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The Encyclopedist

Aug 15, 2022

In 1724 one "Captain Charles Johnson" wrote a book about the pirates of the day, and included a description of "Libertatia," a Pirate Utopia. I talk about that in this episode, along with some talk about the Algerian cities of Rabat and Salé, the latter being a real pirate utopia. 

Jul 11, 2022

Sure, there were badass male Vikings, and perhaps you can even name them, but do you know the story of Auðr-Unn the Deep-Minded, the most badass female Viking of them all?


Well, sit back, pour yourself some mead, and have a listen, 'cause it's a good story and (as far as I've been able to tell) 100% true. 

Jun 27, 2022

In part 1 of the Bollywood Primer I guided you through the history of Hindi Cinema. In part 2, an unwieldy forty-two minutes long (sorry!), I provide you with three to four movies for every decade that Hindi Cinema has been around. Each of these movies is worth seeing because of their historical importance and/or...

Jun 27, 2022

This episode of The Encyclopedist is a two-parter! In part one we take a brisk, eighteen-minute stroll through the history of Bollywood, a.k.a. Hindi Cinema, beginning in 1896 with the first showing of film in India and proceeding through the decades until we end at 2020. Film names will be dropped! Knowledge will be...

May 30, 2022

A common misconception is that same-sex marriage is a recent innovation. While it doesn't matter if it was or not, the truth is that same-sex marriage is as old as civilization itself. In this episode of the Encyclopedist I cover the history of same-sex marriage in the West from the Mesopotamians up to the year 1900.