Halfwit History

Halfwit History

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Hosts Jonathan & Kiley talk about the upcoming week, but a long time ago (and sometimes not so long ago). Occasionally, they even know what they are talking about! Join them in exploring topics like Space Monkeys, Teleportation, Viking Battles, Death P…


65 - Witold Pilecki
Oct 12 • 37 min
This week Kiley visits World War II to tell us a story of the man who helped expose Auschwitz, by volunteering to enter it. Topic: Witold Pelicki, Polish Resistance Fighter and Infiltrator of Auschwitz. Music: “Another Day” by The Fisherman. You can…
64 - Dr. Mae Jemison
Oct 11 • 27 min
This week Jonathan treks through the stars with the first woman of color to go to space, as she looks at some frogs, grows some crystals, and plans the future of space travel. Topic: Mission Specialist Dr. Mae Jemison, STS-47, and 100 Year Star Ship….
63 - The Principality of Sealand
Sep 16 • 31 min
This week Kiley becomes a citizen of a fake island that loves to wedge themselves into fringe records to solidify their claim as a nation. Topic: The Principality of Sealand, the Rogue Nation Built on an Anti-Aircraft Platform. Music: “Another Day” by…
62 - Instant Noodles
Sep 14 • 34 min
This week Jonathan discovers the fairly scientific origin of the college dorm staple, Instant Ramen. Topic: Momofuku Ando’s Invention of Chikin Ramen and Cup Noodle. Music: “Another Day” by The Fisherman. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and…
61 - Devil’s Island
Sep 5 • 37 min
This week Kiley gets mixed up with some bad baguettes and shipped off to a French prison island filled with murders, thieves, but mostly people who spoke out against the government. You know, the real heinous crimes. Topic: The Penal Colony of French…
60 - The WOW! Signal
Sep 1 • 35 min
This week Jonathan puts his ear, a Very Large Array of ears, and a Big Ear to the stars and gets a message from 122 million light years away. WOW!Topic: The WOW! Signal and Radio Astronomy Music: “Another Day” by The Fisherman. You can find us on…
59 - MKUltra
Aug 9 • 51 min
This week Kiley joins the CIA and observes some of the most dangerous office pranks of them all. Or does she? We can’t remember. There is no war in CIA.Topics: The Top Secret Central Intelligence Agency Mind Control Program, MKUltra. Music: “Another…
58 - Blue Movie
Aug 9 • 29 min
This week Jonathan gets a little… colorful? Off-color? Blue? Join us as we dive into the film career of the man who brought us the Campbell’s Soup Cans. Topic: Andy Warhol’s Blue Movie and the Arrest of the Staff of the Garrick Theater. Music:…
57 - The Robin Hood of El Dorado
Jul 23 • 33 min
This week Kiley robs some miners of their gold, their horses, and their lives!Topic: Joaquin Murrieta, The Robin Hood of El Dorado, and Possible Inspiration for ZorroPodcast Spotlight: The Forgotten News Podcast Music: “Another Day” by The Fisherman.You…
56 - Crystal Palace Cat Show
Jul 19 • 36 min
This week Jonathan talks about one of Kiley’s favorite critters, the house cat, and how one man changed their perception from ferocious hunter to lavish lap animal.Topic: Harrison Weir and the first competitive cat show at Crystal Palace in…
55 - Katipunan
Jul 9 • 34 min
This week Kiley joins a secret society in order to push out invading colonizing forces of Spain.Topic: The Philippine Revolutionary Secret Society of the Supreme and Venerable Association of the Children of the Nation. Music: “Another Day” by The…
54 - The Jersey Devil
Jul 9 • 31 min
This week Jonathan goes on a hunt for one of the most well documented cryptids, but what he finds hundreds of years earlier is much scarier than any monster.Topic: The Many Legends and Truths of the Leeds Monster, the Devil of Leads, the Jersey…
53 - The Pied Piper
Jun 22 • 30 min
This week Kiley is lured to a far away place by a musician in fancy clothing. To her credit, he could have been a pirate.Topic: The True Story of the Pied Piper of Hamlin Germany.Music: “Another Day” by The Fisherman.You can find us on Facebook,…
52 - Juneteenth
Jun 19 • 55 min
This week Jonathan discusses the oldest celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery, and reads literature from W.E.B. Du Bois.Topics: Juneteenth, The Emancipation Proclamation, The Souls of Black FolkMusic: “Another Day” by The Fisherman.”Lift Every…
