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Half-Arsed History

English, History, 1 season, 401 episodes, 3 days, 15 hours, 53 minutes
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Welcome along to Half-Arsed History! It's a weekly podcast highlighting absurd and entertaining stories from history. For around half an hour a week, it also makes your host Riley Knight feel as though his useless history degree has some kind of real-world relevance.
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Episode 312: Christina of Sweden, Minerva of the North

In this week's episode, get to know Christina of Sweden, the keenly intelligent and fiercely independent queen of Sweden, who is remembered today for her passion of learning and knowledge. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/16/202448 minutes, 59 seconds
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Monuments Episode 24: The Great Mosque of Djenne

This week's monument is the Great Mosque of Djenné, found in Mali, which to this day remains the largest mud brick building on the planet. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/14/202416 minutes, 23 seconds
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QAH Episode 62: Legio IX Hispana, the Lost Legion

Quarter-Arsed History presents: the tale of Legio IX Hispana, also know as the Lost Legion, an ancient Roman military unit that one day just disappeared from recorded history. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/12/202421 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 311: Emperor Trajan, Optimus Princeps

In this week's episode, discover the story of one of the greatest Roman emperors ever to have lived: Trajan, who brought the empire to its largest territorial extent in 117 CE. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/9/202453 minutes, 35 seconds
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Monuments Episode: 23 Himeji Castle

This week's monument is Himeji Castle, a complex in Japan that is perhaps the finest and most magnificent example of Japanese castle-building. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/7/202422 minutes, 10 seconds
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QAH Episode 61: A Brief History of the State of Origin

Quarter Arsed History presents: a brief history of the State of Origin, an very popular rugby league series that sees representatives from Queensland and New South Wales face off every year. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/5/202418 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 310: Oscar Wilde, the Brilliant Playwright

In this week's episode, learn all about Oscar Wilde, the famous Anglo-Irish playwright who is still remembered for his dazzling wit, and hear the tragic tale of his downfall due to the harsh social attitudes of the time. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/2/202456 minutes, 39 seconds
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Monuments Episode 22: Moai

This week's monument is the Moai, huge monolithic statues carved from volcanic rock and transported all across Rapa Nui (Easter Island) in the remote south Pacific Ocean. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/31/202419 minutes, 28 seconds
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QAH Episode 60: The Nottingham Cheese Riot

Quarter-Arsed History presents: the Nottingham Cheese Riot of 1766, when the English town of Nottingham was thrown into civil unrest due to... well, as you probably guessed, cheese. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/29/202419 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 309: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

In this week's episode, listen to the tale of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, when actor John Wilkes Booth shot the sitting US president in Ford's Theatre. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/26/202445 minutes, 24 seconds
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Monuments Episode 21: The Alhambra

This week's monument is the Alhambra, a mediaeval hilltop citadel overlooking the Spanish city of Granada, that is one of the finest examples of Islamic architecture in the entire world. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/24/202415 minutes, 56 seconds
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QAH Episode 59: Ten Cent Beer Night

Quarter-Arsed History presents: Ten Cent Beer Night, a baseball game at which beer was sold at ten cents a cup, leading to streakers, missiles pelting the players on the field, and eventually a full-blown riot. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/22/202418 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 308: The History of the United States - Part 4 Cold War and Global Hegemony

In this week's episode, conclude an overview of US history with the last of a four-part series, this week getting across the radical changes that took place in post-war USA, with things like the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, the War on Terror, and more.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/19/20241 hour, 18 minutes, 8 seconds
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Monuments Episode 20: The Louvre Palace

This week's monument is the Louvre Palace, a building in Paris, France that is today home to what is today the world's most famous art museum, but used to be a royal residence for French kings. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/17/202420 minutes, 38 seconds
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QAH Episode 58: The Harlem Hellfighters

Quarter-Arsed History presents: the Harlem Hellfighters, the nickname given to the US 369th Infantry Regiment, a unit of mostly African-American soldiers sent over to Europe to fight in the First World War. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/15/202418 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 307: The History of the United States - Part 3: Reconstruction and World War

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, get stuck into the third of four episodes covering the history of the United States of America, this time covering the Reconstruction and Progressive Eras, the World Wars, Great Depression, and New Deal. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/12/202458 minutes, 42 seconds
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Monuments Episode 19: Notre-Dame de Paris

This week's monument is Notre-Dame de Paris, one of the most famous Gothic-style cathedrals on the face of the planet. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/10/202425 minutes, 37 seconds
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QAH Episode 57: Ea-Nasir, the Fine Copper Merchant

Quarter-Arsed History presents: the story of Ea-Nasir, a copper merchant whose reputation as a shonky businessman has lasted almost 3,800 years. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/8/202418 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 306: The History of the United States - Part 2: Expansion and Civil War

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, continue an overview of US history, focussing on the first half of the 19th century: foreign policy, westward expansion, slavery, and the American Civil War. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/5/20241 hour, 11 minutes, 25 seconds
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Monuments Episode 18: Angkor Wat

This week's monument is Angkor Wat, an enormous Buddhist temple complex found in Cambodia that is said to be the largest religious structure in the world. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/3/202416 minutes, 21 seconds
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QAH Episode 56: The Day John Sattler Broke His Jaw

Quarter-Arsed History presents: the day John Sattler broke his jaw, when during the 1970 NSWRFL grand final, the South Sydney played through the entire match even after having his jaw broken in three places. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/1/202413 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 305: The History of the United States, Part 1: Colonisation and Independence

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the first of a four-part series on the history of the United States of America, including its indigenous peoples, the colonisation process, the American Revolutionary War, and its immediate consequences. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/28/202454 minutes, 32 seconds
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Monuments Episode 17: Great Zimbabwe

This week's monument is Great Zimbabwe, a mediaeval city in Zimbabwe that generated great wealth and prosperity before ultimately falling into decline and ruin in the 15h century. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/26/202419 minutes, 10 seconds
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QAH Episode 55: Simpson and His Donkey

Quarter-Arsed History presents: Simpson and his donkey, the tale of the brave Anzac John Simpson who rescued his wounded comrades from the battlefields of Gallipoli with the help of a donkey. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/24/202412 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 304: The ANZAC Campaign in Gallipoli

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, find out about the ill-fated Gallipoli Campaign of the First World War and the role the ANZACs played in it, resulting in the yearly observance of Anzac Day. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/21/202455 minutes, 3 seconds
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Monuments Episode 16: The Tower of London

This week's monument is the Tower of London, a castle complex in the UK capital that dates back almost a thousand years - and was a lot more than just a prison. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/19/202420 minutes, 51 seconds
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QAH Episode 54: The Rebecca Riots

Quarter-Arsed History presents: the Rebecca riots, when hordes of Welsh farmers staged violent protests across the country... in drag. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/17/202415 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 303: Owain Glyndwr and the Welsh Revolt

Complete the Half-Arsed History listener survey for your chance to win a free t-shirt from the HAH merch shop: https://podcastsurvey.typeform.com/historyIn this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the tale of Owain Glyndŵr, a Welsh nobleman who led a rebellion against the English in the 14th century. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/14/202445 minutes, 48 seconds
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Monuments Episode 15: Chichen Itza

Complete the Half-Arsed History listener survey for your chance to win a free t-shirt from the HAH merch shop: https://podcastsurvey.typeform.com/historyThis week's monument is Chichen Itza, an old Maya city found in today's Mexico that grew to become one of the largest and most powerful cities in Mesoamerica. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/12/202419 minutes, 7 seconds
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QAH Episode 53: The Extinction of the Thylacine

Complete the Half-Arsed History listener survey for your chance to win a free t-shirt from the HAH merch shop: https://podcastsurvey.typeform.com/historyQuarter-Arsed History presents: the extinction of the thylacine, a carnivorous marsupial that died out in 1936 after decades of being maligned and hunted. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/10/202416 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 302: The Extinction of the Dodo

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the tragic tale of the dodo, and how it was driven to extinction by humans after we landed on the island of Mauritius. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/7/202444 minutes, 7 seconds
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Monuments Episode 14: Borobudur

This week's monument is Borobudur, the largest Buddhist temple in the entire world, found on the Indonesian island of Java. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/5/202416 minutes, 38 seconds
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QAH Episode 52: The 1932 Kimberley Rescue

Quarter-Arsed History presents: the 1932 Kimberley Rescue, when two German aviators got lost in the Australian wilderness before being rescued by indigenous trackers. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/3/202419 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 301: The Historic Origins of Popular Sayings, Part 2

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the historical origins behind five popular sayings: "mad as a hatter", "bite the bullet", "crocodile tears", "I have a bridge to sell you", and "baker's dozen". Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/31/202448 minutes, 49 seconds
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Monuments Episode 13: The Dome of the Rock

This week's monument is the Dome of the Rock, the oldest example of Islamic architecture in the world, found atop Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Israel. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/29/202421 minutes, 29 seconds
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QAH Episode 51: Herodotus, the Father of History

Quarter-Arsed History presents: Herodotus, the ancient Greek traveller, writer, and orator whose seminal work Histories established history as an academic discipline. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/27/202419 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 300: The History of History

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, get across a history of history itself, exploring the way we have recorded our own history over the millennia, how our relationship with history has changed, and how it has changed us. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/24/20241 hour, 43 minutes, 47 seconds
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Monuments Episode 12: Skellig Michael

This week's monument is the monastery on Skellig Michael, built on a tiny island to the southwest of Ireland, which was famously featured in the most recent Star Wars films. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/22/202415 minutes, 37 seconds
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QAH Episode 50: Miyamoto Musashi, the Great Duelist

Quarter-Arsed History presents: Miyamoto Musashi, one of the greatest duellists history has ever seen, with an incredible record of 61 victories - one of them with an oar. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/20/202421 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 299: William Adams and the Real-Life History of Shogun

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the true story of William Adams, the inspiration behind the popular TV show Shogun and his fictional counterpart, John Blackthorne. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/17/202458 minutes, 52 seconds
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Monuments Episode 11: The Hagia Sophia

This week's monument is the Hagia Sophia, a beautiful and iconic building in Istanbul that has served as a Christian church, Islamic mosque, and secular museum. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/15/202418 minutes, 32 seconds
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QAH Episode: 49 Project Hajile

Quarter-Arsed History presents: Project Hajile, where British military engineers attempted to create a rocket-powered landing system for heavy airdrops during the Second World War. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/13/202418 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 298: Grace O’Malley, the Irish Rebel Pirate

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the tale of the Irish noblewoman, rebel, and pirate, Grace O'Malley, known in Irish as Gráinne Ní Mháille. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/10/202446 minutes, 53 seconds
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Monuments Episode 10: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre

This week's monument is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a church found in Jerusalem that is considered to be the holiest place in the Christian faith, and one that has some very amusing stories attached to it. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/8/202419 minutes, 30 seconds
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QAH Episode 48: Johan de Witt, the Cannibalised Statesman

