A look back at the world of forgotten media
This is the History of the World podcast!!! The incredible story of the human history of the world. Come and join us on this incredible journey!
Mark Jeacoma and Chris Hasler love ALL TV - the comedies, drama, horror and even love stories but there are many shows that have been overlooked and considered lost. With the help of friends, fellow musicians and celebrity guests Mark and Chris seek these shows out and opens the forum to a discussion about these forgotten and not so forgotten gems.
Come along with Mark as he pops in an 8-track, record or reel to reel and plays some interesting music that he is currently or has listened to in the past.
378 - A vital crossroads in the timeline of the Roman Empire comes when thousands of Germans come flooding across the Roman border looking for refuge and Romans look to exploit the situation. Many interesting factors will contribute to the outcome which will leave scars in the minds of everyone involved.…
450 BCE - 60 CE - The original barbarians to the Romans, with their appetite for war and their mysterious past. There are bound to be a thing or two that you never knew about these peoples whose legacy is just as strong as the Romans.
41 - 476 - The story of the Principate and the Dominate which includes the struggles of the Jews and the rise of Christianity as well as the pressures from the barbarians and the factors that led to the ultimate split of the Empire and the fall of the West.
Rushing this one out! Chris and Mark watched and discussed the CBS 1981-82 Happy New Year America hosted by Donny Osmond and Donna mills!!!! The Pointer Sisters also spend some time on stage live from Las Vegas! There’s so much in this 2 hour presentation and I hope you guys enjoy it! Happy New Year to all of you from VHS Rewind! and RetroTV!…
753 BCE - 14 CE - From the foundation of Rome by King Romulus to the beginning of the Empire with Emperor Augustus and everything in between.
VHS Rewind! wants to leave one more lump of coal under your tree this holiday season…to celebrate Christmas in 2020, VHS Rewind is taking a look at a true holiday classic SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT (1984). Nothing says “Christmas 2020” more than a movie filled with gratuitous nudity, the torture of children by sadistic Catholic nuns, lots of shag c…
337 - 476 - The fall of the western Roman Empire is the story of how barbarian tribes had learned and evolved from the empire on its doorstep, and when the Huns arrived in Europe, how those tribes were forced to pressurise the Romans and the subsequent consequences.
312 - Was this the battle that caused Christianity to become the globally mighty religion that we know today, or did the Christian scribes of history use Constantine as a propaganda tool to push the word of Jesus into the consciousness of everybody?
“…with a heart full of wishes, tied up with ribbons of love, this gift that I give may seem small, but I’d like to wrap up a dream for you all…” Ho! Ho! Ho! and a bottle of (hot buttered) rum…VHS Rewind!’s resident disc jockey, Christopher Hasler, has prepared his annual batch of Christmas hooch! With this episode, VHS Rewind! is gifting listeners …
305 - 330 - This period begins with the retirement of Diocletian to the opening of the new capital city of Constantinople. What is Constantine the Great's true legacy to history and was this the end of Classical Rome?
222 - 304 - The Roman Empire was on the verge of falling apart until some radical thinking by one particular Emperor looked like it could change the direction and save the future of the Empire.
Mark is joined by Chris Hasler and Leah Mitchell as we combine RetroTV and VHS Rewind!’s forces to bring you our annual review of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, this time from 1983! Some of the highlights of the parade are Teen singing sensation Glenn Scarapelli Riding a phallic worm! A CATS performance! A limp wristed Superman A drunken Olive…
193 - 222 - There were Five Good Emperors and then there seemed to be none. Just how did the quality of the Princeps decline so dramatically and what pressures were responsible for making it happen?
98 - 192 - The Pax Romana continues and tells a story of Roman stability through the second century. Gone are the egotistical megalomaniac emperors from the first century, or are they?
79 - The Romans could not have ever known the catastrophe that suddenly destroyed all civilisation around the Gulf of Naples in less that 24 hours.
68 - 98 - The Year of the Four Emperors came out of the chaos of the reign of Nero. Find out how Vespasian managed to steady the Roman ship and whether his two sons would be able to continue his good work in the aftermath.
14 - 68 - Although we covered the life and reign of Augustus in previous episodes, we can now explore the reigns of emperors 2, 3, 4 and 5 as we find out more about the unpredictability of Rome deciding to go back to a monarchical constitution in order to regulate the powerful Roman Senate.
Its Halloween-time once again and while trick-or-treating may not be happening in some parts of the country (although it is alive and well here on Long island!), VHS Rewind Is still gonna bring you some Halloween-inspired musical treats with the Annual Halloween Music Episode…all kinds of creepy, crawling, ghostly tunes await those who dare listen:…
509 BCE - 284 CE - A whistle-stop tour of some of the aspects of Rome and how some of them changed over time.
69 - 30 BCE - One of the most famous women of ancient and classical history, but was she the irresistible lady that we might expect?
31 BCE - The Second Triumvirate had fallen apart and once again the place of conflict would be Greece. An incredible naval battle with an unusual ending as Mark Antony and Octavian come to blows about the legacy of Julius Caesar and who would be at the forefront of its promotion.
44 BCE - 14 CE - Rome recovers after the death of Julius Caesar, and the constitution of Rome would change for good. One man emerges from all others to become the most trusted leader of the entire Roman Republic.
We continue our short break from the narative by exploring the grim and sinister act of trepanation which explores the widely practised act of boring a hole in the human skull as we try to understand the reasons behind this high risk procedure.
