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Achtung! Achtung! Comedian Al Murray and historian James Holland discuss all matters Second World War. We Have Ways of Making You Talk is a bi-weekly show exploring the war in close up. James and Al have a stunning knowledge of their subject, but don't expect a linear narrative. The boys love a tangent and a forgotten tale. We Have Ways of Making You Talk roams down forgotten front lines, casts new villains and makes the case for unlikely heroes. Send questions to James and Al via Twitter us ...
 
The boys are putting the band back together, as Phil Thompson, Charlie Nicholas and Matt Le Tissier bring their unique brand of hard hitting insight and a sense of fun to the new football season. Expect strong views and dressing room tales in their new weekly football show. Just one question. Where’s Jeff?
 
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Serving time At Her Majesty’s Pleasure What’s it like to be banged up? How do you avoid the daily grind of violence, drugs and boredom inside Britain’s decaying prisons? And what’s the food really like? In this brilliant new series, ex-inmates Rob and Mike, in conversation with prison lawyer Claire, take us back inside to reveal their experiences of serving time At Her Majesty’s Pleasure. A Left Peg production for Goalhanger Films
 
Break out the beach towels and reserve the best spot as we attempt to untangle the Anglos from the Saxons, the Boche from the Britishers and the Tommies from the Jerries. Historian Katja Hoyer is a German living in England. Journalist Oliver Moody is a Brit living in Berlin. Between them they plan to discuss the past and present of Anglo-German relations. Why have German chancellors and British Prime Ministers so rarely got along? Why are the Germans obsessed with British comedy? And what ha ...
 
Historians Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook are interrogating the past, attempting to de-tangle the present for their new podcast "The Rest Is History" They question the nature of Greatness, why the West no longer has civil wars and whether Richard Nixon was more like Caligula or Claudius. They're distilling the entirety of human history, or, as much as they can fit into about thirty minutes.
 
'Lineker & Baker: Behind Closed Doors' will be a new regular show full of the intimate details of life in and around the game. If you’re looking for analysis of the weekend’s action, look elsewhere. This show will tell dressing room tales and green room stories from Gary and Danny’s time in football and broadcasting. Irreverent, at times preposterous, 'Behind Closed Doors' sees Gary Lineker abandon his usual role as chief interrogator. Instead he joins Danny Baker in a romp through life in t ...
 
‘Broad & Fry’ is the new cricket podcast looking to bounce the unsuspecting listener with a terrific delivery just short of a length. England bowler Stuart Broad has taken the new ball, while experienced broadcaster and actor Stephen Fry will bring his own unique spin on the game. Stuart will tell cricket tales from out in the middle and from a long career of tours and Test matches. While Stephen offers up his encyclopaedic knowledge of the game as well as the enthusiasm of a lifelong fan. E ...
 
Hosted by sneaker experts Kish Kash (@kishkash1) and Jason Coles (@madebyjase) ‘Soleful’ is a weekly deep dive into the world of sneakers and sneaker culture. In each episode Kish and Jason will reveal the amazing stories behind the world’s most loved sneakers and interview the people that created, collect and covet them. We’ll also be answering your questions about all things kicks so send them to us via social media. Find us @soleful_podcast or use #SolefulPodcast.
 
The Football Writers’ Association and William Hill present ‘Press Box Confidential’. Paul McCarthy is joined each week by the biggest names in football journalism in the country to discuss the most memorable matches, moments and characters in the game. Where were they when Eric Cantona kung-fu kicked a Palace fan in the chest? How difficult was Fergie to handle? And what was it like being stuck in the same hotel as Coleen Rooney and the rest of the WAGs during a World Cup Final? Press Box Co ...
 
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The fictional British agent James Bond returns to our cinema screens this week, but what do the history and evolution of Ian Fleming’s iconic character tell us about our changing society? Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland explore 007 in both book and cinematic form. A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media production Produced by Vasco Andrade Exec Produ…
 
It took a certain type of courage to serve in a tank in World War Two. Encased in steel, surrounded by highly explosive shells, a big and slow-moving target, every crew member was utterly vulnerable to enemy attack from all sides. Living - and dying - in a tank was a brutal way to fight a war. Al Murray reads a chapter of James Holland’s new book B…
 
