62 episodes

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 • 1K 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.

    P.T. Barnum

    P.T. Barnum

    Greg Jenner is joined by historian Prof Benjamin Reiss and comedian Desiree Burch in 19th-century America to meet the self-proclaimed showman, P.T. Barnum. He was a man famous for his museums and shows as well as "curiosities" such as General Tom Thumb, Bearded Ladies and The Fiji Mermaid. But look beyond Barnum’s infamous spin and you’ll find that contrary to his pop culture image this showman was far from the greatest.

    Produced by Cornelius Mendez
    Script by Greg Jenner and Emma Nagouse
    Research by Charlotte Potter

    A production by The Athletic for BBC Radio 4.

    • 51 min
    Prohibition in the USA

    Prohibition in the USA

    Greg Jenner is joined by historian Prof Sarah Churchwell and comedian Kemah Bob in 1920s USA to hear about the implementation and after effects of Prohibition. From bootleggers to speakeasies, we learn the origins of the Prohibition Laws and discover why a movement designed to encourage temperance backfired.

    Produced by Cornelius Mendez
    Script by Greg Jenner and Emma Nagouse
    Research by Tim Galsworthy

    A production by The Athletic for BBC Radio 4.

    • 51 min
    Sacagawea

    Sacagawea

    Greg Jenner is joined by historian Prof Katrina Phillips and comedian Alex Edelman in the 19th century to meet an icon of American history, Sacagawea. Hired to lead Jefferson’s Corps of Discovery through the newly acquired Louisiana territories at just 16 years old, Sacagawea was responsible for the lives of the corps and her "man-baby" husband as well as her actual baby who she gave birth to mid-expedition. Her heroics along the course of the journey are well documented but why is there no record of any first-hand account from the woman herself?

    Produced by Cornelius Mendez
    Script by Greg Jenner and Emma Nagouse
    Research by Charlotte Potter

    A production by The Athletic for BBC Radio 4.

    • 50 min
    Becoming America

    Becoming America

    Greg Jenner is joined by historian Prof Joanne Freeman and comedian Chris Addison in the 18th century to look at the birth of a nation as America takes its first steps after achieving independence from the British. Where did party politics come from? How were Vice Presidents originally selected? Why was Washington DC chosen as the capital? Did George Washington really have a special presidential suit? And just why did Jefferson keep a mammoth cheese in the lobby?

    Produced by Cornelius Mendez
    Script by Greg Jenner and Emma Nagouse
    Research by Tim Galsworthy

    A production by The Athletic for BBC Radio 4.

    • 51 min
    The Harlem Renaissance

    The Harlem Renaissance

    In the first of five special episodes on US history, Greg Jenner is joined by Prof Emily Bernard and Roy Wood Jr in 1920s New York as they take a look at the movers and shakers of the Harlem Renaissance. Walk through one of Harlem's infamous rent parties and meet the greatest icons and minds from music, politics and the literary world during a cultural revolution.

    Produced by Cornelius Mendez
    Script by Greg Jenner and Emma Nagouse
    Research by Harry Prance, Jess White, Tim Galsworthy

    A production by The Athletic for BBC Radio 4.

    • 51 min
    Chevalier de Saint-Georges

    Chevalier de Saint-Georges

    Greg Jenner is joined by historian Prof Olivette Otele and comedian Sophie Duker in 18th century France to meet the Chevalier de Saint-Georges. Born the son of a slave and a white plantation owner, he lived a remarkable life in France, becoming a master fencer, violin virtuoso, composer, confident of Marie Antoinette and a revolutionary. He is regarded as one of the most significant composers of the 18th century and Mozart is widely regarded to have had major beef with him. So why is his story mostly unknown?

    Produced by Cornelius Mendez
    Script by Greg Jenner and Emma Nagouse
    Research by Lloyd Roberts

    A production by The Athletic for BBC Radio 4.

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1K Ratings

1K Ratings

Sarae83 ,

Love!

At first I wasn’t sure if I’d like this podcast, but after 2 episodes I’m addicted. It’s silly but educational and that’s how I’ll retain the random facts I’ve picked up for a future game nights or maybe even a trivia night! But really... I love history and this fills in the many gaps k12 left me!

amber.bobamber ,

All over the place — Last ep unlistenable

I generally like this show. The host is pretty funny and the academic guests are informative. The comedy guests are all over the place. Some are hilarious and some are just dreadful. The most recent one, who said she was from Houston but had an accent unlike any I’ve ever heard in Texas, was so absolutely cringe-inducing I had to turn it off within less than a minute of her coming on. Her name was something like Kima Bob, and she had this wretched, phoney-sounding, super obnoxious voice that was absolutely NOT made for an audio medium. It really makes me wonder where they come up with these people, but there’s no way I’m listening to that for half an hour. Also, the show, both by topic and commentary, skews a little “woke” in a way that is frankly getting pretty old. We get it!

Amy MN ,

Could be really great

Was really enjoying this podcast—excusing the heavy-handedness— until the Prohibition episode. The historian was bad but the comedian was AWFUL.

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