Quarter-Arsed History presents: Johan de Witt, a Dutch political leader who led the Dutch Republic through the closing years of its golden age, before being killed and eaten by his people. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/6/202418 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 297: The History of Chess

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, go on a journey through the history of chess, from its origins as an Indian board game called chaturanga, through its development in Persia and the Middle East, to become the international game it is today. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/3/202450 minutes, 41 seconds
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Monuments Episode 9: The Colosseum

This week's monument is the Colosseum, found in the Italian capital of Rome, which played host to bloody spectacles for hundreds of years during the height of the Roman Empire. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/1/202420 minutes, 26 seconds
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QAH Episode 47: The Fine Cotton Affair

Quarter-Arsed History presents: the Fine Cotton Affair, when a horse racing syndicate made a farcical attempt at a "ring-in", involving hair dye, spray paint, and ultimately, multiple jail terms for those involved. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/28/202417 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 296: Vasco da Gama, the Explorer Who Shrank the World

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the tale of the famous Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, whose mixed historical legacy includes being in command of the first successful sea voyage from Europe to Asia. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/25/202440 minutes, 51 seconds
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Monuments Episode 08: The Western Wall

This week's monument is the Western Wall, which in the Jewish faith is one of the holiest places in the world, but was originally built as a retaining wall for the expansion of the Second Temple on Temple Mount. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/23/202412 minutes, 41 seconds
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QAH Episode 46: The White Ship Disaster

Quarter-Arsed History presents: the White Ship Disaster, a shipwreck that saw the heir to the English throne die, directly leading to the outbreak of a prolonged civil war known as the Anarchy. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/21/202413 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 295: King Stephen, Empress Matilda, and the Anarchy

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn all about the Anarchy, a devastating civil war that took place in 12th-century England in the wake of a succession crisis. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/18/202440 minutes, 7 seconds
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Monuments Episode 07: The Pantheon

This week's monument is the Pantheon, found in the Italian capital city of Rome - an ancient Roman temple built almost a thousand years ago, the exquisitely-decorated Pantheon is still in use today as a Catholic church. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/16/202419 minutes, 6 seconds
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QAH Episode 45: Louis Edward Curdes, the Friendly Fire Pilot

Quarter-Arsed History presents: Edward Louis Curdes, an American flying ace from the Second World War, who not only deliberately shot down an American plane, but was awarded a medal for it. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/14/202417 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 294: The Lost Secret of Greek Fire

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, uncover the mystery of a forgotten technology, an incendiary weapon that burnt even after being doused with water: Greek Fire.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/11/202448 minutes, 12 seconds
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Monuments Episode 6: Mahabodhi Temple

This week's monument is Mahabodhi Temple, an ancient and exquisite place of worship found in northeast India, said to be where the Buddhist faith was founded. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/9/202413 minutes, 7 seconds
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QAH Episode 44: Michael Howe, the Vandemonian Bushranger

Quarter-Arsed History presents: Michael Howe, a fearsomely cruel bushranger who terrorised the people of Van Diemen's Land - colonial Tasmania - in the early 19th century. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/7/202418 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 293: The Treaty of Waitangi

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear all about the Treaty of Waitangi - how and why it was written, translated, and signed, as well as the many important consequences it had for Aotearoa New Zealand. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/2/202457 minutes, 41 seconds
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Monuments Episode 5: Petra

This week's monument is Petra, an ancient city built thousands of years ago in what is today Jordan, with many of its most famous buildings exquisitely carved out of rock faces. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/2/202415 minutes, 42 seconds
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QAH Episode 43: Hongi Hika, the Great Rangatira

Quarter-Arsed History presents: Hongi Hika, a Māori chieftain and warleader who played a huge part in the history of Aotearoa New Zealand in the early 19th century. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/31/202419 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 292: The Settlement of Aotearoa New Zealand

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn about the original inhabitants of Aotearoa New Zealand, the Māori, and how their way of lives changed and developed as they settled their homeland before encountering visitors from across the seas.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/28/202450 minutes, 28 seconds
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Monuments Episode 4: The Acropolis of Athens

This week's monument is the Acropolis of Athens, a hilltop citadel dating back almost two and a half thousand years that features some of the most incredible examples of ancient Greek architectural and cultural output. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/26/202413 minutes, 2 seconds
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QAH Episode 42: The 1914 Newfoundland Sealing Disaster

Quarter-Arsed History presents: the 1914 Newfoundland Sealing Disaster, a tragic tale of death on the ice as completely avoidable communication issues saw two ship captains believe a lost crew was aboard the other's vessel. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/24/202418 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 291: Florence Nightingale, the Lady with the Lamp

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the incredible tale of Florence Nightingale, the founder of the modern profession of nursing.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/21/202448 minutes, 22 seconds
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Monuments Episode 3: The Nazca Lines

This week's monument is the Nazca Lines, a remarkable and mysterious series of enormous shapes and patterns "drawn" into the Peru's Nazca Desert, that can only be seen properly from high in the air. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/19/202414 minutes, 38 seconds
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QAH Episode 41: Yoshie Shiratori, the Prison Escape Artist

Quarter-Arsed History presents: Yoshie Shiratori, a bloke who escaped four different times in four different ways from four different prisons - and then went back to prison of his own accord. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/17/202416 minutes, 5 seconds
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Update: More Growth, More Ads, and Even More Content

More change is coming to Half-Arsed History: as the show has experienced unprecedented growth over the last twelve months, I want to talk about the big plans I have for the future, how I'm working to make them a reality, and what is supporting these plans - namely, for the first time, host-read ads. I'm posting this update to be as transparent as possible, and to seek your understanding by explaining how I see the incoming changes as being a net positive. As ever, I appreciate any and all feedback - head over to halfarsedhistory.net and use the contact form to get in touch. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/16/202423 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 290: The History of Tennis

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, go on a journey through the history of tennis, one of the modern world's most popular professional sports and one that dates back almost a thousand years.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/14/202453 minutes, 46 seconds
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Monuments Episode 2: The Great Wall of China

This week's monument is the Great Wall of China. a series of defensive fortifications that has helped to secure the northern borders of various Chinese realms for over two and a half thousand years, with its most famous and iconic sections being built from the 14th century onwards. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/12/202418 minutes, 27 seconds
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QAH Episode 40: HMS Diamond Rock and the Stone Frigates

Quarter-Arsed History presents: HMS Diamond Rock, an island that the British Royal Navy once commissioned as a ship, leading to a tradition of creating "stone frigates" - areas of land that were, as far as the Royal Navy was concerned, actual ships. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/10/202418 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 289: The Democratic Peace Theory

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn about the history of an international relations theory known as the Democratic Peace Theory, which argues that democracies never go to war with one another.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/7/202451 minutes, 45 seconds
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Monuments Episode 1: Stonehenge

This week's monument is Stonehenge, a prehistoric stone circle found in the United Kingdom that dates back to around 2500 BCE. While we don't know for certain why Stonehenge was built, the way it was built is truly remarkable, and millennia later it remains a place of great cultural significance. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/5/202419 minutes, 49 seconds
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QAH Episode 39: Jenny Diver, Master Pickpocket

Quarter-Arsed History presents: Jenny Diver, a notorious and infamous pickpocket who terrorised London's wealthy classes in the early 18th century with all sorts of very inventive schemes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/3/202417 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 288: Charlemagne, Emperor of Europe

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn about the emperor Charlemagne, who had a foundational influence on the creation and development of modern Europe.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/31/20231 hour, 1 minute, 59 seconds
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QAH Episode 38: The Bombing of the Rainbow Warrior

Quarter-Arsed History presents: the Bombing of the Rainbow Warrior, an act of state terrorism carried out by France against a Greenpeace ship in a Kiwi harbour in 1985. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/27/202318 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 287: Charles Darwin, Evolutionary Revolutionary

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the tale of one of the most important scientific figures in human history: Charles Darwin, and his revolutionary theory on evolution. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/24/20231 hour, 16 minutes, 51 seconds
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QAH Episode 37: The Christmas Truce

Quarter-Arsed History presents: the Christmas Truce, an unofficial and unauthorised ceasefire between soldiers fighting the First World War over Christmas in 1914. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/20/202317 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 286: Pedro II of Brazil, the Magnanimous Emperor

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the life story of one of the greatest monarchs ever to have lived: Brazil's Pedro II the Magnanimous.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/17/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 34 seconds
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QAH Episode 36: Alfred Nobel, Merchant of Death

Quarter-Arsed History presents: Alfred Nobel, a man who may have attempted to cover up his legacy as the inventor of dynamite by instituting the world-famous Nobel Prizes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/13/202318 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 285: The Elgin Marbles

In this week's episode of Half-Arsed History, uncover the story behind one a longstanding diplomatic stoush between Greece and Britain, and the items that caused it: the Elgin Marbles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/10/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 57 seconds
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QAH Episode 35: The Principality of Hutt River

Quarter-Arsed History presents: the story of the Principality of Hutt River, an unrecognised micronation whose chief exports were wheat, shonky passports, and tax evasion. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/6/202320 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 284: The Mughal Empire

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, get across a condensed history of one of the richest and most powerful empires of the early modern period: the Mughal Empire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/3/202359 minutes, 43 seconds
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QAH Episode 34: A Brief History of Powdered Wigs

Quarter-Arsed History presents: a brief history of powdered wigs, from why and how they emerged as an essential fashion accessory for western men in the 18th century to their eventual decline and downfall. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/29/202321 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 283: The Prophecies of Nostradamus

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the life story of the the celebrated French seer Nostradamus, and examine some of his more famous prophecies in more detail. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/26/202353 minutes, 38 seconds
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QAH Episode 33: Operation Cowboy

Quarter-Arsed History presents: Operation Cowboy, when an unlikely group of allies came together in the closing stages of the Second World War in Europe to rescue a herd of prize horses. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/22/202317 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 282: Johann Sebastian Bach, the Famed Baroque Composer

In this week's episode, learn the life story of the famous composer Johann Sebastian Bach while listening to some of his most enduring works - most of which you are already probably familiar with, even if you don't realise it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/19/202359 minutes, 16 seconds
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QAH Episode 32: Adolphe Sax, Inventor of the Saxophone

Quarter-Arsed History presents: Adolphe Sax, who not only invented the saxophone but also defied death on eight different occasions as a small child. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/15/202319 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 281: Kate Sheppard, the Tenacious Suffragette

In this week's episode, discover the remarkable tale of Kate Sheppard, who was instrumental in making Aotearoa New Zealand the first self-governing place on Earth to offer universal women's suffrage to its populace. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/12/202351 minutes, 11 seconds
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QAH Episode 31: The Loudun Possessions

Quarter-Arsed History presents: the Loudun Possessions, an affair that saw a horny French priest executed for the possession of some nuns during over a dispute about the demolition of Loudun's town walls. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/8/202315 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 280: History’s Longest Reigns

