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Real Dictators

Real Dictators continues to be available for free wherever you get your shows.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.Real Dictators is the award-winning podcast hosted by Paul McGann that explores the hidden lives of history's tyrants. New episodes Wednesdays.Follow @Noiser_Podcasts on Twitter for updates on our shows.

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Real Dictators continues to be available for free wherever you get your shows.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.Real Dictators is the award-winning podcast hosted by Paul McGann that explores the hidden lives of history's tyrants. New episodes Wednesdays.Follow @Noiser_Podcasts on Twitter for updates on our shows.

Lenin Part 1: The Revolution is Born

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Vladimir Lenin changed the course of history like very few ever have. He turned Russia upside down and created the first communist state. As the founder of the Soviet Union, he ensured the world would never be the same again. But long before his time in power, his life is something straight out of a spy thriller. Young Vladimir enjoys a happy, comfortable childhood. That is, until a double tragedy puts him on a very different path...

A Noiser production, written by Dan Smith.

This is Part 1 of 4.

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Sep 27 2022

55mins

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Vladimir Lenin: Coming Soon on Real Dictators…

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The story of Lenin - leader of the Russian Revolution, founder of the Soviet Union - begins Wednesday September 28th.

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Sep 13 2022

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Napoleon Part 6: Showdown at Waterloo

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With Napoleon deposed and in exile, it appears to be game over. But even now he is planning a comeback. After the mother of all prison breaks, Napoleon marches back up through France. Reinstating himself as emperor, he will rally his troops for one last battle...

A Noiser production, written by Jeff Dawson.

This is Part 6 of 6.

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Sep 06 2022

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Napoleon Part 5: Downfall in Russia

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Napoleon’s blockade of Britain begins. Amidst the fall-out, France launches an invasion of Spain. The Duke of Wellington arrives on the scene. After another dispute with Russia, Bonaparte assembles his biggest ever army. It will do the unthinkable and march on Moscow...

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Aug 30 2022

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Napoleon Part 4: The Emperor Strikes Back

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Bonaparte storms back into Italy, reconquering all that had been lost. Back home, in Notre-Dame Cathedral, thousands of dignitaries watch on as the untouchable general crowns himself emperor. Intent on destroying Britain, he plans a seaborne invasion. But Lord Nelson has other ideas…

A Noiser production, written by Jeff Dawson.

This is Part 4 of 6.

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Aug 23 2022

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Napoleon Part 3: The Egyptian Adventure

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Napoleon sails for the Middle East. After the Battle of the Pyramids, a scientific mission makes remarkable findings, introducing the Western world to the mysteries of Ancient Egypt. But after a drubbing from Britain’s naval supremo, Horatio Nelson, Napoleon does a runner. His return to Paris is timed to perfection. Almost by accident, Bonaparte will seize power...

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This is Part 3 of 6.

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Aug 16 2022

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Napoleon Part 2: The Italian Job

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After a quickie wedding, Napoleon Bonaparte dashes south to take command of the French Army in Italy. Here he announces himself with a devastating display of battlefield brilliance. In Milan, he gets a taste for political rule and good living. Napoleon will return to Paris both as a military hero and a budding statesman...

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This is Part 2 of 6.

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Aug 09 2022

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Napoleon Part 1: The Humble Corsican

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You’ve heard the name Napoleon Bonaparte. But who was he, really? In 1769 a boy is born on the Mediterranean island of Corsica. He will go on to become an emperor - a virtual god in his adopted homeland, a nemesis to his international foes. So how does Napoleon become the most powerful man on Earth? And why doesn’t he stop, even once he has it all?

A Noiser production, written by Jeff Dawson.

This is Part 1 of 6.

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Aug 02 2022

51mins

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The story of Napoleon Bonaparte begins Wednesday August 3rd.

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Jul 19 2022

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Pol Pot Part 4: The Killing Fields

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Pol Pot constructs a secretive one-party state. Cambodia descends into hell as his twisted social experiment begins. Finally, the shifting sands of geopolitics will create challenges for the Khmer Rouge. Pol Pot will be forced back into the jungle. But even then, the man with untold blood on his hands will somehow evade justice.

