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Wiser World

Did you forget your world history, and now feel lost when world topics come up in current events? Designed for busy people who forgot (or never learned it in the first place) and need a quick refresh, Wiser World takes foundational world history and makes it approachable and concise. As a former teacher, Alli Roper wants to remind us of the world's foundational, basic history so we can have the context we need think historically about current events, travel, and global topics. Episodes are published once or twice a month, and consist of 101 episodes (100-ish year deep dives into various...

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Recent Episodes of Wiser World


40. Sudan & South Sudan 101 - Part 3

40. Sudan & South Sudan 101 - Part 3

This is a brief overview history of Sudan & South Sudan from 2005 to 2024, covering the end of the 2nd Sudanese Civil War, South Sudan's independence, South Sudan's civil war, and the current war in Sudan. This episode focuses more on South Sudan than north Sudan. It is designed for people who know little to nothing about this region and want a foundational education to build upon. For extra resources to further your study, head to Patreon.


A few links to options for helping:

Information on N Sudan's Humanitarian Crisis

International Rescue...

Episode 24 April 2024 1h, 10m and 56s


39. Sudan & South Sudan 101 - Part 2

39. Sudan & South Sudan 101 - Part 2

This is a brief overview history of Sudan & South Sudan from 1978 - 2005 AD, covering the discovery of oil through the end of the 2nd Sudanese Civil War. This episode focuses in a lot more on South Sudan than north Sudan. It is designed for people who know little to nothing about this region and want a foundational education to build upon. For extra resources to further your study, head to Patreon.


Edit: I mention the International Rescue Committee in this episode, but called it "Refugee Committee" incorrectly. Here is the link to their website.<...

Episode 10 April 2024 59m and 31s


Sudan & South Sudan 101 - Part 1

Sudan & South Sudan 101 - Part 1

This is a brief overview history of Sudan & South Sudan from roughly 800BC to 1978 AD, covering from early civilizations until the end of the First Sudanese Civil War and the discovery of oil. It is designed for people who know little to nothing about this region and want a foundational education to build upon. For extra resources to further your study, head to Patreon.

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Episode 27 March 2024 57m and 15s


What is Nowruz?

What is Nowruz?

Over 300 million people around the world celebrate Nowruz—a huge spring holiday that’s also sometimes called Persian New Year—annually on March 20th or 21st. In this episode I explain Nowruz for folks who know little to nothing about it, and if you fit that description I can guarantee you’re going to enjoy learning about the unique and ancient traditions of Nowruz. Some of them are over 4,000 years old! For extra resources to further your study, head to our Patreon.

A transcript for this episode is found here.

Sources used while making this episode f...

Episode 28 February 2024 24m and 2s


Introducing: Even the Royals [Podcast Preview]

Introducing: Even the Royals [Podcast Preview]

This is a preview of Wondery's new podcast: Even the Royals.

Admit it: you’re obsessed with royal families – watching them, gossiping about them, wanting to be them. It’s the stuff of fantasy. But for real life royals, the crown jewels can be more like shiny handcuffs. There are expectations and rules – and if you break them, the consequences are big, and very public. And there are royal families and wild royal tales from around the world and throughout history that you have never heard before. Even the Royals is a new podcast from Wondery that takes yo...

Episode 22 February 2024 7m and 8s


A Brief History of World War I

A Brief History of World War I

There are countless resources to learn about WWII (and for good reason, it's important!), but what about WWI? Often overshadowed by other wars, this complex war has influenced much of our modern day more than we may realize. This episode covers a brief history of WWI for those who need an overview refresh, focusing mostly on why it began and how it ended. For extra resources to further your study, head to our Patreon.

A transcript for this episode is found here.

This podcast is part of the Airwave Media podcast network. Visit airwavemedia.com to...

Episode 31 January 2024 45m and 35s


Recognizing Logical Fallacies for Better Critical Thinking

Recognizing Logical Fallacies for Better Critical Thinking

In this episode I explain eight common logical fallacies—giving examples and ways to think more critically in today's ever-polarizing political climate. For extra resources to further your study, head to my Patreon.

This podcast is part of the Airwave Media podcast network. Visit airwavemedia.com to learn about other fantastic history and education-centric shows that are created for curious, thoughtful people. Please contact advertising@airwavemedia.com if you would like to advertise on our podcast.

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Episode 35 27 December 2023 26m and 46s


What is Diwali?

What is Diwali?

This is a brief overview of the holiday of Diwali for those who know little to nothing about it. I include the stories and traditions included in the holiday, as well as explain the Lakshmi Puja. While I don't go into every detail of the (typically) five-day festival, I hope this is a primer for those who want to learn more about the holiday and can be a springboard for further research. For extra resources to further your study, head to my Patreon.

Transcript for this episode.

Special thanks to my friend Abhi for his...

Episode 34 28 November 2023 16m and 33s


The Middle East Today: Must-Know History & Country Relations

The Middle East Today: Must-Know History & Country Relations

This episode covers the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, European influence in the region, some major historical conflicts from WWII to 2023, and how Middle Eastern countries currently relate to each other, generally. The hope is for those who know little to nothing about the Middle East to have a basic primer that can be used as a springboard for further research. For extra resources to further your study, head to my Patreon. 

*Additions: It is also worth knowing that Nazi Germany played a role in politics in the Middle East before and during WWII. For example, the B...

Episode 33 31 October 2023 36m and


Palestinian-Israeli Conflict 101 - Part 3

Palestinian-Israeli Conflict 101 - Part 3

Part 3 of 3: A brief historical introduction to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. This episode covers from 1967 (Six Day War) to 2023. This episode is designed for those who know little to nothing about the conflict and are looking for an approachable way to learn about it. For extra resources to further your study, head to my Patreon.

A transcript of this episode is found here.

This podcast is part of the Airwave Media podcast network. Visit airwavemedia.com to learn about other fantastic history and education-centric shows that are created for curious, thoughtful people. Please contact advertising@airwavemedia.com...

Episode 32 20 September 2023 50m and 2s

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