Today’s episode concludes our four-part series on China under the rule of Chinese Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong. It moves from where we left off last time (with most of Mao’s enemies, real and suspected, purged from the government) until his death and the Revolution’s aftermath. We also deal with some Western misconceptions of how the Revolution played out and how the CCP responded.
My plan when starting our miniseries on China under Chinese Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong was a three-parter: the Great Leap Forward, the Great Famine and the Cultural Revolution. Between announcing the miniseries and recording that third installment, though, the Cultural Revolution grew into a two-parter.
Today we’re talking about the Cultural Revolution’s first couple of years. This covers the heyday of the Red Guard, which was essentially an unsupervised army of teenagers empowered by Mao to seek out, expose, harass and imprison “rightists,” “bad elements” and others. It also covers a massive purge of Mao’s enemies (real and perceived) within the Chinese government.
According to the “grandmother hypothesis,” we have grandmas, nanas and bubbies to thank for our longer lifespans and big ol’ human brains. In this episode, Cristen and Caroline reveal the compelling science and evolution behind these important maternal figures.
Today’s episode is part two in our miniseries on China under the rule of Chinese Communist Party chairman Mao Zedong. Last time, we talked about the Great Leap Forward, which was an attempt to both turn China into a communist utopia and surpass the economic power of Great Britain (and, eventually, the United States). The Great Leap Forward was catastrophic from several angles, and one of its consequences was a massive famine, which we discuss today.
British Royal Navy lieutenant and artist Norman Wilkinson is usually credited with the idea of disruptive camouflage, which became known as dazzle camouflage - those high-contrast patterns painted on British ships during World War I. But, another man, naturalist John Graham Kerr, claimed that he had the idea three years earlier. Today’s episode is about that innovation and the argument that followed.
In the mid-20th century, Chinese Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong launched an ambitious plan to revolutionize Chinese agriculture and industry, build up the economy and turn China into a communist utopia.It was called the Great Leap Forward.
This episode is the first of a four-part miniseries on China under the leadership of Chairman Mao.