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  • Adam Ruins Everything: The Electoral College Ruins Democracy

    Social Studies → United States Constitution → Electoral College
    Adam Conover explains how the electoral college system is unfair by favoring voters in states with smaller populations. He also contends that swing states have significantly more power than any other state and that 80% of votes have no impact on the outcome of presidential elections. He clarifies that the public votes for its state's electors, not the president, while the electors cast the vote for the president and vice president.

  • Adam Ruins Everything: The Real Story of Pocahontas

    American History → Virginia Colony → Pocahontas
    Adam gives a contextualized and cited account of the true story of Pocahontas and the first permanent English settlement in Virginia.

  • Adam Ruins Everything: The Heavily Populated Americas

    History → The Age of Exploration → Population in the Americas
    American History → Native Americans → Settlements
    Adam examines the population of the Americas on the eve of European voyages of exploration. He also clarifies misconceptions around the living situation of Native American tribes; some lived in organized settlements.

  • Adam Ruins Everything: The Regulars Are Coming

    American History → The American Revolution → Paul Revere
    Adam explains the true story of Paul Revere's Midnight Ride, in which he and other individuals alerted the colonial militia to the approach of British forces before the battles of Lexington and Concord.

  • Adam Ruins Everything: Gladiators and Their Rules

    History → Ancient Rome → Gladiators
    Adam explains the common misconceptions around gladiator fights in Ancient Rome. He explains that rules of gladitorial combat in the Roman Colosseum and that it was actually against the rules to kill the opponent.