47 episodes

A modern history podcast inspired by the lyrics of Billy Joel. Billy didn’t just write an unforgettable smash-hit with ‘We Didn’t Start The Fire’, he also created the most fascinating, random and original history of the post-war world. Each episode, a new lyric and a fresh subject, all presented by Katie Puckrik and Tom Fordyce. It's politics, rock 'n' roll, sport, space, television, the Cold War, explored and explained by historians, eyewitnesses, and mega-fans. Billy started it. We're going to finish it. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @spreadthatfire, or share your thoughts and stories with us fire@crowdnetwork.co.uk.

We Didn't Start the Fire: The History Podcast Crowd Network

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A modern history podcast inspired by the lyrics of Billy Joel. Billy didn’t just write an unforgettable smash-hit with ‘We Didn’t Start The Fire’, he also created the most fascinating, random and original history of the post-war world. Each episode, a new lyric and a fresh subject, all presented by Katie Puckrik and Tom Fordyce. It's politics, rock 'n' roll, sport, space, television, the Cold War, explored and explained by historians, eyewitnesses, and mega-fans. Billy started it. We're going to finish it. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @spreadthatfire, or share your thoughts and stories with us fire@crowdnetwork.co.uk.

    Davy Crockett

    Davy Crockett

    Davy was a real man born in the late 1700s, but in the 1950s he became a glossy star when Walt Disney brought his life and legend onto America's TV screens. Renowned Disney scholar Dr Amy Davis joins Katie and Tom to introduce them to the King of the Wild Frontier, and the question we're all asking is: can you grin a bear to death..?
     
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    • 36 min
    Brooklyn's Got a Winning Team

    Brooklyn's Got a Winning Team

    And it's a baseball hat-trick! In 1955, young Billy took to the streets to scream and shout as the Brooklyn Dodgers finally beat the Yankees in the World Series. But who were the Dodgers, and why was this win such a huge deal? Sports nut, ex-player and journalist Josh Chetwynd joins Tom and Katie for the third baseball episode, to take them back to 1950s Brooklyn.
     
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    • 28 min
    James Dean

    James Dean

    In late September 1955, a Porsche Spyder was speeding along Route 466 when it crashed into a small Ford head on. The driver of the Porsche was dead by the time he reached the hospital. He was 24. Who was James Dean, and how did he get to this point? His love of acting, his raw emotion, his tight-lipped father, and the memory of his mother. Our guest this week is Jake Lambert, a comedian, but more importantly a huge James Dean fan, and he's here to show that when it comes to Jimmy, there are two sides to every story.
     
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    • 45 min
    Einstein

    Einstein

    'What! Einstein?', you say? 'Yuk, physics', you moan? Trust us. This one's a banger. Brain box eccentric and best-selling author David Bodanis is in the studio with Tom and Katie, and he's blowing their brains apart with his best E=MC2 facts and most enthralling Albert crazy-hair Einstein stories. You'll come away with dinner-conversation-worthy nuggets on quantum entanglement, the speed of light, and the atomic bomb. We weren't expecting it either.
     
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    • 43 min
    Rock Around The Clock

    Rock Around The Clock

    You know the tune. You know the beat. That song. It just makes you want to get up and twist. And it clearly made Billy twist, because he's making us do a whole episode about it. Music journalist and author Peter Doggett joins Katie and Tom to dive into the early world of rock 'n roll, and the complex, tragic character of Bill Haley and his Comets.
     
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    • 41 min
    BILLY JOEL

    BILLY JOEL

    It's here. The big one. We can't believe it either. Katie and Tom are quivering with excitement as they sit down opposite the guy who started this whole thing. The world's best history teacher. The one who's led them on this rollercoaster of Cold War chaos. Because of him, they've learnt about Korea, Nixon, plastic, Marilyn, bombs, musicals. So we want to know: Why Studebaker, Billy? Why all that baseball? Where's Muhammed Ali? What's with the tune? These are the questions we've been asking for the past nine months. And they're finally going to be answered. That's right. It's Billy Joel.
     
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    • 38 min

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