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The history podcast for people who don't like history... and those who do. Greg Jenner brings together the best names in comedy and history to learn and laugh about the past.

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    • 4.7 • 1.3K Ratings

The history podcast for people who don't like history... and those who do. Greg Jenner brings together the best names in comedy and history to learn and laugh about the past.

    Paul Robeson

    Paul Robeson

    Greg Jenner, comedian Desiree Burch and Prof Shana L. Redmond from Columbia University discuss the astonishing life and legacy of Paul Robeson: the epitome of the American Renaissance man. Famous for his unparalleled bass-baritone voice and relentless struggle for civil rights, Robeson was an exceptional athlete, actor, singer, scholar and civil rights activist who the American government persecuted during the McCarthy era.

    Research: William Clayton
    Script: Emma Nagouse and Greg Jenner
    Project manager: Siefe Miyo
    Edit producer: Cornelius Mendez

    • 52 min
    Çatalhöyük and the Neolithic Revolution

    Çatalhöyük and the Neolithic Revolution

    Greg Jenner and his guests explore the amazing prehistoric site of Çatalhöyük as we learn about the Neolithic Revolution of the Middle East. What is so special about Çatalhöyük and why did prehistoric hunter-gatherers decide to settle down with pottery, pals and porridge?

    In archaeology corner this week is Dr Lindsay Der from the University of Victoria in Canada and in comedy corner is the fantastically funny Mike Wozniak.

    Script: Chris Wakefield, Emma Nagouse and Greg Jenner
    Research: Chris Wakefield
    Project manager : Siefe Miyo
    Edit producer : Cornelius Mendez

    • 53 min
    Sake Dean Mahomed

    Sake Dean Mahomed

    Greg Jenner and his guests examine the life of Sake Dean Mahomed who introduced curry, shampooing and therapeutic massage to 19th-century England. He grew up under colonial rule, but Sake Dean Mahomed ended up living in Brighton until the age of 92 and counted members of the Royal Family among his many clients. Greg's guests in this episode are Dr Arunima Datta from Idaho State University and the comedian and podcast host Eshaan Akbar.

    Script: Emma Nagouse, Chris Wakefield and Greg Jenner
    Research: Chris Wakefield
    Project manager: Siefe Miyo
    Edit producer: Cornelius Mendez

    • 52 min
    Medieval Science

    Medieval Science

    Greg Jenner and his guests look at a range of scientific discoveries spanning 1000 years of history, widely known as the medieval period. How were knowledge and scientific findings shared across a world with its countless languages and regions before the internet? Greg is joined by Dr Seb Falk and comedian Josie Long to look at some of the weird and wonderful advancements of the period which we still use today.

    Research by Rosanna Evans
    Script by Emma Nagouse, Rosanna Evans and Greg Jenner
    Project manager: Siefe Miyo
    Edit producer: Cornelius Mendez

    • 54 min
    The History of High Heels

    The History of High Heels

    High heels have been around since as early as the 10th century. Today we see them as a cornerstone of footwear fashion, with models strutting their stuff on the catwalk in heels of varying colours and styles. But how has this impractical, even masochistic piece of design become so gender-specific and has it always been this way? Greg Jenner discusses the history of high-heeled shoes with Dr Elizabeth Semmelhack from the Bata Shoe Museum and with returning comedian Lauren Pattison.

    See photos of the shoes discussed: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p09w4wgl/

    Produced by Cornelius Mendez
    Script by Emma Nagouse, Harry Prance and Greg Jenner
    Research by Harry Prance

    • 52 min
    Nell Gwyn

    Nell Gwyn

    Greg Jenner and his guests travel back to 17th century England to meet a celebrity of the Restoration era. As was one of the first actresses in comedy and a mistress to King Charles II, Nell Gwyn's life was as eventful as her turns on the stage. Greg is joined by associate professor and writer, Diana Solomon and by comedian, actor and writer, Jess Knappett.


    Script by Emma Nagouse and Greg Jenner
    Research by William Clayton
    Produced by Cornelius Mendez

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

maggiem79 ,

Fun and educational

Wish they were longer episodes but happy with the subjects and guests! Always fun!

podcastfam ,

Everyone’s history

I love how wide the history net is being cast in these later seasons. The first season was excellent but a little more centered on the types of history we might have learned in school or popular (UK) culture. Now we could be any where or when with any who. Bravo!!

vivapippin ,

I Learn Me Sumthin'

I just 'discovered' this podcast and am thoroughly enjoying it. My son and I stumbled upon Horrible Histories when we took an extended trip to England as part of his home schooling five years ago. So happy to find this adult extension of that effort to make history entertaining and fun to learn about. Greg Jenner is a great host and I really enjoy his academic and comedian guests. Fantastic idea, well executed.

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