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Enjoyable History

Some people love history, and some find it a terrible bore. This channel will draw you in with great fascinating tales and wonderful narration.

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    Enjoyable History

    Sep 18 2020

  • Fishko Files from WNYC / Frank Stella

    Sometimes artists, seeking inspiration, find it in the very thing that challenges and haunts them most. Here, WNYC’s Sara Fishko talks with visual artist Frank Stella about some very productive pain. (Produced in 2011)

  • History Extra podcast / Ben Macintyre on Agent Sonya – the greatest female spy in history

    Journalist and bestselling author Ben Macintyre talks to us about his latest book, Agent Sonya: Lover, Mother, Soldier, Spy, which tells the incredible story of a German-born woman who spied for the Soviet Union against both Britain and Nazi Germany, and helped transform the balance of power in the Cold War. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Witness History / The mothers of Argentina's disappeared

    In April 1977 a group of women in Argentina held the first ever public demonstration to demand the release of thousands of opponents of the military regime. It was the start of a long campaign by the women, who became known as the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo. In 2017 Mike Lanchin spoke to Mirta Baravalle who has spent decades searching for her missing daughter and son-in-law, and for the grandchild she has never met. (Photo: Mirta Baravalle, with the photograph of her daughter, Ana Maria. Cred...more

  • OTR Detective – The Great Detectives of Old Time Radio / EP3247: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Port O-Call Matter

    Johnny goes to San Francisco to investigate the simultaneous robberies of several branches of a loan company. Original Air Date: January 13, 1951 When making your travel plans, remember... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

  • Filmspotting: Reviews & Top 5s / #793: The Nest / Antebellum / Jeanne Dielman (Overlooked Auteurs #3)

    When the tense marriage drama THE NEST debuted earlier this year at Sundance, there was understandable excitement about the return of director Sean Durkin, who hadn't directed a feature since 2011's "Martha Marcy May Marlene" (a Filmspotting Golden Brick nominee). Durkin doesn't disappoint in his return, giving his movie a pervasive sense of unsettling dread—but the real fireworks belong to stars Carrie Coon and Jude Law. In addition to that review, Josh recommends the divisive new horror thrill...more

  • Most Notorious! A True Crime History Podcast / Detroit's Notorious Purple Gang w/ Gregory Fournier - A True Crime History Podcast

    Through most of the 1920s the Bernstein Brothers, known more colorfully as the Purple Gang, ran Detroit's underworld with an iron fist. Partnering with Chicago's Al Capone, they were responsible for much of the liquor that came into the United States from Canada. They were involved in other shady rackets as well, and didn't hesitate to murder any rivals who stepped on their toes.  Gregory Fournier, author of "The Elusive Purple Gang: Detroit's Kosher Nostra", joins me to talk about this notoriou...more

  • Ancient Warfare Podcast / AWA: Were Pila designed to bend?

    Treb Courie asks, was the iron shank of the pilum designed to be soft and bend easily? If you have any questions email Jasper at editor@ancient-warfare.com Enjoy the podcast? Why not become a patron?

  • Radiolab / Falling

    There are so many ways to fall—in love, asleep, even flat on your face. This hour, Radiolab dives into stories of great falls.  We jump into a black hole, take a trip over Niagara Falls, upend some myths about falling cats, and plunge into our favorite songs about falling. Support Radiolab by becoming a member today at Radiolab.org/donate.    

  • Dan Snow's History Hit / Arnhem, Satire, Bartending and Drums

    Comedian, historian, broadcaster Al Murray joins me on the podcast to discuss Arnhem. The British-Polish allied defeat at Arnhem took place in autumn 1944, 76 years ago this week.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Second Captains Podcast / Ep 1858: Champagne Football With Mark Tighe And Paul Rowan - 17/09/20

    Champagne Football is out today. It’s the definitive history of John Delaney’s rise, reign and spectacular fall at the FAI, by the journalists who brought him down.   Eoin and Ken interviewed authors Mark Tighe and Paul Rowan at the book's virtual launch last night and we're making the chat available to everybody for free. Plus there's episode 4 of 'Where Is George Gibney?', Scorsese goes Irish, and truth is stranger than fiction.

