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How International Post Works
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77

How International Post Works

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Eccentric people
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England
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Economics
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Geniuses
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Great Britain
Aug 4, 2020
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22
minutes

Anyone can send a letter, anywhere in the world, and it will be hand-delivered to any country in the world, for less than the price of a cup of coffee.

How did we arrive at this system, and how does it all work? 

The World Bank
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76

The World Bank

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Economics
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Income inequality
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Politics
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World War II
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Poverty
Jul 31, 2020
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18
minutes

It's one of the world's most important financial institutions, but also one of the most controversial.

Discover what the World Bank actually is, how it works, what happens when it gets things right, and what happens when things go badly wrong.

The Camorra | Naples' Secret Society
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75

The Camorra | Naples' Secret Society

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Italy
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Crime
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The Mafia
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Drugs
Jul 28, 2020
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21
minutes

It's one of Italy's oldest and largest criminal organisations, and its story is inextricably linked to the city of Naples.

In today's episode we tell the story of the Camorra: how it got to where it is today, how one of the biggest bosses was found hiding in an old lady's house, and why the new generation may not be as smart as the last.

QAnon | America's Most Dangerous Conspiracy Theory?
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74

QAnon | America's Most Dangerous Conspiracy Theory?

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Donald Trump
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Conspiracy Theories
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The Internet
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USA
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US politics
Jul 24, 2020
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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?

Robert Maxwell | From Baron to Villain
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73

Robert Maxwell | From Baron to Villain

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Business
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British Class System
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Crime
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UK politics
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World War II
Jul 21, 2020
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15
minutes

Discover the story of the man who escaped the Nazis, built up a publishing empire in Great Britain, then died mysteriously off the coast of the Canary Islands after stealing £500 million from his employees’ pension pots.

The War On Drugs
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72

The War On Drugs

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Drugs
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USA
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Alcohol
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Crime
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Economics
Jul 17, 2020
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19
minutes
In 1971, Richard Nixon declared The War On Drugs. Almost 50 years later, in a war that has cost the US over a trillion dollars, we take a look at the effect that this war has had on society. Why was it declared, what actually happened, and who are the real winners?
The Great Game
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71

The Great Game

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Central Asia
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Russia
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Great Britain
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The Cold War
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Politics
Jul 14, 2020
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20
minutes

In the 19th century, young British and Russian men played a dangerous diplomatic game in central Asia.

Discover the unknown story of how these two empires fought for power in Afghanistan, and the men behind the story.

Human Rights
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70

Human Rights

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Philosophy
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Environment
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Politics
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Human Rights
Jul 10, 2020
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22
minutes

In 1948 the United Nations signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which set out the 30 'inalienable' rights that all humans on Earth should get at birth.

But where did this come from? How effectively does it actually work?

And what comes next for human rights?

Esperanto
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
69

Esperanto

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Language learning
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Weird history
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Geniuses
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History of language
Jul 7, 2020
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18
minutes

It's the world's most famous man-made language, and is spoken by up to 2 million people.

In this episode we take a look at the fantastic history of Esperanto, how it works, why people love it, why people fear it, and what has made it attract so many devoted followers.

What Happens When Languages Die?
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68

What Happens When Languages Die?

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Language learning
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History of language
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English speaking
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Philosophy
Jul 3, 2020
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20
minutes

There are 7,000 languages spoken across the world.

Yet 80% of the population speaks just 1.1% of the languages, and 43% of the languages are endangered.

What happens when they die out?

Five Unorthodox Inventions
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67

Five Unorthodox Inventions

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Alcohol
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Weird history
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Food & Drink
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Technology
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Entrepreneurship
Jun 30, 2020
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17
minutes

You probably know about the invention of the light bulb, the telephone, and the aeroplane.

But do you know anything about the weird history of brandy, the microwave oven, viagra, velcro, or the stethoscope?

It's time to tell the unorthodox stories of how these five inventions were discovered.

The Weird History of Madame Tussauds
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66

The Weird History of Madame Tussauds

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Weird history
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France
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Life in the UK
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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.

Bottled Water
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65

Bottled Water

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Consumption
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Environment
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Marketing
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Advertising
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Food & Drink
Jun 23, 2020
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22
minutes

It's now the most popular soft drink in the United States.

