116 episodes

Real Dictators is the award-winning podcast that explores the hidden lives of history's tyrants. Hosted by Paul McGann, with contributions from eyewitnesses and expert historians.

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Production: Joel Duddell, Miriam Baines, Tom Pink, George Tapp, Dorry Macaulay, Cian Ryan-Morgan, Joseph McGann. Compositions by Oliver Baines, Dorry Macaulay, Tom Pink.

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Real Dictators is the award-winning podcast that explores the hidden lives of history's tyrants. Hosted by Paul McGann, with contributions from eyewitnesses and expert historians.

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Production: Joel Duddell, Miriam Baines, Tom Pink, George Tapp, Dorry Macaulay, Cian Ryan-Morgan, Joseph McGann. Compositions by Oliver Baines, Dorry Macaulay, Tom Pink.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Herod the Great Part 2: Murders in the Family

    Herod the Great Part 2: Murders in the Family

    Herod leaves Rome to wrest Judea from the Parthians. He will marry a princess, commission extraordinary building works, and even murder his in-laws as he tries to win over his people. But how will that desperate quest shape his subjects’ lives, and his own legacy? And what of Herod’s most notorious act - the Slaughter of the Innocents?
    A Noiser production, written by Kate Harrison.
    This is Part 2 of 2.
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    • 56 min
    Herod the Great Part 1: Ruler of Galilee

    Herod the Great Part 1: Ruler of Galilee

    Herod - you may well know the name from the Nativity story. The cruel king who learns of a prophecy proclaiming a Messiah and orders the slaughter of innocent children in response. He’s become synonymous with almost pantomime villainy. At the same time, Herod changed the face of the Middle East in the 1st century BC. His reign featured dazzling architectural ventures and significant legal changes… as well as social division, political intrigue and murderous family drama. So, all in all, who really was this iconic figure of the immediate pre-Christian era?
    A Noiser production, written by Kate Harrison.
    This is Part 1 of 2.
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    • 58 min
    Saddam Hussein Part 5: The War on Terror

    Saddam Hussein Part 5: The War on Terror

    In the aftermath of 9/11, President Bush and Prime Minister Blair send troops back into Iraq. In a highly symbolic moment, beamed around the world, a giant statue of Saddam comes crashing down. But as the Iraqi dictator performs his vanishing act, how soon can they track him down? And after Saddam’s toppling, how will ordinary Iraqis fare?
    A Noiser production, written by Duncan Barrett.
    This is Part 5 of 5.
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    • 53 min
    Saddam Hussein Part 4: The First Gulf War

    Saddam Hussein Part 4: The First Gulf War

    After Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, US forces are deployed to the region. For some Iraqis, it seems like the perfect time to rise up against their dictator. As economic sanctions bite, Saddam treats himself to a bit of retail therapy. All the while, his sons are becoming terrifying figures in their own right. A family crisis is about to snowball into a murderous feud…
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    • 46 min
    Saddam Hussein Part 3: Oil and the Ayatollah

    Saddam Hussein Part 3: Oil and the Ayatollah

    Saddam nationalises the Iraq Petroleum Company and clashes with the new leader of Iran. A man called ‘Chemical Ali’ commits one of the most heinous atrocities of modern times. Meanwhile, sculptures of the Iraqi dictator are commissioned across the land. With his personality cult firmly established, Saddam is ready for war…
    A Noiser production, written by Duncan Barrett.
    For more on Saddam and his cook, listen to our bonus episode on Dictators’ Chefs.
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    • 54 min
    Saddam Hussein Part 2: Enforcer, Frontman, Mafia Godfather

    Saddam Hussein Part 2: Enforcer, Frontman, Mafia Godfather

    Saddam consolidates his own power base, appointing friends and relatives to key positions. We hear a remarkable account from a woman whose own family was targeted by his secret police. Soon, the deputy will be in pole position to move against his mentor. And after that, Saddam will shore up the loyalty of his party with an act of political theatre for the ages…
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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
4.6K Ratings

4.6K Ratings

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Syria

I love this show and I think one of the next dictators should be Assad since he is still in power

EtzelofTroy ,

Love the show but are you coming back

Love the show, the detail, the music and narration I look forward to every episode. But the constant extended breaks are super frustrating especially when shorter sagas are sandwiched between two long breaks. I know it takes time for production but definitely can irk me as a fan. Either way keep up the great work

Henekdjej ,

Real dictators opinion as a seventh grader

My favorite was the Hitler series just because he’s definitely one of the most recognizable dictators in history, but no matter how iconic in a way historically iconic he is and how he’s everywhere in history still people don’t know much about him I’m in seventh grade and learning about all this really sparked my interest in dictators so after Hitler podcast episode, I’m definitely moving onto Stalin. They don’t hold back anything that could be sensitive and they really only state mainly fax and the music is amazing by the way so to whoever said that this was a really bad podcast I am a seventh grader and I loved this.

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