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.

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Every Man A King: Huey Long, the Kingfish of Louisiana

March 25, 2019 @ 10:00 am

The rich and powerful of New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana filled the air with swinging jazz music, stuffed their faces with food, and drank their weight in champaign. Meanwhile, citizens living on the Bayou, the swamps, and the Northern plains were struggling to survive. These people were ignored by the elite, who they were unable to vote out due to a combination of racial voting laws, and an expensive poll tax. Louisiana was already the poorest state in the union, and they were sinking deeper and deeper with the onset of the Great Depression.

One of their own would rise out of the impoverished Winn Parish, and march into Baton Rouge. This man was not afraid to make enemies, and his booming voice echoed throughout the state. No person was too powerful to scare him into submission, and all who tried deeply regretted crossing him. Huey Long aimed to speak for the common people, to end poverty once and for all. However, its his methods he used to complete his promises which made him known as the dictator of Louisiana.

 

Music:

Every Man a King by the Louisiana Ramblers (written by Huey Long)

Jambalaya (On the Bayou) by Hank Williams

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Someone Had Blundered: The Crimean War

March 11, 2019 @ 10:00 am

1850: the once great Ottoman Empire was now the sick man of Europe. Internal dissent from growing ethnic nationalism within the diverse country was beginning to crack the already fragile hold the Royal Family kept over their territory. Furthermore, a series of devastating wars against its neighbours have shrunk its size further and further out of Europe. Now, the Balkans were looking to host the next large uprising. To the north, the Russian Empire was striving to assert its power in Europe. While its size may have been intimidating, it also had growing instability. Russia had yet to modernize its industry and military. Their eyes gazed menacingly towards the Ottomans for a solution. Should the Russians take advantage of their dwindling rival, perhaps their prestige could be restored.

On the opposite end of the continent, France, still struggling in the aftermath of Napoleon, was looking to repair its image as a Great Power.  Seeing the Catholic Church as a potential ally, they, too, set their eyes on the Ottoman Empire in hopes of becoming protectors of Christians within its borders. Russia would not have this, as they were the chosen protectors of Christians in Ottoman territory. As France and Russia began to throw rhetoric back and forth, the British watched on in terror. The Congress of Europe was at risk of falling apart, and the balance of power in Europe was in jeopardy of going out of whack. All these events would lead to the landscape of the Crimean Peninsula turning to ash, and running red with blood.

 

Music:

The Charge of the Light Brigade by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra 

Warmth Feeling by Samashi

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Season 2, and Other Nonsense

February 18, 2019 @ 10:00 am

Lyndsay and Jonah are back, ready to kick off Season 2. In this episode of Other Nonsense, the two discuss what they've been up to during their break, their goals for this year, and a glimpse of upcoming episodes for the exciting second season of Pan Historia.

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Episode 6, Part 4: The Last Shard (Kosovo War and the Death of Yugoslavia)

December 10, 2018 @ 10:00 am

Viewer Discretion Advised: Strong Language, some disturbing content.

As Yugoslavia collapsed around itself, one final piece decided to fall. Kosovo witnessed the chaos around them, and knew there would be no other option to get out. Between 1995 and 1999, the infamous Kosovo Liberation Army conducted insurgency operations within the Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohja. This time, Serbia wasn't the aggressor, but the world had heard to many lies to believe them. NATO once again became involved, dropping bombs indiscriminately across the tiny mountainous region.

Even after the war had ended, Milosevic refused to admit Yugoslavia was dead. He held onto power by his fingernails, holding up the decomposing corpse of the country as internal anger swelled up. Soon, Milosevic became an enemy to the people he swore to protect. It was only a matter of time before his day or judgement came.

 

Music:

Intro: USA: Bill Clinton Kosovo Speech from The Associated Press
Empty Reflections

Outro: Warmth Feeling by Samashi

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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

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Episode 6, Part 3: The Failure of Humanity (The Bosnian War and Genocide)

November 5, 2018 @ 10:00 am

By the time of the Bosnian War, Yugoslavia was a mortally wounded mass refusing to admit its time had come. Desperate to hold on, JNA forces moved into Bosnia to support the Bosnian-Serb population, many of whom had joined the various paramilitaries in the new country. Meanwhile, Bosniaks and Bosnian-Croats formed a rocky alliance out of self preservations for their respective groups, and their shared hatred of the Serb dominated remains of Yugoslavia. Bosnia became a battleground for the Serbs, Croats, and Bosniaks, causing the citizens to suffer greatly from the constant shelling and sniper fire landing indiscriminately, regardless of who was within sight. Worse yet, it became the location of the worst act of genocide committed in Post-World War II Europe to date, as UN personnel could do nothing but watch helplessly.

Bosnia was a failure of humanity, and the wounds from the horror have yet to heal.

 

Intro: Searching by Wayve

Outro: Bosnia by The Cranberries

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Episode 6, Part 2: A Checkered Shield (The Croatian War of Independence)

October 8, 2018 @ 10:00 am

A water tower stands tall over the city of Vukovar, still bearing the scars of Croatia's trauma. As Yugoslavia collapses, Croatia stands firm against Serbian aggression, both from Serbia itself and the Serbian-Croats within its borders. Ethnic tension runs at an all time high, and it soon becomes clear to the world this war will not be as quick as Slovenia's Ten-Day War. Both the Croats and Serbs are equally determined to cement their self-preservation, and are equally willing to resort to extreme violence. Aside from the conventional warfare measures, the Croat and Serb forces will resort to the worst methods possible in an effort to achieve their goals in the first examples of ethnic cleansing in Europe since the Second World War. Sadly, the Croatian War of Independence was only a prologue to the horrors we still can't begin to comprehend.

 

Please note: At almost exactly 1 hour in, the audio messed up, hense why the quality momentarily faulters.

 

Intro: Sean Murray, Fountain (from Call of Duty: World at War)

Outro: Philanthrope, Things Fall Apart

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Episode 6, Part 1: The Decline of Yugoslavia and the Ten-Day War

September 17, 2018 @ 10:00 am

At the beginning of the 20th Century, the Balkans were a powder keg waiting to go off. A spark from a gunman's bullet in Sarajevo ignited the inferno that was First World War. The embers of the conflict in turn fuelled the Second World War, history's deadliest conflict. By the latter's end, the world was changed, as were the Balkans. Under the facade of a slavic union, unseen embers were beginning to glow again. As the 20th Century came to a close, the Balkans would once again ignite into the last great conflict of those 100 years. The consequences of a dying Yugoslavia would ripple across the world, and the first shots would be fired in the country of Slovenia.

This is the beginning of a conflict which would see evils we hoped were long behind us……ones we failed to prevent, and stop.

Music: Hej, Slaveni (Yugoslavia's national anthem, 1945-1992)

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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 (https://soundcloud.com/samaxshi)

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