51 - Bloody Tuesday
Jun 8 • 24 min
Anti-Racism Resources Music: “Another Day” by The Fisherman.End chant audio from r/BlackLivesMatterYou can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and visit our website at www.halfwit-history.com!Reach out, say hello, or suggest a topic at HalfwitPod@gmail.com
50 - Our First Year
Jun 8 • 56 min
This week Kiley and Jonathan look back at the history of the show as we celebrate both our 50th episode and first full year of recording!Music: “Another Day” by The Fisherman.You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and visit our website at…
49 - Axis Sally
May 31 • 28 min
Kiley takes a look at a time when women used radio for evil, in a rare trip for us back to WWII.Topic: Mildred Gillars and Rita Zucca’s alias Axis Sally, the women who spread Nazi propaganda and fear over the airwaves of World War II.Music: “Another…
48 - Captain Midnight
May 30 • 30 min
This week Jonathan teams up with a video terrorist to take down HBO, sort of…Topic: Captain Midnight, aka John R. MacDougall, hijacks HBO’s broadcast satellite.Music: “Another Day” by The Fisherman.You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and visit our…
47 - Marseillaise-duck
May 19 • 43 min
This week Kiley flexes her history muscles with some bread, a guillotine, and a song in her heart. At least that’s all Jonathan understands.Topic: Creation of the French National Anthem, The MarseillaiseMusic: “Another Day” by The Fisherman.Local…
46 - Sun’s Nemesis
May 18 • 28 min
This week Jonathan travels far, far away, in search of the death star that kills dinosaurs every 26 million years, and will some day come for us!Topic: The Theory of the Dwarf Star NemesisMusic: “Another Day” by The Fisherman.You can find us on…
45 - Princes in the Tower
May 12 • 52 min
This week Kiley takes a twisty trip up the Tower of London as she tries to uncover the mystery of two disappeared princes in a murder most royal.Topic: The Death of King Edward IV, and the disappearance of his sons.Music: “Another Day” by The…
44 - Crocodile Hero
May 11 • 43 min
This week Jonathan takes the reigns and makes a much needed return trip Down Under, this time sans bad accent, and with more animals. Which is obviously the superior combo in every way.Topic: The Crocodile HunterMusic: “Another Day” by The Fisherman.You…
43 - The Rock Rebound
May 2 • 26 min
This week Kiley learns a bit more about where we live when she discovers a forefather of women’s bodily autonomy just down the road!Topic: John Rock and the Birth Control PillMusic: “Another Day” by The Fisherman.You can find us on Facebook, Twitter,…
42 - Cups & Cults
Apr 20 • 47 min
This week Kiley misses the apocalypse and is invited to a sketchy after party, and Jonathan gets baptized in a punch bowl for his first delve into sports.Topics: The Stanley Cup, The Movement for the Restoration for the Ten Commandments of God Cult Mass…
41 - Barbarian Barbie
Apr 9 • 38 min
This week Kiley articulates an innovative toy turned role model, and Jonathan goes to a banquet with some barbarians… what can go wrong?Topics: Odoacer the First Barbarian King of Italy, The History of the Barbie DollMusic: “Another Day” by The…
40 - Braille Fish
Mar 2 • 41 min
This week Kiley raises up old letters about the founding of an important school, while Jonathan raises his thumb, much unlike a pile of bricks.Topics: The Founding of Perkins School for the Blind, The 42nd Anniversary of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy…
39 - Dord of the Unown
Feb 27 • 48 min
This week Kiley brings a special dictionary to scrabble night so she can use fake words, and Jonathan visits Dr. Bug, creator of the highest grossing entertainment franchise of all time.Topics: The Accidental Word Dord, Pokemon Day & Twitch Plays…
38 - Phantom Queen
Feb 18 • 47 min
This week Kiley tells the wisest riddles in history that were created by someone who likely didn’t exist, while Jonathan gives instant tattoos to some pirates with a good old fashion BIFF! BAM!! KAPOW!!!Topics: The Queen of Sheba, The Phantom!Music:…
37 - I, Mainer
Feb 13 • 75 min
This week Kiley spills the beans on what really happens in Maine, while Jonathan discovers that people can be less human than the things we create.Topics: The Pork and Beans War, Rossum’s Universal RobotsMusic: “Another Day” by The Fisherman. You can…
36 - Oops! All Imposters!