Yet 50 years ago barely anyone drunk it.

Today, we tell the story of how the world became addicted to bottled water.

The Hidden Cost of Food Delivery Apps
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64

The Hidden Cost of Food Delivery Apps

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Consumption
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Technology
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Entrepreneurship
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Food & Drink
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Marketing
Jun 19, 2020
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17
minutes

Food delivery apps have taken over cities across the world, promising delicious food at the tap of a button.

But is it really that simple?

In this episode we discuss what the rise of food delivery apps means for us, for restaurants, and for the people who do the deliveries.

The Disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi
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63

The Disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi

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True Crime
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The Catholic Church
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Crime
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Corruption
Jun 16, 2020
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22
minutes

In 1983, a 16 year old girl who lived in the Vatican City didn't return home after a music lesson.

This true story involves the pope, gangsters, Turkish ultra-nationalists, and The Vatican Bank.

It's time to tell the story of Emanuela Orlandi.

The Resource Curse
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62

The Resource Curse

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Economics
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Africa
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Gold
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Oil
Jun 12, 2020
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16
minutes

When a country finds gold, oil or diamonds, you might think this would be a good thing.

But in many cases, it is a curse for that country, and it would have been better off leaving its natural resources in the ground.

The Boss Who Paid Everyone $70,000
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61

The Boss Who Paid Everyone $70,000

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USA
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Business
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Income inequality
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Pandemic
Jun 9, 2020
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14
minutes

In 2015, the boss of an American company decided to pay every employee a minimum wage of $70,000, and cut his salary from $1.1M to $70,000.

Some people said he was mad, and it would never work. Others thought it was a fantastic decision.

In today's episode we tell the story of this company, and find out how it is doing 5 years later.

The British Sense of Humour
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60

The British Sense of Humour

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Life in the UK
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TV
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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.

The Great Exhibition
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59

The Great Exhibition

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London
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The Queen
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The Victorian Era
Jun 2, 2020
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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

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Economics
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Environment
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Global warming
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China
May 29, 2020
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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

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UK politics
May 26, 2020
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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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56

Turkmenistan

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Central Asia
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Russia
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The Cold War
May 22, 2020
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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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55

Weird Etymologies in English

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Romans
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English writing
May 19, 2020
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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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54

Harrods | The Playground of London's Rich & Famous

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London
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The Royal Family
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Entrepreneurship
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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 Dark Web
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53

The Dark Web

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Technology
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The Internet
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Hacking
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Drugs
May 12, 2020
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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

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Central Asia
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Weird history
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Entrepreneurship
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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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51

The Royal Family

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London
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The Royal Family
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The Queen
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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.

A Service Announcement
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50

A Service Announcement

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Leonardo English
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Entrepreneurship
May 5, 2020
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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

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Economics
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Food & Drink
May 1, 2020
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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

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World War I
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USA
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Pandemic
Apr 28, 2020
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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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47

Fox News // The Presidential Propaganda Machine

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USA
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US politics
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True Crime
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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.

The Taliban
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46

The Taliban

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The Cold War
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The Middle East
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Terrorism
Apr 21, 2020
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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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45

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

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London
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Kings & Queens
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Terrorism
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UK politics
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Life in the UK
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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44

The Man Who Cracked The Nazi Code

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World War II
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Hitler
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Geniuses
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Eccentric people
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.

Tulipmania // When Flowers Cost More Than Houses
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43

Tulipmania // When Flowers Cost More Than Houses

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Economics
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Weird history
Apr 10, 2020
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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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Episode
42

The Countries That Sell Their Passports

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Corruption
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Economics
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Russia
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Malta
Apr 7, 2020
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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

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True Crime
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Crime
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South America
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.

April Fool's Day
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Episode
40

April Fool's Day

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Weird history
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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 Truth About Pronunciation In English
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The Truth About Pronunciation In English

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Pronunciation
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English speaking
Mar 31, 2020
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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
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39

The Story Of A Fantastic Dictionary

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English writing
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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.

