Episodes

Sept. 17, 2021

How to Raise a Genius: Laszlo Polgar

Is there a formula for genius? One man thinks that he has found it - and he used it to raise all three of his daughters to be wor…

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Aug. 17, 2021

Mini-Episode: Just Work

This week's mini-episode has two stories and two quotes that all focus on a single theme: Just work.

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July 20, 2021

Philip the Great: Endnotes

All my endnotes on Philip II of Macedon, including: * Who was greater, Philip or Alexander? * Why Athens really took over the wor…

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July 13, 2021

Philip the Great

Philip II of Macedon is best known as the father of Alexander the Great. But was he an even greater conqueror than his more famou…

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July 28, 2020

Mansa Musa

Mansa Musa was possibly the richest man of all time, but there was something that mattered much more to him. Find out what it was…

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July 3, 2020

Frederick Douglass

Slave. Runaway. Abolitionist. Orator. Statesman. Legend. On this episode, we explore how Frederick Douglass was able to go from t…

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June 12, 2020

Mini-Episode: The Greatest Poet of All Time: Gerard Manley Hopkins

A short anecdote about the greatest poet of all time, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and why some people might accidentally learn the wro…

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May 29, 2020

Thomas Edison (Part 3)

All of my Edison notes that didn't make it into Part 1 & Part 2, including: Edison vs. Tesla Edison vs. Elon Musk Puritanism and…

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May 22, 2020

Thomas Edison (Part 2)

How did Thomas Edison rise from obscure origins in a frontier town in Michigan to become the most famous man of his age and one o…

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April 25, 2020

Thomas Edison (Part 1)

How did Thomas Edison rise from obscure origins in a frontier town in Michigan to become the most famous man of his age and one o…

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Oct. 11, 2019

Mini-Episode: Catherine the Great

How did a German girl from a family of little note become one of the most powerful people in the world and one of the greatest ru…

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Aug. 6, 2019

Mini-Episode: How Steve Jobs Got What He Wanted

This is the first-ever HTTOTW short. These 3-minute in-between-isodes will run during weeks when there isn't a new full episode. …

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July 12, 2019

The Wealthiest Family of All Time - The Rothschilds (Part 2)

How did the Rothschilds go from a poor family inhabiting a part-share of a home in a Jewish ghetto to the richest family of all t…

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March 5, 2019

The Wealthiest Family of All Time - The Rothschilds (Part 1)

How did the Rothschilds go from a poor family inhabiting a part-share of a home in a Jewish ghetto to the richest family of all t…

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June 5, 2018

Julius Caesar (Part 4)

Triumph, reign, conspiracy, assassination.

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April 18, 2018

Julius Caesar (Part 3)

Gaul (Part 2)

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March 23, 2018

Julius Caesar (Part 2)

Gaul (Part 1)

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Feb. 14, 2018

Julius Caesar (Part 1)

His rise, similarities between Caesar and Steve Jobs, the value of being a lawyer, and more

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Jan. 26, 2018

Vladimir Putin (Part 2)

The second half of the life and times of Vladimir Putin

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Jan. 16, 2018

Vladimir Putin (Part 1)

The first of two parts examining the life of Vladimir Putin

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Dec. 29, 2017

Steve Jobs (Part 2)

The second in a two part analysis of Steve Jobs' life

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Dec. 29, 2017

Steve Jobs (Part 1)

The life and strategies of one of the most successful businessmen of all time

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Dec. 29, 2017

Napoleon Bonaparte

The life and legacy of one of the great conquerors

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