Feb 4 • 64 min
This week Kiley hears a rumor in St. Petersburg, while Jonathan bankrupts some corporate shills!
35 - Aloha Alaska
Jan 27 • 66 min
This week Kiley takes some dogs on a long cold run, and Jonathan walks through the dynasty of a very tropical monarchy.
34 - Games with Ghosts
Jan 20 • 40 min
This week Kiley loses her head over a ghost who appears at court, and Jonathan rolls a natural one trying to contain his excitement for his topic, and our new project!
32 - Frozen Empress
Jan 20 • 45 min
This week Kiley takes over the Byzantine Empire, by popular vote? Jonathan crawls into a chilly chamber and hopefully smart future people can reanimate him!
33 - Water, Earth, Fire, Molasses
Jan 20 • 42 min
This week Kiley tries to survive a wicked sticky mess, and Jonathan gets told he can’t multiply.
31 - Canonized Currency
Jan 13 • 61 min
This week Kiley has done her waiting, 100 years of it, in France! Meanwhile, Jonathan has trust issues when it comes to how few pounds of cotton he’ll have when the government collapses.
30 - We Wish You a Merry Fishmas
Jan 6 • 51 min
This week Kiley goes caroling about her favorite Christmas carol, and Jonathan goes fishing for living fossils.
29 - Founding Felons & Frightful Fairytales
Jan 5 • 64 min
This week Kiley talks about some spooky German librarians, and Jonathan meets a federal official desperately trying to profit from their title…wait…that’s most of them…
28 - Blue Eyes Golden Butt
Jan 5 • 47 min
This week Kiley starts keeping ten dimes in her pocket in case Jonathan ever gets kidnapped, and oops Jonathan gets kidnapped while peacefully sailing on a South American treasure ship!
27 - Eureka, We’re Lost!
Dec 18, 2019 • 60 min
This week Kiley digs into a one sided war, and Jonathan walks the plank of a ghost ship!
26 - Butterflies in the Atmosphere
Nov 28, 2019 • 36 min
This week Kiley is thankful for some rebellious sisters, and Jonathan is thankful that he’s not being dragged to the underworld. Happy Thanksgiving!
25 - Hypnotic Hanukkah
Nov 19, 2019 • 43 min
This week Kiley burns the midnight oil for an unexpectedlylong time, and Jonathan takes a walk with the living goddess of Yusmalos.
24 - Secrets of Tomorrow
Nov 11, 2019 • 53 min
This week Kiley dawns a cap and cloak to uncover secrets of American colleges, and Jonathan sets his sights on the world of tomorrow.
23 - Curse of the Zen Master
Nov 4, 2019 • 66 min
This week Kiley trips on some stairs and falls into the tomb of a boy king, and Jonathan tries to illuminate the universe with dried dung.
22 - Defying Ancestry
Nov 4, 2019 • 53 min
This week Kiley spends “one short day” talking about her favorite musical, and Jonathan tries to find the origin of his fellow Halfwits.
21 - Blood Priests of Murder Inc
Oct 23, 2019 • 48 min
This week Kiley recounts the life of a “mattress salesman”, and Jonathan finds out there’s more than one way to “donate” blood and save lives.
20 - Yo-Ho Yo-Ho a Killer’s Life for Kiley
Oct 16, 2019 • 39 min
This week Kiley ventures the high seas, and Jonathan continues the spooky streak with not one but six deaths.
19 - The Emperor Has No Prose
Oct 7, 2019 • 49 min
This week Kiley talks about our glorious emperor of the United States, and Jonathan hears the knell of a bell for another famous death.