How To Write Effectively in English // George Orwell's Six Rules For Writing
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38

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

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English writing
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English books
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World War II
Mar 24, 2020
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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
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37

London’s Gin Craze // Mother’s Ruin

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Pandemic
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The Victorian Era
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Food & Drink
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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36

The Suffragettes // How Women Won The Vote

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World War I
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Women's rights
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The Royal Family
Mar 17, 2020
-
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?
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35

Is The World Really Running Out Of Sand?

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Global warming
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Economics
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Consumption
Mar 13, 2020
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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

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Language learning
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English writing
Mar 13, 2020
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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
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34

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

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Animals
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Food & Drink
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Consumption
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Economics
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Weird history
Mar 10, 2020
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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
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33

Universal Basic Income

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Economics
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Income inequality
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US politics
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Bernie Sanders
Mar 6, 2020
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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
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32

Henry VIII - The King With Six Wives

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Kings & Queens
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UK politics
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.

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

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Poetry
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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.

How Google Works
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31

How Google Works

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Technology
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The Internet
Feb 28, 2020
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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
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30

Jack The Ripper

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True Crime
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Crime
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The Victorian Era
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.

Palantir: The Most Important Company You’ve Never Heard Of
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29

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

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Donald Trump
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Technology
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Business
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USA
Feb 21, 2020
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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!
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28

Help!

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Leonardo English
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Entrepreneurship
Feb 19, 2020
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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
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27

North Korea - The Hermit Kingdom

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North Korea
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Russia
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China
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Weird history
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.

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

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Work life
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Business
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Philosophy
Feb 14, 2020
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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?
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25

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

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UK politics
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England
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Life in the UK
Feb 11, 2020
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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.

Part 2: The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Learning English (and How to Avoid Them)
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24

Part 2: The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Learning English (and How to Avoid Them)

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Language learning
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English speaking
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English writing
Feb 7, 2020
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19
minutes

It's time for Part 2 of our most common mistakes people make when learning English.

Learn about why you shouldn't worry about grammar, why 'survival' listening isn't the answer, why you don't need to go to an English-speaking country to learn English, and how to set yourself effective goals and not get disheartened.

Part 1: The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Learning English (and How to Avoid Them)
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23

Part 1: The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Learning English (and How to Avoid Them)

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English speaking
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English writing
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Language learning
Feb 4, 2020
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20
minutes

From how to get over the fear of opening your mouth to why you shouldn't speak too fast, we go into some of the most common mistakes English learners make, and how to avoid them.

How To Use A Dictionary (Properly) To Learn English
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How To Use A Dictionary (Properly) To Learn English

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Language learning
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English writing
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Vocabulary
Jan 31, 2020
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22
minutes

Have you always wondered how to properly use a dictionary to learn English?

Here are our top tips for how to use a dictionary to help you remember words and become a more effective English learner

Fake Meat
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22

Fake Meat

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Food & Drink
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Economics
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Business
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Global warming
Jan 31, 2020
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15
minutes

The fake meat industry is booming.

Today we take a look at why that is, and ask ourselves whether there will ever be a day that 'real' meat vanishes from our dinner tables altogether.

Conspiracy Theories
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Conspiracy Theories

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Disneyland
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US politics
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Propaganda
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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.

Carbon Offsetting
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Carbon Offsetting

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Global warming
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Economics
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Environment
Jan 24, 2020
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17
minutes

You've probably heard of carbon offsetting, and heard people praise it as one potential tool in the fight against climate change.

But how much do you really know about it?

In today's podcast we go into how it really works, why people love it, why others hate it, and discuss whether it's a positive or a negative force in the fight to prevent global warming.

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

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Food & Drink
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British Class System
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Life in the UK
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

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Food & Drink
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Life in the UK
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British Class System
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

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Food & Drink
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Jewish history
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The Victorian Era
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Life in the UK
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

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Food & Drink
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Life in the UK
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Romans
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 All The News So Negative? And What If It Wasn't?
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Why Is All The News So Negative? And What If It Wasn't?

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Philosophy
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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.

What Makes Babies The Ultimate Language Learners?
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What Makes Babies The Ultimate Language Learners?

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Language learning
Jan 3, 2020
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18
minutes

Why are babies so good at language learning, and what can we learn from them to make us better English students?

Today we take a look at 5 qualities that babies have that we should all incorporate into our language learning.

