526 episodes

Tides of History

Wondery History
0 Podcast Rating Add
Serialized Episodes

Around 4,500 years ago, bell-shaped ceramic drinking vessels called “beakers” begin showing up with the dead in tombs all over western Europe. Everywhere from Portugal to Sicily to Scotland to Slovakia, these distinctive containers show up, often accompanied by archery equipment and upheaval in the societies established in these places. The Bronze Age and metallurgy would soon follow. But what were the Beakers for? Who used them, and why? Thanks to ancient DNA and cutting-edge archaeological science, we can explore the Beaker Phenomenon in all its manifestations, from marriage networks and trade to prehistoric genocide.

I wrote a book, and it comes out on July 20! You can preorder (in hard copy, e-book, or audiobook) The Verge: Reformation, Renaissance, and Forty Years that Shook the World here.

Listen to new episodes 1 week early, to exclusive seasons 1 and 2, and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/tidesofhistory.

Support us by supporting our sponsors!

Theragun – Try Theragun for 30 days starting at only $199 dollars. Go to theragun.com/TIDES RIGHT NOW and get your Gen 4 Theragun TODAY.

SimpliSafe – To learn more about how SimpliSafe can help protect you and your family, visit simplisafe.com/TIDES today to customize your system and get a free security camera. You also get a 60 day risk free trial, so there’s nothing to lose.

See more

Five thousand years ago, small groups of herders began making their way from the open grasslands of the Eurasian steppe into the hills and forests of northern Europe. They moved west, intermarrying with the local farmers and sometimes fighting them, eventually reaching as far as present-day Belgium. These were the people of the Corded Ware Culture, and they brought their language – Indo-European – and genes into the heart of Europe.

I wrote a book, and it comes out on July 20! You can preorder (in hard copy, e-book, or audiobook) The Verge: Reformation, Renaissance, and Forty Years that Shook the World here.

Listen to new episodes 1 week early, to exclusive seasons 1 and 2, and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/tidesofhistory.

Support us by supporting our sponsors!

Better Help – Get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/TIDES.

Context Travel – For a limited time, when you buy one virtual tour, you’ll get a second tour free when you use promo code TIDES at contextlearning.com.

See more

At the heart of the ancient Middle East, a sophisticated, urbanized, and long-lived world, was a writing system: cuneiform, used for everything from heroic epic to receipts and medical texts, and first developed in Mesopotamia more than 5,000 years ago. Dr. Moudhy Al-Rashid of Oxford joins me to talk about cuneiform literature, medicine, and mental health in this fascinating and little-known ancient world.

Listen to new episodes 1 week early, to exclusive seasons 1 and 2, and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/tidesofhistory.

Support us by supporting our sponsors!

SimpliSafe – To learn more about how SimpliSafe can help protect you and your family, visit simplisafe.com/TIDES today to customize your system and get a free security camera. You also get a 60 day risk free trial, so there’s nothing to lose.

NetSuite – Get special financing at netsuite.com/TIDES.

See more

At the heart of the ancient Middle East, a sophisticated, urbanized, and long-lived world, was a writing system: cuneiform, used for everything from heroic epic to receipts and medical texts, and first developed in Mesopotamia more than 5,000 years ago. Dr. Moudhy Al-Rashid of Oxford joins me to talk about cuneiform literature, medicine, and mental health in this fascinating and little-known ancient world.

Listen to new episodes 1 week early, to exclusive seasons 1 and 2, and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/tidesofhistory.

Support us by supporting our sponsors!

SimpliSafe – To learn more about how SimpliSafe can help protect you and your family, visit simplisafe.com/TIDES today to customize your system and get a free security camera. You also get a 60 day risk free trial, so there’s nothing to lose.

NetSuite – Get special financing at netsuite.com/TIDES.

See more

More than 5,000 years ago, a group of wandering herders on the Eurasian steppes – the original speakers of Proto-Indo-European – began to move outward from their homeland. With their wagons, horses, and livestock, they traveled hundreds of miles through the Danube Valley and into Central Europe, forever shaping the linguistic, cultural, and genetic future of the continent and beyond.

I wrote a book, and it comes out in July! You can preorder (in hard copy, e-book, or audiobook) The Verge: Reformation, Renaissance, and Forty Years that Shook the World here.

Listen to new episodes 1 week early, to exclusive seasons 1 and 2, and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/tidesofhistory

Support us by supporting our sponsors!

Indeed – Get started right now with a FREE $75 dollar sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post at indeed.com/TIDES.

See more

More than 5,000 years ago, a group of wandering herders on the Eurasian steppes – the original speakers of Proto-Indo-European – began to move outward from their homeland. With their wagons, horses, and livestock, they traveled hundreds of miles through the Danube Valley and into Central Europe, forever shaping the linguistic, cultural, and genetic future of the continent and beyond.

I wrote a book, and it comes out in July! You can preorder (in hard copy, e-book, or audiobook) The Verge: Reformation, Renaissance, and Forty Years that Shook the World here.

Listen to new episodes 1 week early, to exclusive seasons 1 and 2, and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/tidesofhistory

Support us by supporting our sponsors!

Indeed – Get started right now with a FREE $75 dollar sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post at indeed.com/TIDES.

See more
May 18, 2021

Wondery Presents: The Vaping Fix

0 Episode Rating

Two young Silicon Valley entrepreneurs set out to rid the world of smoking with an incredible new product. The device stands to disrupt the tobacco industry and make them rich, until it falls into the wrong hands and lives are ruined. From classrooms to hospitals, boardrooms to the Oval Office, what can be done to protect teenagers and is it too late? From Laura Beil, the reporter behind Dr Death and Bad Batch, comes The Vaping Fix, the inside story of the rise of Juul and the making of a crisis.

Listen to the Vaping Fix: wondery.fm/VF_TidesofHistory

See more

What do Achilles and Gilgamesh, two of the most renowned literary figures of the ancient world, have in common? A great deal more than you might expect. I talked to Professor Michael Clarke of the National University of Ireland, Galway, one of my favorite people in the world and an enormously creative and thoughtful scholar, about his recent book – Achilles beside Gilgamesh: Mortality and Wisdom in Early Epic Poetry. We discussed Homer, the world of the Bronze Age, how literature moved, and why so many of the same motifs appeared at various places and times in heroic literature.

Get Professor Clarke’s book, Achilles beside Gilgamesh, here.

I wrote a book, and it comes out in July! You can preorder (in hard copy, e-book, or audiobook) The Verge: Reformation, Renaissance, and Forty Years that Shook the World here.

Listen to new episodes 1 week early, to exclusive seasons 1 and 2, and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/tidesofhistory

Support us by supporting our sponsors!

SimpliSafe – Visit simplisafe.com/TIDES today to customize your system and get a FREE security camera. You also get a 60 day risk free trial, so there’s nothing to lose.

Better Help – Get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/TIDES.

Theragun – Try Theragun for 30 days starting at only $199 dollars. Go to theragun.com/TIDES right now and get your Gen 4 Theragun TODAY.

See more

Everywhere around us are echoes of the past. Those echoes define the boundaries of states and countries, how we pray and how we fight. They determine what money we spend and how we earn it at work, what language we speak and how we raise our children. From Wondery, host Patrick Wyman, PhD (“Fall Of Rome”) helps us understand our world and how it got to be the way it is.