Arts & Culture

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
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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
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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 Guinness World Records
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Episode
52

The Guinness World Records

Central Asia
Weird history
Entrepreneurship
Corruption
May 8, 2020
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17
minutes

It's a collection of the biggest, fastest, and weirdest things in the world.

But how much do you really know about The Guinness World Records?

Today we look at the story behind the book, and discover how an argument about a bird turned into one of the best selling books in the world.

The Royal Family
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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
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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
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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.

Conspiracy Theories
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Episode
21

Conspiracy Theories

Disneyland
US politics
Propaganda
Donald Trump
Jan 28, 2020
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14
minutes

Today we are taking a look at conspiracy theories.

Why people believe them, why they can be so seductive, and the damage that they can do.

We'll also take a look at three of the wackiest ones out there - from why people believe Disney made Frozen to why people think the dinosaurs built the pyramids.

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