30 episodes

The less-than-serious history podcast with stand up comedian Angela Barnes (The News Quiz, Mock The Week and Live at The Apollo) and writer John O'Farrell (An Utterly Impartial History of Britain, Things Can Only Get Better, Spitting Image). In each podcast our two history nerds discuss, explain and laugh at interesting and quirky episodes from the olden days, such as East German Nudism, Spy Pigeons or Vlad the Impaler. Angela and John’s in-depth knowledge of world history has been described as ‘laughable’ - and now they read the history books so that you don't have to. The We Are History podcast - not as world-changing as the Black Death, but slightly funnier.

We Are History Angela Barnes and John O'Farrell

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The less-than-serious history podcast with stand up comedian Angela Barnes (The News Quiz, Mock The Week and Live at The Apollo) and writer John O'Farrell (An Utterly Impartial History of Britain, Things Can Only Get Better, Spitting Image). In each podcast our two history nerds discuss, explain and laugh at interesting and quirky episodes from the olden days, such as East German Nudism, Spy Pigeons or Vlad the Impaler. Angela and John’s in-depth knowledge of world history has been described as ‘laughable’ - and now they read the history books so that you don't have to. The We Are History podcast - not as world-changing as the Black Death, but slightly funnier.

    Eurovision

    Eurovision

    That's enough plague and war - for the last show of the series we talk about the really serious stuff - the history of the Eurovision Song Contest.
     
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    • 50 min
    Kim Il Sung and the creation of North Korea

    Kim Il Sung and the creation of North Korea

    How the cult of the Kim family turned North Korea into a dynastic Communist dictatorship, where public displays of love for the leader are compulsory and laughing at his haircut is not recommended.
     
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    • 50 min
    Harold Moody and the League of Coloured Peoples

    Harold Moody and the League of Coloured Peoples

    How one Jamaican man living in Peckham in the 1930s set about fighting institutional racism, when only the entire British Empire depended on it.
     
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    • 42 min
    Stonehenge

    Stonehenge

    Why was Stonehenge built? Who worshiped there and why did they stop? (Answer; No one knows, so this is a very short episode.)
     
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    • 43 min
    Tulip Fever - Amsterdam 1637; the first financial crash?

    Tulip Fever - Amsterdam 1637; the first financial crash?

    How tulips from Amsterdam became the first get-rich-quick scheme, until it turned out that the early Dutch capitalists had invented the financial crash.
     
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    • 54 min
    Railway Mania

    Railway Mania

    How the railways meant that after thousands of years being stuck in the same village, the British could suddenly go anywhere and everywhere - until one day tragedy struck; leaves on the line at Didcot Parkway.
     
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    • 49 min

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