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, count down through the five longest-reigning sovereign monarchs in history, from ancient Maya city states to modern 21st-century kingdoms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/5/202344 minutes, 14 seconds
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QAH Episode 30: Sayyida al Hurra, the Moroccan Corsair

Quarter-Arsed History presents: Sayyida al Hurra, a Moroccan noblewoman who ruled the city-state of Tétouan with a powerful pirate fleet that terrorised the Mediterranean. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/1/202318 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 279: The History of Halloween

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn the history of the celebration today known as Halloween, from its origin as a Christian festival for saints and martyrs to its modern Samhain-influenced incarnation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/25/202345 minutes, 7 seconds
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QAH Episode 29: Al Capone, Chicago's Notorious Gangster

Quarter-Arsed History presents: Al Capone, the infamous Mafia boss whose legendary fame during the Prohibition era has had a huge influence on the popular conception of gangsters to this day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/25/202317 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 278: The Sicilian Mafia

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the history of the Sicilian Mafia, the most famous criminal organisation in history, and hear about its spread from the island of Sicily across the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/22/202350 minutes, 16 seconds
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QAH Episode 28 George Mallory, Lost on Everest

Quarter-Arsed History presents: George Mallory, the British mountaineer who lost his life while making an attempt on the summit of Mount Everest back in 1924. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/18/202315 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 277: Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the tale of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, the first two people to be confirmed to have made it to the peak of the highest mountain on Earth, Mount Everest.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/15/202343 minutes, 59 seconds
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QAH Episode 27: The Astor Place Riot

Quarter-Arsed History presents, the Astor Place Riot, a deadly riot that erupted on the streets of New York after a longstanding disagreement over who was the best Shakespearean actor of the time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/11/202318 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 276: The People on Australian Money

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, find out about all the famous Australians represented on Australian banknotes: Banjo Paterson and Dame Mary Gilmore, Mary Reibey and John Flynn, David Ngunaitponi and Edith Cowan, and Dame Nellie Melba and Sir John Monash. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/8/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 8 seconds
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QAH Episode 26: Bir Tawil, Earth’s Last Unclaimed Land

Quarter-Arsed History presents: Bir Tawil, the only sizeable area of land outside of Antarctica that remains unclaimed, as Egypt and Sudan both fight for the other nation's claim to it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/4/202314 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 275: The Anarchy at Samarra, the Setting for Assassin's Creed Mirage

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn more about the historical setting for the upcoming Assassin's Creed Mirage: a tumultuous and chaotic time in Islamic history known as the Anarchy at Samarra. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/1/202344 minutes, 21 seconds
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QAH Episode 25: Samuel Bellamy, Forbes’ Top-Earning Pirate

Quarter-Arsed History presents: Samuel "Black Sam" Bellamy, whose short career as a pirate captain was enough to see him named by Forbes magazine as history's top-earning pirate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/27/202318 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 274: Edward “Blackbeard” Teach, the Fearsome Pirate

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the tale of Edward “Blackbeard” Teach, who has gone on to become perhaps the most famous and well-known pirate in history.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/24/202349 minutes, 41 seconds
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QAH Episode 24: The 1944 Bombay Explosion

Quarter-Arsed History presents: the 1944 Bombay Explosion, when a huge explosion ripped through the city's docks because of some truly idiotic mistakes when it came to loading cargo aboard a ship. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/20/202317 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 273: A History of Australian Referendums

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn everything you need to know about Australian referendums - what they are, how they work, and what was involved with the most famous and important ones in Australian history.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/17/202356 minutes, 47 seconds
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QAH Episode 23: The TRUTH about the Bermuda Triangle

Quarter-Arsed History presents: the TRUTH about the Bermuda Triangle, the truth that THEY don't want you to know about all the MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCES of planes and ships and people in this ONE SPECIFIC PART of the Atlantic Ocean. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/13/202314 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 272: Catherine de' Medici, Ruler of France

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, uncover the tale of Catherine de' Medici, an Italian noblewoman who rose to become the ruler of France during one of the most tumultuous periods in French history.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/10/202351 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 22: Benedict IX, the Profligate Pope

Quarter-Arsed History presents: Pope Benedict IX, infamous not only for being the only person to have multiple "terms" as pope and for once selling the papacy to someone, but also for apparently having great big orgies in the papal residency. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/6/202313 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 271: History’s Weirdest Deaths - Part 4

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, enjoy another ten stories surrounding some of the most ridiculous and amusing deaths in history.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/3/202346 minutes, 1 second
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QAH Episode 21: The Eruption of Mount Vesuvius

Quarter-Arsed History presents: The Eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE, the famous event that saw the city of Pompeii destroyed and preserved under metres of volcanic material. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/30/202316 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 270: The Eruptions of Mount Tambora and Krakatoa

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the stories behind the two deadliest volcanic eruptions in human history: the 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora, and the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/27/202349 minutes, 13 seconds
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QAH Episode 20: The Berners Street Hoax

Quarter-Arsed History presents: The Berners Street Hoax, an incident in 1810 that saw a street in central London jammed with tradespeople, merchants, deliverymen, doctors, lawyers, and countless others, all inexplicably trying to access one particular address on the same day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/23/202316 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 269: The Six Wives of Henry VIII

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn about the monumental impact Henry VIII had on English history as a result of his many marriages, culminating in the establishment of the Church of England.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/19/202350 minutes, 46 seconds
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QAH Episode 19: Jumbo the Elephant

Quarter-Arsed History presents: Jumbo the Elephant, who became the world's most famous elephant after a lifetime as a star attraction in zoos and circuses across Europe and North America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/16/202316 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 268: The Vasa, Sweden's Mighty Warship

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the tale of the Vasa, a heavily-armed 17th century Swedish warship that sank just minutes into its maiden voyage, but is today the best-preserved warship from that period. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/13/202344 minutes, 14 seconds
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QAH Episode 18: The Great Molasses Flood

Quarter-Arsed History presents: the Great Molasses Flood, a disaster where a reservoir filled with molasses burst and wiped out half a neighbourhood with a sticky, sugary, eight-metre high wave. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/9/202312 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 267: History's Biggest Misconceptions

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, find out the truth about five of the biggest misconceptions in history, including the date of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the visibility of the Great Wall of China from space, what ninja and vikings used to wear, and historical beliefs about the Earth being flat.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/6/202347 minutes, 23 seconds
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QAH Episode 17: Bertha Benz and the First Test Drive

Quarter-Arsed History presents: Bertha Benz, an automotive pioneer who undertook the world's first-ever long-distance test drive of a car, when she drove the Benz Model III over 100km from Mannheim to Pforzheim. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/2/202315 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 266: The History of Artificial Light

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn how artificial light has helped to create and shape human civilisation, and how it has changed over the millennia - from fire to gas to electricity.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/30/202348 minutes, 40 seconds
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QAH Episode 16: The Demon Core

Quarter-Arsed History presents: the Demon Core,a six-kilogram lump of plutonium that caused the first-ever lethal criticality accident, and then a second one when some reckless US scientists went back for a second helping of radiation poisoning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/26/202313 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 265: J. Robert Oppenheimer, Destroyer of Worlds

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the true story of the life and career of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the scientist principally responsible for bringing nuclear weapons into the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/23/202351 minutes, 39 seconds
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QAH Episode 15: Bat Bombs

Quarter-Arsed History presents: Bat Bombs, an actual, factual US military project run by a dentist, the goal of which was to drop incendiary bats on Tokyo during the Second World War. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/19/202313 minutes, 15 seconds
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A Brief Update about Episode Scheduling in the Coming Weeks

Due to a couple of upcoming international trips over the next five to ten weeks, episodes of Half-Arsed History may end up being published a few days late. The episodes might be delayed, but they are on their way - once the dust has settled, there will still be one Half-Arsed History and one Quarter-Arsed History episode per week - they just might not have been released on time. So if you're there refreshing the feed, wondering where this week's episode is: rest assured, it's on its way! Apologies for the disruptions; we'll be back to the usual release schedule as soon as this very busy period is out of the way. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/16/20234 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 264: History's Weirdest Epithets

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover five historical figures with some of the strangest epithets you'll ever come across: Mithridates the Poison King, Charles the Bald, Ivaylo the Cabbage, Selim the Drunk, and Robert the Cuckhold. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/16/202344 minutes, 21 seconds
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QAH Episode 13: Harald Bluetooth, the Viking King

Quarter-Arsed History presents: Harald Bluetooth, a famed viking king who unified Denmark before going after Norway and the Holy Roman Empire, and whose name is now synonymous with connecting electronic devices wirelessly. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/12/202314 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 263: Harald Hardrada, the Last Great Viking

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, uncover the life story of one of the most famous vikings in history: Harald Hardrada, who attempted to reforge the North Sea Empire after spending his younger years in exile. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/9/202346 minutes, 16 seconds
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QAH Episode 13: Violet Jessop, the Unsinkable Woman

Quarter-Arsed History presents: Violet Jessop, who not only survived the sinking of the RMS Titanic, but also the sinking of its sister ship the HMHS Brittanic, as well as surviving a collision aboard the RMS Olympic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/5/202313 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 262: King Cnut of the North Sea Empire

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the tale of Cnut the Great, who unified the thrones of Denmark, Norway, and England to create what is known to history as the North Sea Empire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/2/202342 minutes, 59 seconds
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QAH Episode 12: Hiroo Onoda, the Japanese Holdout

Quarter-Arsed History presents: Hiroo Onoda, a Japanese guerilla fighter who continued to fight the Second World War on behalf of Japan for almost three decades after it finished. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/28/202313 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 261: The Sinking of the RMS Titanic

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn the full story of the famous ship RMS Titanic - a ship that was touted as being "unsinkable", right up until it sank on its maiden voyage across the Atlantic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/23/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 37 seconds
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QAH Episode 11: Operation Plumbbob

Quarter-Arsed History presents: Operation Plumbbob, a series of nuclear tests that were carried out in the US in 1957, that involved test subjects such as buildings, aircraft, pigs, living servicemen - as well as creating what was at the time the fastest-moving human-made object in history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/21/202314 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 260: Captain Cook’s Second and Third Voyages

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the tale of the second and third voyages of Captain James Cook, as he sailed in search of Terra Australis Incognita and the Northwest Passage. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/19/202346 minutes, 59 seconds
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QAH Episode 10: Blas de Lezo, Naval Genius

Quarter-Arsed History Presents: Blas de Lezo, the Spanish naval officer who lost a leg, arm, and an eye and still managed to be one of the greatest naval commanders Spain ever produced. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/14/202315 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 259: Captain Cook’s First Voyage

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the tale of the first voyage undertaken by Captain James Cook, the first recorded instance of European contact with the east coast of Australia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/11/202347 minutes, 25 seconds
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QAH Episode 9: Iron Mike Malloy

Quarter-Arsed History presents: Iron Mike Malloy, a seemingly indestructible Irishman who survived several murder attempts as people attempted to cash in on his life insurance policies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/7/202314 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 258: The Nika Riots

