Epik Fails of History
E22 - A History of Hackers and Digital Heists

E22 - A History of Hackers and Digital Heists

November 30, 2020

Episode 22 – in our Season 2 finale, Devin Clark (see Episode 6 – The Great Emu War of 1932) returns to the podcast! Recorded virtually from the midst of the great 2020 lockdown, Erik and Devin dive into the history of hackers: everything from John “Captain Crunch” Draper and the Morris Worm to the Stuxnet Virus and the infamous Carbanak Digital Heist!

 

Music and Audio Clips from: “Tron: Legacy” – ‘Son of Flynn’ by Daft Punk (2010), “NCIS” (2003), “The Matrix” – ‘Clubbed to Death’ by Rob Dougan (1999), “Hackers” (1995), “Aliens” (1986), “Weird Science” (1985), “War Games” (1983)

E21 - THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS (Part 2 of 2)

E21 - THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS (Part 2 of 2)

September 1, 2020

Russian Roulette with nukes!

 - In Part 2 - ERIK, CHRIS, and high school history teacher, BRETT RICKETTS, discuss the KGB, JFK, Khrushchev, nuclear submarines, Vasili Alexandrovich Arkhipov, several close calls throughout the Cuban Missile Crisis, and ultimately consider whether or not the Cold War ever really ended... 

Will Khrushchev call JFK's bluff? Will the human species survive? Will the podcasters stay on topic? Find out only on Epik Fails of History!

 

LINKS:
Nuclear Explosion Footage Montage

Nuclear Bomb Time Lapse Video

Nuclear Warheads Around the World (Updated)

*Also be sure to check out the original three-part blog article: The Cuban Missile Crisis: Cold War On Defrost! (2016)

 

MUSIC CLIP: "The Final Countdown!" by Europe (1986)

Movie Clips: "The Hunt for Red October" (1990), "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" (1982), "The Princess Bride" (1987), "Dirty Harry" (1971)

E20 - THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS: Cold War on Defrost (Part 1 of 2)

E20 - THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS: Cold War on Defrost (Part 1 of 2)

July 23, 2020

An episode 13 months in the making! (First recorded in 2019)

 - In Part 1 of our coverage of the Cuban Missile Crisis, ERIK and CHRIS spoke with high school history teacher, BRETT RICKETTS, about the Cold War, Hiroshima, Soviet Russia, Castro, and the (*failed*) "Bay of Pigs" invasion of 1961 - which would ultimately set the stage for a political crisis that would soon bring the world to the brink of nuclear war!

Will Khrushchev call JFK's bluff? Will the human species survive? Will the podcasters stay on topic? Find out only on Epik Fails of History!

 

LINKS:
Nuclear Explosion Footage Montage

Nuclear Bomb Time Lapse Video

Nuclear Warheads Around the World (Updated)

Duck and Cover - "Bert the Turtle" Nuclear War Infomercial (1951)

*Also be sure to check out the original three-part blog article: The Cuban Missile Crisis: Cold War On Defrost! (2016)

 

MUSIC CLIP: "2 Minutes Till Midnight!" by Iron Maiden (1984)

E19 - The Tulsa Massacre… #BlackLivesMatter

E19 - The Tulsa Massacre… #BlackLivesMatter

June 18, 2020

99 years ago - on June 1st, 1921, in Tulsa, Oklahoma - one of the most tragic days in American history was almost erased from history...

 

Resources: BlackLivesMatter.com

Clips: "Don't be a Sucker" US National Archives E.F. #6 (1945), Martin Niemöller quote "First they came..." (1946), James Baldwin quote "How much time do you want, for your progress?" (1989)

E18 - EARTH WEEK SPECIAL: Environmental Fails!

E18 - EARTH WEEK SPECIAL: Environmental Fails!

April 24, 2020

On today's Earth Day (Earth Week?) Special, Erik invites podcasters from around the world to share some of the environmental issues that they're most passionate about and what we can learn from them! 

Featured in this episode: Devin Clark (Pretend Radio), Kory Torjussen (KTorjussen Photography), Chris Carroll (Comic Zombie), Pete Bourgelais (Maine House candidate), Tyler Thornton (Too Young For This Trek), Josh Dunham, Troytle Power (from the Power Playthroughs Podcast), Justin Ache (Significant Otter Co), and MC (The Best Animated Shows Ever... So Far!)

