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


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

EP 015: Monstrous Spaghetti

https://historycal.podbean.com/e/ep-012-with-a-bang/ In May 2005, the Kansas State Board of Education held the Kansas Evolution Hearings. Of course, both sides of the issues under debate were a little more complex than we have time to get into, but basically they aimed to introduce Intelligent Design into Science lessons, and to try and introduce a degree of… Continue reading EP 015: Monstrous Spaghetti

EP 014: Sanskrit, Stories and Sages

https://historycal.podbean.com/e/ep-012-with-a-bang/ Today we’re diving back into the realm of myth, magic, and talking animals, and we’re also taking our first steps into Ancient India and stories set down in in Sanskrit. I’m going to kick of with a confession here – I grew up in Southern Africa, and one of the groups of indigenous people… Continue reading EP 014: Sanskrit, Stories and Sages

EP 013: That Way Madness

https://historycal.podbean.com/e/ep-012-with-a-bang/ If you’ve ever had a bad date, a botched interview, or a conversation with a stranger that left you awake at 2am, thinking ‘why on earth did I keep talking about my grade 3 schoolteacher,’ you’ve probably felt the seductive tug into a whirlpool of obsessive thoughts. And whether you chose to share these… Continue reading EP 013: That Way Madness

EP 012: With a Bang!

https://historycal.podbean.com/e/ep-012-with-a-bang/ “In the beginning” – to quote Douglas Adams – “the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.” If you ask high school science students, high school science teachers, and perhaps the odd struggling undergraduate, they might agree that this anger comes,… Continue reading EP 012: With a Bang!