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History. Only Not Boring.

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Great Five minutes

By Willie Ortiz - Sep 04 2017
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This is a great show that gives you very interesting events that happened in history. Best few minutes to learn a variety of historic events.Thank you!

Great show

By Neutral47 - Nov 29 2014
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Really interesting. Love how it is updated so often. Strongly recommended.

iTunes Ratings

95 Ratings
Average Ratings
62
13
7
7
6

Great Five minutes

By Willie Ortiz - Sep 04 2017
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This is a great show that gives you very interesting events that happened in history. Best few minutes to learn a variety of historic events.Thank you!

Great show

By Neutral47 - Nov 29 2014
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Really interesting. Love how it is updated so often. Strongly recommended.
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History in Five Minutes Podcast

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History. Only Not Boring.

Rank #1: HFM 109 | Play-Doh was originally wall paper cleaner? The most useful inventions originally designed with a completely different purpose, part 2

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Every pre-schooler’s favorite snack has had a strange journey. What was once the cure to wall-paper stains left by coal smoke is now one of the world’s most popular toys.

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Jan 19 2015

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Rank #2: HFM 154 | German POWs in the U.S. During World War II

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Did you know that over 400,000 German POWs were settled in the United States during World War II? Did you know that they may have built some of the stone buildings that make up your town square? Or that they were responsible for bringing in America’s harvest in the fall of 1945 when most men were still off to war?

Learn about this fascinating but understudied part of America’s history.

Check out this episode of Radiolab to learn more about “Nazi Summer Camp.”

WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW

This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man — one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill.

You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today.

Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one.

Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

Sep 21 2016

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Rank #3: HFM 127 | Damascus Steel: The Medieval Blade That We Still Can’t Top Today

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Damascus swords, which were generally made in the Middle East anywhere from 540 A.D. to 1800 A.D., were sharper, more flexible and harder/stronger than other contemporary blades. According to legend, the blades can cut a piece of silk in half as it falls to the ground and maintain their edge after cleaving through stone, metal, or even other swords.

However nobody knew exactly how it had been produced, and the last Damascus Steel had been produced in the early 1800s. How was the technology lost?

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Oct 26 2015

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Rank #4: HFM 124 | The Origin of “The Finger”: Why Do We Call it The Bird?

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We’ve all done it in moments of anger. But why do we use our middle finger to express anger? And why do we call it “the bird.” Suggestions range from The Battle of Agincourt in 1415 to Ancient Rome. We find out the history everyone’s favorite one-finger salute in this episode.

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Jul 06 2015

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Rank #5: HFM 036 | Why Russian Revolutions of the 17th and 18th Century Were the Cause of the USSR – With Mark Schauss of the Russian Rulers History Podcast

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What caused the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917? Was it the result of a few days of rioting getting out of control? Or is there a much deeper reason? Today we have Mark Schauss of the Russian Rulers History Podcast to discuss this question.

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TRANSCRIPT

Click here to download the transcript to Episode 36 (PDF)

Oct 07 2013

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Rank #6: HFM 003 | The Five People with the Most Descendants Ever

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In this  episode of the History in Five Minutes Podcast, we look into the lives of the people with the most descendants every. In five minutes we look into the lives of Charlemagne  Abraham, and one person that I guarantee you are related to.

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TRANSCRIPT

Click here to download the transcript for Episode 3 (PDF)

Oct 10 2012

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Rank #7: HFM 129 | The Step-by-Step Guide to Building a 13th-Century French Castle

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In a remote forest clearing in Burgundy, France, a 13th-century castle is slowly being constructed using only the tools, techniques, and materials that would have been available to the builders of the day. It’s archaeology in reverse.

What started out as an eccentric pipe dream is now an established enterprise, drawing in tens of thousands of visitors from around Europe every year.

Learn what it took to build a castle in 13th-century France in this podcast episode. If you want to learn first-hand, go to Burgundy and check it out!