Copenhagen and After Michael Frayn is one of our most successful and revered playwrights and Copenhagen one of his highly acclaimed and award-winning plays. In this very special talk he discusses the play’s subject: the visit of German atomic scientist Werner Heisenberg to Copenhagen in 1941 to visit fellow scientists Margrethe and Niels Bohr and t…
 
What can we learn from exploring original training manuals? Aviation historian Christoph Bergs and YouTube historian Bernhard Kast join James and Al to discuss documents and doctrine. Stuka - The Doctrine of the German Dive Bomber http://stukabook.com/ The Assault Platoon of the Grenadier-Company November 1944 (StG 44) - http://sturmzug.com/ » Army…
 
Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook continue their celebration of the 2,500th anniversary of the Persian invasion of Greece. Today, they look at two battles which have echoed down the millennia: Thermopylae, the very archetype of a heroic defeat, and Salamis, the great naval clash which saved Greece from Persian conquest. See acast.com/privacy for pr…
 
In 480 BC, 300 Spartans made a famous stand at Thermopylae, as hordes of Persian soldiers, led by Xerxes, seemed set to succeed in their aim of conquering Greece. However, although Leonidas and his men were defeated, only a short while later the Greek navy, against superior Persian forces, routed them in the Straits of Salamis, a turning point in t…
 
Trident Debate: Britain's Nuclear Deterrent Should Be Consigned to History This is a fierce debate about whether or not Britain should retain her nuclear deterrent. Speaking for the motion are David Edgerton, Professor of Modern British History at King’s College London, and Kate Hudson, General Secretary of CND. Speaking against are Lord Hennessy, …
 
Shortly after the war a Buffalo LVT (Landing Vehicle Tracked) was taken to Lincolnshire to help with food defences. The vehicle was swept away and sank in a hole. Al Murray and James Holland visit the unearthed vehicle and hear the story of its excavation. The lads also get to speak to a veteran LVT driver. A Goalhanger Films production Produced by…
 
Tom Holland is joined by Ali Ansari to discuss the most influential mistresses in history. The definition of success is to impact history, despite often humble beginnings. Recorded live at the London Podcast Festival. A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media production Produced by Vasco Andrade Exec Producer Tony Pastor Twitter: @TheRestHistory @holland…
 
Charlie is euphoric after Arsenal’s victory over Norwich. Despite Ronaldo’s return, the team still think Manchester United’s defensive frailties could hurt them this season. And as they look ahead to this weekend’s fixtures, the lads give their acca predictions, if only Matt can remember which game he’s doing. Has he been on the Champagne? See acas…
 
The Islamic Enlightenment: The Modern Struggle Between Faith and Reason The Muslim world has often been accused of failing to modernise, reform and adapt. But, from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present day, Islamic society in its Middle Eastern heartlands has in fact been transformed by modern ideals and practices. Acclaimed autho…
 
As the German nation prepares to go to the polls, Oliver Moody and Katja Hoyer run through the candidates to replace Angela Merkel as Chancellor. After almost 16 years in office Merkel will step down leaving big shoes to fill. Katja and Oliver try to unpick the complicated web of acronyms and party allegiances that dominate German politics. A Goalh…
 
If Hugo Boss didn't design Nazi uniforms, who did? Al Murray and James Holland take a deep sartorial dive into what the Wermacht wore. Al and James also discuss the upcoming festival and cardboard tanks. A Goalhanger Films production Produced by Joey McCarthy Exec Producer Tony Pastor Twitter: #WeHaveWays @WeHaveWaysPod Website: www.wehavewayspod.c…
 
There are estimated to be around 16 thousand churches in England alone. But which are the finest in the UK? Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook are joined by the director of Friends of Friendless Churches, Rachel Morley, to decide a top ten. They also discuss some of the listeners’ favourites. Just remember: cathedrals not allowed! See acast.com/priv…
 
Boots on the Ground: Britain and Her Army Since 1945 In May 1945, the German High Command surrendered to the Allies on Lüneberg Heath. Seventy years later, the British Army finally left their garrisons next to the Heath. General the Lord Dannatt, former Chief of General Staff, follows the compelling story of the British Army since then, tracing Br…
 
Socrates in Love: The Making of a Philosopher Socrates was the philosopher who gave birth to the European tradition of philosophical thought. Yet his trial and death are better known than his life story. Professor Armand D’Angour explores Socrates’ early years revealing what - and who - inspired him to become a philosopher. What emerges is the figu…
 
