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The History Files

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Comedy
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History
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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

38 Ratings
Average Ratings
23
6
2
2
5

Great podcast !!!!

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

Wonderful Show - Learning so Much

By Coffee With Jeff - May 17 2015
Read more
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.

The History Files #90: Pirates

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We’re back… and we brought pirates! Actually, that’s probably not such a great idea, what with all the stealing and pillaging and slow-matches in the beard and buckets of burning sulphur. Of course that’s only if we brought Edward Teach, but you get the idea. This episode was recorded live in front of a very groggy audience on a Sunday morning at the Brass Screw Confederacy Steampunk festival in Pt. Townsend, Washington on June 11, 2017. We had a great time revelling in all the pirate stuff and hope you enjoy our little presentation.

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Sep 08 2017
48 mins
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The History Files #89: World War 1 – Part 2

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In part 2 of our series on World War 1, we take some time to talk about how the various Allied Countries armed up in the first months of the conflict, and how the United States basically became the “Arsenal of Democracy” long before WW2.

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May 25 2017
42 mins
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The History Files #88: The White Rose

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Germany during WW2 seemed, at first, to be headed for economic recovery and a bright shining future. A few young people recently returned from witnessing the true heart of the Third Reich thought differently and sought to oppose the Nazi movement and Hitler’s government. They called themselves “The White Rose”*. They operated in secret, distributing pamphlets trying to wake up the populace to the reality of their situation:

“…our present ‘state’ is the dictatorship of evil. …if you know that, why do you not bestir yourselves, why do you allow these men who are in power to rob you…of one domain of your rights after another, until one day nothing, nothing at all will be left but a mechanized state system presided over by criminals and drunks? Is your spirit already so crushed by abuse that you forget it is your right – or rather, your moral duty – to eliminate this system? But if a man no longer can summon the strength to demand his right, then it is absolutely certain that he will perish.”

* We mistakenly call it the “Order of the White Rose” a few times during this episode. That’s a different thing.

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May 11 2017
33 mins
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The History Files #87: The Armenian Genocide

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Not all of our topics are hopeful or uplifting. Discussions of wars and man’s inhumanity to man are part of the study of history. In this episode we talk about a controversial chapter in world history, the Armenian Genocide, that overlaps WW1, but that we felt should be discussed separately.

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Apr 29 2017
45 mins
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The History Files #86: World War 1 – Part 1

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As we continue into the 100 year anniversary of the Great War, eventually known as World War 1, we thought it appropriate to begin a series discussing this turning point in history. In this episode we talk about the events leading up to the war.

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Apr 13 2017
50 mins
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The History Files #85: The Battle of Port Gamble

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While there are no records of large-scale wars or even battles in the Puget Sound area, there have been a few skirmishes over the years. Many people have heard of the Pig War (see HF ep. 53) , but fewer know of the Battle of… Port Gamble. It’s a case of truth being stranger than fiction, with the US Navy coming to the defense of the S’Klallam Indians of present day Little Boston, and we’re here to tell you all about it.

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Mar 26 2017
41 mins
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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
53 mins
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The History Files #83: Andrew Jackson

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He’s “Old Hickory”, he’s the seventh President of the United States, the guy on the twenty dollar bill, and he founded the Democratic Party. He’s Andrew Jackson, he’s a cranky Scot, and we’re here to talk about him.

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Feb 17 2017
42 mins
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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
39 mins
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The History Files #81: News: Real, Fake and Yellow

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We all want to know what’s going on in our world and elsewhere, but who can we trust to give us “all the news that’s fit to print” or tell us “that’s the way it was”? This week we look at the origins of the news media, how it became a business, and try to figure out what’s “fake news” and what’s “real news”. Yep, it’s all the news about news.

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Jan 14 2017
47 mins
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