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The History Nerd

The History Nerd

By Matthew Motes
The History Nerd is a podcast dedicated to making History not just interesting, but emotionally investing. Join me, your host Matthew Motes, as I take you on a journey through some of the most intriguing, epic, and bloody stories from our Earth's astounding past. Covering topics from religious mythology to psychotic rulers, this podcast will make history seem like the greatest drama novel of all time. Follow @the.historynerd on Instagram.
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Nazi Science and Human Experiments
In this episode, I recount the terrifying history of Nazi science and human experiments, including the victims and the infamous doctors who conducted them. I will answer four questions - how did it get to the point where Nazis were justifying and approving these experiments? Also, what were the purposes of these experiments? What was done to the test subjects? And were any scientific discoveries made? Follow @the.historynerd on Instagram. 
25:21
May 24, 2022
The Warsaw Ghetto Revolt: Part 2
In this two-part series, I recount the story of one of the bravest acts of resistance during the Holocaust, the Warsaw Ghetto Revolt. What was life in the ghetto like? Who organized this uprising? How was it organized? How did it play out and how did it end? What did it mean to the people fighting it? This episode seeks to answer all of those questions. In part 2, I cover the rest of the revolt and its aftermath. Follow @the.historynerd on Instagram.
32:09
April 29, 2022
The Warsaw Ghetto Revolt: Part 1
In this two-part series, I recount the story of one of the bravest acts of resistance during the Holocaust, the Warsaw Ghetto Revolt. What was life in the ghetto like? Who organized this uprising? How was it organized? How did it play out and how did it end? What did it mean to the people fighting it? This episode seeks to answer all of those questions. In part 1, I cover what life was like in the Warsaw Ghetto, the buildup to the revolt, and the first day of fighting. Follow @the.historynerd on Instagram.
36:51
March 15, 2022
Discussion Based Topics: Who Was Jack the Ripper?
Ever since Jack the Ripper's infamous killing spree in 1888, thousands of historians, investigators, crime novelists, and self-proclaimed ripper-ologists have stated their beliefs on who he was. In this episode, me and special guest, Nik, discuss the top suspects of this killer and give our thoughts on each one. Follow @the.historynerd on Instagram.
43:17
February 06, 2022
Jack the Ripper
In this episode, I recount the most infamous murder spree in history and the man behind it, Jack the Ripper. Where did this slaughter take place? who were the victims? What did he do to his victims? Why was Jack the Ripper never caught? I will answer these questions and more. Follow @the.historynerd on Instagram.
35:34
December 27, 2021
The Battle of Gettysburg
In this episode, I recount the buildup, events, and aftermath of the bloodiest battle in American history, the Battle of Gettysburg. Follow @the.historynerd on Instagram. Show support to my good friends, Susan and Colby, by purchasing a soap dish or coaster from A Rock-Solid Company. Follow @arocksolidcompany on Instagram and TikTok. To support the show via monthly donation, follow this link. https://anchor.fm/the-history-nerd 
21:45
November 12, 2021
The Poison Springs Massacre
In this episode, I recount the story of one of the worst atrocities of the American Civil War, the Poison Springs Massacre, in which Confederate soldiers mercilessly murdered over 100 African American Union Soldiers. Why did this happen? How is poison springs remembered today? I will answer these questions and more. Follow @the.historynerd on Instagram and @history_nerd3 on Twitter.
18:03
September 24, 2021
Vladek Spiegelman: The Story of a Holocaust Survivor (Part 2)
In this episode, I recount the harrowing survival story of Vladek Spiegelman, a Polish Jew who narrowly escaped death during the Holocaust. This episode is based on the amazing Graphic Novel, "Maus," which takes a unique approach to describing Spiegelman's story. In part 2, I continue where I left off, at Vladek's arrival at Auschwitz, and finish at the end of World War 2. Follow @the.historynerd on Instagram and @history_nerd3 on Twitter. To support the show via monthly donation, follow this link. https://anchor.fm/the-history-nerd
37:21
August 11, 2021
Vladek Spiegelman: The Story of a Holocaust Survivor (Part 1)
In this episode, I recount the harrowing survival story of Vladek Spiegelman, a Polish Jew who narrowly escaped death during the Holocaust. This episode is based on the amazing Graphic Novel, “Maus,” which takes a unique approach to describing Spiegelman’s story. In Part 1, I recount Vladek's story starting from the beginning of World War 2 to his arrival at Auschwitz. Follow @the.historynerd on Instagram and @history_nerd3 on Twitter. To support the show via a monthly donation, follow this link. https://anchor.fm/the-history-nerd
31:31
July 29, 2021
The Rise of the Nazis: Part 2
