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WWII Prisoner Escapes Through Toilet

WWII Prisoner Escapes Through Toilet

The date is March, 1943, and in a prisoner of war camp inside occupied Poland, Royal Canadian Air Force pilot William Ash approaches the camp’s toilet facilities. A single POW leans against the latrine’s doorway, casually keeping watch on the rest of the camp. The POW nods at Ash as he approaches and allows him …

History of Germany

History of Germany

Germany has had an incredibly turbulent history, especially in the last 100 years, one full of rises and falls of all kinds throughout it’s more than 100 years (more like 2,000) of history. So, in early celebration of Tag der Deutschen Einheit (Day of German Unity), hier gibt es die Geschichte von Deutschland (here is …

What Was Life Like For Prisoners of WWII

What Was Life Like For Prisoners of WWII

It’s December, 1944, and the Nazis are on the attack. You’re a soldier in the Allied forces pushing forward to liberate France, Belgium, and beyond. But progress toward Germany has slowed. You’d been at the front for just days1 when the enemy launched a surprise assault. Now, you and your brothers-in-arms struggle to hold a …

Escaping The Nazi Death Camp

Escaping The Nazi Death Camp

World War II was a time of terror that brought out the worst in many. Yet even in the darkest, most desperate times people joined together to fight against the wicked in positions of authority, even when the consequence they would face was often certain death. Rudolf Vrba and Alfred Wetzler are two such men …

Richard Feynman, The Great Explainer: Great Minds

Richard Feynman, The Great Explainer: Great Minds

We’ve talked a lot about great scientists on this show: people who solved mysteries that have been stumping lesser smarty-pants for centuries. Some of them even answered questions nobody had ever thought to ask before. But a lot of great minds have not been great explainers. Richard Feynman, the American physicist, most famous for pioneering …