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History is beautiful, brutal and, often, ridiculous. Join Ben Bowlin and Noel Brown as they dive into some of the weirdest stories from across the span of human civilization in Ridiculous History, a podcast by iHeartRadio.

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    • 4.3 • 3.4K Ratings

History is beautiful, brutal and, often, ridiculous. Join Ben Bowlin and Noel Brown as they dive into some of the weirdest stories from across the span of human civilization in Ridiculous History, a podcast by iHeartRadio.

    37 Days of Peril, with Alex Williams

    37 Days of Peril, with Alex Williams

    Imagine you live in 1870, traipsing the wild frontier of North America with little more than an opera glass, a few friends and an arguably ill-informed sense of adventure. What happens when you get lost? This is the story of Truman Everts, a hapless tax assessor who found himself at the mercy of the wilderness, hopelessly lost for a full 37 days before, miraculously, returning to civilization. In today's episode, Ben, Noel and Max hold off on their heist phase to welcome Max's brother, returning guest and creator of Ephemeral, Alex Williams, for a discussion of his latest episode, "37 Days of Peril."
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Robert Smalls Stole A Confederate Ship and Sailed to Freedom, Part Two: From Slavery to Congress

    Robert Smalls Stole A Confederate Ship and Sailed to Freedom, Part Two: From Slavery to Congress

    In the second part of this series, the guys continue the story of Robert Smalls, from his daring Confederate steamer heist to his later, life-long activism and Congressional career. Listen in to learn more.
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    • 34 min
    Robert Smalls Stole A Confederate Ship and Sailed to Freedom, Part One: Planning the Heist

    Robert Smalls Stole A Confederate Ship and Sailed to Freedom, Part One: Planning the Heist

    Born into slavery, Robert Smalls dreamed of freedom for not just himself and his family, but all oppressed people. As the US became consumed in the Civil War, he hatched a daredevil plan to make this dream a reality -- by stealing a Confederate ship and sailing straight past the southern authorities all the way to the Union. In part one of this episode, the guys explore the origin of Robert Smalls, the genesis of his plan, and the moment he knew there was no turning back.
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    • 33 min
    Sky Pilot: The Man Who Brought Religion to Lumberjacks

    Sky Pilot: The Man Who Brought Religion to Lumberjacks

    Life was tough for lumberjacks in the 1800s. Stuck in the middle of nowhere, often in brutal living conditions, the men of Minnesota's logging camps often had little relief from the dangerous, daily grind of logging season. Frank Higgins spent decades traveling to these isolated camps, bringing sermons, hymns and inspiration. In today's episode, the guys dive into the story of the world's first sky pilot.
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    • 56 min
    CLASSIC: Butter: Protestantism's Secret Ingredient?

    CLASSIC: Butter: Protestantism's Secret Ingredient?

    The Protestant Reformation remains one of the most significant cultural events in the Western world. Martin Luther's 95 Theses addressed numerous concerns with the Catholic church, including corruption and the practice of granting dispensations -- allowing people to, essentially, pay their way out of sin. So what was it about butter that spurred Martin Luther into action? The story might surprise you.
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    • 43 min
    Ridiculous Live: The Humor and the Heavy

    Ridiculous Live: The Humor and the Heavy

    Recently, Ben and Noel traveled to Podcast Movement to explore a fascinating, at-times difficult subject: How do you explore a heavy story in an approachable way, while still being honest, accurate and human? They're joined once again with Eli and Diana Banks, the hosts of Ridiculous Romance, as well as their favorite moderator and longtime friend, Lauren Vogelbaum.
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    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
3.4K Ratings

3.4K Ratings

littleporkbao ,

Funny and Interesting

It’s a fun show exactly what the title states. Follow a lot of the HSW guys and this show is good as well. Fun topics and interesting. Well researched! Been listening for a few years. Have even seen the dudes live. I especially think Ben is my fave host. Excited to see what’s next for the series.

T money crestwood ,

Garbage, don’t bother

Boring content, further ruined by Ben.

Hey Ben, find another career, hosting podcasts is not in your wheelhouse, sorry.

Taco Ortega ,

Awesome

I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts! Just found yours, going to have to binge all the way to the beginning !!
Taco

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