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Updated November 2019
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I'm Jack a politics and history buff who enjoys learning about the why, how, when, who, and what of our world. There is no theme, time limit, or other restrictions to this weekly show other than my own attention span and what I find interesting at that time. This means prior topics include: Presidential desks, submarine communication cables, the last emperor of China and Eurovision. I hope you choose to listen and if you want to get in touch twitter: @jackptaylor or e-mail: jackptaylor92@gma ...
 
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Embassies are fascinating entities having existed for longer than the concept of the modern nation-state. They are often misunderstood and can offer a unique insight into the diplomatic issues that countries face. In this episode I cover: What embassies and consulates are, Their unofficial varieties like from Taiwan, Their titles e.g. the Peopl ...…
 
Thomas Midgley Jr. was undoubtedly a great inventor, yet he was far from a great man. Midgley was recognised by J. R. McNeill, a pioneer of the study of environmental history, as having “had more impact on the atmosphere than any other single organism in Earth's history“. Midgley's inventions have contributed significantly to the 400,000 deaths ...…
 
A lot of wonderful things can be said about Truman, particularly his attitude to the office of the President. We can not say wonderful things about Truman's idea to internationalise the waterways of Europe. It was a silly idea and one given far too much attention by Truman. In this episode I give what detail is available on the idea, discuss ho ...…
 
The Academy Awards/Oscars are the culmination of the Hollywood award season and celebrates the prior years greatest cinematic accomplishments. In this episode I look at what the Academy Awards are, their history, what they recognise, what films are eligible, and how they are nominated. Sample Official Screen Credits form: https://submissions.os ...…
 
Countries do not change their name often, and far less often their alphabet. Kazakhstan will soon be doing both to become Qazaqstan. In this episode I cover the why, what, when, who, and how of this change.
 
REGULATION (EU) No 1151/2012 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 21 November 2012 on quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs - is an incredibly curious piece of legislation. The Dave Law, as I call it, looks to protect producers of quality food stuffs and consumers of them - making sure when you buy Champagne or St ...…
 
Merry christmas everyone! A fiendishly difficult christmas quiz for you all based on my past episodes - anything better than 50% and you deserve to be on Santa's good list. Let us know how you got on, and of course have a wonderful Christmas!
 
Please don't think I have an obsession with sewers. In this episode I look at work of Bazalgette, the former Chief Engineer of the London Metropolitan Board of Works, a man who “probably did more good, and saved more lives, than any single Victorian public official”. Bazalgette probably may claim more credit for London's infrastructure than any ...…
 
Many nations sit on some form of natural resource wealth and, as is their right, they will exploit that wealth. The windfall is often spent nearly as quickly as it is earned with few able to exercise sufficient restraint to save some for a rainy day. This short-termism is most prevalent in democracies where a dollar saved for another day is oft ...…
 
The olympics as we know them today are a rather modern phenomenon, peculiarly mixing 'amateur' athletics with a very professionally run programme of events. The 1904 St. Louis olympics were in every sense amateur. With very few participants generally, and barely any foreign competitors specifically. Yet one event, the Marathon, was spectacularl ...…
 
Xi Jinping has been called many things. The Economist describes him as 'the most powerful man in the world', his own party call him 'the core of the Chinese Communist Party', others a 'closet Maoist'. Whatever your opinions of him, compared to many world leaders comparatively little is known of his background. In this bumper episode I analyse t ...…
 
You may not have heard of Ignaz Semmelweis. Yet along with Louis Pasteur and Alexander Fleming he should be seen as one of the most important men in medical history. Semmelweis reduced maternal mortality in his clinic by 85%. It was no fluke however as he reproduced the results in another clinic. Yet his ideas were not accepted in his lifetime. ...…
 
A good domain can be key to any business and in the porn business they don't come much better than sex.com. One man, Gary Kremen, realised this early on and registered the site for a bargain $100. It would eventually cost him millions in legal fees as an extraordinary conman named Stephen Cohen would blatantly steal the domain. In part 2 of 2 o ...…
 
A good domain can be key to any business and in the porn business they don't come much better than sex.com. One man, Gary Kremen, realised this early on and registered the site for a bargain $100. It would eventually cost him millions in legal fees as an extraordinary conman named Stephen Cohen would blatantly steal the domain. In part 1 of 2 o ...…
 
It has been a little while since I've wrote a briefing. With the upcoming Catalonia Independence Referendum I decided to write another. I'll cover in this show: What is happening. The importance of Catalonia. Why Catalonia would want independence. The 2014 referendum. What's changed since 2014. The legality of the referendum. The activities of ...…
 
