Episodes

EP 025: The Great Fish of Māui

https://historycal.podbean.com/e/ep-025-the-great-fish-of-maui/ If you’ve ever glanced at a map, or flown economy class, you’ll know that the first thing to say about New Zealand is that it is extremely far away. From everything. Except Australia. So it’s unsurprising that, so far as we know, the islands that make up New Zealand were the last large habitable… Continue reading EP 025: The Great Fish of Māui

EP 024: Turtles, Tricksters and Trouble

https://historycal.podbean.com/e/ep-024-turtles-tricksters-and-trouble/ If you dislike whoopee cushions, 6 year old children or con artists of any other variety, you might need to adopt the brace position by crossing your arms and resting your head against the seat in front of you. Unfortunately, there are no exit routes, so please subscribe and leave us a rating while… Continue reading EP 024: Turtles, Tricksters and Trouble

EP 022: I Hate Mondays

https://historycal.podbean.com/e/ep-022-i-hate-mondays/ If you went to school, have a job, read Garfield comic strips, listened to the Boomtown Rats, or are a person, you know that Mondays are an exceedingly average day of the week. Unless you’re one of those very motivated Social Media influencer types who go in for Seize the Day and carpe diem… Continue reading EP 022: I Hate Mondays

EP 021: Burn Your Boats

https://historycal.podbean.com/e/ep-021-burn-your-boats/ Today we’ve got famous phrases for anyone who likes aggressive motivational speeches, show tunes, or not dying in aeroplanes. If any of those categories apply to you, please leave us a rating and review, subscribe, tell a friend, and join us on social media. If you don’t fall into any of those categories, please… Continue reading EP 021: Burn Your Boats

EP 020: The Great Khan

https://historycal.podbean.com/e/ep-020-the-great-khan/ In the spirit of the 21st Century, I feel compelled to point out that before Genghis Khan became a slightly murder-y conqueror, he had a very rough childhood. It’s about 1169 BCE, and North East Asia is populated by mostly nomadic, mostly independent tribes. Many of the leaders try to make temporary alliances by… Continue reading EP 020: The Great Khan

EP 019: We’re All Mad Here

https://historycal.podbean.com/e/ep-019-we-re-all-mad-here/ In 1865, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland introduced a generation of children to the wonder of imagination, the magic of word play, and the dangers of taking too many drugs. Choosing the maddest character in his iconic cast of weirdos is a big ask, but you haven’t got the Mad Hatter in your top three,… Continue reading EP 019: We’re All Mad Here

EP 018: TALKING HEADS

https://historycal.podbean.com/e/ep-018-talking-heads/ If you aren’t a newcomer to this podcast, you’ll know that we try to stay firmly the realm of history, humour, and occasional histrionics, and we leave politics and current affairs to braver and cleverer people. But we’ve had a dedicated and regular group of listeners from Ukraine, pretty much since the podcast started,… Continue reading EP 018: TALKING HEADS

EP 017: The Armadillo’s Song

https://historycal.podbean.com/e/ep-012-with-a-bang/ Bolivia has an absolutely fascinating history of storytelling, and one of the things that makes it so cool is that it’s so multi-ethnic. There are 36 officially recognized indigenous languages – and I’m South African, so I’m usually quite hard to impress on the official languages front! Of course, these languages are all indicative… Continue reading EP 017: The Armadillo’s Song

EP 016: The Slave Who Killed the Pox

https://historycal.podbean.com/e/ep-012-with-a-bang/ We’re going to start with our very first disclaimer, because today’s topic might get as close to ‘topical’ with a capital T as a comedy history podcast can get. So before anyone gets excited, upset, or any other feeling with symptoms that include elevated heartrate and a strong desire to Tweet – we are… Continue reading EP 016: The Slave Who Killed the Pox