Then Again with Ken and Glen

S1E43 - The Normans - Part 1

Episode Notes

Who are they?! Raiders from the North Land. Where are they from?! The North Land. What do they want?! Your Land. In this episode, Ken and Glen discuss the rise of the phenomenally successful Scandinavian raiders from the North Sea who carried their name to Normandy, England, Ireland, Italy, Sicily, and the Middle East.

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S1E42 - The Deerskin Wars!

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A long time ago in a Colony far, far away…Deerskin Wars! Okay so it wasn’t that long ago, and it was actually right here in Georgia, but there _were _deerskin wars. In this episode, Ken and Glen discuss the 18th-century trade of deerskin for manufactured goods and how competition in this extremely lucrative endeavor with rivalries between England, France, and Spain as well as rivalries between Creek, Choctaw, and Cherokees at times erupted into a trade war – and shooting war!

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S1E41 - Anglo-Saxons III: Culture!

Episode Notes

The culture of the Anglo-Saxons at its apogee produced artistic, scholarly, literary and martial achievements that were recognized throughout Northern Europe and much of the Continent...and even though J.R.R. Tolkien never explicitly said that the Riders of Rohan were Anglo-Saxons on horses, you can tell. Join Ken and Glen as they discuss the rich Anglo-Saxon culture that died when King Harold II died defending the land of the English from the Bastard Norman William. Any mention of Tolkien is purely coincidental.

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S1E40 - Anglo-Saxons II - Literature!

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As the Anglo-Saxon peoples prospered on the island of Britain they developed a vibrant literature over time...wait, what's that? J.R.R. Tolkien was Professor of Anglo-Saxon Literature at Oxford? Well, how about that? Join Ken and Glen as they discuss - and recite! - the literature of the Anglo-Saxons...without mentioning Tolkien very much at all (you know, for them).

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S1E39 - Anglo-Saxons I - History!

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So now that Ken and Glen have got talking about J.R.R. Tolkien out of their systems it's on to the Anglo Saxons. Wait, what's that? Tolkien was professor of Anglo Saxon at Oxford? Wow, what are the odds? But no, really, join Ken and Glen as they discuss the peoples that gave the island of Britain a name that endures to this day...

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S1E38 - De Soto: Road to Nowhere

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In the popular imagination, the De Soto Expedition through the American Southeast is a bunch of Spaniards bumbling about in search of Gold - which is only partially true. In reality, there were Spanish, Moroccan African, Portuguese, French, Italian, and English men (as well as Spanish serving women and enslaved Native American women!) on the expedition. They were quite organized, and De Soto was looking to found a colony (not just find gold.) While he was still very definitely looking for gold...things didn't quite work out for De Soto, due in large part to a Mississippian Paramount Chief named Tuscaloosa. Join Ken and Glen as they discuss the Hernando De Soto Expedition of 1539-1543.

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S1E37 - Tolkien: Master of Middle Earth (Part 3)

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Ok, so we can't really promise that this is the end of Ken and Glen musing on the life, works, and legacy of J. R. R. Tolkien - but we're going to at least stop recording them for a while! Join Ken and Glen as they resume/continue/extend the discussion of Tolkien, emphasizing some of the philosophy of creation found in his work, and life.

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S1E36 - See you next year!

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We're taking a holiday break, but we'll be back in action in the new year! Happy Holidays, y'all.

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S1E35 - Winter Traditions

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"It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas/Yule/Solstice/Saturnalia!" - Are you feeling the warmth of the festive holiday season? Which one?! There are so many traditions throughout the past for this time of year - Roman, Pagan Germanic, Medieval, Victorian. Join Ken and Glen as they joyously discuss the traditions associated with the winter season across time and space...well, Ken will be joyous - Glen's a bit of a Grinch!

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S1E34 - The Eastern Front

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To both the Allies fighting in Western Europe and their Axis foe Germany it was the Eastern Front. To our erstwhile ally Soviet Russia, however, it was simply The Front, covering 1,000 miles of battleground in what was to them The Great Patriotic War – a war for survival with the Soviet peoples taking more casualties than any other nation of World War II. Join Ken and Glen as they discuss the Great Patriotic War, how it mage the Allied victory possible – and the Cold War inevitable.

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