Podcast Episodes


#69: What if Byzantium Had Never Fallen?

#69: What if Byzantium Had Never Fallen?

This episode is third in our Alternate History Week series, where I look at famous books of alternate history and discuss why I think their alternate timelines aren’t plausible. Today’s book is Harry Turtledove’s wonderful book Agent of Byzantium. In...
#68: What if China Had Discovered the New World?

#68: What if China Had Discovered the New World?

This episode is second in our Alternate History Week series, where I look at famous books of alternate history and discuss why I think their alternate timelines aren’t plausible. Today’s book is Kim Stanley Robinson’s 2002 book The Years of Rice and...
#67: Could One Marine Corps MEU Destroy the Entire Roman Army?

#67: Could One Marine Corps MEU Destroy the Entire Roman Army?

This episode is the first of a five-part series in our Alternate History Week—our version of Shark Week, if you will. We are looking at famous books of alternate history, and I’m discussing why I think their alternate timelines aren’t plausible. The first...
#65: How to Organize a Viking Raid — Lee Accomando

#65: How to Organize a Viking Raid — Lee Accomando

Everyone is fascinated with Vikings. If you are in Minnesota, then the team is practically your official religion. If you love opera then you can’t help but think of a Wagnerian fat lady belting out tones and breaking crystal while adorned with a horned helmet....

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#64: Is There a Roman City in Present-Day China?

#64: Is There a Roman City in Present-Day China?

Since the 1950s, many classicists and military historians have believed that an ancient Roman bloodline lives on in a Chinese village. The town of Liqian sits on the edge of the Gobi desert, and 4,500 miles from Rome. They have tried to prove that the ruddy-skinned,...
#63: Why The Irish May Have Really Saved Civilization

#63: Why The Irish May Have Really Saved Civilization

Thomas Cahill argues in his best-selling book How the Irish Saved Civilization that Ireland played a critical role in Europe’s evolution from the classical age of Rome to the medieval era. Is his narrative correct? Without Ireland, he argues, the transition...
#62: Did Rome And China Know of Each Other?

#62: Did Rome And China Know of Each Other?

Rome and China were the two poles of the Silk Road. One sent precious porcelain, spices, and silks, the other sent out glassware and high-quality cloth. As Rome expanded into the Near East and China into Central Asia, did the two empires learn much of each other?...
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