55 episodes

A modern history podcast inspired by the lyrics of Billy Joel. Billy didn’t just write an unforgettable smash-hit with ‘We Didn’t Start The Fire’, he also created the most fascinating, random and original history of the post-war world. Each episode, a new lyric and a fresh subject, all presented by Katie Puckrik and Tom Fordyce. It's politics, rock 'n' roll, sport, space, television, the Cold War, explored and explained by historians, eyewitnesses, and mega-fans. Billy started it. We're going to finish it. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @spreadthatfire, or share your thoughts and stories with us fire@crowdnetwork.co.uk.
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We Didn't Start the Fire: The History Podcast Crowd Network

    • History
    • 4.2 • 32 Ratings

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A modern history podcast inspired by the lyrics of Billy Joel. Billy didn’t just write an unforgettable smash-hit with ‘We Didn’t Start The Fire’, he also created the most fascinating, random and original history of the post-war world. Each episode, a new lyric and a fresh subject, all presented by Katie Puckrik and Tom Fordyce. It's politics, rock 'n' roll, sport, space, television, the Cold War, explored and explained by historians, eyewitnesses, and mega-fans. Billy started it. We're going to finish it. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @spreadthatfire, or share your thoughts and stories with us fire@crowdnetwork.co.uk.
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    New series: Dot com, season 2

    New series: Dot com, season 2

    From the makers of We Didn't Start The Fire, this is Dot com: The Wikipedia Story. Season two of Dot com is out next week, so here's a taster of the first series about Wikipedia to whet your whistle. If you love it and want to binge the rest of the story, just search for Dot com, and subscribe.
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    • 46 min
    Alabama

    Alabama

    On the 1st of December 1955, a seamstress called Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. We're still talking about it, and her, and the fight she represented, 70 years later; and Chris Wilson from the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC is here to tell us why.
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    • 35 min
    Budapest

    Budapest

    The streets of 1956 Budapest were aflame with revolution and promise of change. The Hungarian people had had enough of the brutal Soviet regime, and they wanted out. Eastern Europe expert and host of his own wonderful history podcast Eric Halsey returns to the studio for a second time, to talk Katie and Tom through Molotov Cocktails and tank warfare, and to ask the question if flames on the streets of Europe are threatening to spark once more.
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    • 41 min
    Bardot with Caroline O'Donoghue

    Bardot with Caroline O'Donoghue

    "The essence of sensuality and bodily pleasure." The wonderful Caroline O'Donaghue is back after her Catcher in the Rye debut, and she pretty much sums up Brigitte Bardot in that one sentence. The sweetheart of the 50s and 60s blew minds left, right and centre, and Katie and Tom are digging into why. It's not all glamour and love, though. Brigitte's later life takes a more sinister turn, leaving questions about the price of fame and obsession.
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    • 45 min
    Disneyland

    Disneyland

    It's 1955 and the start of a new era. The war is long gone, and the world's moving on. Walt Disney has built the first of what will become a global empire of parks, where, for the first time ever, kids become adults and adults become kids. In this episode, Disney scholar Dr Amy Davis is back for a second time to guide Tom and Katie through a world of imagination, joy and timelessness, and to understand who Walt Disney really was.
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    • 40 min
    Elvis Presley (Part II)

    Elvis Presley (Part II)

    Part II. We've finally reached the King, blues idol, and father of rock 'n roll: Elvis. Elvis historian and author of 'Elvis: Destined to Die Young' Sally Hoedel has spent a lifetime busting the myths that have sprung up about one of the most iconic figures of all time. In a two-parter, Katie and Tom are about to hear the truth behind the glam, the girls, and the gluttony - and it's an extraordinary tale.
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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

esmeralda169 ,

Kazoos are horrible. Really horrible.

I’m only on episode two but I may have to opt out. I love history and Billy Joel, so this premise is made for me. I really like the hosts, but seriously kill that kazoo. Whether I’m driving or just trying to relax I don’t want to keep my finger on the fast forward button. I’ll keep at it for a bit to see if they change that. If not I don’t think I can listen.

Spdrcr80 ,

Too political

I enjoy the historical aspects of the show, but I have a hard time with all the personal political comments. I realize that some of the song lyrics are political topics, but not everything has to be a personal commentary on former US Presidents and your feelings about them. I would give 5 stars, but those are my reasons why I can’t.

KC029 ,

Great

I’m really enjoying this podcast. The hosts are engaging and the guest selection has been excellent.

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