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Short History Of... is the podcast series hosted by Paul McGann. Each week, we'll transport you back in time to witness history's most incredible moments and remarkable people. New episodes Mondays.

Follow Noiser Podcasts on Twitter @Noiser_Podcasts for updates on our shows.

Short History Of..‪.‬ Noiser

    • History
    • 4.8 • 1K Ratings

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Short History Of... is the podcast series hosted by Paul McGann. Each week, we'll transport you back in time to witness history's most incredible moments and remarkable people. New episodes Mondays.

Follow Noiser Podcasts on Twitter @Noiser_Podcasts for updates on our shows.

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    Introducing: Real Outlaws - Ned Kelly

    Introducing: Real Outlaws - Ned Kelly

    From Noiser, Real Outlaws is the new podcast that travels back in time to when rouges and bandits followed a code all of their own. In this taster episode, we're on the trail of Ned Kelly - The Australian legend without equal. But what's the truth behind the myth?
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    • 45 min
    Queen Elizabeth the Second, Part 2 of 2

    Queen Elizabeth the Second, Part 2 of 2

    As the Queen’s family life becomes more complex, the relationship between palace and press intensifies. But balancing the need for security and privacy against her very public responsibilities is never simple. So who is the real woman beneath the crown? How does she respond to the dark years of her reign, or the grief of losing her beloved husband? And as she approaches her Platinum Jubilee, how will history remember her reign?
    This is the second in a special two part Short History of Queen Elizabeth the Second.
    A Noiser Production, written by Jo Furniss. With thanks to Dr Tracy Borman, author of Crown and Sceptre; and Dr Tessa Dunlop, author of Army Girls. 
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    • 54 min
    Queen Elizabeth the Second, Part 1 of 2

    Queen Elizabeth the Second, Part 1 of 2

    Spanning seventy years, Queen Elizabeth II’s reign has seen the world change beyond recognition. And from her earliest public appearances representing the King to her roles as sister, wife, mother, and mother-in-law, she is never far from the headlines. But what was life like for the young princess, who dreamed of a baby brother to take the throne instead? How did she modernize an ancient role to fit a changing world, while managing a family so often overshadowed by scandal? 
    This is the first in a special two part Short History of Queen Elizabeth the Second.
    A Noiser Production, written by Jo Furniss. With thanks to Dr Tracy Borman, author of Crown and Sceptre; and Dr Tessa Dunlop, author of Army Girls.
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    • 57 min
    The Terracotta Army

    The Terracotta Army

    After its initial discovery in 1974, the Terracotta Army became the unofficial eighth wonder of the world. Comprising an estimated 8,000 statue warriors buried as part of the First Emperor of China’s tomb complex, experts are still unearthing its secrets. But what was the purpose of so many clay soldiers? How were they made, and by whom? And what do we know about the Emperor considered so important that his death demanded a project on this scale?
    This is a Short History of the Terracotta Army.
    A Noiser production, written by Duncan Barrett. With thanks to Eugene Wang, Professor of Asian Art at Harvard University; and Andrew Bevan, Professor of Comparative Archaeology at University College London.
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    • 40 min
    The Mary Celeste (Subscriber only episode)

    The Mary Celeste (Subscriber only episode)

    This is a bonus episode for Noiser+ subscribers. Short History Of... continues to be available weekly for free wherever you get your shows.

    It’s a riddle that has intrigued historians and scientists for almost a hundred and fifty years… A fully provisioned ship found abandoned in the middle of the ocean. Where on earth, or sea, is her crew? And why have they left?

    This is a Short History of the Mary Celeste.

    A Noiser production, written by William Simpson.

    Chernobyl

    Chernobyl

    In 1986, the Chernobyl power plant became the site of the worst nuclear disaster in history. Poisonous radiation caused over 100,000 casualties, and cost billions of dollars to clean up. Even now, the exclusion zone is one of the most polluted and heavily-patrolled regions in the world.  
    But what caused the catastrophe in the first place? Why did the Soviet Union try to keep it a secret? And what is its lasting impact on the region, and the wider world? 
    This is A Short History of Chernobyl. 
    A Noiser production, written by Chris McDonald. With thanks to Professor Serhii Plokhy, author of Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy.  
     
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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1K Ratings

1K Ratings

JoePopNC ,

Excellent

These are compelling stories about intriguing characters in history, with great narration and background music. My favorite is episode 1 about Queen Elizabeth II.

Ascaffer01 ,

So good

This is a great history podcast. Good content and presentation. I love the narrators voice.

OBrien7075 ,

Excellent history pod

Great writing, narration, and guest subject-matter experts. Its like having a long form essay read to you, with a non-excessive amount of SFX to build the atmosphere.

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