18 - HeLa Big Dynamite
Sep 30, 2019 • 48 min
This week Kiley takes union busting to the extreme, and Jonathan discovers a tobacco farmer who changed the world.
17 - Gambling Saints
Sep 24, 2019 • 49 min
This week Kiley finds a carol which has real life origins filled in politics and murder, and Jonathan gets involved in a flower fight.
16 - H*O*B*B*I*T
Sep 16, 2019 • 52 min
This week Kiley does not visit a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, but a comfortable one, and Jonathan finds out that he doesn’t actually like talking about war.
15 - You Meddling Nords!
Sep 9, 2019 • 49 min
This week Kiley hops in the Mystery Machine with a group of cool teens and their dog, while Jonathan makes a decidedly worse choice hopping aboard the Ormen Lange with some very angry vikings.
14 - The Nefarious Nodule!
Sep 2, 2019 • 70 min
This week Kiley & Jonathan find some history that makes them leave Earth?! Join us for a zany trip around the stars to save some planets from definite destruction!
13 - First Time for Everything
Aug 26, 2019 • 46 min
This week Kiley searches for the lost text of the first American play, and Jonathan just couldn’t get enough fun facts so he dug into the original fun fact book!
12 - Mountains & Monsters
Aug 20, 2019 • 51 min
This week Kiley creeps to the edge of the water catch a cryptid, and Jonathan takes a trip to Italy where a festival is ruined by the force of 100,000 bombs.
11 - Eldritch Witches
Aug 12, 2019 • 63 min
This week Kiley learns that some withes just couldn’t be bothered by being hunted, while Jonathan hunts down a ship that just won’t stay put.
10 - Prudes & Nudes
Aug 5, 2019 • 45 min
This week Kiley discovers the …strange… history of a cereal empire, and Jonathan finds a way to talk about hundreds of nudes without landing himself in hot water (yet).
9 - Axes & Taxes
Jul 29, 2019 • 49 min
This week Kiley takes on the historical accuracy of a children’s jump rope song, and Jonathan discovers William the Conqueror’s most treasured crown jewel.
8 - Tinker, Tailor, Zombie, Spy
Jul 22, 2019 • 59 min
This week Kiley takes a look at the life of a femme fatale, and Jonathan gets put under a fatal trance.
7 - Kidnapping Plants
Jul 15, 2019 • 65 min
This week Jonathan takes a break in Comfortless Cove, Kiley still wants to do a crime, and Bilbo went to bed early so we talk about a different Beagle.
6 - Super Wizard World
Jul 8, 2019 • 50 min
Kiley decides to blind Jonathan with science, Jonathan celebrates the life of a carpenter turned hero, and Bilbo gets very curious about our surprise 4th silent host.
5 - Save Outlaw Shirley
Jul 1, 2019 • 60 min
This week Kiley decides she also wants to rob some trains, Jonathan’s segments are heading for disaster, and Bilbo decides to be jingly because we forgot to take his collar off.
4 - Dance with the Devil
Jun 24, 2019 • 44 min
This week Kiley comes down with Dancing Fever. Jonathan goes Down Under. Well, tries to, and is deeply sorry for what he tries to call an Aussie accent.
3 - Great Scotts!
Jun 17, 2019 • 55 min
Kiley takes a deep dive into the mysteries of Scotland while Jonathan tackles the paranormal with a Werewolf sighting! Bilbo takes his first step into a career as a foley artist…
2 - Death Poems & Dead Monkeys
Jun 10, 2019 • 45 min
Jonathan says far to many Japanese names, and Kiley takes her maiden voyage into space terminology.
1 - Stuperstars
Jun 3, 2019 • 58 min
This week we cover globes, game shows, and Broadway, oh my! And neither of us seem to be capable of pronouncing… anything…
Halfwit History (Trailer)
Jun 2, 2019 • 1 min
Hosts Jonathan & Kiley talk about the upcoming week, but a long time ago (and sometimes not so long ago). Join us in exploring topics like Adventure Games, Molasses, Teleportation, Cartoons, Immortal Cells, Musicals, and more! Music: Cheery Monday…