio-political currents which define sub-Saharan...

Podcast: In Soviet Russia, Boredom Stimulates YOU!

Part 1 of 3: Discussion of the Eastern Front during WWII. This includes Operation Barbarossa, Hitler breaking the Non-Aggression Pact with Stalin and many interesting historical tid-bits relating to the invasion of the Soviet Union.

The Promised Land: The Role of Religion in the Creation and...

Historically religion has been one of the defining characteristics of human society, one which...

Review: The King’s Speech

Imagine if you will, standing before a microphone in which you will be addressing millions of anxiously awaiting people. For many, this will be their first time ever hearing your voice. You will be delivering momentous news, of which...

Podcast: Hitler Deeply Penetrates Stalin

Part 2 of 3: The discussion picks up where it left off, with the historic Battle of Stalingrad - the bloodiest battle of the entire war and a turning point in the conflict - perhaps the "beginning of the end" for Hitler's Germany.

Podcast: Stalin Deeply Penetrates Hitler

Part 3 of 3 of my series on the Eastern Front during WWII. In this discussion, I pick up where we left off at the Battle of Stalingrad, the Russian expulsion of the Nazis from their country and the Soviet march into Berlin as the war comes to a close.

Hitler Deeply Penetrates Stalin | The Eastern Front in WWII

In August of 2009, I sat down and recorded a 3 Part Series on the Eastern Front during WWII. Our story begins with Germany poised to invade Russia.

“I Pledge Memorization, To The Class…”

Saw this status update floating around Facebook today. Nothing special in and of itself, just your garden-variety, "I'm more American than you" drivel meant to denote some form of augmented patriotism

Trivializing History: Ignorance And Moronic Historical Comparisons Are Not A Partisan...

Winston Churchill (Disclosure: a political hero of mine) should have known better. Campaigning in 1945, he delivered a speech suggesting that an unchecked Labour...

On My Personal Politics…

I am often asked by new listeners of the program about my personal politics. In this piece, I explain where I stand in the political spectrum and how I came to find myself there.

Podcast: Head Like a Hole…

Ding Dong Bin Laden’s Dead! A special mid-week podcast and comprehensive discussion of bin Laden's death with guest, Patrick.

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