This week's show details how King Edward VIII was forced to chose between the love he held for his country or his love for Wallis Simpson. With original audio of speeches by King Edward I will take through this royal scandal that threatened the UK's monarchy and our government. As ever I hope you enjoy!…
 
This weeks episode covers the first ever recorded economic speculative bubble. A period in the Netherlands during the 17th century where one tulip bulb could cost the same as a fashionable house in the Amsterdam. The backing track was partly due to my neighbour deciding to do some very loud building work yet I think it works.…
 
This week's episode is a history of Lloyd's of London. With a history stretching back over 300 years this insurance marketplace has been part of some of the biggest parts of history. Today it is a huge part of the global economy and provides cover to all manner of celebrities. I hope you enjoy understanding more of how Lloyd's works and its tal ...…
 
It’s good to be back from my summer holidays and thanks for continuing to listen. This week’s episode covers a history of Air Force One and Presidential aviation more generally. It’s a fascinating history, although I would say that wouldn’t I? The planes form part of a tale covering assassinations, resignations, legislation, and terror attacks. ...…
 
The Moscow-Washington Hotline: must a world be lost for want of a telephone call? The Moscow-Washington Hotline has become a seminal part of how many see the American Presidency. In this episode I will talk you through its history, developments, and its legacy. I'm on holiday now until the 13th of August meaning no new episodes - I'll see you o ...…
 
BBC English: the BBC Advisory Committee on Spoken English, its history, and its effect on the English language today. The BBC Advisory Committee on Spoken English lasted only around fifteen years before World War 2, yet its effects can still be felt today. In this episode I'll talk you through the committee's history and it effects us today. Ap ...…
 
In the early 19th Century Chicago barely existed, by the the late 1840s it was growing rapidly. With no sewage system it had numerous issues with disease, and being level with Lake Michigan there was no way to build a traditional sewer system. The solution was to raise Chicago up to fourteen feet in places, and then later to reverse the Chicago ...…
 
Victim identification is an incredibly important part of resolving a disaster. For families, and loves ones it can be difficult to gain closure without their loved ones remains. Similarly those charged with resolving disasters can struggle to know where to place resources e.g. counselling if they do not know who has perished. As with any proces ...…
 
Submarine cables account for over 99% of international internet traffic. You will use them everyday on the latest pieces of technology. Yet this infrastructure is based on old knowledge. In this episode I'll take you through 170 years of submarine cables helping us to communicate. Link to Stuff You Missed in History Class episode on Transatlant ...…
 
Le Tour de France started in 1903 and since then it's history has become dominated by war, politics, drugs, and most importantly amazing feats of physical prowess. I'll cover the first 110 years of its history and I hope you enjoy. If you curious how the French Cycling Federation's name is actually said in French: Union Velocipedique France…
 
A tale with an intro by Hayes, a story by FDR, and a possible conclusion under Obama. The Presidential Library is a fascinating concept. In this episode I explore how they started, how they've developed, and how they may be changing drastically with Obama. The link to the Politico article "Presidential Libraries Are A Scam. Could Obama Change T ...…
 
In this 3rd episode of three recorded partly during my bike ride I fill you in on the Victoria Cross medal's history, and the story of Charles Upham - the most highly decorated Commonwealth soldier of World War 2. The link to donate to the National Autistic Society if you're feeling generous is here: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/jackptaylor…
 
In this 2nd episode of three recorded partly during my bike ride I fill you in on Albertopolis the area of the London built with the profits from the Great Exhibition of 1851 by Prince Albert. The link to donate to the National Autistic Society if you're feeling generous is here: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/jackptaylor…
 
In this 1st episode of three recorded partly during my bike ride I fill you in on Highgate Cemetery's history and its famous occupants. The link to donate to the National Autistic Society if you're feeling generous is here: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/jackptaylor
 
The title says it all really so I don't what you are looking here for. Go away. Oh you wan't that link to when each constituency should roughly be declared. Here you go: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jun/08/what-time-does-each-constituency-declare-its-results-in-the-2017-general-election
 
Today I discuss Pu Yi the Last Emperor of the Qing Dynasty and of Imperial China. I won't say any more detail as #nospoilers
 
In this week's episode I'll cover from 1292 to 1417 discussing: how the Avignon Papacy of the Catholic Church began, the Popes of the Avignon Papacy, how the Papacy returned to Rome, the issues this return caused including Anti-Popes, and finally how these issues were resolved. CGP Grey's "How to Become Pope" video: https://www.youtube.com/watc ...…
 
