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Historical Blindness

Historical Blindness

Recorded History Podcast Network

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The Historical Blindness podcast is a discussion of interesting and largely forgotten stories from our past, with a specific focus on demonstrating the inscrutability, the ineffability, and the unknowability of the past. By examining cases of outrageous hoaxes, mass delusion, baffling mysteries and unreliable historiography, we raise the question, “Can we trust history as we have received it?”

Latest Episodes

Circuit Riders, Midnight Appointments, and Packed Benches

Hi patrons! This episode is yet another political topic. With the topic of Supreme Court expansion in the public discourse after the controversial confirmations of justices nominated by Donald Trump, I look at the history and structure of the Supreme Court, the changing size of its bench, and the historical basis of arguments for judicial reform. Pledge at Patreon before Dec. 1st to be entered to win a pair of Sudio earbuds, and shop at Sudio.com from the 23rd-30th of November for 35% off earbuds, headphones, and speakers, PLUS an additional 10% off when you use the promo code "historical"! Donate at paypal.me/NathanLeviLloyd or support the show by signing up for a 2-week trial of The Great Courses Plus or a 30-day trial of Audible. Some music on this episode is copyright Alex Kish. Visit AlexKishMusic.com and contact him to get compositions for your own projects. Other background tracks, including "Brand New World," "September," "Meekness," "November," "July," and "daemones" are by Kai Engel, licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY 4.0). Additional music, "Ambiment" and "Drone in D," by Kevin MacLeod, also licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY 3.0). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

53 min8 h ago
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Circuit Riders, Midnight Appointments, and Packed Benches

The Smoke-Filled Room: Contested Elections in America

In this post-election episode, written a week before the American presidential election, I look to contested elections in American history for some insight into what is happening today, with especial focus on the outmoded institution of the Electoral College of the United States and the elections of 1824 and 1876. Pledge on Patreon at patreon.com/historicalblindness to get ad-free and exclusive episodes. All active patrons will be entered to win a new pair of earbuds from Sudio on December 1st! Shop Sudio.com between November 23rd and 30th to receive 35% off your purchase AND and extra 10% off with the discount code "historical"! Sign up for a 14-day trial of The Great Courses Plus or a 30-day trial of Audible to support this show! Some music on this episode is copyright Alex Kish of AlexKishMusic.com. Contact him to get compositions for your own projects. Other music, including "November," "Mercy," "Harbor," "Tumult," "Denouement," and "Wake Up," are by Kai Engel, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY 4.0). Additional Music: Drone in D Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

47 min2 w ago
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The Smoke-Filled Room: Contested Elections in America

A Rediscovery of Witches, Part Two: The Moon Goddess and the Cunning Folk

In part two of my series on the early modern witch craze and the myths, misconceptions, and theories about witches spread by academics, I am again joined by Sarah Handley-Cousins of Dig: A History Podcast to discuss the founding of Wicca, the emergence of the midwife-witch myth, and folk healers as targets of witchcraft accusations. If you're an American, PLEASE VOTE! Support the podcast by signing up for a free 30-day trial of Audible at audibletrial.com/historicalblindness Some music on this episode is copyright Alex Kish. Contact Alex to get compositions for your own projects. Other music, including "Wake Up," "Sunset," "Seeker," "Mareé," "Nothing (Bonus Track)," "Global Warming," and "Something (Bonus Track)" by Kai Engel, licensed under an International Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY 4.0). Additional music: Thunderbird Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Lightless Dawn Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

50 minOCT 27
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A Rediscovery of Witches, Part Two: The Moon Goddess and the Cunning Folk

A Rediscovery of Witches, Part One: The Hammer and the Horned God

In the first of a two part series, I'm joined by Sarah Handley-Cousins of Dig: A History Podcast to talk about the early modern witch craze and the historical myths and misconceptions surrounding it. If you're an American, PLEASE VOTE! Support the podcast by signing up for a free 30-day trial of Audible at audibletrial.com/historicalblindness Some music on this episode is copyright Alex Kish. Contact Alex to get compositions for your own projects. Additional music, including "Oneiri," "Remedy for Melancholy," "September," "Seeker," and "daedalus" are by Kai Engel, licensed under an International Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY 4.0). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

47 minOCT 13
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A Rediscovery of Witches, Part One: The Hammer and the Horned God

