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Dateline: Sydney. Thursday April 01, 2010 For many people, it is the day before a 4 day long weekend because of Easter. However, for a group of Sydney women doing extraordinary jobs, it is a regular day. A Moment In Time follows these women as they go about their work in traditional male roles. The women are all aiming to do the best that they can to get through each day regardless of what Sydney throws at them. Their aim is to be able to go home at the end of their shift, alive. Most people ...
 
Explore the realm of alternate histories as we explore the "what ifs" that can flow from history's most pivotal moments. Each episode will focus on a specific moment in time--the fork--where history could have taken a different path. A Fork In Time encourages contributions and participation by our community of listeners who have become an integral and vital part of the show.
 
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Part of our JFK "Arc" for November 2021. German-born Wernher von Braun played a pivotal role in the United States' success in the Space Race and the Apollo program in particular. How might things have progressed differently if von Braun had not sustained just a broken arm in a March 1945 car crash prior to the end of World War II and his surrender …
 
The 1960 US Presidential election was a very close and hard-fought one. Many presidential and election historians point to the rise of television as a medium and its role in reaching voters as an important factor in the election. In particular, the first debate between the candidates on September 26, 1960, marked not only the first Presidential deb…
 
2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed globally on a daily basis. How would history be different if coffee was not one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world? Weblinks: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_coffee https://www.pbs.org/food/the-history-kitchen/history-coffee/ A Fork In Time, Episode 69: Lloyd's, Just Great Coffee Web…
 
The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake remains one of the deadliest natural disasters in modern history and destroyed over 80% of the city via the quake and ensuing fire. How might history be different if the quake had not occurred? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1906_San_Francisco_earthquake Geographics (Youtube): 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Listeners…
 
When Henry VII died in 1509, having been preceded in death by his eldest son Arthur, the English throne passed to his second-oldest son, Henry, who is known to history as Henry VIII. But there was Henry's older sister, Margaret, who was skipped over because of male primogeniture in favor of her younger brother. What would have changed in the flow o…
 
In 1853, Elisha Otis demonstrated his "safety brake" which enabled the widespread deployment of safe passenger elevators. The proliferation of the passenger elevator changed the nature of building construction and the vertical growth of cities. How would the world have been different in a "flatter" configuration that would have been the result of n…
 
Episode 0119—Idolized "American Idol" is one of the highest-rated television series of all time and has launched the careers of literally dozens of music artists and bonafide stars. How would American popular music, television, and culture be different today if it had never aired for its first season in the summer of 2002? Listeners can get a FREE …
 
In the Compromise of 1790, the United States capital was fixed at the location we still know today, Washington, DC. What if the capital had remained in New York City or had been moved later in time to a more central location? The Room Where It Happened--Room #1 Capital Squared (The Compromise of 1790) Listeners can get a FREE audiobook with their F…
 
On August 12, 1941, the US House of Representatives by a single vote retained the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940 preserving the recently instituted peacetime draft a mere months before the United States formally entered World War II with Speaker Sam Rayburn being a key factor in using a keen knowledge of House parliamentary rules and qu…
 
Episode 0116—No Boy's Club For most of recorded history, thrones have been inherited by the oldest MALE child through the principle of "male primogeniture." How would history be different generally if eldest female children had not been passed over in favor of their male siblings? Links to The Room Where It Happened Inaugural Episode Room #1: Capit…
 
Today's episode provides two previews--both are firsts. One is the first episode of the Late Bronze Age Collapse series that is exclusively for our Patrons on Patreon. To become a patron and hear the rest of the series and access other Patron perks, you can visit our Patreon page here. The second is the "inaugural episode" for The Room Where It Hap…
 
Shortly after his 11th birthday in 1700, William Duke of Gloucester and heir to the English throne died from complications from hydrocephalus. How would the course of English history be different had William lived? Listeners can get a FREE audiobook with their FREE 30-Day Trial Membership from Audible CLICK HERE Website: www.aforkintimepodcast.com …
 
Episode 0113—Still An Enigma One of the critical elements that led to Allied victory in World War II was the successful work of cryptographers to break the German codes produced by the Enigma machine. How would the course of the war and history be different without this crucial breakthrough? Listeners can get a FREE audiobook with their FREE 30-Day…
 
The Room Where It Happened is happening now. The inaugural episode is live. See the links below. Subscribe today. Link to the Inaugural Episode https://www.buzzsprout.com/1756434/8823770 Link to the Feed on Buzzsprout (On Host) https://theroomwhereithappened.buzzsprout.com Join the conversation at The Forum Website: www.aforkintimepodcast.com/thero…
 
Just a friendly reminder that Episode 2 of the patron-exclusive series on the "Late Bronze Age Collapse" is available on our Patreon feed. If you have been meaning to get access, now is a perfect time. Direct Link to Episode 1 Direct Link to Episode 2 Website: www.aforkintimepodcast.com You can follow A Fork In Time on…. Facebook: https://www.faceb…
 
