Welcome along to Half-Arsed History! It's a weekly podcast highlighting absurd and entertaining stories from history. For around half an hour a week, it also makes your host Riley Knight feel as though his useless history degree has some kind of real-world relevance.
Episode 146: The Final Voyage of the Whaleship Essex
In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the tragic tale of the whaleship Essex, the real-life inspiration for Herman Melville's Moby-Dick - a story of what happened when a giant whale attacked a ship in the middle of the Pacific.
Episode 145: The Suez Canal
In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the long and very interesting history of one of the world's most important waterways, the Suez Canal, and hear about just how many times it's been blocked up over the years.
Episode 144: Assassination attempts on Fidel Castro
In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn about all the ridiculous stories behind the times the CIA tried - and failed - to assassinate Fidel Castro, the president of Cuba.
Episode 143: The Four Great Inventions
In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the stories of the Four Great Inventions from ancient China, and how they've impacted the modern world: the compass, papermaking, woodblock printing, and gunpowder.
Episode 142: Marie Sklodowska Curie
In this episode of Half-Arsed History, uncover the life story of Marie Sklodowska Curie, a brilliant pioneering scientist who faced significant challenges both inside and outside the lab - but one who still managed to be the first person ever to win two Nobel Prizes.
Episode 141: Alcibiades
In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the tale of Alcibiades: general, diplomat, politician, traitor and turncoat (more than a few times), and an absolute lothario, who influenced the course of the famous Peloponnesian War.
Really grate mix of silly fun and serious takes.
Super funny and interesting!
A podcast where historical facts are presented in the most entertaining stories with a reoccurring theme of "it for only worse from there"
Great in every sense of the word!
Riley Knight is an amazing storyteller delivering fringe snippets of history with his signature style of comedy.