Colonialism: Crash Course Geography #39

From Crash Course. Empire, imperialism, and colonialism are all interrelated tactics of geopolitics that are used to achieve similar goals of one state maintaining economic, political, or even cultural dominance over other territories. Today, we’re going to unravel the impacts of colonialism at different times throughout history from Taiwan to Myanmar as we examine the…

World War II: Black American History #31

From Crash Course. Black Americans have long fought in America’s wars, very often fighting for a country that doesn’t always fight for them. Today we’ll learn about the experience of Black Americans in World War II. We’ll look at the ways Black men and women served in the armed services during the war, and look…

Zora Neale Hurston: Crash Course Black American History #30

From Crash Course. The Harlem Renaissance produced many remarkable artists, writers, and thinkers. Today we’ll talk about one of the most interesting minds of the time, Zora Neale Hurston. Hurston was an anthropologist by training, and spent much of her career studying and documenting the lives of Black people in the southern US. She later…

The Great Depression: Crash Course Black American History #28

From Crash Course. During economic crises, marginalized communities are more susceptible to the harms and struggle that come with these downturns. Today we’ll talk about the Great Depression, which lasted from 1929 until the US entered World War II. This depression profoundly changed the US economy, and we’ll focus on how the depression impacted Black…

Conjugation & UV Spectroscopy: Crash Course Organic Chemistry#41

From Crash Course. Carrots get their orange-y color from, you guessed it, an organic chemical. This chemical, called beta carotene, gets its pigment from its conjugated electron system. We’ve talked some already about conjugation, but in this episode of Crash Course Organic Chemistry we’ll go even deeper and look at how conjugation stabilizes molecules and…

Tyranny of the Map: Crash Course Geography #35

From Crash Course. Today we’re going to talk about borders. Borders can bring people together, evoke passion and war, divide, conquer, and solidify power. We’re going to focus on the tyranny of the map which is what happens when those in power draw boundaries in ways that conflict with how people in that place want…

How Does Disease Move? Crash Course Geography #34

From Crash Course. From outbreaks of measles in the United States and cholera in Haiti to patterns of lead poisoning near gold mines in Nigeria, medical geographers play an important role in tracking disease in the landscape. Today, we’re going to look at strategies medical geographers use to help as many people as possible achieve…

More EAS & Benzylic Reactions: Crash Course Organic Chemistry #39

From Crash Course. We’ve already learned a lot about electrophilic aromatic substitution (EAS) and benzene, but guess what? There’s even more to learn! In this episode of Crash Course Organic Chemistry we’ll revisit our old friends the Friedel-Crafts reactions and learn some of their limitations and look at where substitution happens when there are multiple…

Where and Why Do People Move? Crash Course Geography #32

From Crash Course. People have been migrating and transplanting since before recorded history, and understanding the reasons why people migrate can help explain some of the cultural, economic, and political patterns we see around the world. Today, we’re going to mostly focus on the Indian diaspora, which is the largest in the world with over…