061: Terra Australis

The US research vessel Nathaniel B. Palmer cruises past the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf.

Antarctica, the remotest part of the Earth, was barely visited by humans until the 1890s. Over the next 25 years, however, many expeditions from many nations would explore this harsh land.

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Fanfare

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Phantasie
Composed in 1905 by William Yeates Hurlstone. Public domain.
Performed by Steve’s Bedroom Band, and used pursuant to a Creative Commons CC BY 3.0 license. Source.

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060: Very Unkind of Those Canadians

An old Standard Oil Company sign.

William Howard Taft takes another stab at tariff reform, a Federal anti-trust suit breaks up the Standard Oil Company, and Irving Berlin publishes “Alexander’s Ragtime Band.”

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The Twentieth Century Rag

“Alexander’s Ragtime Band”
Composed in 1911 by Irving Berlin. Public domain.

Overture to Treemonisha
Composed in 1910 by Scott Joplin. Public domain.
Performed by L’Orchestra dell’Università di Firenze, and used pursuant to a Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 license. Source.

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059: Ultima Thule

Photograph taken by Robert Peary of his team, purportedly at the North Pole. From l. to r.: Ooqueh, Ootah, Matthew Henson, Egingwah, and Seeglo.

Explorers sought new passages to the Far East in the far north for centuries before reaching the North Pole became an end in itself. It took until the twentieth century for the first person to reach the North Pole, but exactly who that was and when it happened…well, that’s a tricky question.

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Fanfare

Opening Theme

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, (“Pathétique”)
Composed in 1893 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Public domain.
Performed by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. Public domain recording. Source.

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058: The Republic of China

Period lithograph depicting a clash between Imperial and Republican soldiers at the Taping Gate in Nanjing in 1911.

After years of plotting, failed uprisings, and repression, the Qing Dynasty is overthrown, and the Republic of China proclaimed.

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The Moon Reflecting in the Second Spring
Composed ca. 1940 by Abing. Public domain.
Performed by Wikipedia User David290,
and licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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057: In My Merry Oldsmobile

A 1910 photograph of a Model T Ford.

The first experimental steam-powered, self-propelled road vehicles appeared in France in the late 18th century. By the late 19th century, there were also vehicles powered by battery and by internal combustion. But in the early years of the twentieth century, the automobile comes into its own as a practical, economic form of transportation.

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“Daisy Bell”
Composed in 1892 by Harry Dacre. Public domain.

“In My Merry Oldsmobile”
Composed in 1905 by Gus Edwards and Vincent Bryan. Public domain.

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056: The Heavens Themselves Blaze Forth

Bust of Edward VII, King of the United Kingdom from 1901-1910.
Bust of Edward VII, King of the United Kingdom from 1901-1910.

In the United Kingdom, the constitutional crisis over the role of the House of Lords comes to a head in 1910, amid two general elections and the death of King Edward VII.

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Symphony No. 3 in E Major (“Eroica”)
Composed in 1804 by Ludwig van Beethoven. Public domain.
Performed by Czech National Symphony Orchestra. Public domain. Source.

Tombeau fait à Paris sur la mort de Monsieur Blancrocher, C minor
Composed in 1652 by Johann Jakob Froberger. Public domain.
Performed by Joan Benson. Source.
Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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055: So Far From God

Francisco Madero, the 33rd President of Mexico
Francisco Madero, the 33rd President of Mexico

For many years, Mexico has been living under the rule of Porfirio Díaz. By the early twentieth century, Díaz is in his 70s and is growing increasingly out of touch. He will be deposed, and that will trigger the Mexican Revolution.

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“El Pájaro Carpintero” (“The Carpenter Bird”)
Traditional. Public domain.
Performed by Los Hijos de la Malinche (Noé González Molina, Alberto de Jesus Nazario, & Julio Cesar de la Cruz Gonzalez) and edited by Widkipedia users Manetx, PlatinumCarlos, Sophie AgDz, Andresmedina95 & AmandaGraM95. Source.
Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

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054: A Martian Odyssey

From the December 9, 1906 edition of The New York Times.
From the December 9, 1906 edition of The New York Times.

An episode on certain developments in astronomy in the early years of the twentieth century: the appearance of Comet Halley, of a second, brighter comet, the Tunguska event, and the debate on the possibility of life on Mars.

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“Vanishing”
Composed by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

1. X. 1905
Composed in 1905 by Leoš Janáček. Public domain.
Performed by Pandora Selfridge. Public domain recording. Source.

Symphony No. 1 in D major
Composed by Gustav Mahler in 1888. Public domain.
Performed by the DuPage Symphony Orchestra, Barbara Schubert conducting.
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 License. Source.

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053: Take Advice From Theodore

William Howard Taft, the 27th President of the United States.
William Howard Taft, the 27th President of the United States.

Before Theodore Roosevelt left office, he’d settled on William Howard Taft as his successor. The two men had been political allies and close friends. With Roosevelt’s support, Taft was elected President in 1908, but the two men would have a falling out soon afterward.

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Ragtime Fanfare

The Twentieth Century Rag

Euphonic Sounds
Composed in 1909 by Scott Joplin. Public domain.
Public domain recording. Source. With much gratitude to Ragnar Hellspong for converting the music into a playable mp3 file.

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052: TUOBGN

Donald Manson, an employee of the Marconi Wireless Company at work in 1905.
Donald Manson, an employee of the Marconi Wireless Company at work in 1905.

A look at the invention of radio, the first step on the road to modern electronics and modern mass media, a revolution in information, news, and entertainment.

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Symphony No. 5 in C minor
Composed in 1808 by Ludwig van Beethoven. Public domain.
Public domain recording. Source.

Morse code sound effect created by Wikipedia user Horsten, and used pursuant to a Creative Commons license. Details.

Edison Phonograph advertisement is public domain and/or fair use. Source.

Recording of Kaiser Franz Josef is public domain. Source.

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