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World War 1 in Movies: 1917 (no spoilers) Lawrence of Arabia, All Quiet On The Wesern Front | History in Movies

World War 1 in Movies: 1917 (no spoilers) Lawrence of Arabia, All Quiet On The Wesern Front | History in Movies

January 13, 2020

World War 1 has left an undeniable mark on the world, and in many ways shaped it, even though it is relatively under-represented on screen. It could be because of the lack of clear narrative for the war, the anti-Hollywood elements in trench wars and lack of goodies and baddies, or the fact that it preceded a much more interesting and important war. In this History in Movies podcast Gil Kidron welcomes again Rutger Vos, this time to talk about World War 1 in movies.

 


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The Expanse Science: New Terra | How Can a New Planet Sustain Life?

The Expanse Science: New Terra | How Can a New Planet Sustain Life?

January 6, 2020

In an offhand remark, The Expanse claims that other forms of life are possible, such as forms based on silicon rather than carbon. How plausible is that? And what else would need to be in place? You'd need liquid water, for one. In fact, a whole bunch of things would need to fall exactly into place. Things that are on the one hand rare - but given the enormous numbers of stars and exoplanets would still occur many times. So where are all the aliens?

In this podcast, Gil and Rutger talk about habitability and the origin of life. Rutger is an evolutionary biologist at the national natural history museum, Naturalis, and Leiden University, both in The Netherlands. He probably knows a little bit about the topic. Gil, on the other hand, knows a lot about watching shows and asking the right questions. Together they scan the popular culture for science and history topics.


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The Expanse vs History: Founding Belter Nation vs Founding of U.S.

The Expanse vs History: Founding Belter Nation vs Founding of U.S.

January 2, 2020

The Expanse might be set in the 2300s, but it is written by 21st century people and inspired in many ways from history and current political contexts. In this episode patron Omro Goldshtrom, history buff, joins Gil Kidron to find the very many similarities between The Expanse, the path towards the independent Belter nation and the histories of the United States and Israel. We will get into the founding of these immigrant nations vs the immigrant Belter nation, refugees, terrorism and more. 


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The Expanse Science: New Terra | When Species Discover New Habitats

The Expanse Science: New Terra | When Species Discover New Habitats

December 30, 2019

In this episode we dive into The Expanse season 4 and its many layers.As humans travels farther than ever before, to a new world - new evolutionary opportunities arise. And pitfalls. Evolutionary biologist Rutger Vos, from Leiden University and Naturalis Biodiversity Center, both in The Netherlands, joins Gil Kidron yet again to break down the evolutionary opportunities and pitfalls that await organisms that move to new habitats.

In our own world, new environments sometimes open up either because they suddenly appear - like volcanic islands rising up from the ocean floor - or because key innovations in the evolution of a lineage make the environment accessible. For example, when a lineage evolves the ability to fly and the skies open up. In The Expanse, a whole universe of different planets has suddenly opened up. What might that mean for humans if they radiate outward into this vast space? And what about the organisms they might bring along? What do bats have to do with it? And jellyfish in the Mediterranean?


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Jesus in Movies: Passion of the Christ, Life of Brian, Last Temptation of Christ | History in Movies

Jesus in Movies: Passion of the Christ, Life of Brian, Last Temptation of Christ | History in Movies

December 23, 2019

To mark Christmas, we look at movies depicting the life and times of perhaps the most controversial rabbi of the Second Temple period: Jesus of Nazareth. We rewatch the Life of Brian and are reminded of Empire and of the brutality with which the Romans imposed their will homogenously across enormous swathes of land, ironically setting up the environment in which the ideology of the guy they executed could spread. We then go over the odious Passion of the Christ, which features prosthetic noses and blood curses, and wrap it up with the interesting but slow-moving Last Temptation of Christ. Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, and everything else!

 


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The Expanse Season 4 Review: USSR Collapse, Wild West, Space Shooting

The Expanse Season 4 Review: USSR Collapse, Wild West, Space Shooting

December 19, 2019

The Expanse season 4 has been out on Amazon Prime since December 13, and it is the best season of this scifi story, rife with historical elements, such as Mars collapsing after reaching a truce with Earth in the same vein that the USSR collapsed after the end of the cold war, the expansion out to the American west or Age of exploration elements, all the way to compelling scientific questions such as new bioms and the sounds guns make in space.

Scientist and histoty buff Rutger Vos, an evolutionary biologist from Leiden University and Naturalis Biodiversity Center, both in The Netherlands, joins Gil Kidron to celebrate this season, its writing, acting, production value and pace, and complain a bit about the final two episodes.


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UK Brexit Elections Breakdown

UK Brexit Elections Breakdown

December 9, 2019

The UK elections will be held on Thursday December 12, and the results will impact not only the British people, but Europeans at large - for decades to come. Will unelected incumbent conservative Boris Johnson win an outright majority? What will that mean? Will opposition leader and beleaguered head of Labor Jeremy Corbyn shock the world by tip toeing around Brexit and focusing on social programs? Will the smaller parties make a splash? Gil Kidron hosts patron John Ellis, a Welshman with a B.A in Politics, to break it all down.


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The Expanse & Game Theory: Earth v Mars, US v USSR

The Expanse & Game Theory: Earth v Mars, US v USSR

December 5, 2019

The Expanse is a political story about a society set 200 years in the future, led by humans who are making the same sort of calculations leaders today make - weighing options, trying to figure out what other people will do in all kinds of situations. Dr. Rutger Vos, an evolutionary biologist from Leiden University and Naturalis Biodiversity Center, both in The Netherlands, joins Gil Kidron to talk about game theory, the thinking behind it and its applications in all walks of life, including when dealing with a trans-planetary conflict with several factions, and the sub-factions within them.

The conflict between, Earth, Mars and the Belt is shaped by the decisions, assumptions and misjudgments of its leaders, and exploring game theory through this Amazon Prime show is a great way to learn more about The expanse and game theory.


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Israeli Prime Minister Indicted For Bribery, Loses His Mind (w Noga)

Israeli Prime Minister Indicted For Bribery, Loses His Mind (w Noga)

December 2, 2019

After long years of on-and-off investigations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been indicted for corruption charges - including bribery. His upcoming trial changes the political situation in Israel after 10 years of solid reign for King Bibi, which increasingly now seem like they will soon be in the past. Therapist Noga Ariel Galor is joining Gil Kidron on the podcast to break down Bibi's deteriorating mental state and how it endangers the fabric of a society that is very diverse to begin with.


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The King (2019) Historical Review: Brexit, English Nationalism & Evil French

The King (2019) Historical Review: Brexit, English Nationalism & Evil French

November 25, 2019

The King (2019) is a Netflix movie adapting a play from William Shakespeare's Henriad, about Henry V of England, who united the realm and went to successful wars in France. Rutger Vos, an evolutionary biologist from Leiden University and Naturalis Biodiversity Center, both in The Netherlands, joins Gil Kidron to talk about the political relevance of The King in the UK's shattered politics in the age of Brexit, as the union is breaking apart at the seams.

We go into detail about the actual historical context of the 100 years war that fostered national sentiments on both sides of the English channel, leaving an old world of warrior kings behind, to be later replaced by rich royal courts, all powerful monarchs and world explorations. We also discuss the historical figures and the context in which the plays were written, some 200 years later.


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