216: Assassinations, Bad Weather, Psychedelic Rye and Other Wildcards of History

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Recorded live 5-9-13. The one-year anniversary of the School Sucks Live Show

Topic:
This live show was recorded immediately after my 90-minute discussion with Dan Carlin (coming soon), and the gears of my brain were really turning in different ways. I wanted to discuss methods and theories for examining and interpreting history. Often history is a story told through the "Great" Man Theory, opposed to the Trends and Forces Theory. Reflecting on a series of shows I did about the Nazis, I realize that there is considerable synthesis between the two. This conversation is derailed by silliness a couple of times and also contains non-live portions.

Were the Salem Witch Trials the result of a community-wide psychedelic accident?

Bumper Music:
"Airplane" Widespread Panic

Look Closer:

Ergot Poisoning - the cause of the Salem Witch Trials - http://customers.hbci.com/~wenonah/history/ergot.htm

Aspergers and SSRIs? - http://www.wrongplanet.net/postt121964.html

Napoleon's Hemorrhoids:
And Other Small Events That Changed the World
- http://books.google.com/books/about/Napoleon_s_Hemorrhoids.html?id=UG4VmgEACAAJ

Dan Carlin - Hardcore History - http://www.dancarlin.com/

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