Fun Link Friday: Stuff You Missed in History Class

Most of my friends know that I’ve been late to get on the technology train in a lot of departments- not getting an iPod, refusing to switch browsers to Firefox, not liking Blu-ray etc. But I’ve discovered one of the downsides is that I’ve missed a lot of chances to check out some of the awesome podcasts floating around the internet. As a huge history nerd, Stuff You Missed in History Class has been my absolute favorite.

No matter what the topic or how alien it is to me, every SYMHC podcast is loaded with fun and informative stuff, and is basically the way I want to be able to communicate how absolutely awesome history is to my future (and hopefully eager) students. If you want to know how Boston was flooded with molasses in the early 20th century, why the mad King Ludwig II dines alone, who the Emperor of the United States was, or why people were vying to become slaves of the Ottoman Empire, I highly suggest you peruse the RSS feed or iTunes page (it’s free!).

There are only two Japan-related podcasts, but they’re still neat and there are plenty of other great topics on world history. I’ve made requests for podcasts on the three unifiers (Nobunaga, Hideyoshi, and Ieyasu) as well as Uesugi Kenshin and Takeda Shingen’s epic frenemy relationship, but we’ll see what the future brings! 🙂

The 47 Ronin and the Samurai’s Code

http://podcasts.howstuffworks.com/hsw/podcasts/symhc/2010-05-10-symhc-47-ronin-samurai.mp3

Why were some Japanese soldiers still fighting decades after World War II?

http://podcasts.howstuffworks.com/hsw/podcasts/symhc/2009-01-12-symhc-japanese-holdouts.mp3

Load up your mp3 player and enjoy!

About Paula

Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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