In 1620, the settlers destined to settle Plymouth Colony found themselves landed in the New World on Cape Cod hundreds of miles north of their original intended site in Virginia. Their decision to draft a brief document to define how they would be governed in a place not originally intended has come to be known as the "Mayflower Compact". How would…
 
Episode 0111—The One About Friends Following its ten-season run starting in September 1994, "Friends" became one of the most popular and highly-rated sitcoms in television history. The careers of six actors and actresses at the core of the ensemble cast were forever changed and elements of the show influenced popular hairstyles and cultural vocabul…
 
Episode 0110—One Fleeting Day On June 4, 1944, American forces took possession of Rome under the command of Lt. General Mark Clark. In taking the undefended Italian capital, Clark's decision allowed the German Tenth Army to escape and inflict substantial casualties on Allied forces in the coming months. The capture of Rome was soon replaced in the …
 
Episode 0109—Duquesne Deflection On May 28, 1754, a small clash occurred in modern-day western Pennsylvania between British colonial forces and the French army. It sparked the conflict that came to be known as the French and Indian War and the global Seven Years War. How might history have been different without this conflict? Helpful Background Li…
 
The Late Bronze Age Collapse was one of the most impactful series of events in history and continues to reverberate all the way through history to the present day. A Fork In Time will be exploring the myriad of "what ifs" that flow from this event in a special series of episodes. Here is the initial introduction to that series and how our listeners…
 
As we gear up for our activity over the summer for both A Fork In Time and The Room Where It Happened, Don provides a quick overview of what to expect this summer and introduces a slightly overlooked episode from the past. Get ready. The summer has lots of new things in store. Learn More About The Room Where It Happened / Join the Team https://www.…
 
Arguably, no single media company has been more dominant in the last century than that of Disney. So, what a world without the empire spawned by Mickey Mouse be like? Learn More About The Room Where It Happened / Join the Team https://www.aforkintimepodcast.com/theroomwhereithappened Introduction to The Room Where It Happened https://www.buzzsprout…
 
Episode 0105—The Lime Lobby On Cinco de Mayo, many Americans have come to embrace it as an excuse to indulge in quality Mexican cuisine and to imbibe an imported Mexican cerveza or margarita, but many do not know or realize the event commemorated on that date or how, ironically, it is far more potentially important to the course of American history…
 
The Human Genome Project was a 13-year effort completed in 2003 to map the entire human genome. It was a monumental undertaking that is still just now yielding benefits in its application. What would be different if the project had not been undertaken or funding terminated early in the process? Eric Rush joins as a guest on this topic he suggested.…
 
Joined once again by Brody Burton of Imagine If, for a joint episode, we explore the possibilities of 2000 election win by Al Gore and a 9/11 world under that scenario. Click here to listen to a brief introduction for our new upcoming podcast, The Room Where It Happened. Subscribe now to make sure you don't miss the premiere episode. Listeners can …
 
As the podcast starts its second century of episodes, Alexis joins Part 2 of a look back on the first 100 episodes and a look ahead at what is to come. Complete the Episode 101 Survey Become a patron to be ready to listen to the exclusive series of episodes on the Late Bronze Age collapse and the big ripples it has through history. https://www.patr…
 
As the podcast starts its second century of episodes, we bring listeners up-to-speed on current and future happenings and request a response to a couple of timely matters. Complete the Episode 101 Survey Become a patron to be ready to listen to the exclusive series of episodes on the Late Bronze Age collapse and the big ripples it has through histo…
 
For our 100th episode, Chris Coppola joins to help us do what we have tried to do so many times before--find an alternate timeline that avoids World War II. This time we will talk about designing the fork in time that could. Do we succeed? Imagine If: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/imagine-if/id1521731645 Listeners can get a FREE audiobook w…
 
1492 marked the beginning of many things "new", including the discovery of a New World by Christopher Columbus sailing under the banner of a newly-united and soon-to-be ascending Spain. In this third episode on this recurring topic, Alexis joins to discuss the impacts on the native American cultures of the eastern seaboard under a different timelin…
 
In May 1992, Johnny Carson stepped down in his role as host of NBC's "The Tonight Show". The scramble for the role as his replacement and subsequent new shows spawned from that scramble changed the landscape of late-night American TV moving forward. What would have been different if David Letterman had assumed the host role with Carson's departure …
 
Episode 0097—AFIT Archive: No PARCing The podcast is taking a "spring break", but we thought an episode from the "early days" that many of our new listeners might have heard might a good idea. We are working a number of exciting new episodes in the coming months, including a large number of listener-suggested topics and new guests. Here are the ori…
 
Vietnamese revolutionary lead Ho Chi Minh is said to have twice approached the United States seeking assistance in gaining independence from France as a colonial power. How would the course of history have been different if either overture had met a receptive audience? Topic suggested by listener Joey Gibson. Listeners can get a FREE audiobook with…
 
