August 30, 2012

Making history on the facebooks!

The Podcast History of Our World is on Facebook!

To my friends out there who have liked that page already, many thanks! It's support like that which makes me confident that this is really going to take off.

Now to everyone else out there, don't forget to like the page! The more I get, the more I can switch over to, start professionally hosting the podcast with a feed and then....iTunes!! Which is the real goal here!

Oh, yeah, history. Yeah that's important too. What did I say? Ah, it doesn't matter.

August 29, 2012

3- Legacy of Prometheus

It takes two flints to make a fire
- Louisa May Alcott

It's the third episode and things are getting weird in the evolutionary world! Who are these neandertals with their low brows and primitive ideas, and why do so many politicians look like them? (That's a little political humor for you all! The yuks just keep on coming here at TPHOOW!)

When you're done listening to the episode, don't forget to listen to the theories of the eminent professor of anthropology Dr. Karl Pilkington on the genetics between man and chimpanzee. It's a truly fascinating lecture!

And as I've done before, all the picture links and articles will be posted within the day or so. I'll also be posting a bibliography for all the works cited to date so no one tries to sue me. As my legal team, of the moment, consists of a half eaten donut and a briefcase full of shredded newspaper.

MP3 Direct Link

Music Credits

MacLeod, Kevin - Dubakupado
SFX - Mike Koenig, The Recordist
Travel Music - Guy Whitmore

Episode Links

Neandertal skull from La-Chapelle-Aux-Saints
Range of the Neandertal
Great site for showing how to make pigment from red ochre
Ice Age Twins found completely covered in red ochre...found this after the episode went up
Chunks of raw red ochre
Great chart showing how dog breeds develop

August 28, 2012

Using fairly IS fair use!

First off, episode three will be up either tomorrow or Thursday which makes me three for three in pumping out weekly episodes! To compensate for chapter two's shortness, this one will be a bit longer and hopefully answer all your questions about neandertal man, and early homo sapiens!

As I build more content in order to prepare for the inevitable iTunes submission, I'm concerned that my vision of not having one theme song, but instead playing cool, relevant and unique music based on the time period of the episode, isn't going to cut it in the court of law.

As stated on the Creative Common's Legal Guide:

Fair Use Under Copyright Law And Its Application To Podcasts.

A “fair use” is copying any protected material (texts, sounds, images, etc.) for a limited and “transformative” purpose, like criticizing, commenting, parodying, news reporting, teaching the copyrighted work. Under the US copyright laws, fair use “is not an infringement of copyright.” Judges typically consider four factors that are set forth in the Copyright Act. These factors are non-exclusive, so judges are permitted to consider other facts in addition to these. However, in the vast majority of cases, courts limit their analysis to these factors (you can read more detail about these factors at
The Brennan Center's excellent public policy report entitled “Will Fair Use Survive?: Free Expression in the Age of Copyright Control” provides a analysis of how fair use has played out in numerous scenarios over recent years:

- the purpose and character of your use (this is sometimes called the “transformative factor”);

- the nature of the copyrighted work (e.g., is the work highly creative fiction warranting broader protection, or is it highly factual warranting narrower protection?);

- the amount and substantiality of the portion taken, (as compared both to the underlying work and the work in which the copying is used); and

- the effect of the use upon the potential market (e.g., did the copyrighted work lose market share or potential market share?).

In addition, some commentators refer to a “fifth fair use factor” which hinges on good faith -- whether your conduct might be considered “morally offensive,” Judges and juries are human, and their decisions can be swayed by whether they think you are a "good or bad” actor (see

Now I have a response and an argument ready for each one of those talking points, but the fact remains that without express permission or a license, I can't play the music I want during the podcast. Bummer.

~~~ HOWEVER ~~~

That doesn't mean I can't find awesome royalty free music to play! I'm exploring different options to bring you some really neat tunes that will still hold true to the tone of the episode. And if their are any musicians out there who would like to donate their time period appropriate work to the show, well that would be great too!
Oh, and just because I can't play the music, doesn't mean I can't mention what I was going to play in the first place! Ahem. So, in case you're curious, episode three WOULD have begun with this song:

Thanks for visiting the blog and listening to the podcast! It's only going to get better and better from here!

August 23, 2012

2 - The Dawn of Man

When life gives you lemons, you make HISTORY.

Episode two is up and filled with more environmental and biological controversies than you could throw a monkey at! We'll be taking a look at the early days of mankind, back when a good day was finding a semi fermented fruit and not getting eaten by a dinofelis. Good times!

MP3 Direct Link

Music Credits

Taylor, Terry S. "Skullmonkeys (The Theme)." From Imaginarium. 2000, MP3 file.

August 16, 2012

1 - Let There Be History

The very first episode of my humble podcast!

All stories have a beginning, and ours goes all the way back to the Big Bang. We'll also listen to some creation myths to see how early man explained the world.

Don't forget to email me with your comments, criticisms and suggestions!

MP3 Direct Link

Episode Links

Music Credits for Chapter 1

Bach, J.S.. "Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047: III. Allegro assai"; Unknown Orchestra

Unknown Composer. "Moon Dancer"; Mark Hicks

Unknown Composer. "Sumerian Music 1", Music of the Ancient Sumerians, Egyptians and Greeks; ensemble De Organographia

Zumi-Kai Original Instrumental Group. "Haru No Kyoku", Koto Music of Japan

August 14, 2012


Hello Internet, and welcome to The Podcast History of Our World! This will be the main blog for my podcast, in which I will piece together the history of the world from all cultures and perspectives. Definitely a herculean effort, but one which, as far as I know, hasn't been attempted yet. We live in a new, global community and it's about time for history to be taught as such. This podcast will show you connections you might never have imagined, events that are underdiscussed, little talked about heroes and villains, and all the historical miscellanea and oddities you need to win any trivia night.

 By the end of this week, the first chapter will be available for download. The script is done, I'm just waiting on a better microphone to arrive.

I'm excited for history. You should be too! It's a wild, weird ride and we won't be stopping. Well, maybe if we see a Snuckey's. I hear their pecan flavored candy is pretty good.