Strange Wars in History, Part 1

May 3, 2021 @ 10:00 am

War has caused catastrophic damage, from mass destruction to large loss of life. By no means is it something to take lightly, as it continues to devastate places around the world to this day.

History is no stranger to war, with countless numbers fought throughout time. However, this can lead to some bizarre examples of conflicts, from why it was fought, to its outcome, to all manners of different strange variables. Pan Historia sits down to discuss some of the strangest wars fought in history, from the shortest war in history to when an industrial nation lost to a band of giant, flightless birds


Five Armies, Kevin Macleod

Warmth Feeling, Samashi

Clip: WKRP in Cincinnati: Turkey Drop

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The Devil We Came to Know: Rise of Saddam Hussein, Iran-Iraq War, and the Persian Gulf War

February 28, 2021 @ 10:00 am

A lone figure fled across the Syrian desert in a bid to escape his potential fate. Days earlier, he attempted to assassinate the President of Iraq, the man who stood in the way of the Ba'athist Movement from taking power for themselves. Despite inflicting some damage on him, they failed to kill him. Now, the would-be assassin was en route to the safety of Egypt. The harsh environment burned him during the day, and blew harsh cold at night.

While his current situation seemed hopeless, this man is the future dictator of Iraq. Saddam Hussein would become a household name worldwide. To some, he would become the face of Arab unity and anti-imperialism. To others, he was a tyrant and murdered. Despite improving Iraq's infrastructure and welfare, he wasn't afraid to order the use of military force and even chemical weapons against any domestic dissent.

His notoriety would place him directly in the sights of the United States. Their excuse to intervene against him came in August 1990, when Saddam ordered the invasion of the small country of Kuwait to the south. The storm brewing over the desert for decades finally reached its peak.


Desert Combat Loading Theme

Afraid to Shoot Strangers by Iron Maiden


H. W. Bush on Policing the World: Opposing Iraqi Aggression by The American Experience

"This Aggression will not stand, man!" The Big Lebowski

Margaret Thatcher on the Gulf War, Aspen, 1990

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Bad Spelling, Lama-Deers, and Other Nonsense

February 23, 2021 @ 10:00 am

Jonah has turned 28! In celebration, he and Lyndsay are sitting down to read through a relic from Jonah's past. For two years, Jonah and his family toured with the Cirque du Soleil show Varekai, living in 13 cities across Canada and the United States. While on tour, Jonah and his brother attended school in a trailer on site. From the window of his classroom, he had an excellent view of the Sun inspired big top.

Flash forward to 2020. While cleaning out the storage room, Jonah's dad discovered an old journal containing entries written as homework assignments during his time on tour. Seeing an opportunity to discuss his time with Cirque, as well as provide some laughs. Happy Birthday, Jonah!


In Da Club, 50 Cent

Happy Birthday, Stevie Wonder

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Tommy Douglas: The Greatest Canadian

February 1, 2021 @ 10:00 am

It's the 1930s. The world is in the midst of the Great Depression. Stalin's grip on the Soviet Union has tightened, and fascism has come to power in Italy and Germany. The Stock Market Crash hit Canada particularly hard, as most of its trade was with the United States. This affected prices, and in some cases, halted exports completely as nobody could afford to buy. People were struggling with high unemployment, drought crippling agriculture, and lower wages for those who managed to keep their jobs. Discontent soared during this time, leading to calls for the Canadian government to take better care of its citizens instead of just the social elite. This growing sense of populism would ripple across the country with full force.


Enter Tommy Douglas, a middle-aged man working on his PhD. While studying in Chicago, he saw the transient camps which housed nearly 75,000 people, with various institutions doing little to nothing to help these impoverished people. Once wishing to become a Baptist minister, his witnessing of the devastation the crash had caused brought him on a different road. He found himself within the ranks of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, a new democratic socialist movement foiunded with the aim of uniting farmers and labourers, as well as protect their rights and improve their working conditions. From there, Douglas would rise through the ranks of the party to lead the first socialist government in North America, and later begin the process of forming Canada's medicare program. His legacy remains today, and culminated in his naming as the Greatest Canadian in 2004.


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Pan Historia’s F**k Faces of History

December 23, 2020 @ 10:00 am

Throughout Pan Historia's run, we have discussed some of the most disgusting and evil individuals of all time. From mass murderers, to power hungry maniacs, to diabolical schemers, we have seen them all. Following a casual conversation between hosts, Lyndsay and Jonah, the two were inspired to compile a power ranking of the worst people they have talked about in episodes. As the series continues, they will continue to add people to the list in the order they believe they deserve.

