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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January 17, 2022 38 min

This week Kiley cut a car into tiny pieces after the Crime of the Century in our old stomping grounds of Boston!

Topic: Anthony "Fats" Pino and the multi million dollar Brinks Robbery of 1950.

Music: "Another Day" by The Fisherman
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This week Kiley is witness to a "secret" treason committee hearing that takes place in a public courtyard, creating a controversy that wouldn't be truly resolved for one hundred years.

Topic: The False Treason of Alfred Dreyfus known as the Dreyfus Affair.

Music: "Another Day" by The Fisherman
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December 15, 2021 34 min

This week Jonathan gets arrested for diving into a pile of garbage to teach Kiley about the history of one of his family's favorite thanksgiving traditions.

Topic: The (Mostly) True History of "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" by Arlo Guthrie.

Music: "Another Day" by The Fisherman
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December 6, 2021 42 min

This week Kiley takes on our first listener suggested topic! Thanks Hanna for bringing us on a wild underdog story with some good tunes to kick off this holiday season!

Topic: Hector Berlioz and his Symphonie Fantastique, one of the most innovative symphonies of the 19th century.

Music: "Another Day" by The Fisherman

"Dream & Passions"...
"A Ball"...
"Scenes in the Country"...
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November 15, 2021 86 min

This week Kiley is seeing double as another halfwit takes up the hot seat and whisks us both on a thrilling adventure through the life of the greatest pirate in history!

Topic: Pirate Queen Zheng Yi Sao, Commander of the Guangdong Pirate Confederation.

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Music: "Another Day" by The Fisherman

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October 11, 2021 23 min

This week Jonathan plugs in to some old games and learns about the humble but tumultuous beginnings of at home console gaming.

Topic: The Atari Video Computer System

 Music: "Another Day" by The Fisherman

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September 20, 2021 19 min

This week Kiley takes up arms in the Ragamuffin War with Brazilian revolutionary and frequent rebel Anita Garibaldi.

Topic: Anita Garibaldi, the Spirit of The Age of Romanticism and Revolutionary Liberalism.

Music: "Another Day" by The Fisherman

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July 19, 2021 40 min

This week Kiley plays some poker in an old saloon and gets caught with the dead mans hand as she navigates shoot outs between Wild Bill and a guy who cant seem to stop flaunting fabrications.

Topic: The first murder of Wild Bill Hickok.

Music: "Another Day" by The Fisherman

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July 5, 2021 49 min

This week Kiley buys a ticket to the original "Greatest Show" and is reminded of a horrifying night as a girl scout camping in a museum. And that's probably the least horrific part of the episode.

Topic: The life of P.T. Barnum and his many opportunistic endeavors.

Music: "Another Day" by The Fisherman

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June 28, 2021 31 min

This week Jonathan throws on some fuzzy leg warmers and pops his headphones into a funny blue and metal brick that lets him jam out to his own beat  on the way to aerobics classes.

Topic: The Sony Walkman and the revolution of personal music.

Music: "Another Day" by The Fisherman

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June 21, 2021 39 min

This week Kiley has the worst day ever because the potatoes won't grow! So she sets sail to America just to find out the American Dream is built on the backs of labor violations.

Topic: The Molly Maguires, coal miner unions, and vigilante injustices.

 Music: "Another Day" by The Fisherman

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June 14, 2021 45 min

This week Jonathan visits his own backyard and is held prisoner of war by Indigenous Nations people and it turns out its not that bad. The New England Confederacy however, very bad.

Topic: Metacomet's War, aka King Phillip's War, aka the deadliest war in American History. Also Massasoit is a title, Ousamequin was the man's name, just another failing in American education.

Music: "Another Day" by The Fisherman

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June 7, 2021 38 min

This week Kiley throws on a crown, a bit of an accent, and downs some vodka before swaggering up to a Czarina and proclaiming herself ruler of Russia.

Topic: The Emperor of Russia, how he stole the throne, and how others assumed his fake identity afterwards.

Music: "Another Day" by The Fisherman

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June 2, 2021 40 min

This week Jonathan delves into the surprising life of Jack Kevorkian and everything that comes with the topic. Going to be honest, I was not expecting to find exactly what I did or how serious the subject is regardless of your side on the very controversial issue.

Content Warning: Suicide. Please skip this episode if that's something you struggle with.

Topic: Jack Kevorkian and his efforts to bring about change related to physici...

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May 24, 2021 35 min

This week Kiley tricks kids into bringing farm animals to school, but the prank backfires and creates a classic nursery rhyme.

Topic: Sarah Josepha Hale's nursery rhyme Mary's Lamb ( or Mary Had a Little Lamb)

Music: "Another Day" by The Fisherman

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May 17, 2021 27 min

This week Jonathan arms himself with a canvas diving suit, some seas sponges, and untold riches. Time flies when you have to rediscover clocks every few hundred years.

Topic: The worlds first computer, The Antikythera Mechanism.

 Music: "Another Day" by The Fisherman

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May 10, 2021 35 min

This week Kiley gets to live out some fantasies through the life of legendary librarian in a story of archiving, intrigue, and (most importantly) sugar daddies.

Topic: Legendary Librarian Belle daCosta Greene

 Music: "Another Day" by The Fisherman

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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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April 4, 2021 33 min

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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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.

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