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How Did We Not Know That

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Hosts Jac and Nat are fresh out of college and studying for the Foreign Service Officer Test. Unfortunately, they have quickly realized how little they know about world history. Join them each week as they sit down and have a conversation about influential moments in history and ask, “How did we not… read more

76 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

Replay: Did Rasputin Have Magical Powers?

September 15th, 2021

48:12

An evil sorcerer, undercover spy, and the secret lover of the Empress. A man of great mystery and intrigue, the infamous Rasputin has been called all …

Singapore Was Kicked Out Of Malaysia?

September 8th, 2021

37:47

Did you know Singapore used to be part of Malaysia? With its ideal location, bustling economy, and cultural melting pot you'd think any country would …

Replay: Who REALLY Won The Space Race?

September 2nd, 2021

38:20

During our mid-season break, we will be revisiting some of our favorite episodes from past seasons. In this episode, Jac covers the Space Race between the Soviet Union and the US.  

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What's Going On In Afghanistan? | Minisode #20

August 18th, 2021

10:48

In this episode of "What's Going On?" with Nat, we talk about the recent developments following the U.S.'s withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. 

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What Happened At Residential Schools?

August 12th, 2021

43:00

In this special collaboration with the Scrolls & Leaves podcast, Jac and Nat discuss the not so distant history of Canadian residential schools …

How Much Are The Tokyo Olympics? | Minisode #19

August 4th, 2021

7:13

The 2021 Tokyo Olympics are in its final stretch this week, but did you notice anything different this year? There were no fans! Price of delaying the Olympics a year + no ticket sale revenue to cover the costs = one …

God Save The Queen?

July 28th, 2021

35:42

From the absolute monarchies in medieval times to the soft, elderly Queen Elizabeth II today, have you ever wondered how the British Monarchs got to …

How Do You Solve A Hostage Crisis?

July 21st, 2021

39:40

The relationship between Iran and the US has always been a rough one, and in today's episode we're going to highlight one of the major events that has shaped this relationship. The Iran Hostage Crisis defined the future …

Who Has The Drugs?

July 14th, 2021

42:34

Efforts to stamp out the drug trade in Latin America have been met with horrific violence and retaliation. As countries struggle to combat drug …

The Korean War Created K-Pop?

July 7th, 2021

1:08:46

In this episode, we are joined by a very special guest, Becky from the Halfie Project! Becky shares with us the history of K-Pop and how influential …

Minisode #18: What’s Going on in Tigray?

July 2nd, 2021

11:43

In this episode of the miniseries "What's Going On?", Nat breaks down the violent conflict developing in Ethiopia between rebels in the region of …

How Can I Study Abroad? | The Gilman Scholarship

June 23rd, 2021

25:57

Study abroad is expensive, but luckily there are scholarships available to help! In this guest episode, we talk about the founding of the Benjamin A. …

What Are Cryptocurrencies? | Minisode #17

June 16th, 2021

11:46

The days of everyone else getting rich off of Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Doge without you are OVER! In this Econ With Jac Episode, Jac explains what cryptocurrencies are, why people like them, and most importantly how to …

Is Fritz Haber Our Savior Or Our Worst Nightmare?

June 9th, 2021

35:33

Fritz Haber is arguably one of the most influential people in the world, and yet most listeners probably haven't heard his story before. He's the reason most of us exist today, and yet he's also responsible for …

Minisode #16: What's Going On In Papua?

June 4th, 2021

13:24

In the first episode of Nat's new current events miniseries "What's Going On?", we dive into the province of West Papua and its pursuit towards independence from Indonesia. 

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Japan Occupied Korea?

May 26th, 2021

36:58

!!!TRIGGER WARNING: This Episode Contains Discussion on Sexual Assault, Listener Discretion is Advised 

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Minisode #15: Capitalism, Socialism, Communism, Oh My!

May 19th, 2021

11:08

In this Econ With Jac minisode, Jac covers the history and clear definition of the three most popular economic and political theories: Capitalism, …

The Philippines Was An American Colony? | Spanish-American War Pt. 2

May 12th, 2021

25:42

Most Americans will be shocked to learn that once upon a time on the opposite of the world, the US held a colonial territory in the Philippines. Even …

How Did America Become An Imperialist Power? | Spanish-American War Pt. 1

May 5th, 2021

24:41

In the year 1898, the once-mighty Spanish empire crumbled within a matter of months. Who was there to pick up the pieces? None other than the young but ambitious nation of the United States of America. In the Season 3 …

Who Are The Viet Minh?

