Epik Fails of History

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"Epik Fails of History" is a podcast about the most epic fails of... history! Created and edited by Erik Slader, author of the "Epic Fails" history book series, co-hosted with fellow podcaster, Chris Carroll. (Recommended for ages 13 and up due to some mild language, occasional crude humor, as well as discussions of war, disasters, and historical facts.) read less

E29.5 - Epik *Wins* of History: 2022 Edition!
Jan 27 2023
E29.5 - Epik *Wins* of History: 2022 Edition!
Episode 29.5 - In our latest mini-episode, Erik Slader highlights some of the biggest (positive) historically-relevant stories of the past year, and reminisces about the 10th anniversary of "Epik Fails of History"! Epik *Wins* of 2022: The launch of Artermis-1: NASA's first mission to the moon since Apollo (click here for footage of the Artemis launch!)First images back from NASA's James Webb Space Telescope! (click here for NASA's announcement)The Pentagon's 2022 UAP Report... (click here for the 60 Minutes interview with Navy pilots and military personnel regarding UFO's)History's first successful Fusion reaction!? (click here for Neil deGrasse Tyson's reaction to the news on "Star Talk") Next Time: Episode 30 - "Nuclear Fails!" Read more about the blog here: "10 Years of Epik Fails?!" Check out "Episode 26 and 3/4" for my thoughts on the war in Ukraine And follow the Epik Fails Facebook Group to vote on the latest 'Bracket of Fails' matches, memes, and more!  Audio / Music Clips: "Monty Python's Life of Brian" (1979), "E.T." (1982), "Star Trek: First Contact" (1996), "Men in Black" (1997), "Breaking Bad" (2008-2013) Outro Music / Segment Jingles by DeftStroke Sound! Follow / Message Us on Social Media: E-mail: ErikSlader@gmail.com Twitter: @ErikSlader @EpikFailsdotcom Instagram: @ErikSlader @EpikFailsofHistory All 4 EPIC FAILS books are available on Amazon, as well as my latest sci-fi novella, "2299"! (Get a free audio book on Audible at:  http://www.audibletrial.com/EpikFails) You can also support me directly here: BuyMeACoffee.com/EpikFails This podcast is a production of the We Can Make This Work (Probably) Network follow us to keep up with this show and discover our many other podcasts - including: 2 Young 4 This Trek, Comic Zombie, and Podcasters Assemble!
E29 - The First Thanksgiving?
Dec 13 2022
E29 - The First Thanksgiving?
Episode 29 - Erik Slader goes solo for a deep dive into the tragic and complicated true story behind the Thanksgiving holiday, starting in 1621 with the Mayflower Pilgrims and Squanto to the Green Corn Massacre of 1637, King Phillip's War, and beyond...  Also on this episode:  The Bracket of Fails:  Hernán Cortés vs Francisco Pizarro / Pope Urban II vs President Andrew Jackson Epik Wins of History: PocahontasDan Hitch Presents: The Sovereign of the SeasChris's Conspiracy Corner: Big Foot?! Audio / Music Clips: "One World / We Are One" by Mag 7 and IllumiNative (2019), random clips from: "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" (2007), "Adams Family Values" (1993), "How I Met Your Mother" (2005), "60 Minutes" (UAP story), SNL, etc  Outro Music / Segment Jingles by DeftStroke Sound! Listen to “Mayflower” by Nathaniel Philbrick on Audible (click here for a free trial)! Click here to check out our Podcasters Disassembled episode on "PREY"!  And you can support me by buying my latest book, "2299" on Amazon!  Follow / Message Us on Social Media: E-mail: ErikSlader@gmail.com Twitter: @ErikSlader @EpikFailsdotcom Instagram: @ErikSlader @EpikFailsofHistory Click here to join our Facebook Group!  All 4 EPIC FAILS books are available on Amazon, as well as my latest sci-fi novella, "2299"!   (Get a free audio book on Audible at:  http://www.audibletrial.com/EpikFails) You can also support me directly here: BuyMeACoffee.com/EpikFails This podcast is a production of the We Can Make This Work (Probably) Network follow us to keep up with this show and discover our many other podcasts - including: 2 Young 4 This Trek, Comic Zombie, and Podcasters Assemble!