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn about the time that a chariot race sparked a deadly revolt which almost brought down an emperor: the Nika Riots. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/4/202342 minutes, 40 seconds
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QAH Episode 8: The Crash at Crush

Quarter-Arsed History presents: the Crash at Crush, an infamous publicity stunt where two trains were deliberately crashed into one another at high speed, with fatal results. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/31/202315 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 257: Hurrem Sultan, Ottoman Empress

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the life story of Hurrem Sultan, one of the most powerful women in Ottoman history and someone who paved the way for generations of women to play a huge role in the Ottoman Empire's history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/28/202344 minutes, 16 seconds
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QAH Episode 7: Emperor Houfei, the Murderous Teenager

Quarter-Arsed History presents: Emperor Houfei, the ancient Chinese emperor who, as a teenager, made the fatal mistake of using his general's belly for target practice. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/24/202312 minutes, 16 seconds
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Episode 256: Henry Every, Pirate King

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the tale of the pirate Henry Every, who pulled off what is perhaps the biggest and most profitable act of piracy in history - and got away with it.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/21/202345 minutes, 42 seconds
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QAH Episode 6: Fart Proudly, by Benjamin Franklin

Quarter-Arsed History presents: Fart Proudly, by Benjamin Franklin, a grand scientific proposal laying out a bright future wherein we could all openly fart in polite company. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/17/202312 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 255: Benjamin Franklin, American Polymath

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the life story of one of the US's most famous founding fathers - the writer, scientist, inventor, diplomat, statesman, and flatulence enthusiast, Benjamin Franklin.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/14/202357 minutes, 17 seconds
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QAH Episode 5: Khosrow’s Better Antioch

Quarter-Arsed History presents: Khosrow’s Better Antioch, an entire copy of the city of Antioch built by the Sassanid king Khosrow I after he destroyed the original. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/10/202311 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 254: The Roman Empire

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the tale of the Roman Empire - one of the most important and influential realms in human history that spanned from western Europe across the Middle East before its decline and ultimate collapse. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/7/202353 minutes, 55 seconds
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QAH Episode 4: The Capture of the Den Helder Fleet

Quarter-Arsed History presents: the Capture of the Den Helder Fleet, the only time in history that a fleet of ships has been captured, unbelievably, by cavalry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/3/202312 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 253: The Roman Republic

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn the story of the Roman Republic - from its origins as a city-state, to its rise and expansion as a republic, through to its transition to an empire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/30/202344 minutes, 17 seconds
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QAH Episode 3: The Leaning Tower of Pisa

Quarter-Arsed History presents the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the famous Italian landmark that has a four-degree lean thanks to a critical oversight in its original design. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/26/202312 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 252: The Satsuma Rebellion

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear about the last stand of the samurai in the Satsuma Rebellion, an enormously important turning point in Japanese history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/23/202346 minutes, 54 seconds
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QAH Episode 2: “Typhoid” Mary Mallon

Quarter-Arsed History presents “Typhoid” Mary Mallon, an Irish cook who, as an asymptomatic carrier, unwittingly infected a great number of people with typhoid fever. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/19/202312 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 251: The Western Schism

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, enjoy the story of the time the Catholic Church ended up with three concurrent popes all vying for power: the Western Schism. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/16/202345 minutes, 30 seconds
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QAH Episode 1: Roland the Farter

Quarter-Arsed History presents Roland the Farter, a 12th-century English flatulist that was so good at farting that King Henry II granted him a rich and expansive estate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/12/202312 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 250: Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn the full story behind one of the most famous political conspiracies in history: the Gunpowder Plot, and its most famous conspirator, Guy Fawkes.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/9/202349 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 249: The History of Flight - Part 3

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the third part of the history of flight: how the Second World War changed aviation forever, the breaking of the sound barrier, the development of the jet engine, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/2/202357 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 248: The History of Flight - Part 2

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the second part of the history of flight: the lead-up to successful heavier-than-air flight, how it was first achieved, and how it spread and changed in the early 20th century. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/26/202351 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 247: The History of Flight - Part 1

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the first part of the history of flight: the origins of humanity's attempts to take to the skies, with wings, ornithopters, hot air balloons, and airships. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/19/202351 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 246: Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, Eleven-Time President

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the ridiculous tale of Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, who served as the president of Mexico eleven times, and did a pretty terrible job at it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/12/202346 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 245: The Salem Witch Trials

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, uncover the truth behind the famous Salem Witch Trials, a defining moment in American colonial history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/5/202354 minutes, 44 seconds
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Update: Growth, Ads, and More Content

Change is coming to Half-Arsed History: in the coming weeks, you'll start to hear ads on the show, but there will also be more weekly content offerings as the show transitions from a hobby to a profession. This quick update should bring you up to speed with what's changing with the podcast - I'm trying to be open and transparent about things, and I hope you can understand why I've made the decisions I've made. As ever, I appreciate any and all feedback - head over to halfarsedhistory.net and use the contact form to get in touch. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/1/202312 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 244: Fritz Haber, Who Fed the World

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn the story of Fritz Haber, a man whose monumental scientific breakthrough prevented a global catastrophe, and how he sabotaged his own legacy with enthusiasm for war and death. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/26/202354 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 243: Mutiny on the Hermione

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, enjoy the tale of the bloodiest mutiny in British naval history, the mutiny on the Hermione, and the daring operation undertaken to return the ship to British hands.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/19/202346 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 242: The Race to the North Pole

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, find out who won the race to the North Pole, and hear about all the controversies and disputes involved with various attempts that were made to be the first to reach it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/12/202348 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 241: History's Weirdest Deaths - Part 3

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, get across ten more ridiculous stories that led to some of the weirdest deaths in history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/5/202344 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 240: The Federation of Australia

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover how the Commonwealth of Australia was created through federation, bringing six separate colonies together as one new nation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/29/202359 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 239: The Colonisation of Australia

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn why Australia Day, the 26th of January, isn't a date worth celebrating while uncovering the full story of the colonisation of Australia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/22/202358 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 238: Hatshepsut, the Builder Queen

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, uncover the life story of one of ancient Egypt's most successful and famous pharaohs: Hatshepsut, whose great buildings are still standing today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/15/202348 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 237: The Funniest Art Heists in History

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, enjoy some of the ridiculous stories involved with when famous pieces of artwork have been stolen: the funniest art heists in history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/8/202352 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 236: The Gregorian Calendar

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, begin the new year by learning about the history of the date-keeping system that almost the entire world uses today: the Gregorian calendar. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/1/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 235: Frederick Douglass, the Voice of Abolitionism - Part 2

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the second part of the life story of Frederick Douglass, and the influence he had on the progress of US history as a speaker, writer, abolitionist, and statesman. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/25/202243 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 234: Frederick Douglass, the Voice of Abolitionism - Part 1

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, uncover the first part of the life story of Frederick Douglass, a remarkable man who began life enslaved before making a daring and dangerous escape to a life of freedom as an author, speaker, statesman, and political activist. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/18/202241 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 233: The 1930 FIFA World Cup

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the story of the most ridiculous World Cup in soccer's history - which also happens to be the first one ever held, the 1930 FIFA World Cup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/11/202254 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 232: Tokugawa Ieyasu, First of the Last Shoguns

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, listen to the conclusion of the story of Japan's great unifiers, with the tale of Tokugawa Ieyasu, who forged the mighty Tokugawa Shogunate.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/4/202250 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 231: Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the Lowborn Conqueror

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, continue the tale of the unification of Japan with the life of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the second of the great unifiers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/27/202251 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 230: Oda Nobunaga, the Great Unifier

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the life story of Oda Nobunaga, known as the first great unifier, a man whose actions changed the course of Japanese history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/20/202243 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 229: The World’s Smallest Nations

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn the histories of the six smallest nations on Earth: Liechtenstein, San Marino, Tuvalu, Nauru, Monaco, and the Vatican City. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/13/202246 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 228: Benedict Arnold, Traitor to America

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the story of the famous traitor Benedict Arnold, who betrayed the rebellious Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War and fought instead for the British. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/6/202249 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 227: Isabella I of Castile, Catholic Queen

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, uncover the tale of Isabella I of Castile, a remarkably important figure in both Spanish and world history, who oversaw the unification of the Spanish Kingdom and the creation of the Spanish Empire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/30/202245 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 226: Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui, Inca Founder

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the story behind the formation of the Inca Empire, and the man behind its creation: Pachacuti Inca, who built one of the most remarkable empires the world has seen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/23/202241 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 225: Frederick Barbarossa, Holy Roman Emperor

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the story of one of the great mediaeval leaders, Frederick Barbarossa of the Holy Roman Empire, who spent his entire reign fighting to keep his realm together.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/16/202253 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 224: Jan Zizka, the Undefeated Innovator

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn about the Czech general and national hero, Jan Zizka, who used a combination of military innovation and strategic genius while fighting in the Hussite Wars. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/9/202242 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 223: The Hundred Years’ War

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the story of the Hundred Years’ War, a famous mediaeval conflict that saw five generations of English and French kings fight over claims to the French throne for over a hundred years. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/2/202253 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 222: The Fall of Constantinople

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the moment in history generally considered to be the end of the mediaeval period: the Fall of Constaninople, when a 21-year-old Ottoman Sultan captured the ancient city of Constantinople. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/25/202244 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 221: Charles I of England, the Beheaded King

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the tale of King Charles I of England, one of the worst monarchs in English and British history, who ended up so unpopular that he ended up having his head chopped off.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/18/202243 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 220: Mahatma Gandhi, the Revolutionary Pacifist - Part 2

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the second half of the life story of Mahatma Gandhi, who led India towards its ultimate independence with satyagraha, his political philosophy of nonviolent resistance. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/11/202247 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 219: Mahatma Gandhi, the Revolutionary Pacifist - Part 1

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the first half of the story of Mahatma Gandhi, who started off a painfully shy law student before fighting against racial discrimination in South Africa, and for political independence in India.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/4/202246 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 218: Amelia Earhart, Aviation Pioneer

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, uncover the tale of a pioneering aviator, Amelia Earhart, who set countless records as a talented aviator and determined adventurer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/28/202248 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 217: Johannes Gutenberg and the Printing Press

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn the story behind a device that changed the world forever, and the man who invented it: Johannes Gutenberg, and the monumentally important printing press. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/21/202245 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 216: Isaac Newton, a Genius without Equal

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the tale of Isaac Newton, one of the most important figures in scientific history, who produced incredible, groundbreaking work that laid bare some of the fundamental laws of the universe.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/14/202252 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 215: Hammurabi, the Ancient Lawmaker

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, listen to the tale of Hammurabi, an ancient Mesopotamian king who instituted one of the most important and influential code of laws in human history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/7/202245 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 214: Sargon of Akkad, the First Emperor

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the life story of the man who forged history's first-ever empire, Sargon of Akkad, and his efforts to maintain and develop it across his time as emperor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/31/202243 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 213: Simon Bolivar, El Libertador

