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The Great Exhibition
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The Great Exhibition

Jun 2, 2020
History
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19
minutes

In 1851, in London's Hyde Park, an immense glass structure towered above the trees.

Inside was an exhibition of the latest technologies, available for all to see.

It was so impressive that 1/3 of the British population came to see it, and Queen Victoria even visited 41 times.

In this episode, we tell the story of The Great Exhibition, and the mark it left on Britain, and the world.

Plastic
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58

Plastic

May 29, 2020
Geography
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20
minutes

It has revolutionised our lives, made cars lighter, food fresher, and water safer.

But at what cost?

In this episode we take a look at the history of plastic, and ask ourselves what comes next.

Margaret Thatcher
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57

Margaret Thatcher

May 26, 2020
Politics
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20
minutes

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the UK during the 1980s, and left a lasting impact on the country.

She was "perhaps the most admired, hated, fascinating, boring, radical and conservative leader in the Western world."

In this episode we talk about what she did, what it meant, and why she divided opinion so much.

Turkmenistan
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Episode
56

Turkmenistan

May 22, 2020
Geography
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18
minutes

It's one of the most isolated countries in the world, ruled by an authoritarian leader with a passion for horses and Guinness World Records.

It's time to find out about the weird and wonderful country of Turkmenistan.

Weird Etymologies in English
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Episode
55

Weird Etymologies in English

May 19, 2020
Language Learning
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18
minutes

From evil spirits to the Roman army, we look at the influences that have shaped the English language.

We'll discuss some of the weirdest ones, bust some myths about the origins of words, and talk about the mystery of where words come from.

Harrods | The Playground of London's Rich & Famous
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Episode
54

Harrods | The Playground of London's Rich & Famous

May 15, 2020
Arts & Culture
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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 Dark Web
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Episode
53

The Dark Web

May 12, 2020
Technology
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23
minutes

It's the internet's 'dark' side, where people go to do things that they don't want other people to know about.

In this episode we take a look into the hidden part of the internet, and discuss how it works, what you can do there, and whether it is really as bad as the media make it out to be.

The Guinness World Records
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52

The Guinness World Records

May 8, 2020
Arts & Culture
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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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51

The Royal Family

May 5, 2020
Arts & Culture
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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.

A Service Announcement
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Episode
50

A Service Announcement

May 5, 2020
Language Learning
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7
minutes

A quick announcement of some exciting developments at Leonardo English.

New memberships, request an episode, and exclusive Q&A sessions for members.

Fair Trade
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Episode
49

Fair Trade

May 1, 2020
Economics
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21
minutes

You recognise the name. You recognise the label.

You've seen it on bananas, chocolate, coffee, and all over thousands of everyday products.

But how much do you really know about Fairtrade?

In today's episode we take a look at how it really works, who benefits, and why some companies are starting up alternatives to Fairtrade.

The Spanish Flu
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48

The Spanish Flu

Apr 28, 2020
History
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22
minutes

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.

Fox News // The Presidential Propaganda Machine
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Episode
47

Fox News // The Presidential Propaganda Machine

Apr 24, 2020
Arts & Culture
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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.

The Taliban
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46

The Taliban

Apr 21, 2020
Politics
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22
minutes

From sharia law to public executions, The Taliban ruled Afghanistan with a iron fist.

In this episode we look at the origins of this group, what life was like under its rule, how it has managed to survive so long, and what the future might have in store.

Guy Fawkes // The Man Who Tried To Blow Up Parliament
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Episode
45

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

Apr 17, 2020
History
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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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44

The Man Who Cracked The Nazi Code

Apr 14, 2020
History
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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.

Tulipmania // When Flowers Cost More Than Houses
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43

Tulipmania // When Flowers Cost More Than Houses

Apr 10, 2020
Economics
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22
minutes

In Holland in the 1600s the price of tulips rose so much that a single bulb reportedly cost more than a townhouse on Amsterdam's grand canal.

In this episode we look at the real story behind one of the greatest bubbles in history.‍

The Countries That Sell Their Passports
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42

The Countries That Sell Their Passports

Apr 7, 2020
Lucky dip
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23
minutes

The passport sales industry is booming, and is worth around $1 billion a year.

In today's episode we take a look at how it all works, how much it all costs, and the people and countries that make it all possible.

The Great Train Robbery
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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
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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.

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