E28 - The Salem Witch Trials (Halloween Special)
Oct 26 2022
E28 - The Salem Witch Trials (Halloween Special)
Episode 28 - Something wicked this way comes...  Erik and Justin are joined by their wives, Meghan Slader and Meghan Ache (aka "The Meghans"), for this Epik Halloween Special to talk about The Salem Witch Trials (of 1692 and 1693), as well as the long and dark history of the European witch burnings, the Celtic origins of 'All Hallow's Eve', and even the Spanish Inquisition!  Also on this episode: Epik Wins of History: Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein"The Bracket of Fails: Vlad the Impaler vs Leopold II of Belgium / Stalin vs Ivan the TerribleSpooky History Trivia: Jack the Ripper, The Blood Countess, Werewolves, and more! Post-Credits Bloopers - and a random tangent about coffee in Boston? Audio / Music Clips: "Frankenstein" (1931), "The Wizard of Oz" (1939), "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (1975), John Carpenter's "Halloween" (1978), "Ghostbusters II" (1989), "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992), "Hocus Pocus" (1993), "Battlestar Galactica" (2004), "Samhain" by Lisa Thiel (2005) Outro Music / Segment Jingles by DeftStroke Sound! Listen to “The Devil in the White City” by Erik Larson on Audible (click here for a free trial)! Other 'Spooky' Podcasts to Check Out:  2 Young 4 This Trek: "The Magics of Megas-Tu" (The one with the devil)Podcasters Assemble - Season 6: "Ghostbusters"Skeleton House: “the Mortuary Assistant” (Guest Narrator Cameo)Horror Ramblings (upcoming 'Halloween' episode with Erik Slader)Podcasters Disassembled: "Hocus Pocus" - coming soon!  Follow / Message Us on Social Media: E-mail: ErikSlader@gmail.com Twitter: @ErikSlader @EpikFailsdotcom Instagram: @ErikSlader @EpikFailsofHistory All 4 EPIC FAILS books are now available on Amazon! (Get a free audio book on Audible at http://www.audibletrial.com/EpikFails) You can also support me here: BuyMeACoffee.com/EpikFails! This podcast is a production of the We Can Make This Work (Probably) Network follow us to keep up with this show and discover our many other podcasts - including: 2 Young 4 This Trek, Comic Zombie, and Podcasters Assemble!
E27 - The Mongol Invasion(s) of Japan!
Sep 25 2022
E27 - The Mongol Invasion(s) of Japan!
Episode 27 - Erik teams up once again with the legendary Kory Torjussen (The World Is My Burrito) to talk about some Samurai lore! After conquering most of China and the Korean peninsula, Kublai Khan (the grandson of Genghis), set his sights on a small group of islands off the coast, assuming it would be a quick victory. The Mongol Invasions of Japan (of 1274 and 1281) would forever change the fates of both cultures... it would also go down in legend as one of the greatest epic fails in history - for both sides!  Click here to check out Erik's original Epik Fails article!  Also on this episode:  Epik Wins of History: Nakano Takeko *and* YasukeThe Bracket of Fails: Alexander the Great vs Qin Shi Huang (the First Emperor of China) / Genghis Khan vs Napoleon Audio / Music Clips: "Ghost of Tsushima" (2020 - PS4/PS5), "Marco Polo" (2014, Netflix Series), "Mortal Kombat 11" (2019 - PS4, Xbox One, Switch) Outro Music / Segment Jingles by DeftStroke Sound! Listen to “A Brief History of the Samurai” by Jonathan Clements on Audible (click here for a free trial)! Follow / Message Us on Social Media: E-mail: ErikSlader@gmail.com Twitter: @ErikSlader @EpikFailsdotcom Instagram: @ErikSlader @EpikFailsofHistory All 4 EPIC FAILS books are now available on Amazon! (Get a free audio book on Audible at http://www.audibletrial.com/EpikFails) You can also support me here: BuyMeACoffee.com/EpikFails! This podcast is a production of the We Can Make This Work (Probably) Network follow us to keep up with this show and discover our many other podcasts - including: 2 Young 4 This Trek, Comic Zombie, and Podcasters Assemble!
