Nerds on History

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When you ask someone what their least favorite subject was in school, what do you think they’ll say? They will usually tell you it was History class. Ok, maybe it was Math. But that’s not the point! Let’s say, for the most part those people said “History”. They are thinking, for instance, “why do we care about ‘boring’ dead people”? But we’re here to tell you that it’s not the people you didn’t care about, it was the boring way it was taught to you!

If you want to re-learn history, but don’t have the patience for an online course, then we have the history podcast for you!

In short, history is a story; it’s even in the word. The truth is…History is full of amazing stories.  And we want to share them with you.

Featured twice on the new “New and Noteworthy” section of Apple Podcasts, Nerds on History takes the history you know, and livens it up with humor, bad impressions, and insightful discussion. Join hosts Bryan Moriarty, Eric Bricmont, and Sarah Ashley as they make their way through the most inspirational, terrifying, & funniest stories from history.

Salt-N-Peppa Beard

After another funny appearance by the Pirates of the Internet, the gang continues the history of piracy, talking about some of the most well-known (and some not so well-known) Pirates to sail the Seas, as well as an insightful education on the nature of contemporary piracy.

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The Evil Pirate Cruella De Vil

After warding off The Pirates of the Internet in their cold open, Eric, Bryan and Sarah launch into part 1 of a 2-parter discussion on the history of Piracy.

In this first part, we start with Piracy’s ancient beginnings, discuss the root of the word and build up through the middle ages.

PHOTO CREDIT: Ancient Roman mosaic depicting Neptune and Pirates.

It’s All Relative

After another punny cold open light-bulb joke, Eric, Sarah, & Bryan continue their science theme for the month with a discussion into the fascinating personal life and scientific contributions of the one and only: Albert Einstein.

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PHOTO CREDIT:  Famous photograph of Albert Einstein, digitally colorized by Zuzahin.

The Wheel Gets to the Point

Eric Bryan & Sarah welcome back a far more physically hazardous form of the Wheel of History as they discuss interesting facts around pointy objects.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Space Needle with skyline and Mount Rainier at sunset, 2000, Seattle Municipal Archives

Through One’s Eyes: The Mortensen Files Part II

With Eric taking some time off, Sarah and Bryan continue their experiment: history from a living person’s perspective. Listen to Part 2 of an on-site interview with Larry Mortensen, as he continues discussing his service in the Navy during the Korean War, his two decades of police work, and witnessing the birth of Silicon Valley.

Through One’s Eyes: The Mortensen Files Part I

With Eric taking some time off, Sarah and Bryan wanted to try something different: history from a living person’s perspective. Listen to Part 1 of an on-site interview with Larry Mortensen, a man who’s seen a lot. Enjoy!

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Older Than Kwanzaa

This week, we prepare our audience for the coming of Kwanzaa, as well as discuss the roots of it’s traditions.

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PHOTO INFO: The Kwanzaa kinara and the holiday’s founder, Maulena Karenga, at a Kwanzaa celebration at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2003.

Mayflower 2: Cruise Control

With Thanksgiving approaching, Eric Bryan and Sarah thought it would be nice to explore the Mayflower expedition and talk about several of its common misconceptions.  Enjoy!

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PHOTO CREDIT: “Mayflower II” by Paul Keleher