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BONUS: New Orleans

So this episode is specifically for my US History students. They are off on a weeklong class trip to New Orleans and I promised them I would teach them a little history before they went. Then, in true teacher fashion, I ran out of time so I made a podcast episode instead! Enjoy! I’ll make …

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The Cold War

So we all know that good, red-blooded Americans hate those pinko Commies, right? But why? Well… because… they’re Communist? Sure. But why was Communism seen as antithetical to our American values? (Listen to the entire episode here!)

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Chairman Mao | Communist China

China. Oh, China. You’re so confusing and so simple at the same time. China is a land of tradition and continuity. But one guy is going to try to change all of that in the postwar world. His name is Mao Zedong. (Listen to the entire episode here!)

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The Fall of the Soviet Union

We’re going to go back and look at what was going on outside of the US and the USSR soon. But if I can skip ahead for a second – and I can, because it’s my podcast – let’s talk briefly about how the Cold War ends. Basically, by the 1980s the Soviet Union was …

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The Depression

After World War I, all of the major powers turned inward and focused on rebuilding their own economies.  Nowhere was this more difficult than in Germany. If you remember, they were saddled with billions of dollars in reparations payments. And as they struggled to pay the Allies, France invaded and occupied the Rhineland – a …

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The Rise of Hitler

The worldwide depression had a lot of impacts but none more important than the rise of extreme dictatorships around the world. We see this in Russia with the rise of Stalin, Italy with Mussolini, and Japan with its intense military government. But for today, let’s focus on Germany. (Listen to the entire episode here!) Adolf …

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The Holocaust

I’ll be honest. I really didn’t want to write this part of the episode. Partly because it makes me sad and uncomfortable but more so because I know I can’t do it justice. There are so many better resources than me to explore in depth the various aspects of the Holocaust, one of the best …

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