April 7th, 2021

24:53

What does independence mean to you? In our season 2 finale episode, Jac covers the underdogs of the French Indochina War and their fight for freedom. Special thank you to our History Heroes (Patrons) for choosing this …

Minisode #14: What is Economics?

March 31st, 2021

6:36

What even is Economics? This Econ With Jac Episode does one thing only, and it's to break down what Economics is, in very simple terms. After …

Is It A Fight For Equality Or Ethnic Cleansing?

March 24th, 2021

22:39

Zanzibar's long history of racial and socioeconomic tensions has forced us to confront some difficult questions. What happens when the fight against …

Minisode #13: Liberalism

March 18th, 2021

6:58

In the second part of the miniseries on theories of international relations, Nat discusses the theory of liberalism. 

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Is Bulgaria Out Of Our League?

March 10th, 2021

27:13

Teamwork makes the dream work, but what happens when your mates turn against you? In this episode, Jac covers the incredible story of the Balkan Wars; where the Balkan League, a quadruple alliance, helped free territory …

How Fast Can A Democracy Fall?

March 3rd, 2021

55:22

Chile was a strong constitutional government with a long history of democracy until September 11, 1973, when it all came crashing down. Augusto …

Minisode #12: Monetarist Economics

February 24th, 2021

6:08

Everybody has an opinion! In another episode of the Econ With Jac series, Jac covers Monetarist Economics: a direct criticism of Keynesian Economics.

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Why Are Israel And Palestine Fighting?

February 17th, 2021

19:46

Despite what your teachers may have taught you about the war in the holy lands, the present-day Israeli-Palestinian conflict started in the early …

Minisode #11: Realism

February 10th, 2021

9:11

If you're interested in foreign policy or international studies, you should be familiar with different theories of international relations. Realism …

Who Shot Bob Marley?

February 3rd, 2021

34:40

CIA arms deals, gang violence turned into warfare, and reggae music: what happens when the fight between socialism and capitalism becomes deadly? In …

Minisode #10: Keynesian Economics

January 27th, 2021

7:43

Most people have heard of Adam Smith and Karl Marx, but what about John Maynard Keynes? Join Jac as she sheds some light on the younger, lesser-known …

Why Did India And Pakistan Start Fighting?

January 20th, 2021

25:34

Muslims. Hindus. Christians. Sikhs.

Long ago, the four religions lived together in harmony (for the most part). Then, everything changed when the British attacked (drew a line)...

In this episode, Jac takes us through …

Finland Sided With Nazi Germany? | Russo-Finnish Wars Pt. 2

January 13th, 2021

19:22

In Part 2 of the Russo-Finnish War series, Nat covers the Continuation War and the difficult decision Finland had to make in order to preserve its …

The Finns Invented The Molotov Cocktail? | Russo-Finnish Wars Pt. 1

January 7th, 2021

29:39

Today, Finland is at the forefront of international peacekeeping efforts, but some may be surprised to learn about its violent history in the 20th …

How Did The Chinese Get Hooked On Heroin?

December 16th, 2020

31:46

How far would you go to make money? What if it led to the entire downfall of a nation and the suffering of millions? In this episode, Jac takes us …

How Many Chinas Are There?

December 10th, 2020

38:57

In 1972, President Richard Nixon did the unthinkable: he became the first US president to visit communist China. Ping pong tournaments, free pandas, and photo-ops with Chairman Mao; what exactly happened in Beijing? In …

The Night Witches of WW2 | Bonus Episode

December 2nd, 2020

23:53

Did you know women served in WW2? In this bonus episode, Jac takes us through the history of the Night Witches, an all-female night bomber regiment from the Soviet Union. Special shoutout to our friends over at 'Woman …

Why Are You Crying, Argentina?

