Season 1 is almost complete – An important announcement of upcoming changes to Geeked on History

Hello readers and listeners!

I have decided to end the first season of Geeked on History a little sooner than I had planned to. I wanted to take us into 13 episodes, but I’m finding that 10 might be the right number to end on so that I can begin working in some important changes to the operation of the podcast.

Here are a few highlights of what to expect:

  1. The last episode of Season I will be posted on 7 April, 2014
  2. I expect to have my changes made, and episode 1 of Season II posted by 4 May, 2014
  3. I may be adding a “donate” button to the site for listeners who feel compelled to support the podcast monetarily
  4. Roll out a new intro track for the podcast
  5. Changing the release format from once per week to once every-other week (or possibly more frequent)

Part of what I’m planning on using this time for is to regroup a little in celebration of our 100th geek to subscribe and make some changes to increase the quality of the podcast looking forward to the 200th geek.

I want to be able to have the time I need in order to do quality research on the topics going forward, and a weekly release schedule for someone who works a day job is a bit too much to reflect the kind of quality I want to see in this podcast.

I want to be able to plan a schedule and mess with some themes for Season II so that Geeked on History doesn’t turn into a grinding history podcast, but more of a thoughtful look at history.

So without turning this post into an endless slog of details, I’ll end it here pledging that I WILL RETURN! Better…more entertaining, and with higher quality topics and research.

Thanks for faithfully listening! Stay geeky!

The Magical Mythical Moulin Rouge

We’ve all heard the name at some point, but just what was this place? Part dance club, part brothel, part hippie commune, the Moulin Rouge might be one of the most fascinating topics for the Geeked on History podcast yet!

 

 

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The Story of the Anacreontic Song (flash edition!!)

What’s that? You say you’ve never heard the Anacreontic Song before? I’m willing to bet that you have! Learn the history of the song and why it’s important to both British and American culture in this brief Flash Edition podcast.

 

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What’s the big deal about Crimea?

Hi there, Geeks!

Geeked on History was never meant to be a show about current events, so I’ve found myself having to make some decisions about the future of the podcast given what’s been happening in the news. I keep this giant master list of topics that I want to cover at some point, and over the last week, I’ve felt the urge to push this particular topic up on the schedule.

Since Friday of last week, there has been an ongoing crisis in an area that not many people in the United States know much about.

On February 28th, 2014 the news has reported that elements of the Russian military have invaded a region in South-Eastern Ukraine called Crimea. Crimea is a very old territory, and has been disputed for many years by both Russian and Ukrainian interests. The most famous contest over this area was the Crimean War.

The Crimean war lasted some 2 years and change starting in October 1853 and ending in February 1856.

The original Crimean War is a bit of a complex conflict that I hope to cover in greater detail in the podcast (there I said it!) that will be coming out soon, so in this blog post I wanted to point out a little about the strategic significance of the Crimean region.

 

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Here is a picture of the region surrounding the Black Sea. Crimea is circled in red, and the arrow you see in the lower left is pointing to the reason that Crimea has always been so important to Russian interests.

Sevastopol is home to a very important port to Russia that allows an outlet into the Black  Sea from which they can launch seabound vessels.

Let’s zoom in on the arrow now:

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The red area is the Bosphorus strait, which dumps seagoing vessels into the sea of Marmara, which uses the Dardanelle strait as an outlet to the Aegean Sea. The Aegean Sea then connects you easily to all of Southern Europe, so if Russia controls the port in Crimea, they have a much more direct and faster trade route through this path, than they do going overland through a number of different countries.

Hopefully this short preview gives you enough back-story to understand why this region is going to play such an integral role when you hear about it in the news.

Keep your ear to the ground for the upcoming podcast on the Crimean war, and make sure you all stay geeky!

 

 

Andrew Jackson: The Bear (Part III)

In the final part of the Andrew Jackson series we ask the question, has there ever been a president more into dueling? We round out our three part series on Andrew Jackson through an assassination attempt, and his death.

 

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