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    • Hardcore History Podcast In "Hardcore History" journalist and broadcaster Dan Carlin takes his "Martian", unorthodox way of thinking and applies it to the past. Was Alexander the Great as bad a person as Adolf Hitler? What would Apaches with modern weapons be like? Will our modern civilization ever fall like civilizations from past eras? This isn't academic history (and Carlin isn't a historian) but the podcast's unique blend of high drama, masterful narration, and Twilight Zone-style twists has entertained millions of listeners. Click play_circle_filled to listen to an episodecancel

      Show 66 - Supernova in the East V - Dan Carlin's Hardcore History

      Can suicidal bravery and fanatical determination make up for material, industrial and numerical insufficiency? As the Asia-Pacific conflict turns against the Japanese these questions are put to the test. The results are nightmarish.
      1. Show 66 - Supernova in the East V
      2. Show 65 - Supernova in the East IV
    • BBC World Service Witness History Podcast History as told by the people who were there. Click play_circle_filled to listen to an episodecancel

      Legalising contraception in Ireland - Witness History

      Contraception wasn't easily accessible in Ireland until 1985. Activists spent years fighting for the right to control their fertility but faced opposition from the Roman Catholic church which traditionally played a central role in Irish society. Paul Moss has been hearing from Betty Purcell who was a teenager when she first started campaigning. Photo: a woman holding up a condom and some contraceptive pills. Credit: Getty Images.
      1. Legalising contraception in Ireland
      2. Why a British MP was filmed taking mescaline
    • BBC Radio 4 In Our Time Podcast Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas. Click play_circle_filled to listen to an episodecancel

      The Second Barons' War - In Our Time

      Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the years of bloody conflict that saw Simon de Montfort (1205-65) become the most powerful man in England, with Henry III as his prisoner. With others, he had toppled Henry in 1258 in a secret, bloodless coup and established provisions for more parliaments with broader representation, for which he was later known as the Father of the House of Commons. When Henry III regained power in 1261, Simon de Montfort rallied forces for war, with victory at Lewes in 1264 and defeat and dismemberment in Evesham the year after. Although praised for supporting parliaments, he also earned a reputation for unleashing dark, violent forces in English politics and, infamously, his supporters murdered hundreds of Jewish people in London and elsewhere. With David Carpenter Professor of Medieval History at King’s College London Louise Wilkinson Professor of Medieval Studies at the University of Lincoln And Sophie Thérèse Ambler Lecturer in Later Medieval British and European History at Lancaster University Producer: Simon Tillotson
      1. The Second Barons' War
      2. Ovid
    • BBC World Service The History Hour Podcast An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there. Click play_circle_filled to listen to an episodecancel

      The IRA hunger strikes - The History Hour

      The IRA hunger strikes of 1981 – Max Pearson hears from Suzanne Breen of the Belfast Telegraph about the impact of the hunger strikes in Northern Ireland. Plus, one man’s story of surviving Guantanamo Bay, how a French winemaker exposed a wine fraudster, feminist science fiction pioneer Ursula Le Guin, and cannabis coffee shops in Amsterdam.
      1. The IRA hunger strikes
      2. The killing of Osama Bin Laden
    • BBC World Service Witness History Podcast History as told by the people who were there. Click play_circle_filled to listen to an episodecancel

      'I just wanted to be white' - Witness History: Witness Black History

      In the immediate aftermath of World War Two, thousands of children were born to white German women and black American soldiers who were stationed in Allied-occupied Germany. The mixed-race infants were viewed with contempt by many Germans and endured constant abuse and racism. Black activist and author Ika Hügel-Marshall was one of the so-called "occupation babies". She tells Mike Lanchin about the painful struggle to discover her own identity as a result of the racism she experienced growing up black in post-war Germany. Photo: Ika as a young girl (Courtesy of Ika Hügel-Marshall)
      1. 'I just wanted to be white'
      2. Nasa's pioneering black women
    • BBC Radio 4 Homeschool History Podcast Fun history lessons for all the family, presented by Horrible Histories' Greg Jenner. Full of facts and jokes, the series brings to life a broad range of historical topics. Click play_circle_filled to listen to an episodecancel

      Mary Seacole - Homeschool History

      Join Greg Jenner for a fun Homeschool History lesson on the life of Mary Seacole. Follow her adventures as she travels the world in her ambition to always care for others. From life as the daughter of a hotelier in Jamaica to owner of the famous British Hotel in Crimea, where she volunteered to set up a business caring for injured soldiers, earning her the name Mother Seacole. The Athletic production for BBC Radio 4
      1. Mary Seacole
      2. Life in Roman Pompeii
    • HISTORY This Week Podcast This week, something momentous happened. Whether or not it made the textbooks, it most certainly made history. Join HISTORY This Week as we turn back the clock to meet the people, visit the places and witness the moments that led us to where we are today. Click play_circle_filled to listen to an episodecancel

      The Chinese Immigrants Who Built America - HISTORY This Week

      May 10, 1869. On the dusty, barren plains of Promontory Summit, Utah, a crowd is gathered to celebrate an American milestone – the completion of the transcontinental railroad, the first piece of infrastructure to connect the two sides of the United States. But this achievement didn’t come without great sacrifice, especially from Chinese immigrants, who made up more than 90% of the Central Pacific Railroad company workforce. How did these workers come to build what might be the most important transportation project in US history? And how were these Chinese immigrants accepted by American society, before the tides turned to violence and hate?Special thanks to Gordon Chang, professor of history at Stanford University and author of Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad (https://amzn.to/3hgDtOH).  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
      1. The Chinese Immigrants Who Built America
      2. Mother’s Day Mayhem
    • HISTORY It Was Said Podcast Written and narrated by Pulitzer-Prize winning author, Jon Meacham It Was Said tells the stories of those crucial words, taking listeners back to inflection points ranging from the McCarthy era to our present time through the real-time rhetoric that shaped and suffused America as the country struggled through storm and strife. Click play_circle_filled to listen to an episodecancel

      Welcome to Fate of Fact - It Was Said

      Welcome to a new audio documentary, Fate of Fact, a presentation of Shining City Audio, a C13Originals and Jon Meacham studio. Throughout the course of five episodes in season one, Pulitzer-Prize winning and best-selling historian, Jon Meacham and esteemed guests, will explore the question of how fear conquered truth, the history and origins of the strong grip misinformation and disinformation have on our politics , and how we got here today. Meacham will trace the roots of America’s prevailing culture of polarization, with an emphasis on why the right has chosen to break with a governing consensus that, however imperfect, was once embodied by the figurative conversation between Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan. Fate of Fact offers a historically grounded perspective on the forces that led to the presidency of Donald Trump and the insurrection of January 6—an attack on the Capitol and on democracy as grave as any American moment since the Civil War. ​ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
      1. Welcome to Fate of Fact
      2. John F. Kennedy, A Summons To Service
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