History

Weird and wonderful stories from the past 10,000 years.

The Spanish Flu
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The Spanish Flu

Apr 28, 2020
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22
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The Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 infected 1/3 of the world's population, and it's estimated that it killed up to 100 million people.

In today's episode we take a look at what really happened, how it spread so quickly, and what countries did to contain it.

Guy Fawkes // The Man Who Tried To Blow Up Parliament
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Guy Fawkes // The Man Who Tried To Blow Up Parliament

Apr 17, 2020
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17
minutes

In the early hours of November 5th, 1605, a man was found in a cellar under The Houses of Parliament. He was moments away from blowing everything up, killing the King, and changing the course of British history forever.

Today we tell the story of Guy Fawkes, and how we went from religious terrorist to anti-establishment icon.

The Man Who Cracked The Nazi Code
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The Man Who Cracked The Nazi Code

Apr 14, 2020
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18
minutes

The Enigma machine, used by the Nazis in World War II, had 158,962,555,217,826,360,000 possible combinations, and was thought by many to be impossible to crack.

In this episode we tell the story of the man who cracked the code, and his tragic end.

The Great Train Robbery
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The Great Train Robbery

Apr 3, 2020
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16
minutes

In 1963 a criminal gang managed to stop a Royal Mail train, steal £2 million pounds in cash (£55 million in today's money), and escape.

It took them just 15 minutes.

Today we tell the story of this infamous robbery, and the hunt to find the men who did it.

London’s Gin Craze // Mother’s Ruin
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London’s Gin Craze // Mother’s Ruin

Mar 20, 2020
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15
minutes

300 years ago, London experienced a gin craze of epic scale, with the average Londoner drinking 10 times the amount of gin that the world's biggest gin drinking country does now.

Today, it's time to learn about how gin almost destroyed London.

The Suffragettes // How Women Won The Vote
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The Suffragettes // How Women Won The Vote

Mar 17, 2020
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minutes

"We are here not because we are law-breakers, we are here in our efforts to become law-makers"

Hunger strikes, chaining yourself to railings, and being killed by the King's horse.

It's time to tell the story of The Suffragette movement in Britain, and how women got the right to vote.

Henry VIII - The King With Six Wives
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Henry VIII - The King With Six Wives

Mar 3, 2020
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14
minutes

His 36-year rule saw England break ties with the Catholic church and two of his six wives lose their heads.

Today we're taking a look at Henry VIII of England, and his unfortunate wives.

Jack The Ripper
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30

Jack The Ripper

Feb 25, 2020
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17
minutes

In 1888 a serial killer terrorised the streets of London's East End, brutally murdering women.

Over 2,000 people were questioned, but the killer's true identity has never been revealed.

Today it's time to tell the story of Jack The Ripper.

North Korea - The Hermit Kingdom
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North Korea - The Hermit Kingdom

Feb 18, 2020
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20
minutes

The media might portray it as just a failed state run by a mad dictator, but today we'll find out that it might be just a little bit more complicated than things seem.

British Food Part 4: The (Earl of) Sandwich
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British Food Part 4: The (Earl of) Sandwich

Jan 21, 2020
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18
minutes

It was called "Britain's biggest contribution to gastronomy" by the Wall Street Journal.

Today, in part 4 of our mini-series on British food, we're looking at the sandwich, the story behind it, why it is so important for people in Britain, and how it reached such an iconic status.

British Food Part 3: The English Breakfast
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British Food Part 3: The English Breakfast

Jan 17, 2020
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17
minutes

The English Breakfast is a truly British institution, and its history goes back 700 years.

In today's episode we go into the story behind the meal, and reveal how it went from favourite of lords and ladies to the way the working classes started the day.

British Food Part 2: Fish & Chips
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British Food Part 2: Fish & Chips

Jan 14, 2020
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13
minutes

It's a British classic, but how much do you really know about it?

Today we are diving into the fascinating history of fish and chips, and we'll discover that it might be not quite so British as you might think.

British Food Part 1: Oysters
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British Food Part 1: Oysters

Jan 10, 2020
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18
minutes

Part 1 of our 4-part mini-series on British food. First up it's the oyster.

It's not something that people normally associate with British food, but this little creature was hugely important in British cuisine.

In this podcast we'll learn about how it went from the choice of emperors to food of the poor, hear about how one man (supposedly) ate 1,200 in a single sitting, about a time when the average Londoner used to eat 1 oyster a day, and when they used to be given away for free outside pubs.

Why is New Year, New Year
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Why is New Year, New Year

Dec 31, 2019
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10
minutes

Have you ever wondered why January 1st is the start of the new year?

In today's episode we'll discuss the history of new year, talk about the longest year ever (it had 445 days), and you'll find out why new year is celebrated on January 1st, and not on any of the other 364 days of the year.

The Sea That Disappeared
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The Sea That Disappeared

Dec 27, 2019
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10
minutes

Today we're going to talk about a sea that disappeared, and find out what happens when a country tries to start a hub for cotton farming in the middle of a desert.

Spoiler alert: it doesn't go well.

The Book That Made Christmas, Christmas
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The Book That Made Christmas, Christmas

Dec 24, 2019
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15
minutes

Today we take a look at the book that is fundamental to our modern understanding of what makes Christmas, Christmas.

No, it's not the Bible. It was written in Victorian London, and tells the story of an old miser who discovers the Christmas spirit.

The Most Amazing Prison Escapes in History
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The Most Amazing Prison Escapes in History

Dec 2, 2019
History
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12
minutes

From a Korean yoga expert to a wooden pistol, we take a look at the most ingenious ways in which people have escaped their captors.

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