E26.75 - The 'Bracket of Fails' continues! #WeStandWithUkraine
Sep 20 2022
E26.75 - The 'Bracket of Fails' continues! #WeStandWithUkraine
Episode 26 and 3/4?! - Epik Fails of History is finally back after a long absence! (see previous mini-episode: "Murphy's Law and Dis-Order") Erik Slader and Justin Ache team up once again as Season 3 continues, picking up where we left off with the Bracket of Fails!  Also on this mini-episode - a 2022 Current Events Recap:  the latest on former President Trump's numerous criminal investigations (long heavy sigh), a new King of England, and the valiant resistance led by Zelenskyy against Putin's Russian forces in Ukraine...  The Bracket of Fails - Round 1 Results:  Brutus vs Benedict ArnoldJ. Bruce Ismay vs Gavrilo PrincipLouis XVI (France) vs Cleopatra VII (Egypt)Emperor Nero vs CaligulaErik Bloodaxe (the Viking) vs Stede Bonnet (The Gentleman Pirate)Xerxes vs Ramses II Up Next on the Bracket of Fails:  King John vs Henry VIIIPresident Franklin Pierce vs President Andrew Johnson Epic Win of the Week: Doris Miller - Naval Hero of Pearl Harbor (WWII)  Music Clips: The Ukrainian National Anthem Next Episode: The Mongol Invasion(s) of Japan!  In the meantime, check out some of my other podcasts:  Podcasters Assemble (Movie Hype / Re-watch podcast)The Super Switch Club! (Retro Video Games)2 Young 4 This Trek: A Star Trek PodcastComic Zombie Click here to check out my newest history blog on D.B. Cooper! Follow / Message Me on Social Media: E-mail: ErikSlader@gmail.com Twitter: @ErikSlader @EpikFailsdotcom Instagram: @ErikSlader @EpikFailsOfHistory All 4 EPIC FAILS books are now available on Amazon! You can also support me here: BuyMeACoffee.com/EpikFails! This podcast is a production of the We Can Make This Work (Probably) Network follow us to keep up with this show and discover our many other podcasts!
E26.5 - Murphy's Law and Dis-Order (podcast updates and more!)
Feb 17 2022
E26.5 - Murphy's Law and Dis-Order (podcast updates and more!)
Episode 26.5 - Erik Slader takes a break from his normally scheduled chaos to do a quick update on the state of the podcast, why it's on (temporary) hiatus, what other projects he's been up to, and what's coming soon - also, a brief history of "Murphy's Law" and a Buddhist story about how everyone has 83 problems...  Music Clips: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" by Roy Rogers & Sons of the Pioneers (1934), "Something Just Like This" by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay (2018) Epik Fails of History will return!  In the meantime, check out some of my other podcasts:  Podcasters Assemble (Season 8: The BATMAN movies)The Super Switch Club! (Retro Nintendo Games)2 Young 4 This Trek: A Star Trek Podcast Comic Zombie Guest Appearances:  'Epic Fails' Lit Chat w/ Jasmine Turner (Jacksonville Public Library)Super Mega Crash Bros Turbo #167 - Epic Fails with Erik SladerThe Patient Will See You Now: #17 - Living with Celiac DiseaseThe World is My Burrito: “The Green Knight” The Best Animated Shows Ever… So Far! - “Samurai Jack” - S1 Episode 1 (2001)The Neat Cast: Episode 72 - Betty White, Wild Card Football, and Changelings And a few of my recent (nerdy) articles:  10 Must Play “LEGEND OF ZELDA” GamesTop 20 Batman: The Animated Series Episodes“DUNE” (2021) Movie ReviewRevisiting “SCOTT PILGRIM” (Vol 1-6) Follow / Message Me on Social Media: E-mail: ErikSlader@gmail.com Twitter: @ErikSlader  Instagram: @ErikSlader  All 4 EPIC FAILS books are now available on Amazon! You can also support me here: BuyMeACoffee.com/EpikFails! This podcast is a production of the We Can Make This Work (Probably) Network follow us to keep up with this show and discover our many other podcasts!
