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    • Central America

    • By: Joseph Stromberg
    • Narrated by: Harry Reasoner, Peter Hackes, Richard C. Hottelet
    • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 51
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    A cluster of five countries, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica, are commonly referred to as Central America. Although these nations differ in their histories and politics, they share at least one factor; they have been caught up in the turmoil of America's foreign policy in this region. This audiobook depicts the chain of events that have led to the Central America we view on television.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Struggling Central America

    • By Phil on 01-17-09

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    • Colombia and Panama

    • By: Joseph Stromberg
    • Narrated by: Richard C. Hottelet
    • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 23
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 13
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 13

    Colombia in the 1980s became known for its role in the illegal drug trade, and for political instability and violence caused by this problem. But much of this is a recent development in Colombia's history that began in the 1530s, when Spain conquered local Indian kingdoms. This is the story of how Spain's "new Granada" evolved into Venezuela, Ecuador, Panama, and modern Colombia.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A good outline for further study

    • By Timothy Chen Allen on 08-26-14

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    • Your Dog Can Tell From Your Voice If You’re Happy or Sad

    • By: Joseph Stromberg
    • Narrated by: Mark Schectman
    • Length: 6 mins
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    The quickly emerging field of canine neuroscience has just provided evidence for something most dog owners have long known: based on the tone of your voice, it appears that dogs can tell if you're happy or sad.

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    • Mexico

    • By: Joseph Stromberg
    • Narrated by: Peter Hackes
    • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 72
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    In 1540, Mexico was declared to be New Spain. With a diverse culture, and great natural resources, it should have prospered like its northern neighbor. But Mexico's history includes political corruption, war, revolution, and grinding poverty. Why has the fate of Mexico been so different than that of the United States?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very informative

    • By Gerry Dupuis on 10-31-06

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    • The Philippines

    • By: Joseph Stromberg
    • Narrated by: Harry Reasoner, Peter Hackes, Richard C. Hottelet
    • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 33
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    Strategically located, the Philippine Islands have been one of the keys to American policy in the Pacific. But this loose island chain has a better history, vacillating between oppression and rebellion. America's military installations here ensure that she will be caught in any Filipino conflict.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • not about the Philippines exactly

    • By Eris on 03-26-16

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    • The Neuroscientist Who Discovered He Was a Psychopath

    • By: Joseph Stromberg
    • Narrated by: Desiree Fultz
    • Length: 5 mins
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    While studying brain scans to search for patterns that correlated with psychopathic behavior, James Fallon found that his own brain fit the profile.

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    • South Africa

    • By: Joseph Stromberg
    • Narrated by: Harry Reasoner
    • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3 out of 5 stars 23
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      3 out of 5 stars 12
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 13

    Before blacks were enfranchised in the 1990s, South Africa was the world's symbol of racism. From the moment the Dutch colonists set foot on the Cape in 1652, this nation steered a straight course toward apartheid, resulting in consistent civil unrest. This presentation explores the economic and social forces that brought South Africa's troubles into the international spotlight.

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    • A Hot Drink on a Hot Day Can Cool You Down

    • By: Joseph Stromberg
    • Narrated by: Desiree Fultz
    • Length: 3 mins
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    Here in Washington, we finally got a slight break from what is shaping up to be one of the hottest summers in recent memory for pretty much the whole country. As we pondered the fact that this sort of weather could well become the norm in future decades due to climate change, we also remembered a counterintuitive cooling technique that many of us had heard of but doubted. In many countries around the world, conventional wisdom says that you can cool down on a hot day by drinking a hot beverage.

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    • New Evidence That Grandmothers Were Crucial for Human Evolution

    • By: Joseph Stromberg
    • Narrated by: Mark Schectman
    • Length: 4 mins
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    For years, anthropologists and evolutionary biologists have struggled to explain the existence of menopause, a life stage that humans do not share with our primate relatives. Why would it be beneficial for females to stop being able to have children with decades still left to live?

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    • The Korean War and The Vietnam War

    • The United States at War Series
    • By: Joseph Stromberg, Wendy McElroy
    • Narrated by: George C. Scott
    • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
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      5 out of 5 stars 4
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    Following World War II, the United States and Soviet Russia vied for dominance around the world in an intense contest called the Cold War. Both Korea and Vietnam felt the full brunt of this conflict, and each was divided into two ideologically opposed sectors; to the north, the Communists dominated, while to the south, the United States prevailed. In both countries, America would face her worst nightmare: a land war in Asia. It began in Korea but continued in Vietnam, where more than 58 thousand Americans would die.

