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The Great Train Robbery
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
41

The Great Train Robbery

Apr 3, 2020
History
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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.

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

April Fool's Day

Mar 31, 2020
Lucky dip
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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 Truth About Pronunciation In English
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The Truth About Pronunciation In English

Mar 31, 2020
Language Learning
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23
minutes

Every self-respecting English learner wants to improve their English pronunciation.

But how to actually do it isn't so clear.

Today we talk about the truth about pronunciation in English.

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

The Story Of A Fantastic Dictionary

Mar 27, 2020
Arts & Culture
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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.

How To Write Effectively in English // George Orwell's Six Rules For Writing
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
38

How To Write Effectively in English // George Orwell's Six Rules For Writing

Mar 24, 2020
Language Learning
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17
minutes

George Orwell, author of books like Animal Farm and 1984, is considered to be one of the finest writers in English.

Today, we discuss his six rules on how to write effectively.

London’s Gin Craze // Mother’s Ruin
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
37

London’s Gin Craze // Mother’s Ruin

Mar 20, 2020
History
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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
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
36

The Suffragettes // How Women Won The Vote

Mar 17, 2020
History
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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.

Is The World Really Running Out Of Sand?
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
35

Is The World Really Running Out Of Sand?

Mar 13, 2020
Geography
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16
minutes

After water and air, it's the most used natural resource in the world. But are we really running out of it?

If so, why? And what happens if we do?

Let's Talk About Vocabulary // How To Learn Vocabulary In English
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Let's Talk About Vocabulary // How To Learn Vocabulary In English

Mar 13, 2020
Language Learning
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22
minutes

Vocabulary is the building blocks with which language is formed. But there are a lot of myths around the best way to learn vocabulary.

Today we'll bust some of the most common myths, talk about some techniques you can use to build your vocabulary, and about the joy of pointless words.

Chickens Are From The Jungle // How The Chicken Conquered The World
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
34

Chickens Are From The Jungle // How The Chicken Conquered The World

Mar 10, 2020
Lucky dip
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14
minutes

It's the most populous bird in the world, outnumbering humans 3:1.

Today we are asking ourselves how an obscure bird from South East Asia went from jungle floor to being eaten at a rate of two every millisecond.

Universal Basic Income
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
33

Universal Basic Income

Mar 6, 2020
Economics
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19
minutes

What would happen if the government just gave everyone money?

That's the idea of Universal Basic Income, and it's an idea that has supporters from all across the political spectrum.

Today we're going to take a look at how it works, why people love it, why people hate it, and what happens when you just give people money without asking for anything in return.

Henry VIII - The King With Six Wives
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
32

Henry VIII - The King With Six Wives

Mar 3, 2020
History
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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.

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

Feb 28, 2020
Arts & Culture
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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.

How Google Works
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
31

How Google Works

Feb 28, 2020
Technology
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21
minutes

It's the most visited website in the world, with 80,000 searches per second.

But have you ever actually wondered how it really works?

Jack The Ripper
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
30

Jack The Ripper

Feb 25, 2020
History
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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.

Palantir: The Most Important Company You’ve Never Heard Of
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
29

Palantir: The Most Important Company You’ve Never Heard Of

Feb 21, 2020
Business
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14
minutes

You might know nothing about it. But it certainly does (or could do) know a huge amount about you.

Let's take a look at this incredibly powerful company that can see into everything we do.

Help!
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
28

Help!

Feb 19, 2020
Lucky dip
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9
minutes

A very different episode to normal.

Today it's time to ask for your help...

Curious? It's only 9 minutes long.

North Korea - The Hermit Kingdom
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
27

North Korea - The Hermit Kingdom

Feb 18, 2020
History
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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.

Why Are So Many Jobs So Pointless? The Rise of the Bullsh*t Job
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
26

Why Are So Many Jobs So Pointless? The Rise of the Bullsh*t Job

Feb 14, 2020
Economics
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21
minutes

Why do so many jobs seem quite so pointless?

Today we're taking a look at the phenomenon of the bullsh*t job, and its effect on us individually and as a society.

What's The Difference Between Great Britain and The United Kingdom?
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
25

What's The Difference Between Great Britain and The United Kingdom?

Feb 11, 2020
Geography
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18
minutes

Confused about the difference between Great Britain and The United Kingdom, and always wondered when to call someone British instead of English, Scottish, Welsh or Irish?

Let's clear it up, and explain how we got to this, admittedly, pretty complicated situation.

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