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The comedy podcast that takes history seriously. Greg Jenner brings together the best names in comedy and history to learn and laugh about the past.

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The comedy podcast that takes history seriously. Greg Jenner brings together the best names in comedy and history to learn and laugh about the past.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
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    LGBTQ Life in Weimar Germany

    LGBTQ Life in Weimar Germany

    In this episode, Greg Jenner is joined in twentieth-century Germany by Dr Bodie Ashton and comedian Jordan Gray to learn all about LGBTQ life and culture during the Weimar Republic. After the failure of the First World War and the abdication of Kaiser Wilhelm II, German politics underwent something of a revolution. With the end of the old imperial order came the questioning of its conservative social values, and feminist and socialist campaigners sought to rethink old assumptions about gender roles, family life and sexuality. Part of this included a flourishing of LGBTQ life and culture in the 1920s and early 1930s. In this episode, Greg and his guests explore the political and economic circumstances of Weimar Germany, queer club culture, magazines and filmmaking; alongside research into sexuality and campaigns for transgender and gay liberation, to discover why Weimar Germany was such a focal point for LGBTQ life in this period.

    Hosted by: Greg Jenner
    Research by: Jon Norman Mason
    Written by: Emmie Rose Price-Goodfellow, Emma Nagouse, and Greg Jenner
    Produced by: Emmie Rose Price-Goodfellow and Greg Jenner
    Audio Producer: Steve Hankey
    Production Coordinator: Ben Hollands
    Senior Producer: Emma Nagouse
    Executive Editor: James Cook

    • 56 min
    Mary Anning

    Mary Anning

    In this episode, Greg Jenner is joined in nineteenth-century England by Dr Michael Taylor and comedian Sara Pascoe to learn all about pioneering palaeontologist Mary Anning. Born to a cabinet-maker father who collected and sold fossils to make extra money, Anning went fossil hunting from a young age. Over the course of her life, she discovered complete ichthyosaur, plesiosaur and pterosaur skeletons, and made great contributions to the emerging discipline of palaeontology. But she was also shut out by the largely male scientific establishment. This episode charts her extraordinary life story, exploring the significance of her discoveries against the background of nineteenth-century debates about religion and science and controversies around the age of the earth.

    Hosted by: Greg Jenner
    Research by: Annabel Storr
    Written by: Emmie Rose Price-Goodfellow, Emma Nagouse, and Greg Jenner
    Produced by: Emmie Rose Price-Goodfellow and Greg Jenner
    Audio Producer: Steve Hankey
    Production Coordinator: Ben Hollands
    Senior Producer: Emma Nagouse
    Executive Editor: James Cook

    • 56 min
    Printing in England

    Printing in England

    In this episode, Greg Jenner is joined in 15th-Century England by Dr Lydia Zeldenrust and comedian Robin Ince to learn all about the early history of book printing. 2024 marks the 550th anniversary of the first book printed in English: a history of Troy, produced in 1474 by William Caxton. In the decades that followed, numerous printing shops would be set up across the country, and a huge variety of texts printed, including those that carried potentially dangerous ideas. Starting with the origins of printing in East Asia, this episode explores the first century of printing in England, looking at how books were produced and by whom, what sorts of texts were being printed, who was reading them, and how the state reacted to this new industry.

    Hosted by: Greg Jenner
    Research by: Jon Norman Mason
    Written by: Emmie Rose Price-Goodfellow, Emma Nagouse, and Greg Jenner
    Produced by: Emmie Rose Price-Goodfellow and Greg Jenner
    Audio Producer: Steve Hankey
    Production Coordinator: Ben Hollands
    Senior Producer: Emma Nagouse
    Executive Editor: James Cook

    • 56 min
    Announcing Series 8

    Announcing Series 8

    We’re back! Greg Jenner previews the topics and guest coming up in the new series of You're Dead To Me which starts on Friday 5 July, 2024.

    • 1 min
    Emma of Normandy (Radio Edit)

    Emma of Normandy (Radio Edit)

    Greg Jenner is joined by Professor Elizabeth Tyler and comedian Jen Brister in early medieval England to learn all about Queen Emma of Normandy. Emma was wife to two English kings – Aethelred and Cnut – and mother to two more, Harthacnut and Edward the Confessor. She was a key player in the complex politics of 11th-Century England, and symbolised the overlapping English, Norman and Scandinavian identities at play in England even before the Norman conquest of 1066. This episode traces Emma’s life from her childhood in Normandy, through her marriages to the English Aethelred and Danish Cnut, and into her final years as mother to the king. Along the way, it explores Emma’s political savvy, and the messy family relationships that shaped early medieval English history.
    This is a radio edit of the original podcast episode. For the full-length version, please look further back in the feed.
    Research by: Josh Rice
    Written by: Josh Rice, Emmie Rose Price-Goodfellow, Emma Nagouse and Greg Jenner
    Produced by: Emmie Rose Price-Goodfellow and Greg Jenner
    Audio Producer: Steve Hankey
    Senior Producer: Emma Nagouse

    • 28 min
    The Inca Empire (Radio Edit)

    The Inca Empire (Radio Edit)

    Greg Jenner is joined by Professor Bill Sillar and comedian Sue Perkins to learn all about the South American Inca empire. At their height, the Inca controlled a vast territory from their base in Peru, one that stretched down the mountainous west coast of the continent, from Ecuador all the way down to Argentina. But the empire barely lasted for a century. Beginning in the mid-15th Century, it fell in the 1530s with the arrival of Spanish conquistadores, led by Pizarro. This episode goes beyond famous sites like Machu Picchu and explores all aspects of Incan life, death – and taxes! Along the way, it takes in social and family structures, food and drink, religious practices, art and architecture.
    [The podcast version of this episode has been edited slightly to amend an incorrect reference to the weight of the stones carried from Cuzco to Ecuador]
    This is a radio edit of the original podcast episode. For the full-length version, please look further back in the feed.
    Research by: Andrew Himmelberg
    Written by: Andrew Himmelberg, Emmie Rose Price-Goodfellow, Emma Nagouse and Greg Jenner
    Produced by: Emmie Rose Price-Goodfellow and Greg Jenner
    Audio Producer: Steve Hankey
    Production Coordinator: Caitlin Hobbs
    Senior Producer: Emma Nagouse

    • 28 min

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