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Real Dictators is the award-winning podcast hosted by Paul McGann that explores the hidden lives of history's tyrants. New episodes Wednesdays.

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    Lenin Part 2: Underground, On the Run

    Lenin Part 2: Underground, On the Run

    This episode will be available for free on October 5th 2022. For instant access, ad-free listening and exclusive content, join Noiser+.

    Vladimir Lenin meets Joseph Stalin. Turning to crime to pay their way, the revolutionaries struggle to stay ahead of the authorities. As the First World War upends Russia, the Bolsheviks wait for their moment. In the meantime, Lenin’s love life takes an unconventional turn…

    A Noiser production, written by Dan Smith.

    This is Part 2 of 4.

    Lenin Part 1: The Revolution is Born

    Lenin Part 1: The Revolution is Born

    Vladimir Lenin changed the course of history like very few ever have. He turned Russia upside down and created the first communist state. As the founder of the Soviet Union, he ensured the world would never be the same again. But long before his time in power, his life is something straight out of a spy thriller. Young Vladimir enjoys a happy, comfortable childhood. That is, until a double tragedy puts him on a very different path...
    A Noiser production, written by Dan Smith.
    This is Part 1 of 4.
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    • 55 min
    Vladimir Lenin: Coming Soon on Real Dictators…

    Vladimir Lenin: Coming Soon on Real Dictators…

    The story of Lenin - leader of the Russian Revolution, founder of the Soviet Union - begins Wednesday September 28th.
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    Napoleon Part 6: Showdown at Waterloo

    Napoleon Part 6: Showdown at Waterloo

    With Napoleon deposed and in exile, it appears to be game over. But even now he is planning a comeback. After the mother of all prison breaks, Napoleon marches back up through France. Reinstating himself as emperor, he will rally his troops for one last battle...
    A Noiser production, written by Jeff Dawson.
    This is Part 6 of 6.
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    Napoleon Part 5: Downfall in Russia

    Napoleon Part 5: Downfall in Russia

    Napoleon’s blockade of Britain begins. Amidst the fall-out, France launches an invasion of Spain. The Duke of Wellington arrives on the scene. After another dispute with Russia, Bonaparte assembles his biggest ever army. It will do the unthinkable and march on Moscow...
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    Napoleon Part 4: The Emperor Strikes Back

    Napoleon Part 4: The Emperor Strikes Back

    Bonaparte storms back into Italy, reconquering all that had been lost. Back home, in Notre-Dame Cathedral, thousands of dignitaries watch on as the untouchable general crowns himself emperor. Intent on destroying Britain, he plans a seaborne invasion. But Lord Nelson has other ideas…
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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
3.9K Ratings

3.9K Ratings

NZ SS ,

The best podcasts …

Paul McGann is my hero. As much as I loved Whitnail and I, he was BUILT for this format. Just so compelling. I turn everyone I can onto Noiser.

D Real JD ,

Great Show

Great show, love the delivery. Need more!!!! I’ve listened to all the released episodes. Lol

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Real dictators

The best and my favorite podcast. Amazingly well done and very detailed. The host is excellent.

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