Join Pan Historia as they end the year by revealing the initial rankings of who they believe to be the biggest F**k Faces throughout history


Sympathy for the Devil by The Rolling Stones

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“Je croîs sous la rose”: The History of the Quebec Nationalist Movement

November 16, 2020 @ 10:00 am

Quebec has had a unique place in Canada: it is the location of the first successful European settlements, it is the largest province by area, and it is the only province whose official language is French. The Québecois have developed their own identity since the days the province was a French colony. Following transfer of sovereignty to the British, dissent amongst the population rose, culminating in the ill fated Lower Canada rebellion.

When the 20th Century rolled around, the national identity of the Québecois began to demand recognition, and soon calls for sovereignty became deafening. This resulted in two referendums, various controversial legislation proposals, and an armed resistance, resulting in the kidnapping of two government officials.


Gens de Pays

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A Jest Society: A History of Canadian Comedy

October 19, 2020 @ 10:00 am

Laughter is contagious. It is an action which brings joy in the hearts of people worldwide. Canada is no stranger to comedy. It has produced some of the most talented and famous comedians, clowns, filmmakers, theatre artists, and even musicians who have cause audiences everywhere to fall backwards in their seats. Join Pan Historia as they dive into a history of comedy from their home country of Canada.

Looks for a great Canadian comedy series to bring some laughter into your life? Check out the Eugene and Dan Levy original series Schitt's Creek. The show recently broke the record for the most Emmy's won by a Comedy series at the 72nd Primetime Emmy's, and has been widely acclaimed by both critics and audiences. Click this link to see a great deal on the box set for all six seasons from Amazon! (Visit our Podbean site to find the link, as it doesn't appear on the other platforms)


Having an Average Weekend by Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet

I Like That Old Time RefOOOOOOORRRRMMMM by Don Ferguson (as Preston Manning)

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KKKanada: The KKK’s Expansion into Canada

September 21, 2020 @ 10:00 am

The Ku Klux Klan has imbedded itself in history as a destructive, poisonous organization. United under the common hatred of anything not white Anglo-Saxon protestant, the Klan has engaged in campaigns of terrorism, using intimidation, assault, murder, and even bombings in their crusade against equality. Their white robes bring about an image of fear to those who come across them. Today, they continue to march for many lost causes due to their refusal to accept they lost those wars long ago.


During the early to mid 20th century, the Klan began to expand internationally to Canada, with chapters popping up most predominately in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, and the largest membership residing in Saskatchewan. However, further efforts to gain a significant following here resulted in a series of events which boiled down into a comedy of errors. It wouldn't be a coordinate police effort, nor a united antiracist front who would bring them down, but greed, lack of organization, and overall lack of interest/necessity which brought about the downfall of the Kanada Klan.


Clip from Mississippi Burning (1988)

The KKK Took My Baby Away, The Ramones

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COINTELPRO: Hoover’s War on Common Human Decency

August 24, 2020 @ 10:00 am

J. Edgar Hoover, the first director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, was a paranoid monster. So great were his delusions, he managed to convince the government to conduct one of the largest and most devastating domestic espionage rings in history, one which the FBI is still dealing with the consequences to this day. The Counter Intelligence Program, better known as COINTELPRO, was designed to spy on, infiltrate, and destroy groups and individuals suspected of going against the ordinary way of American life, whatever that means.

Thousands of lives were ruined, peaceful activists were targeted for threats and violence, and some of the greatest American heroes were attempted to be discredited by the project. Even Martin Luther King, Jr. and his fellow civil rights activists were not safe from Hoover's wrath. Furthermore, the actions of COINTELPRO soon devolved into political assassination.

Frustrated by years of unchecked violations, a group of ordinary academics decided to take matters into their own hands. Using similar intelligence gathering methods, these activists single handedly blew the whistle on the whole operation, and opened the larger can of worms of the American intelligence community as a whole.




Stealing People's Mail, The Dead Kennedy's

Lift Every Voice and Sing

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Always Get Their Man: The History of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police

July 6, 2020 @ 10:00 am

Along with beavers, maple syrup, and asshole geese, the uniform of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is a renowned national symbol. The Red Surge, beige stetson, blue pants, and riding boots are what make up the image of the Mountie. Their legendary status is now global, as they are the only police force to be municipal, provincial, and federal. The force was romanticized in early black and white films as those bringing law and order to the wild frontier of Canada's west. And as the famous saying goes, "They always get their man."

Unlike the films, their history wasn't black and white. When it began as the North-West Mounted Police, it was used as a cheap militia to colonize the newly annexed western territories. This resulted in conflict with the First Nations and Métis populations as they were rounded onto reserves towards the dawn of the new century. When the First World War concluded, they acted as strikebreakers during the growing labour movement, and later as intelligence services at the beginning of the Cold War. They were even the ones at the front of one of the largest manhunts in world history.

Their history is long and varied, but not many know the full story. Thus, Pan Historia is proud to sit down and tell the full history



Dudley Do-Right Theme

Indian Love Call from Rose Marie

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