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Dan Snow’s Our Site – Live Podcast

Dan Snow’s Our Site – Live Podcast

EXCLUSIVE invite to subscribers behind the scenes of a Dan Snow’s Our Site Podcast.

We’re delighted to welcome you to an interview with Dr Alexander Lee, a specialist in the cultural and political history of the Renaissance in Italy, Wednesday 24th June 6.30pm.

Currently a research fellow at the University of Warwick, Alexander has previously held posts at the University of Oxford, the Université du Luxembourg, and the Università degli studi di Bergamo, among others. He’s also a regular contributor to broadsheets and television. Dan and Alexander will discuss his most recent book, an assured and riveting biography that captures not only the much-maligned Machiavelli, but also the spirit of his time and place.

Questions from the audience will be addressed at the end of the interview, feel free to participate in the chat section of the webinar.

Please sign up below, a link to the zoom webinar will be emailed to you on the afternoon of Wednesday 24th June, ahead of the event at 6.30pm. Please sign up BEFORE 2PM WEDNESDAY 24TH JUNE IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE LINK.


The 15 Best History Podcasts of 2021

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If you can never get enough true crime. Congratulations, you’ve found your people.

This is what the news should sound like. The biggest stories of our time, told by the best journalists in the world. Hosted by Michael Barbaro. Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, ready by 6 a.m.

Current and classic episodes, featuring compelling true-crime mysteries, powerful documentaries and in-depth investigations.

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Bailey Sarian, a professional makeup artist & true crime connoisseur, is taking her expertise from her popular YouTube series, Murder, Mystery & Makeup, and expanding into the podcast world with Dark History! Each week, she will explore the chilling stories of the dark past from US and World History that they don't teach you in school!

In The Heights: El Suenito

In this special limited podcast series, creator and producer Lin-Manuel Miranda, of Hamilton and In the Heights fame, chats with host Eva Longoria about his musical turned movie, In the Heights. Quiara Alegría Hudes (writer/producer) and Alex Lacamoire (executive music producer) join this in-depth conversation about the inspiration for In the Heights and how it went from the stage to the screen. Episodes immerse listeners into the genesis of Miranda’s first hit production, that he wrote when he was 19 years old, about his childhood neighborhood near Washington Heights, NY. He describes the familiar sounds, people, community and culture he called home. The feeling of home being one of the central themes of In the Heights. Naturally, the conversation digs deep into the music. The fusion of hip-hop and Latin beats, a first for any musical. Miranda shares a demo of one of his early songs from In the Heights, that illustrates the evolution of sound from its beginning stages to the current movie soundtrack. Experience the journey of the making of In the Heights the movie.

A true crime podcast that recalls the brutal slaying of BETTY ANN SULLIVAN on a snowy night in January of 1988, a night that, more than 30 years later, the small town of Jefferson Township, New Jersey has yet to fully recover from. The violence of that evening shocked the nation for the perpetrator. was her own son, a boy of fourteen who would take his own life only hours later. What the investigation revealed left a community in tatters, unwilling to believe the evil that had befallen them.


Tropical Storm Cindy spawned 18 tornadoes and caused $25 million worth of damage

When a very rare clockwise spinning tornado touched down in South Dakota

Canada's ninth deadliest tornado hit Laval, Quebec in 1892

Calgary's 2020 hailstorm is Canada's 4th costliest natural disaster

Revisiting when the Blue Jays hit an inside-the-park homer because of fog

The 2017 U.S. Midwest hailstorm caused $2.5 billion in damages just in Minnesota

The 2007 U.K. floods led to Britain's biggest peacetime rescue efforts

A million people worked to repair broken dikes as floods inundated China in 2002

During the 1948 Fraser River Floods, water levels rose to overtake entire homes

The 1692 Jamaica earthquake caused Port Royal to almost completely sink

In 2010, Leamington, Ontario woke up to the devastation of a tornado

Tropical Storm Allison wasn't a hurricane, but it caused widespread devastation

Recalling the extremely rare Chile flooding that left tens of thousands homeless

45,000 spectators were soaked during the SkyDome's opening ceremonies

The unforgettable Three Hills Tornado that shook up the Alberta town

'This Day In Weather History' podcast celebrates its first birthday

Looking back at the record-breaking Central Ontario tornado outbreak of 1985

Remembering the Columbia River Flood that completely destroyed Vanport, Oregon

Canada's worst peacetime marine disaster was caused by fog

A 1900 total solar eclipse was one of the first that was scientifically studied

A look back at the record-breaking Toronto Islands floods

Hail hit a flight, cracking the pilot's windshield — somehow, no one was harmed

Lightning hit a family causing a boy's necklace to melt and shatter

The 2012 Timmins 9 Wildfire was so widespread it took 6 months to extinguish

It's been 10 years since a tornado ravaged Missouri — costliest in U.S. history

A 1953 tornado lasted for more than 2.5 hours — crossing from the US to Canada

Storm chasers captured the harrowing scenes of the 2013 Moore, Oklahoma tornado

New England's Dark Day was so eerie some thought it was the Day of Judgment

Mount St. Helens eruption caused the worst landslide in world history

A plane crashed on the way to an airport inauguration due to stormy conditions


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The Dan Bongino Show Westwood One

