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  1. Salman Rushdie Reads Italo Calvino | The New Yorker

    Salman Rushdie joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss Italo Calvino’s “Love Far From Home,” from a 1995 issue of the magazine.


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  2. Rip Van Winkle - Washington Irving

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  3. Hope for those with Huntington’s – podcast | News | The Guardian

    Robin McKie, the Observer’s science and environment editor, discusses an innovative drug that may soon offer ways to fight Huntington’s disease, while Mark Newnham describes being diagnosed with the inherited condition. Plus: Peter Beaumont describes his trip to the Costa Rican cloud forest, at threat from climate change


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  4. CBD: Weed Wonder Drug? | Science Vs

    Gimlet Media is the award-winning narrative podcasting company that aims to help listeners better understand the world and each other.


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  5. Concrete: the most destructive material on Earth – podcast | Cities | The Guardian

    After water, concrete is the most widely used substance on the planet. But its benefits mask enormous dangers to human health – and to culture itself


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  6. Hardcore History 55 – Blueprint for Armageddon VI

    World War I has held a special place in my heart and mind ever since being introduced to the poetry of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon in high school. The more I have read about it and studied it, the horrifying the entire event becomes.

    It was hard not to tear up at certain moments during this pod cast: a last letter to his wife from a soldier about to go over the top, knowing certain death awaited; first hand descriptions of soldiers hearing their comrades crying for help out in the no-man’s-land; the sheer magnitude of casualties on a daily basis.

    Without making light of the many horrible events that have befallen mankind, it seems to me that World War I may just be the worst of the lot. That is quite an ignoble list to be atop.

    Dan seems to fully grasp the absolute horror show that was this war, and narrates with a sincerity and understanding befitting the subject matter. Hats off to you, sir. Well done.


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  7. Hardcore History 54 – Blueprint for Armageddon V


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  8. Hardcore History 53 – Blueprint for Armageddon IV

    This entire series is a great take on those four years when the world hacked out its first steps on the scary path to where we collectively find ourselves today. I’m already listening to the whole thing. Again.

    It was affecting in this episode to hear Dan Carlin talk once more about soldier’s humanity in the middle of all that cruel wooden-headed stupidity. G.J. Meyer says that on the night of July 2,1916 on The Somme near a place called Beaumont-Hamel, while the British Army was out in the dark in you-know-where-land retrieving their dead and wounded, German soldiers recognized the unmanageability of the task and without a word, ‘…slipped out of their trenches’ to help. Seven hundred and ten of the casualties belonged to the Newfoundland Regiment (68 answered roll call that morning). The entire WWI experience eventually cost The Dominion of Newfoundland its democratic independence (established 1833) when, as the depression hit, Great Britain foreclosed on the Newfoundland debt it held, forced the dominion into bankruptcy, and appointed a small cadre of loyal elites to govern the place. (Much of the debt taken on by Newfoundland had been to finance its participation in The War.) Britain continued to pretty much dictate terms to the island and Labrador until the late forties when it aggressively shepherd-dogged Newfoundland and Labrador’s entry into Canada’s confederation as the tenth province.

    July 1st is Canada Day, the anniversary of the initial confederation made in 1867. It’s sold effectively as our version of The 4th of July (the BlueJays surely have the date booked with MLB as a perennial home game).

    In Newfoundland and Labrador, July 1st continues to be very conspicuously observed and remembered as Memorial Day.


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  9. Hardcore History 51 – Blueprint for Armageddon II

    Hello Dan,

    I do like your view of History,and i do share my admiration of the Mongol empire.

    The Mongol invasion was a game changer in Europe and led to so many things.

    What i do not believe in is the strength of the German army during the second world war

    Blitzkrieg is an economic form of war. It means that the factory workers can only be away for about 3 months and after that have to resume their work at the factory again

    So the strength of thye German army in ww-2 is not that strong and it all becomes clear at the moment when the German invasion of the Soviet-Union is under way.

    It is true the German army made to may mistakes, but most of all it was hubris after the fall of France. The conquest of France would be the downfall for the third reich.

    Operation barbarossa was to big for the German army to handle. I am not sure if you have heard of David Stahel, but his line of books paint a different picture.

    To me the most shoking thing was the relavations about general Halder. How the man kept on pushing the German army, beyound colaps. It is funny how general Ludendorf fits in all of this. When you want to understand Hitler you have to learn about Ludendorf

    Hitler in the early 20s called him selfe a drummerboy for a bigger man to arive.

    I am sure that man was Ludendorf. I gues after the putch Hitler felt betrayed by Ludendorf, but his november stab in the back stayed on and would lead to the holocaust


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  10. Hardcore History 52 – Blueprint for Armageddon III


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