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December 16, 2006

(S1.E12.) Chapter 29: Toward the Pacific Century?

Southeast Asia Today. Greetings. We have reached the final chapter in the textbook, 'Toward the Pacific Century?" The file can be downloaded by clicking on the following link. Download file The file will be automatically downloaded to your computer if you have already subscribed to the Then and Now podcast.

Toward the Pacific Century?</strong> This final chapter in the textbook examines South Asia (e.g., India) and Southeast Asia (e.g., China, Japan, and many other nations). The central question that the textbook leaves us with is which country or alliance of countries will be the dominant leader in the world in 2050 or even the year. The nations of South Asia and Southeast Asia have thrown off the vestiges of colonialism and have rapidly built industrialized economies. Democracy has been slower to evolve here. Industrialization has brought vast changes to the society and culture of the regions, but these nations have worked to incorporate traditional values and culture into a modern state. Vast wealth has been created but has not been diffused throughout society, thus creating great disparities within societies. Japan rapidly rebuilt after World War II and achieved its goal of becoming one of the world's economic superpowers. These economic achievements were made in part because Japan has almost no military expenses. The unprecedented growth in the economies of the Pacific rim led to a belief that the prosperity was permanent, however, recent persistent economic slowdowns have undermined optimism. In many Southeast Asian and East Asian nations a re-evaluation of benefits of industrialization is underway.

Check these sites out if you want to learn more about the topics
To visit the official website of ASEAN, visit http://www.us-asean.org/To learn more about Indonesia, visit http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/idtoc.html
To learn about the legal system in Hong Kong and the influence of East and West, visit http://www.info.gov.hk/justice/content02.htm
To learn about the small nation of Brunei, visit http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations/south_east_asia/brunei/

Ricardo has selected music from the podsafemusicnetwork. He selected several artists, Arcadian Reign laying Boom Boom, Delinquent Habits playing Play feat Michelle, and Intelect playing Low Beat. Click on the name of the group to visit their band's web site.

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(S1.E11.) Special Podcast: Music from Latin America

Latin American Music. Greetings. This is another of our special podcasts that focuses on music from around the world. Listening to music is another way to explore world history since it is a medium for transmitting and expressing cultural values and identities. Click on the following link to immediately download the file. Download file If you have already subvscribed this podcast, it will be automatically downloaded soon.

Kiersten from the Monday/Wednesday class has focused on music from Latin America. She drew the music from independent music artists who place sample pieces on the podsafemusicnetwork. She selected three music artists. Click on the artists' name to visit their home web sites.
1. Antonin Bastian playing Tu Cha Cha Cha
2. Carne Cruda playing Aguamaia
3. The Latino Projekt playing La Verdad and Timba Timbero

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(S1.E10.) Chapter 28: Africa and the Middle East Since World War Two

Africa and the Middle East Today. Greetings. Welcome to another episode of the podcast. This episode focuses on events impacting Africa and the Middle East since the end of World War II. To limmediately download the file, click on the following liknk Download file If you are already subscribed to the podcast through iTunes, it should automatically arrive soon.

Africa and the Middle East Since World War Two. Both Africa and the Middle East have emerged from the shadow of colonialism in the twentieth century with great potential for carving their own successful futures. Both regions have, however, been beset with problems that have prevented them from reaching their destinies. These problems are in part caused by the affects of colonialism. In Africa, arbitrary boundaries imposed from outside have exacerbated ethnic divisions and have led to violent struggles. Also, most African nations were ill-prepared for independence and have struggled with inexperience and limited economies. Lack of infrastructure, overpopulation, long term drought, famine and disease plague modern Africa. In the Middle East vast oil reserves promise prosperity to some but also bring unwanted outside influence. Most Middle Easterners struggle with their identities – nationalism versus Islam. Within Islam there is not agreement on the extent of religious involvement in politics and society, and many residents of the area still resent the imposition and dominance of Western culture during colonialism. Middle Easterners defied colonial rulers by remaining true to their faith, which became a symbol of their identity and pride. With the concern over the declining morals of contemporary society, fundamentalism has become a strong counter in many Middle Eastern societies – much like the rise of religion in Western culture. The region is also part of an ongoing struggle between Arabs and Israelis (another vestige of imperialism), and the failure to successfully settle the issue creates ongoing tensions that usually erupt in violence.

