A history podcast discussing various cultural genres which reference the First World War, including detective fiction, Star Wars and death metal music, and ask why the First World War has particular popular cultural relevance.
National WWI Museum and Memorial
How do you stage an exhibition on POWs at a museum?
This month we're joined by Lora Vogt from the National WW1 Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, to discuss their new exhibition: 'Captured'. Along the way, we talk about how POWs have been obscured from modern memory, the benefits of online content, and how to make someone drive five days across America.
All Quiet on the Western Front (2022)
What happens when you convert a seminal First World War novel into a big budget film?
This month Angus, Jessica, and Chris discuss the 2022 Netflix version of All Quiet on the Western Front. Along the way they debate the importance of timeline changes, the film's use of violence, and pitch a few alternative films to any listeners from Hollywood.
Lewis Millstone, All Quiet on the Wester Front (1930)
Delbert Mann, All Quiet on the Western Front (1979)
Abel Gance, J'accuse (1919)
Saul Dibb, Journey's End (2017)
37 Days (2014)
Sam Mendes, 1917 (1919)
Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front (1928)
Frederic Manning, Her Privates We (1929)
rottentomatoes.com, All Quiet on the Western Front
Postcards from the Western Front
What happened when people wanted to visit the battlefields of the First World War?
This month we're rejoined by Prof Mark Connelly (University of Kent) to discuss his new book Postcards from the Western Front: Pilgrims, Veterans, and Tourists after the Great War. Along the way we discuss ownership of the battlefields, issues of infrastructure for tourists, and what happens if your mum visits you in the trenches.
Giantpoppywatch - Commemoration and Remembrance
How do you commemorate the First World War in the age of social media?
This month we take a look at the @giantpoppywatch twitter account and discuss the various ways people seem to commemorate the war. Along the way we discuss armistice balls, yarn bombing, and which muppet is the most respectful.
The Thirty-Nine Steps
This month Jessica, Angus and Chris discuss John Buchan's 1915 novel The Thirty-Nine Steps. Along the way they discuss the importance of the Scottish countryside, the deviousness of espionage, and why you should never get in a car with Richard Hanney.
WARNING: This episode contains references to racist language and ideas from the early 20th century.
John Buchan, The Thirty-Nine Steps (1915)
John Buchan, Greenmantle (1916)
John Buchan, Mr Standfast (1919)
Alfred Hitchcock, The 39 Steps (1935)
Ralph Thomas, The 39 Steps (1959)
Don Sharp, The 39 Steps (1978)
James Hawes, The 39 Steps (2008)
Orson Welles, The 39 Steps (1938)
Ben Schott, Jeeves and the King of Clubs (2018)
Sapper, Bulldog Drummond (1920)
The Red Baron
How do you portray the most famous flying ace of the First World War?
This month we're joined by Prof Ingrid Sharp (Leeds) to discuss Baron Manfred von Richtofen also known as 'The Red Baron'. Along the way we examine the ways his myth evolved during the war, the ways he was appropriated by the Nazis, and the threat he posed to Snoopy.
If you would like to join Chris for the launch of his new book The History and Politics of Star Wars: Death Stars and Democracy, the event is on August 13, 2022 at 11AM PST / 1PM CST / 7PM BST. You can find the registration details here.
The Red Baron (2008)
Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
Revenge of the Red Baron (1994)
Joyeux Noel (2005)
Red Baron (1990 video game)
John Buchan, Mr Standfast (1919)
WE Johns, Biggles
Chris Kempsall, The History and Politics of Star Wars (2022)
Manfred von Richthofen, Der rote Kampfflieger (1917)
Baroness Kunigunde von Richthofen, Mein Kriegstagebuch (1937)
Charles Schulz, Snoopy vs the Red Baron