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The History Files

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A weekly podcast hosted featuring Gordon Frye and various guests discussing history in the news, media, literature, politics, and everywhere else.

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A weekly podcast hosted featuring Gordon Frye and various guests discussing history in the news, media, literature, politics, and everywhere else.

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Great podcast !!!!

By Backscater - Aug 13 2015
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Wonderful Show - Learning so Much

By Coffee With Jeff - May 17 2015
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Fantastic show if you love learning about History. Gordon does an excellent job!

iTunes Ratings

39 Ratings
Average Ratings
22
7
2
3
5

Great podcast !!!!

By Backscater - Aug 13 2015
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Sign up, listen, you will learn something

Wonderful Show - Learning so Much

By Coffee With Jeff - May 17 2015
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Fantastic show if you love learning about History. Gordon does an excellent job!
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The History Files

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A weekly podcast hosted featuring Gordon Frye and various guests discussing history in the news, media, literature, politics, and everywhere else.

Rank #1: The History Files #41: The Donner Party

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This week for our main topic we take a look at the ill-fated Donner party and their misbegotten attempt to cross the Sierras into California in… October. Although these tragic events later found a place in the folklore of the American West, in 1846 it was just a horrific series of terrible decisions resulting in the deaths of around 50% of the participants, many of them children. Sadly, the tragedy could have been avoided had it not been for the overweening hubris of the group’s leaders. As Gordon says, “You can ignore reality, but you can’t ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.”

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Jan 27 2016

57mins

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Rank #2: The History Files #63: Afghanistan pt. 1

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Afghanistan has been called the “graveyard of empires”. This week we look far back into the origins of this concept and make it as far as the beginning of the 1st Anglo-Afghan war in the first half of the 19th century. Remember: it’s easy to get into Afghanistan, but not so easy to get out.

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Aug 04 2016

30mins

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Rank #3: The History Files #30: The Battle of Antietam

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Detail of “A Crucial Delay”, depicting the action at the Stone Bridge during the Battle of Antietam, by Cpt. James Hope

This week we look at the Battle of Antietam, one of the bloodiest of the American Civil War; General Lee’s attempt to bring the fight to the North.

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Sep 27 2015

42mins

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Rank #4: The History Files #59: The Battle of the Somme

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Considered one of the most horrific battles of the First World War, The Somme decimated a whole generation of men. In this episode of the History Files, 100 years later, we discuss the events of this turning point in world history.

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Jun 30 2016

55mins

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Rank #5: The History Files #29: The War of 1812

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USS Constitution vs. HMS Guerriere

This week we take a look at the War of 1812 in North America.. The one without the awesome Tchaikovsky theme music. Still; plenty to talk about, including the birth of the US Navy. Anchors away!

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Sep 17 2015

1hr 12mins

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Rank #6: The History Files #76: Cowboys Pt. 1

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Saddle up and stow your bedroll, it’s time to hit the dusty trail as we take a look at the history of the American cowboy. This week, in part one, we start in the early 19th century in the American southwest with Mexican Vaqueros, and end up mid-century in Abilene, Kansas and the era of the cattle drive.

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Nov 10 2016

36mins

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Rank #7: The History Files #69: Aaron Burr

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Leaked correspondence! Mudslinging! Dirty politics! No, this week we’re not talking about the 2016 US presidential election season. How about the 1800 election? Yep, it’s time to talk about… Aaron Burr. I’ll bet you thought I was going to say Alexander Hamilton. He’s so overdone…

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Sep 16 2016

43mins

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Rank #8: The History Files #82: Robert E. Lee

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This week we talk about one of the most beloved figures in American history, Gen. Robert E. Lee. He made a monumentally difficult decision to fight for the secessionists during the American Civil War (1861-65) and became world famous for leading a troubled South with steadfast honor.

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Jan 28 2017

39mins

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Rank #9: The History Files #68: 1450s Turning Points

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The 15th century was a time of tumult, war, and change both social and technological. This week we look at five events that changed the course of history around the globe: the end of the 100 Years War, China’s switch to silver currency, the fall of Constantinople, Pope Nicholas V’s legalization of slavery, and Gutenberg’s printing press.

