Fascinating People, Fascinating Places

Fascinating People, Fascinating Places


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Tony's List: Saddam and The Students
August 11, 2022

As the Cold War was winding down, a group of 11 East European teenagers -- barely known to each other -- appeared on the playground at St. Mary's Roman Catholic School in Bishop's Stortford, a quiet town 30 miles from London. How would the town, and their

Wagga Wagga: World War I Stories
August 05, 2022

Wagga Wagga: World War 1 Stories On commemorative occasion such as Anzac and Memorial Day, we inevitably reflect on the service of prior generations in The First World War as well as other conflicts. But while these service men and women fought bravely du

Robespierre: The Reign of Terror
July 29, 2022

Robespierre: The Reign of Terror On 21 January 1793, a gruesome scene unfolded at the place de la revolution in Paris. After attempting to address the crowd only to have his words drowned out by drums, King Louis XVI the King of France was decapitated by

The Songhai Empire: Africa's Forgotten Super State
July 22, 2022

On the periphery of the Malian city of Gao, close to the banks of the River Niger, sits an extraordinary pyramid-like structure. Standing 17 meters tall, and reportedly constructed with mud and wood shipped in from Mecca, some 7,000 kilometers away, it is

Apartheid South Africa with Gabeba Baderoon
July 14, 2022

In the years after World War II, hundreds of millions of Africans experienced newfound independence after decades or in some cases centuries of Colonialism.  But in South Africa, the descendants of white settlers, and other European immigrants increased t

Australian Penal Transportation (British Crime and Punishment Part Two)
July 08, 2022

On the 29 April 1770, two men attempted to stop the disembarkation of a group of strange and unwelcome visitors on a beach in what came to be known as Botany Bay in Australia. The interlopers were lead by Captain James Cook of the British Royal Navy, and

The Bloody Code : British Crime and Punishment (Part One)
July 01, 2022

In the 18th and 19th centuries, Britons were subject to a penal system including up to 220 crimes punishable by death. These offences ranged from murder to theft, from arson to wearing blackface while poaching. Even young children, were subject to these d

Rome's 5 Craziest Emperors (Episode 2) Caligula
June 29, 2022

Caligula the Roman emperor has been held up as the archetype of a crazy ruler for the last 2,000 years. But was he as bad as the history books say he was? And is everything you've read about him true? In this episode I examine Caligula and explain why he

Morris Dancing - The Peculiar British Tradition
June 23, 2022

Morris dancing -- a traditional type of British folk dance is synonymous with villages fairs and men dressed in white dancing with wooden sticks. But there are many more elements to "Morris" that the stereotypes we are familiar with. In this episode, I ex

Witches of Denmark
June 17, 2022

Witches have existed in Denmark since primitive times. Though in the past, many were categorized as "cunning folk" since they were concerned with good deeds rather than ill. But in the late 16th century, anyone carrying around runes, whipping up potions,