Saint Nicholas is not Santa Claus, but he’s now inescapably bound up with Santa’s story and identity. Nicholas was the bishop of Myra, a town in what we no call Turkey, and we don’t have any surviving sources about him from his lifetime. The first major biography we have of Nicholas dates from 800s, centuries after his death, and stories about him are likely fictional or exaggerated. Those stories tell of a man who expelled demons, stayed executions, slapped the Christian heretic Arius (pictured below) and showed great generosity to his fellow citizens of Myra.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I couldn’t do this without you.
Find out why I’m taking September (mostly) off.
There’s no new episode this week. instead, we’re re-running episode 75 which debunks the persistent myth that Mussolini made trains run on time.
Hello all! My schedule has changed dramatically. The podcast will now update every Monday. Talk to you then!
I’m sick. The harrowing tale of Benito Mussolini and Pope Pius XI will have to wait until next week.
We’re still on break, but we’ll be back with an interview episode on January 5th, and the start of a long-form series on January 12th.
It was bound to happen eventually. There’s no new episode this week.