He’s a former Secret Service Agent, former NYPD officer, and New York Times best-selling author. Join Dan Bongino each weekday as he tackles the hottest political issues, debunking both liberal and Republican establishment rhetoric.

What Was The FBI Doing? (Ep 1543)

Explosive new details surface about the FBI’s activities in days prior to the January 6th Capitol Hill incident. In this episode, I discuss the breaking details, along with the latest troubling developments in the Covid coverup.

What did the FBI know about January 6th?

The Biden administration falsely claims that white supremacist terrorism is a greater threat than ISIS.

North Korean defector is stunned by cancel culture in the US.

Atlanta suburb wants to escape from the city.

Why are liberal climate alarmists buying water front property?

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Troubling New Evidence That Justice Is Dead (Ep 1542)

Justice is dying. The examples are everywhere. And it’s the same deep players killing justice. In this episode, I discuss the troubling details behind the treatment of the January 6 prisoners as compared to the kid gloves coddling of ANTIFA and BLM. I also show how the same deep-staters are behind these scandals.

Reporter goes off script on live tv and claims she’s being muzzled in this viral clip.

Jon Stewart steamrolls Colbert and explodes on the Wuhan lab leak.

Some teachers are openly advocating to teach racism in the classroom.

Merrick Garland is worse than we imagined.

Senator Johnson is speaking out about the outrageous treatment of the January 6 prisoners.

Teen influencer speaks out against abortion.

Arizona AG fights back against the DOJ.

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Troubling New Details Surface About The Wuhan Lab Leak (Ep 1541)

The foreign media is doing the work our American media refuses to do. In this episode, I discuss the latest troubling detail to emerge about the lab leak theory. I also discuss the latest person to intersect with the Clintons, and turn up dead.

The top ten media lies about Donald Trump.

Did the US government help create a communist China bio-weapon?

Reporter who broke the Clinton/tarmac story is found dead.

History has proven President Trump correct.

Why is Merrick Garland so afraid of the election audits?

Not one inch to “Covidstan.”

Demystifying the “multiplier” myth.

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The Bongino Brief - Jun 12, 2021

The plague of stupid smart people.

Liberal CNN Anchor Gets Wrecked By Conservative Star (Ep 1540)

The disturbing COVID cover-up is getting uglier. This troubling new piece uncovers why the “science” was corrupted, and who did it.

The congressional black caucus is blocking a black GOP member from joining.

Ron DeSantis strikes again.

BLM advocate claims to be a Marxist, while living in a million dollar home.

Job openings hit a record hit, yet the unemployment bonuses keep coming.

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Did Bill Barr Prevent A Catastrophe On His Way Out? (Ep 1539)

Did Bill Barr save the country from a massive blackmail scandal? In this episode, I discuss compelling evidence that he did.

Another anti-Trump hoax gets debunked.

Why banning “misinformation” is a really bad idea.

An interesting look at the explosive growth of conservatives podcasts.

The threat of inflation is growing.

If liberalism is so wonderful then why do liberals keep fleeing blue states?


Upcoming Events

Arlington Street Writes! Hosted by Trisha Zembruski

Trisha invites you to the spiritual practice of writing inspired by Zen meditation, based on Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones. No writing experience necessary – all you need is paper, pen, and willingness! All are welcome!

Note: This meeting is NOT in the Arlington Street Zoom room. Join by video at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89801886271 or participate by phone by dialing (929) 205-6099. The meeting ID is 898 0188 6271.

Intersectional Book Discussion

Thursday, June 10th

Join Rev. Kim for the 21st in our series of occasional discussions about books with intersectional themes. For this gathering, we’ll be reading Dr. Bessel van der Kolk's The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma. All are welcome!

Join with video at https://zoom.us/j/8958866876 or participate by phone by dialing (929)436-2866. For either option, the meeting ID is 895 886 6876.

Trans Resistance March, Vigil, and Pride Fest

Saturday, June 12th

Franklin Park, Jamaica Plain

The Pride march and vigil, hosted by Trans Resistance, will be followed by performances and speeches from Trans community members. Trans Resistance is a community of Black and Brown Trans people and cis allies coming together to address injustice and demand change.

