A father and son discuss things they are curious about from science and history to monsters and games. We look at the quirky and unusual from around the world as well as seeking out local history, events and characters. We keep it friendly and embrace what we discover - the world is an amazing, curious place.
43: 🔮 The History of Magic
Magic has a long and complex history. From the earliest times people have sought to understand and control the world around them. The Babylonians would be guided by celestial movements, the Romans would give young boys a Divine Phallus to ward off the evil eye. We start at the beginning and work our way through magical practice taking in stories of witchcraft, meetings with the devil and the burning of babies. Taking all we learn and armed with a powerful wand, divine protection and a handful of herbs we try our hand at magic and summon a banshee.
42: 🧒22 Orphans to Save the World - Intelligent Speech 2022
We were honoured to be invited to talk at Intelligent Speech 2022 on the theme of crossings. https://www.intelligentspeechconference.com/
We selected the Balmis expedition - a Spanish attempt to vaccinate their empire from smallpox in the early 1800s but in an age before air travel and refrigeration how do you transfer a delicate vaccine across the world’s oceans? Enter 22 orphans to save the world...
We had a few technical issues during recording but I have tried my best to clean the audio up.
41: 🦜 William Dampier, explorer, pirate, privateer, navigator, and naturalist
Ahoy me hearties, weight anchor and lets be off!
We look at the life of one of the most amazing but forgotten men of the 1600s, William Dampier. Ever curious he was an explorer, navigator, naturalist, writer and so much more. The author of A New Voyage Around the World, his accounts opened the world to the public. Never before had people experienced such exotic locations from their own homes or had such detailed descriptions of the world beyond their shores. From stories of raids on Spanish settlements in the Pacific to first setting step on the shores of Australia his vivid accounts were a world first. He inspired Charles Darwin, Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Swift, Alexander von Humboldt and many more. Sadly his more lawless acts would lead him, in the eyes of some, to be little more than a common pirate but we hope to show you just how wrong this is.
40: ⌛ What is time?
Time is one of the biggest mysteries of science but also one of the fundamental aspects of our reality. It’s nature has been discussed for centuries, from Aristotle to Newton to Einstein, we’ve sought answers but only found more questions as we’ve peeled back it’s layers. There is no fixed ‘now’, every point in space has it’s own flow of time. Does time even exist? How much of what we feel is simply our brain attempting to make sense of the world? Join Anton and me as we uncover it’s secrets.
Thank you to Ronan for allowing us to use his song When is the Future?
Written and produced by Ronan HarrisPublished by Schubert Music PublishingTaken from the VNV Nation album “Noire”
Bonus: 🍫 Guilty Chocolate, Anton’s prize winning short story
In this bonus episode we present Anton’s short story Guilty Chocolate read by Anton himself! He claimed second prize in the Guernsey Literary Festival WriteStuff competition judged by leading international author Anthony Horowitz.
The competition gave students the following brief: ‘Write an imaginary 300 word story inspired by Detectives or Spies’. Anton’s story was described as ‘a very dark and mature story that relates closely to world events right now. The title nails it and the whole piece is horribly believable.’
This is also the first time Anton ever edited an episode, choosing the music, cleaning up audio and more.
39: 🎈The ‘True History’ of Flight
Legend tells of an early pioneer of rocketry who, in 1633, blasted off over Istanbul in celebration of the birth of the Sultan’s daughter. There are stories of an eccentric French couple flying horses and bulls into the sky to entertain the masses. There were inventors who saw the future of travel in personal balloons that allowed us to bound across the landscape as if we were an astronaut on the moon. These tales my sound absurd by they are the ‘True History’ of mankind’s obsession with flight. Join us as we discover some of history’s craziest people who put entertainment and progress ahead of their mortality!
There’s something charming about a father chatting with his son on topics as diverse as perception and hazlenuts. Every epsiode they take a look at something new, it could be historical or science or anything else. It is very mixed and varied but you’ll learn something every time whatever your age.
Fantastic, fun and fact full!
This is a really great podcast between a dad and his son. Don’t be put off by a young host, this show works for all ages. They cover a lot of topics in a charming manner and it's a good fun listen. I like how when looking at something such as oxen or farts they will talk about history, science, culture and folklore. The hosts try and take a broad observation of each subject.
Great wholsome effort
This is a fun podcast! Each episode is getting better over time, you can tell they are getting the hang of it.
As a father, it gives me the inspiration to feed my young children with all the wild and wacky facts of the world, fuel their imagination!
It's not just for kids! Give it a listen, I swear you'll learn lots you didn't know. (Think QI but done by a father and son!)