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Our Fake History
Our Fake History
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A podcast about myths we think are history and history that might be hidden in myths! Awesome stories that really (maybe) happened!

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Episodes

Episode #203- What Was the Great East Asian War? (Part III)

In the Imjin year of 1592 the Japanese orchestrated a blitzkreig invasion of Korea. Within just two months they had... more

14 May 2024 · 2 hours, 14 minutes
Episode #202- What Was the Great East Asian War? (Part II)

When the Japanese army landed in Korea in 1592 the Korean defenders were woefully underprepared. Confused diplomacy and divisive court... more

30 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 34 minutes
Episode #201- What Was the Great East Asian War? (Part I)

In 1592 the Japanese launched a massive invasion of the Korean Peninsula. The Japanese leader Toyotomi Hideyoshi believed that Korea... more

17 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 24 minutes
OFH Throwback- Episode #4- Real Ninjas?

For this throwback Sebastian takes you all the way back to a first season favorite. Ninjas, Japan’s shadow warriors, have... more

10 Apr 2024 · 48 minutes
Episode #200- Can I Ask Who's Calling?

Our Fake History celebrates 200 episodes by opening up the phonelines and taking calls from listeners and past guests. Fans... more

02 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 28 minutes
OFH Throwback- Episode #128- Did St. Patrick Kill a Wizard?

There are few Christian saints more misunderstood than St. Patrick. Ireland’s patron saint is best known for driving the snakes... more

27 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
Episode #199- Was the Spanish Armada a Big Deal? (Part II)

The attempted invasion of England in 1588 was doomed even before the first ship left harbor. The Spanish plan was... more

19 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 43 minutes
Episode #198- Was the Spanish Armada a Big Deal? (Part I)

In 1588 King Phillip II of Spain constructed the largest fleet ever seen on the Atlantic in attempt to invade... more

06 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 20 minutes
OFH Throwback- Episode #1- Was Queen Elizabeth Actually a Man?

In this throwback episode Sebastian takes you all the way back to the very first episode of OFH ever released.... more

28 Feb 2024 · 35 minutes
Episode #197- How Bad Was Caligula? (Part III)

The reign of the Emperor Caligula has been presented as a cavalcade of bizarre and violent behavior. From declaring war... more

21 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 19 minutes
Episode #196- How Bad Was Caligula? (Part II)

When the Emperor Gaius, better known as Caligula, was first elevated to the role of Princeps things seemed promising. He... more

07 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 22 minutes
Episode #195- How Bad Was Caligula? (Part I)

The Roman Emperor Gaius, better known by his childhood nickname Caligula, is often counted among the worst rulers in the... more

24 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 20 minutes
OFH Throwback- Episode #2- Did Nero Really Fiddle As Rome Burned?

Our Fake History is now releasing "throwback" episodes in the off-weeks between series. The regular show will still hit the... more

17 Jan 2024 · 39 minutes
Episode #194- Who Killed Mozart? (Part III)

In 1791 Wolfgang Mozart was one the verge of a comeback. After being the toast of Vienna for half a... more

10 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 51 minutes
Episode #193- Who Killed Mozart? (Part II)

Wolfgang Mozart made the transition from child prodigy to adult artist fairly seamlessly, but that does not mean there weren't... more

27 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 24 minutes
Episode #192- Who Killed Mozart? (Part I)

There are few artists who are praised with the same level of hyperbole as Wolfgang Mozart. The German poet Franz... more

13 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 20 minutes
Episode #191- Who Was The Real Zorro? (Part II)

The character of Zorro clearly had a number of inspirations, some literary and some historical. But the proto-Zorro with the... more

29 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 21 minutes
Episode #190- Who Was The Real Zorro? (Part I)

The co-creator of Batman has admitted that there would be no caped crusader had it not been for the inspiration... more

15 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
Episode #189- What Bewitched Salem? (Part III)

The Salem witch panic of 1692 can sometimes feel more like a natural disaster than a human event. When the... more

31 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 31 minutes
Episode #188- What Bewitched Salem? (Part II)

Can a psychological illness become contagious? Many experts believe that in rare cases a phenomenon known as a "mass psychogenic... more

17 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 26 minutes
Episode #187- What Bewitched Salem? (Part I)

In 1692 in the town of Salem Village, Massachusetts, two young girls started acting very strangely. The girls suffered from... more

04 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 22 minutes
Episode #186- Who Was Germany's Greatest Imposter?

