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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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Greg Jenner digs into the history and mystery of Stonehenge. Is it really the symbol of fertility and scene of sacrifice it’s portrayed to be, and what part of Stonehenge is the henge exactly? Featuring podcasting legend Richard Herring alongside archaeologist Susan Greaney from English Heritage. Produced by Dan Morelle and Cornelius Mendez Script by Greg Jenner Research by Emma Nagouse A Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4.
Greg Jenner is joined by comedian Desiree Burch and historian Dr Michell Chresfield to explore the life of the American hero and abolitionist, Harriet Tubman. From a torturous childhood to surgery without anaesthetic, get ready to understand true bravery as we uncover the events which made Harriet Tubman a phenomenal force for change. Produced by Dan Morelle and Cornelius Mendez. Scripted by Greg Jenner and researched by Emma Nagouse.
Never mind the famous battles, who was the real Napoleon and what events turned him from a young Corsican officer to one of history’s greatest figures? Greg Jenner is joined by comedian Dan Schreiber and historian Dr Laura O’Brien. Produced by Dan Morelle and Cornelius Mendez Script and research by Emma Nagouse A Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4.
Greg Jenner is joined by the brilliant comedian Tim Minchin and Palaeolithic archaeologist Dr Becky Wragg Sykes as they take us way back in time to visit the Neanderthals. Just who were the Neanderthals? Were they the squat caveman we’ve come to know in pop culture or have we misunderstood them entirely? Join the team as we discover there is so much more to those handsome, hench beings who walked the Earth before us.
The Aztecs (Radio Edit)

The Aztecs (Radio Edit)

2020-11-1429:394

Travel back to the land of the Aztecs for stories of sacrifice and fancy diets. Greg Jenner is joined by comedian Joel Dommett and historian Dr Caroline Dodds Pennock to ask just how much food can be traced back to the Aztecs? Was cannibalism really a respectful process? And at what age were Aztec children expected to contribute to the family? Produced by Dan Morelle and Cornelius Mendez Script by Greg Jenner Research by Emma Nagouse assisted by Josh Daniels A Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4.
Blackbeard (Radio Edit)

Blackbeard (Radio Edit)

2020-11-1430:095

Greg Jenner is joined by comedian Stu Goldsmith and historian Dr Rebecca Simon for a hilarious look at the life of the infamous pirate, Blackbeard. Produced by Dan Morelle and Cornelius Mendez Scripted by Greg Jenner Researched by Emma Nagouse A Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4.
The Egyptian Pyramids

The Egyptian Pyramids

2020-09-1153:3024

Host Greg Jenner is joined by Prof Sarah Parcak and comedian Maria Shehata to learn all about the magnificent Egyptian pyramids. We discover how and why pyramids were built, who constructed them, and how space archeology can help us discover and protect hundreds of pyramids and tombs that are yet to be found.
Genghis Khan

Genghis Khan

2020-09-0450:1326

Greg Jenner is joined by Prof Peter Frankopan and comedian Phil Wang in the 12th century to meet one of the most feared conquerors in world history, Genghis Khan. We find out why silk shirts weren’t just a fashion choice and how kittens were apparently used as weapons as Genghis Khan established the largest land empire in history.
Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival

2020-08-2847:1416

Greg Jenner is joined by Dr Meleisa Ono-George and comedian Nathan Caton to learn all about the roots of Notting Hill Carnival, the largest street festival in Europe. We follow the history from 18th century Trinidad to 21st century London, looking not just at how carnival traditions have changed and developed into a world famous annual celebration but how they helped empower a generation to stand together against the racial injustice they faced in the UK.
Jack Sheppard

Jack Sheppard

2020-08-2149:5829

Host Greg Jenner is joined by historian Dr Lena Liapi and comedian Stu Goldsmith in 18th century London to examine the life of infamous criminal, Jack Sheppard. From his early years in the workhouses of Spitalfields, we follow Jack from carpentry apprentice to infamous escape artist and renowned criminal as he became one of the earliest examples of London celebrity.
The Haitian Revolution

The Haitian Revolution

2020-08-1451:2916

Host Greg Jenner is joined by Professor Marlene Daut and comedian Athena Kugblenu to examine the events and aftermath of the Haitian revolution, the first nation to abolish slavery. We look at the life of revolutionary leader Toussaint Louverture, confront the atrocities committed against the people of Haiti and the literal price they were forced to pay for their freedom.
Host Greg Jenner is joined by Dr Corin Throsby and Comedian Ed Gamble to look at the role and development of vampire characters throughout 19th century Gothic literature and its continuing effect on pop culture today. Which vampire character is based on infamous bad boy Lord Byron? Who was the first vampire character to have fangs? And in case you ever need to know, just how many ways are there to kill a vampire?
The Battle of Salamis

The Battle of Salamis

2020-07-3155:1825

Greg Jenner is joined by historian Prof Michael Scott and comedian Shappi Khorsandi to head back to 480BCE for one of history’s most notorious naval battles, The Battle of Salamis. On a journey through the events leading up to the battle and beyond we will hear about one of the most inventive methods ever used to cross a body of water, one of the most unusual deaths ever recorded and why sometimes it pays to give water a jolly good telling off.
The Mughal Empire

