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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 sa…
 
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 …
 
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 cou…
 
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 t…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 fea…
 
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 …
 
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. Th…
 
In 1918, Death wandered on his horse through the barren grounds of the frontline trenches. The war was nearly over, but the dead continued to rise in numbers. The horrors of this war were unseen up to this point in history; people lost their sons, fathers, mothers, their homes, their everything. What nobody knew is a new horror was lurking, ready t…
 
Another season is done, and a new one is beginning. In this season closer/opener, the pair have a chat with Dr. Annie St. John Stark, assistant professor at Thompson River University and former professor of Lyndsay's. The three sit down and talk politics, philosophy, the hardship of marking papers, and other nonsense. Music Chumbawamba, Tubthumping…
 
Throughout history, humanity has witnessed the rise and fall of countless empires. Typically, internal unrest either weakened these states into collapse, or vulnerability to invading forces. The Soviet Union was like an empire, one meant to be the beacon of workers around the world. Instead, it ended up ruled by the same elites it aimed to destroy.…
 
Most of the city of Pripyat was fast asleep in the early morning of April 26, 1986. It was a relatively quiet night, save for the sounds from the nearby Chernobyl Power Station. All was calm until just before 1:30AM, when a small explosion echoed through the air, followed almost instantly by a second, larger fireball. Emergency operators received a…
 
It has been a while since Lyndsay and Jonah have been around. Due to the outbreak of Coronavirus shutting much of the world down, they decided to take a small break from teaching history and discuss their thoughts on the situation, as well as update you all as to what's happening with Pan Historia in the near future. Stay safe! Music: Billy Joel – …
 
One was a man born in Russia during the height of Stalinism, who rose to power through hard work and perseverance. The other was a man, a proud American with great charisma, and once acted alongside a chimpanzee. Both men were leader of their respective countries, long rivals who on more than one occasion nearly brought about nuclear war. There was…
 
Afghanistan is a country no empire could successfully invade. Even the British Empire, the largest Earth has ever seen, couldn't bring it fully into its fold despite three attempts. Despite its position sandwiched between British India and the Russian Empire (later Soviet Union), Afghanistan remained isolated, even well into the 20th century. Albei…
 
Mongolia once held the largest contiguous empire in world history, and was the second largest empire overall (behind the British Empire). It was the home of the great warrior Genghis Khan, who was instrumental in creating the Mongol Empire, and constructing the Silk Road. However, the empire fell into disarray, splintering into smaller states. From…
 
After a nice holiday break, and some extra time to recover from their colds, Lyndsay and Jonah are back at it to kick of the second half of season 3. With temperatures dropping to an ungodly low, the pair keep warm by discussing the ripples caused by 9/11, Jonah reveals an awkward discovery in his family photo albums, and other nonsense. Please con…
 
An aging dictator stood on a balcony overlooking Palace Square in Bucharest. 100,000 people stood before him, staring with blank faces. The dictator began is usual list of supposed achievements of his regime. However, the people watching him were starving, overworked, and suffered a year of having their electricity frequently turned off during the …
 
Before the Wall came down, before the days of Glasnost and Perestroika, the people of Poland began a series of defiant acts against their communist government. The Polish people suffered heavily during the Second World War under the brutal occupation of both the Nazis and Soviets. Following the end, the state remained a puppet of the Soviet Union. …
 
"They may crush the flowers, but they can't stop the spring." -Alexander Dubcek, 1968 Hundreds of thousands of citizens gathered in the streets of Prague, Czechoslovakia, as the country's politburo finally decided there was nothing more they could do. Having witnessed change in Poland, East Germany, and Hungary already come to pass, they knew it wa…
 
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 Sovi…
 
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…
 
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