In 1906 an ex-convict named Wilhelm Voigt living pulled off one of the most audacious heists in European history. After... more

20 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 31 minutes
OFH Throwback- Episode #43- What is Phantom Time?

In the world of pseudo-historical theories there are few more radical than the Phantom Time Hypothesis and the New Chronology.... more

06 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
OFH Throwback- Episode #113- Who is Kyiv's Most Vengeful Saint?

There are few tales of revenge as epic as that of Olga of Kyiv. In 945 AD Olga set out... more

23 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
Episode #185- Was Wrestling Ever Real? ft. RJ City (Part III)

Most professional wrestling fans have accepted the scripted nature of wrestling for decades, but are we truly living in a... more

08 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 31 minutes
Episode #184- Was Wrestling Ever Real? (Part II)

Professional Wrestling had a long history of manipulated matches, but it took time to evolve into the pure theatre we... more

25 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 25 minutes
Episode #183- Was Wrestling Ever Real? (Part I)

In 1957 the French philosopher Roland Barthes called professional wrestling a "spectacle of excess." That may be the most beautifully... more

12 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
Episode #182- What Were The Hell-Fire Clubs? (Part II)

In 1721 the first Hell-Fire club caused a scandal in London and quickly disbanded, but the story did not end... more

27 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Episode #181- What Were The Hell-Fire Clubs? (Part I)

In Britain in the early 18th century private social clubs were all the rage. These societies grew out of the... more

13 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Episode #180- Columbus? (Part III)

There is a long tradition of writers comparing Christopher Columbus to mythical figures. 16th century historian Peter Martyr believed Columbus... more

30 May 2023 · 1 hour, 47 minutes
Episode #179- Columbus? (Part II)

A Columbus biographer once wrote that the famous navigator had an "an imperfect understanding of the line between truth and... more

16 May 2023 · 1 hour, 26 minutes
Episode #178- Columbus? (Part I)

There are few historical figures whose reputation has swung in as many extreme directions as Christopher Columbus. The Genoese mariner... more

03 May 2023 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
Episode #177- How Do Movies Make Myths? ft. Amy Nicholson

On today's show Sebastian has the opportunity to talk to one of his favourite film critics, podcasters, and cultural observers,... more

18 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 23 minutes
Episode #176- Was Pythagoras Killed By Beans?

If you managed to get through elementary school math then you have almost certainly heard the name Pythagoras. The ancient... more

04 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 32 minutes
Episode #175- Who Framed Mata Hari? (Part III)

The myth of Mata Hari would have us believe that she was a turn-of-the-century super-spy. She has been celebrated as... more

21 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 24 minutes
Episode #174- Who Framed Mata Hari? (Part II)

Between 1905 and 1908 the dancer professionally known as Mata Hari was one of the best known entertainers in Europe.... more

08 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
Episode #173- Who Framed Mata Hari? (Part I)

In 1905 a woman claiming to be a Javanese temple dancer rocketed to fame in Europe. Her name was Mata... more

22 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Episode #172- Who Was The African Samurai? (Part II)

In the 1580's Japan was a on the precipice of a massive transformation. For over a century the country had... more

08 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 29 minutes
Episode #171- Who Was The African Samurai? (Part I)

Near the end of Japan's "Warring States" period a remarkable visitor arrived in the country with a group of European... more

25 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
Episode #170- Who Knows Houdini? (Part III)

Houdini had a truly impressive run as an entertainer. In the decade between 1904 and 1913 he developed a number... more

11 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 32 minutes
Episode #169- Who Knows Houdini? (Part II)

Over the course of 1899 Harry Houdini went from being an obscure circus performer to being one of the best... more

28 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Episode #168- Who Knows Houdini? (Part I)

The word "iconic" gets thrown around pretty loosely these days, but there are some figures who truly earn the descriptor.... more

14 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
Episode #167- Who Was The Fake Asian?