This podcast is brought to you by Harry’s. Harry’s is an awesome and wonderfully disruptive razor company. It was started by two guys who wanted to create the most debonair shaving experience possible but at the best price. They bough a blade factory in German that has crafted some of the world’s highest quality blades for nearly a century. They cut out the middle man and offer an amazing shave and meticulous craftsmanship at less than half the price of a pack of Gillettes.

I can personally vouch that using it is amazing. When using it, I feel like I am about to put on a tux and go gambling in Monte Carlo. Go to harrys.com, where you can get a starter set for only $15. That includes the razor, 3 blades and your choice of Harry’s shave cream or foam shaving gel. If you use my coupon code h5m, you will get another $5 off. That’s a month of a premium shave experience for $10, thanks to their free shipping policy.

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Nov 16 2015

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Rank #8: HFM 025 | The Most Interesting Crusaders, Part 2: Godfrey of Bouillon (1060-1100): Jerusalem’s Conqueror and Wielder of Christendom’s Enchanted Blade

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Godfrey of Boullion, a commander of the First Crusade, was immortalized for being the first knight to enter Jerusalem. To arrive at this point he led thousands of soldiers on an expensive and dangerous adventure across a continent. How did he do it?

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Jul 29 2013

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Rank #9: HFM 021 | Common Knowledge About Medieval History that is Incorrect, Part 1: With Tim O’Neill

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Today special guest Tim O’Neill,  medievalist and Quora’s resident historian, explains that no educated person thought the earth was flat in the Middle Ages in the first of a three-part series on common knowledge about medieval history that is incorrect.

If you would like to see Tim’s book review website Armarium Magnum, you can check it out by clicking here. 

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TRANSCRIPT

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Jul 01 2013

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Rank #10: HFM 004 | The Three Most Insane Rulers in History

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In this  episode of the History in Five Minutes Podcast, we look at the exploits of the three most insane rulers in history: Ottoman Sultan Ibrahim I, Emperor Caligula, and Turkmenbashi, the former president of Turkmenistan. They are exchange unique snowflakes of craziness, and we will look into their particular exploits.

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TRANSCRIPT

Click here to download the transcript for Episode 4 (PDF)

Oct 15 2012

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Rank #11: HFM 143 | Why The Fall of Rome is Centuries Later Than You Think

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Rome didn’t fall in 476 when Romulus, the last of the Roman emperors in the west, was overthrown by the Germanic leader Odoacer, who became the first Barbarian to rule in Rome.

Nor did it fall in 1453 when the Ottoman Empire conquered Constantinople.

Depending on how you define ‘Rome,’ it didn’t fall until the Napoleonic Wars. Or the end of hostilities following World War I. If you visit Turkey, you might meet somebody who still calls himself a Roman.

WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW

This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man — one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill.

You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today.

Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one.

Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

Jul 18 2016

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Rank #12: HFM 042 | Why Medieval Peasants Worked a Lot Less Than You Think

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We all know that working conditions were far more terrible in the past than today. There were no rights for laborers, and people routinely dropped dead from their jobs. But is that truth or a myth? If we take a look at the average day of a medieval peasant, it is enough to make us jealous — minus the bubonic plague, of course.

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TRANSCRIPT

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Nov 11 2013

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Rank #13: HFM 041 | Leonardo da Vinci’s Sleep Schedule: Did He Really Only Rest 2 Hours a Day?

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Did everyone’s favorite Renaissance inventor really only sleep 2 hours a day? If so, did anyone else in history do so? How is it possible without dying? We explore all this and more in today’s episode.

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Nov 04 2013

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Rank #14: HFM 153 | Teddy Roosevelt’s Near-Death Journey Through the Amazon

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Teddy Roosevelt was not afraid to tempt death. He hiked the Matterhorn during his honeymoon. He arrested outlaws on the Dakota Frontier. He hunted rhinos in Africa.