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn the life story of the Venezuelan freedom fighter and revolutionary hero, Simon Bolivar, who liberated half a continent from Spanish colonial rule.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/24/202253 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 212: Napoleon Bonaparte, Conqueror of Europe - Part 2

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the second half of the story of Napoleon Bonaparte, including his domestic reforms that would influence the entire world, and his eventual downfall, brief return, and final exile. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/17/202248 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 211: Napoleon Bonaparte, Conqueror of Europe - Part 1

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the first half of the story of Napoleon Bonaparte, the famous French commander and emperor, who forged the French Empire by conquering half of the European continent.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/10/202252 minutes
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Episode 210: Galileo Galilei, Heretical Genius - Part 2

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn about the later stages of Galileo Galilei's career, and how the legendary scientist ran afoul of the Catholic Church due to his far-sighted genius.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/3/202244 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 209: Galileo Galilei, Heretical Genius - Part 1

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the first half of the life story of Galileo Galilei, one of the most important and influential scientists in human history, who made far-sighted, ground-breaking scientific discoveries that changed our understanding of the universe.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/26/202243 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 208: Queen Victoria, Who Defined an Era

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the tale of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, who was in her time the longest-reigning monarch in British history.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/19/202256 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 207: Genghis Khan, the Unstoppable Conqueror - Part 2

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the second half of the life story of Genghis Khan, the man who created the Mongolian Empire and led it to early greatness as it expanded across Asia and into Europe.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/12/202238 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 206: Genghis Khan, the Unstoppable Conqueror - Part 1

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, uncover the first half of the life story of Genghis Khan, the man who forged the largest contiguous empire that history has ever seen.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/5/202243 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 205: Julius Caesar, the Populist Dictator

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the tale of the famous Roman general and statesman, Julius Caesar, who played an instrumental role in the transition between the Roman Republic and Roman Empire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/29/202254 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 204: Leonardo da Vinci, Legendary Polymath

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn about the life and times of the famous Renaissance man Leonardo da Vinci, whose genius encompassed everything from art to engineering, anatomy to aerodynamics, and much more besides. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/22/202246 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 203: William Shakespeare, the Great Poet

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the tale of one of the most important literary figures in human history: William Shakespeare, who changed the English language forever with his poems and plays. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/15/202249 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 202 Alexander the Great, the Real-World Achilles

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, uncover the life story of one of the greatest conquerors the world has ever seen: Alexander the Great, who in his short life forged a huge empire that spanned from Egypt to India. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/8/202250 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 201: Saladin, Defender of the Holy Land

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the tale of the mighty Saladin, the Kurdish sultan who united much of the 12th century Muslim world and recaptured Jerusalem, triggering the Third Crusade. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/1/202246 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 200: Six More Short Stories

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn about the disastrous Battle of Karansebes, the speedy surgeon Robert Liston, the Pig War (which hardly features any pigs at all), the submarine H.L. Henley which was very good at half its job, the broadsword-wielding Fighting Jack Churchill, and the fraternal rivalry that led to the establishment of both Adidas and Puma. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/24/202246 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 199: Tamar the Great

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the story of one of Georgia's greatest monarchs: the female king, Tamar the Great. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/17/202240 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 198: The Cuban Missile Crisis

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the tale of the Cuban Missile Crisis, one of the closest points humanity ever came to global thermonuclear war. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/10/202250 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 197: History of Nuclear Weapons

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, uncover the history of one of the 20th century's most important technological developments that would go on to shape history and modern current affairs: nuclear weapons. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/3/202255 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 196: Bartholomew Roberts, the Great Pirate - Part 2

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the second half of the tale of Bartholomew Roberts and his ultimate downfall and death, and learn about the role of things like the Jolly Roger during the Golden Age of Piracy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/27/202241 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 195: Bartholomew Roberts, the Great Pirate - Part 1

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the first half of the tale of Bartholomew Roberts, one of history's most successful pirates, and learn about other pirate-related topics such as various Pirate Codes that once governed different pirate ships. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/20/202247 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 194: Ludwig van Beethoven, the Musical Innovator

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, uncover the life story of Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the greatest composers in history who created some of the most acclaimed and celebrated musical works, while suffering from debilitating hearing loss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/13/202249 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 193: The History of Ukraine

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, go on a tour of the history of the land we today call Ukraine and the people that call it home, from Neolithic tribes to Slavic migrants, from Cossack freedom fighters to those subjugated by the Russian Empire, and discover some of the historical context to the horrendous and needless conflict taking place in Ukraine right now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/6/202250 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 192: Le Loi and the Lam Son Uprising

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the tale of Le Loi, the Vietnamese national hero who delivered his people from the invading colonial Ming dynasty. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/27/202245 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 191: Cleopatra, Egypt's Last Queen - Part 2

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, continue to learn about the life and times of Cleopatra VII Philopator, who played a significant role in not only the governance of Egypt but also the fall of the Roman Republic and rise of the Roman Empire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/20/20221 hour, 1 minute, 22 seconds
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Episode 190: Cleopatra, Egypt's Last Queen - Part 1

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, get to know one of the most famous figures from ancient history, Cleopatra VII Philopator, and learn how in her younger days she secured her crown against her enemies and became close to Julius Caesar. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/13/202247 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 189: The Capture of Guam

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the hilarious and unbelievable story of the Capture of Guam, when a heavily-armed US naval convoy took control of the island of Guam from Spain - without shedding a single drop of blood. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/6/202242 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 188: Operation Mincemeat

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, uncover the incredible story of Operation Mincemeat, one of the most elaborate and unbelievable intelligence ruses in history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/30/202249 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 187: The Great Train Robbery

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the tale of the Great Train Robbery, when in 1963 a group of gang members held up and robbed a mail train in England, before fleeing to their hideout and playing Monopoly with their ill-gotten gains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/23/202249 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 186: The Battles of Salamis and Plataea

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn what happened during the decisive battles of Salamis and Plataea, when the Greeks finally gained the upper hand in the Greco-Persian Wars, and how these battles went on to affect the overall outcome of the war. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/16/202247 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 185: The Battle of Thermopylae

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the tale of the Battle of Thermopylae, when a small force of Greek hoplites held off and fought a brave last stand against an overwhelmingly large Persian army as part of the Greco-Persian Wars. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/9/202247 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 184: The Battle of Marathon

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the story of the Battle of Marathon, a battle of immense importance not just in ancient history, but modern world history as well - and learn the true tale of the origin of the modern running race. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/2/202251 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 183: The 1908 New York to Paris Race

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the ridiculous story of the 1908 New York to Paris Race, which involved everything from plans to drive across the sea, blatant and outright cheating, and one team even selling their racecar en route. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/26/202142 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 182: The Nine Years’ War and the End of Gaelic Ireland

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, begin to understand an important chapter in Ireland's tragic and complicated history: the Nine Years' War, which effectively brought about the end of an autonomous Gaelic Ireland. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/19/202142 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 181: Caravaggio, the Brawling Painter

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn the incredible life story of Caravaggio, one of the most famous painters in history - he wasn't just a masterful artist, however, but a lifelong street brawler who got into all sorts of trouble for it throughout his entire life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/12/202142 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 180: Fritz Duquesne, Vengeful Adventurer

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the tale of Fritz Duquesne, a South African who throughout his adventure-filled life was a hunter, soldier, spy, writer, and... film publicist? whose lifelong hatred of the British saw him spy against them in both world wars. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/5/202148 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 179: The Rum Rebellion

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the story behind Australia's first (and only) military coup, when William Bligh was overthrown as governor of New South Wales - the Rum Rebellion. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/28/202153 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 178: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the Legendary Composer - Part 2

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the rest of the life story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, how he set himself up as a successful performer and composer in Vienna, and discover his lifelong love of scatological humour. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/21/202157 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 177: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the Legendary Composer - Part 1

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the first half of the life story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and his adventures as a child and young man as he travelled Europe, performing as a child virtuoso and honing his craft as a legendary composer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/14/202147 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 176: Zoe and Theodora Porphyrogenita

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, uncover the story of Zoe and Theodora Porphyrogenita, two sisters who rose to power in the ruthless, cutthroat world of Byzantine politics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/7/202144 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 175: Marcus Licinius Crassus, Roman Oligarch

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the story of the richest man in ancient Rome, who was a real nasty piece of work: Marcus Licinius Crassus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/31/202153 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 174: History’s Weirdest Deaths - Part 2

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, be entertained with some morbid comedy with the stories of ten more weird and ridiculous deaths from across history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/24/202147 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 173: Famous Last Words

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the very entertaining last words of four figures from throughout history: Marie Antoinette, John Segwick, James W. Rodgers, and Ian Fleming. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/17/202131 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 172: The Erfurt Latrine Disaster

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the comedic tragedy - or is it the tragic comedy - of the Erfurt Latrine Disaster, when a huge group of mediaeval German lords plunged into a cesspit in the middle of meeting with a king. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/10/202130 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 171: Atahualpa and the Massacre of Cajamarca

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn the story behind Sapa Inca Atahualpa and the Massacre of Cajamarca, the defining moment in the collapse of the mighty Inca Empire.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/3/202141 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 170: King Shaka kaSenzangakhona, the Warrior King

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, find out about King Shaka kaSenzangakhona, also known as Shaka Zulu, a man who went from a common soldier to a tribal chieftain to one of southern Africa's most powerful warrior-kings. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/26/202142 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 169: Attila the Hun, Breaker of Rome

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the tale of Attila the Hun, one of history's most fearsome and bloodthirsty warriors, who rampaged across both the Eastern and Western Roman Empires. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/19/202142 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 168: Jadwiga of Poland, the Peacekeeper

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the life story of Jadwiga of Poland, a monarch who guided her realm through a turbulent and difficult period while maintaining peace and prosperity for her people. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/12/202149 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 167: Jeanne Baret, the First Woman to Circumnavigate Earth

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the tale of the first woman known to history to have circumnavigated the globe, Jeanne Baret, who went from being an impoverished peasant to a widely-travelled botanist and entrepreneur who made history with her voyages. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/5/202141 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 166: Charles Ponzi, the Famous Con Artist

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the life story of one of history's most famous con men, Charles Ponzi, whose name is still attached to the swindle he pulled off (but didn't invent!) in 1920, when he fleeced millions from people in the US. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/29/202150 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 165: Wild Bill Hickok, the Frontier Lawman

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the extraordinary tale of Wild Bill Hickok, a famous gunslinger and lawman from the American Old West, who - amongst much else - once shot a man dead over a gold pocketwatch. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/22/202146 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 164: The Time of Troubles

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn about the Time of Troubles, a period of Russian history brought about by a succession crisis that involved chaos, invasions, lawlessness, and three different blokes pretending to be a long-lost heir who had come back from the dead. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/15/202140 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 163: Moondyne Joe, the Jailbreaking Bushranger