The Illuminati Illuminated, Part Two: The Order in America

In the extra-long conclusion of my series on Illuminati conspiracy theories, I talk about how conspiracy theories about the Illuminati played a large role in the presidential election of 1800 as well as how they have remained ubiquitous in American political discourse since then. Visit https://howto.vote/ to find information on registering to vote and voting this year. Please don't wait. Get a 30-day free trial of Audible with a free audiobook AND support this show by visiting http://www.audibletrial.com/historicalblindness Some background music on the episode is copyright Alex Kish. Contact Alex at AlexKishMusic.com to license music for your own project. Other background tracks, including "Sunset," "Wake Up," "Low Horizon," "Global Warming," "Sentinel," "Evermore," "Great Expectations," "Cold War Echo," and "Scenery," are by Kai Engel, licensed under an International Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY 4.0). Additional Music: Lightless Dawn by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3982-lightless-dawn License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

55 minSEP 29
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The Illuminati Illuminated, Part Two: The Order in America

A Dark Day Indeed

In this patron exclusive minisode released in April of 2019, I delved into the mystery of a day with no light, when darkness fell over New England and many feared that God's judgment was at hand. But was the Dark Day really a mysterious phenomenon as it is unceasingly portrayed?I'm releasing this patron exclusive on the free, ad-supported feed now because its topic has been on my mind for the last couple months, during the devastating wildfires that have been ravaging the West Coast of America where I live. If you are able, please consider supporting wildfire relief and recovery efforts in California and in Oregon. Or you can donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund. Background track on the new intro of this minisode is "Remedy for Melancholy" by Kai Engel, licensed under an International Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY 4.0). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

12 minSEP 22
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A Dark Day Indeed

The Illuminati Illuminated, Part One: The Order's Origins

A contemplation of the modern conservative conspiracy theory of a "deep state" leads me back to the dawn of modern conspiracy theory, the Enlightenment,when the ultimate conservative conspiracy theory was born as an explanation of the French Revolution: the Illuminati! Get a 30-day free trial of Audible with a free audiobook AND support this show by visiting http://www.audibletrial.com/historicalblindness Some background music on the episode is copyright Alex Kish. Contact Alex at AlexKishMusic.com to license music for your own project. Other background tracks, including "Wake Up," "Remedy for Melancholy," "Delirium," "Laburnum," and "Marée," are by Kai Engel, licensed under an International Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY 4.0). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

40 minSEP 15
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The Illuminati Illuminated, Part One: The Order's Origins

The Murder of Lord Darnley, Part Two: The Casket Letters

In the aftermath of an explosion that killed a king and upset the foundations of power in Scotland, various suspects in the murder vie for control of the country. What evidence exists to prove who was behind the regicide, and can it be trusted? This episode is sponsored by Sudio. While as patrons you won't hear their ad, you can still support the show by making a purchase of one of their fine audio devices atSudio.com and entering the promo code "rockingprek" at check out for 15% off. Some background music on the episode is copyright Alex Kish. Contact Alex at AlexKishMusic.com to license music for your own project. Other background tracks, including "Cold War Echo," "Cobweb Morning," "Sentinel," "Homeroad," "daemones," and "daedalus," are by Kai Engel, licensed under an International Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY 4.0). 1 Like Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

40 minSEP 1
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The Murder of Lord Darnley, Part Two: The Casket Letters

The Murder of Lord Darnley, Part One: The Vipers' Nest

In 1567, the King of Scotland is murdered, and even today, mystery surrounds the crime. In part one, we look at the life and reign of Mary, Queen of Scots, from birth to her consort's demise to learn what led up to the murder and better understand the questions that remain. This episode is sponsored by Sudio. While as patrons you won't hear their ad, you can still support the show by making a purchase of one of their fine audio devices athttps://www.sudio.com/us/and entering the promo code "rockingprek" at check out for 15% off. Some background music on the episode is copyright Alex Kish. Contact Alex athttps://www.alexkishmusic.com/contact to license music for your own project. Other background tracks, including "Seeker," "Great Expectations," "Mare," "Mercy," "Low Horizon," and "Evermore," are by Kai Engel, licensed under an International Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY 4.0). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

44 minAUG 18
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The Murder of Lord Darnley, Part One: The Vipers' Nest

The Jansenist Miracles of Enlightenment France, Part Two: The Convulsionnaires

In the conclusion to this series about an age of miracles in the midst of the Enlightenment, we look at the strange development of convulsionism among the adherents of François de Pâris. Along the way, we see the emergence of egalitarianism and democratic ideals in pre-Revolutionary France as well as signs of disorder between the powers of the throne, the Church, and the sovereign court. Much of the music on this episode is copyright Alex Kish. Contact Alex athttps://www.alexkishmusic.com/ to license his music. Other songs, including the tracks "daedalus," "Evermore," "Mare," and "July" are by Kai Engel and licensed under a Creative Commons International Attribution license (CC BY 4.0). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