In this episode, I cover the background and rise of perhaps the most infamous political party in world history, the Nazis. How were they able to gain power? Who was Adolf Hitler? I will answer these and more. In Part 2, I will pick up right after Hitler's trial after the Beer-Hall Putsch and end at his positioning as the undisputed Dictator of Germany. Follow @the.historynerd on TikTok and @MatthewMotes10 on Twitter. To support the show via a monthly donation, follow this link: https://anchor.fm/the-history-nerd
24:52
June 30, 2021
The Rise of the Nazis: Part 1
In this episode, I cover the background and rise of perhaps the most infamous political party in world history, the Nazis. How were they able to gain power? Who was Adolf HitIer? I will answer these and more. In part 1, I will begin at the origins of hate in Germany and end at HitIer's trial after the Beer-Hall Putsch. Follow @the.historynerd on TikTok and @MatthewMotes10 on Twitter. To support the show via a monthly donation, follow this link: 
27:26
June 18, 2021
The Middle Passage
In this episode, I discuss the horrors of the Middle Passage, which was the journey across the Atlantic endured by every African sold into slavery and sent to the Americas. Follow @the.historynerd on TikTok and @MatthewMotes10 on Twitter. To support the show via monthly donation, follow this link. https://anchor.fm/the-history-nerd
16:51
June 08, 2021
"Unconditional Surrender" Grant: Part 2
In this episode, I continue the story of Union general Ulysses S. Grant beginning from the end of Shiloh all the way to the end of the Civil War. We will cover many aspects of Grant's life, including his strengths and weaknesses. Follow @the.historynerd on TikTok and Instagram and @MatthewMotes10 on Twitter. To support the show via monthly donation, follow this link.  https://anchor.fm/the-history-nerd
26:55
May 22, 2021
"Unconditional Surrender" Grant: Part 1
In this episode, I recount the early life and military successes of one of the greatest generals in American History, Ulysses S. Grant. We will cover many aspects of his life, including his strengths and weaknesses. In part 1, I will start from his early life through to his first major victories in the Civil War. Follow @the.historynerd on TikTok and Instagram and @MatthewMotes10 on Twitter.
24:41
May 16, 2021
The Horrific Slaughter at Babi Yar
In this episode, I describe the background, timeline, and aftermath of one of the worst atrocities ever committed during the Holocaust, Babi Yar. Taking place in late September of 1941, this unfathomable massacre is just one of hundreds carried out by Nazi Germany during World War 2. Follow @the.historynerd on Instagram and TikTok and @MatthewMotes10 on twitter.
21:11
May 04, 2021
Discussion Based Topics: Columbine's Chilling Legacy
In this episode, I am joined by guest, Nate Roscoe, host of "Stocks and Stand Up," to discuss important questions brought forth by the infamous Columbine Shooting. If you enjoy this episode, follow @the.historynerd on TikTok and Instagram and @MatthewMotes10 on Twitter.
51:12
March 26, 2021
The Columbine Massacre
In this episode, I discuss the timeline and background of one of the worst massacres in American history, Columbine. Who were the shooters? Why did they do what they did? Who were their victims? We will discuss this and more. Follow @the.historynerd on TikTok and Instagram and @MatthewMotes10 on Twitter.
39:51
March 09, 2021
Caligula: Rome's Craziest Emperor
In this episode, I talk about the life of quite possibly the most controversial Roman emperor, Caligula. From naming his horse consul to tormenting political enemies, Caligula has continued to amaze Roman historians for centuries. Follow @the.historynerd on Instagram and TikTok and @MatthewMotes10 on Twitter!
26:23
February 13, 2021
The French Revolution: Part 3
In the final part of The French Revolution Series, I describe the Radical phase of the Revolution and the most violent chapter of this story, the Reign of Terror. Follow @the.historynerd on Instagram and TikTok and @MatthewMotes10 on Twitter.
21:10
January 14, 2021
The French Revolution: Part 2
In part two of my French Revolution Series, I will talk about the events leading up to the complete destruction of the monarchy and set the stage for what would soon become the bloodiest chapter of the Revolution. Be sure to follow my Instagram, @the.historynerd, my TikTok @the.historynerd, and my Twitter @MatthewMotes10.
14:30
January 02, 2021
The French Revolution: Part 1
In this episode, I recount the causes and events of one of the most violent insurrections in European history, the French Revolution. In part 1, I'm beginning at the ascension of King Louis XVI and ending at the passing of the Declaration of the Rights of Man. Follow @the.historynerd on Instagram, @MatthewMotes10 on Twitter, and @the.historynerd on TikTok.
20:38
December 23, 2020
The Jewish Revolt and the Siege of Jerusalem
In this episode, I recount the causes, battles, and effects of the Great Jewish Revolt against the Romans from 66 to 70 A.D. I will describe, in detail, the siege of Jerusalem, and the subsequent bloodbath that followed. Follow @the.historynerd on Instagram and be sure to check out my TikTok, @the.historynerd to stay informed on other projects and announcements.