Why is New Year, New Year
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13

Why is New Year, New Year

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Romans
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Weird history
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

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Central Asia
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Russia
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The Cold War
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Uzbekistan
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

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The Victorian Era
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English books
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 Successful Advertising Slogans of All Time
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10

The Most Successful Advertising Slogans of All Time

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Business
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Advertising
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Life in the UK
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Marketing
Dec 20, 2019
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15
minutes

Today we take a look at three of the most successful advertising slogans of all time.

We'll explain how they work, why they work, and we'll go through any clever twists on language that they use.

Who Owns Space (And Why Does It Matter)?
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Who Owns Space (And Why Does It Matter)?

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Space
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The United Nations
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USA
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Russia
Dec 16, 2019
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12
minutes

We humans do a pretty good job of dividing up ownership of the world.

But what about beyond that?

Who owns space? Who decides who owns that, and why does it matter?

Who Owns The Sky (And Why Does It Matter)?
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8

Who Owns The Sky (And Why Does It Matter)?

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The United Nations
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Space
Dec 13, 2019
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12
minutes

Part 2 of our 3-part series on who owns the sea, sky and stars.

Ever wondered who actually owns the sky?

Today we'll discuss who owns it, why it's still not clear who does own most of it, and why that doesn't actually really matter.

Who Owns The Sea (And Why Does It Matter)?
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Who Owns The Sea (And Why Does It Matter)?

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The United Nations
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Malta
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USA
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China
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Japan
Dec 10, 2019
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18
minutes

Part 1 of our 3-part series of who owns the sea, sky and space.

Every wondered who actually owns the sea?

Learn about who actually owns 2/3 of the surface area of the world, why countries want to claim ownership of rocks in the middle of nowhere, and why this matters.

How Did The Russian Oligarchs Get So Rich?
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How Did The Russian Oligarchs Get So Rich?

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Corruption
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Russia
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Oligarchs
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The Cold War
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Entrepreneurship
Dec 6, 2019
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15
minutes

Ever wondered how the Russian oligarchs actually managed to get so rich?

Today we're going to be taking a look at how 22 men managed to gain control of 39% of Russia's entire economy, while the the rest of the country suffered.

You can then decide whether you agree with Putin, who in 2019 said "We do not have oligarchs in Russia anymore".

What is Soft Power (and why does it matter)?
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What is Soft Power (and why does it matter)?

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USA
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Donald Trump
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China
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Great Britain
Dec 2, 2019
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18
minutes

How do other countries win the political game without force?

Why is language such a fantastic tool to project power across the world? What is Donald Trump doing for US interests outside the US?

Learn about how soft power is a vital tool in the global diplomatic toolbox.

How To Use Podcasts To Learn English (Like A Boss)
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4

How To Use Podcasts To Learn English (Like A Boss)

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Leonardo English
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English speaking
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Language learning
Dec 2, 2019
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18
minutes

Ever wondered how you can use podcasts to learn English?

This episode explains why listening to podcasts is the serious English learner's secret weapon, how it is 10x more effective than watching videos on YouTube or Netflix, and why you should start doing it today.

We'll explain some of the best techniques to maximise your learning, and give you an actionable plan on what steps you can take today to use podcasts to improve your English speaking, listening, reading and writing.

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

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Crime
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Drugs
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Prison
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USA
Dec 2, 2019
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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.

The Places In The World Where Planes Can't Go
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2

The Places In The World Where Planes Can't Go

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Space
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Russia
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The Cold War
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Business
Dec 2, 2019
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10
minutes

Ever wondered if there are places in the world where planes can't fly?

From mountainous regions to hostile states, from theme parks to ancient temples, it's time to find out where planes can and can't fly.

Meet the English for Curious Minds Podcast
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Meet the English for Curious Minds Podcast

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Leonardo English
Dec 2, 2019
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14
minutes

Wondering what the English Learning for Curious Minds podcast is all about, who is behind it, and whether it's for you?

Well, this should clear things up. In today's inaugural episode, we'll cover who should be listening to the podcast (hint - if you want to improve your English and learn interesting things about the way the world works, this is you), who is behind the podcast (an English avid language learner), and talk about some of the quick things you can do to get the most out of the podcast.

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