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How to Take Over the World

Jul 28, 2020

Mansa Musa was possibly the richest man of all time, but there was something that mattered much more to him. Find out what it was and how he achieved it, on this episode of How to Take Over the World.

Special thanks to research assistant Jack Jowers.

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Jul 3, 2020

Slave. Runaway. Abolitionist. Orator. Statesman. Legend.

On this episode, we explore how Frederick Douglass was able to go from the most challenging of beginnings to playing an integral role in the abolition of slavery in The United States.

Jun 12, 2020

A short anecdote about the greatest poet of all time, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and why some people might accidentally learn the wrong lesson from his life.

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May 29, 2020

All of my Edison notes that didn't make it into Part 1 & Part 2, including:

  • Edison vs. Tesla
  • Edison vs. Elon Musk
  • Puritanism and Edison
  • How Edison Went Deaf (Maybe)


Edison by Edmund Morris

The Wizard of Menlo Park by Randall Stross

The Thomas A Edison Papers - Rutgers University

Empires of Light by Jill...

May 22, 2020

How did Thomas Edison rise from obscure origins in a frontier town in Michigan to become the most famous man of his age and one of the greatest inventors of all time? In part 2, we cover Edison's life from his invention of the light bulb to his death.



Edison by Edmund Morris

The Wizard of Menlo Park by...