25:11
December 09, 2020
Ted Bundy: The Charismatic Killer
In this episode, I discuss the life and crimes of Ted Bundy, a man often remembered as the worst serial killer in American history. Who were his victims? What did he do to them? What motivated him to carry out these murders? In this episode, all of those questions will be answered. Follow @the.historynerd on Instagram and @MatthewMotes10 on Twitter.
38:53
December 01, 2020
The Rise and Fall of the Japanese Empire: Part 2
In this episode, I am continuing my two part series on the rise and fall of the Japanese Pacific Empire. Starting right where we left off, at Japan's victory against Russia in 1905, I will discuss the growth of Japan from a then powerful empire into an oppressive and almost unstoppable militaristic superpower. And I will of course end at its downfall in 1945 at the hands of the United States. Follow @the.historynerd on Intagram and @MatthewMotes10 on twitter.
31:42
November 17, 2020
The Rise and Fall of the Japanese Empire: Part 1
In this episode, I discuss what is quite possibly the most unique and terrifyingly ferocious empire that has ever subsided in the Pacific, the Japanese Empire. In part 1, I will discuss the rise of Japan from an insignificant island chain into a fearsome and respectable Empire of the East, beginning from its opening in 1852 to its victory against Russia in 1905. If you like my content, follow @the.historynerd on Instagram and @MatthewMotes10 on Twitter.
21:48
November 06, 2020
Highlights from Jewish Mythology
Please enjoy this episode where I go through the mythic highlights of the Jewish faith. If you like epic stories, then you will definitely enjoy this. Follow @the.historynerd on Instagram and @MatthewMotes10 on Twitter!
25:30
October 12, 2020
The Horrifying Mystery of Dyatlov Pass
In this episode, I delve into one of the most well known and disturbing mysteries in Russian and World History, the Dyatlov Pass Incident. What happened to these nine hikers? What killed them? Were their deaths a result of natural causes or was the Soviet Government at fault? We will look into all of that in this episode.  Follow my Instagram, @the.historynerd to keep up with my episodes and learn more about the past. Also follow my twitter @MatthewMotes10 to keep up with my writing and recording process.
19:12
October 03, 2020
Europe's Bloodiest Witch Hunts
In this episode, I recount some of the worst Witch Hunts in European History and the monstrous inquisitors who oversaw them. Follow @the.historynerd to keep up with my uploads.
26:31
September 15, 2020
A Timeline of 9/11
In this episode, In honor of the 19th anniversary of that tragic day, I give an in depth timeline of the worst terrorist attack in World History, the September 11th Attacks. If you like my content, follow @the.historynerd on Instagram to keep up with my uploads.
22:52
August 31, 2020
Anti-Semitism: Europe's Oldest Hatred
In this episode, we take a look at Europe's oldest and most despicable prejudice, anti-Semitism. If you enjoy the show, please follow @the.historynerd on Instagram!
17:58
August 23, 2020
The Fall of the Aztecs
In this episode, I discuss the Spanish conquest of the Aztecs and the Siege and Destruction of Tenochtitlan. Follow @the.historynerd to keep up with my latest uploads!
34:50
August 05, 2020
The Civil Rights Movement
In this episode, I describe the history of the largest activist development in American history, the Civil Rights Movement. If you enjoy my content, feel free to follow my Instagram @the.historynerd to keep up with my latest episodes.
36:07
July 25, 2020
Smallpox: It's History, Eradication, and Legacy.
In this episode, I talk about one of the most infamous diseases, smallpox. If you enjoy the episode, please follow @the.historynerd on Instagram to keep up with my uploads and suggest topics. 
14:04
July 15, 2020
Discussion Based Topics: Historical Torture Methods
In this episode, special guest Nik and I discuss the history of torture, ranging from ancient Persia to the second world war. If you guys enjoy this episode, please follow my instagram @the.historynerd. 
44:24
July 11, 2020
Greatest Generals: Hannibal of Carthage
In this episode, I recount the story of Hannibal Barca, the commander in Chief of the Carthaginian empire during the Second Punic War. Please follow my Instagram, @the.historynerd to keep up with my uploads and suggest ideas for future episodes.
16:57
July 09, 2020
Stories from Auschwitz
Please enjoy this brand new episode where I recount two stories from survivors of Auschwitz. If you like my content feel free to follow my instagram, @the.historynerd. 
16:05
July 07, 2020
The My Lai Massacre, and The Horrible Effects of Vietnam on US soldiers.
In this episode, I discuss the context and story behind the worst war crime ever committed during the Vietnam War. Follow @the.historynerd on Instagram to keep up to date with my latest episodes.
17:46
July 03, 2020
Introduction and A Little Bit About Me!
Welcome to The History Nerd! Follow @the.historynerd on Instagram to stay updated and DM your suggestions for episodes.
02:38
July 02, 2020