Arts & Culture

The Catcher in the Rye
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
185

The Catcher in the Rye

English books
Literature
USA
US politics
Morality
Aug 17, 2021
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20
minutes

It's one of the most controversial books in American history and continues to be banned in many American classrooms.

In this episode, we'll explore this cult book, and the life of its mysterious author, J.D. Salinger.

Banned Books
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
184

Banned Books

Literature
English books
Politics
Philosophy
Morality
Aug 13, 2021
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26
minutes

It's often said that the pen is mightier than the sword, and throughout history there are books that have been considered too dangerous to be read.

In this episode, we'll take a look at the times when governments have banned books, the reasons for this, and ask ourselves what this tells us about society.

Geoffrey Chaucer
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
181

Geoffrey Chaucer

English writing
Poetry
The Middle Ages
Kings & Queens
England
Aug 3, 2021
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24
minutes

He is often called the father of English literature, and his work has been enjoyed by people all over the world.

In this episode, we'll learn about this innovative author, his fascinating life, and how he created a new literary tradition.

The BBC
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
173

The BBC

Life in the UK
TV
Great Britain
Technology
UK politics
Jul 6, 2021
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22
minutes

It's the world's oldest broadcaster and is trusted by hundreds of millions of people around the world.

Discover how the BBC works, the criticisms it faces in the UK, and what might happen to it in the future.

The Genius of William Shakespeare
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
162

The Genius of William Shakespeare

Shakespeare
Theatre
Great Britain
History of language
English writing
May 28, 2021
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26
minutes

He is the most famous playwright in history and has been translated into every major living language.

In this episode, you'll learn about this fantastic man's life, his works, and why he is still called "the world's greatest living playwright".

Diego Maradona
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
146

Diego Maradona

Football
Sports
Argentina
Naples
Italy
Apr 2, 2021
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23
minutes

He is considered by many to have been the greatest footballer to have ever lived, yet off the pitch his life was full of tragedy.

Learn about the fascinating history of this amazing man, and discover why he arrived in Naples as a hero and left as the most hated man in Italy.

Disney Part III: The Magic
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
138

Disney Part III: The Magic

Film & Cinema
Disneyland
1960s
USA
Weird history
Mar 5, 2021
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19
minutes

In the last part of our three-part series on Disney, we take a look at the magic of Disney and ask ourselves what ingredients are in its special, magic sauce.

The National Trust
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
135

The National Trust

Art
The Victorian Era
Colonialism
Weird history
British class system
Feb 23, 2021
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20
minutes

It controls some of the most beautiful houses in the country, 1.5% of the total land area of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and 20% of the coastline.

In this episode we explore the fascinating history of the National Trust, and uncover where the money to build its properties actually came from.

Oasis vs. Blur
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
124

Oasis vs. Blur

Music
Life in the UK
1990s
Great Britain
England
Jan 15, 2021
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20
minutes

In August 1995 Britain's two biggest bands battled for the number one position.

Discover what happened, how the battle divided the nation, and why the story is about much more than just music.

British Pubs
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
111

British Pubs

Life in the UK
Alcohol
Great Britain
Consumption
Food & drink
Dec 1, 2020
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22
minutes

They are a quintessential part of British culture, and once there was one for every 187 people.

Learn about the history of pubs, why they are so popular, the threats facing them, and how much beer British people really drink.

Leonardo Da Vinci
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
100

Leonardo Da Vinci

Art
Italy
The Renaissance
Geniuses
Oct 23, 2020
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20
minutes

He has been called 'the most relentlessly curious man in history', and was the quintessential Renaissance man.

Learn all about the fantastic life of the genius after whom Leonardo English is named, from his talents as an artist to his skills as an engineer, and get inspired by his insatiable curiosity about how the world works.

The Fantastic Life of Caravaggio
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
89

The Fantastic Life of Caravaggio

Art
Italy
Malta
Crime
Geniuses
Sep 15, 2020
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21
minutes

He was the baddest of the bad-boy painters, and lived a remarkable life of crime, all while creating some of the most influential art of the 17th century.

From attacking waiters to murder, the story of his turbulent life takes us from Italy to Malta, making enemies at every step of the journey.

