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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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The Mughal Empire

The Mughal Empire

2020-04-0354:1834

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, how a zebra came to cause disbelief in court, and we hear the real story behind the wondrous Taj Mahal.
Eleanor of Aquitaine

Eleanor of Aquitaine

2020-03-2749:5334

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

2020-03-2050:0429

Greg Jenner is joined by chocolate historian Alex Hutchinson and British TV legend Richard Osman to explore the culinary and cultural history of 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?
Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker

2020-03-1349:5221

Greg Jenner is joined by historical expert Dr Michell Chresfield and comedian Desiree Burch to travel to 1920s Paris to meet the phenomenal Josephine Baker. Josephine Baker was a renowned performer and entertainer in Paris, 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?
The Ancient Olympics

The Ancient Olympics

2020-03-0647:5121

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

2020-03-0648:2422

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?
Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley

2020-02-2848:3235

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.
Neanderthals

Neanderthals

2020-02-2847:3731

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 mysterious world of Neanderthals. Just who were the Neanderthals? Were they the squat caveman archetypes we’ve come to know in pop culture? Did they really shout “Ug” at the moon? Or have we misunderstood them entirely? Join the team as we discover there is so much more to those handsome, hench beings that walked the Earth before us.
You’re Dead To Me 2

You’re Dead To Me 2

2020-02-2505:467

We’re back! Greg Jenner looks ahead to the new series and back at some highlights from series one.
The Victorian Christmas

The Victorian Christmas

2019-12-1348:0828

Why do we celebrate Christmas with cards, crackers and a tree? Join us as we travel back and explore the weird and wonderful history of the Victorian Christmas. Just who the Dickens had the idea to bring trees indoors? Can a soft-drinks firm really take credit for Father Christmas’s red suit? And why did the Victorians send each other such bizarre Christmas cards? Host Greg Jenner is joined in the studio by historian Dr Fern Riddell and comedian Russell Kane. This episode was produced by Cornelius Mendez and scripted and researched by Greg Jenner.
You’re Dead To Me returns for a special episode on The History of General Elections. Welcome to the world of “bludgeon men”, “potwallopers”, and electorates of sheep (!). Travel back to the 18th Century, when Number 10 was number 5 (yes, really) and discover not just how voter rights have changed, but where they originated. Host Greg Jenner is joined by historian Dr Hannah Nicholson and comedian Catherine Bohart.
Saladin

Saladin

2019-10-2544:5532

You might have learned about Richard the Lionheart in school (or from Disney’s Robin Hood), but how much do you know about his opponent, the legendary Saladin? Why does Saladin have such an enduring reputation as a good guy? Host Greg Jenner is joined by comedian Maria Shehata and historian Prof Jonathan Phillips. It’s history for people who don’t like history! This episode was produced by Dan Morelle and scripted and researched by Emma Nagouse, assisted by Emily Greenwell.
The Witch Craze

The Witch Craze

2019-10-2147:2051

Discover the truth behind the European Witch Craze. Far from the world of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, discover how one book turned the world upside down as a disgruntled patriarchy murdered thousands of innocent women. Join Greg Jenner, comedian Cariad Lloyd and historian Prof Suzannah Lipscomb. It’s history for people who don’t like history! This episode was produced by Dan Morelle and scripted and researched by Emma Nagouse, assisted by Eszter Szabo and Evie Randall. CORRECTION: Contrary to the information contained in this podcast, while 90,000 people were prosecuted for acts of witchcraft during the European Witch Craze only half of these trials resulted in executions.
Lord Byron

Lord Byron

2019-10-1847:4937

Was Lord Byron the original celebrity? He might have been, you know. You should hear about the “things” that his fans sent him in the post! Find out the truth behind the first boy ever described as, "mad, bad and dangerous to know". Greg Jenner is joined by comedian Ed Gamble and historian Dr Corin Throsby. It’s history for people who don’t like history! This episode was produced by Dan Morelle and scripted and researched by Emma Nagouse.
Stonehenge

Stonehenge

2019-10-1146:5743

We are digging into the history and mystery surrounding 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. It’s history for people who don’t like history! This episode was produced by Dan Morelle, scripted by Greg Jenner and researched by Emma Nagouse.
The Aztecs

The Aztecs

2019-10-0445:4238

Travel back to the land of the Aztecs to discover that they’re not that dissimilar to the Tudors, but with more human sacrifices. 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? It’s history for people who don’t like history! This episode was produced by Dan Morelle, scripted by Greg Jenner and researched by Emma Nagouse assisted by Josh Daniels.
Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc

2019-09-2748:3143

Delusion or divine intervention? Learn about Joan of Arc’s super sewing skills, her badass credentials, and the story of why it took nearly half a century for her to become a saint. If you think it’s tough being a woman now, find out what it was like in 1400s France. Joining historian Greg Jenner to learn about Joan is comedian Catherine Bohart, of The Mash Report, and Dr Helen Castor, medieval historian and author of The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth. It’s history for people who don’t like history! This episode was produced by Dan Morelle, scripted by Greg Jenner and researched by Emma Nagouse.
Young Napoleon

Young Napoleon

2019-09-2346:0928

Never mind the famous battles, who was the real Napoleon? Where did he come from? What events conspired to turn him from a young Corsican officer to one of history’s greatest figures? How intense was his relationship with his wife Josephine? What part of his body was recreated in plaster, and how much was somebody willing to pay for it? And just how did one man manufacture his own hype way before the days of social media? Greg Jenner is joined by comedian Dan Schreiber and historian Dr Laura O’Brien. It’s history for people who don’t like history! This episode was produced by Dan Morelle and scripted and researched by Emma Nagouse.
Justinian and Theodora

Justinian and Theodora

2019-09-2048:0729

Forget Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Justinian and Theodora were the power couple of the Byzantine era. From withstanding riots to protecting women’s rights, how did a woman from such humble beginnings (and who did *that* with a swan…) fall in love with one of the most powerful men of the time and secure her place in the history books? Join public historian Greg Jenner, comedian Shappi Khorsandi and historian Prof Peter Frankopan.
Mansa Musa

Mansa Musa

2019-09-2045:5627

Who was Mansa Musa and how did he become the world’s richest man… ever? What did he do with his wealth? And why did everyone around him keep dying? Greg Jenner is joined by comedian Athena Kugblenu and historian and director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Dr Augustus Caseley-Hayford OBE. It’s history for people who don’t like history! This episode was produced by Dan Morelle and scripted and researched by Emma Nagouse, assisted by Josh Daniels.
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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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David Morgan

This is the most surprising, wonderful and delightful episode of this show.

Mar 20th
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Rita Cross

This looked like a good series, it would be great if you dumped the 'comedian'. Totally not required. Detracts hugely. R.C.

Mar 12th
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Danny DaSilva

This was a great episode!

Mar 10th
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Danny DaSilva

I knew nothing about the Olympics. Great episode!

Mar 10th
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N Me

thank you, I am so enjoying your show!

Mar 9th
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David Morgan

Absolutely fascinating. A great start to the new series.

Mar 2nd
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Rodney Laidlaw Scott

great news. I've been looking forward to hearing about a new series

Feb 25th
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Nick Rhodes

Excellent news, love this take on parts of history that are generally not well known

Feb 25th
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nicholasbarbarick@yahoo.com

I love history, bit your format makes it all the better. best blend of comedy and history ive ever heard.

Feb 20th
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Leroy Potter

There seem to be some in accuracies in this episode. Such as the Mali empire spanning the same distance as the USA East to West. This is not correct the Mali empire was about 2500 km east to west. The USA is about 4500 km.

Feb 13th
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