Tag Archives: Season 2

The Horrors of Unit 731

This week’s podcast touches on a very tough subject – the subject of brutal human experimentation during World War II.

This episode is not for those who are easily put-off by graphic descriptions of violence, so consider this a fair warning for the content of this week’s podcast.

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The Life of Baroness Lovelace (Flash Edition)

Geeked on History covers the tragically short story of one of the greatest female scientists in history: Augusta Ada Lovelace in this flash edition.

This was a podcast originally recorded for The History Podcasters Network, so you may notice some differences (like no intro track!) but the information is the same quality you’ve come to expect from the show!

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“Surprise, Kill and Vanish” – Meet The JEDBURGHs

Hello again, Geeks!

In today’s podcast, we get our hands a little dirty on World War 2 history. I know, I know. I used it as a point of pride to say that we tried to avoid covering too many topics in the WWII era, but I feel that this topic qualifies as quality content for Geeked on History ears.

Operation JEDBURGH was an old concept applied with new effectiveness. Gone were the days of security deep within the borders of a rapidly advancing front. When air troop transports can drop covert teams of saboteurs behind your lines, any illusions of safety evaporated like water on a hot summer day.

So nestle in with your choice of summer beverage (I’ll take a Bell’s Oberon, please!) and enjoy the podcast!

And don’t forget to stay geeky!

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The Dreaded Demon Core

Welcome back, geeks!

Today we’re going to revisit one of my favorite topics – nuclear/cold war history.

At the very end of WWII, the Americans developed one of the most terrifying weapons that the world has ever seen. Powered by a chunk of enriched and unstable fissile material, the parts of the weapons were almost as dangerous to human life as their sum.

Because of the lives that it took, one such core would come to be known by its sinister and ominous moniker: The Demon Core.

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The Berlin Airlift – A Geeked on History Interview

Hello again, geeks!

Welcome back to all the faithful listeners of the Geeked on history podcast. It’s been about a month, and to celebrate the return of the podcast I have a very special treat for all of you!

The Berlin Airlift was one of the very first major confrontations of the post-war era. Disagreements with how to handle the city of Berlin after Nazi control had been usurped put the gears of the cold war in motion in a renewed ideological conflict that would entangle almost every nation on Earth in one way or another.

The USSR had their sights set on control of the entire European continent, to include Germany and the city of Berlin, which was being shared by the four major allies in World War II.

The Soviet Union had constructed a scheme to supply all of Berlin exclusively by controlling the supply chain into the city from all sides. The United States; not planning on being cut out of the future of the capitol of Germany, decided to try a radical solution to circumventing Soviet ground control. Instead of sending in ground convoys, they would send convoys in the air.

In this week’s episode, I take a divergence from the normal format and interview a veteran I met (by way of absolute luck) to get his viewpoint on the conflict, and understand how the event worked from someone who was on the front lines.

I’d like to send a special thanks out to my veteran friend Bob Gload for taking the time out to sit down with me and discuss his experience and to my good friend Ryan Duff for taking on the task of editor for the podcast. Without either of these two incredible gentlemen, we wouldn’t be able to hear┬áthis very special podcast.

Enjoy!

 

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The Endless Winter of 1816

In 1816, unusual global weather patterns caused what would have been the summer months, to be an extension of winter. Crops failed, and many died from starvation and disease throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Listen to this week’s podcast to hear more!

 

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The Bizarre Murders at Hinterkaifeck Farmstead (Flash Edition)

For this week’s podcast, I wanted to explore a bit of the darker side of history. Historic mysteries are the best kinds of mysteries, and while Geeked on History tries to steer clear of history that is difficult to cite, exceptions will be made for certain topics.

In 1922, one of the most unsettling unsolved mass murders occurred in farm country, Germany. While the fact that the murders remain unsolved, the secrets of the murdered family contribute to this odd and creepy story.

Who would want to murder a family living on a farm in the middle of nowhere in Germany? What happened inside that barn? What horrors did 7-year-old Cazilia see when she walked into the pitch darkness of the old farm shed?

As promised, you can find a few of the crime-scene photos taken at the Hinterkaifeck farmstead attached to this post.

 

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The Massacre at Mountain Meadows

September 11th symbolizes tragedy for Americans for the terrorist attacks in 2011. For some people in the USA, September 11th stands for another American tragedy – the massacre of 120 innocent travelers through Utah territory.

 

 

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Season 2 Mascott

Last season, I chose the esteemed J. Robert Oppenheimer – famed lead engineer for the Manhattan Project as our mascot for the podcast.

This season, I have decided on a particularly striking photograph of Audrey Hepburn, famous for her film roles during the 1950’s and 60’s.

Later in life, she was a humanitarian working in countries like Vietnam, Turkey, Somalia and Bangladesh to name a few.