Tides of History

Tides of History

Tides of History

CATEGORY: Society & Culture
Everywhere around us are echoes of the past. Those echoes define the boundaries of states and countries, how we pray and how we fight. They determine what money we spend and how we earn it at work, what language we speak and how we raise our children. From Wondery, host Patrick Wyman, PhD (“Fall Of Rome”) helps us understand our world and how it got to be the way it is.
  1. January 21, 2021
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    Alcohol and Agriculture in Prehistoric East Asia: In…
    Stanford University's Professor Li Liu is one of the world's leading experts on prehistoric East Asia and one of the world's primary inventions of farming. I ask her about that, the deep continuities of Chinese…
  2. January 14, 2021
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    Agriculture and Complex Societies in the Americas, 4…
    Agriculture was invented in no fewer than three, and probably four, places in the Americas. It went along with sedentary living and complex societies, but in complicated ways: fishing villages along the Andean…
  3. January 07, 2021
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    The Americas from Foraging to Agriculture, 10,000 BC…
    The initial migrations to the Americas get most of the attention, but people didn't stop living there in the aftermath of those first movements of peoples; they spread out over the Great Plains and the forests…
  4. December 31, 2020
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    Agriculture, Migration, and the Births of Language F…
    The relationship between agriculture, migration, and the distribution of today's most prominent language families is direct but complex. Professor Peter Bellwood, one of the world's leading experts on prehistor…
  5. December 24, 2020
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    Classic Tides | Europe After the Black Death
    Plague, war, and a worsening climate drastically changed Europe in the years and decades after 1350. This new state of affairs laid the groundwork for the explosion around 1500 that gave rise to the modern worl…
  6. December 17, 2020
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    Neolithic China and Jomon Japan
    East Asia was one of the world's primary centers of agricultural innovation. Farming was invented there, rice and millet domesticated, and the people who did so grew in numbers and sophistication. Some of the w…
  7. December 10, 2020
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    East Asia in Prehistory
    Hominins have lived in East Asia - what's now China, Korea, and Japan - for millions of years, at least as far back as Homo erectus if not further. And as the glaciers began to recede for the last time after 20…
  8. December 03, 2020
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    Why Were There So Many Neolithic Farmers? And What C…
    Professor Stephen Shennan is one of the world's leading experts on the early farmers of the Fertile Crescent and Europe. In this interview, I pick his brain about why early farmers were so, uh, fertile, and pro…
  9. December 01, 2020
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    Wondery Presents Little Stories Everywhere
    Wondery’s newest podcast, Little Stories Everywhere, is the perfect immersive experience to share by the fireplace with loved ones this holiday season, and it's hosted by Virginia Madsen and Robbie Daymond of I…
  10. November 26, 2020
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    Classic Tides | Peasants' Rebellions and Resistance
    Peasants and common folk were oppressed by their social superiors, but they didn't accept that as a natural state of affairs: They resisted in small, everyday ways, and they rebelled, sometimes spectacularly.Th…
  11. November 24, 2020
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    Introducing Tides of History
    History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme, said Mark Twain. From the fall of the Roman Empire to the rise of the modern world: history ebbs and flows over the centuries, driven by great tides of economi…
  12. November 19, 2020
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    Neanderthals, Our Closest Kin: Interview with Dr. Re…
    What were Neanderthals really like? Our closest relatives shared an incredible amount in common with us, argues Dr. Rebecca Wragg Sykes, author of the wonderful new book Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death,…
  13. November 12, 2020
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    Ötzi the Iceman: The Neolithic Ice Mummy
    Five thousand years ago, a man died more than 10,000 feet high in the Alps of northern Italy. He had been shot in the back with an arrow, the corpse left behind, where he was frozen into a glacier along with al…
  14. November 10, 2020
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    Wondery presents Do No Harm
    Subscribe today: http://wondery.fm/Do_No_HarmFrom Wondery, the makers of Dr. Death and Dirty John, and NBC News, the team behind Dateline and The Thing About Pam - Do No Harm. Melissa Bright thinks she's living…
  15. November 05, 2020
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    Who Were the Proto-Indo-Europeans?
    Today, everywhere from Bengal to British Columbia, some 3.2 billion people speak an Indo-European language. All of these diverse languages are descended from a common ancestor spoken long before the advent of w…
  16. October 29, 2020
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    The Lost Civilization of Old Europe: The Copper Age…
    The first farmers of Europe and their descendants persisted for thousands of years. In the Neolithic heartland of eastern Europe, along the Danube River and through the northern Balkan Mountains, they built a u…
  17. October 27, 2020
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    Wondery Presents: Dr. Death Season 2
    If someone you love is diagnosed with cancer you want them to get the best treatment from the best doctors. In 2013, patients in Michigan thought Farid Fata was that doctor. Between his prestigious education, y…
  18. October 22, 2020
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    Classic Tides | Peasants and the Medieval Countrysid…
    When we think of the medieval world, our minds usually turn to knights, royalty, and clergy. But the backbone of the medieval economic and social order was the humble peasant. In this rebroadcast from 2018, we…
  19. October 15, 2020
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    Prehistory Mailbag! Archaeology, Language, and the A…
    How do we know what we know about the deep past? What languages did people speak in prehistory? And why, if the life of an early farmer seemed to be so miserable, did farmers have so many children? I answer all…
  20. October 08, 2020
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    Megalithic Europe
    It didn't take long for the first pioneering farmers of Europe to establish mature and stable societies. The monuments of these societies are still with us today: enormous earthen tombs and standing stones, sil…

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