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Author: Jem Duducu

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Condensed Histories bridges the gap between history and popular culture. In each episode of Condensed Histories our host, Jem Duducu, takes an item of popular culture and looks under the surface to find real history hiding inside.


From shows on Netflix, Prime or Disney Plus, to the lastest blockbuster films, and even video games, songs, board games and food, Jem shows us how much history is lurking in our everyday entertainment.


Wandavision, The Dig, Warhammer, Queen’s Gambit,  Assassin’s Creed, Jojo Rabbit,  Cobra Kai, The Lord of the Rings and Monopoly are among the subjects in which which Jem has so far discovered a surprising amount of history!



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Vogue!

Vogue!

2021-09-2135:23

Jem looks into the history hidden around Madonna's hit 'Vogue'!Get your copy of his latest book, 'Slinkys and Snake Bombs' at https://www.amberley-books.com/slinkys-and-snake-bombs.html - or from wherever you buy your books, and connect with him on Twitter at @JemDuducu. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jem looks at both Warhammer 40000 and Warhammer Age of Sigma, and how death in the Warhammer world is mirrored in history!Get your copy of his latest book, 'Slinkys and Snake Bombs' at https://www.amberley-books.com/slinkys-and-snake-bombs.html - or from wherever you buy your books, and connect with him on Twitter at @JemDuducu. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Gundam

Gundam

2021-09-0735:29

This week Jem talks about Gundam!Get your copy of his latest book, 'Slinkys and Snake Bombs' at https://www.amberley-books.com/slinkys-and-snake-bombs.html - or from wherever you buy your books! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jem talks about his new book!Get your copy at https://www.amberley-books.com/slinkys-and-snake-bombs.html - or from wherever you buy your books! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Rambo

Rambo

2021-08-2437:55

This week, Jem is talking about Rambo - and how it relates to the current situation in Afganistan.Keep in touch with Jem on twitter at @JemDuducu and on Facebook at History Gems and let him know which of the podcasts you are enjoying the most - this helps us to know which of the episodes to make more of!You can also find out about Greg, our magician behind the scenes (because every podcast has a magician doing the edit, right?!) at www.gregchapman.net. You can support the podcast by getting a copy of Jem's book 'Echoes' at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Echoes-Jem-Duducu-ebook/dp/B07PKFKVFB See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Homeworld

Homeworld

2021-08-1734:37

This week, Jem looks at the video game 'Homeworld'!Keep in touch with Jem on twitter at @JemDuducu and on Facebook at History Gems and let him know which of the podcasts you are enjoying the most - this helps us to know which of the episodes to make more of!You can also find out about Greg, our magician behind the scenes (because every podcast has a magician doing the edit, right?!) at www.gregchapman.net. You can watch his series 'The Last Airship' on YouTube at https://youtu.be/oA59KTF9LvUYou can support the podcast by getting a copy of Jem's book 'Echoes' at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Echoes-Jem-Duducu-ebook/dp/B07PKFKVFB See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dungeons and Dragons

Dungeons and Dragons

2021-08-1042:27

This week Jem talks about Dungeons and Dragons, hysteria and witch hunts!Keep in touch with Jem on twitter at @JemDuducu and on Facebook at History Gems and let him know which of the podcasts you are enjoying the most - this helps us to know which of the episodes to make more of!You can also find out about Greg, our magician behind the scenes (because every podcast has a magician doing the edit, right?!) at www.gregchapman.net. You can watch his series 'The Last Airship' on YouTube at https://youtu.be/oA59KTF9LvUYou can support the podcast by getting a copy of Jem's book 'Echoes' at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Echoes-Jem-Duducu-ebook/dp/B07PKFKVFB See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Wild Wild West

Wild Wild West

2021-08-0338:32

On this weeks episode Jem looks into Wild Wild West, Will Smith, and Steampunk!Keep in touch with Jem on twitter at @JemDuducu and on Facebook at History Gems and let him know which of the podcasts you are enjoying the most - this helps us to know which of the episodes to make more of!You can also find out about Greg, our magician behind the scenes (because every podcast has a magician doing the edit, right?!) at www.gregchapman.net. You can watch his series 'The Last Airship' on YouTube at https://youtu.be/oA59KTF9LvUYou can support the podcast by getting a copy of Jem's book 'Echoes' at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Echoes-Jem-Duducu-ebook/dp/B07PKFKVFB See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Olympics

