This episode we focus on the conflicts that lead up to the First World War; the Crimean War and the Franco-Prussian War. It's an explosive episode you can't miss.
The Design of Crap: Ever wonder why some products look like crap? There are good reasons for it. Sometimes, you don’t want to look too good.
Alcohol Percentage (Retraction): So 100 proof alcohol is actually only 50%. That’s the way the system works. So for alcohol to be 90%, you need 180 proof. Not something you can easily find, btw.
The Franco-Prussian War: What happens when a war lasts less than a year? Well, it has some serious implications for the future. How can anyone discuss WW1, let alone it’s sequal, without really talking about this conflict. 
Crimean War: Can you imagine the idea of former enemies becoming allies to stop Russia? Well, this kind of thing seems to happen a lot. And this has caused some pretty bad blood between Europe and Russia that’s never really been resolved. If you’re nedry, you might like this talk. 
The “Stability” of Turkey: As we were recording this, Turkey was going through some tough times, including the government shutting down a number of public institution in order to purge them, while the military was announcing a takeover. Yep, just the kind of ally you want in a war! 
The Seige of Paris: The Paris Commune was actually a consequence of Paris being seiged by the Germans, who had out-mobalized their enemies and reached the capital before real resistance could be met. While there was a secret armictice being signed, the french National Guard (basically a group of thugs) were preparing to suppress the rebellion of their own people to the conditions of the peace treaty. This was to influence Karl Marx and lead to a similar and far more successful revolt after a civil war in Russia many decades later.
The Powerhouse that was Otto Von Bismark: Shaping the world tends to cause a lot of problems in the long run, but you can’t deny the fascinating power of Bismarck is not be to ignored. I strongly suggest you watch this great talk about the man 
The King that Never Was - Prince Leopold: The “He” I was referring to was Prince Leopold. He was offered the crown by Spain’s government, but France was pretty scared about being surrounded by its enemies. So a conflict seemed inevitable. Poor guy was basically a pawn of history. And you people think prices are cool...
The Secret Weapon “La Mitrailleuse”: Before the machine gun, there was the super secret weapone of the French: the mitrailleuse. Check out this cool article all about it’s history and even a video with a replica.
Napoleon’s Family as Nobels: it’s not just modern presidents who do a lot of appointments. It’s also wannabe Emporers! And in this case, Napoleon had to refill about 2,000 possitions. So needsless to say, his immediate family got the premium posts! 
Note on Brief Ending: The Show was originally much longer, but the subject matter we discussed did not age well, and seems petulant in the long run. It was omitted for the podcast version.