In 1703 a curious character arrived in London claiming to be a native of the island of Formosa. These days... more

30 Nov 2022 ·
Episode #166- Who Was Liver Eating Johnson? (ft. Daniele Bolelli)

Some of the most legendary figures to emerge from the history of the American West were the rough-and-ready "mountain men".... more

16 Nov 2022 ·
Episode #165- What Was The Galileo Affair? (Part III)

There is a story that as Galileo stood in front of the Inquisition and listened as they declared that the... more

01 Nov 2022 ·
Episode #164- What Was The Galileo Affair? (Part II)

Galileo is often credited with inventing the telescope, but he never made that claim. He simply whipped up his own... more

19 Oct 2022 ·
Episode #163- What Was The Galileo Affair? (Part I)

The Pisan scientist Galileo Galilei has been remembered as the "father of modern science." The discoveries he made with his... more

05 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
Episode #162- Real Amazons? (Part II)

Did you know that the Amazons once waged war on Atlantis? According to the ancient historian Diodorus of Sicily, the... more

21 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
Episode #161- Real Amazons? (Part I)

When the conquistador Francisco Orellana was attacked by a band of female warriors deep in the heart of South America,... more

07 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
OFH Throwback- Episode #61 - What's the Problem with Socrates?

In this OFH throwback episode Sebastian is throwing you back to Episode #61 - What's the Problem with Socrates? Socrates... more

23 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
OFH Throwback- Episode #96- What is America's Weirdest Secret Society?

In this "throwback episode" we look back at episode #96. In the 1930’s a famous California history professor thought he... more

10 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
Episode #160- Who Knows Toronto?

In this SUPER SIZED season finale Sebastian explores the many myths and misconceptions about the city of Toronto. In his... more

27 Jul 2022 ·
Episode #159- How Should We Remember Attila the Hun? (Part III)

In the stories of saints' lives written in the medieval era Attila the Hun was often used as a stock... more

13 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 23 minutes
Episode #158- How Should We Remember Attila the Hun? (Part II)

The Huns were not a literate culture, which means their version of history was never written down. As a result... more

29 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
Episode #157- How Should We Remember Attila the Hun? (Part I)

Attila the Hun has been saddled with a truly terrible historical reputation. In many parts of the world his name... more

15 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
Episode #156- What Became of the Benin Bronzes? (Part III)

In the last year the global conversation around the fate of the Benin Bronzes has shifted dramatically. In April of... more

01 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
Episode #155- What Became of the Benin Bronzes? (Part II)

In 1897 Queen Victoria marked her diamond jubilee and Britain was in a celebratory mood. The British Empire had never... more

18 May 2022 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Episode #154- What Became of the Benin Bronzes? (Part I)

Looting has been a part of warfare since the earliest times. Despite the fact that looting was common for much... more

04 May 2022 ·
Episode #153- What Is The Titanic Myth? (Part III)

The Titanic myth isn't really built on lies, so much as a series of amplified "half-truths". Stories about the Captain... more

20 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
Episode #152- What Is The Titanic Myth? (Part II)

When the wreck of the Titanic claimed over 1500 lives in 1912 the tragedy seemed too full of irony and... more

06 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
Episode #151- What Is The Titanic Myth? (Part I)

The sinking of the RMS Titanic is one of the best remembered nautical disasters in history. Over 1500 passengers died... more

