Playlists Inside the Podcast

Primary Playlists

Installments of Historiansplaining are divided up into many playlists, starting with the 7 primary playlists found below, each with Quick Samples of their most popular episodes, followed by 6 more specialized playlists as well:

Myths of the Month Playlist

These are deep-dive installments into the largest misnomers and misconceptions that make up so much of western history and of modern discourse, from the myth of “Anglo-Saxsonism”, to illusion of today’s secularization, to the perception of the modern state, and even to the idea of the “western world” itself…accompanied by explorations of what we actually can say for certain about the larger then-life characters of Shakespeare, Robin Hood, King Arthur, and so much more…

Doorways in Time:
The Great Archaeological Discoveries Playlist

Explore with Dr. Sam what it must have been like to unexpectedly unearth artifacts that turn out to be truly “history changing” – from ancient devices and unknown libraries, to the Terracotta Warriors themselves – and explore what these relics can now tell us about the lives, beliefs, and practices of the people who made them before they were – in most cases – lost and forgotten for thousands of years…

History of the United States
in 100 Objects Playlist

In this series centered around unique & precious objects from when there are few if any surviving written records, Dr. Sam examines the history of the land that today we call the United States, painting a picture of peoples and places that came before, as best as we can determine, and seeing how their legacies are still shaping the nation today…

Becoming Modern Playlist

An in-depth exploration of the forgotten forces and underlying events that shaped the ‘western’ world of today, from the rapid rise of new political systems and social orders in Europe to their immediate counter-reactions and lasting legacies…

Roots of Religion Playlist

Trace the origins of some of the worlds largest religions and sacred texts, examining what we know about how they came to be, and how they spread – and, most importantly, examining what they are not…

The Middle Ages Playlist:
a Vibrant Time

While it’s easy to think of the Middle Ages as just the time between the fall of western Rome and flourishing of the Renaissance – a commonly perceived age of ignorance and isolation in Europe – But in fact the Middle Ages were a dynamic time, which saw cultures migrate, interact, and grow. It was when the first universities were born and modern literature took shape; And it saw upheavals from the Vikings, the Normans, and the failed Crusaders – all of which made lasting legacies still helping to shape our world today…

Special Topic Episodes Playlist

Installments on specific peoples, events, places and modern-day power structures across the globe – too unique for any one playlist – these are expertly researched deep-dive explorations into worlds old and new, from the beginnings of human history in Africa and later in China, India and in Europe, to the modern-day observations when traversing the Great Britain of today… to the origin of policing and the eighty years of Jim Crow laws in America to the modern saturation of money in American politics, plus the peoples left out of most history text books like the Roma “Gypsies”, the British & Irish “Travellers”, and the peoples of Pre-Columbian America, and the peoples of central Asia…plus the origins of World War I by region, along with a comprehensive history of Florida, from ancient indigenous civilizations to the colonial power struggles to present day…

And Wait, There’s More

In addition to the 7 main playlists, Historiansplaining boasts 6 more specialized playlists that feature full-video lectures on western architecture, guest interviews, commentary on current events, and critiques of recent books, film & television, plus the Most Popular Episodes and Hot Off the Presses playlists too – all with Quick Samples of featured episodes as well:

Did Columbus really think that he was going to reach Asia?
Was there really an Exodus from Egypt like the one described in the Bible?
Does a single coin prove that Vikings came all the way to what’s now the United States over 800 years ago?
How – and why – did universities begin in the Middle Ages, long before the scientific revolution and the “Enlightenment”?
How did Tisquantum (popularly known as Squanto) already know how to speak English before the Pilgrims had even arrived?
Why is the dramatic 2019 fire at Paris’ Notre Dame actually a common occurrence for cathedrals around Europe, when looking across the centuries?
How is the growing field of genetics being used to sometimes tear down and sometimes reinforce the myth of people belonging to different ‘races’ today?
When pressed Why can no one agree on what “capitalism” actually is? And why does a lack of clear definition call into question so many other myths of the modern world?
Why don’t US citizens directly elect their President? Or have a more proportional Senate?
What did Netflix’s 2021 movie “The Dig”, with Ralph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan, leave out from the story of the great Sutton Hoo discovery? What can the highly-revealing Anglo-Saxon era treasure tell us about the significantly-obscured period of England during the “Dark Ages”?
How did so much of the Epic of Gilgamesh remain hidden and forgotten – but perfectly preserved – for over 2,000 years until being rediscovered in modern times?
What little do we actually know about Shakespeare, the person?
Why is it misleading to apply the word “religion” to Judaism and to Hinduism?
Why were cathedrals in southern Europe becoming more and more highly decorated and elaborately embellished in the 1500’s and 1600’s, while at the same time so many cathedrals in Northern Europe were being stripped of all of their ornamentation and symbolism?
How can one mid-sized U.S. city – Tulsa, Oklahoma – serve as a microcosm of so much of the triumphs and tragedies of American history?
How might a series of volcanic eruptions in the Americas have spurred the earliest Viking raids and the creation of the Ragnarok myth in Scandinavia, halfway around the world?
How could have mountains on the Moon helped accelerate the end of the Earth-centric view of the universe?
What does the English Civil War of the 1640s tell us about the American Civil War, and about the political structures in place across much of the English-speaking world today?
Who were the Freemasons of the 1700s? How did they grow from a local Scottish fraternity to a global network?
Ever heard that Florida has no history? It actually has far more then you ever could have known…
Could all of British history have turned out differently if the winds on the English channel had shifted direction on just one particular day in 1066?
How did changes in the climate in the 1600s lead people to believe they were living in the Apocalypse? How did this help spur the creation of institutions and forces that are still shaping the modern world of today?
Why did nearly every Renaissance-era ruler in Europe feel compelled to have a court astrologer, usually as one of their most pivotal advisors?
On average, are people really becoming less religious than they used to be hundreds of years ago?
How were the lines between who was a cowboy and who was an American Indian far more blurred then the surviving myth of the Old West would have us believe?
How did accusing people of witchcraft further several political agendas of the time, both in Europe and in the Americas?

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