November 26th, 2020

32:28

If you've heard the hit song "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina", you've definitely heard the name Evita. Eva Perón is considered to be one of the most …

How Do We Fix U.S. HealthCare? | Universal Health Care Pt. 3

November 18th, 2020

23:54

The issue on every American's mind for the past century: What is wrong with our healthcare system? Why do we spend the most on healthcare, yet fail to deliver basic coverage to every American? The United States …

Can We Cover Everyone? | Universal Health Care Pt. 2

November 11th, 2020

16:42

The issue on every American's mind for the past century: What is wrong with our healthcare system? Why do we spend the most on healthcare, yet fail to deliver basic coverage to every American? The United States …

Is Socialized Medicine Real? | Universal Health Care Pt. 1

November 4th, 2020

16:34

The issue on every American's mind for the past century: What is wrong with our healthcare system? Why do we spend the most on healthcare, yet fail to deliver basic coverage to every American? The United States …

How Long Did Apartheid Last?

October 28th, 2020

34:14

South Africa, one of the most beautiful countries in the world, has an ugly past marked by one of the severest examples of racial segregation in …

Did Rasputin Have Magical Powers?

October 21st, 2020

48:12

An evil sorcerer, undercover spy, and the secret lover of the Empress. A man of great mystery and intrigue, the infamous Rasputin has been called all …

What Is A Mooncake?

October 7th, 2020

14:50

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! Here's the Chinese legend of how the ancient Asian festival came to be.
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What's Going On In The Middle East?

October 1st, 2020

33:24

The Middle East is an incredibly diverse and complex region, but it’s oftentimes disregarded by Western media as too confusing or too complicated to …

There Are Two Irelands?

September 23rd, 2020

34:39

Ireland: the home of gorgeous coastal mountains and grassy plains. Yet, despite the beauty and charm, the island of Ireland has a long history of conflict. So much so, that the island is split into two *not physically …

Minisode #9: The Iditarod

August 27th, 2020

8:45

Ever wonder if anyone still dog sleds? They do, and they have a race for it too. 

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How Many US Presidents Have Been Assassinated?

August 25th, 2020

36:49

Most Americans are familiar with the assassinations of JFK and Lincoln, but what about James Garfield? Despite the fact that he was considered to be …

Minisode #8: The US Territory of American Samoa

August 20th, 2020

8:53

In the 4th and final part of the miniseries on permanently inhabited US territories, Nat covers the history of American Samoa and how fa’a Samoa (the Samoan way of life) has been preserved throughout centuries.

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So You Want To Be A Billionaire?

August 18th, 2020

30:08

In a time where billionaires roamed the earth, it seemed as if everything in the United States was gold. Spoiler Alert: It wasn't. If your last name …

Minisode #7: The US Territory of the Virgin Islands

August 13th, 2020

7:20

In Part 3 of the miniseries on permanently-inhabited US territories, Nat covers the unique history of the US Virgin Islands and how a $554 million purchase changed the map of the US permanently.

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What's The Big Deal With Voting In 2020?

August 11th, 2020

29:29

We've got a HUGE election coming up in 2020 during a PANDEMIC! In this special episode, our good friend David teaches us everything we need to know about preparing to vote this year and the history and ongoing issue of …

WHAT Did We Do To The Native Americans? | Forced Sterilization Part 2

August 6th, 2020

25:00

What's the most insidious way to stop the continuation of the human race? Forced sterilization would be our guess. It may seem like a thing of the …

We Inspired Nazi Germany? | Forced Sterilization Part 1

August 4th, 2020

22:25

What's the most insidious way to stop the continuation of the human race? Forced sterilization would be our guess. It may seem like a thing of the …

Minisode #6: The US Territory of the Northern Mariana Islands

August 1st, 2020

10:19

In Part 2 of the miniseries on permanently inhabited US territories, Nat covers the complex history of the foreign occupation of the Northern Mariana …

Why Are We So Obsessed With Latin America?

July 29th, 2020

26:53

Regarded as one of the most influential ideologies in US foreign policy, the Monroe Doctrine established the foundation for America’s role in the …

Minisode #5: The Harlem Hellfighters

July 23rd, 2020

6:12

Jac gives a brief history on one of the greatest infantry units in American War History that you've never heard of, the Harlem Hellfighters.

