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644: Random Acts of History

644: Random Acts of History

Update: 2019-06-23229
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Stories about people who accidentally bump into unsettling facts of history in settings meant to teach them history. What they end up learning is very different from what they’re supposed to.
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Kevin balmer

Seems to be the moral of the story is if your a minority and act like an ignorant schlub, people will find ways to excuse your behvaviour s long it fits their own agenda, and overzealous racial justice warriors are fine as long as its not targeted at other minorities.... Kids are kids and most are ignorant, that's not their fault, it's the adults and education providers failure..

Jul 1st
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jay b

l blame those teachers and that lazy lesson plan lol!

Jul 1st
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SANJAY GORA

jay b haha

Jul 1st
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Philly Burbs

Jun 30th
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Gabrielle

This is a great story to be retold. Many times people of all races, cultures and place in America. Each and everyone in America need to be told and learn the history of all the people who reside in this country. We all have a history and not talking and learning about all of us in these United States of America we will forever be at each other. The rich and powerful throughout these histories have and will always win if we can not see how our collective history is closely connected. Thank you for this story. Keep searching and learning.

Jun 27th
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Rebecca Lopez

what ever happened to Candy Stuart (?) the president of the student council who went off script to talk to the governor?

Jun 26th
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Markus Unterberg

The word is SEMITIC NOT SEMETIC you ignorant pod..

Jun 26th
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Wendy Russell

Markus Unterberg Because you have never misspelled anything?

Jul 2nd
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jacob kemper

people told they were racist even though they weren't. plot twist they were black people. and I guess black people can only receive racism because they are perpetual victims.

Jun 24th
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Kristen J. Cook

When the movie Pearl Harbor was released, (2000? I was living in Southern California, with in the county of Los Angeles) I had seen the movie maybe 3 times; the last time I saw the film, when the scenes of the Japanese Kamikazes began striking the US ships, directly in front of me and my friend had been 4 AmerAsian youths, either our ages or slightly older and those POS's went and commended, with vocal excitement, as if encouraging the atrocities that had occurred on Pearl Harbor during WWII. With the explosions of US ships, these young people exclaimed without shame, laughter and cheers, never once looking behind them (we were all sitting relatively close to the front of the theater) or even remotely acknowledging how they were in an American movie theater witnessing one of America's worst war crimes in our history, amongst American's who had come. in part, parriotically and in support of our U.S. History. I, personally, was fuming angry as one of my great-grandfather's had been stationed on the U.S.S. Arizona! they were cheering on the terrors of war their ancestors had perpetuated-- albeit America has perpetuated MANY'a terrors elsewhere, we were merely civilians in a civilian theater in suburban America. nevertheless, none of this ever ended up in the newspaper and no one called any reporters and these AmerAsian young people were not shamed nor made to apologize to American's who had lost family at Pearl Harbor... on another note, I just heard a man ask, in this podcast, why the Jews didn't just pretend they were Gernan-- because their neighbors already knew who they were! on top of this, just as with any other country, census is compiled, thus, the powers that had been would've have found them eventually and at that point they'd have been hunted for trying to masquerading as German's-- true, they most likely would have been murdered anyway, but the human mind would have tormented those Jews attempting to pass for German, doubling or even tripling their fear and overall panic of being found out for something "extra" than solely being of Jewish descent. They knew everyone who was Jewish by the town and state and country censuses; if a person was a practicing Protestant, yet had 1 grandparent who had been of Jewish descent, that person was required to register with the nazi state as a Jew. The Holocaust is so surreal because it is the single most horrific historical event in modern history to result in an attempted genocide which basis was on nothing more than what is fundamentally a fairytail!

Mar 19th
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Camille Avery

Kristen J. Cook I don’t think atrocities and massacres should be ranked. I’m sorry but the holocaust is NOT the “single most horrific historical event”.... especially when the death toll is much smaller than other events like the red rubber Black Death genocide in the Congo or the genocide that took place before apartheid fell

Jul 16th
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Mic Kash

Amistad was produced before S.L. I believe.. Good podcast though. Please more!!

May 22nd
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Daniel Alexander

Mic Kash A quick look and S.L. came out in 1993 and Amistad was 1997.

Jun 24th
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Cj James

🤔

May 17th
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Ben Davis

One of the best episodes ever produced.

May 3rd
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