The Olympics

2021-07-2739:55

With the Olympics now upon us, Jem takes a look into the history of the games!Keep in touch with Jem on twitter at @JemDuducu and on Facebook at History Gems and let him know which of the podcasts you are enjoying the most - this helps us to know which of the episodes to make more of!You can also find out about Greg, our magician behind the scenes (because every podcast has a magician doing the edit, right?!) at www.gregchapman.net.You can support the podcast by getting a copy of Jem's book 'Echoes' at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Echoes-Jem-Duducu-ebook/dp/B07PKFKVFB See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War

2021-07-2039:35

Jem turns the podcast on its head this week, as he takes the subject of the Vietnam War, and looks at how it has influences a huge amount of films.Keep in touch with Jem on twitter at @JemDuducu and on Facebook at History Gems and let him know which of the podcasts you are enjoying the most - this helps us to know which of the episodes to make more of!You can also find out about Greg, our magician behind the scenes (because every podcast has a magician doing the edit, right?!) at www.gregchapman.net.You can support the podcast by getting a copy of Jem's book 'Echoes' at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Echoes-Jem-Duducu-ebook/dp/B07PKFKVFB See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Rick and Morty

Rick and Morty

2021-07-1341:51

This week, Jem takes a look at the history hidden inside the animated series Rick and Morty!Keep in touch with Jem on twitter at @JemDuducu and on Facebook at History Gems and let him know which of the podcasts you are enjoying the most - this helps us to know which of the episodes to make more of!You can also find out about Greg, our magician behind the scenes (because every podcast has a magician doing the edit, right?!) at www.gregchapman.net.You can support the podcast by getting a copy of Jem's new book, 'Edge of Life', at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Edge-Life-Jem-Duducu/dp/B08TMTZJBY, or get a copy of 'Deus Vult' at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Deus-Vult-Concise-History-Crusades/dp/1445640554 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Loki

Loki

2021-07-0637:44

Jem visits the third of the Marvel Cinematic Universe series to come to DisneyPlus - Loki. Which of course means he will be talking about Norse Mythology - but also about a case which the FBI kept open for more than 40 years!Keep in touch with Jem on twitter at @JemDuducu and on Facebook at History Gems and let him know which of the podcasts you are enjoying the most - this helps us to know which of the episodes to make more of!You can also find out about Greg, our magician behind the scenes (because every podcast has a magician doing the edit, right?!) at www.gregchapman.net.You can support the podcast by getting a copy of Jem's new book, 'Edge of Life', at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Edge-Life-Jem-Duducu/dp/B08TMTZJBY, or get a copy of 'Deus Vult' at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Deus-Vult-Concise-History-Crusades/dp/1445640554 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This week Jem looks at the Pirates Of The Caribbean - which of course means he will be looking at pirates, but that might not mean exactly what you first think of!Keep in touch with Jem on twitter at @JemDuducu and on Facebook at History Gems and let him know which of the podcasts you are enjoying the most - this helps us to know which of the episodes to make more of!You can also find out about Greg, our magician behind the scenes (because every podcast has a magician doing the edit, right?!) at www.gregchapman.net.You can support the podcast by getting a copy of Jem's new book, 'Edge of Life', at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Edge-Life-Jem-Duducu/dp/B08TMTZJBY, or get a copy of 'Deus Vult' at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Deus-Vult-Concise-History-Crusades/dp/1445640554 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Euro 2020

