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Short History Of...

For ad-free listening, exclusive content and early access to new episodes, join Noiser+. Now available for Apple and Android users. Go to noiser.com/subscriptions to get started.Short History Of... is the podcast series hosted by John Hopkins. Each week, we'll transport you back in time to witness history's most incredible moments and remarkable people. New episodes Mondays.Follow Noiser Podcasts on Twitter @Noiser_Podcasts for updates on our shows.

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Amelia Earhart

As one of the great pioneers of air travel, Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. She pushed aviation technology to its limits, broke countless records, and became world-famous for her skill, bravery and determination. But what prompted her to dare to take to the skies despite the overwhelming risks? Who was the real person behind the legend? And what happened on her final fateful flight—an enduring mystery that has spawned countless conspiracy theories?This is a Short History of Amelia Earhart.Written by Jo Furniss. With thanks to Susan Butler, author of East to the Dawn, the Life of Amelia Earhart.For ad-free listening, exclusive content and early access to new episodes, join Noiser+. Now available for Apple and Android users. Click the Noiser+ banner on Apple or go to noiser.com/subscriptions to get started with a 7-day free trial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

55mins

7 Aug 2022

Rank #1

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Marco Polo

In the thirteenth century, Marco Polo spent decades travelling the world. His adventures took him from his home in Venice as far east as the Yellow Sea, where he was a valued courtier of the legendary Mongol emperor Kublai Khan. Later, in prison, he wrote the world’s first travel book. But how did his name become synonymous with adventure? What compelled him to stay away for so long? And why is his story still remembered almost eight centuries later?This is a Short History of Marco Polo.Written by Chris McDonald. With thanks to Denis Belliveau: author and Emmy-nominated filmmaker of In The Footsteps of Marco Polo.For ad-free listening, exclusive content and early access to new episodes, join Noiser+. Now available for Apple and Android users. Click the Noiser+ banner on Apple or go to noiser.com/subscriptions to get started with a 7-day free trial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr

31 Jul 2022

Rank #2

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The Spartans

In 480BC, the Spartans secured their place in history when 300 of their soldiers fought to the death against the mighty Persian army at Thermopylae. Their reputation for brutal decisiveness and simple living have been admired for thousands of years. But what about the darker side of Spartan ideology, a society that culled weak babies, forced children to fight, and enslaved its neighbours? Was Sparta really a utopia? Or was Aristotle right when he said that Spartans simply made men into machines?This is a Short History of the Spartans.Written by Jo Furniss. With thanks to Dr Andrew Bayliss, Associate Professor of Greek History at the University of Birmingham, UK, and author of The Spartans: A Very Short Introduction.For ad-free listening, exclusive content and early access to new episodes, join Noiser+, now available on Apple Podcasts. All shows are also available for free. If you’re listening on Apple Podcasts, press the ‘+’ icon to follow the show for free. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

50mins

24 Jul 2022

Rank #3

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Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail

Covering thousands of miles in the Andes, the Inca Trail was the backbone of the ancient empire, connecting the millions of people who lived under its rule. The jewel in its crown, Machu Picchu, was recently named one of the seven wonders of the modern world. But who were the Incas? What was the purpose of their complex road system? And why did they build a stone citadel on a mountain ridge, only to abandon it a century later? This is a Short History of Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail.Written by Jo Furniss. With thanks to Javier Puente, associate professor of Latin American studies at Smith College in Massachusetts.For ad-free listening, exclusive content and early access to new episodes, join Noiser+, now available on Apple Podcasts. All shows are also available for free. If you’re listening on Apple Podcasts, press the ‘+’ icon to follow the show for free. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

56mins

17 Jul 2022

Rank #4

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The Great Fire of London

In September 1666, the Great Fire of London consumed hundreds of acres of houses, shops, churches, and government buildings. But what effect did politics and memories of a recent civil war have on the spread of the fire, and the hunt for someone to blame? And once the flames had died down, how did the people of the city rebuild what they’d lost?This a Short History of the Great Fire of London.Written by Danny Marshall. With thanks to Rebecca Rideal, historian and author of 1666: Plague, War, and Hellfire.For ad-free listening, exclusive content and early access to new episodes, join Noiser+, now available on Apple Podcasts. All shows are also available for free. If you’re listening on Apple Podcasts, press the ‘+’ icon to follow the show for free. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