  • In Our Time / Pericles

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Pericles (495-429BC), the statesman who dominated the politics of Athens for thirty years, the so-called Age of Pericles, when the city’s cultural life flowered, its democracy strengthened as its empire grew, and the Acropolis was adorned with the Parthenon. In 431 BC he gave a funeral oration for those Athenians who had already died in the new war with Sparta which has been celebrated as one of the greatest speeches of all time, yet within two years he was dead...more

  • Skeptoid / Outpost 2020

    A new online con bridging popular fandom and science, coming to you October 23-25.

  • Tides of History / How Did People Domesticate Animals? An Interview with Professor Greger Larson

    The domestication of animals has transformed the way that people eat, clothe themselves, and live over the past 10,000 or so years, but what in the world does "domestication" even mean? How did this happen, and why did people start doing this? I talk with Professor Greger Larson of Oxford University about the genetics of animal domestication and how cutting-edge science is helping us answer these age-old questions.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Upstart - Find out how low your Upstart rate...more

  • Emperors of Rome / Episode CXLIX - Herodian

    Herodian was a Roman historian living and writing during the reign of the Severan dynasty. He is a valuable record of events for some of the most turbulent days of Roman history, and while at times lacking details, he knows what he’s doing with an exciting narrative. Guest: Dr Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University/Humboldt Research Fellow, Goethe University, Frankfurt)

  • On the Media / Joe Rogan: Debate Moderator?

    Earlier this year we aired a profile of Joe Rogan. The unbelievably popular podcast host was in the headlines because then-presidential candidate Bernie Sanders had gone on his show — resulting in a kerfuffle in the progressive camp, because of Rogans misogyny and racism. He's back in the headlines again this week after Trump tweeted that he would gladly participate in a debate hosted by Rogan. The fact that Joe Rogan wields so much influence is itself a kind of a head-scratcher for many coastal...more

  • Stuff You Missed in History Class / Six Impossible Episodes: There’s a Book About That!

    These are episodes that we’d love to do as a full-length episode, and we’ve gotten listener quests for most of them. But there’s a book that’s so central to the subject that the book is really the place to go. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Spirits / 198: The Western Zodiac

    After making too many jokes about Virgo season, Julia is making it up to Amanda by giving her a tour of the Western Zodiac! We still know too much about Zeus’s love life, but we would buy from Castor & Pollux’s new clothing line if they advertised to us on Instagram.      Here’s the Mixology Astrology chart.  Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about or mentions of sex, depression, abduction, sexual assault, murder/death, animal death, infancide, and attempted suicide.      Hou...more

  • Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill / BONUS: A Story of Asylum, and Musician Lido Pimienta on Her New Album "Miss Colombia"

    On this bonus episode of Intercepted, journalist John Washington, whose latest reporting for The Intercept expanded on an explosive new whistleblower complaint alleging that mass hysterectomies occurred at an ICE detention facility, reads an excerpt from his new book, “The Dispossessed: A Story of Asylum and the US-Mexican Border and Beyond.” And the Colombian-Canadian musician Lido Pimienta talks about her latest album, Miss Colombia, and how the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant inspired her to ...more

  • The Dollop with Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds / Wondery presents Bunga Bunga

    Silvio Berlusconi was a charismatic multi-millionaire real-estate mogul who upended the Italian political order and hypnotized an entire nation. He was the longest-serving prime minister of one of the world’s wealthiest countries, until he was brought down by three powerful women - and two words: “Bunga Bunga.” From Wondery, the makers of Dirty John and The Shrink Next Door, and hosted by comedian Whitney Cummings, “Bunga Bunga” is an eight part series on the incredible true story of the ri...more

  • White Horse Inn / The Weaker Brother

    In this edition of the White Horse Inn, the hosts discuss the relationship between liberty and license as they interact with Paul's admonition to be mindful of our weaker brothers in Christ (originally aired 11-05-06). For a donation of $100, we will send you a copy of Michael Horton’s two-volume work, Justification. For a donation of $50, we will send your choice of either Vol. 1 or Vol. 2 of Justification. Volume 1 explores the doctrine of justification from the early church fathers to the Ref...more