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June 27, 2020

Intelligent Speech 2020 (audio only)

My talk for the Intelligent Speech Conference 2020. Let's talk camels!

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June 20, 2020

France in Occupied Berlin with Iain MacGregor

A discussion with Iain MacGregor about the French Occupation in West Berlin.

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June 13, 2020

37 – The Medieval Transformation Part 2: The Birth and Spread of Mona…

In an age of violence, the penitent flee from society and draw closer to God and each other.

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June 5, 2020

Louise Michel & the Radical Women of the 19th Century with Dr. Steve …

Dr. Steve Shone talks about the fantastical life of a radical revolutionary woman and her impact on world feminism.

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May 29, 2020

36 – The Medieval Transformation Part 1: Cults, Miracles and Saints

In an age of anxiety early Christians developed cults to their saints. Power, politics and the fear of God remake Gaul.

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May 20, 2020

35 – The Last Saints of Gaul

Hear about the last saints of Gaul before the Frankish invasion.

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May 1, 2020

34 – Gaul No More

The Western Roman Empire falls. Gaul is no more, & three kingdoms vie to replace it. Antiquity ends & Clovis turns the land into the first great medieval kingdom: Francia.

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April 13, 2020

33 – The Battle of the Catalaunian Plains

The Scourge of God descends upon Gaul. Aetius must rally what remains of Western Rome and unite with his nemesis Theodoric of the Visigoths. Together, they will fight Western Rome’s last great battle against Attila and his Hu...

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March 28, 2020

32 – Barbaria

Gaul is a battleground & Rome is on the retreat. The Visigoths, Burgundians and Franks vie for supremacy while Gauls are trapped in between them...yet maybe 'Barbaria' isn't as bad as it seems.

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March 17, 2020

31 – The Long War: Rome and Francia

The Huns march westward, pushing uncountable numbers of Germans towards Rome. The Romanized Franks have to defend Gaul while the empire crumbles. But the more successful the Franks are the more they realize Rome needs them more than they need …

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Feb. 22, 2020

Revolutionary Brothers: Lafayette & Jefferson with Dr. Tom Chaffin

In this interview with Dr. Tom Chaffin, we discuss his new book Revolutionary Brothers: Thomas Jefferson, the Marquis de Lafayette, and the Friendship that Helped Forge Two Nations. We talk about Lafayette and Jefferson's wor...

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Feb. 15, 2020

30 – God and the Gauls

Christianity finally comes center-stage! During the 2nd-3rd centuries Gaul gets a host of saints and miracles and becomes an important part of the Christian world. But state persecutions and heresy threaten the faithful.

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Feb. 1, 2020

29 – Life in a Crumbling Empire

What was life like for ordinary people in 4th century Gallia? In this episode we're covering men, women, children, the family, culture, entertainment, language, medicine, the environment, food, barbarians & everything else th...

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Jan. 25, 2020

Black Venus: African Women in 19th Century France with Dr. Robin Mitc…

In this special episode, I interview Dr. Robin Mitchell on her new book Vénus Noire: Black Women and Colonial Fantasies in Nineteenth-Century France. We talk about three African women, Ourika, Sarah Baartmann and Jeanne Duval...

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Jan. 16, 2020

28 – In This Sign You Shall Conquer

Galerius rules from the East and Constantine fears for his life. One night the young man flees to Gaul to rejoin his father in the west. When Constantius dies his son becomes emperor. In the chaos that follows the ambitious …

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Jan. 3, 2020

27 – The Empire Strikes Back

The year is 285. Diocletian is the undisputed master of a Roman world in tatters. Gaul has fallen completely apart as its own people ravage the land looking for food while German hordes poor in. Diocleatian sends two emperors...

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Nov. 30, 2019

26 – The Gallic Empire

Rome is falling apart. It's being invaded along its entire northern and eastern borders. Emperors are assassinated. Usurper generals rise up every year to seize power. Plague devastates the empire. Out of this chaos a Gallic ...

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Nov. 16, 2019

25 -The Ancient Superpower and its Decline

Rome ascends to unprecedented glory by the time of Antoninus Pius. Then the unthinkable happens and the ancient superpower is hit with one disaster after another. Plague, civil war and invasion bring the glorious empire to it...

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Oct. 26, 2019

The Phoney War with Cameron Zinsou

Dr. Cameron Zinsou talks about the tense waiting period known as 'The Phoney War.' Zinsou argues that despite no large-scale military engagements occuring a whole lot happened. French society had to reorganize for total war a...

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Oct. 19, 2019

24 -The Two Lost Centuries

Nearly two centuries of Gallia's history go missing. What happened to the records and what happened in Gallia?

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Oct. 12, 2019

France, Haiti and the American Civil War with Dr. Matthew Clavin

The Haitian Revolution has often been described as an oddity that had little impact on the world. Since then, historians have challenged this narrative and argue that Haiti's victory over France had a huge impact on the Atlan...

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Oct. 5, 2019

23 – Three Gods, Four Emperors

The Year of the Four Emperors in the Roman Empire brings chaos and war. In Gallia, three people claim divinity as they revolt against the empire.

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Sept. 28, 2019

The Merchant of Revolution with Sarah K. Miles

Guest host Sarah K. Miles tells the fascinating story of how radical bookseller François Maspero spread revolutionary anti-colonial ideas from the left bank of the Seine. Listen as Ms. Miles recounts how Maspero evaded govern...

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Sept. 21, 2019

22 – Twilight of the Druids, Madness of Emperors

Another revolt convinces Tiberius and later Claudius that the only way to civilize Gallia is to rid it of its druids. Gallia survives the madness of Caligula and then unites with Hispania to overthrow Nero.

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