38 minJUL 28
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The Jansenist Miracles of Enlightenment France, Part Two: The Convulsionnaires

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Circuit Riders, Midnight Appointments, and Packed Benches

Hi patrons! This episode is yet another political topic. With the topic of Supreme Court expansion in the public discourse after the controversial confirmations of justices nominated by Donald Trump, I look at the history and structure of the Supreme Court, the changing size of its bench, and the historical basis of arguments for judicial reform. Pledge at Patreon before Dec. 1st to be entered to win a pair of Sudio earbuds, and shop at Sudio.com from the 23rd-30th of November for 35% off earbuds, headphones, and speakers, PLUS an additional 10% off when you use the promo code "historical"! Donate at paypal.me/NathanLeviLloyd or support the show by signing up for a 2-week trial of The Great Courses Plus or a 30-day trial of Audible. Some music on this episode is copyright Alex Kish. Visit AlexKishMusic.com and contact him to get compositions for your own projects. Other background tracks, including "Brand New World," "September," "Meekness," "November," "July," and "daemones" are by Kai Engel, licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY 4.0). Additional music, "Ambiment" and "Drone in D," by Kevin MacLeod, also licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY 3.0). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

53 min8 h ago
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Circuit Riders, Midnight Appointments, and Packed Benches

The Smoke-Filled Room: Contested Elections in America

In this post-election episode, written a week before the American presidential election, I look to contested elections in American history for some insight into what is happening today, with especial focus on the outmoded institution of the Electoral College of the United States and the elections of 1824 and 1876. Pledge on Patreon at patreon.com/historicalblindness to get ad-free and exclusive episodes. All active patrons will be entered to win a new pair of earbuds from Sudio on December 1st! Shop Sudio.com between November 23rd and 30th to receive 35% off your purchase AND and extra 10% off with the discount code "historical"! Sign up for a 14-day trial of The Great Courses Plus or a 30-day trial of Audible to support this show! Some music on this episode is copyright Alex Kish of AlexKishMusic.com. Contact him to get compositions for your own projects. Other music, including "November," "Mercy," "Harbor," "Tumult," "Denouement," and "Wake Up," are by Kai Engel, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY 4.0). Additional Music: Drone in D Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

47 min2 w ago
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The Smoke-Filled Room: Contested Elections in America

A Rediscovery of Witches, Part Two: The Moon Goddess and the Cunning Folk

In part two of my series on the early modern witch craze and the myths, misconceptions, and theories about witches spread by academics, I am again joined by Sarah Handley-Cousins of Dig: A History Podcast to discuss the founding of Wicca, the emergence of the midwife-witch myth, and folk healers as targets of witchcraft accusations. If you're an American, PLEASE VOTE! Support the podcast by signing up for a free 30-day trial of Audible at audibletrial.com/historicalblindness Some music on this episode is copyright Alex Kish. Contact Alex to get compositions for your own projects. Other music, including "Wake Up," "Sunset," "Seeker," "Mareé," "Nothing (Bonus Track)," "Global Warming," and "Something (Bonus Track)" by Kai Engel, licensed under an International Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY 4.0). Additional music: Thunderbird Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Lightless Dawn Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

50 minOCT 27
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A Rediscovery of Witches, Part Two: The Moon Goddess and the Cunning Folk

A Rediscovery of Witches, Part One: The Hammer and the Horned God

In the first of a two part series, I'm joined by Sarah Handley-Cousins of Dig: A History Podcast to talk about the early modern witch craze and the historical myths and misconceptions surrounding it. If you're an American, PLEASE VOTE! Support the podcast by signing up for a free 30-day trial of Audible at audibletrial.com/historicalblindness Some music on this episode is copyright Alex Kish. Contact Alex to get compositions for your own projects. Additional music, including "Oneiri," "Remedy for Melancholy," "September," "Seeker," and "daedalus" are by Kai Engel, licensed under an International Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY 4.0). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

47 minOCT 13
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A Rediscovery of Witches, Part One: The Hammer and the Horned God

The Illuminati Illuminated, Part Two: The Order in America

In the extra-long conclusion of my series on Illuminati conspiracy theories, I talk about how conspiracy theories about the Illuminati played a large role in the presidential election of 1800 as well as how they have remained ubiquitous in American political discourse since then. Visit https://howto.vote/ to find information on registering to vote and voting this year. Please don't wait. Get a 30-day free trial of Audible with a free audiobook AND support this show by visiting http://www.audibletrial.com/historicalblindness Some background music on the episode is copyright Alex Kish. Contact Alex at AlexKishMusic.com to license music for your own project. Other background tracks, including "Sunset," "Wake Up," "Low Horizon," "Global Warming," "Sentinel," "Evermore," "Great Expectations," "Cold War Echo," and "Scenery," are by Kai Engel, licensed under an International Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY 4.0). Additional Music: Lightless Dawn by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3982-lightless-dawn License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

