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Ghost ships, lost cities, unsolved crimes and mysteries, ancient mythology, dissapeared explorers - if it’s a historical mystery, it’s going under the microscope. History has always been fascinating, but more fascinating than what we know is what we don’t; in this podcast Ashleigh Stiles looks into famous and obscure episodes of folklore, unexplained circumstances, and unsolved mysteries from around the world and throughout time. Taking a modern lens to these ancient puzzles, she uses all the evidence and findings to try and piece together what really happened, or as close a picture as we can get, to both entertain the listener, and inspire interest in these lesser-known chapters of the human experience. So sit back and listen along, and join us in pondering the great unsolved questions of history.

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    • History

Ghost ships, lost cities, unsolved crimes and mysteries, ancient mythology, dissapeared explorers - if it’s a historical mystery, it’s going under the microscope. History has always been fascinating, but more fascinating than what we know is what we don’t; in this podcast Ashleigh Stiles looks into famous and obscure episodes of folklore, unexplained circumstances, and unsolved mysteries from around the world and throughout time. Taking a modern lens to these ancient puzzles, she uses all the evidence and findings to try and piece together what really happened, or as close a picture as we can get, to both entertain the listener, and inspire interest in these lesser-known chapters of the human experience. So sit back and listen along, and join us in pondering the great unsolved questions of history.

    The Big Bang

    The Big Bang

    Humans, in general, like explosions - they’re cool! Fireworks are a pivotal part of celebrations across many cultures. Sometimes, however, that event is out of our control; sometimes it flattens thousands of kilometers of forest without warning, an explosion over 1,000 times greater than the Hiroshima bomb, right out of nowhere then gone in a flash. Kaboom.

    • 21 min
    Northwest Orient, Flight 305

    Northwest Orient, Flight 305

    Audacity is a word that gets tossed around a lot. We call people who wear something unusual ‘gutsy’ and someone who haggles in shops has ‘bravado’. So what do you call a man who uses what might have been a fake bomb to hijack a plane, then parachutes out, at night, in the rain, with the equivalent of a million dollars in ransom money, never to be seen again? I am serious.

    • 38 min
    Ciphers

    Ciphers

    Humans like to think we can solve every mystery - that’s partly why I do this show! We have an obsession with patterns, codes, and strange symbols. Evolutionarily it meant seeing the tiger in the long grass, now it mostly means magic-eye books. But what happens when a mystery we think is solved, turns out not to be? When we go back on our original solution, for a new one? Again... and again... and again...

    • 31 min
    The Hidden City

    The Hidden City

    Writers will often borrow a concept from mythology for their work - there’s no copyright on a culture, even if it isn’t yours. But sometimes people take these things a little too far. Some people become so obsessed with these mysterious foreign ideas that they spend millions organising genuine expeditions to prove their veracity. After all, who doesn’t want to live forever?

    • 24 min
    Bird's Eye View

    Bird's Eye View

    Art is interesting - it tells us about the person who made it. Where they came from; what they’re interested in; how they see the world. Some art is grand in scale, so grand that you can’t help but stand back and marvel. Some art however is so grand that you need to stand *really* far back. At the top of a mountain, say. It’s all about perspective...

    • 22 min
    Nothing Beside Remains

    Nothing Beside Remains

    The greatest legends of ancient civilisations are steeped in the trappings that come with a story told and retold. Larger than life characters, brave heroes and evil villains, great battles and wars that never end, with the gods themselves personally invested. But in all these great stories, there’s always a kernel of truth - something that actually happened; or a city that really stood, and fell.

    • 26 min

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