E26 - "Pothole of the Gods" (w/ Richard Murff)
Dec 14 2021
E26 - "Pothole of the Gods" (w/ Richard Murff)
Episode 26 - Erik Slader is joined by intrepid author Richard Murff to talk about his latest book, "Pothole of the Gods: On Holy War, Fake News and Other Ill-Advised Ideas" (now available on Amazon)! The two talk about everything from traveling abroad in the Middle East to the Hundred Years War to James Bond movies! (Recorded in November, 2021) 'Pothole of the Gods' is an ill-advised, but hilarious ramble through the histories and modern streets of Iraq, Istanbul, and Benghazi. Attached to a marauding medical mission, Murff unravels a dismal record of global adventurism from Cyrus the Great, the epic clash of Persia and Greece, the glory that was Rome, the Crusades, America's New World Order, to Iran's attempts to trigger the apocalypse next sometime next week. Check out Richard Muff's other books here, his 'Drunk as Lords' podcast here, and his blog, the 4717.com, here! Audio / Music Clips: "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" by They Might Be Giants (1990) Outro Music by DeftStroke Sound! Follow / Message Us on Social Media: E-mail: ErikSlader@gmail.com Twitter: @ErikSlader @EpikFailsdotcom Instagram: @ErikSlader @EpikFailsofHistory All 4 EPIC FAILS books are now available on Amazon! (Get a free audio book on Audible at http://www.audibletrial.com/EpikFails) You can also support me here: BuyMeACoffee.com/EpikFails! This podcast is a production of the We Can Make This Work (Probably) Network follow us to keep up with this show and discover our many other podcasts - including: 2 Young 4 This Trek, Comic Zombie, and Podcasters Assemble!
E25 - WORST. PIRATES. EVER. (w/ Zack Derby!)
Oct 29 2021
E25 - WORST. PIRATES. EVER. (w/ Zack Derby!)
Episode 25 - Erik, Chris, and Justin are joined by Zack Derby - a radio host and frequent guest of The NeatCast and Effin' Cultured! In honor of last month's 'International Talk Like a Pirate Day', we decided to drink some grog and tell some tales about some of the most feared and not-so-great pirates to ever sail the seven seas! - including but not limited to: Blackbeard, Captain Morgan, Zheng Yi Sao (Ching Shih), Henry Avery, William Kidd, the (real) Dread Pirate Roberts, Anne Bonny, Mary Read, and Calico Jack!  Also on this episode: The Fall of Blockbuster (and the Rise of Netflix)Epik Wins of History: Sybil Ludington The Bracket of Fails: Cleopatra VII vs Louis XVI / Emperor Nero vs Emperor Caligula"You've Got Hate Mail" Audio / Music Clips: "Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl" (2003); "Black Sails" (2014 - 2017); "Queen Anne's Revenge" by Flogging Molly (2004) Outro Music / Segment Jingles by DeftStroke Sound! For more of us talking about Star Wars, check out the all new episode of Podcasters Disassembled on “Rogue One”! Listen to Colin Woodard's "The Republic of Pirates" on Audible (click here for a free trial)! Also, check out Daniel Peter Hitch's books here and his podcast here.  Follow / Message Us on Social Media: E-mail: ErikSlader@gmail.com Twitter: @ErikSlader @EpikFailsdotcom Instagram: @ErikSlader @EpikFailsofHistory All 4 EPIC FAILS books are now available on Amazon! (Get a free audio book on Audible at http://www.audibletrial.com/EpikFails) You can also support me here: BuyMeACoffee.com/EpikFails! This podcast is a production of the We Can Make This Work (Probably) Network follow us to keep up with this show and discover our many other podcasts - including: 2 Young 4 This Trek, Comic Zombie, and Podcasters Assemble!
E24 - The Rise and *FAIL* of Rome
Sep 15 2021
E24 - The Rise and *FAIL* of Rome
Episode 24 - On the latest episode, Erik, Justin, and Chris talk about the history of Rome - from Republic to Empire, the numerous factors that lead to it's downfall, Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, gladiator games, ancient architecture, Constantinople (Istanbul), and the absolute worst Roman Emperors of all time: Commodus, Caligula, and Nero!  Also on this episode:  Stolen Ancient Gilgamesh Tablet Confiscated from Hobby Lobby?!'Dating Through the Ages' (Cleopatra skit from 2015)Epik Wins of History: Ada Lovelace and Hedy LamarrThe Bracket of Fails: Benedict Arnold vs Brutus / J. Bruce Ismay vs Gavrilo Princip"You've Got Hate Mail" Audio Clips: "Gladiator" (2000) - directed by Ridley Scott, starring Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix; HBO's "ROME" (2005-2007) Check out Erik and Kory's review of "The Green Knight" on 'The World is My Burrito'! You can watch our Cleopatra skit on You Tube! (starring: Caroline Crawford, Devon Seymour, Jimmy Lester, Justin Ache, and Chris Carroll - narrated by Devin Clark, written and directed by Erik Slader) Outro Music / Segment Jingles by DeftStroke Sound! Follow / Message Us on Social Media: E-mail: ErikSlader@gmail.com Twitter: @ErikSlader @EpikFailsdotcom Instagram: @ErikSlader @EpikFailsofHistory All 4 EPIC FAILS books are now available on Amazon! (Get a free audio book on Audible at http://www.audibletrial.com/EpikFails) You can also support me here: BuyMeACoffee.com/EpikFails!  This podcast is a production of the We Can Make This Work (Probably) Network follow us to keep up with this show and discover our many other podcasts - including: 2 Young 4 This Trek, Comic Zombie, and Podcasters Assemble!
