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Billy, Anna and their weekly guest chat about a historical figure or group, how history might have been different if they disappeared, and how they'd fit into today.

Blast From The Past Anna Staufenberg, Billy Brake

    • Geschiedenis

Billy, Anna and their weekly guest chat about a historical figure or group, how history might have been different if they disappeared, and how they'd fit into today.

    Mao Zedong

    Mao Zedong

    Tom, Billy and Anna talk about the dictatorial reign of Chairman Mao, from the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949 to his death in 1976. We cover a lot - China's industry, Tibetan Buddhism, Taiwan, whether Jesus was a cult figure... More importantly though, Billy introduces us to the future of Brakeism, The Billy Brake School of Thought. Music kindly provided by Kabbalistic Village.

    • 37 min.
    Marsha P Johnson

    Marsha P Johnson

    Izzy joins us again to talk about a fascinating person this week - drag queen, AIDS and queer activist Marsha P Johnson. How did her persona and activism influence those around her, and into the modern day? Would she have been forced to fight the same fight in 2020 as in the 60s and 70s? Music kindly provided by Kabbalistic Village.

    • 28 min.
    Muhammed Ali

    Muhammed Ali

    Dan joins us again for a fascinating chat about Ali the person and Ali the boxer - and how the two converged to make a formidable figure who still impacts political activism today.
    Music kindly provided by Kabbalistic Village.

    • 26 min.
    Martin Luther

    Martin Luther

    Weirdly knowledgable Tom joins us again for our Luther episode. What really was he fighting for?Might the German language have developed differently without him? And can he really be linked to the Pilgrims who escaped to America - or are we getting carried away with ourselves..?! Music kindly provided by Kabbalistic Village.

    • 30 min.
    Margaret Thatcher

    Margaret Thatcher

    Billy, Anna and Dan argue about the impact that Maggie had - on British culture, governments to come, the North, and our relationship with America vs. the EU.

    Music kindly provided by Kabbalistic Village.

    • 29 min.
    Frida Kahlo

    Frida Kahlo

    Billy and Anna invite Spanish and Central American megafan Izzy into the studio to talk about the patchwork of influence that Frida Kahlo had on the world.
    Would Mexican national identity look different today without her? Has she really strengthened the position of various other oppressed groups? And what about her influence on art?

    Music kindly provided by Kabbalistic Village.

    • 29 min.

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