On January 3, 1896, Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm II sent a telegram to Transvaal Republic President, Johannes Kruger congratulating him on the recent success in repelling an attack from British raiders. In the real timeline, the telegram caused heightened tensions between Britain and Germany. How would history have been different if further actions had…
 
1492 marked the beginning of many things "new", including the discovery of a New World by Christopher Columbus sailing under the banner of a newly-united and soon-to-be ascending Spain. In this second of several episodes in the coming months on this topical thread, we look at how changing the discovery timing of the New World could have impacted th…
 
In the early 1950s, Jonas Salk and other scientists led the effort to develop and deploy an effective vaccine against polio. In subsequent decades, significant progress was made to eradicate other diseases through the development of successful vaccines and widespread immunization programs. How might the course of medical and social history be diffe…
 
1492 marked the beginning of many things "new", including the discovery of a New World by Christopher Columbus sailing under the banner of a newly-united and soon-to-be ascending Spain. In this first of several episodes in the coming months, we look at how changing the discovery timing of the New World could have impacted the evolution of the Old W…
 
As many as nine of Queen Victoria's male descendants suffered from hemophilia, a bleeding disorder known to be inherited on a recessive gene on the X-chromosome. How might history have been changed if Victoria had not been a carrier of the gene? Topic suggestion by listener Eric Rush. Useful Web Links: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haemophilia http…
 
The first major battle of the 1898 Spanish-American war was the US naval victory over Spanish forces at the Battle of Manila Bay. What if Spain had been victorious in that battle? How would the near term course of the war and the larger scope of history had been different with that change? Topic suggested by listener Joe McCullough. Helpful Web Lin…
 
In 1867, the United States purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million thereby increasing the land size of the US by over 20% for what is now considered a financial bargain. How would history be different if Russian and/or the Soviet Union had maintained a territorial presence in North America? Listeners can get a FREE audiobook with their FREE 3…
 
While the guns and steel of European explorers and conquerors proved deadly to the indigenous people of the New World, the most devasting impact came in the form of new diseases for which they had no immunity. However, imagine the possibility of the reverse being true where those coming to the New World face a disease threat for which they are not …
 
Henry V is revered as one of England's most celebrated warrior kings but met his untimely demise at the age of 35 to dysentery. How would the flow of English history have been different with a Henry that survived longer and what would the long-term impacts be? Listeners can get a FREE audiobook with their FREE 30-Day Trial Membership from Audible C…
 
In 1956, the Suez Crisis posed a major threat to global peace. Listener Jacob Itzhavov poses the question for consideration: What if the United States had not pressured England, France, and Israel from backing down from their actions? Don, Alexis, and Chris discuss some possibilities. Listeners can get a FREE audiobook with their FREE 30-Day Trial …
 
Alexis' choice for her favorite replay is Episode #21 ("The Sinking White Egg Basket") which explores the November 25th, 1120, sinking of the vessel known as “The White Ship” off the coast of Normandy and leading to the period in English history known as “The Anarchy”. Listeners can get a FREE audiobook with their FREE 30-Day Trial Membership from …
 
This episode is very different from our normal format. It asks the simple question of what if there was no salvation and, in effect, no Christmas. What is salvation? (Click Here) Listeners can get a FREE audiobook with their FREE 30-Day Trial Membership from Audible CLICK HERE Website: www.aforkintimepodcast.com E-Mail: aforkintimepodcast@gmail.com…
 
A revisit to one of Don's favorite episodes ('Old Blood & Votes') where guest host Dean Rogers joined for an episode to discuss a timeline where General George S. Patton survives the 1945 car accident that took his life and thus enables his return to enter the realm of American politics and influence the world immediately after the end of WWII and …
 
How might the presence of a different monarch result in a different Prime Minister for the opening phase of World War II and the result changes that would flow from that? Chris Copolla makes his debut in his new role as "regular contributor" for a revisit to a recent topic--the abdication of Edward VIII in 1936. (Episode #64, Many Shades of Edward)…
 
A Fork In Time is pleased to announce that Chris Coppola will be taking a more permanent role with the show as a regular contributor. Here are links to episodes that have featured Chris: Episode #45, No Cigar Episode #47, Barbarossa Barred Episode #61, One More Time (Divine Wind) Episode #66, Potsdam Possibilities Episode #74, Crashing The Bull Moo…
 
On July 29, 1981, some 750 million global viewers watched the fairy-tale "Wedding of the Century" between Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. As time has passed, the details of how non "storybook" the reality behind the public appearance has come to light and it is now possible to imagine that the wedding might have not have taken place at all. …
 
After the end of World War I, conflict erupted between the new Second Polish Republic and the Soviet Union. In the real timeline, the "Miracle on the Vistula" preserved the existence of the new Polish state and led to the inter-war years as we know them. What would have been a different path forward if there had been a different outcome at the Batt…
 
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