In this week's episode I discuss the fascinating history of the least populous national jurisdiction in the world - the Pitcairn Islands. Covering: Early settlers, Discovery, HMS Bounty, Mutiny on the Bounty, Early settlement on the Pitcairn Islands, Murder, Re-discovery of the mutineers, A constitution being drafted, Emigration - twice, The Pi ...…
 
Not only an early episode but one that is current! A history of the European Broadcasting Union - which you'll probably find boring. Then a history of Eurovision in all its glory. Imgur album: http://imgur.com/a/TqdiB Thanks as ever for listening!
 
In this final episode we cover: The 9/11 attacks Afghanistan The International Criminal Court Iraq The 60th anniversary of the UN The election of Ban Ki-Moon The Arab Spring - notably Libya Syria Crimea - very briefly The UN today Lord of the Rings and the Ents (it hopefully makes sense) A super long episode A teaser for next week Thank you eve ...…
 
In this episode we cover: Somalia, Rwanda, Yugoslavia, Sergei Lavrov, Iraq and oil-for-food, Kofi Annan's election, UNSC expansion, The International Criminal Court, & Kosovo.
 
In this episode I cover 60 years of history for OPEC - a tale of oil and power Covering its founding How its membership expanded The oil embargoes of 1967 and 1973 A kidnapping ft. Carlos the Jackal Oil prices instability in the late 70s and 80s How OPEC made a $1 trillion in one year
 
In today's episode the UN gets out of it's funk. I cover: The Iran-Iraq war The Iraqi invasion of Kuwait How the USSR became the Russian Federation Yugoslavia and Somalia interventions
 
No. 10 Downing Street, and the rest of the street actually, are today's topic. I'll cover: Why Downing Street is famous, How Downing Street was built, Who built Downing Street and why, Cocks and the Germans, Sir Robert Walpole's contribution, How No. 10 was a merger of various houses How PMs have used 10 Downing Street, How numbers 11 and 12 al ...…
 
In today's episode I cover 1968 to 1985 in the UN's history, discussing: The 1968 Protests in Czechoslovakia Rhodesia and the first US veto in the UNSC China's representation in the UN The Yom Kippur war The UN Security Council chamber's renovation Many many wars in around 85 words. Invasions from outer space The boy who cried wolf Horrendous c ...…
 
In today's episode on French politics I consider how: The French President gets elected, The President's powers, The French Prime Minister's powers, The structure of the French Parliament, How French Parliamentarians are elected, and, The important information on the upcoming elections.
 
In today's episode I cover the history of the UN from 1957 to 1967 covering: Nation building in Africa, Gary Powers and the U-2 Crisis, The Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam, Council expansion, The Cyprus conflict, The Kashmir conflict, and, The six-day war.
 
In this episode I say "velvet divorce" a lot. I also cover a brief history of Czechoslovakia, How the dissolution came to be, The issues that the dissolution faced Issues that arose (both major and minor) The current situation
 
In today's episode I consider 1946-1956 in the bodies history. The first use of the veto Palestine and Israel An Oscar win The Berlin Blockade Chinese representation The Korean war The new UN Building and The Suez canal crisis
 
In a first I'm covering the actual news. What is article 50? How was it invoked? Has the UK now left the EU? How will we know how it's going? What will the EU Parliament be doing? How would an agreement be reached? What does an agreement look like? When we have an agreement what next? What happens if anyone votes no? Mystery 10th question. Sorr ...…
 
Over the four terms of FDR's presidency he would deliver approx. 30 fireside messages, they have been credited for his immense popularity and are still today are unique type of address. Thanks to the FDR presidential library I have been able to use recordings of the address throughout this podcast for one I'm immensely proud of!…
 
In this episode I consider the Dumbarton Oaks, Yalta, and San Francison conferences, and the first meetings of the United Nations General Assembly and the United Nations Security Council.
 
I'll consider why Scotland joined England & Wales in 1707, how the fortunes of independence and home rule movements have ebbed and waned, and the state of play today
 
In this episode I consider what came before the United Nations, how the term United Nations first referred to a military alliance, and what each of Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin aimed to secure from the organisation as it was established.
 
I’ll discuss the six desks the Presidents have used in the Oval Office: detailing who used which, the history of their creation, and debunking National Treasure 2 Where to buy a Resolute desk of your own: http://www.resolutedesk.com/prices/
 
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