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We Effed Up

The Final Episode

It's the final episode! We have our two last matchups between our runner-ups, Ronald Reagan v. Louis the Pious, and the championship for our grand effer-upper, Emperor Maurice v. Mark Sykes and Francois Georges-Picot.

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    In this special episode, Theresa and Cody determine the biggest effer upper for 2023, going through the sordid cast of characters from episodes 27-50.
  • 50. Episode 50: John Green

    On this episode, Theresa and Cody discuss the final effer upper, John Green, and the cup of Diet Coke that altered the careers of several NBA players.Podcast to recommend: History of Egypt (, Jonathan. “The Malice at the Palace.” Grantland. 29 Feb 2012. <>. Retrieved 17 Oct 2023.Hill, Jemele. “The Brawl: Were Lessons Learned?” ESPN. 18 Nov 2009. <>. Retrieved 17 Oct 2023.“Fan Details Strides Made Since Brawl.” ESPN. 19 Nov 2009. <>. Retrieved 17 Oct 2023.Russ, Floyd, dir. Untold: Malice at the Palace. Netflix, 2021.
  • 49. Episode 49: Rob Hall and Scott Fischer

    On this episode of We Effed Up, Theresa flips the script on Cody and explores the 1996 Mount Everest Disaster.SourcesBoukreev, Anatoli. (1997) The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest. New York: St. Martins. Claypole, Jonty (Director); Kunzru, Hari (Presenter) (2003). Mapping Everest (TV Documentary). London: BBC Television.Krakauer, Jon. (1997) Into Thin Air: A personal account of the Mount Everest disaster. Doubleday.Lewis, Jon E. (2012). The Mammoth Book of How it Happened – Everest. Little, Brown Book Group. Turning Point: Mountain without Mercy. ABC, 27 Apr. 1997, Season 4, Episode 14.Weathers, Beck. (2000) Left for Dead: My Journey Home from Everest. New York: Villard.
  • 48. Episode 48: Vlad Dracula

    Happy Halloween! In this spooky episode, Theresa and Cody discuss the real Dracula, Vlad III of Wallachia, and the night attack that could have toppled an empire.Podcast to recommend: The Hellenistic Age (, Radu. Dracula, Prince of Many Faces: His Life and Times. London, UK: I’ B. Tauris, 1989.Georgescu, Vlad. The Romanians: A History. Columbus, OH: Ohio State U. Press, 1991.Treptow, Kurt. Vlad III Dracula: The Life and Times of the Historical Dracula. Ann Arbor, MI: U. of Michigan Press, 2000.Trow, M. J. Vlad the Impaler: In Search of the Real Dracula. London, UK: Thistle, 2015.
  • 47. Episode 47: Deng Xiaoping

    On this episode, Theresa and Cody talk about one of the most infamous restrictions on personal freedoms in the modern era, China’s one-child policy, and the role it will play in China’s future.Podcast to recommend: The Explorers (, John S. Slaughter of the Innocents: Coercive Birth Control in China. Washington, DC: AFI Press, 1990.Fong, Mei. One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment. New York City, NY: Mariner Books, 2016.Johnson, Kay Ann. China’s Hidden Children: Abandonment, Adoption, and the Human Costs of the One Child Policy. Chicago, IL: U. of Chicago Press, 2017.Larmer, Brook, and Jane Zhang. “China’s Population Is Shrinking. It Faces a Perilous Future.” National Geographic. 22 Mar 2023. <>. Retrieved 25 Sept 2023.Silver, Laura, and Christine Huang. “Key Facts About China’s Declining Population.” Pew Research Center. 5 Dec 2022. <>. Retrieved 25 Sept 2023.Vogel, Ezra. Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press, 2013.“World Population Prospects 2022.” United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. <>. Retrieved 25 Sept 2023.
  • 46. Episode 46: Mark Sykes and Francois Georges-Picot

    On this episode, Theresa and Cody explore how the British and French created the several countries in the Middle East by literally drawing random lines on a map.Podcast to recommend: The Civil War (, James. A Line in the Sand: Britain, France, and the Struggles That Shaped the Middle East. New York City, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2012.Berdine, Michael. Redrawing the Middle East: Sir Mark Sykes, Imperialism, and the Sykes-Picot Agreement. London, UK: I. B. Touris, 2018.Fromkin, David. A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East. London, UK: Macmillan, 2009.McMeekin, Sean. The Ottoman Endgame: War, Revolution, and the Making of the Modern Middle East, 1908-23. New York City, NY: Penguin, 2016.
  • 45. Episode 45: Ronald Reagan

    On this episode, we finally tackle the most overrated politician in American history, Ronald Reagan, and the monumental screw-up that kept a loaded gun to the world’s head up to the present day.Podcast to recommend: The Almost Forgotten (, William J. Teller’s War: The Top Secret Story Behind the Star Wars Deception. New York City, NY: Simon & Schuster, 1992.McCouley, Martin. Russia, America, and the Cold War, 1949-91. New York City, NY: Routledge, 2008.Powaski, Ronald E. The Cold War: The United States and the Soviet Union, 1917-91. Oxford, UK: Oxford U. Press, 1998.Service, Robert. The End of the Cold War, 1985-91. New York city, NY: Public Affairs, 2015.
  • 44. Episode 44: Louis XVI

    On this episode, Theresa and Cody chip away at the behemoth that is the French Revolution and talk about why running away from your problems isn’t a solution.Podcast to recommend: Age of Napoleon (, Ian. The French Revolution: From Enlightenment to Tyranny. New York City, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2016.Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution (3rd ed). Oxford, UK: Oxford U. Press, 2018.Hardman, John. Louis XVI: The Silent King (2nd ed). New Haven, CT: Yale U. Press, 2016.McPhee, Peter. The French Revolution, 1789-99. Oxford, UK: Oxford U. Press, 2002.Price, Munro. The Fall of the French Monarchy: Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, and the Baron de Breteuil. London, UK: Macmillan, 2011.