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The History Listen

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Society & Culture
History
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New and compelling stories from Australia and around the world, told by some of our most popular and trusted historians. Step inside a time machine for an immersive journey through history, where stories of people, places and events bring the past vividly into our present world.

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New and compelling stories from Australia and around the world, told by some of our most popular and trusted historians. Step inside a time machine for an immersive journey through history, where stories of people, places and events bring the past vividly into our present world.

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The History Listen

Latest release on Feb 18, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 6 days ago

Rank #1: The Siege of Sinatra

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In 1974, when the star entertainer Frank Sinatra said the wrong things at the wrong time to the wrong people, a tall poppy was cut down to size in true Australian style.

Nov 20 2018

28mins

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Rank #2: My grandmother the spy

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Chana Salman was born to a poor family in Poland, the only one of six children sent to Paris to study medicine in 1930s Europe. Why did she risk everything for a brutal regime she had no connection to?

Apr 24 2018

28mins

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Rank #3: The strange fate of Charles Darwin's ship The Beagle

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Whatever happened to Charles Darwin's famous ship HMS Beagle? A tale of of sleuthing, smugglers, and barrels of rum, set on the Essex coast in England

Mar 05 2019

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Rank #4: Dreams of New Mexico - in the footprints of Georgia O’Keeffe

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American artist Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) is an icon, much loved today for her un-conformist spirit and beauty, as much as for her paintings of sensual flowers.

Dec 03 2019

30mins

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Rank #5: Last Light: the Valentich Mystery

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A young pilot. A distress call. A missing plane. What happened to Frederick Valentich in October 1978?

Jun 04 2019

28mins

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Rank #6: The air of heaven - Australian women jockeys

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When Michelle Payne won the Melbourne Cup in 2015 there were three female jockeys who were with her in spirit. They all challenged the male-dominated racing industry, pushed on by the air of heaven.

May 07 2019

28mins

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Rank #7: War recipes

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During War time food shortages and rationing preoccupied most people  - but the hunger suffered by the prisoners of War was on a whole different level.

Nov 05 2019

28mins

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Rank #8: The Somerton Man: a mystery in four acts

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In 1948, a dead man was discovered lying propped up against the seawall of Somerton Beach in Adelaide His identity has remained unknown for 70 years. His death was determined, 'not natural'. Historian Ruth Balint revisits the mystery.

May 01 2018

28mins

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Rank #9: Secrets of the Mallacoota Bunker

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An idyllic town with a hidden surveillance bunker and a secret past. A ruined RAAF base comes to life to tell its story.

Aug 27 2019

28mins

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Rank #10: Plane Crash 1940: Menzies' darkest hour

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A plane falls out of the sky and wipes out half Australia's war cabinet. Then what? Does a government fall also?

Sep 04 2018

28mins

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Rank #11: The great air race

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The amazing story of the 1919 pioneering air race from England to Australia.

Nov 12 2019

28mins

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Rank #12: Gone Mallee part one: driving on an ancient sea

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An ode to the Australian Mallee.

Aug 07 2018

33mins

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Rank #13: Waterloo Bay: that word "massacre"

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What happens when a small town puts the word "massacre" on an historical monument?

May 28 2019

30mins

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Rank #14: Nobody swung harder: the jazz violin of Stuff Smith

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The story of extraordinary jazz violinist Stuff Smith, who recorded with many musical greats, including Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and Oscar Peterson. When Stuff Smith died in 1967, he left behind a rich catalogue of recordings, along with some tantalising mysteries.

Jan 01 2019

28mins

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Rank #15: Inside the Big day Out: flying too close to the sun

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Come on a wild ride through the extraordinary story of the Big Day Out; the festival which, for over two decades, was a summertime rite of passage for music lovers around Australia. Was it really a victim of its' own success?

Oct 15 2019

31mins

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Rank #16: The Wardian Case - the box that changed the world

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Have you ever wondered where the plants in your garden originally came from? They were probably transported in a Wardian case. Discover the story of this remarkable object, whose lasting impact on the natural world remains evident today.

Jul 16 2019

28mins

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Rank #17: The Bomb Lobby

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In the late 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, Australia made a brief but audacious bid to enter the nuclear arms race, by manufacturing a bomb

Oct 29 2019

28mins

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Rank #18: Narjong means fresh water

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Aboriginal people from the Murray-Darling Basin’s waterways come together to raise awareness and speak up for their country.

Aug 13 2019

28mins

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Rank #19: Sister Kate's: the whitewashing of black children

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What started out in the 1930s as a home for “half-caste” children under the loving guidance of Sister Kate became a hotbed of abuse and negligence after her death.

Jul 24 2018

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Rank #20: Port Essington, World's End

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Dubbed “World’s End” by its inhabitants, Port Essington in western Arnhem Land was the third failed attempt by the British to settle northern Australia. The settlement lasted 11 years, from 1838 to 1849, and sparked an intriguing cultural exchange between the British settlers and the local Indigenous people.

Nov 19 2019

28mins

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