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the tale of Moondyne Joe, a convict sent to Western Australia who became infamous for his many attempts to break out of jail there, and the adventures he had along the way. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/8/202137 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 162: The History of the Bicycle

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the history of the bicycle, and how it went from being a wooden-wheeled, bone-shaking daredevil's plaything to a wonderful machine that influenced historical political movements and changed the way we travel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/1/202146 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 161: The Ancient Olympic Games

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn the history of the ancient Olympic Games, which featured everything from naked foot races to bloodsports, and became the precursor to the modern Olympic Games we all know so well today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/25/202148 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 160: The Watergate Scandal

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, uncover the full story of one of the biggest political scandals in recent memory - the Watergate Scandal, which brought low an entire presidential administration after a series of failed cover-ups. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/18/202143 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 159: Hudson’s Bay Company

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn the long and surprisingly involved history of the Hudson's Bay Company - today a chain of department stores, but previously a fur trading company that became a foundationally important part of Canada. https://halfarsedhistory.files.wordpress.com/2021/07/159-hudsons-bay-company.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/11/202152 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 158: The History of the Castle

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, uncover the history of the structures that became mediaeval Europe's military, political, economic, and administrative focal points: the castle, a fortified home for wealthy ruling nobles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/4/202150 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 157: El Cid, the Iberian Warlord

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the story of Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, better known to history as El Cid, a famous Spanish knight who fought for and against both Christians and Muslims in mediaeval Iberia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/27/202139 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 156: Brunhilda and Fredegund, Feuding Queens

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, uncover the bloody, decades-long feud between two rival Frankish queens from the Early Middle Ages, Brunhilda and Fredegund. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/20/202147 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 155: The Battle of Castle Itter

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, be amazed at the ridiculous story of the Battle of Castle Itter, the only recorded time when American and German soldiers fought side-by-side in the Second World War. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/13/202139 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 154: Afonso I, the Father of Portugal

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the origin story of the modern state of Portugal, and the tale of the man who wrought its independence: Afonso I of Portugal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/6/202136 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 153: The Forty-Seven Ronin

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the story of the Forty-Seven Ronin, a group of ex-samurai who hatched a two-year-long plot to avenge the death of their fallen lord and reclaim his lost honour. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/30/202136 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 152: The Eureka Rebellion

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the tale of the Eureka Rebellion, the closest Australian colonists ever came to a full-scale political uprising after a harsh tax led gold miners to take up arms against the government. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/23/202147 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 151: The History of Penicillin

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn how the most significant medical breakthrough in human history - the discovery of penicillin - resulted in a revolution in human health thanks to the work of some talented and dedicated scientists. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/16/202140 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 150: The Apollo Program

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the full story of the Apollo Program, the monumental scientific endeavour that successfully landed humans on the Moon for the first time in history.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/9/202150 minutes, 23 seconds
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Episode 149: William and Caroline Herschel, Stargazing Siblings

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear about the lives and the discoveries made by William and Caroline Herschel, a pair of siblings who were enormously influential on the science of astronomy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/2/202132 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 148: Ashurbanipal, King of the Universe

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the ancient tale of Ashurbanipal, who styled himself king of the universe, and how his legacy remains alive today almost three millennia after his death. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/25/202138 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 147: The Servile Wars

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn the stories of the Servile Wars, three slave revolts from ancient Rome that led to the emergence of legendary figures such as Spartacus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/18/202142 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 146: The Final Voyage of the Whaleship Essex

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the tragic tale of the whaleship Essex, the real-life inspiration for Herman Melville's Moby-Dick - a story of what happened when a giant whale attacked a ship in the middle of the Pacific. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/11/202137 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 145: The Suez Canal

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the long and very interesting history of one of the world's most important waterways, the Suez Canal, and hear about just how many times it's been blocked up over the years. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/4/202140 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 144: Assassination Attempts on Fidel Castro

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn about all the ridiculous stories behind the times the CIA tried - and failed - to assassinate Fidel Castro, the president of Cuba. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/28/202136 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 143: The Four Great Inventions

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the stories of the Four Great Inventions from ancient China, and how they've impacted the modern world: the compass, papermaking, woodblock printing, and gunpowder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/21/202144 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 142: Marie Sklodowska Curie, Radiation Pioneer

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, uncover the life story of Marie Sklodowska Curie, a brilliant pioneering scientist who faced significant challenges both inside and outside the lab - but one who still managed to be the first person ever to win two Nobel Prizes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/14/202143 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 141: Alcibiades, the Ancient Greek Playboy

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the tale of Alcibiades: general, diplomat, politician, traitor and turncoat (more than a few times), and an absolute lothario, who influenced the course of the famous Peloponnesian War. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/7/202152 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 140: The Lafitte Brothers, the Roguish Pirates

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn the history of the infamous Lafitte Brothers, who were privateers, smugglers, political operatives, businessmen, spies, and all around rogues who made an unlikely alliance with the US to save New Orleans. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/28/202152 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 139: The History of the Toilet

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn the history of the humble toilet, and hear how it has developed over the years from a rudimentary necessity to something that has bolstered both public health and a lot of very highbrow humour. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/21/202157 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 138: The Order of Assassins

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the true story of the Order of Assassins, also known as the Nizari Ismaili, as they pursued their political and religious goals with fanatically loyal, murderous agents. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/14/202144 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 137: Alexander Selkirk, the Real-World Crusoe

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the story of Alexander Selkirk, a castaway whose incredible tale was one of the real-life inspirations for the famous novel Robinson Crusoe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/7/202142 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 136: King Ludwig II, the Fairytale King

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, uncover the tale of King Ludwig II of Bavaria, who was responsible for securing a great cultural legacy for his kingdom - including the construction of the magnificent Neuschwanstein Castle. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/31/202138 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 135: The History of Football

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the history of football, from its origins as an anarchic, violent game played by hundreds to the many various codes that have developed over the years. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/24/202141 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 134: Eleanor of Aquitaine, Grandmother of Europe

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the story of Eleanor of Aquitaine, one of the richest and most powerful women in mediaeval Europe, and learn how she helped to shape the history of both England and France as the queen of both nations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/17/202143 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 133: The First-Term Achievements of Every Single US President

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, test the claim made earlier this week that the outgoing US presidency represents the "greatest first term ever" by examining every single first term of every single US president in history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/10/20211 hour, 8 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 132: History’s Shortest Reigns

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the rulers throughout history that had the shortest reigns - although not all of them are accepted, even the disputed ones make for some great stories. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/3/202142 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 131: The Mongol Invasions of Japan

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the tale of the Mongol Invasions of Japan, and the unlikely way in which the invasions ultimately failed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/27/202043 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 130: The Historic Origins of Popular Sayings

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the origins of four commonly-used modern sayings: "beyond the pale", "fiddling while Rome burns", "red herring", and "hoist with his own petard". Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/20/202036 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 129: The White Australia Policy

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn about an often (and perhaps readily) overlooked part of Australia's history - the racist immigration laws it upheld for much of its history that became known as the White Australia Policy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/13/202040 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 128: Moctezuma II and the Fall of the Aztecs

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear how the Aztec Empire was destroyed by Spanish invaders led by Hernan Cortes, and the tale of the emperor who was there when it fell, Moctezuma II. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/6/202046 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 127: Moctezuma I and the Rise of the Aztecs

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the tale of the Mesoamerican Triple Alliance - better known to history as the Aztec Empire - and meet one of the men instrumental in its rise, Moctezuma I. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/29/202040 minutes, 23 seconds
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Episode 126: History’s Weirdest Deaths

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, get across some of the weirdest and most ridiculous stories of how people have died, spanning from Ancient Greece to the modern era. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/22/202047 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 125: Burke and Hare, Murderous Bodysnatchers

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, be shocked at the murderous crimes of two profiteering maniacs, Burke and Hare, who killed their victims just to sell their corpses to anatomists. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/15/202050 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 124: History of Birth Control

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn about the way that birth control has changed over the years, from Ancient Egyptian crocodile turds to the contraceptive pill of the modern era. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/8/202041 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 123: The Lancashire Witch Trials

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the tale of one of history's best recorded witch trials, the Lancashire Witch Trials of 1612. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/1/202046 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 122: The Great Stink

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn of the time that raw sewage turned central London and the River Thames into a mephitic, malodorous hellscape - a time known as the Great Stink. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/25/202044 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 121: Giacomo Casanova, the Famous Philanderer - Part 2

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the second half of the life story of history's most famous philanderer - Giacomo Casanova. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/18/202044 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 120: Giacomo Casanova, the Famous Philanderer - Part 1

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, be amazed at the adventures and misadventures that during place during the early life of history's best-known philanderer - Giacomo Casanova. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/11/202055 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 119: Bonnie and Clyde, the Bank-Robbing Couple

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the true story of two of the USA's most notorious and romanticised criminals: Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/4/202057 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 118: Franklin’s Lost Expedition

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, be mystified at the tale of Franklin's Lost Expedition, when two ships attempted to find their way through the Northwest Passage only to be lost forever. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/27/202050 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 117: Hasekura Tsunenaga, First Diplomat to Europe

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the story of the disgraced samurai Hasekura Tsunenaga, who attempted to reclaim his family's honour by becoming the first ever Japanese ambassador to Europe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/20/202054 minutes, 23 seconds
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Episode 116: The Battle of Kadesh

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the incredible tale of the Battle of Kadesh, and its direct consequence - the oldest peace treaty known to history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/13/202043 minutes
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Episode 115: The History of Gunpowder

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the history of gunpowder, an invention that changed the nature of human conflict forever, influencing warfare and military technology for centuries. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/6/202054 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 114: Joan of Arc, the Saviour of France

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the story of Joan of Arc, the famous French hero who changed the course of the Hundred Years War and went on to become a national symbol of France. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/30/202050 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 113: History’s Shortest Wars

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn about five of the shortest wars ever fought: The Serbo-Bulgarian War, the War of the Stray Dog, the Six-Day War, the Football War, and the Anglo-Zanzibar War. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/23/202043 minutes, 16 seconds
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Episode 112: The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - Part 2

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn about four of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: the Statue of Zeus, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the Colossus of Rhodes, and the Lighthouse of Alexandria. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/16/202047 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 111: The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - Part 1

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn about three of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: the Great Pyramid at Giza, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, and the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/9/202042 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 110: The History of Money

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the long and very interesting history of money, from its beginnings as commodity money, through coinage, paper money, fiat money, all the way to the digital money of the 21st century. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/2/202055 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 109: Sir William Wallace, Guardian of Scotland

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn the true story of the very famous Sir William Wallace, Guardian of Scotland and his role in the First War of Scottish Independence. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/26/202053 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 108: The Shark Arm Murder

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, be entertained with the story of the Shark Arm Murder, a tale of a murder investigation that was brought about when a captive tiger shark spewed up a tattooed human arm in 1930s Sydney. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/19/202032 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 107: The Münster Rebellion

