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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

Filed under Pan Historia, Canada, Military History, European, Cold War, United States, Disasters ·

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!


God Save the Queen (Royal Anthem)

O Canada! (National Anthem)

Filed under Pan Historia, Political History, Canada, European ·

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!"


Ne Me Laisse Pas Seule Ici from Hotel Rwanda

Things Fall Apart by Philanthrope

Filed under Pan Historia, Canada, European, Africa ·

Turn On, Tune In and Drop Out: A Brief History of Mind Altering Substances

April 15, 2019 @ 10:00 am

Drugs have been used for all sorts of purposes, from religious, to cultural ceremonies, to simply recreational. In today's episode of Pan Historia, we dive into the vast history of Mind Altering Substances, to explore what their uses were for, and what affects they have on the mind and body.

Filed under Pan Historia, Canada, United States, Other ·

100 Years: Remembrance Day Special

November 11, 2018 @ 11:11 am

100 Years ago, the First World War came to an end. At the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month of the year 1918, the guns fell silent. Up to 19 million people lost their lives, and 40 million were left wounded. The war was so horrific, it was believed no war would ever surpass it. This gave it the nickname The War to End All Wars. Sadly, the world was engulfed in a worse inferno only 20 years later. In our special episode of Pan Historia, we discuss our thoughts on Remembrance Day, some general knowledge of the Wars, the Armistice, the Versailles Treaty, and Belgium. We also give our two cents on how the traditional Poppy pins should be fixed.


This episode is dedicated to all those who lost their lives as a result of war, to the veterans who survived them, and to the soldiers who continue to serve in the military today.


Music: Last Post and Rouse, performed by the New Zealand Army Band

Filed under Pan Historia, Canada, Military History, Symbols ·

Episode 5: Let the Eastern Bastards Freeze in the Dark (Western Alienation, and the Western Canada Separatist Movement)

September 3, 2018 @ 10:00 am

In the midst of Lougheed's and Trudeau's dispute over the National Energy Program, resentment of the Easten dominated Federal government seeped deep into residents of Western Canada, some of which would evolve into hate. Call-in radio programs were flooded with support for Lougheed, as well as anger towards the Trudeau government. As one man said, "…I would be happy to fight for our freedom and I literally mean fight with a rifle." He wasn't alone in his desire for freedom, and the Western provinces saw several independence parties spring up during the 1980s. They sought to form an independent republic of Western Canada, in order to break away from what they percieved to be the oppression politicians in the east against the west, and Ottawa sucking away financial gains. However, these parties failed to recognize the overwhelming indesire for Western Canada to actually separate, and these advocates lacked the charisma, leadership, and popularity federalist figures such as Lougheed held. Join us this week as we discuss one of the least successful independence movement Canada experienced, crushed under its overconvidence.

Intro: Prairie Moon by Stompin' Tom Connors

Outro: Warmth Feeling by Samashi (

Filed under Pan Historia, Political History, Canada ·

Episode 4: The Honourable Peter Lougheed

August 20, 2018 @ 10:00 am

Alberta has been under the governance of the Social Credit Party, during which the province experienced a growth in the oil and gas industry. With the discovery of brand new oil and gas deposits in 1947, Alberta went from being one of Canada's poorest provinces, to one of the richest. However, the leadership of Ernest Manning made the party one of the most conservative parties in Alberta at that time. Their Christian populist rhetoric shaped their policy, and in turn shaped Alberta's social characteristics. With the shift towards industrialization and boost in urban population, Social Credit's agrarian roots, along with changes in societal attitudes, were causing its popularity to dwindle. Out of this would rise a middle-aged Calgary lawyer, a man who wished to see a shift in Alberta from absolute conservatism to progressive conservatism. The election on August 30, 1971 would begin the Progressive Conservative Party's long dynasty in Alberta's politics, under the leadership of Alberta's greatest premier: Peter Lougheed.


Introduction: Peter Lougheed, Canada's Energy Wars, property of the CBC, used under Fair Use

Intro Song: 5 Cents Back by Audionautix

Outro Song: Warmth Feeling by Samashi


Filed under Pan Historia, Political History, Canada ·

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