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Warships with Dan Snow

Warships with Dan Snow

2022-06-2633:12

Today we are talking warships: from the revolutionary Tudor ships to modern aircraft carriers, and all the innovations along the way. Our guest is History Hit’s own Dan Snow. Dan, a self-confessed Martime history nerd, gives Dallas a whistle stop tour of nearly 200 years of history — from the rise of wooden warships, to how these feats of engineering were built and how they transformed the world, forever. This episode was produced by Emily WhalleyThe senior producer is Charlotte LongEdited and mixed by Seyi AdaobiFor more History Hit content, subscribe to our newsletters here.If you'd like to learn even more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad-free podcasts, and audiobooks at History Hit - subscribe today! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Special Effects

Special Effects

2022-06-2236:43

The history of Special Effects — from stop motion to motion capture.In just over a century, we special effects have been subject to rapid innovation. What were the biggest breakthroughs? How did the digital revolution transform the industry? And, what does the future hold?Today on the show, we speak to film historian Julie Turnock who answers all that and more, revealing the biggest technological secrets behind movie magic.This episode was produced by Emily WhalleyThe senior producer is Charlotte LongEdited and mixed by Stuart BeckwithFor more History Hit content, subscribe to our newsletters here.If you'd like to learn even more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad-free podcasts, and audiobooks at History Hit - subscribe today! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
_CW: This episode is a bit saucier than normal with explicit sexual references and some swearing. If that isn’t your cup of tea or are listening with kids, please check out one of our past episodes instead_. It is fair to say, Sex Toys aren’t the taboo they once were. The stats show they are incredibly popular — over 52% of women in the US have used vibrator, and many men - 1 in 3 - use them too. And we are more comfortable than ever talking about them. But where did it all start and how long have they been around? So today on the show, sex historian Kate Lister joins us to chart their — from ancient myths, to victorian quackery through to the decline of euphemistic marketing and societies embrace of the sex toy. Listen to more from Kate on the History Hit podcast _Betwixt The Sheets_.  This episode was produced by Emily WhalleyThe senior producer is Charlotte LongEdited and mixed by Stuart BeckwithFor more History Hit content, subscribe to our newsletters[ here.](https://www.historyhit.com/sign-up-to-history-hit/?utm_source=timelinenewsletter&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=Timeline+Podcast+Campaign)If you'd like to learn even more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad-free podcasts, and audiobooks at History Hit - [subscribe today](https://access.historyhit.com/?utm_source=audio&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=Podcast+Campaign&utm_id=Podcast)! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Lunar Rover

Lunar Rover

2022-06-1532:41

The success of the Apollo Missions relied on hugely imaginative engineering. There is perhaps no better example of this than the first off-planet electric car, The Lunar Rover.Today on the show we ask: Why did we send a car to the moon? How did we design something for an environment we knew nothing about? How did we get it up there?Dallas is joined by by Eddie Alterman, the longtime editor at Car and Driver and host of new Puskin's new podcast, Car Show!.You can listen to Car Show! with Eddie Alterman, from our friends at Pushkin Industries, here.For more History Hit content, subscribe to our newsletters here.If you'd like to learn even more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad-free podcasts, and audiobooks at History Hit - subscribe today!This episode was produced by Emily Whalley.The senior producer is Charlotte Long.Edited and mixed by Stuart Beckwith. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgery

2022-06-1238:38

As a result of all the military and medical advancements of World War One there were more seriously injured and disfigured soldiers surviving the battlefield than ever before. And so World War One also lead to a huge leap forward in plastic and cosmetic surgery.In this episode Dallas is joined by award winning historian and author Lindsey Fitzharris to talk about the birth of reconstructive surgery, and the Grandfather behind it - Harold Gillies. Repairing missing jaw bones, gunshot wounds to the face, and leading the way on the first phalloplasty in 1949 - who is Harold Gillies, and why is he so important to the modern medical community?Warning this episode contains graphic discussion of war injuries and surgery. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time

2022-06-0833:082

Introduced just over 100 years ago, Daylight Savings have always been divisive.So, why are people for and why are people against — and how have those arguments changed over time?We find out with today's guest, Dr Kristin Hussey - a science historian currently based in Denmark who is working on a book about the history of circadian rhythms.This episode was produced by Emily Whalley.Edited and mixed by Aidan Lonergan.The senior producer is Charlotte Long.For more History Hit content, subscribe to our newsletters here.If you'd like to learn even more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad-free podcasts, and audiobooks at History Hit - subscribe today! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronation Chicken