55mins

10 Jul 2022

Rank #5

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Introducing: Real Outlaws - Ned Kelly

From Noiser, Real Outlaws is the new podcast that travels back in time to when rouges and bandits followed a code all of their own. In this taster episode, we're on the trail of Ned Kelly - The Australian legend without equal. But what's the truth behind the myth?Follow Real Outlaws to get Part 2 now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

45mins

15 Jun 2022

Rank #6

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Queen Elizabeth the Second, Part 2 of 2

As the Queen’s family life becomes more complex, the relationship between palace and press intensifies. But balancing the need for security and privacy against her very public responsibilities is never simple. So who is the real woman beneath the crown? How does she respond to the dark years of her reign, or the grief of losing her beloved husband? And as she approaches her Platinum Jubilee, how will history remember her reign?This is the second in a special two part Short History of Queen Elizabeth the Second.A Noiser Production, written by Jo Furniss. With thanks to Dr Tracy Borman, author of Crown and Sceptre; and Dr Tessa Dunlop, author of Army Girls. For ad-free listening, exclusive content and early access to new episodes, join Noiser+, now available on Apple Podcasts. All shows are also available for free. If you’re listening on Apple Podcasts, press the ‘+’ icon to follow the show for free.Exclusive! Grab the NordVPN deal ➼ https://nordvpn.com/shorthistory Try it risk-free now with a 30-day money-back guarantee!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

54mins

5 Jun 2022

Rank #7

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Queen Elizabeth the Second, Part 1 of 2

Spanning seventy years, Queen Elizabeth II’s reign has seen the world change beyond recognition. And from her earliest public appearances representing the King to her roles as sister, wife, mother, and mother-in-law, she is never far from the headlines. But what was life like for the young princess, who dreamed of a baby brother to take the throne instead? How did she modernize an ancient role to fit a changing world, while managing a family so often overshadowed by scandal? This is the first in a special two part Short History of Queen Elizabeth the Second.A Noiser Production, written by Jo Furniss. With thanks to Dr Tracy Borman, author of Crown and Sceptre; and Dr Tessa Dunlop, author of Army Girls.For ad-free listening, exclusive content and early access to new episodes, join Noiser+, now available on Apple Podcasts. All shows are also available for free. If you’re listening on Apple Podcasts, press the ‘+’ icon to follow the show for free.Exclusive! Grab the NordVPN deal ➼ https://nordvpn.com/shorthistory Try it risk-free now with a 30-day money-back guarantee!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

57mins

29 May 2022

Rank #8

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The Terracotta Army

After its initial discovery in 1974, the Terracotta Army became the unofficial eighth wonder of the world. Comprising an estimated 8,000 statue warriors buried as part of the First Emperor of China’s tomb complex, experts are still unearthing its secrets. But what was the purpose of so many clay soldiers? How were they made, and by whom? And what do we know about the Emperor considered so important that his death demanded a project on this scale?This is a Short History of the Terracotta Army.A Noiser production, written by Duncan Barrett. With thanks to Eugene Wang, Professor of Asian Art at Harvard University; and Andrew Bevan, Professor of Comparative Archaeology at University College London.For ad-free listening, exclusive content and early access to new episodes, join Noiser+, now available on Apple Podcasts. All shows are also available for free. If you’re listening on Apple Podcasts, press the ‘+’ icon to follow the show for free.Exclusive! Grab the NordVPN deal ➼ https://nordvpn.com/shorthistory Try it risk-free now with a 30-day money-back guarantee!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

40mins

22 May 2022

Rank #9

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Chernobyl

In 1986, the Chernobyl power plant became the site of the worst nuclear disaster in history. Poisonous radiation caused over 100,000 casualties, and cost billions of dollars to clean up. Even now, the exclusion zone is one of the most polluted and heavily-patrolled regions in the world.  But what caused the catastrophe in the first place? Why did the Soviet Union try to keep it a secret? And what is its lasting impact on the region, and the wider world? This is A Short History of Chernobyl. A Noiser production, written by Chris McDonald. With thanks to Professor Serhii Plokhy, author of Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy.  Exclusive! Grab the NordVPN deal ➼ https://nordvpn.com/shorthistory Try it risk-free now with a 30-day money-back guarantee!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

58mins

15 May 2022

Rank #10