40 episodes

The less-than-serious history podcast with stand up comedian Angela Barnes (The News Quiz, Mock The Week and Live at The Apollo) and writer John O'Farrell (An Utterly Impartial History of Britain, Things Can Only Get Better, Spitting Image). In each podcast our two history nerds discuss, explain and laugh at interesting and quirky episodes from the olden days, such as East German Nudism, Spy Pigeons or Vlad the Impaler. Angela and John’s in-depth knowledge of world history has been described as ‘laughable’ - and now they read the history books so that you don't have to. The We Are History podcast - not as world-changing as the Black Death, but slightly funnier.

We Are History Angela Barnes and John O'Farrell

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The less-than-serious history podcast with stand up comedian Angela Barnes (The News Quiz, Mock The Week and Live at The Apollo) and writer John O'Farrell (An Utterly Impartial History of Britain, Things Can Only Get Better, Spitting Image). In each podcast our two history nerds discuss, explain and laugh at interesting and quirky episodes from the olden days, such as East German Nudism, Spy Pigeons or Vlad the Impaler. Angela and John’s in-depth knowledge of world history has been described as ‘laughable’ - and now they read the history books so that you don't have to. The We Are History podcast - not as world-changing as the Black Death, but slightly funnier.

    A Thoroughly Researched History of Beer

    A Thoroughly Researched History of Beer

    How beer became the every drink of ordinary Britons, and the healthy option to give to your kids to stop them dying from cholera.
     
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    • 1 hr
    Murder at Road Hill House - 1860

    Murder at Road Hill House - 1860

    What the original English country house murder-mystery teaches us about Victorian hypocrisy, the class system and the subjugation of women. (Plus it led to John spending a week in a hotel with Ann Widdecombe.)
     
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    • 39 min
    German Resistance to the Nazis

    German Resistance to the Nazis

    A lot is heard about the French Resistance or the Warsaw Uprising, but what about the Germans who resisted Hitler? Was it historically insignificant, or have we chosen to ignore them? Between them, John and Angela have A' Levels in History AND German, so who could be more qualified to explain it all...
     
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Battle of Hastings - 1066

    The Battle of Hastings - 1066

    John attempts to persuade Angela that the most famous date in English history still matters, but they end up talking for ages about beer versus wine.
     
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    • 39 min
    Sealand - the Essex family that declared independence from Britain

    Sealand - the Essex family that declared independence from Britain

    How one eccentric Englishman seized an abandoned offshore gun platform, launched a 1960s pirate radio station and then decided to create his own country instead.
     
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Bristol Bus Boycott - 1963

    The Bristol Bus Boycott - 1963

    How a handful of young Black campaigners challenged racist employment practises in Bristol and against all odds won their case and changed the law. (Not to be confused with the 1969 sit-com 'On The Buses' where Reg Varney made lots of jokes about 'lovely Bristols'.)
     
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    • 29 min

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