Coronation Chicken

2022-06-0522:471

Chicken, mayonnaise, curry powder - and wait, sultanas? What exactly is Coronation Chicken and what does it have to do with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II? Created by students, beloved by many, how does this iconic sandwich filler fit into British culinary history? In this Jubilee Special, Dallas is joined by food historian Annie Gray to talk all things TV chefs, supermarket sandwiches, and whether this creamy delight was ever really served to the Queen.This episode was produced by Emily Whalley.Edited and mixed by Seyi Adaobi.The senior producer is Charlotte LongFor more History Hit content, subscribe to our newsletters here.If you'd like to learn even more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad-free podcasts, and audiobooks at History Hit - subscribe today! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coffee

Coffee

2022-06-0136:461

A cup of coffee was once a luxury. Now it is quick, cheap and widely available — a daily essential for many. How did this happen?Today on Patented, Jonathan Morris walks us through the evolution of coffee: from how people first figured out its psychoactive properties, to the transformations in roasting, processing and preparation that resulted in a coffee shop on every high street.Listen to the History of Coffee podcast here: A History of CoffeeFind Jonathans book, Coffee: A Global History here.This episode was produced by Emily WhalleyThe senior producer is Charlotte LongEdited and mixed by Seyi Adaobi.For more History Hit content, subscribe to our newsletters here.If you'd like to learn even more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad-free podcasts, and audiobooks at History Hit - subscribe today! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Tattoos

Tattoos

2022-05-2936:32

“As ancient as time, as modern as tomorrow.’Why have tattoos been reinvented in so many cultures - and with so many different meanings - throughout history?And yet, tattooing is constantly portrayed as a new ‘thing’, when tattoos were just for criminals or sailors.Far from truth, tattoos and the art of painting ones skin is as old and as fascinating as humankind itself.On this episode we focus on the evolution of tattooing with Dr Matt Lodder. A Senior Lecturer in Art History and Theory, and Director of American Studies at the University of Essex.Dallas and Matt explore the inventions that led the way to modern tattooing from 17th century pilgrims in Jerusalem getting religious iconography inked on their skins, through to the first tattoo parlour in the late 1880s, and to King George V.This episode was produced by Emily WhalleyThe senior producer is Charlotte LongEdited and mixed by Thomas Ntinas.For more History Hit content, subscribe to our newsletters here.If you'd like to learn even more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad-free podcasts, and audiobooks at History Hit - subscribe today! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Telescope

The Telescope

2022-05-2534:52

The telescope marked, arguably, the first invention to truly transform a human sense. For the first time it allowed our eyes to observe the universe beyond the bounds of our Earthly home.But how did this groundbreaking instrument first come about? Today on the show we find out who really invented the telescope (it wasn't Galileo, actually), why it was embraced by some and shunned by others, and explore its lasting impact on how we see our own world.Our guest is Susan Denham Wade, author of A History of Seeing in 11 Inventions. You can find out more about Susans book here: https://www.thehistorypress.co.uk/publication/a-history-of-seeing-in-eleven-inventions/9780750997164/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
UFOs

UFOs

2022-05-2232:551

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? A UFO maybe? Or is it some reflective Lichen? Where does the idea of an Unidentified Flying Object come from and are they real? Spoiler alert - probably not. In this episode Dallas is joined by journalist and author David Clarke to discuss all things unidentified. From the exact moment the term flying saucer was coined, to two befuddled policeman's interaction with some shiny rocks - where exactly did UFOs come from, and how have they become intertwined with modern day science? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Aeroplane

The Aeroplane

2022-05-1841:33

On 17 December 1903 the Wright Brothers successful completed the first manned, controlled and sustained flight in human history.They made it 'just' 120 ft in that first attempt. From there, aeroplane technology took off at a pace. Only 16 years later came the first non-stop transatlantic flight, and just six years after that the first round-the-world flight touched down without stopping.Today we revisit one of the most iconic and impactful invention stories with the help of Peter Jakub, Senior Curator at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.For more History Hit content, subscribe to our newsletters here.If you'd like to learn even more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad-free podcasts, and audiobooks at History Hit - subscribe today! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Invented in the mid-1800s, bicycles have had enduring popularity. Across cultures, they have been embraced, promising freedom and mobility at a low price point. Today on the show we are joined by Tim Harford, host of the podcasts Cautionary Tales and The BBC’s 50 Objects That Defined The Modern Economy. Tim and Dallas discuss the history of the bike, from the invention story through to bicycle booms, the C5 Sinclair and the rise of dockless bike sharing schemes. Listen to the episode of Cautionary Tales about the Sinclair C5 here: https://timharford.com/2022/04/cautionary-tales-the-false-dawn-of-the-electric-car/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Prozac

