069: Some Damned Silly Thing

Cartoon from October 2, 1912 edition of Punch, showing Russia, Britain, Germany, France, and Austria struggling to keep a lid on the Balkans.

 
With Russian encouragement, the Balkan states negotiate an alliance. It was a defensive agreement at first, but soon the Balkan states realized that collectively they were strong enough to take on the Ottoman Empire, whether or not their Great Power patrons approved. The result was the First Balkan War.
 

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Fanfare

Opening Theme

“Farewell of Slavianka”
Composed in 1912 by Vasily Ivanovich Agapkin. Public domain.
Performed by The United States Coast Guard Band. Public domain recording. Source.

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Reminder

 
Just a reminder that there will be no new episode this week. If you need something to do while waiting for episode 69, check out this video of Cookie Monster and two friends discussing the history of cookies in the twentieth century:
 

068: The New Freedom

Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States

 
Woodrow Wilson becomes the 28th President of the United States, after his inauguration is upstaged by a huge women’s suffrage demonstration. Wilson reorients American foreign policy, and allows greater segregation in US government employment.
 

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Click here to listen to “Your Mother’s Gone Away to Join the Army,” a 1913 song inspired by the women’s suffrage march in Washington.

 


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Fanfare

Opening Theme

“Hail, Columbia”
Composed in 1789 by Philip Phile. Public domain.
Performed by The United States Navy Band. Public domain recording. Source.

“Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean”
Composed in 1843 by Thomas A. Becket. Public domain.
Performed by The United States Navy Band. Public domain recording. Source.

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067: Twilight of the Belle Époque

Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci.

 
A final look at the Belle Époque. Alfred Binet invents intelligence testing, Picasso and Matisse become frenemies, Gertrude Stein moves to Paris, the Mona Lisa is stolen, and Jim Thorpe wins two gold medals at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm.
 

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Fanfare

Opening Theme

Pavane pour une infante défunte
Composed in 1899 by Maurice Ravel. Public domain.
Performed by Thérèse Dussaut, and used pursuant to a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 (CC-BY-SA 2.0) license. Source.

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066: An Immense Box of Sand

Italian soldiers defending the Tripoli perimeter in 1911. Note the use of defensive trenches.

 
Spurred on by right-wing agitation at home, the government of Italy declares war on the Ottoman Empire to secure its claim to the province of Tripoli, known in our time as Libya.
 

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Fanfare

Opening Theme

Overture to La Forza del Destino
Composed in 1862 by Giuseppe Verdi. Public domain.
Performed by the University of Chicago Orchestra, and used pursuant to a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) license. Source.

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065: The Panther Leap

The German gunboat SMS Panther.

 

Unrest and instability plague the Ottoman Empire, and a year of relative calm in the rest of Europe ends when a German gunboat suddenly appears off the coast of Morocco.
 

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Fanfare

Opening Theme

“Kâtibim”
Traditional Turkish folk song. Public domain.
Public domain recording. Source.

Tradidional Moroccan folk music
Public domain.
Recorded by Freesound user Eelke and used pursuant to a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) license. Source.

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064: A Night to Remember

Sixteen-year old newsboy Ned Parfett hawks newspapers reporting the Titanic disaster outside the London office of White Star Line. Ned would later enlist in the Royal Artillery and be killed in action on October 28, 1918, just two weeks before the end of the Great War.

The world’s largest ocean liner, Titanic, strikes an iceberg and sinks on the night of April 14, 1912, becoming history’s most famous maritime disaster.

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Fanfare

Opening Theme

Overture to Oberon, or The Elf King’s Oath
Composed in 1826 by Carl Maria von Weber. Public domain.
Performed by The United States Navy Band. Public domain recording. Source.

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

“Eternal Father, Strong to Save”
Composed in 1860 by William Whiting. Public domain.
Performed by The United States Navy Band. Public domain recording. Source.

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063: Like a Bull Moose

A period cartoon from Punch comments on the rivalry between Taft and Roosevelt.

The growing rift between US President William Howard Taft and his predecessor, Theodore Roosevelt, comes to a head in the 1912 Presidential election, as Roosevelt decides to challenge Taft for the Republican Presidential nomination.

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Fanfare

Opening Theme

“Scott Joplin’s New Rag”
Composed in 1912 by Scott Joplin. Public domain.
Performed by Gerluz, and used pursuant to a Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 license. Source.

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062: To Strive, To Seek, To Find, and Not to Yield

A modern photograph of the ceremonial “South Pole.” Behind it are the flags of the signatory nations to the Antarctic Treaty, and in the background is the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.

Robert Falcon Scott’s Discovery Expedition had returned to great acclaim, but had failed to reach the South Pole. Scott, Ernest Shackleton, and Roald Amundsen planned competing expeditions, each hoping to be the first human being to reach this remotest corner of the world.

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Fanfare

Opening Theme

String Quartet
Composed in 1921 by Albert Doyen. 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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