Answer Archive

Answer Archive is a Podcast that answers the questions you never thought to ask. Because this world has a strange history. Episodes every two weeks on Wednesdays.
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Nov 21, 2016

In the last Answer Archive of the season, writer and producer Daniel Seehausen looks at the history of presidential elections, from the tavern days of George Washington to the present.

Impress your family this Thanksgiving with your in depth knowledge of the history of the electoral college and its role in altering elections.

If you've ever wondered why the 12th amendment is necessary, or why the donkey is the symbol of the Democratic party, this is the episode for you.

In other news, I am going to be graduating from my college in a few weeks, and have to focus on some school-related stuff in order to do so.  Unfortunately, this means that there will be a short break before the next episode.  Expect the next episode sometime in late December.  Sorry for the wait.

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Oct 26, 2016


How did carbonated water become a popular beverage?  Who invented Coca Cola, and when did it become the soda giant it is today?  If you want to know the answers to these sorts of questions, and more, listen to this episode of Answer Archive about soda.

Writer and Producer Daniel Seehausen examines the history of soda and how it rose to be such a prominent part of American life.  If you have ever wondered where Coca Cola, Dr. Pepper, and Pepsi came from, this is the episode for you.

Sorry for the lateness on releasing this episode.  My wife and I were sick right around the time I was supposed to release, and that delayed things a bit!

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Oct 6, 2016
Have you ever wondered how exactly we got our current calendar? Was it always 12 months? How did they end up with 365 as the number of days? And why on earth do we have leap days, much less leap seconds? Writer and producer Daniel Seehausen is here to answer all of these questions and more in the podcast that answers the questions you never thought to ask.
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Sep 22, 2016

Answer Archive's second episode examines the history of printing books. Have you ever wondered how much impact Gutenberg's printing press had at the time? Or how Russian grandmothers helped ensure the spread of free thought throughout the Soviet Union? Answer Archive is here to satisfy your curiosity.

This episode features interviews from Dr. David Davis and Dr. Barbara Elliott.  If you are interested in supporting either of them, you can find a link to their books and articles at

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Sep 8, 2016

Answer Archive’s first episode covers the Strange History of the Olympics, from Alcibiades in Ancient Greece, to Simone Biles and Michael Phelps in Rio. Have you always wanted to know why the ancient Olympics were canceled? Or why Jim Thorpe’s story is so tragic? Answer Archive is here to satisfy your curiosity.