August 15, 2014

Update your bookmarks and set sail!

If you haven't listened to my little update (sorry it wasn't an actual episode!), then allow me to be the first to tell you we're moving! This blog is no longer going to be the home of The Podcast History of Our World, as I'm moving everything on over to

Why the change? Well it's great to have a free website and all here but there are a few limitations that blogspot has. And I concede that it'd be much cooler to have a clean and professional looking site instead. There's so much more I can do with it without clogging up the layout too - maps, embedded stuff, css...code...ugh just one more thing to learn...but it's going to be good. Promise!

The site is up, so you're more than welcome to check it out and see the new spiffy look! I'm still working on it to make it even better but that's just frosting and stuff now.

I'll keep the blog up for a bit now but this is the last update I'll be posting on it! It was fun but onwards, upwards, that sort of thing. I'll probably set it to start redirecting folks soon too, so say bye bye to the blog and hellooooo pretty new website!

So remember

Yes, I tried to register just was so go I'm afraid.

July 31, 2014

49 - Empires and Invasions

Then the king said, “Venerable sir, will you discuss with me again?”
“If your majesty will discuss as a scholar, yes; but if you will discuss as a king, no.”
“How is it then that scholars discuss?”
“When scholars discuss there is a summing up and an unravelling; one or other is shown to be in error. He admits his mistake, yet he does not become angry.”
“Then how is it that kings discuss?”
“When a king discusses a matter and advances a point of view, if anyone differs from him on that point he is apt to punish him.”
“Very well then, it is as a scholar that I will discuss. Let your reverence talk without fear.”
from "The Debate of King Milinda"
It's not the normal type of image I use on the blog and I'll explain later!
Episode 49! Our last one in India for a while and we're off to a bold new chapter of Podcast History. Ooo where are we going next? You'll have to listen to find out!

Music: Saraseeruhasana

July 25, 2014

48 - Ashoka the Great

"Beloved-of-the-Gods speaks thus: Twelve years after my coronation I started to have Dhamma edicts written for the welfare and happiness of the people, and so that not transgressing them they might grow in the Dhamma. Thinking: "How can the welfare and happiness of the people be secured?" I give attention to my relatives, to those dwelling near and those dwelling far, so I can lead them to happiness and then I act accordingly. I do the same for all groups. I have honored all religions with various honors. But I consider it best to meet with people personally."

This Dhamma edict was written twenty-six years after my coronation. 
-Pillar Edict #6 of Ashoka
Err...I promise it will make sense in this episode
India's greatest emperor isn't known for his military conquests or building projects or really anything else other emperors do! What Ashoka has that others don't is a genuine compassion for life and a desire to spread happiness.

Well, I mean, after a youth spent doing the opposite...details, details!

Music: Sahana

July 12, 2014

47 - Chandragupta Maurya & Son

"A king desirous of expanding his own power shall make use of the six-fold policy. Agreements of peace shall be made with equal and superior kings; and an inferior king shall be attacked. Whoever goes to wage war with a superior king will be reduced to the same condition as that of a foot-soldier opposing an elephant. Just as the collision of an unbaked mud-vessel with a similar vessel is destructive to both, so war with an equal king brings ruin to both."
- Chanakya "The Arthashastra"
Why don't we get the adventures of Chandragupta and Chanakya here in the states?
This has incredible potential!

I initially planned on condensing the Mauryans into one episode but the more I read, the more I realized they're so interesting they need to be split up! If you're playing at home that means Ashoka won't be in this one but his dad and grandpappy are!

Music: Jaijaivanthi

July 5, 2014

46 - Magadha

"That lord of Mahapadma, King Nanda, will rule over the entire earth just like a second Parashurama (6th avatar of Vishnu), and no one will challenge his authority."
-Bhagavata Purana

It doesn't seem like much, but this site in Rajgir has a pretty morbid history behind it! For the background story you've got to listen!
Ooo an episode within a week of a previous episode? Sounds like I've got some time on my hands! This was supposed to be one large one, but instead I'll release this part first, and spend more time getting into the Mauryan Empire and what came after in the next episode. Enjoy!

Music: Pariyaachakamaa

June 30, 2014

I'm ready for my close up!

1) Make podcast
2) Appear on TV
3) ?????????????
4) Take over the world!
Well folks it happened. In case you didn't hear about it from my Facebook or Twitter pages, I'm a talking head/guest/history person...guy on the new H2 series United Stuff of America. Not just my voice but me - so if you've ever been inclined to see what I look like, here you go! (Guess I can't hide behind my microphone anymore.) Each episode focuses on a central theme like presidents, or the Mafia, and then highlights nine artifacts, along with their stories. Then a bunch of smart history people talk. Oh, and Rick Harrison from Pawn Stars is in it. No I didn't meet him or ask him to appraise my copy of Battletoads.

I actually really like the show! I'd say that even if I wasn't in it, but because I am in it I'll say I really, REALLY like the show. They understand that history is supposed to be a story - not a bunch of inconsequential facts and dates. And the show has the right mix of specialists and regulars to keep it interesting. Keith Hughes of the YouTube channel HipHughes History and I represent the online peeps, for example, and then there's authors and professors and such.

If you don't have H2 you can always stream the episodes from their website! Support your friendly neighborhood podcaster and give it a watch - I think you'll enjoy it!

New episodes of United Stuff of America air 10PM-11PM ET
United Stuff of America website