Episode 22: Nazis, I Hate Those Guys

 

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Once upon a time, armored knights searched the world for sacred relics, and stories of their quests became legend and lore. Centuries later, noble scholars would follow in the footsteps of these most romantic heroes. Though, any Spielberg and Lucas collaboration would probably bust enough blocks to annihilate a game of Tetris, the pair of pop culture juggernauts found a truly  magical formula with the titular character, Indiana Jones and the films based on his adventures. By combining classical errant knight plots with the all-American swagger of a bad boy academic who hated Nazis, they ensured that no one would be able to resists the charms of their hero, and maybe, just maybe, they granted this fictional character the immortality promised by the relics he pursued. But there aren’t really badass archeologists trotting the globe and shooting up bandits, right? The Nazis didn’t give a hoot about the holy grail, did they? Join us this week, as we track down the surprising true stories behind the Indiana Jones franchise.

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The Daily Beast – Hitler’s Hunt for the Holy Grail and the Ghent Altarpiece

The Crazy, Ingenious Plan to Bring Hippopotamus Ranching to America

American Hippopotamus by Jon Mooallem

MAJOR FREDERICK RUSSELL BURNHAM “HE WHO SEES IN THE DARK”

 Roy Chapman Andrews Society

The original Indiana Jones: Otto Rahn and the temple of doom

The Lost City of Z and the Mysterious Disappearance of Percy Fawcett

Otto Rahn Memorial

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