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Sep 08 2016

41mins

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Rank #10: The History Files #84: The Spanish Civil War

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Civil wars are the ugliest wars, and one of the saddest was the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). It’s the subject and setting of many a novel and film, and it’s our topic in this episode.

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Mar 11 2017

53mins

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Rank #11: The History Files #45: Alternate History

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This week, we take a look at Alternative History, a growing genre of speculative fiction. So much of it is dark and dystopian, but it can be hopeful, too, as demonstrated by the Steampunk radio drama “Brass”, written by today’s guest, John Longenbaugh. As Mr. Longenbaugh says of writers in this genre, “At their best they do the same thing a good historian does: make the past seem nearer and more accessible.”

Our show format is a bit different this time, being pretty much one long interview with no other segments, but we hope you’ll find it entertaining.

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Feb 28 2016

1hr 1min

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Rank #12: The History Files #54: The Battle of Jutland, pt 1

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This week we welcome special guest Duncan Clark to tackle the sprawling drama of the naval Battle of Jutland on its 100 year anniversary. With great loss of life and materiel, it is one of the most significant engagements of World War 1 despite the lack of a clear victory on either side. To give it proper attention, we’ve split this episode into two parts, so be sure to tune in next week for the exciting conclusion.

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May 26 2016

48mins

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Rank #13: The History Files #58: Letter from 1916

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Encill Tener was a yeoman on the USS New Jersey in May of 1916. One day he sat down at his typewriter to write home, and the result was a mini time-capsule explaining the ups and downs of life in the US Navy during World War 1.

Gordon thought it would be fun to share this letter with our listeners, in particular because Encill was his grandfather. This week’s episode is a bit shorter than usual, but we think you’ll enjoy a unique glimpse into the daily life of a Great War sailor. For photos and whatnot be sure to visit Gordon’s blog.

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Jun 23 2016

29mins

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Rank #14: The History Files #28: The Mexican American War, pt. 3

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This week our headlines seem to be mostly volcanoes and Spaniards: sometimes history kind of gets in a wad. In our main discussion, we get into the major campaign of the Mexican American War, and find out what a battalion of Irish were doing in the Mexican army.

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Sep 05 2015

48mins

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Rank #15: The History Files #27: The Mexican American War, pt. 2

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This week we continue our exploration of the Mexican American War and the formation of the American West, with highlights including the Bear Flag Revolt and the adventures of John C. Fremont.

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Aug 22 2015

1hr 2mins

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Rank #16: The History Files #67: Cavalry Q&A

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Given the nature of horses, how in the world did cavalry ever become a thing? Is cavalry a terrible idea? In this episode we delve into the crazy world of mounted combat, real and Hollywood style, by turning the tables on Gordon and interviewing him for a change. We ran a bit long, but not long enough to split it into two episodes. Consider it bonus material.

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Sep 01 2016

52mins

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Rank #17: The History Files #47: Pancho Villa

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This week, we take a look at the larger-than-life Mexican rebel Pancho Villa, and what was going on in Mexico in the first decade of the 20th century that would produce characters like him and other would-be military leaders. For bonus photos and other info, visit Gordon’s blog.

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Apr 04 2016

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Rank #18: The History Files #31: The Pony Express

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This week we look at the woefully brief history of the Pony Express (1860-61), America’s wild and woolly rapid postal system.

The Pony Express

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Nov 13 2015

41mins

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Rank #19: The History Files #48: Abraham Lincoln

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Let’s take a look at the real Abraham Lincoln, sixteenth president of the United States and eventually known as, amongst other things, “The Great Emancipator”. How much of what is popularly known about him is the truth, and how much is folklore? We thought it was high time for a little myth-busting.

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Apr 15 2016

51mins

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Rank #20: The History Files #74: Witch Hunt

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As Halloween approaches, our thoughts turn to darker topics. This week we take a look at the history of witch hunts, which, it seems, were not always just about witches. Old World and New World, it seems folks just can’t suffer a witch and all that.

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Oct 21 2016

34mins

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