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WHAT Was The Cotton Club?! | The Harlem Renaissance Part 2

July 22nd, 2020

15:53

This episode is part 2 in a 2 part series on the Harlem Renaissance. After gaining an understanding of what the narrative was like before the Harlem Renaissance, Jac dives into the background of great artists from this …

Who Is Jim Crow? | The Harlem Renaissance Part 1

July 17th, 2020

22:34

This episode is part 1 in a 2 part series on the Harlem Renaissance. In order to respect the emergence of new black artists who redefined what it meant to be black in America, we need to examine what the narrative was …

Minisode #4: The US Territory of Guam

July 15th, 2020

12:18

In Part 1 of the new miniseries on permanently inhabited US territories, Nat gives a brief history of Guam and how the Chamorros became American citizens. 

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Are You A Communist?

July 9th, 2020

30:21

Wiretaps, undercover surveillance, and Soviet spies: this is what the US looked like in the 1950’s. In this episode, Nat goes over the Red Scare and McCarthyism, and the widespread fear of communism that shook the …

Minisode #3: The Internet Flame Wars

July 7th, 2020

6:54

Internet Trolls and insults galore here's an episode on the 90's flame wars. 

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The Internet BROKE The Stock Market?!

July 3rd, 2020

24:10

With the rise of the internet companies in the mid 90's everyone was eager jump on the bandwagon of investments in the hopes of gaining riches. Hear Jac explain the dot com bubble, who lost it all, and who got rich …

Canada Burned Down The White House?

July 1st, 2020

32:22

America has a long and expansive history of war, but none is as often forgotten or is as pointless as the War of 1812. In celebration of Canada Day, …

Minisode #2: Roberta Cowell

June 30th, 2020

6:29

To celebrate the end of Pride Month, in this minisode Nat covers the extraordinary life of Roberta Cowell, a British race car driver and WWII fighter pilot who was also the first known person in Britain to undergo sex …

What Were The Stonewall Riots?

June 26th, 2020

19:13

In a time where it was illegal to be who you were and love who you wanted to love, abuse and discrimination to the LGBTQ+ community was constant. …

Minisode #1: LGBTQ+ Terminology

June 26th, 2020

6:03

A quick lesson on LGBTQIAP+ terms and symbols in the Queer community in honor of pride month🏳️‍🌈🎉 

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When Did Slaves ACTUALLY Become Free?

June 26th, 2020

28:40

On June 19th, 1865, Texas became the last state in the country to emancipate its slaves, nearly two and a half years after President Lincoln’s …

There Was A Native American Civil Rights Movement?

June 12th, 2020

45:51

The Native American civil rights movement is considered to be one of the most radical social movements of the era, but it is largely overlooked in the context of our country’s history and often forgotten by most …

Who REALLY Won The Space Race?

June 6th, 2020

35:02

The race is off against the Soviet Union and the United States! In a time of rising tensions, science and technology paved our way into space. But …

We Were Illegal?

May 29th, 2020

30:39

Could you imagine going to jail for loving someone whose skin color didn't match yours? It wasn't too long ago that this was the case. In this …

Is It Free Speech Or Espionage?

May 26th, 2020

30:27

With heightened tensions concerning foreign interference and spies during World War I, Congress decided to enact the Espionage Act in 1918. In this episode, Nat breaks down the history of the Espionage Act and how it …

How Much Money Did The Mafia Make?!

May 15th, 2020

33:27

Murder, drugs, and soup kitchens? In this episode, Jac takes you through the history of the Mafia and explains the business tactics that brought them riches. 

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Texas Was A Country?

May 13th, 2020

26:12

Before President James K. Polk, America looked a lot smaller than it does today. In this episode, Nat gives an overview of the Mexican-American War …

The Great Depression Was A GOOD Thing?

May 8th, 2020

14:45

Historical unemployment, widespread homelessness, stock market crashes, and failing crops characterized the American Great Depression; but could the …

President McKinley Was Assassinated?

May 6th, 2020

17:39

Nat covers the assassination of President William McKinley. 

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Introducing "How Did We Not Know That"

May 3rd, 2020

1:10

Feel like the odd one out in your friend group when it comes to talking about world events? Wish you could finally come up with the facts to debate …

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