Special note: Trans Resistance is calling for a boycott of Boston Pride activities until the board of Boston Pride resigns. Joining the boycott are GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) and Pride4thePeople, a grassroots organization of former Boston Pride volunteers and community leaders, which has been formed in response to concerns about institutionalized racism within the Boston Pride board of directors. Meanwhile, due to the pandemic, Boston Pride has postponed its usual second-Saturday-in-June festivities and, according to their website, has named a seven-member Transformation Advisory Committee. Stay tuned. And meanwhile . Let's get out and support Trans Resistance!

Come for a lovely half hour of Lovingkindness meditation. Following brief instructions, we'll join in sending Lovingkindness to ourselves and to the world. No meditation experience necessary. Bring your open heart! Join with video at https://zoom.us/j/8958866876.

"You can use a poem the next time your life threatens to become too crowded or too empty, or too anything, to give you some feeling of order or companionship. A spell against 'chaos and old night.' I hope some of these will do you some good."

Vermont poet James Hayford

Come gather in the Zoom room for a feast of poetry!

Alone together, here we are,
stranded in our shared nowhere,
marooned in space, while, free from time,
meanings proliferate and chime
as words, unfettered, dance and rhyme.

Rachel Hadas, "In the Cloud"

Please bring a poem to share, or feel free just to listen. All are welcome!

Join with video at https://zoom.us/j/8958866876 or participate by phone by dialing (929) 436-2866. For either option, the meeting ID is always 895 886 6876.

It's Tea Time! You Are Invited!

Make a cuppa, find a comfortable seat, and come take a civilized late afternoon break with your ministers and one another. Our next discussion prompt is “To what are you tethered?” All are welcome!

Join with video at https://zoom.us/j/8958866876 or participate by phone by dialing (929) 436-2866. For either option, the meeting ID is always 895 886 6876.

Experience fun exercises and poses, breathing techniques, chanting, meditation, and deep relaxation in this unique class. Moving energy through your body brings positive change and growth. There is a $10 charge that goes to the church. Please email [email protected]ascboston.org for Zoom access. All are welcome!

Gay Men's Coffee Connections

5:00 pm and every 1st and 3rd Monday at 5:00 pm

Join Anthony, Darrell, and Al to discuss a prompt. Feel free to listen or engage in discussion about our experiences as gay men. Today's conversation prompt is, "If you had the opportunity to live one year of your life over again, which year would you choose?"

Note: These discussions are NOT in the Arlington Street Zoom room. Join with video at https://zoom.us/j/93861348386?pwd=UldLN0hLaTczTStraDA0MlgzdS85Zz09. Meeting ID is 938 6134 8386 and passcode is 643376.

The Buddhist Book Discussion and
Arlington Street Meditation Center

6:00 pm
Buddha's Belly and Arlington Street Meditation Center (feel free to come to one or both) meet via Zoom every 2nd and 4th Tuesday.

6:00 Buddha's Belly: Buddha's Belly is our book discussion group that explores a variety of books from Buddhist teachings. We'll be starting Thich Nhat Hanh's The Miracle of Mindfulness. Please read through Chapter 1. Thich Nhat Hanh is a global spiritual leader, poet, and peace activist, revered around the world for his pioneering teachings on mindfulness, global ethics, and peace. All are welcome.

7:00 Arlington Street Meditation Center: Our gathering includes seated meditation, a brief reading from Buddhist teachings, and conversation. Beginners and experienced meditators from all traditions (or none!) are warmly welcome. If you'd like to print out the words to the Mettā (Lovingkindness) phrases, which we repeat together at the close of the Arlington Street Meditation Center gathering, you'll find them here. If you don't, no worries even if you don't know them as we begin, you'll know them by the time we finish!

Join with video at https://zoom.us/j/8958866876 or participate by phone by dialing (929)436-2866. For either option, the meeting ID is always 895 886 6876.

Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly

GA 2021 will be fully virtual! Experience all of the amazing opportunities to enrich your faith and connect with other Unitarian Universalists! General Assembly, the annual meeting of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), offers workshops, programs, and lectures customized and created for spiritual growth and development. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity! Registration is now open here. Anyone can attend, but only delegates can vote on the business of the association. The Nominating Committee is looking for five Arlington Street members to be our delegates. If you might be interested, or have any questions, please reach out to us here at [email protected]!

Intersectional Book Discussion

Monday, September 20th

Join Rev. Kim for the 22nd in our series of occasional discussions about books with intersectional themes. For this gathering, we’ll be reading Isabel Wilkerson's Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. Weighing in at just under 500 pages, this will make for a great summer read! All are welcome!


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In The Vikings Uncovered Dan Snow tracks their expansion west, first as raiders and then as settlers and traders. He travels through Britain, to Iceland, Greenland and Canada to see what could be the most westerly Viking settlement ever discovered. The programme will be on BBC One on Monday 4 April at 20:30.