E23.5 - THE BRACKET OF FAILS! (Season 3 Announcement)
Aug 25 2021
E23.5 - THE BRACKET OF FAILS! (Season 3 Announcement)
"Who is the most Epic Fail in history? (Besides Hitler)" On this mini-episode, Erik Slader and Justin Ache give a quick rundown of this season's "Bracket of Fails" - where we'll be pitting 32 of history's biggest failures against one another in this single elimination bracket! Follow us on social media to vote for who YOU think is the worst of the worst! *Click here to vote on your predictions for the Bracket of Fails!* Stalin, Nero, Caligula, Leopold II, Qin Shi Huang, Genghis Khan, Pope Urban II, Vlad the Impaler, Gavrilo Princip, Andrew Johnson, Alexander the Great, Napoleon, Louis XVI, Ramses II, Francisco Pizarro, Hernán Cortés, Xerxes, Ivan the Terrible, Christopher Columbus, King John I, Andrew Jackson, Henry VIII, Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II, J. Bruce Ismay, Franklin Pierce, Benedict Arnold, Brutus, Guy Fawkes, Cleopatra VII, Ethelred the Unready, Erik Bloodaxe, and Stede Bonnet (the Gentleman Pirate)! Also be sure to listen to Episode 8 of The World is My Burrito - where Erik and Kory talk about "The Green Knight"! Follow / Message Us on Social Media: E-mail: ErikSlader@gmail.com Twitter: @ErikSlader @EpikFailsdotcom Instagram: @ErikSlader @EpikFailsofHistory All 4 EPIC FAILS books are now available on Amazon! (Get a free audio book on Audible at http://www.audibletrial.com/EpikFails) You can also support me here: BuyMeACoffee.com/EpikFails!  This podcast is a production of the We Can Make This Work (Probably) Network follow us to keep up with this show and discover our many other podcasts - including: 2 Young 4 This Trek, Comic Zombie, and Podcasters Assemble!
E23 - THE *first* FRENCH REVOLUTION! (w/Kory Torjussen)
Jul 22 2021
E23 - THE *first* FRENCH REVOLUTION! (w/Kory Torjussen)
Episode 23 - After a long absence, Erik and Chris kick off Season 3 with Justin Ache (triumphantly returning from Episode 3) *AND* Kory Torjussen (host of "The World is My Burrito") as we celebrate Bastille Day! Travel back to France in the 1790's as we talk guillotines, brioche, Versailles, and the Reign of Terror!? (Stay tuned to the very end of the episode to hear Justin's rendition of "You'll be back" from the hit Broadway play, 'Hamilton'!) Vive La France! Also on this episode:  Mao Zedong's "Great Leap Forward" (Kory)Chris's Conspiracy Corner: "Q Anon" and "Birds Aren't Real"Epik Wins of History: Bessie ColemanMongols vs Vikings *Click here to vote on your predictions for the Bracket of Fails!* Music and Audio Clips: "Viva La Vida" - Coldplay (2008), Mel Brooks in "History of the World, Part 1" (1981), "Les Misérables" (2012), The Simpsons, Family Guy, etc Follow / Message Us on Social Media: E-mail: ErikSlader@gmail.com  Twitter: @ErikSlader @EpikFailsdotcom Instagram: @ErikSlader @EpikFailsofHistory  All 4 EPIC FAILS books are now available on Amazon! (Get a free audio book on Audible at http://www.audibletrial.com/EpikFails) You can also support me here: BuyMeACoffee.com/EpikFails!  This podcast is a production of the We Can Make This Work (Probably) Network follow us to keep up with this show and discover our many other podcasts - including: 2 Young 4 This Trek, Comic Zombie, and Podcasters Assemble!