Answer Archive #5 - The U.S. Presidential Election

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In the last Answer Archive of the season, writer and producer Daniel Seehausen looks at the history of presidential elections, from the tavern days of George Washington to the present.

Impress your family this Thanksgiving with your in depth knowledge of the history of the electoral college and its role in altering elections.

If you've ever wondered why the 12th amendment is necessary, or why the donkey is the symbol of the Democratic party, this is the episode for you.

In other news, I am going to be graduating from my college in a few weeks, and have to focus on some school-related stuff in order to do so.  Unfortunately, this means that there will be a short break before the next episode.  Expect the next episode sometime in late December.  Sorry for the wait.

A video and article about the mechanisms of the electoral college:

The Trouble with the Electoral College

Why the Electoral College is the absolute worst, explained

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Sources:

Presidential Campaigns: From George Washington to George W. Bush

Wikipedia, duh.

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Answer Archive #4: A Strange History of Soda

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Answer Archive's fourth episode examines the history of the Soda.  How did carbonated water become a popular beverage?  Who invented Coca Cola, and when did it become the soda giant it is today?  If you want to know the answers to these sorts of questions, and more, listen to this episode of Answer Archive about soda.

Writer and Producer Daniel Seehausen examines the history of soda and how it rose to be such a prominent part of American life.  If you have ever wondered where Coca Cola, Dr. Pepper, and Pepsi came from, this is the episode for you.

Sorry for the lateness on releasing this episode.  My wife and I were sick right around the time I was supposed to release, and that delayed things a bit!

Please make sure to rate and review us on iTunes, and expect the video version in two parts over the course of the next two weeks!

Sources:

Fizz: How Soda Shook Up the World

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Answer Archive #3: A Strange History of the Calendar

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Answer Archive's third episode examines the history of the calendar.  Have you ever wondered how exactly we got our current calendar? Was it always 12 months? How did they end up with 365 as the number of days? And why on earth do we have leap days, much less leap seconds? Writer and producer Daniel Seehausen is here to answer all of these questions and more in the podcast that answers the questions you never thought to ask.

Sources:

In Search of Time: The History, Physics, and Philosophy of Time

It's About Time: From Calendars and Clocks to Moon Cycles and Light Years - A History

Calendar: Humanity's Epic Struggle to Determine a True and Accurate Year

Mapping Time: The Calendar and Its History

New episodes every two weeks on Wednesdays.

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Answer Archive #2: A Strange History of Books

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Answer Archive's second episode examines the history of printing books. Have you ever wondered how much impact Gutenberg's printing press had at the time? Or how Russian grandmothers helped ensure the spread of free thought throughout the Soviet Union? Answer Archive is here to satisfy your curiosity.

This episode features interviews from Dr. David Davis and Dr. Barbara Elliott.  If you are interested in supporting either of them, you can find a link to their books and articles right here:

Dr. David Davis's Publications

Dr. Barbara Ellliott's Publications

New episodes every two weeks on Wednesdays.

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Answer Archive #2 (part 1): Why Gutenberg was a Failure

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In this surprise video episode, writer and producer Daniel Seehausen investigates the strange history of the printing press. Featuring an interview with Dr. David Davis, assistant professor of history at Houston Baptist University, we learn about how books were treated in the past, and how Gutenberg’s story did not turn out as successfully as one might have imagined.

Expect part two about the history of illegal printing in the Soviet Union next week, alongside the release of the audio version.

Dr. David Davis (Assistant Professor of History at HBU)

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