Euro 2020

2021-06-2238:00

Inspired by the Euro 2020 football competition, Jem looks to find the history hidden in and around football!Keep in touch with Jem on twitter at @JemDuducu and on Facebook at History Gems and let him know which of the podcasts you are enjoying the most - this helps us to know which of the episodes to make more of!You can also find out about Greg, our magician behind the scenes (because every podcast has a magician doing the edit, right?!) at www.gregchapman.net.You can support the podcast by getting a copy of Jem's new book, 'Edge of Life', at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Edge-Life-Jem-Duducu/dp/B08TMTZJBY, or get a copy of 'Deus Vult' at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Deus-Vult-Concise-History-Crusades/dp/1445640554 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
With a slightly different style of podcast this week, Jem takes a serious look at a controversial topic...Keep in touch with Jem on twitter at @JemDuducu and on Facebook at History Gems and let him know which of the podcasts you are enjoying the most - this helps us to know which of the episodes to make more of!You can also find out about Greg, our magician behind the scenes (because every podcast has a magician doing the edit, right?!) at www.gregchapman.net.You can support the podcast by getting a copy of Jem's new book, 'Edge of Life', at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Edge-Life-Jem-Duducu/dp/B08TMTZJBY, or get a copy of 'Deus Vult' at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Deus-Vult-Concise-History-Crusades/dp/1445640554 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
With another 'Warhammer' based episode, Jem is back to discuss some of the real history hidden behind the Gods Of Chaos!Keep in touch with Jem on twitter at @JemDuducu and on Facebook at History Gems and let him know which of the podcasts you are enjoying the most - this helps us to know which of the episodes to make more of!You can also find out about Greg, our magician behind the scenes (because every podcast has a magician doing the edit, right?!) at www.gregchapman.net.You can support the podcast by getting a copy of Jem's new book, 'Edge of Life', at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Edge-Life-Jem-Duducu/dp/B08TMTZJBY, or get a copy of 'Deus Vult' at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Deus-Vult-Concise-History-Crusades/dp/1445640554 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This week Jem looks into the history lurking behind some nursery rhymes, and may give you pause for thought about singing some of them to your children...Keep in touch with Jem on twitter at @JemDuducu and on Facebook at History Gems and let him know which of the podcasts you are enjoying the most - this helps us to know which of the episodes to make more of!You can also find out about Greg, our magician behind the scenes (because every podcast has a magician doing the edit, right?!) at www.gregchapman.net.You can support the podcast by getting a copy of Jem's new book, 'Edge of Life', at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Edge-Life-Jem-Duducu/dp/B08TMTZJBY, or get a copy of 'Deus Vult' at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Deus-Vult-Concise-History-Crusades/dp/1445640554 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Army Of The Dead

Army Of The Dead

2021-05-2534:11

Zombie movies are the subject of this week's podcast, and in particular Zak Snyder's Army of the Dead!Keep in touch with Jem on twitter at @JemDuducu and on Facebook at History Gems and let him know which of the podcasts you are enjoying the most - this helps us to know which of the episodes to make more of!You can also find out about Greg, our magician behind the scenes (because every podcast has a magician doing the edit, right?!) at www.gregchapman.net.You can support the podcast by getting a copy of Jem's new book, 'Edge of Life', at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Edge-Life-Jem-Duducu/dp/B08TMTZJBY, or get a copy of 'Deus Vult' at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Deus-Vult-Concise-History-Crusades/dp/1445640554 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Overwatch

Overwatch

2021-05-1835:50

In this week's episode Jem talks about the video game Overwatch!Keep in touch with Jem on twitter at @JemDuducu and on Facebook at History Gems and let him know which of the podcasts you are enjoying the most - this helps us to know which of the episodes to make more of!You can also contact Greg, the man behind the scenes, on Twitter at @gregandfelicity.You can support the podcast by getting a copy of Jem's new book, 'Edge of Life', at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Edge-Life-Jem-Duducu/dp/B08TMTZJBY, or get a copy of 'Deus Vult' at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Deus-Vult-Concise-History-Crusades/dp/1445640554 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Commando

Commando

2021-05-1135:03

This episode, Jem looks into the history in and around the film Commando starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Keep in touch with Jem on twitter at @JemDuducu and on Facebook at History Gems and let him know which of the podcasts you are enjoying the most - this helps us to know which of the episodes to make more of!You can also contact Greg, the man behind the scenes, on Twitter at @gregandfelicity.You can support the podcast by getting a copy of Jem's new book, 'Edge of Life', at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Edge-Life-Jem-Duducu/dp/B08TMTZJBY, or get a copy of 'Deus Vult' at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Deus-Vult-Concise-History-Crusades/dp/1445640554 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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