Epik Fails of History
Episode 11.5 - “EPIC FAILS: The Age of Exploration” Book Preview

Episode 11.5 - “EPIC FAILS: The Age of Exploration” Book Preview

April 27, 2019

Bonus Episode - A special sneak peek at the fourth and final(?) book in the EPIC FAILS series - "The Age of Exploration: Totally Getting Lost"! 

 

E11: “Totally Getting Lost” (with Ben Thompson!) - Q & A

E11: “Totally Getting Lost” (with Ben Thompson!) - Q & A

April 27, 2019

Ben Thompson returns! In this Season Finale Q and A, "Epic Fails" co-authors Erik Slader and Ben Thompson reunite to tackle the key issues, like who would win in a fist fight - Teddy Roosevelt or Benedict Arnold?, Carthaginian war elephants - pros vs cons?, and most importantly, whether or not a hot dog qualifies as a sandwich? 

 

*You can meet them both at the Smithsonian Museums in Washington DC on Saturday, May the 4th where they'll be promoting the release of their latest book, "The Age of Exploration: Totally Getting Lost"!

 

Music Clips: "The Warriors of Tide" - Black Tide (2009), "Alexander the Great" - Iron Maiden (1986)

E10: BLOOPER REEL (April Fool’s Day Special?)

E10: BLOOPER REEL (April Fool’s Day Special?)

April 1, 2019

*Warning: the following Blooper Reel is uncensored and contains slightly more profanity than usual...

In our tenth episode, we decided to take a look back at some of the behind the scenes mishaps that happened along the way to make this show possible. 

Happy April Fool's! 

E9: THE CIVIL WAR - A War Between Brothers (Part 2)

E9: THE CIVIL WAR - A War Between Brothers (Part 2)

March 30, 2019

"A War Between Brothers" (Part Two)

The sibling rivalry continues - Chris and Brad once again steal the show as they discuss the Civil War! (Not to be confused with the Marvel comics storyline.) Confederate military blunders, Union prison camps, weird facts about Lincoln, Andrew Johnson's drinking problem, the complete and utter failure of reconstruction, and of course Civil War era amputations...

 

Music clip: "Captain America: Civil War" theme by Henry Jackman

Audio clip: "Independence Day" (1996)

E8: THE CIVIL WAR - A War Between Brothers (Part 1)

E8: THE CIVIL WAR - A War Between Brothers (Part 1)

March 24, 2019

"A War Between Brothers" (Part One)

In the latest episode, its brother versus brother as Chris and Brad Carroll go head to head in an intense game of "drunk trivia" over their knowledge of the American Civil War! General Lee vs Grant, Albert Sidney Johnston, Pickett's Charge, Rutherford B. Hayes, and the Clash of the Ironclads...

Also in this episode: a random tangent about Star Wars?! 

 

Music Clips: "The Imperial March" (Metallica cover)

*Ironclad Sound Effects used from the movie "Sahara" (2005)

Episode 7.5 - State of the Podcast

Episode 7.5 - State of the Podcast

March 24, 2019

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

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Episode 7 - Erik and Ben go to Washington! (President’s Day Special)

Episode 7 - Erik and Ben go to Washington! (President’s Day Special)

February 24, 2019

It's our (belated) "On Brand" President's Day special! 

Erik Slader and Ben Thompson are invited out to do a book signing at the Smithsonian museums in Washington DC! - before being thwarted by the longest government shutdown in American history... because of course. 

*Also included: a preview of the latest EPIC FAILS book: "Not-So-Great Presidents"!*

E6: The Curse of the Willy Dee *and* the Great Emu War of 1932 (with Devin Clark!)

E6: The Curse of the Willy Dee *and* the Great Emu War of 1932 (with Devin Clark!)

January 17, 2019

Devin Clark (host of the 'Pretend Radio' podcast and bassist for the punk band, 'The Wastedist') joins the show to discuss a random assortment of historical fails: The Curse of the 'Willy Dee' (the USS William D. Porter), the Corned-Beef Sandwich Incident, a Ramen Noodle Heist, and... the Great Emu War of 1932?! 

 

LINKS AND REFERENCES:

https://www.instagram.com/pretendradio/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBL4-8RiD8I

Music Clips: "Tonight, tonight" - Smashing Pumpkins (1996), "Ride of the Valkyries" - Richard Wagner (1854), "Carmina Burana" - Carl Orff (1936)

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“EPIC FAILS” - The Book Tour (with Ben Thompson!) - Episode 5

“EPIC FAILS” - The Book Tour (with Ben Thompson!) - Episode 5

December 9, 2018

History authors unite! Erik Slader and Ben Thompson (Badass, Guts and Glory) join forces in this epic cross-over! Ben and Erik talk about the fails that happened along the way to co-writing their (somewhat acclaimed?) "EPIC FAILS" book series - as they recount their first book tour together, from Florida to Vegas to Seattle! 

 

LINKS AND REFERENCES:

http://badassoftheweek.com/

http://www.erikslader.com/

Music Clip: "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey (1981)

"EPIC FAILS: The Wright Brothers - Nose-Diving Into History" and "EPIC FAILS: The Race to Space - Countdown to Liftoff" are both available now wherever books are sold!

FLORIDA FAILS (with Jasmine Turner!)

FLORIDA FAILS (with Jasmine Turner!)

October 31, 2018

In this (insanely overdue) episode, Erik and Chris talk to local historian, and fellow Floridian, Jasmine Turner - about some of the crazier stories from their state's history! Everything from Ponce de Leon and "the Fountain of Youth" to 'the original Florida man', Mayor William Cottrell. Also on this episode: Henry Flagler, Walt Disney, the Great Jacksonville fire, floating nuclear power plants, how the US government poured millions of dollars into a cross-state canal that never happened, and much much more...

 

LINKS AND REFERENCES:

www.fortmose.org

Music clips: "I Ran" by A Flock of Seagulls (1982), "What's up?" by Four Non Blondes ('He-Man' remix version by Slackcircus), and "Alabama Man" - from South Park

"EPIC FAILS: The Wright Brothers - Nose-Diving Into History" and "EPIC FAILS: The Race to Space - Countdown to Liftoff" by Erik Slader and Ben Thompson are both available now wherever books are sold!

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