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    D.B. Cooper

    D.B. Cooper

    At approximately 8:13 p.m. on November 24th, 1971, a hijacker exited Northwest Airlines flight 305 at an altitude of 10,000 feet, carrying just a case, a bagful of money, and a parachute. The subsequent investigation became one of the largest and strangest in the FBI’s history. But was what the true identity of the man who called himself D.B. Cooper? And could he still out there, living among us?
    This is a Short History of D.B. Cooper.
    Written by Joe Viner. With thanks to Robert Edwards, author of the book D.B. Cooper and Flight 305 and Darren Schaeffer, host of The Cooper Vortex podcast.
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    • 52 min
    Agatha Christie

    Agatha Christie

    Retaining the title of the “Queen of Crime” to this day, Agatha Christie is the best-selling novelist of all time. Across 66 novels, 14 short-story collections, and 20 stage plays, she depicted the evil lurking in the hearts of ordinary people. But how did this homeschooled daughter of a privileged English family learn so much about poisons, psychopaths and murder? What in her personal life informed such a suspicious view of ordinary people? And how did she trigger a real-life mystery in 1926 that saw the whole country turn amateur detective?
    This is a Short History Of Agatha Christie.
    Written by Jo Furniss. With thanks to best-selling crime writer Sophie Hannah.
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    • 58 min
    The Irish Potato Famine

    The Irish Potato Famine

    Between 1845 and 1852, Ireland suffered an appalling famine after the repeated failure of the potato crop, its national staple. But though caused by a natural blight, a combination of ancient prejudices, simmering tensions and political short-termism turned a national emergency into a disaster for the ages. So why did the authorities in Westminster seem to wash their hands of Ireland during its time of need? How did the Irish people respond to their adversity? And how did this story of betrayal and exploitation shape Ireland’s future, right down to the present day?
    This is a Short History of the Irish Potato Famine.
    Written by Dan Smith. With thanks to Kristina Kinealy, Director of Ireland's Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University, Connecticut.
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    • 55 min
    Las Vegas

    Las Vegas

    Best known for its world-class casinos and lavish hotels, the desert city of Las Vegas, Nevada has a darker side, too. For decades, connections to organised crime tarnished its reputation. Now, Las Vegas attracts tens of millions of tourists every year, many of whom come to gamble. But did games of chance really drive the transformation of this small, dusty desert town? And will it ever shed its persistent nickname of Sin City?
    This is a Short History Of Las Vegas.
    Written by Emma Christie. With thanks to Dr Michael Green, associate professor of history at the University of Nevada and Las Vegas.
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    • 53 min
    The Shakespeare Authorship Question (Subscriber only episode)

    The Shakespeare Authorship Question (Subscriber only episode)

    Arguments about William Shakespeare’s identity have been raging for well over a century. In an extended interview, Dr Beth Miller and writer Jo Furniss explore the controversial and sometimes amusing question, was Shakespeare really Shakespeare? And what if someone else wrote the classic plays and poems published under his name? What are some of the theories and alternative candidates? Why do people want someone else to have written his plays? And what is it about his life that makes us doubt how one person could write some of the greatest literature ever written?

    This is a subscriber only Short History Of The Shakespeare Authorship Question

    With thanks to Dr Beth Miller, author of For the Love of Shakespeare.

    Shakespeare

    Shakespeare

    No single writer has shaped the way we speak and think more than William Shakespeare. Whether we’re being cruel to be kind, wearing our hearts on our sleeves, or spotting the green eye’d monster — it’s almost impossible to use the English language without quoting him. But who was Shakespeare? What vaulting ambition drove a young writer from a sleepy town to stardom in London? Was he born great or did he have greatness thrust upon him?
    This is a Short History of William Shakespeare.
    Written by Jo Furniss. With thanks to Dr Anjna Chouhan, Senior Lecturer in Shakespeare Studies at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
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    • 54 min

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