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    Robert Mugabe Part 4: A Game of Thrones

    Robert Mugabe Part 4: A Game of Thrones

    At the age of 93, Mugabe’s days in office are numbered. But the succession crisis threatens to tear Zimbabwe apart. In South Africa, exiles hatch an extraordinary plan to oust him. And when the dictator’s own wife throws her hat into the ring, Mugabe’s house of cards will begin tumbling down…
    A Noiser production, written by Duncan Barrett.
    This is Part 4 of 4.
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    • 58 min
    Robert Mugabe Part 3: Zimbabwe’s Tsunami

    Robert Mugabe Part 3: Zimbabwe’s Tsunami

    After two decades in office, Mugabe has already shown himself to be a tyrant. At the dawn of the 21st century, the outside world sits up and takes notice. Mugabe seizes white-owned farms and drags his country into the greatest economic crisis since the Wall Street Crash. But the resistance is growing stronger…
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    This is Part 3 of 4.
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    • 52 min
    Robert Mugabe Part 2: The Leopard’s True Spots…

    Robert Mugabe Part 2: The Leopard’s True Spots…

    Mugabe is now the leader of independent Zimbabwe. But behind the façade of democracy, he is already governing through fear. Emboldened, he unleashes a campaign of genocide on his opponents. For now, for the most part, the international community turns a blind eye. But the arrival of a new prime minister - not in Zimbabwe but in faraway Britain - will herald Mugabe’s first great crisis…
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    This is Part 2 of 4.
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    • 53 min
    Robert Mugabe Part 1: The Young Scholar

    Robert Mugabe Part 1: The Young Scholar

    For almost four decades, Robert Mugabe held the reins of power in Zimbabwe with an iron grip. As a youthful idealist, he led a revolutionary movement that put his country back in African hands. But once in power, he presided over a regime of brutality and jaw-dropping corruption. So what events helped form Mugabe? And how did he manoeuvre himself from obscurity to power?
    A Noiser production, written by Duncan Barrett.
    This is Part 1 of 4.
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    • 54 min
    Robert Mugabe: Coming Soon on Real Dictators…

    Robert Mugabe: Coming Soon on Real Dictators…

    Beginning Wednesday November 9th. We’re in Zimbabwe for the extraordinary story of Robert Mugabe.
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    Lenin Part 4: Ghost at the Kremlin

    Lenin Part 4: Ghost at the Kremlin

    With power finally in Bolshevik hands, state terror arrives in Russia. The Soviet Union is born. But, installed in Red Square, Lenin’s health is ailing. Will his creation live on beyond his death? And which of his lieutenants, jostling for position, will take up the baton?
    A Noiser production, written by Dan Smith.
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    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
860 Ratings

860 Ratings

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Exceptional!

I have always been fascinated by history and had some understanding of most dictators. These episodes bring so much valuable information, depth and insight to the subject in an engaging and easy listening format. I’m thoroughly enjoying it. Thank you for all the effort that must have gone into such well researched content.

beemer dave ,

Fantastic

Extremely well researched & presented. High quality production values. Complex history presented in an engaging & accessible way. I don’t have the time to sit and read a 6 inch thick book on the life of Pol Pot but I can listen to a pod cast about him while I work. I get an excellent overview of his life and machinations concentrating on the most salient points. Anybody who expects a pod cast like this to present an in depth coverage of every aspect of an individuals life, their times and how the effects of that time ripple through history is missing the point.
This gives the bones and structure to begin to pique interest, then its time to pick up the six inch book and go deeper.

Yonca from Perth WA ,

Beautiful Story Telling

This is a very insightful and informative podcast. The story telling is the most outstanding and it makes it very engaging. Thank you for the producer and contributors.
Yonca Crew

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