Scrolls & Leaves: World History Podcast

Scrolls & Leaves: World History Podcast

Latest Episodes

Arthur C. Clarke’s Treasure Ship
January 05, 2022

In the treacherous Great Basses Reef in Sri Lanka, renowned author Arthur C. Clarke finds a submerged treasure ship with hordes of silver coins

Rerun: Nature's Voice - Tuvan Throat Singing
December 22, 2021

From the mountains of Central Asia comes a musical form that borrows from Nature. Ft. Saylyk Ommun. A Bello Collective "100 Outstanding Podcasts From 2021" favorite.

Ayurveda to Big Pharma: the Wonder of Healing Plants
December 08, 2021

India's medicinal plants drove exploration, empires and conquest in their transformation from Ayurveda to the bedrock of the modern pharmaceutical industry

A Gripping Saga of Indian Indentured Labour
November 24, 2021

In the 1800s, more than a million Indian indentured labourers migrated to British colonies like Fiji, Guyana and South Africa to work on plantations

Pandemics & Borders
November 10, 2021

The world’s borders are clamping down for un-vaccinated people, most of whom are poor and/or from the Global South. This echoes events following a 19th century pandemic of cholera which killed million

The Curse of the Kohinoor
October 27, 2021

The ‘Curse of the Kohinoor’ is this: Any man who wears the diamond will suffer a terrible fate. But is this true? Or was this simply a story that conveniently allowed the British Empire to justify the colonial appropriation of the diamond? Maharaja Ranj

The Curse of the Kohinoor
October 27, 2021

Maharaja Ranjit Singh was the last Indian owner of the Kohinoor diamond. He was a fair and secular king -- one of the greatest rulers of all time. When he dies in 1839, his 9-year-old son Duleep Singh takes over the throne. The British East India Company

The Jewels of the Maharajas
October 13, 2021

The Jewels of the Maharajas symbolized power and a connection with the divine. Anyone who wanted to be a greater ruler would want one of them. This is the first of a two-part series on the Kohinoor di

The Lost Port of Muziris
September 29, 2021

For more than a decade, archaeologists have been searching for the lost port of Muziris on the southwest coast of India. Incredible finds point to maritime trade and links with many ancient cultures,

Season 1: Trade Winds Trailer
September 22, 2021

In Season 1, Trade Winds, each episode tells a story set on the Indian Ocean as global civilizations connect with South Asia.