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Sept. 14, 2019

Disability and Disease in 19th Cent. Paris with Dr. Catherine Kudlick

Dr. Catherine Kudlick of San Francisco State University talks about a blind community in 19th century Paris. Furthermore, she talks about disability, disease and what those meant in French history.

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Sept. 7, 2019

21 – The Battle of the Teutoburg Forest

Augustus decides to invade Germania and Romanize it as he did with Gallia. Family drama and an insurrection give the Germans a chance to revolt. What follows is one of Rome's greatest tragedies and a history-defining moment f...

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Aug. 31, 2019

Jews and Jewish-Muslim relations in France, 1940-2019 with Dr. Ethan …

UC Berkeley's Dr. Ethan Katz talks about how Jewish Resistance Fighters captured Algiers for the Allies in 1942. Then we discuss the history and importance of Jewish-Muslim relations in France, which has the largest populatio...

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Aug. 24, 2019

20 – The Tragedy of Drusus the Good Son

Gallia wasn't as peaceful as Augustus' propaganda would have you believe. Meanwhile, Germania's shadow stretched across the Rhine. Until the bold leader Drusus decides to march to the ends of the Earth for the glory of Rome a...

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Aug. 10, 2019

Post-WW2 French Science Fiction with Prof. Annabelle Dolidon

Prof. Annabelle Dolidon talks about the history of French science-fiction and how it deals with questions of transhumanism, artificial intelligence, climate change, and other potential futures.

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Aug. 10, 2019

19 – New Gods, New Rulers and Togas: Augustan Gallia

How much of Celtic religion and culture remained during the Augustan reforms? Did the Romans wipe away the old Gaul? And how much did the Gauls influence Rome? All of these and more are answered in today's episode.

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Aug. 3, 2019

Energy and Power with Dr. Joseph Bohling

Dr. Bohling of Portland State University explains how France, a country with very limited fossil fuels, became an energy leader. Along the way he dispels myths about France falling in love with nuclear power and their positio...

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July 27, 2019

18 – Pax Gallia: Rebuilding a Roman Gaul

Caesar launches a civil war, then Octavian and Mark Antony launch another, and finally Octavian turns on Mark Antony. All the while the Roman wars leave Gaul in relative peace as the country heals. Octavian becomes the first ...

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July 20, 2019

African American Soldiers in France with Taylor Marrow

In this very special episode I interview the man who inspired me to become a historian, Taylor Marrow. Marrow talks about African-American service in World War I and II France, how this impacted the United States, and what Fr...

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July 13, 2019

17 – A Bitter Peace

The Gallic Wars finally ends as most of Gaul submits to Caesar in a desperate attempt to bring peace to war-torn Gaul. Yet, a few tribes have hatched one final scheme to repulse the Roman invaders that may be even …

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June 29, 2019

16 – The Gallo-Roman Apocalypse

52 BCE and Prince Vercingetorix unites Gaul in a war to the death with Caesar that will decide Rome and Gaul's fates.

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June 15, 2019

15 – Fate Meets Folly

It's 53 BCE and Marcus Licinius Crassus is tired of watching Pompey and Caesar take all the glory. Crassus raises an army to invade Persia, a gambit which determines Rome's fate. Meanwhile, Caesar's divide and conquer tactics...

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June 1, 2019

14 – A Year of Heroes: Lucius Vorenus, Titus Pullo and Vertico the Ga…

Caesar begins the year by invading Britannia and harassing Belgica. Meanwhile Celtica rises up and the Gauls surround two Roman armies. With doom approaching heroes are born as Vorenus and Pullo make an epic last stand.

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May 25, 2019

Between Throne and Altar: French Kings Versus the Papacy with Quentin…

The fall of Rome meant the rise of the Vatican as Europe broke up into small feudal states. But when France emerged as a major nation its kings were done taking orders from the Papacy. What followed was centuries of …

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May 18, 2019

13 – The End of the World and Beyond: Caesar’s Invasions of Germania …

Caesar's devastation of the Belgae opens up Gaul to a German invasion to the east. To the north, Britannia unsettles Gaul. To solve both problems Caesar will have to go where no Roman ever has and become more than a …

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May 4, 2019

12 – Belgica: Between Caesar and Germania

After conquering Celtica, Caesar engages in two years of brutal war against the Belgae who are determined to maintain their freedom.

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April 27, 2019

France and America’s Cold War with Dr. Robert Buzzanco

One of America's leading scholars on the Vietnam War talks about how France and the US clashed during the Cold War, largely over Indochina.

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April 20, 2019

Notre Dame de Paris

Ph.D candidate Gary Girod tells Notre Dame's fascinating history from the first stones laid for the Roman temple to Jupiter, up until present and explains why there's hope for a complete restoration after the April 15, 2019 f...

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April 20, 2019

11 – The War Begins

A migrating wave of Celts from Switzerland gives Caesar the opportunity to invade Gaul. But things aren't so simple; to conquer Gaul he'll have to defeat a German king before he can bring over an overwhelming number of warrio...

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April 6, 2019

10 – Destiny Meets Opportunity

A crisis in Gaul sparks a war between civilizations a millenia in the making.

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March 23, 2019

From Vichy to Alizée: Making The Modern French Woman with Dr. Sarah F…

A conversation with renowned scholar Dr. Sarah Fishman on how French women under Vichy, who were among the most oppressed in the developed world, turned France into the most egalitarian major country on Earth.

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March 9, 2019

The Munitionettes of World War I

In this special episode, we examine the hardships, triumphs and transformation that women underwent in WWI while exploring why French women didn't receive the same rights as their British counterparts.

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March 2, 2019

#MeToo and Roman Rape Culture with Darah Vann Orr

Ancient historian Darah Vann Orr explains how modern feminist historians are re-evaluating Roman culture in the wake of the #MeToo era.

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Feb. 23, 2019

9 – Gaul Before the Fall

Where we tell the story of the Gallic kingdoms before the Roman conquest.

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