Halfwit History

Halfwit History

Hosts Jonathan & Kiley talk about the upcoming week, but a long time ago (and sometimes not so long ago). Occasionally, they even know what they are talking about! Join them in exploring topics like Space Monkeys, Teleportation, Viking Battles, Death Poems, and more!

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May 3, 2021 41 min

This week Kiley sits down to talk about a cautionary tale of telling a crush you like them... in front of a live studio audience. Worst that can happen is they don't like you back, right?

Topic: The Jenny Jones Show Murder

Music: "Another Day" by The Fisherman.?

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Surprise! You get a brief appearance from us even though we are on a quick break because silly me forgot we had this episode in the bank! Now I'm doubly embarrassed we didn't do this a few days ago for April Fools... Anyways, enjoy the show and we'll resume regularly scheduled episodes in May!

This week Kiley takes a tour of the middle east with an extremely influential policy maker, archeologist, and explorer.

Topic: Ger...

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March 2, 2021 5 min

The stress of, well, the whole last year got to us and we didn't want to admit it. So now we are. BUT that doesn't mean this is goodbye, and it doesn't mean we aren't working on the show!

We decided to stop forcing ourselves to try to catch up and instead we are already working on and getting ready to record episodes for May. With this change of tactic Jonathan will be able to come back to doing topics as well inste...

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February 1, 2021 42 min

This week Kiley gets involved with the most tried and true aspects of politics. Bribery, oil, and a sprinkle of cabinet wide corruption. Almost sounds like we aren't back in history for this one.

Topic: Henry Sinclair,  Edward Doheny, and one of the most scandalous presidents, Warren G. Harding's involvement in the Teapot Dome Oil Reserve Scandal.

Music: "Another Day" by The Fisherman

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January 18, 2021 24 min

This week Kiley puts on her oil rigging gear to drill where no oil rigger has ever rigged oil before, a common water well. And even then she wasn't drilling for water but... children?

Topic: Baby Jessica, The Nations Baby who Fell in a Well.

Music: "Another Day" by The Fisherman

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January 4, 2021 35 min

This week Kiley goes to to Paris to see a magnificent, opulent, tremendous, stupendous, gargantuan, bedazzlement, a sensual ravishment, a spectacular spectacular, of a show!

Topic: The Real History of the Moulin Rouge!

Music: "Another Day" by The Fisherman

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November 16, 2020 33 min

This week Kiley dusts of her skirt of bananas, joins the French Resistance, and punches some Nazis.  All in a day's work, at least it was for Josephine Baker.

Topic: The Black Venus of the Jazz Age, Josephine Baker.

Music: "Another Day" by The Fisherman

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November 12, 2020 46 min

This week Jonathan goes under the dome to try surviving with the last remaining humans on earth! But boy is everyone hangry...

Topic: Biosphere 2 and Spaceship Earth

Music: "Another Day" by The Fisherman

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October 12, 2020 37 min

This week Kiley visits World War II to tell us a story of the man who helped expose Auschwitz, by volunteering to enter it.

Topic: Witold Pelicki, Polish Resistance Fighter and Infiltrator of Auschwitz.

 Music: "Another Day" by The Fisherman

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October 11, 2020 27 min

This week Jonathan treks through the stars with the first woman of color to go to space, as she looks at some frogs, grows some crystals, and plans the future of space travel.

Topic: Mission Specialist Dr. Mae Jemison, STS-47, and 100 Year Star Ship.

Music: "Another Day" by The Fisherman

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September 16, 2020 31 min

This week Kiley becomes a citizen of a fake island that loves to wedge themselves into fringe records to solidify their claim as a nation.

Topic: The Principality of Sealand, the Rogue Nation Built on an Anti-Aircraft Platform.

Music: "Another Day" by The Fisherman

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September 14, 2020 34 min

This week Jonathan discovers the fairly scientific origin of the college dorm staple, Instant Ramen. 

Topic: Momofuku Ando's Invention of Chikin Ramen and Cup Noodle.

Music: "Another Day" by The Fisherman

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September 5, 2020 37 min

This week Kiley gets mixed up with some bad baguettes and shipped off to a French prison island filled with murders, thieves, but mostly people who spoke out against the government. You know, the real heinous crimes.

Topic: The Penal Colony of French Guiana, commonly known as Devil's Island.

Music: "Another Day" by The Fisherman

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September 1, 2020 35 min

This week Jonathan puts his ear, a Very Large Array of ears, and a Big Ear to the stars and gets a message from 122 million light years away. WOW!

Topic: The WOW! Signal and Radio Astronomy

 Music: "Another Day" by The Fisherman.

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August 9, 2020 29 min

This week Jonathan gets a little... colorful? Off-color? Blue? Join us as we dive into the film career of the man who brought us the Campbell's Soup Cans.

Topic: Andy Warhol's Blue Movie and the Arrest of the Staff of the Garrick Theater.

Music: "Another Day" by The Fisherman.

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August 9, 2020 51 min

This week Kiley joins the CIA and observes some of the most dangerous office pranks of them all. Or does she? We can't remember. There is no war in CIA.

Topics: The Top Secret Central Intelligence Agency Mind Control Program, MKUltra.

Music: "Another Day" by The Fisherman.

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July 23, 2020 33 min

This week Kiley robs some miners of their gold, their horses, and their lives!

Topic: Joaquin Murrieta, The Robin Hood of El Dorado, and Possible Inspiration for Zorro

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Music: "Another Day" by The Fisherman.

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July 19, 2020 36 min

This week Jonathan talks about one of Kiley's favorite critters, the house cat, and how one man changed their perception from ferocious hunter to lavish lap animal.

Topic: Harrison Weir and the first competitive cat show at Crystal Palace in London.

Music: "Another Day" by The Fisherman.

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July 9, 2020 34 min

This week Kiley joins a secret society in order to push out invading colonizing forces of Spain.

Topic: The Philippine Revolutionary Secret Society of the Supreme and Venerable Association of the Children of the Nation.

 Music: "Another Day" by The Fisherman.

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July 9, 2020 31 min

This week Jonathan goes on a hunt for one of the most well documented cryptids, but what he finds hundreds of years earlier is much scarier than any monster.

Topic: The Many Legends and Truths of the Leeds Monster, the Devil of Leads, the Jersey Devil.

Music: "Another Day" by The Fisherman.

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