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Ghost ships, lost cities, unsolved crimes and mysteries, ancient mythology, dissapeared explorers - if it’s a historical mystery, it’s going under the microscope. History has always been fascinating, but more fascinating than what we know is what we don’t; in this podcast Ashleigh Stiles looks into famous and obscure episodes of folklore, unexplained circumstances, and unsolved mysteries from around the world and throughout time. Taking a modern lens to these ancient puzzles, she uses all th ...
 
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People love to share things - and most things are better shared! You go out for a meal and get the sharing platter, a round of drinks, and the bread - to share. You watch a film, read a book, or see a tv show you love and say to your friends “You’ve *got* to try it”! We share things because we want other people to see what we’re seeing. But what if…
 
Fire - to destroy all you’ve done. Fire - to end all you’ve become. Morbid words in a rather jaunty tune, but it’s true; fire has that capacity. It’s been with us from the dawn of time, and has been so central to basically all of human existence since that time that how we came to possess it has been the subject of myths and legends from all over t…
 
The great outdoors - there's nothing like it, is there? Everyone’s got a bit of that exploratory spirit in them, that drives you to the very edges of what you know and what you don’t. We’ve talked before about people that go off the edge of the map, but what happens in those strange incidents where people thought they were in control of their situa…
 
Some secrets lie buried, hidden. Some are right under our noses, some are half a world away. When we dig and dig and dig some more, and we finally find them, it can be elating - at last, uncovering wonderful things that haven’t seen the light of day for millennia! But sometimes we get more than we bargained for, and what first seems like a blessing…
 
In every field and vocation, there exists someone whose shadow eclipses everyone else's. Someone who looms so large, you can’t envisage the world without them. They’re a kingpin, a captain of industry, a big kahuna, a true titan in every sense of the word. And then, one day, they’re not. And they never are again. Get in the car, we’re going for a l…
 
Far in the distant mists of the pacific ocean, miles out from any land, sits a rocky outcrop - an island. The island is bare, no trees, little vegetation, sparse animal life. But what it does have boggles the mind - constructs that are so large, and so strange, they warrant a very good explanation. It’s a shame there’s so few people left to give us…
 
Please Note: This content includes references which may not be suitable for young listeners. Listener discretion is advised. It’s finally time for us to peel off the cover on one of the most gruesome crime sprees of all history... one that would burn the name of it’s perpetrator into popular culture for all-time, and would inspire countless copy-ca…
 
Welcome to the two-parter... We all love a good Western - Sergio Leone’s ‘no name’ trilogy propelled Clint Eastwood to new stardom, and Tarantino’s modern adaptations make great films. But what’s at the centre of any good Western? Old weathered prospectors panning the rivers and traversing deserts for it, desperados and gunslingers duelling over sa…
 
It’s no surprise that ships are the source of so many mysteries. As Eric Idle famously quipped: worse things happen at sea y’know! We sail off into the mists, with a song in our hearts and holds full of cargo, and our loved ones pray for our safe return. Well, sometimes you’ve got to be careful what you wish for, because you might not like the way …
 
Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, James Cameron - all directors whose visions of life from other worlds captivated us and inspired us to think bigger. Alien fiction goes all the way back to the turn of the 20th Century, where H.G. Wells horrified us with visions of tripods and heat-rays. Nowadays aliens are mostly consigned to theoretical science - t…
 
Death is a natural part of life. On a cosmic scale, it’s believed the universe will one day collapse in on itself, and be reborn in another big bang. On a smaller scale, we humans are born, live our lives, and then die. It’s a cycle so old and ubiquitous that many cultures have even enshrined it as a part of their mythology. So what happens when th…
 
There are many occurrences in history that may make you take a second look. Some things are worth a double take, they seem so strange that it makes it almost impossible to believe. Sometimes you've just got to put on your red shoes and dance the blues - but what about when a whole city of people spontaneously decides to do just that, for no discern…
 
The winds whip down from the north, biting at the edge of the small cabin. An emaciated man sits at a table, the lone candle flickering. In the darkness, his stomach starts to growl. And in his mind, a demon starts to take hold. Or so they say - to some, it’s madness; to others however, the hunger isn’t just a metaphorical monster, it’s a literal o…
 
There are many places in the world that stand apart - literally. They’re isolated, completely cut off from the rest of the world. To some, that seems like heaven; no noisy neighbours, just peace and quiet. To others though, it’s a nightmare - you’ve heard hell is other people, but it’s often the other way around. And because of how far they are fro…
 
Everyone has a hero, whether we admit it or not. Someone we look up to, someone who we aspire to be like and emulate. Oftentimes they’re people who’ve indelably made their mark on human history - pioneers, the first of their kind. Sadly though, we don’t always get closure on their extraordinary tales - sometimes they fly straight off the page of th…
 
Humans, in general, like explosions - they’re cool! Fireworks are a pivotal part of celebrations across many cultures. Sometimes, however, that event is out of our control; sometimes it flattens thousands of kilometers of forest without warning, an explosion over 1,000 times greater than the Hiroshima bomb, right out of nowhere then gone in a flash…
 
Audacity is a word that gets tossed around a lot. We call people who wear something unusual ‘gutsy’ and someone who haggles in shops has ‘bravado’. So what do you call a man who uses what might have been a fake bomb to hijack a plane, then parachutes out, at night, in the rain, with the equivalent of a million dollars in ransom money, never to be s…
 
Humans like to think we can solve every mystery - that’s partly why I do this show! We have an obsession with patterns, codes, and strange symbols. Evolutionarily it meant seeing the tiger in the long grass, now it mostly means magic-eye books. But what happens when a mystery we think is solved, turns out not to be? When we go back on our original …
 
Writers will often borrow a concept from mythology for their work - there’s no copyright on a culture, even if it isn’t yours. But sometimes people take these things a little too far. Some people become so obsessed with these mysterious foreign ideas that they spend millions organising genuine expeditions to prove their veracity. After all, who doe…
 
Art is interesting - it tells us about the person who made it. Where they came from; what they’re interested in; how they see the world. Some art is grand in scale, so grand that you can’t help but stand back and marvel. Some art however is so grand that you need to stand *really* far back. At the top of a mountain, say. It’s all about perspective.…
 
In a small, dark cell deep within the walls of the bastille, a lone man sits in his cell, silently. Nobody knows his name. Nobody knows what he looks like. He’ll die and be buried in a pauper’s grave, with nobody to mourn him, and pass into history. But everyone has heard of him - he’s one of the most famous people in history that nobody knows.…
 
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