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Why one of the greatest inventors of all time died penniless.

*Correction: @ 7:03 It's debated who "discovered" America. The 400th anniversary of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 marked Christopher Columbus' voyage to the Americas.

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1 Views · 2 months ago

How the US used Bananas to Conquer Central America

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I will never be able to look at bananas the same way again. The history behind this fruit is filled with government coups, propaganda, and predatory corporations.
This is the story of how US imperialism gave us crappy bananas - and why the ones in your kitchen might be doomed.

Read more in a great book by Dan Koeppel: “Banana: The Fate of the Fruit that Changed the World"
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And thank you to Anderson’s Tropical Fruit Farm in Florida for shipping us the Gros Michel Bananas!

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6 Views · 2 months ago

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Behind the Porsche brand, is a prodigious but dark story… A story of success, tragedy, innovation and destruction.

But to make sense of all this, we have to go back in time to where it all started, 1898. Ferdinand Porsche had just left his job behind to kickstart a new career into the automotive world.

During the next few decades, he created some of the fastest and most groundbreaking vehicle designs for other car manufacturers, turning himself into one of the greatest engineers of all time. And yet, after founding his own car company, this success fell into a darker path when Porsche was embroiled with military projects for the German Regime, which ended himself in prison and eventually costing his life.

So buckle up, we’re going on a journey to uncover the true story of Porsche, and how they managed to transformed itself to one of the greatest luxury car brands, it is today.

00:00 - 01:04 Prologue
01:04 - 03:15 Porsche's Origins
03:15 - 11:20 A New Journey
11:20 - 13:17 The Unusual Friendship
13:17 - 17:08 Porsche In War
17:08 - 22:49 Passing The Torch
22:49 - 26:06 The 911
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2 Views · 2 months ago

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Mercedes-Benz is one of the oldest and most luxurious car companies in the world, worth around 80 billion dollars. But being among the most desired and expensive cars today, it’s easy to forget its early humble beginnings.
It all started with a poor engineer, who faced many doubts, hates and failures in his pursuit of building the first horseless carriage. In spite of that, he proved everyone wrong and turned his small venture into the world's first and biggest production car company during the 1890s and early 1900s.
But what started as an inspiring success story, took a surprisingly dark turn, when the company profited from supplying military vehicles to the Nazis under the works of forced labors.
So well, sit back and relax, today we’ll be covering the insane story of Mercedes-Benz, and the man who brought automobiles to life, Karl Benz.

00:00 - 01:14 Prologue
01:15 - 06:11 Humble Begininngs
06:12 - 09:19 Benz & Cie
09:20 - 13:38 The Trip That Shaped The Future
13:39 - 19:05 The Rivalry
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