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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

    Jan 24 2020

  • Fishko Files from WNYC / The First New York Fashion Week

    Coming up in two weeks: New York Fashion Week! From WNYC’s Sara Fishko is this archival Fishko Files, with a little history.

  • Witness History / The Frozen Zoo

    In 1975, San Diego Zoo began placing tissue samples of rare animals in cryogenic storage for the benefit of future generations. Called the Frozen Zoo, the refrigeration system now contains the cells of more than 1000 species ranging from the white rhinoceros to the black-footed ferret. Scientists are now using the collection to try to save species threatened by extinction. Simon Watts talks to Dr Oliver Ryder, who has worked at the Frozen Zoo from the very beginning. PHOTO: Northern White Rhino...more

  • OTR Detective – The Great Detectives of Old Time Radio / EP3043: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Man Who Wrote Himself to Death (Rehearsal)

    Johnny investigates an insured writer who’s apparently turned to a life of crime. Rehearsal of Program that Aired March 21, 1950 When making your travel plans, remember... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

  • Sound Opinions / #739 Mary Wilson of The Supremes, Opinions on Drive-By Truckers & Torres

    Motown Records helped create the soundtrack for a generation. And no group at that famous label was more iconic than The Supremes, both for their sound, and for their groundbreaking glamour. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk to Mary Wilson of The Supremes about her days at Motown, and how the group became international ambassadors representing an entire community. Jim and Greg also review new records from the Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers and indie singer-songwriter Torres....more

  • Filmspotting / #761: 2020 Movie Preview

    We ignore rumor and speculation and confine our 2020 Movie Preview to the current movie year (see you in 2021, Joel Coen's "Macbeth"!). New stuff from Christopher Nolan, Denis Villeneuve, Wes Anderson and other high-profile directors will – we hope – help us deal with a relative lack of 2019 MVPs Adam Driver and Florence Pugh. And we announce the follow-up to last year's 9 From '99 series: 8 From '84.0:00 - Billboard1:14 - 2020 PreviewBombay Bicycle Club, "Is It Real"29:43 - 8 From '84 / Notes43...more


    Tim Hardin was an extremely talented songwriter and performer who spent decades struggling with heroin addiction.

  • Most Notorious! A True Crime History Podcast / The 1692 Salem Witch Hunt w/ Mary Beth Norton - A True Crime History Podcast

    From the McCarthy era to the present day, the term "witch hunt" has been used to describe unjust persecution. In this episode, we examine the most notorious witch hunt in American history, in 1692 Salem, Massachusetts. . Hundreds of women and men were accused of witchcraft by young, "afflicted" girls, and many were executed. My guest is Mary Beth Norton, award-winning historian and professor of American history at Cornell University. She joins me to talk about her book, "In the Devil's Snare: T...more

  • The British History Podcast / 340 – A Bit of a Cnut

    When we left off, Cnut had managed to get Eadric... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com

  • In Our Time / Solar Wind

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the flow of particles from the outer region of the Sun which we observe in the Northern and Southern Lights, interacting with Earth's magnetosphere, and in comet tails that stream away from the Sun regardless of their own direction. One way of defining the boundary of the solar system is where the pressure from the solar wind is balanced by that from the region between the stars, the interstellar medium. Its existence was suggested from the C19th and Eugene Park...more

  • Tides of History / Pilgrims, Puritans, and the Battle for New England: Interview with Historian Peter Mancall

    The Pilgrims and the Puritans dominate our understanding not just of early New England, but also early America and the entire future course of American history. Yet their success and long-term influence weren't foreordained, and they weren't inevitable. Peter Mancall, Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford and Mellon Professor of the Humanities at USC, joins us to talk about his new book, The Trials of Thomas Morton: An Anglican Lawyer, His Puritan Foes, and the Battle for a New Engl...more

  • Here Be Monsters / HBM129: The Underearthlings

    Lars Christian Kofoed Rømer claims his red hat is mere coincidence. He wears it because his mother-in-law knit it for him 15 years ago and he quite likes it. However, it also makes him visually match the mythical underground people he spent three years studying on the Danish island of Bornholm.  Bornholm folklore sometimes references “De Underjordiske”, a kind of people that live under the many ancient burial mounds that spot the landscape. Lars sometimes calls the people “subterraneans”, “pixie...more

  • Dan Snow's History Hit / The Anglo-Zulu War

    Saul David - historian, broadcaster and author of several critically-acclaimed works of fiction and non-fiction - comes on the show to discuss the most brutal and controversial British imperial conflict of the 19th century: the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • On the Media / The Alleged Crimes of Greenwald

    The Brazilian federal government on Tuesday revealed charges of cybercrimes against Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, for his alleged role in the leaking of explosive messages written by high-ranking law enforcement officials. Press freedom advocates immediately decried the charges as a dangerous blow to basic press freedoms; Greenwald himself told Washington Post cybersecurity reporter Joseph Marks, "Governments [are] figuring out how they can criminalize journalism based on la...more

  • Stuff You Missed in History Class / Lord Elgin and the Parthenon Sculptures, Part 2

    Today's episode covers how the removal of Ancient Greek artifacts from Greece by Lord Elgin played out, how these sculptures became part of the collection of the British Museum, and why the controversy over all this has continued until today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Subtitle / Is a polyglot’s brain different?

    Susanna Zaraysky, speaker of nine languages, is one of those people who seem able to pick up French or Portuguese almost overnight. In reality, it’s not so effortless—but is she cognitively predisposed to attaining fluency in so many languages? We follow her to an MIT lab where researchers put her through a series of tests. Photo by Patrick Cox. Music by Silver Maple, Lucention, Pause For Concern, Podington Bear and Blue Dot Sessions.

  • History Extra podcast / Simon de Montfort’s medieval revolution

    Historian Sophie Ambler chronicles the dramatic life of Simon de Montfort, the 13th-century rebel who battled Henry III for mastery in England and established a revolutionary form of government. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Spirits / 164: Vampires & ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’ (Myth Movie Night)

    Since we’ve watched Amanda’s favorite vampire movie, it seemed like a good time to submerge ourselves in all things vampire. We touch on the vast history of vampire folklore and tradition, then dive into some of our favorite examples of vampire media.  This week, Amanda recommends Blood, Bones, and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton and Burn the Ice by Kevin Alexander.  Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about suicide, death, physical assault, child endangerment/death, miscarriage,...more

  • Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill / Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden and the Rewriting of Iraq War History

    Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is already unfolding as a Mitch McConnell-coordinated farce. The charges against Trump are serious, but they beg the question of why Congress has never impeached a president for war crimes. None of the three Senate trials of a president was for imperial crimes committed in plain sight, despite a long history of presidents invading countries, killing civilians, and torturing prisoners.Constitutional and international law scholar Marjorie Cohn discusses the trial o...more

  • White Horse Inn / An Overview of the Book of Romans

    What is so unique about the Book of Romans that it has had such a great impact on the church throughout history? Tune in this week as the hosts outline the "big picture" of Paul's letter to the Romans and discuss its incredible historical influence. Joining the hosts again on this program is World Magazine columnist, Gene Edward Veith (originally aired 02-12-06).

  • The History Chicks / Mary Church Terrell (part 1)

    Mary Terrell was one of the first African American Women to graduate from college, and rose to prominence during the battles for universal suffrage and civil rights. With fiery speeches and a push in the back, she demanded that we all to go forth and do some good. We have a responsibility to lift each other up as we climb, she said, in order to make the world a better place for all.