The Mughal Empire

2020-04-0354:1846

Greg Jenner is joined by historian Dr Mehreen Chida-Razvi and comedian Sindhu Vee to explore The Mughal Empire and it’s legacy in art and architecture. We learn why an Emperor always needed to be wary of his siblings and how a zebra came to cause disbelief in court, and we hear the real story behind the wondrous Taj Mahal. A Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4
Eleanor of Aquitaine

Eleanor of Aquitaine

2020-03-2749:5341

Greg Jenner is joined by historian Gabby Storey and comedian Rachel Parris to take a look at the action-packed life of Eleanor of Aquitaine. She was the only woman ever to be queen of both England and France. She took to the seas on a crusade and packed her entire household with her. She bore ten children and defended a castle, yet most of her life was spent clearing up her offsprings' mess. So just why is this badass queen’s legacy eclipsed by that of her sons?
The History of Chocolate

The History of Chocolate

2020-03-2050:0432

Greg Jenner is joined by chocolate historian Alex Hutchinson and British TV legend Richard Osman to explore the culinary and cultural history of chocolate - Britain's favourite confectionery. Just what did the Maya use to flavour their cacao? How did cacao become chocolate and find its way into our shops and hearts? And why did a family feud change the entire branding of a much loved chocolate bar? A Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4
Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker

2020-03-1349:5227

Greg Jenner is joined by historical expert Dr Michell Chresfield and comedian Desiree Burch to travel to 1920s Paris and meet the phenomenal Josephine Baker. Josephine Baker was a renowned performer and entertainer, a civil rights activist and even a spy during the German occupation of France. But just how did the daughter of a laundress in St Louis find herself at the centre of some of the most pivotal moments in history? A Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4
The Ancient Olympics

The Ancient Olympics

2020-03-0647:5128

Greg Jenner and his guests Prof Michael Scott and comedian Shappi Khorsandi limber up for a trip to The Ancient Olympics. Discover the drastic measures taken to prevent women watching the action. Hear how the gruelling challenges brought a whole new meaning to the term "leaving it all on the field" and how even death couldn’t stop you winning.
The Mayflower

The Mayflower

2020-03-0648:2425

Greg Jenner is joined by historian Dr Misha Ewen and comedian Alex Edelman to take a trip back in time and across the Atlantic with the passengers of The Mayflower. They ask all the most pertinent questions. What would you pack for a journey to a new world? What’s a great name for a baby born at sea? And just why is a journey that was objectively a gigantic failure held in such high regard in American culture? A Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4
Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley

2020-02-2848:3238

Greg Jenner is joined by literary expert Dr Corin Throsby and comedian Lauren Pattison to explore the often turbulent life of literary icon Mary Shelley. Join us as we all question our life achievements while discussing the groundbreaking work Mary produced by the age of just 20, how far she was prepared to walk for love, and arguably the most gothic first date in history.
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B Lee

is anyone else getting an error message when trying to play this episode?

Nov 5th
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Anna

I love this episode! I enjoyed it so much and learnt even more. Dr Michell is one of my favourite experts on the show (she has a fantastic sense of humour).

Oct 23rd
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Kerdur

😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 I'm gonna miss this show so much as it is!!!! Anyways, thank you for an amazing time, I'll give a try to the next serie without swearing haha but I'm afraid I won't enjoy it as much 😅😅 , anyhow thank you again ♡♡♡

Oct 10th
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Jessica Shaw

thank you! i enjoyed this

Sep 11th
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Donna Hoy

Very informative. Thank you for sharing 🙏🙏

Sep 2nd
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Mark Jordan

I usually enjoy these podcasts and Greg Jenner but found this one awkward to listen to due to the constant racist remarks.

Aug 28th
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Juju Longo

this topic is so important.

Aug 14th
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Kerdur

My favorite podcast! ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡

Aug 7th
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Matthew R

very good episode.

Aug 7th
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Shantanu Tomar

Why did you invite the historian ?

Jul 2nd
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Shantanu Tomar

oh, a feminist female comedian. This should be funny. yeah no.

Jun 30th
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Shantanu Tomar

keep the comedian in check !

Jun 27th
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David Morgan

You'll Do is funny and interesting. Slightly disappointed that this wasn't Victoria and Albert or other historical couple You'll Do.

Jun 9th
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Akshat Pradhan

the final comments in the nuance section were uncalled for. opinion being mixed with historical facts. may be bbc needs to stop their colonial way of looking at Indian history.

May 5th
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Farida

I thoroughly enjoyed this and am amazed by how much I learned about Mughal history in less that 1 hour. Dr Mehreen has done an amazing job in discussing this topic

Apr 25th
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Maya Patel

Awesome podcast but the Dr keeps getting talked over by the comedian!

Apr 14th
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Daniel Kumar

I particularly loved this episode!!!

Apr 6th
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Jak Cooley

I am in love with this podcast. its keeping me sane during the isolation nation that is the uk atm.

Mar 29th
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Francesca Y'op

Please do one on Anais Nin!

Mar 27th
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