Epitaph of Fear: The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall

November 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am

The Iron Curtain across Europe Winston Churchill described was metaphorical rather than physical, at least at the time he made his famous speech. The divide between East and West had become an ideological conflict, Capitalism versus Communism. The defeated Germany was occupied by the Allies of the United States, United Kingdom, France, and the Soviet Union. Furthermore, Germany was organized into two states, the Federal Republic of Germany in the west, and the German Democratic Republic in the east. Along with this, Berlin found itself two separate entities.

Millions of people fled west to avoid falling under the brutal suppression the Soviets had become known for. This resulted in nearly 20% of the GDR's population falling, which included a large number of the country's intellectual population. It was soon clear to the politburo this could not continued. Seemingly overnight in August 1961, the Berlin Wall was erected. With it, the Iron Curtain had a physical representation.

Intro:

Sinews of Peace, Winston Churchill

Outro:

Looking for Freedom, David Hasselhoff

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Hong Kong, Ceremonies, and Other Nonsense

October 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am

We're back!!! Season three begins with a conversation on watershed moments (mostly the Hong Kong Protests), religious ceremonies, and other nonsense. 

Music:

From Russia with Love by Huma Huma

Soviet National Anthem

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Pride, Museums, and Other Nonsense

September 6, 2019 @ 10:00 am

Another season has come and gone. In this episode, Lyndsay and Jonah unwind after a day at Calgary Pride by talking about the events of that day, museums they have visited, and other nonsense.

Intro: Redbone, Come Get Your Love

Outro: Earth, Wind, and Fire, September

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The Silent Service: A History of Submarine Warfare

August 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am

Deep in the ocean stalks a hidden hunter, virtually undetected and silent. Within, its crew works away, cramped, having not seen the sun in weeks. The crew drives blind through the depths, with only a pinging sonar available to aid navigation. They lay down there, waiting for the possibility to strike.

Submarines have had a long history behind them, one which is seldom talked about except for blockbuster films from Das Boot to Hunt for Red October. Today, Pan Historia dives into a brief, but detailed history of Submarine Warfare.

Intro: Theme from Crimson Tide

Outro: In the Navy by The Village People

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One Giant Leap: The Apollo 11 Mission

July 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am

“Distance is but a relative expression, and must end by being reduced to zero.” 
― Jules Verne, From the Earth to the Moon

Since the dawn of humanity, people have been interested in the cosmos. Of particular interest was Earth's closest wanderer: the Moon. Following the Second World War, the Americans and Soviets went head to head in a rivalry over ideology, power, influence, and technology. With the brilliant Sergei Koralev at the helm, the Soviets succeeded in launching the first human-made satellite, and even the first human into space. However, the Americans had their own genius named Wernher von Braun. With his expertise, the Americans were able to quickly catch up. Pretty soon, both superpowers eyed what was seen as the big prize. On July 16, 1969, three Americans launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and into the books of history.

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The Road to Confederation: Canada Day Special

July 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am

In 1864, delegates from the Maritime Colonies and the Province of Canada met in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island to discuss proposals to create a union to better British North America's economic and defensive strength. By the end, the groundworks for a new country were born. A further two conferences and a Royal Assent later, Canada was born on July 1, 1867. The story behind its creation is not well known, even those living in it. There, Pan Historia is proud to present the story of Confederation.

Happy Canada Day!

Music:

God Save the Queen (Royal Anthem)

O Canada! (National Anthem)

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History of LGBT+ Rights in Canada

June 24, 2019 @ 10:00 am

June is designated Pride Month in commemoration of the Stonewall Riots of 1969. The history of LGBT+ Rights is long, and sadly full of hardship and prejudice. Even today, members find themselves prosecuted around the world. The LGBT+ Rights movement has come a long way in the last century, and while there is still a ways to go, it can't be denied how far the community and its supporters have come in bringing equality and acceptance. In this episode of Pan Historia, Lyndsay and Jonah look into and discuss LGBT+ Rights in Canada, from the First Nations and colonial era, to Post-Confederation, to the Canadian Human Rights Act, and finally to the Civil Marriage Act.

Happy Pride!

Music:

I Want to Break Free by Queen

Y.M.C.A by The Village People

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The History of Ideologies

June 10, 2019 @ 10:00 am

We're all familiar with the political spectrum. There are people on the left, people on the right, and people in the centre. Sadly, in modern times, there is a lot of misconceptions and stigmas surrounding the vast number of ideologies in the world today. In this episode of Pan Historia, Lyndsay and Jonah decided to take a closer look at the histories behind and actual philosophies of different ideologies in practice in order to provide a better understanding.

Correction: National Bolshevism was listed as an example Fascist ideology. It turns out it is a syncretic ideology, meaning it is neither Left, Right, nor centre (aka: Third Position). Apologies for the mistake. 

Intro: Thaxed, by Kevin MacLeod 

Outro: Warmth Feeling by Samashi

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I Know the Devil Exists: The Rwandan Genocide

May 27, 2019 @ 10:00 am

I know there is a God because in Rwanda I shook hands with the devil. I have seen him, I have smelled him and I have touched him. I know the devil exists and therefore I know there is a God.
–Roméo Dallaire

Even today, the countries of Africa are in their youth. Yet, already, the continent has seen more than enough violence in the 50 years since decolonization. The scars from European rule run deep, and continue to cause untold hardship. By far, the most well know scar rests on Rwanda, a small country in Central-East Africa in the great lakes region. Tensions between the Tutsi and Hutu population had grown significantly since its independence, and a civil war began in the late 1980s between the predominant Tutsi Rwandan Patriotic Front and the predominant Hutu government. A peace compromise as eventually negotiated in 1993, and the UN stepped in to observe the ceasefire. However, the peace would be destroyed in a plane crash, and result in the worst genocide the world had seen since the Holocaust.

Immediately after the crash, the radios across Rwanda had one message:

"Cut the tall trees!"

Music:

Ne Me Laisse Pas Seule Ici from Hotel Rwanda

Things Fall Apart by Philanthrope

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The History of the United Nations

May 13, 2019 @ 10:00 am

On October 24, 1945, the countries of France, United Kingdom, Soviet Union, United States, and the Republic of China ratified a charter, officially organizing the United Nations. The purpose of the organization is to bring governments together in order to promote and maintain global peace and security. Since its beginnings, the UN has had both success and failure, praise and criticism. Today, 193 states are members of the organization, with hundreds more non-member observers, intergovernmental organizations, and other organizations. This week, Lyndsay and Jonah discuss both the history and functions of the many bodies and organs of the United Nations.

 

Music:

Hymn of the United Nations

Warmth Feeling by Samashi

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