23 episodes

Unlicensed historians Andrew Heaton and Andrew Young sort out characters from the Earth's history into categories of failures, fakes, and rascals. Funny but technically informative.

Losers, Pretenders & Scoundrels Andrew Heaton, Andrew Young

    • History
    • 4.7 • 75 Ratings

Unlicensed historians Andrew Heaton and Andrew Young sort out characters from the Earth's history into categories of failures, fakes, and rascals. Funny but technically informative.

    Captain For A Day! - Wilhelm Voigt

    Captain For A Day! - Wilhelm Voigt

    What could you get away with if you looked the part? What if you're trying to trick a bunch of German soldiers with a sense of blind obedience? Wilhelm Voigt managed to commandeer a whole squad and take over a city hall long enough to grab a boatload of cash. Heaton and Young dive into how he did it.

    • 27 min
    The Ice Palace Desert Dictator - Saparmurat Niyazov

    The Ice Palace Desert Dictator - Saparmurat Niyazov

    Saparmurat Niyazov was a Soviet thug turned insane dictator of Turkmenistan. And as their leader he made sure to hit all the classics. Built a religion around himself, wiped out the free media and syphoned money away from his people. But what about his great ideas like...the ice palace in the desert. Or his beloved golden statue that turned to face the sun. Heaton and Young explore this insane dictator.

    • 44 min
    The Austrian Emperor of Mexico - Maximillian the First

    The Austrian Emperor of Mexico - Maximillian the First

    Maximillian I was the "other" Hapsburg son. The one who was born second and didn't get to be Emperor of Austria. But he thought he'd found the next best thing! Emperor of a country across an ocean who he had no common heritage or connection with. Unfortunately, the people of Mexico didn't agree. Heaton and Young explore this charismatic but ill-fated monarch.

    • 55 min
    Charles Ponzi: The Short Italian with a Long Con

    Charles Ponzi: The Short Italian with a Long Con

    Most of us have heard about the Ponzi Scheme. But what of the man who gave it his name? Charles Ponzi, was an Italian immigrant who never quite got on the right side of the law. But his greatest claim to fame was a tangled web of financial lies that almost brought down the Boston banking system. Unlicensed historians, Andrew Heaton and Andrew Young bring this fellow down to size.

    • 46 min
    The Irish Zorro of Mexico: William Lamport

    The Irish Zorro of Mexico: William Lamport

    Was Zorro real? You bet he was! Except he was Irish. And didn't wear a mask. And Probably couldn't carve a "Z" with his sword. And proclaimed himself king of Mexico.  But other than that, William Lamport is the spitting image of Zorro, who was actually based on him. Heaton and Young take a look at what gave this redhead the cahones to try to take the Mexican throne, and what stopped him.

    • 44 min
    Mary, Queen of Scots Killed Some Folks

    Mary, Queen of Scots Killed Some Folks

    In popular film Mary, Queen of Scots is lionized or victimized or both. However there's some good evidence she A) killed a lot of people and B) did some serious plotting. Unlicensed historians Andrew Heaton and Andrew Young investigate

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
75 Ratings

75 Ratings

blueExcess ,

Brilliant!

It’s a lobster dinner for your ear balls and also your brain area. Real humans saying mostly real words now about old words and dead people. What’s not to love?

Blogaflockaflame ,

History is good, hosts are annoying

I love when they actually talk about history, but their personalities and tangents are terrible. Please stop with the cringe accents, and the self indulgence.

PGH Hooligan ,

Nearly the best history podcast I’ve ever come across

Seriously, 5 stars. Hands down. The best. Super informative and fun. So funny!

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