Then Again with Ken and Glen

S1E38 - De Soto: Road to Nowhere

Episode Notes

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)

Episode Notes

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!

Episode Notes

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

Episode Notes

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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S1E33 - The "First" Thanksgiving

Episode Notes

Ok, sure, giving thanks is relatively straight forward – you’re formally expressing gratitude for something, say like surviving…but what about that “first” part? First in the United States? First in the North American continent? First European in the North American Continent? You will not be surprised that we are delighted to hold forth on these details. Join Ken and Glen as they serve up a feast of thoughts on the “First” Thanksgiving.

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S1E32 - Thomas Jefferson

Self-Evident Enigma

Episode Notes

“I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.” So said John Kennedy at a dinner honoring Noble Prize winners, but the man he was complimenting is an enigma that one line, no matter how clever, can define. Join Ken and Glen as they discuss the brilliant legacy and troubled reputation of Thomas Jefferson.

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S1E31 - The Atomic Bomb

Episode Notes

'Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.' – In August of 1945 atomic bombs were dropped on the Empire of Japan in an attempt to bring about its surrender before an invasion of its Home Islands by the Allies was necessary. But was the bombing itself necessary? Might Ken and Glen have opinions on the subject? Oh, you know they do. Join them as they discuss the development and deployment of the only nuclear weapons ever used, and what dual purpose their use had in 1945.

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S1E30 - Tolkien: Master of Middle Earth (Part 2)

Episode Notes

Hold onto your hat (or your pipe-weed and elf-cloak) as we go on a deep dive into J. R. R. Tolkien and his works. The mythos and worlds Tolkien created have been celebrated in their own right, have influenced numerous other authors, and inspired some of the most popular fantasy/action films ever produced – but what’s really cool is the essay he wrote on Beowulf that redefined the way it’s taught and understood! In this episode Ken and Glen – in the first of who knows how many as they’re kind of obsessed with Tolkien – discuss Tolkien’s life, influences, WWI service, work as a linguist, love of trees, surprise at fame, love of beer and pipe smoking, being bitten by a baboon spider at age two…well, the list just goes on.

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S1E29 - Tolkien: Master of Middle Earth (Part 1)

Episode Notes

Hold onto your hat (or your pipe-weed and elf-cloak) as we go on a deep dive into J. R. R. Tolkien and his works. The mythos and worlds Tolkien created have been celebrated in their own right, have influenced numerous other authors, and inspired some of the most popular fantasy/action films ever produced – but what’s really cool is the essay he wrote on Beowulf that redefined the way it’s taught and understood! In this episode Ken and Glen – in the first of who knows how many as they’re kind of obsessed with Tolkien – discuss Tolkien’s life, influences, WWI service, work as a linguist, love of trees, surprise at fame, love of beer and pipe smoking, being bitten by a baboon spider at age two…well, the list just goes on.

Fun note! The lovely cross stitch art on our episode cover was made by the History Center's own Lesley Jones! The center tree is the White Tree of Gondor, a symbol of the High Kings of Middle-Earth. It reads:

Ash nazg durbatulûk, ash nazg gimbatul, ash nazg thrakatulûk agh burzum-ishi krimpatul.

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them

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