In 1960, a site on the very northernmost tip of Newfoundland in Canada, Lɺnse aux Meadows, was investigated and archaeologists were convinced that it was a Viking settlement. The world woke up to the fact that the Vikings had reached North America before any other Europeans. But no other site has been identified, the search for Viking America stalled. Until now.

Sarah Parcak uses satellite imagery to look for irregularities in the soil, potentially caused by man-made structures which lie beneath. She has used this technique to find ancient sites in Egypt and a few years ago she scoured the Roman Empire where she identified the site of the great lighthouse at Portus near Rome and several other buildings, from a fort in Tunisia to ramparts in Romania. Last year, she decided to search for the Vikings.

It wasn't easy. They travelled light and left nothing behind. No massive stone theatres for them. They voyaged in longships with a strong oak keel, and thin overlapping planks fanning out to form the iconic, graceful hull - the gaps between the planks stuffed with animal hair and tar. The rudder was fixed on with a twisted birch sapling. Sails spun from wool. Food was pickled herring, lamb smoked using reindeer droppings, fermented salmon. Almost everything on a Viking ship would get recycled or rot away. But they did leave a trace, and Parcak's team were determined to pick it up, however faint.

They scanned satellite pictures from across the east coast of America. Several sites appeared worth following up, but they had to decide on one for a dig. In the end they opted for a headland, almost the very western tip of Newfoundland, 400 miles further south and west than the only known Viking site in North America.

It overlooked two bays, offering protection for ships from any wind direction. Parcak saw oddities in the soil that stood out - patterns and discolourations that suggested artificial, man-made structures, possibly even Viking longhouses, once stood there.

It was time to leave the lab, and head out into the field. For a couple of weeks Parcak led the team as they carefully probed the ground that she had first spotted thanks to a satellite hundreds of miles away in space.

Newfoundland's climate is as brutal as ours in the British Isles with hail, gales, sweltering sun and driving rain. Exploratory trenches were flooded, equipment blew away, but they toughed it out and found something tantalising.

Months before, in her lab, Sarah had shown me an image that she thought might be the site of burning or metalwork. Sure enough, when she started to dig on the exact spot, she found something. Something that might prove to be a breakthrough. Carefully peeling back the layers of earth, she found what seemed to be a hearth.

A blackened rock testified to intense temperatures. Beneath it were piles of charcoal mixed with cooked bog iron - an iron deposit that needs to be baked to drive off impurities and allow the iron to be extracted for smelting. Surrounding the hearth appeared to be a turf wall of the kind built by Viking settlers across the North Atlantic.

"I am absolutely thrilled," says Parcak. "Typically in archaeology, you only ever get to write a footnote in the history books, but what we seem to have at Point Rosee may be the beginning of an entirely new chapter.

"This new site could unravel more secrets about the Vikings, whether they were the first Europeans to 'occupy' briefly in North America, and reveal that the Vikings dared to explore much further into the New World than we ever thought."

She immediately checked that there could be no other explanation for these deposits. Newfoundland historian Olaf Janzen was certain, no other groups of settlers roasted bog iron in Newfoundland. Nothing has been proven yet, but it looks like Parcak might have found evidence for Viking exploration in North America that goes much further than just that one site discovered in the 60s.

This find "has the potential to change history" says Douglas Bolender, an expert on Viking settlement who has spent 15 years tracking the Vikings across the north Atlantic. "Right now the simplest answer is that it looks like a small activity area, maybe connected to a larger farm that is Norse." He is excited and can't wait to see what further excavation reveals. He's hoping that seeds or other organic matter that can be carbon dated will be unearthed.

If Parcak has found evidence of another Viking site, it will ignite a new search for Viking settlements across eastern Canada and New England, perhaps as far south as New York and even beyond. Technology has unlocked long forgotten stories from our past, and that technology is getting ever more sophisticated. For those of us who are fascinated by the travels of the intrepid Norsemen, the next few years will provide ever more inspiration.


Each week Dan, James, Anna and Andy discuss their favourite facts unearthed in the past seven days.

In a year when South Korea announced that its new robotics museum will be built by robots, and French cheese terrorists put a camembert through every French MP's letterbox, The Book of the Year returns with another dose of barely believable yet bona fide facts and stories from the past twelve months.

Discover how TV channel Hallmark has so many new Christmas movies that it will now start airing them from July.

Share the excitement of the scientists who discovered that more attractive monkeys have smaller testicles.

Feel a little sympathy for Ariana Grande, who got a Japanese tattoo she intended to say 'Seven Rings' but that actually ended up reading 'small charcoal grill'.


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