An informal look at the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, topped off with the usual updates from the HotWorld forums.
60 - 44 BCE - The continuation of Caesar's story covering the First Triumvirate, The Gallic Wars and Caesar's Civil War. Rome could never be the same again.
Mark and Chris get together to review this extremely underrated film from 1986. Matthew Labyorteaux who is best know from Little House on the Prairie and the 80’s hacker action show, Whiz Kids. Matthew plays Paul Conway who has a best friend who is a robot….yeah. Having a robot buddy may seem cute but after his friend is killed by her abusive fathe…
100 - 60 BCE - The story of the chaotic Roman world that Caesar was born into, and what it would take for a charismatic and talented young man with connections to climb the political ladder of the Republic.
47 BCE - Veni, vidi, vici. Julius Caesar was short handed when he felt obliged to deal with the Pontic problem. Discover how Pontus still caused headaches for the Romans, even after the reign and lifetime of the great Mithridates VI.
52 BCE - The Battle of Alesia is the story of a siege under siege. We meet Julius Caesar, who had the Gallic confederation in a precarious spot. The Gallic leader, Vercingetorix, was entrusted to defend Alesia. This battle was historically signifant as this was a pivotal part of the wider Gallic Wars between Rome and Gaul.…
53 BCE - The first major encounter between the Romans and the Parthians involved the mighty Roman army taking on an extremely unusual army. It was an army with absolutely no infantry. Find out what Crassus would do to deal with this unique threat.
73 BCE - The story of the first acts of rebellion by the group of slaves involving Spartacus. It would be one thing for a few dozen gladiators escaping captivity, but how did this become a problem of national significance?
146 - 44 BCE - The story of the Optimates and the Populares and the characters who witnessed Rome's gradual decline from its being the most powerful entity in the world to a republic fragmented by civil strife, and introducing the incredible life of Julius Caesar.
202 BCE - This world isn't big enough for both of us. Carthage under Hannibal takes on Rome under Scipio.
216 BCE - If crossing the Alps with 37 elephants wasn't enough to impress you, then what Hannibal achieved at Cannae just a couple of years later defies belief on the deadliest day in the history of Europe before this battle.
I don’t think it will come to many as much of a surprise for my fondness for the tv show, Whiz Kids which originally aired for a very brief 8 months from October 5, 1983 to June 2, 1984. In those 8 months, 18 episodes aired and I loved the show, I loved it so much that even recorded many of the episodes on a now lost BetaMax collection of tapes. Wh…
221 - 146 BCE - The incredible story of how Hannibal crossed the Alps with tens of thousands of men and a number of war elephants and penetrated the lands of the Romans in such a way that Rome's very existence was under threat. Who won the war and what was the ultimate consequence?
264 - 219 BCE - After King Pyrrhus of Epirus left modern Italian lands, much tension existed between the societies and the eventual escalation led to the First Punic War centred in and around the island of Sicily. See what happens to the economies of two mighty powerhouses when each of them refuses to back down.…
In this very special episode, VHS Rewind! brings to you a very special movie presentation from an alternate galaxy far, far away. One of the most fascinating by-products of the phenomenal success of STAR WARS was the proliferation of music knock-offs based on, or inspired by, the film, the film’s music, its characters, or even just the space settin…
509 - 272 BCE - With the monarchy abolished, Rome would still continue to have political and social issues as the Conflict of the Orders brought tensions between the patricians and the plebeians and threatened to halt Roman expansion before it even began.
I have followed Allison Preston’s work for quite some time and originally came across her talent while listening to the podcast, The Retroist. Allison puts out work so often and puts so much thoughtful commentary and research into each article that I truly cannot recommend it more! We discuss our love of retro things, the now defunct X-Entertainmen…
753 - 509 BCE - The story of Romulus and Remus and the Seven Kings of Rome, but just how much of it was actually true and how much was pure mythology?
43 - 848 - When the Romans invaded Britain they discovered people who had decorated their bodies with bright colours. Who were these people and what became of them?
1523 - 1668 - The House of Vasa was predominantly the royal house of Sweden, but also of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Its greatest member was Gustavus Adolphus the Great.By History of the World podcast
336 - 30 BCE - A deeper look at the chronology of the Hellenistic world with special attention to some of the academic advances.By History of the World podcast
1200 - 336 BCE - From the fall of the Mycenaeans, to the rise of Alexander the Great, and everything else in between.By History of the World podcast
323 - 30 BCE - The sudden imperial expansion of Alexander the Great's Macedonian kingdom had a profound effect on the vast area's diverse cultures. This episode explores that effect.By History of the World podcast
“VHS Rewind hopes that everyone is doing well and staying healthy during these crazy times. We are presenting another all-music show, this time focusing on 1980s soundtrack songs. Here are some of the ground rules: the song must have appeared (i.e. been heard) in a 1980s movie and/or its must have appeared on a soundtrack album for that movie (some…
323 - 281 BCE - Meet Philip III and Alexander IV, Antipater, Craterus, Antigonus, Demetrius, Cassander, Eumenes, Seleucus, Polyperchon, Ptolemy, Lysimachus and Peithon among others.By History of the World podcast
331 BCE - The inevitable showdown between Alexander the Great and Darius III took place at Gaugamela, in a battle which would change the world as everyone know it forever.By History of the World podcast
333 BCE - Alexander the Great had ventured deeper into Persian territory than any other invader. So Darius decided to make a surprise move to cut him off from his supply lines entrapping him in a narrow mountain pass.By History of the World podcast