Prozac

2022-05-1138:081

How — and why — did Prozac become the best-selling antidepressant of all time? As it is Mental Health Awareness Week, we are diving into this fascinating story that speaks to a greater shift in psychiatry and attitudes towards mental health since the invention of the first antidepressants in the 1950s. We’ll also look at how depression was treated before drugs, types of antidepressants, why Prozac was so revolutionary, and what its long-term impact of it has been. Today's guest is Dr. Mark L. Ruffalo - a psychotherapist in private practice in Tampa, Florida who teaches widely about the history of psychiatry.For more History Hit content, subscribe to our newsletters here.If you'd like to learn even more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad-free podcasts, and audiobooks at History Hit - subscribe today!To download, go to Android or Apple store.This episode was produced by Emily WhalleyThe senior producer is Charlotte LongEdited and mixed by Seyi Adaobi See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
LSD

LSD

2022-05-0837:36

How did LSD go from accidental discovery to the counter cultures go to drug?On April 19th 1943 Albert Hoffman had the first ever LSD trip in Basel, Switzerland. He was testing a substance of his own making, that he had initially developed 5 years previously and been thinking about ever since...Today on the show are joined by Tom Shroder, author of Acid Test: Lsd, Ecstasy, and the Power to Heal, who takes us through this incredible invention story, how the uses of LSD changed through the 20th century andwhat the future holds.You can find more about Tom here: (Home - Tom Shroder)For more History Hit content, subscribe to our newsletters here.If you'd like to learn even more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad free podcasts and audiobooks at History Hit - subscribe today!To download, go to Android or Apple store.This episode was produced by Emily WhalleyThe senior producer is Charlotte LongEdited and mixed by Seyi Adaobi See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Staples, paper clips, and washers - small inventions that improve our everyday lives and have even saved lives. In this episode Dallas is joined by author Helen Pilcher to talk about the origins of these tiny, lifer altering inventions and the impact felt still. From the use of ant heads to stop bleeding, paperclips as a symbol of defiance, and the washer helping to win the Battle of Britain - tune in for stories of how these small inventions have had huge impacts across human history. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Robots

Robots

2022-05-0135:49

Many of us became familiar with robots through science fiction — R2D2, C3PO, Rosie from the Jetsons, Marvin the Paranoid Android. In comparison, it can feel like the robots we actually interact with today fall a bit short of this imagined future.In this episode we are joined by Dr Beth Singler, Research Fellow in Artificial Intelligence at Cambridge University, to discuss the invention and evolution of the robot, as well as the gap between our popular imagination and the technology scrambling to keep up.For more History Hit content, subscribe to our newsletters here.If you'd like to learn even more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad free podcasts and audiobooks at History Hit - subscribe today!To download, go to Android or Apple store. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Wheeled Suitcase

Wheeled Suitcase

2022-04-2727:52

We put man on the moon before we invented the wheeled suitcase. Why did it take so long? Find out in todays episode with guest Katrine Marçal, whose research has revealed a hidden chapter in invention story of rolling luggage. For more History Hit content, subscribe to our newsletters here.If you'd like to learn even more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad free podcasts and audiobooks at History Hit - subscribe today!To download, go to Android or Apple store. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Tanks

Tanks

2022-04-2429:51

Tanks defined 20th century conflict — they conjure to mind images of Tiananmen Square or the Soviet Army rolling into a liberated Berlin. But over the past couple of weeks, we have began seeing them again on our TV screens during the current fighting in Ukraine. Today on Patented, we are joined by war historian James Holland to explore where the idea of the tank came from, how they have been used through time, and what role they play in future conflicts. For more History Hit content, subscribe to our newsletters here.If you'd like to learn even more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad free podcasts and audiobooks at History Hit - subscribe today!To download, go to Android or Apple store. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Origin of Zero

The Origin of Zero

2022-04-2024:43

Nada, naught, nil, zip, zilch, zero. Whatever you call it, it's hard to imagine the world without it. Zero is the basis for all modern computing and engineering, including trigonometry, algebra, and binary code. So, pretty important. But despite how integral it is to our lives now, there was once a time when zero never existed. Today we are joined by statistician and author Timandra Harkness, who is going to take us back in time to the invention of zero as a mathematical concept. Tune in to find out how it was discovered, the impact it had, and if we could possibly imagine a world without it today.For more History Hit content, subscribe to our newsletters here.If you'd like to learn even more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad free podcasts and audiobooks at History Hit - subscribe today!To download, go to Android or Apple store.This episode was produced by Emily WhalleyThe senior producer is Charlotte LongEdited and mixed by Seyi Adaobi See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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