55 minSEP 29
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The Illuminati Illuminated, Part Two: The Order in America

A Dark Day Indeed

In this patron exclusive minisode released in April of 2019, I delved into the mystery of a day with no light, when darkness fell over New England and many feared that God's judgment was at hand. But was the Dark Day really a mysterious phenomenon as it is unceasingly portrayed?I'm releasing this patron exclusive on the free, ad-supported feed now because its topic has been on my mind for the last couple months, during the devastating wildfires that have been ravaging the West Coast of America where I live. If you are able, please consider supporting wildfire relief and recovery efforts in California and in Oregon. Or you can donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund. Background track on the new intro of this minisode is "Remedy for Melancholy" by Kai Engel, licensed under an International Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY 4.0). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

12 minSEP 22
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A Dark Day Indeed

The Illuminati Illuminated, Part One: The Order's Origins

A contemplation of the modern conservative conspiracy theory of a "deep state" leads me back to the dawn of modern conspiracy theory, the Enlightenment,when the ultimate conservative conspiracy theory was born as an explanation of the French Revolution: the Illuminati! Get a 30-day free trial of Audible with a free audiobook AND support this show by visiting http://www.audibletrial.com/historicalblindness Some background music on the episode is copyright Alex Kish. Contact Alex at AlexKishMusic.com to license music for your own project. Other background tracks, including "Wake Up," "Remedy for Melancholy," "Delirium," "Laburnum," and "Marée," are by Kai Engel, licensed under an International Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY 4.0). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

40 minSEP 15
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The Illuminati Illuminated, Part One: The Order's Origins

The Murder of Lord Darnley, Part Two: The Casket Letters

In the aftermath of an explosion that killed a king and upset the foundations of power in Scotland, various suspects in the murder vie for control of the country. What evidence exists to prove who was behind the regicide, and can it be trusted? This episode is sponsored by Sudio. While as patrons you won't hear their ad, you can still support the show by making a purchase of one of their fine audio devices atSudio.com and entering the promo code "rockingprek" at check out for 15% off. Some background music on the episode is copyright Alex Kish. Contact Alex at AlexKishMusic.com to license music for your own project. Other background tracks, including "Cold War Echo," "Cobweb Morning," "Sentinel," "Homeroad," "daemones," and "daedalus," are by Kai Engel, licensed under an International Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY 4.0). 1 Like Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

40 minSEP 1
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The Murder of Lord Darnley, Part Two: The Casket Letters

The Murder of Lord Darnley, Part One: The Vipers' Nest

In 1567, the King of Scotland is murdered, and even today, mystery surrounds the crime. In part one, we look at the life and reign of Mary, Queen of Scots, from birth to her consort's demise to learn what led up to the murder and better understand the questions that remain. This episode is sponsored by Sudio. While as patrons you won't hear their ad, you can still support the show by making a purchase of one of their fine audio devices athttps://www.sudio.com/us/and entering the promo code "rockingprek" at check out for 15% off. Some background music on the episode is copyright Alex Kish. Contact Alex athttps://www.alexkishmusic.com/contact to license music for your own project. Other background tracks, including "Seeker," "Great Expectations," "Mare," "Mercy," "Low Horizon," and "Evermore," are by Kai Engel, licensed under an International Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY 4.0). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

44 minAUG 18
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The Murder of Lord Darnley, Part One: The Vipers' Nest

The Jansenist Miracles of Enlightenment France, Part Two: The Convulsionnaires

In the conclusion to this series about an age of miracles in the midst of the Enlightenment, we look at the strange development of convulsionism among the adherents of François de Pâris. Along the way, we see the emergence of egalitarianism and democratic ideals in pre-Revolutionary France as well as signs of disorder between the powers of the throne, the Church, and the sovereign court. Much of the music on this episode is copyright Alex Kish. Contact Alex athttps://www.alexkishmusic.com/ to license his music. Other songs, including the tracks "daedalus," "Evermore," "Mare," and "July" are by Kai Engel and licensed under a Creative Commons International Attribution license (CC BY 4.0). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

38 minJUL 28
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The Jansenist Miracles of Enlightenment France, Part Two: The Convulsionnaires
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