Music: "Return to Innocence" by Enigma (1994)
Audio Clips: "Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring" (2001), "Fern Gully" (1992), and "Captain Planet" (1990)

*Click here for a full list of links, notes, and sources!*

*Also check out the original article, 13 of the Worst Ecological Disasters of All Time! (2014)

E17 - “Untitled Time Travel Episode?”

E17 - “Untitled Time Travel Episode?”

April 14, 2020

Join Chris and Erik as they talk time travel! Lincoln, Woodstock, the butterfly effect, JFK conspiracy theories, and drinking with Vikings?! This one’s got it all!

(Special thanks to Nichole Wilkes for the prompt!)

Audio clips from: “Back to the Future”, “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” and “Dr. Who”

 

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E16 - Medical Fails: *Coronavirus Edition* (with Dr. Robert Bednarz!)

E16 - Medical Fails: *Coronavirus Edition* (with Dr. Robert Bednarz!)

March 23, 2020

We interrupt your regularly scheduled episode to bring you a special interview from the UK with medical professional and host of the podcast, “The Patient Will See You Now” - Dr. Robert Bednarz!

Reporting from the front lines of "the Great Toilet Paper Shortage of 2020", Erik and Robert discuss Medieval medicine, The Crimean War, the Spanish Flu of 1918, as well as the historical parallels of the current Covid-19 pandemic and what you can do to help stop it from becoming a worst case scenario…

Music Clip: “The Time They Are A-Changin’” – Bob Dylan (1964)

 

The New York Times: “Coronavirus Could Overwhelm U.S. Without Urgent Action”

Current Coronavirus Pandemic Statistics: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

Epik Fails of History - Podcast Trailer

Epik Fails of History - Podcast Trailer

March 11, 2020

"Epik Fails of History" is a podcast that delves into the most epic fails of... history! Subscribe today on i-Tunes / Apple Podcasts, Stitcher Radio, Podbean, You Tube, or wherever you get your favorite podcasts!

Created and edited by Erik Slader (author of the "Epic Fails" history book series), co-hosted with fellow podcaster, Chris Carroll. The podcast is an irreverent look at failures from history and what we should learn from them. An honorary member of the "We Can Make This Work (Probably)" Podcast Network. (Recommended for ages 13 and up due to some mild language, occasional crude humor, as well as discussions of war, disasters, and historical facts.)

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E15.5 - Event Debriefs (and even more announcements!)

E15.5 - Event Debriefs (and even more announcements!)

February 27, 2020

A quick podcast update from Erik Slader!

  • Event Debriefs: “Spaced Out” Comic Con at MOSH / Amelia Island’s Book Fest
  • Updates / Edits to the podcast and blog (in progress)
  • RIP Katherine Johnson (1918-2020)

Upcoming Events:

Podcast Crossovers:

*Special shout outs to @MadeInSpace @BuzzSprout and @ProbablyWork !*

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E15 – Y2k: 20th Anniversary (2020 New Year’s Eve Special!)

E15 – Y2k: 20th Anniversary (2020 New Year’s Eve Special!)

January 20, 2020

“Where were you when Y2k *didn’t* happen?”

December 31st, 1999 – In this (super late) New Year’s Eve 2020 Special – Erik Slader and Chris Carroll are joined by their good friend Jimmy Lester. Before ringing in the new year, we decided to take a look back at one of the biggest non-events in recent history! We reached out to our listeners for their Y2k survival stories and go off on an epic tangent about the dangers and fears of technological progress in the 21st century...

 

Music Clips: “1999” - Prince (1982), “Blue” – Eiffel 65 (1998)

Audio Clips: “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968), “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” (1991), SNL – Chris Farley ‘El Nino’ skit (1997)

Links: TIME Magazine – 20 Years Later, the Y2k Bug Seems Like a Joke…

“How to Prepare Your Family for Y2k” – 1999 Infomercial (Part 1 of 5!)

PB&J – Jacksonville (Facebook)

*Also be sure to check out the original article: Y2k - A Day That Shall Live in Mockery! (2013)

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