Although Spain remained neutral in the Second World War, a number of Spanish citizens volunteered to fight for the British Army. Al Murray and James Holland are joined by historian Séan Scullion, to recount the tales of six extraordinary men A Goalhanger Films production Produced by Vasco Andrade Exec Producer Tony Pastor Twitter: #WeHaveWays @WeHa…
 
Was Hitler a Popular Dictator? In this talk for junior schools, Chris Culpin shows how Hitler disdained democracy and thereby defeated his political opponents leaving “One people, one nation, one leader”. Was he popular? He was certainly successful as there was no opposition, nor opposition newspapers. This was partly through fear but also as a res…
 
Why do British and German state leaders never seem to get along? Margaret Thatcher couldn’t bear the sight of Helmut Kohl and Angela Merkel is reputed to have a very low opinion of Boris Johnson. Ever since Benjamin Disraeli encountered Otto von Bismarck at a Vienna conference, top British and German politicians have failed to see eye to eye. Katja…
 
The conflict between China and Japan escalates as the Battle of Shanghai breaks out. James Holland and Al Murray explore a battle that is often considered the beginning of the Second World War in Asia. A Goalhanger Films production Produced by Harry Lineker Exec Producer Tony Pastor Twitter: #WeHaveWays @WeHaveWaysPod Website: www.wehavewayspod.com…
 
The rise of social media is the central subject of our second instalment with tech pioneer Marc Andreessen. Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook ask whether social media is the principal force behind an increase in populist politics. The ‘Americanisation’ of culture plus Marc’s theory on why software is the closest thing to real life magic also featur…
 
Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland are joined by tech pioneer Marc Andreessen. Has the internet been the most important force in modern history? In part one of this two part series they look at how the internet developed out of military technology, whether early developers knew they were changing the world, and why business initially built a ‘wall o…
 
Secret Pigeon Service: Operation Columba, Resistance & the Struggle to Liberate Occupied Europe Between 1941 and 1944, sixteen thousand pigeons were dropped as part of ‘Columba’ – a secret British operation to bring back intelligence from those living under Nazi occupation. Gordon Corera, Security Correspondent for BBC news, tells a dramatic and tr…
 
The Big Bad Glossies With a career that has spanned 30 years at the most senior levels of Condé Nast International, no one is better placed to give an insider view of the world of the glossy magazine than Nicholas Coleridge, at the time, Chairman of Condé Nast Britain. In this talk, he combines anecdote and scholarship to review The Glossy Years …
 
Two years before the start of the Second World War in the west China and Japan entered into a bloody military conflict which would result in millions of casualties. In the first of a two-part series James Holland and Al Murray discuss the build up to the Second Sino-Japanese War. A Goalhanger Films production Produced by Harry Lineker Exec Producer…
 
The year is 1983, and on November the 8th the world is the closest it’s ever been to nuclear destruction, yet nobody at the time realises. Dominic and Tom are joined by author and historian Taylor Downing to discuss how Armageddon was just avoided and why Tom, living near Salisbury, was in more danger than most. A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media …
 
Marjorie Clark with the SOE in Italy Tim Clark and Nick Cook, co-authors of Monopoli Blues, talk to Tim’s mother, former SOE/FANY wireless operator, Marjorie Clark, about her wartime experiences and those of her husband Bob, whom she met when they served with the SOE in Italy. Part tale of derring-do, part wartime romance, it is also the story of T…
 
The Special Operations Executive was tasked by Winston Churchill to set Europe ablaze. More than 400 agents were sent into France, thirty-nine of them women. Dr Kate Vigurs has researched the story of all these female agents for her book, Mission to France: The True Story of the Women of SOE. Kate joins Al and James to discuss their extraordinary s…
 
Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook are live at the Chalke Valley History Festival to discuss the cultural impact of the Fab Four. What were the social conditions that led to their phenomenal success, and will their legacy endure in another hundred years? Plus, why Tom was turned away from John Lennon’s house. A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media prod…
 
Empress Dowager Cixi Best-selling author of Wild Swans, Jung Chang gives a panoramic depiction of the birth of modern China and an intimate portrait of the most important woman in Chinese history. One of the Emperor’s concubines, she launched a palace coup to become the Empress Dowager Cixi, the absolute ruler of a third of the world’s population w…
 
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