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    Adolf Hitler: Unassailable Führer

    Adolf Hitler: Unassailable Führer

    This episode will be available for free on February 8th 2023. For instant access, ad-free listening and exclusive content, join Noiser+.

    This is Part 15 of the Hitler Story. You can start listening here. Or, scroll down the Real Dictators feed for episodes on Hitler’s early years and rise to power.

    We pick up the tale in the mid-1930s. From struggling artist to veteran soldier of the trenches, now Hitler is transformed into Germany’s dictator. The new Third Reich is in the spotlight at the Berlin Olympics. Behind the scenes, the armed forces expand at an alarming rate. The infamous Nuremberg Laws are unveiled. And Hitler dispatches an old friend on a suicide mission…

    A Noiser production, written by Jeff Dawson.

    Robert Mugabe Part 4: A Game of Thrones

    Robert Mugabe Part 4: A Game of Thrones

    At the age of 93, Mugabe’s days in office are numbered. But the succession crisis threatens to tear Zimbabwe apart. In South Africa, exiles hatch an extraordinary plan to oust him. And when the dictator’s own wife throws her hat into the ring, Mugabe’s house of cards will begin tumbling down…
    A Noiser production, written by Duncan Barrett.
    This is Part 4 of 4.
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    • 58 min
    Robert Mugabe Part 3: Zimbabwe’s Tsunami

    Robert Mugabe Part 3: Zimbabwe’s Tsunami

    After two decades in office, Mugabe has already shown himself to be a tyrant. At the dawn of the 21st century, the outside world sits up and takes notice. Mugabe seizes white-owned farms and drags his country into the greatest economic crisis since the Wall Street Crash. But the resistance is growing stronger…
    A Noiser production, written by Duncan Barrett.
    This is Part 3 of 4.
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    • 52 min
    Robert Mugabe Part 2: The Leopard’s True Spots…

    Robert Mugabe Part 2: The Leopard’s True Spots…

    Mugabe is now the leader of independent Zimbabwe. But behind the façade of democracy, he is already governing through fear. Emboldened, he unleashes a campaign of genocide on his opponents. For now, for the most part, the international community turns a blind eye. But the arrival of a new prime minister - not in Zimbabwe but in faraway Britain - will herald Mugabe’s first great crisis…
    A Noiser production, written by Duncan Barrett.
    This is Part 2 of 4.
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    • 53 min
    Robert Mugabe Part 1: The Young Scholar

    Robert Mugabe Part 1: The Young Scholar

    For almost four decades, Robert Mugabe held the reins of power in Zimbabwe with an iron grip. As a youthful idealist, he led a revolutionary movement that put his country back in African hands. But once in power, he presided over a regime of brutality and jaw-dropping corruption. So what events helped form Mugabe? And how did he manoeuvre himself from obscurity to power?
    A Noiser production, written by Duncan Barrett.
    This is Part 1 of 4.
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    • 54 min
    Robert Mugabe: Coming Soon on Real Dictators…

    Robert Mugabe: Coming Soon on Real Dictators…

    Beginning Wednesday November 9th. We’re in Zimbabwe for the extraordinary story of Robert Mugabe.
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    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
172 Ratings

172 Ratings

Russell from New Zealand ,

Fascinating podcast A++ !

Hello from New Zealand. This podcast series is amazing - making hard history accessible and giving us the signposts of certain rising leaders we need to be aware of …

devdanuse ,

Perfect all round

One of the best podcasts I’ve ever listened to.

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Great context until I had to pay for it

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