Everything Everywhere Podcast
The Cadaver Synod
In January 897, something unprecedented took place in Rome. Pope Formosus, the leader of the Catholic Church, was put on trial. What made this unprecedented wasn’t that the pope was on trial, although that was unprecedented. The remarkable thing was that Pope Formosus had died nine months earlier, and it was his exhumed corpse that was in the courtroom. Learn more about the Cadaver Synod, perhaps the oddest trial in history, on this episode of Everything Everywhere Daily.
Rio Rico: The Town That Forgot It Was Part of the United States
International borders can be very strange things. Sometimes they measured down to the millimeter and a heavily marked and fortified. Other times they run through desolate areas where hardly anyone pays attention to the actual location. The latter was the case with much of the US/Mexican border in the early 20th century, and it caused a great deal of confusion. Learn more about Rio Rico, the American town that everyone thought was a Mexican town, and then it actually was.
How The Secret to Silk Was Smuggled Out of China
There was no product more important to the economy of the ancient world than silk. Silk was transported thousands of miles to be purchased by people so far away from its source that they had no clue where it came from. The source of silk, however, was China, and for centuries, they had a monopoly, which brought them tremendous wealth. That was until they didn’t. Learn more about how the secret to silk was smuggled out of China, and the silk monopoly was broken.
The East Africa Rift
Today there is a giant rift that is tearing the continent of Africa apart. ..and I mean this quite literally because the rift isn’t cultural, economic, or political, it’s geologic. In several million years, Africa will be split into two continents, and while the process will take a long time, you see ample evidence for it right now. Learn more about the East African Rift and how it has shaped the modern continent of Africa on this episode of Everything Everywhere Daily.
If you are listening to me speak these words, regardless of where in the world you live, you are part of a global network we call human civilization. You share in the ideas, technology, and goods created worldwide and by people in your community. Most people on the planet are a part of this system. But not everyone. Some people have remained separated from this system and still live in their traditional ways today. Learn more about uncontacted people, who they are, and where they live.
The History of Insurance
Insurance seems like a pretty modern concept. There are insurance commercials on television, and insurance companies sponsor major sports teams. Most of us have to buy insurance, or we are at least under someone else’s insurance policy. However, insurance is far from a modern concept. It is actually one of the oldest financial arrangements in human history. Learn more about insurance, how it was created, and how it works on this episode of Everything Everywhere Daily.
The Lost Colony of Roanoke
In 1585, Sir Walter Raleigh established an English colony on an island in what is today the state of North Carolina. After a slow start, over 100 people moved to the island to start a new life and establish this English outpost at the edge of the new world. When a ship returned to the colony in 1590, what they found shocked them and began a mystery that remains unsolved to this day. Learn more about the Lost Colony of Roanoke and the puzzle that still challenges historians.
Attila the Hun
During the 5th century, one name struck fear into the hearts of almost every European: Attila, leader of the Huns. For a period of almost 20 years, Attila ravaged Europe, conquering various tribes and causing one of the largest migrations ever seen on the continent. Then, quite suddenly and unexpectedly, the conquests of Attila stopped, and the Huns were no longer a major power. Learn more about Attila the Hun and how he changed the course of European history.
Tsutomu Yamaguchi: The Man Who Survived Two Atomic Bombs
There were millions of stories that came out of the second world war. However, there were none like that of Tsutomu Yamaguchi. On August 6, 1945, he survived an event that no one in world history had encountered before. Just three days later, he had the misfortune of having to go through it again. Learn more about Tsutomu Yamaguchi, the man who survived not one but two atomic bombs, on this episode of Everything Everywhere Daily.
The Meteor That Determined the Outcome of a Battle
There are many factors that go into the outcome of a battle. The number of soldiers, training, supplies, the weather, and the terrain the battle is fought on all play a part in determining the outcome. However, the biggest factor is the one that no one can control: luck. There has never been a battle where luck played a greater role than one that took place over 2,000 years ago. Learn more about the astronomical event that determined the outcome of a battle.
The Solomon Islands
Lying northeast of Australia and almost east of Papua New Guinea lies one of the world’s lesser-known and seldom visited countries: The Solomon Islands. The country has few resources, is located on no major shipping routes, and is seldom mentioned in any news stories whatsoever. Yet it played a major role in the Second World War and is one of the most linguistically diverse places on the planet. Learn more about the Solomon Islands, it’s past and present.
There is a particular type of number that is so common we have keys on calculators to handle them. However, thousands of years ago, their discovery was so upsetting to one group that it may have led to the destruction of their religion and possibly the murder of the man who made the discovery. Today, they are commonplace enough to be taught in grade schools. Learn more about irrational numbers and their place in the world of mathematics on this episode of Everything Everywhere Daily.
The Origin of Words and Phrases: Sports
The English language is a very odd thing. We use many phrases and idioms every day that make no sense if you don’t understand the cultural references behind them. In particular, we have a large number of idioms that come from the world of sports. Idioms which are often used by people who know nothing about the sport being referenced. Learn more about idioms and phrases in the English language that have their origin in sports on this episode of Everything Everywhere Daily.
The 1980 Eruption of Mount St. Helens
On May 18, 1980, one of the most violent and cataclysmic natural disasters of the modern era took place. Mount St. Helens, a stratovolcano located approximately 100 miles or 160 kilometers south of Seattle, exploded. The effects of the explosion could be noticed over 1,000 miles away, and it forever changed the landscape of southern Washington State. Learn more about Mount Saint Helens, the explosion, and its future, on this episode of Everything Everywhere Daily.
The World’s Most Dangerous Substances
There are a great many chemicals that are dangerous to work with. Things that you wouldn’t want to get on your skin or somehow ingest. However, there is a category beyond that of substances that are so dangerous that many chemists wouldn’t want to work with them under any circumstances. Things are so dangerous that even the smallest error could result in a disaster in the laboratory. Learn more about the most dangerous substances in the world on this episode of Everything Everywhere Daily.