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the ridiculous story of the Münster Rebellion, which had everything from a crazed self-proclaimed prophet, to forced polygamy, to good old-fashioned blood and guts and 'orrible murder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/11/202035 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 106: The First Circumnavigation of the Earth

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the adventures and misadventures involved with the very first circumnavigation of the Earth, a story closely associated with Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/5/202056 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 105: Alexander Hamiltion vs. Aaron Burr

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, uncover the real story behind the famous duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr - how their careers intertwined, how their rivalry developed, and what fatal consequences therefore resulted. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/28/202046 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 104: Joseph Bologne, Virtuosic Swordsman

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the life story of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges - who was born to an African slave but went on to become a musician, composer, swordsman, abolitionist, soldier, and revolutionary. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/21/202047 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 103: The Insurrection Act of 1807

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the mixed legacy of the Insurrection Act of 1807, a two-hundred-year-old piece of American legislation that has been used in the pursuit of both fair-minded justice and horrific oppression, firmly consigning those who invoked it either to the right or the wrong side of history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/14/202043 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 102: The History of Clocks - Part 2

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, explore the more recent history of timekeeping and clocks, including John Harrison's marine chronometer, how wristwatches eclipsed pocketwatches, and finally how quartz and atomic watches brought us into the twenty-first century. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/7/202033 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 101: The History of Clocks - Part 1

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the first half of the very interesting history of the humble clock, from its origins as a sundial and water clock, through to the technological developments that led to the first mechanical clocks, pendulum clocks, and pocket watches. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/31/202038 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 100: Seven Short Stories

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn about Liechtenstein's weird involvement in the Austro-Prussian War, the mysterious Voynich Manuscript, the doomed romance of Peter I and Ines de Castro, Wilhelm Voigt's audacious heist, the untold riches of Mansa Musa I, the women in charge of Sydney's Razor Gangs, and the death-defying adventure of Alan Magee. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/24/202055 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 99: The History of Coffee

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the story of coffee, one of the most popular drinks in the world, and hear how it was spread and popularised while influencing politics, history, economics, and of course culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/17/202042 minutes, 23 seconds
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Episode 98: Ching Shih, Pirate Queen

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the story of Ching Shih, one of the most powerful pirates the world has ever seen, who at her peak led a fleet of hundreds and a crew of tens of thousands. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/10/202037 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 97: Colonel Blood, Thief of Crowns

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, be amazed by the incredible exploits of "Colonel" Thomas Blood, a thief, kidnapper, con man, turncoat, impersonator, traitor, and rogue who attempted the heist of the century when he tried to steal the Crown Jewels of England. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/3/202037 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 96: The Bone Wars

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, explore the bitter rivalry between Othniel Charles Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope, two palaeontologists whose undying hatred for one another resulted in the Bone Wars. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/26/202040 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 95: The Mechanical Turk

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the story of the Mechanical Turk, a chess-playing automaton from over 250 years ago that stunned and mystified with its chess-playing skill and fiercely-guarded secrets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/19/202041 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 94: The March of the Ten Thousand

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the story of the Ten Thousand: "an epic tale of marooned Greek mercenaries in enemy territory, with betrayal and beheadings, a Persian brotherly blood feud, and a foot bridge made of slaughtered animal herds." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/12/202038 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 93: The Cod Wars

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, explore an interesting and overlooked bit of Cold War history - the Cod Wars, which helped to shape 20th century politics, geography, and British haute cuisine. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/5/202052 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 92: The History of the Potato

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn the surprisingly interesting history of the humble potato, and how it has strongly influenced the course of history and made the world into what it is today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/29/202043 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 91: The Tragedy of Ignaz Semmelweis

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the tragic story of Ignaz Semmelweis, a man whose pioneering medical work has saved millions of lives over the years - as well as being especially relevant today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/22/202037 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 90: The Black Death

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn about one of the most devastating diseases the world has ever seen - the Black Death, which killed countless millions of people and reduced Europe's population by up to sixty percent. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/15/202040 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 89: Diogenes, the Hardcore Cynic

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the life and times of Diogenes the Cynic, a famous Ancient Greek philosopher who was known for living in a jar, making a mockery of the establishment, and relieving himself in public. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/8/202031 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 88: The English Longbow

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn all about the English longbow, which played a decisive role in the military history of western Europe between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries, and hear the stories of the battles in which it played a key role. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/1/202049 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 87: Edward Jenner, Father of the Vaccine

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the life of Edward Jenner, a man who perhaps saved more lives than any other human in the history of our species by developing a vaccine for smallpox. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/23/202032 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 86: Irene, Byzantine Empress

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the story of Irene of Athens, who rose to rule the Byzantine Empire in her own right through a combination of political cleverness and brutal and bloody authority. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/16/202032 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 85: Peter Tordenskjold, Norway’s Han Solo

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, uncover the incredible exploits of the brazen sea captain Peter Tordenskjold, who fought for Denmark-Norway against the Swedish during the Great Northern War. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/9/202031 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 84: Black Agnes and the Siege of Dunbar

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the ridiculous story of the Siege of Dunbar, where a Scottish noblewoman known as Black Agnes thoroughly humiliated her English foes as they laid siege to her castle. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/2/202028 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 83: Johann Friedrich Struensee, Paramour of Queens

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn the tale of Johann Friedrich Struensee, who took control of the Kingdom of Denmark in the eighteenth century, by winning over the king and sleeping with the queen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/26/202035 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 82: Norwegian Heavy Water Sabotage

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the remarkable tale of the Norwegian and Allied saboteurs who fought a secret and dangerous war against the Nazi nuclear weapons program during the Second World War. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/19/202032 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 81: The Beast of Gévaudan

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, uncover the remarkable true story of the Beast of Gévaudan, a monstrosity that plagued and terrorised the French countryside in the 1760s. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/12/202036 minutes
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Episode 80: Tycho Brahe, the Brass-Nosed Astronomer

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the life of Tycho Brahe, who balanced his astronomic and scientific genius with, like, just a whole bunch of really weird stuff. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/5/202038 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 79: Operation Pastorius - Part 2

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the second half of the story of Operation Pastorius, when eight Nazi saboteurs were sent across the Atlantic in submarines to attempt to wreak havoc within the US. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/29/201943 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 78: Operation Pastorius - Part 1

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the first half of the story of Operation Pastorius, when eight Nazi saboteurs were sent across the Atlantic in submarines to attempt to wreak havoc within the US. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/22/201946 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 77: Artemisia and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the origin of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, and the woman who was behind its construction, Artemisia II of Caria. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/15/201935 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 76: The Norman Conquest of England

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the story of the Norman Conquest of England, an event which put a new line of kings on the throne of England and forever changed the course of world history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/8/201947 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 75: The Great Emu War

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, uncover one of the most humiliating defeats ever suffered by the Australian Army - the Great Emu War, when artillerymen and machine guns from the Australian Army were deployed to fight tens of thousands of emus, and lost. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/1/201925 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 74: Mutiny on the Batavia

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the story of the Mutiny on the Batavia, when a Dutch ship ran aground off the coast of Western Australia and ended up with a murderous psychopath in charge, resulting in treachery, betrayal, and of course 'orrible murder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/24/201937 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 73: USS William D. Porter, History’s Unluckiest Ship

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the hilarious and near-world-changing story of the USS William D. Porter, a ship whose crew almost accidentally killed US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt before suffering the weirdest kamikaze attack in history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/17/201932 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 72: Bowie, Crockett, and the Battle of the Alamo

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, find out the truth about the famous Battle of the Alamo and its role in securing Texan independence, as well as the stories of some of the famous men who were there, including Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/10/201948 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 71: Queen Nzinga of Ndongo and Matamba

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn the tale of Queen Nzinga, who spent a lifetime fighting against the Portuguese colonisation of Angola - and in doing so, united two kingdoms and made a name for herself as a clever, pragmatic, and ruthless leader. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/3/201935 minutes, 16 seconds
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Episode 70: Four Generations of the Dumas Family

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the incredible story of the Dumas family, who for four consecutive generations produced a succession of "distinguished men" - a revolutionary general, a celebrated author, a talented playwright, and an Olympic double-gold medallist. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/27/201951 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 69: The Eighty Years’ War - Part 2

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear more of the ridiculous stories that came out of the Eighty Years' War, including a sixteenth-century Trojan Horse story, the establishment of the Dutch East India Company, and the only time in history a Spanish treasure fleet was ever captured. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/20/201959 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 68: The Eighty Years’ War - Part 1

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear some of the ridiculous stories that came out of the Eighty Years' War, including the surfing pirates of the Siege of Leiden, the tens of thousands left dead after the Spanish Fury, and William the Silent paying for his assassin's pistols. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/13/201950 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 67: Josephine Baker, the Singing Spy

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, uncover the incredible life story of Josephine Baker, who went from the slums of St. Louis to international stardom as a singer, while also working as a spy during the Second World War and a civil rights activist in the years afterwards. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/6/201938 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 66: Juan Pujol García, the Self-Made Spy

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, be amazed at the incredible exploits of Juan Pujol García, who went from being a Spanish chicken farmer to one of the most important double agents during the Second World War. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/29/201945 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 65: Tarrare, the Eating Machine

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the amusing and tragic adventures of Tarrare, a French man who had perhaps the most voracious appetite the world has ever seen, eating everything from his own bodyweight in meat to wood and rocks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/22/201938 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 64: John Paul Jones, Father of the US Navy

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn the story of John Paul Jones, a daring naval commander whose early victories against the British during the American Revolutionary War earnt him the title "Father of the US Navy". Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/15/201946 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 63: Admiral Yi Sun-Sin, the Great Admiral

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, uncover the tale of Admiral Yi Sun-Sin, one of the greatest naval strategists the world has ever seen, who never lost a battle or even a ship at sea throughout his entire career. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/8/201940 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 62: James Lind and the Cure for Scurvy

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, enjoy the uplifting story of James Lind, a medical visionary who was ahead of his time in helping to cure scurvy and conducting what might have been the world's first clinical trial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/1/201943 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 61: John R. Brinkley, the Goat Testicle Quack

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, try to contain your bewilderment as you hear the story of John R. Brinkley, a man who made his fortune by transplanting goat testicles into humans after marketing them as a miracle cure-all. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/25/201950 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 60: Alexander the Great’s Siege of Tyre

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn how Alexander the Great besieged Tyre, with hundreds of ships and a human-made causeway, altering not only the course of world history but also the course of world geography. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/18/201933 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 59: Neutral Moresnet

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the story of Neutral Moresnet, a fascinatingly unique geographical and political anomaly in 19th-century Europe, famous for zinc mining, smuggling, gambling, and Esperanto. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/11/201943 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 58: Elagabalus, Rome’s Dirty Emperor

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, be shocked at the debauchery of Elagabalus, who ruled Rome as emperor during the third century with some and gained an outrageous reputation for salaciousness and promiscuity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/4/201934 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 57: Stede Bonnet, Gentleman Pirate

