61 episodes

The history podcast for people who don't like history... and those who do. Greg Jenner brings together the best names in comedy and history to learn and laugh about the past.

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    • 4.8 • 19 Ratings

The history podcast for people who don't like history... and those who do. Greg Jenner brings together the best names in comedy and history to learn and laugh about the past.

    Prohibition in the USA

    Prohibition in the USA

    Greg Jenner is joined by historian Prof Sarah Churchwell and comedian Kemah Bob in 1920s USA to hear about the implementation and after effects of Prohibition. From bootleggers to speakeasies, we learn the origins of the Prohibition Laws and discover why a movement designed to encourage temperance backfired.

    Produced by Cornelius Mendez
    Script by Greg Jenner and Emma Nagouse
    Research by Tim Galsworthy

    A production by The Athletic for BBC Radio 4.

    • 51 min
    Sacagawea

    Sacagawea

    Greg Jenner is joined by historian Prof Katrina Phillips and comedian Alex Edelman in the 19th century to meet an icon of American history, Sacagawea. Hired to lead Jefferson’s Corps of Discovery through the newly acquired Louisiana territories at just 16 years old, Sacagawea was responsible for the lives of the corps and her "man-baby" husband as well as her actual baby who she gave birth to mid-expedition. Her heroics along the course of the journey are well documented but why is there no record of any first-hand account from the woman herself?

    Produced by Cornelius Mendez
    Script by Greg Jenner and Emma Nagouse
    Research by Charlotte Potter

    A production by The Athletic for BBC Radio 4.

    • 50 min
    Becoming America

    Becoming America

    Greg Jenner is joined by historian Prof Joanne Freeman and comedian Chris Addison in the 18th century to look at the birth of a nation as America takes its first steps after achieving independence from the British. Where did party politics come from? How were Vice Presidents originally selected? Why was Washington DC chosen as the capital? Did George Washington really have a special presidential suit? And just why did Jefferson keep a mammoth cheese in the lobby?

    Produced by Cornelius Mendez
    Script by Greg Jenner and Emma Nagouse
    Research by Tim Galsworthy

    A production by The Athletic for BBC Radio 4.

    • 51 min
    The Harlem Renaissance

    The Harlem Renaissance

    In the first of five special episodes on US history, Greg Jenner is joined by Prof Emily Bernard and Roy Wood Jr in 1920s New York as they take a look at the movers and shakers of the Harlem Renaissance. Walk through one of Harlem's infamous rent parties and meet the greatest icons and minds from music, politics and the literary world during a cultural revolution.

    Produced by Cornelius Mendez
    Script by Greg Jenner and Emma Nagouse
    Research by Harry Prance, Jess White, Tim Galsworthy

    A production by The Athletic for BBC Radio 4.

    • 51 min
    Chevalier de Saint-Georges

    Chevalier de Saint-Georges

    Greg Jenner is joined by historian Prof Olivette Otele and comedian Sophie Duker in 18th century France to meet the Chevalier de Saint-Georges. Born the son of a slave and a white plantation owner, he lived a remarkable life in France, becoming a master fencer, violin virtuoso, composer, confident of Marie Antoinette and a revolutionary. He is regarded as one of the most significant composers of the 18th century and Mozart is widely regarded to have had major beef with him. So why is his story mostly unknown?

    Produced by Cornelius Mendez
    Script by Greg Jenner and Emma Nagouse
    Research by Lloyd Roberts

    A production by The Athletic for BBC Radio 4.

    • 51 min
    Old Norse Literature

    Old Norse Literature

    Greg Jenner is joined by historian Dr Janina Ramirez and comedian Kae Kurd in medieval Iceland to delve into the world of old Norse literature. It's full of elves, giants, trolls, gods, deadly mistletoe and eight-legged horse babies. Anything goes in a world created from the decapitated body of a giant where a squirrel runs communications! But what was the ultimate purpose of these stories? Who wrote them? And what do they teach us about Viking culture?

    Produced by Cornelius Mendez
    Script by Greg Jenner and Emma Nagouse
    Research by Charlotte Potter & Hannah Mackenzie

    A production by The Athletic for BBC Radio 4.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

kuvipbip ,

You have a remarkable sense of humor.

You have a remarkable sense of humor.

Smuggenheim ,

A great listen

What a lovely combination of history and comedy!

yas84a ,

Great podcast!

Highly entertaining and informative. The comedian/historian combo is a genius pedagogic strategy.

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