A Noiser production, written by Dan Smith. Many thanks to Elizabeth Becker and University of Washington Libraries for archive audio.

This is Part 4 of 4.

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Jul 05 2022

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Pol Pot Part 3: Vietnam War, Cambodian Revolution

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The Khmer Rouge launch their revolution against Sihanouk… until Sihanouk himself is stabbed in the back. America’s action in Vietnam escalates, spilling over the border with catastrophic consequences. The enigmatic Pol Pot will emerge from the bloodshed to become the most powerful man in the land. At the outset of ‘Year Zero’, the true horror will begin...

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This is Part 3 of 4.

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Jun 28 2022

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Pol Pot Part 2: Welcome to the Jungle

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Saloth Sar, the young man who will become Pol Pot, arrives in France in 1949. In just a few short months, he will be transformed into a die-hard communist rebel. Meanwhile, in Cambodia, things are coming to the boil. Returning from Europe, Sar goes to ground with the Vietnamese communists. He begins to prepare his very own revolution…

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This is Part 2 of 4.

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Jun 21 2022

37mins

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Pol Pot Part 1: Tyrant in the Shadows

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Cambodia today is many people’s idea of heaven on earth. But in the 1970s it was a netherworld of death and despair. Under Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, in just four years around a quarter of the population perished. Pol Pot was a uniquely anonymous dictator - a man who preferred to operate in the shadows. So who was he? And how did he come to lead such a staggeringly bloody regime?

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This is Part 1 of 4.

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Jun 21 2022

33mins

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Pol Pot: Coming Soon on Real Dictators…

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The story of the Cambodian dictator, Pol Pot, begins Wednesday June 22nd.

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Jun 14 2022

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Introducing: Real Outlaws - Billy the Kid Part 1

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From Noiser, Real Outlaws is the new podcast that travels back in time to when rogues and bandits followed a code all of their own. In this taster episode, we’re on the trail of Billy the Kid - perhaps the best-known outlaw in American history. Hero or villain? You decide.

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May 24 2022

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Julius Caesar Part 3: Murder in the Senate

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Caesar departs Egypt with his lover, Cleopatra, secure on the throne. After crushing Pompey’s allies, he returns to Rome. His rule proves popular with the masses. But senators grow concerned by his increasing megalomania. With the Ides of March approaching, conspirators hatch an historic assassination plot…

A Noiser production, written by Jeff Dawson.

This is Part 3 of 3.

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May 17 2022

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Julius Caesar Part 2: Rendezvous With Cleopatra

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Caesar’s campaign in Gaul begins. An invasion on an epic scale, it will also include two missions to the rain-lashed island of Britain. Back home, however, the collapse of the Triumvirate pushes Rome towards civil war. The conflict will spill across the Mediterranean, driving Julius Caesar into the arms of a certain Queen Cleopatra…

A Noiser production, written by Jeff Dawson.

This is Part 2 of 3.

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May 10 2022

52mins

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Julius Caesar Part 1: The Roman Dictator

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Politician, writer, warrior, lover... Julius Caesar was the dictator-for-life who became the absolute ruler of Rome and its domains. His life was a series of extraordinary and gruesome adventures. The young student kidnapped by pirates. The general who butchered the people of Gaul and led the Roman legions into Britain. The lothario famously entranced by Cleopatra. But how much truth do the legends contain?

A Noiser production, written by Jeff Dawson.

This is Part 1 of 3.

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May 03 2022

56mins

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Julius Caesar: Coming Soon on Real Dictators...

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Join us on a trip to Ancient Rome. The first of three episodes on the legendary Roman general drops Wednesday May 4th.

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Apr 26 2022

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Genghis Khan Part 2: Rise of the Mongols

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The leader brings reforms to his newly unified Mongol nation. The man formerly known as Temüjin will now conquer an empire bigger than any before in recorded history. But what are the innovations that underpin his supremacy? And how will history judge him - as a cruel tyrant, or a great leader?

A Noiser production, written by Dan Smith.

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Mar 29 2022

53mins

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