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, enjoy the life story of the gentleman pirate Stede Bonnet, who left behind a life of comfortable wealth to take to the seas as a pirate in the Golden Age of Piracy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/28/201943 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 56: Robert Smalls, War Hero and Congressman

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the incredible life of Robert Smalls, who went from being born into slavery to becoming a war hero and a congressman, securing his freedom by stealing a Confederate gunboat. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/21/201943 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 55: Gregor MacGregor, the Poyaisian Con Man - Part 2

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, be amazed at one of the most brazen and audacious confidence tricks in history - the Poyais Scheme, run by Gregor MacGregor, who invented an entire country and swindled people into investing in and emigrating to it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/14/201945 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 54: Gregor MacGregor, the Poyaisian Con Man - Part 1

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the wild soldiering career of the famous swindler Gregor MacGregor, who talked his way into (and out of) all sorts of wild adventures while fighting for various Latin American independence movements. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/7/201945 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 53: La Maupin, Operatic Swashbuckler

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, be entertained by the wild life story of Julie d'Aubigny - better known as La Maupin - who was a swordfighting, convent-burning, and incredibly amorous opera singer in seventeenth century France. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/30/201933 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 52: Arkipov and Petrov, Who Saved the World

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, be shocked at just how close we've come to a nuclear apocalypse, and how the actions of brave individuals such as Vasiliy Arkhipov and Stanislav Petrov mean that we're still around today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/23/201942 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 51: William Buckley, Escaped Convict

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, explore the story of William Buckley, a convict who was transported to Australia only to make a daring escape and live amongst the local indigenous population for decades. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/16/201932 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 50: The Darien Scheme

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, be amazed at an untold piece of Scottish History: the Darien Scheme, when Scotland attempted to start a colony in Central America, in the hopes of bridging the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/9/201937 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 49: Calico Jack, Anne Bonny, and Mary Read

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn about the swashbuckling lives of Calico Jack, Anne Bonny, and Mary Read, three famous pirates that caused all sorts of havoc and mayhem at the end of the Golden Age of Piracy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/2/201944 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 48: The 1904 Olympic Marathon

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, be amazed at the total lunacy that surrounded the 1904 Olympic Marathon, which featured people coughing up blood, getting attacked by dogs, stopping for naps, taking rat poison as a performance-enhancing drug, and even taking cars to the finish line. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/26/201934 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 47: Mutiny on the Bounty - Part 2

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the consequences of the famous Mutiny on the Bounty, and the fates of both the loyalists and the mutineers after the ship was seized. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/19/201938 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 46: Mutiny on the Bounty - Part 1

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear about the leadup to and execution of the famous Mutiny on the Bounty, when malcontent British sailors seized control of a British vessel from their captain, William Bligh. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/12/201932 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 45: The Second Pacific Squadron

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, uncover the adventures and misadventures of the Russian Second Pacific Squadron, which sailed 29,000km to fight in the Russo-Japanese War. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/5/201951 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 44: Qin Shi Huang, China's First Emperor

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn about the amazing - and utterly ridiculous - life and times of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/28/201944 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 43: Korean Axe Murder Incident

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover one of the most ridiculous military operations in history - when the US mobilised over ten thousand troops to cut down a single tree. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/21/201930 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 42: Boudica, the Rebel Queen

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, be amazed by the bloodthirsty butchery perpetrated by the Britonnic queen Boudica, when she campaigned against the Romans in the first century. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/14/201933 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 41: Hannibal Barca, the Great Tactician - Part 2

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover what happened when Hannibal Barca attacked the Roman Republic after crossing the Alps, including the famous Battle of Cannae. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/7/201952 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 40: Hannibal Barca, the Great Tactician - Part 1

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn about the legendary Hannibal Barca and his crossing of the Alps to stage a land invasion of the Roman Republic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/31/201936 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 39: Le Gentil and the Transits of Venus

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the life of Guillaume Le Gentil, who was fraught with unbelievably bad luck while attempting to observe the Transits of Venus in 1761 and 1769. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/24/201943 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 38: The Great Race of Mercy

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear about the Great Race of Mercy, where twenty courageous dog sledders attempted to prevent a deadly epidemic from wiping out the remote Alaskan town of Nome. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/17/201929 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 37: Burke and Wills, Australian Pioneers

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, relive the Burke and Wills Expedition, one of the first attempts to cross the inland of Australia from south to north. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/10/201938 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 36: Queen Zenobia, the Palmyrene Empress

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, uncover the life of Queen Zenobia, who forged an empire to rival Rome almost two thousand years ago. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/3/201933 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 35: The Spanish Armada

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the story surrounding the famous Spanish Armada - what it was, what it was trying to do, and just how catastrophically it failed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/24/201940 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 34: Mary Anning, the Prolific Palaeontologist

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn about an extraordinary figure from early palaeontology, whose fossil discoveries forever changed our understanding of the prehistoric world - Mary Anning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/17/201932 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 33: Caligula, the Mad Roman Emperor

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, uncover the life and times of Caligula, a short-lived Roman emperor known throughout history for his pants-on-head insanity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/10/201929 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 32: Andree's Arctic Balloon Expedition

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, be amazed by the foolish optimism of Salomon Andree and his attempt to reach the North Pole - by hot-air balloon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/3/201929 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 31: Thomas Midgley, the Walking Environmental Disaster

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn about the enormous environmental damage done by one of the most terrible inventors in the history of our civilisation: Thomas Midgley, Jr. https://halfarsedhistory.files.wordpress.com/2018/12/031-Thomas-Midgley-Jr..mp3 Download Episode (Right click and select “Save as…”) Image: Blank & Stoller. Thomas Midgley, Jr. Circa 1930. Photograph. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/27/201920 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 30: Vlad Dracula, the Impaler

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, separate the truth from the fiction when it comes to the legacy of the brutal Vlad the Impaler, who is known for the harsh cruelty he showed to his foes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/20/201932 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 29: The Mary Celeste

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, be mystified at the tale of the Mary Celeste, a ship that was discovered in the middle of the Atlantic, abandoned by its crew with all its cargo untouched. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/13/201922 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 28: Wu Zetian, Empress of China

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, explore the life of the only female ruler of China, known for ruthless and strong leadership, the empress Wu Zetian. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/6/201920 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 27: Wilhelm II, the Last German Emperor

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, explore the absolute lunacy of the last emperor of Germany, Kaiser Wilhelm II. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/30/201830 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 26: The Cadaver Synod

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear about the utter insanity involved in the Cadaver Synod, where a pope was dug up to be put on trial months after he'd actually died. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/23/201821 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 25: The Defenestrations of Prague

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear about how a group of angry Bohemians chucked some blokes out of a window to trigger a religious war - and then did it again two hundred years later. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/16/201825 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 24: Lord Timothy Dexter, the Whacko Entrepreneur

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the insane economic genius of "Lord" Timothy Dexter, the original cashed-up bogan who built his fortune through ridiculous business decisions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/9/201829 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 23: Georg Elser and his Plot to Kill Hitler

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the story of an unsung German hero, Georg Elser, who attempted to kill Hitler all by himself just after the outbreak of the Second World War. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/2/201837 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 22: Jeanne de Clisson, Lioness of Brittany

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the incredible life of Jeanne de Clisson, who became known as the Lioness of Brittany after a brutal career from boring noblewoman to bloodthirsty pirate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/25/201825 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 21: Ned Kelly, Australia's Famous Outlaw - Part 2

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn about the final years of the Ned Kelly and his gang, including bank robberies, murders, and of course the legendary Siege of Glenrowan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/18/201831 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 20: Ned Kelly, Australia's Famous Outlaw - Part 1

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, be amazed at the ridiculous nonsense that went on during the early life of Ned Kelly, before he became the notorious bushranger and outlaw. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/11/201831 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 19: Mary, Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, uncover the complicated and tragic relationship between the cousins, rivals, and queens: Mary, Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/4/201837 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 18: Léo Major, the Québécois Rambo

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, be amazed by the story of Leo Major, a Canadian soldier who single-handedly (and single-eyededly) liberated a Dutch town. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/28/201825 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 17: The Mongol Conquest of Khwarezmia

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, witness the ruthless brutality of the early Mongol Empire as they engaged in the Mongol Conquest of Khwarezmia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/21/201828 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 16: Deborah Sampson, American Revolutionary

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, find out about Deborah Sampson, a woman disguised herself as a man so she could fight in the American Revolution. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/14/201819 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 15: The Battle of Tours - Part 2

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, get amongst what happened during the Battle of Tours, and the ongoing debate about its significance in world history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/7/201823 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 14: The Battle of Tours - Part 1

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, get a sense of the lead-up to an event that is said to have changed the course of world history - the Battle of Tours. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/30/201820 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 13: The Assassination of Franz Ferdinand

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, get more information about a hugely significant event in world history: The Assassination of Franz Ferdinand. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/23/201826 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 12: British K-Class Submarines

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, be amazed at the sheer magnitude of idiotic disasters that were involved with the British K-Class Submarines. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/16/201827 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 11: The War of the Oaken Bucket

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the battle with the most ludicrous casus belli you've ever seen - the War of the Oaken Bucket. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/9/201817 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 10: The Affair of the Diamond Necklace

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear the story of the Affair of the Diamond Necklace, where Marie Antoinette suffered at the hands of a daring con artist, Jeanne de Valois-Saint-Rémy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/2/201820 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 9: The Battle of New Orleans

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear of the stupidly unlikely outcome of the Battle of New Orleans, the final conflict of the War of 1812. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/26/201822 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 8: The War of 1812

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, get stuck into the insane stories that emerged from the War of 1812, an often-overlooked piece of history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/19/201834 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 7: D.B. Cooper, the Mystery Hijacker

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear about the sky pirate D.B. Cooper and his clean getaway after skydiving away with over a million bucks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/12/201830 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 6: The Fenian Raids

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, find out about the absolute lunacy that was the Fenian Raids, where a group of Irish nationalists invaded Canada to secure freedom for the Emerald Isle. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/5/201821 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 5: The Fourth Crusade

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn about one of the most colossal stuff-ups in history, wherein an army of Crusaders managed to sack not one, but two Christian cities: the Fourth Crusade. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/29/201832 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 4: Olga of Kyiv, the Merciless Queen

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, hear about how Olga of Kyiv took brutal vengeance for her husband's murder by burning down a city and burying her enemies alive. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/22/201825 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 3: The Assassination of James A. Garfield

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, find out about how the 20th President of the United States, poor old James A Garfield, got gunned down by an absolute lunatic named Charles Guiteau. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/15/201830 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 2: The Terra Nova Expedition

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, find out about the first losers in the race to the South Pole - the Terra Nova expedition, let by Robert Falcon Scott. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/8/201829 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 1: Frederick the Great

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, explore the life of the red-hot pistol that was Frederick the Great, the most famous of the Prussian kings. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/1/201830 minutes, 49 seconds