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    • The Spanish-American War

    • By: Joseph Stromberg
    • Narrated by: George C. Scott
    • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 7

    In 1895 Cuba began its struggle for independence from Spain - a struggle that resulted in a demand for US involvement. This demand gained intensity when the USS Maine inexplicably sank in a Havana harbor in 1898. Tensions between the two nations rose as the United States continued to insist that Spain grant Cuba its independence and withdraw forces from the island. On April 24, 1898, Spain declared war on the United States. Due to an utter lack of preparedness on Spain’s part, the war was decidedly one-sided.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A "SPLENDID LITTLE WAR" SO WELL TOLD

    • By JackMargo on 08-01-17

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    • Cuba

    • By: Joseph Stromberg
    • Narrated by: Harry Reasoner, Peter Hackes, Richard C. Hottelet
    • Length: 2 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 21
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
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      4 out of 5 stars 11

    This island was once a clearinghouse for importing slaves into the New World. It later became one of the world's few remaining bastions of Marxism, proclaiming socio-economic equality. In both forms, Cuba has played a unique and dramatic role in American affairs. This presentation focuses on Cuba's economic and social upheaval, with special attention to how this has affected the United States.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not so hot

    • By Noel Holmes on 09-12-06

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    • Why Do Mosquitoes Bite Some People More Than Others?

    • By: Joseph Stromberg
    • Narrated by: Mark Schectman
    • Length: 1 min
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    You come in from a summer hike covered with itchy red mosquito bites, only to have your friends innocently proclaim that they don’t have any. Or you wake up from a night of camping to find your ankles and wrists aflame with bites, while your tentmates are unscathed.

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    • When the Beatles Arrived in America, Reporters Ignored the Music and Obsessed Over Hair

    • By: Joseph Stromberg
    • Narrated by: Desiree Fultz
    • Length: 5 mins
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    February 9 marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' legendary first performance on the "Ed Sullivan Show."

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    • World War II

    • The United States at War
    • By: Joseph Stromberg
    • Narrated by: George C. Scott
    • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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      4 out of 5 stars 9

    World War II redrew the map of the world. No longer would Europe be the center of power. As the continent exhausted itself in yet another war, two new nations with conflicting ideologies were rising to prominence: the United States of America and the Soviet Union. Both nations would eventually fight on the same side in World War II, but they would not emerge as partners.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Very disappointed

    • By Alan on 06-21-14

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    • World War II

    • Part 1
    • By: Joseph Stromberg
    • Narrated by: George C. Scott
    • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 30
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      3 out of 5 stars 11
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 11

    Historians have said that World War II was a continuation of World War I, but with greater violence and less regard for the values of civilization. The Treaty of Versailles, which had officially ended WWI, had caused the European balance of power to swing wildly. Germany had been stripped of her colonies, divided into pieces, and burdened with a staggering war debt. New nations were created; old hostilities were renewed. Some of these hostilities had found a voice in a new political philosophy: fascism.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • too many fake voices

    • By utente verificato on 10-15-11

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    • World War II

    • Part 2
    • By: Joseph Stromberg
    • Narrated by: George C. Scott
    • Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 26
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      4 out of 5 stars 10
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    Historians have said that World War II was a continuation of World War I, but with greater violence and less regard for the values of civilization. The Treaty of Versailles, which had officially ended WWI, had caused the European balance of power to swing wildly. Germany had been stripped of her colonies, divided into pieces, and burdened with a staggering war debt. New nations were created; old hostilities were renewed. Some of these hostilities had found a voice in a new political philosophy: fascism.

    Regular price: $13.96

    • The List: Seven 'Back to School' Artifacts

    • By: Joseph Stromberg
    • Narrated by: Mark Schectman
    • Length: 4 mins
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    If you’re a teacher or a student, you’ve probably headed back to school this week and already the reading assignments are piling up and exams loom.  To ease your pain, we offer this list of cool school artifacts from the Smithsonian Institution’s extensive American history, art and science collections.

    Regular price: $1.95

    • Super Bowl Science: Are Football Coaches Irrational?

    • By: Joseph Stromberg
    • Narrated by: Desiree Fultz
    • Length: 4 mins
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    This Super Bowl Sunday, as you watch grizzled coaches pace the sideline and bark at players, feel free to play armchair quarterback—or even head coach. Despite the hours they spend scouting players, analyzing game tape and drawing up complex tactical schemes, a pair of recent scientific studies indicates that many football coaches are no better at making some in-game decisions than you or I would be.

    Regular price: $1.95