But his most dangerous journey came after his failure in 1912 to retake the presidency as a third-party candidate on the Bull Moose ticket. He choose to shake off the blues in an extremely dangerous journey to South America. Roosevelt did not merely want a repeat of his African safari: a well-provisioned hunt to a foreign land that was little more than an exotic form of sight seeing. Roosevelt wanted to join the ranks of explorers who were pushing the boundaries of scientific knowledge: the arctic explorers discovering the Northwest passage or the African trekkers locating the source of the Nile River. His guide, the Brazilian explorer Col. Candido Rondon, suggested they survey the River of Doubt, an uncharted capillary of the Amazon that ran through treacherous terrain of the rainforest.

Many told him the journey would end in his death. Ignoring the warnings of field naturalists with experience in the Amazon, Roosevelt said, “If it is necessary for me to leave my bones in South America, I am quite ready to do so.”

Learn in this episode how he almost did.

WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW

This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man — one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill.

You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today.

Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one.

Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

Sep 21 2016

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Rank #15: HFM 033 | Alexander the Great, Part 1: Myths about Alexander’s Life

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It’s almost impossible to separate Alexander the man from Alexander the myth, but we’ll give it a try. Was he really tutored by Aristotle and cut a knot in half with his sword? Yes. Did he impregnate 300 Amazonian woman to create a master race? Hopefully not.

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TRANSCRIPT

Click here to download the transcript to Episode 33 (PDF)

Sep 16 2013

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Rank #16: HFM 147 | The Real Story of the Scopes Monkey Trial

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If you’ve seen the 1960 Spencer Tracy movie Inherit the Wind, you know about the Scopes Monkey Trial. In this real-life 1925 case, John Scopes was accused of violating Tennessee’s Butler Act, which had made it unlawful to teach human evolution in any state-funded school.

The case became an enormous media sensation. It was reported on like a boxing match, science vs. fundamentalism. But oddly enough, Scopes was not originally brought to trial by any fundamentalists. The trial was deliberately staged to attract publicity to the small town of Dayton, Tennessee, where it was held.

Scopes was unsure whether he had ever actually taught evolution, but he purposely incriminated himself so that the case could have a defendant.

Learn how the Scopes Monkey Trial was at its core a small town’s attempt at a publicity stunt that took on a life of its own.

WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW

This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man — one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill.

You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today.

Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one.

Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

Aug 15 2016

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Rank #17: HFM 111 | Real-Life James Bond Villains, Part 1: Archimedes and the Defense of Syracuse

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Auric Goldfinder and SPECTRE may seem over-the-top for their plans to irradiate the world’s gold supply or kill political leaders with lasers from surveillance satellites, but there are real-life examples of inventors using audacious machines to crush their enemies. Learn how Archimedes defended his city with monstrous catapults, a huge iron claw, and even a primitive death ray.

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Feb 02 2015

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Rank #18: HFM 150 | The Story of the Donner Party

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Gather around the campfire, children, and learn about the most ghoulish story from America’s pioneer days. What really happened to the party led by George Donner and his brother Jacob when they set out for California in 1846? When the party was trapped in feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, how long did they hold out before devouring the dead? Was anyone killed for their flesh?

Listen to this episode and learn why you should never travel on an untested mountain pass late in the travel season.

WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOW

This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man — one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill.

You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today.

Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one.

Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

Sep 07 2016

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Rank #19: HFM 005 | Why Israel Won the Six-Day War

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This History in Five Minutes Podcast episode looks at the reasons why Israel was able to defeat its neighbors in 1967, de spite being the size of New Jersey and being outnumbered almost 50-1. We also look at how its military strength has made problems for international diplomacy.

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TRANSCRIPT

Click here to download the transcript for Episode 5 (PDF)

Oct 24 2012

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Rank #20: HFM 052 | The Norman Invasion of 1066: Why England Took 400 Years to Assimilate its Own Kings

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When the Normans invaded England in 1066, they did not assimilate into the culture quickly. In fact, becoming fluent in the language took the kings and aristocracy nearly 400 years! What kept them so stuck in their old customs, and what caused them to finally learn English?

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Jan 13 2014

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