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Histories of the Unexpected explores the past in ways that you never dreamt possible. Surely there’s nothing unexpected about the past? About History? Aha, well Histories of the Unexpected adopts a new approach to exploring our past. Gone is the traditional linear plotting of battles, monarchs and political movements. Histories of the Unexpected argues that everything has a history. Presented by Dr Sam Willis and Professor James Daybell.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.3, 71 Ratings

Histories of the Unexpected explores the past in ways that you never dreamt possible. Surely there’s nothing unexpected about the past? About History? Aha, well Histories of the Unexpected adopts a new approach to exploring our past. Gone is the traditional linear plotting of battles, monarchs and political movements. Histories of the Unexpected argues that everything has a history. Presented by Dr Sam Willis and Professor James Daybell.

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
71 Ratings

71 Ratings

PhelineCat ,

Love the subjects

Certainly have to get to the show notes to appreciate everything. I imagine that's still challenging- no, impossible, on the native player but is another reason I love Overcast. Navigating to the show notes isn't a problem for me anymore so I get much more out of podcasts.

Love their enthusiasm and I listen to more of these than I expected.

TStewart ,

Fascinating, but

...But the gentlemen seem to constantly forget they're working with an aural medium. "As you can see here" - well, no, alas I cannot. "Look at the color of that!" Well, no, sorry, can't. They do describe the pictures they're looking at, and there are show notes out there - but, really. However: still a very enjoyable stream-of-consciousness exploration of history - reminds me of James Burke's Connections.

MacMunford ,

Delightful .. but

I Thoroughly enjoy the podcast. I really enjoy the seemingly random connectedness of historical events and invention.

Please, though, use real recording equipment. It sounds like you're talking over a speakerphone inside a metal room.

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