Check these sites out if you want to learn more about the topics
To learn about OPEC, visit http://www.opec.org/
To learn more about the United Nations and Human Rights, visit http://www.un.org/rights/index.html
To learn more about women's issues around the world, visit http://www.wic.org/To learn about the Organization of African Unity (OAU), visit http://www.itcilo.it/english/actrav/telearn/global/ilo/law/oau.htm

Following is information about the music played on this podcast that was selected by one of the students in the course. Nic selected the rock band Atomsplit which he discovered through the podsafemusicnetwork. The band has been featured on SM radio, MTV's reality shows, and other college radio stations. Click on the following link to visit their website, http://www.atomsplit.com

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December 12, 2006

(S1.E9.) Special Podcast: Music from South Africa

South African Music. Welcome to another special podcast in Then and Now. The music for this episode was selected by Sarah from the world history course. All five music selections are from artists in South Africa. The episode will be automatically downloaded to your computer if you already have subscribed to the Then and Now podcast. To immediately download the file, click on the following web link, Download file

The five selctions features in the podcast are below. They are all available through the Fresh Music recording label in South Africa. Other music from this recording label is available through the Podsafemusicnetwork web site.
1." Seaworld" - Naked
2. "Neo Mauanga " - Nha Hashe
3. "Dragg" - One
4. "RSL" - Elungelo
5. "Freedom" - Citris

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December 11, 2006

(S1.E8.) Chapter 25: The Cold War

The Cold War Following WWII. Greetings. This week's episode focuses on the Cold War time period between the end of World War II and the late 1980s. It was a dramatic time of confrontation between the United States and the other democracies and the Soviet Union, Chinca, and other communists societies. Click on the following link to download the episode Download file If you have already subscribed to the Then and Now Podcast, it will be automatically downloaded to your computer through the iTunes software.

In the Grip of the Cold War: The Breakdown of the Yalta System. As World War II drew to a close, another and potentially more devastating conflict began. A struggle for supremacy ignited between the world's two superpowers, the United States and the Soviet Union. The struggle began in Europe, splitting the continent into two armed camps. Their ideological split soon spread around the world, however, and pulled both nations into local conflicts. This Cold War struggle dominated both nations' foreign policy and sucked them into regional conflicts such as Korea and Vietnam. A prolific nuclear arms race also ensued. By the 1980s China added a third side to the conflict, and the U.S. and China developed diplomatic relations. The Soviets and Americans continued to compete for world influence through economics, but the threat of military conflict slipped away.

Check these sites out if you want to learn more about the topics
Letters from Khrushchev to John F. Kennedy concerning the Cuban Missile Crisis, visit http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/archives/x2jfk.html
To see and read about the Vietnam War, visit http://thewall-usa.com/
To see a complete history of the Korean War, visit http://www.koreanwar.org/

This week's episode also features music selctions by two students enrolled int he history course. Robert selected Take Control and What You Want by Audio Spaghetti. Inna selectied Medication and Imagenery Friend from Anthony Hugh. Both artists are available through the podsafemusicnetwork.

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(S1.E7.) Special Podcast: Music from Japan

Music from Japan. Greetings. This is one of several special podcasts that features music from other countries. Just as we have focused on understanding historical events from around the world, this special series is an opportunity to expand your music appreciation through exploring music from different countries.

Susan from our class put together this mix of music. While the lyrics are in Japanese, I hope that everyone will sample the music regardless of your expertise in the language. Susan provides introductory and concluding comments on either side of the seven songs from the band M7. Click on the followinig link to download the podcast to your computer Download file If you are already subscribed to the Then and Now podcast, the program will automatically be downloaded. If you want to subscribe, just click on the link in the right hand column if you have already downloaded the iTunes software to your computer.

For more information about the group M7 (EM-NANA). click on this link.

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