The Strangest Laws In The UK
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
79

The Strangest Laws In The UK

Life in the UK
The Queen
Alcohol
Crime
Funny stories
Aug 11, 2020
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17
minutes

From what you can and can't do to a swan, to what happens if you have a drink and ride a horse, the UK is full of very strange laws.

In today's episode we discuss some of the strangest, and ask ourselves whether the law is any stranger in the UK than anywhere else in the world.

QAnon | America's Most Dangerous Conspiracy Theory?
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
74

QAnon | America's Most Dangerous Conspiracy Theory?

Donald Trump
Conspiracy theories
The Internet
USA
US politics
Jul 24, 2020
-
16
minutes

This far-right conspiracy theory has gone from niche internet forums to President Trump's Twitter account.

Discover the story behind QAnon - where does it come from, what do they believe, and is it really the most dangerous conspiracy theory in America?

The Weird History of Madame Tussauds
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
66

The Weird History of Madame Tussauds

Weird history
France
Life in the UK
Revolution
Jun 26, 2020
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17
minutes

Discover the amazing story of how a young woman from France befriended the royal family, escaped the guillotine, made death masks of revolutionaries, and then created the world's most successful waxworks museum.

The story of Madame Tussauds has a lot more to it than meets the eye.

The British Sense of Humour
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
60

The British Sense of Humour

Life in the UK
TV
Comedy
Jun 5, 2020
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17
minutes

People in Britain have a unique sense of humour.

For lots of foreigners it's difficult to understand and confusing. But British people are fiercely proud of their sense of humour, and the UK has produced some of the world's best comedies.

In this episode we take a look at what makes Brits laugh, and tell a few jokes along the way.

Harrods | The Playground of London's Rich & Famous
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
54

Harrods | The Playground of London's Rich & Famous

London
The Royal Family
Entrepreneurship
The Victorian Era
May 15, 2020
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23
minutes

It's one of the most famous department stores in the world, catering to the world's rich and famous.

But it hasn't always been this way.

In this episode we take a look at the story of Harrods, and discover the fascinating and unusual history of this iconic London location.

The Royal Family
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
51

The Royal Family

London
The Royal Family
The Queen
Kings & Queens
May 5, 2020
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24
minutes

It is Britain's best known family, and its head has one of the most recognisable faces in the world.

But how much do we really know about Britain's Royal Family?

In this episode we ask ourselves what Brits really think of The Queen and The Royal Family, and what the future might hold for them.

Fox News // The Presidential Propaganda Machine
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
47

Fox News // The Presidential Propaganda Machine

USA
US politics
True crime
Propaganda
Apr 24, 2020
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19
minutes

It's one of the most powerful television channels in the United States, the current US president’s preferred news channel, and referred to by some as 'state TV'.

In today's episode we take a look at Fox News: who watches it, how it really makes money, and what event could cause its downfall.

April Fool's Day
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
40

April Fool's Day

Weird history
The BBC
Mar 31, 2020
-
18
minutes

It's the day of the year where people, newspapers, TV shows, and companies play practical jokes on the public.

Today we take a look at some of the best April Fool's Day jokes in history, and talk about what happens when they go wrong.

The Story Of A Fantastic Dictionary
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
39

The Story Of A Fantastic Dictionary

English writing
Weird history
Mar 27, 2020
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14
minutes

In 1755, Samuel Johnson published an English dictionary that has gone down in history.

Not only was it the first of its kind, it was full of funny jokes.

Today we tell the story of this fantastic dictionary.

The Poets of World War One
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The Poets of World War One

Poetry
World War I
Feb 28, 2020
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15
minutes

Today it's time to take a look at how World War One is remembered through poetry.

We look at the words of the young men, and how public feeling towards the war changed over its four-year course.

And of course, we look at some of the most iconic and moving poems written during the period.

Why Is All The News So Negative? And What If It Wasn't?
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
15

Why Is All The News So Negative? And What If It Wasn't?

Philosophy
The News
Jan 7, 2020
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19
minutes

Why is the news always full of disasters?

What would the world be like if it wasn't?

In today's episode we take a look at some of the theories about why the news is always so negative, and imagine what kind of world might exist if it wasn't.

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