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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.

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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 106: The First Circumnavigation of the Earth

    Episode 106: The First Circumnavigation of the Earth

    In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the adventures and misadventures involved with the very first circumnavigation of the Earth, a story closely associated with Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan.

    Episode 105: Hamilton vs. Burr

    Episode 105: Hamilton vs. Burr

    In this episode of Half-Arsed History, uncover the real story behind the famous duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr - how their careers intertwined, how their rivalry developed, and what fatal consequences therefore resulted. 

    Episode 104: Joseph Bologne, Virtuosic Swordsman

    Episode 104: Joseph Bologne, Virtuosic Swordsman

    In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the life story of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges - who was born to an African slave but went on to become a musician, composer, swordsman, abolitionist, soldier, and revolutionary. 

    Episode 103: The Insurrection Act of 1807

    Episode 103: The Insurrection Act of 1807

    In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the mixed legacy of the Insurrection Act of 1807, a two-hundred-year-old piece of American legislation that has been used in the pursuit of both fair-minded justice and horrific oppression, firmly consigning those who invoked it either to the right or the wrong side of history. 

    Episode 102: The History of Clocks, Part 2

    Episode 102: The History of Clocks, Part 2

    In this episode of Half-Arsed History, explore the more recent history of timekeeping and clocks, including John Harrison's marine chronometer, how wristwatches eclipsed pocketwatches, and finally how quartz and atomic watches brought us into the twenty-first century. 

    Episode 101: The History of Clocks, Part 1

    Episode 101: The History of Clocks, Part 1

    In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the first half of the very interesting history of the humble clock, from its origins as a sundial and water clock, through to the technological developments that led to the first mechanical clocks, pendulum clocks, and pocket watches.

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

sfgoisogiu ,

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"

LilaIPhone ,

Love it!

Simply great, love your style and content!

XCrocer ,

Great in every sense of the word!

Riley Knight is an amazing storyteller delivering fringe snippets of history with his signature style of comedy.

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