22 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 19 minutes
OFH Special Presentation - What Should We Believe About the Knights Templar? (Part II)

In part two of this OFH Special Presentation Sebastian pulls a little something out from behind the Patreon paywall. What... more

09 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
OFH Special Presentation - What Should We Believe About the Knights Templar? (Part I)

In this OFH Special Presentation Sebastian pulls a little something out from behind the Patreon paywall. What was once a... more

23 Feb 2022 · 59 minutes
Episode #150- Why Didn't You Tell Us That?

Over the course of 150 episodes there have been theories, stories, and sidebars that have fallen through the cracks. Tales... more

09 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Episode #149- Who Was the Real Stagger Lee?

The character of Stagger Lee has been one of America’s most enduring folk heroes. There have been over 400 songs... more

26 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
Episode #148- Who Was First in Flight? (Part III)

In 1906 Alberto Santos-Dumont performed a number of short flights in front of a large crowd in Paris. These were... more

12 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 41 minutes
Episode #147- Who Was First in Flight? (Part II)

The late 19th century in France sometime gets called La Belle Époque or the "Beautiful Era". As the name suggests,... more

29 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
Episode #146- Who Was First in Flight? (Part I)

In mythology from around the world the ability to fly was reserved strictly for the gods. Stories about human beings... more

15 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
Episode #145- Real Gryphons?

The legendary hybrid creature known as the gryphon was said to have the body of a lion and the head... more

01 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
Episode #144- Who Was the Mother of Empires? (Part III)

Eleanor of Aquitaine has been called the "Queen of the Troubadours" by fawning biographers. She has been credited with transforming... more

17 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Episode #143- Who Was the Mother of Empires? (Part II)

When the King and Queen of France went on crusade in 1147 it nearly destroyed their marriage. The campaign led... more

03 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Episode #142- Who Was the Mother of Empires? (Part I)

Eleanor of Aquitaine is one of the best remembered medieval Queens. She has been celebrated as one of the most... more

20 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Episode #141- Who's Afraid of the 30 Years War? (Ft. Zack Twamley)

The 30 Years War has reputation among history buffs as one of the most complicated conflicts you can study. Even... more

06 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 27 minutes
Episode #140- What Became of the Great Library of Alexandria? (Part II)

There are three main culprits in the alleged burning of the Great Library of Alexandria. But weirdly they all lived... more

22 Sep 2021 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
Episode #139- What Became of the Great Library of Alexandria? (Part I)

The Egyptian city of Alexandria was once the most magnificent city on the Mediterranean. It was a city of wonders,... more

08 Sep 2021 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
OFH Throwback- Episode #37- Did Robert Johnson Sell His Soul to the Devil?

In this throwback episode Sebastian takes a look back at a show that explores one of the greatest legends in... more

01 Sep 2021 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
OFH Throwback- Episode #83- Who Invented Your Favourite Food?

In this OFH Throwback episode Sebastian takes a look at one of the most fun and accessible episodes in the... more

24 Aug 2021 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
OFH Throwback- Episode #77- Was There a Real Pied Piper?

In this throwback episode we take a look at an episode Sebastian thinks may have been the best "one-off" show... more

17 Aug 2021 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
OFH Throwback- Episode #10- Did the Aztecs Think Cortes Was a God? (Part II)

In this throwback episode Sebastian revisits "Part II" in the Season One series on the conquest of Mexico. In the... more

10 Aug 2021 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
OFH Throwback- Episode #9- Did the Aztecs Think Cortes Was a God? (Part I)

In this throwback episode Sebastian revisits a series from Season One of OFH. After the shows on Jared Diamond it... more

04 Aug 2021 · 50 minutes
Episode #138- Any Questions? (2021)

Season 6 wraps up with Sebastian taking questions from the listeners! He gets into everything from the name of the... more

28 Jul 2021 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Episode #137- What's the Deal with Guns, Germs, and Steel? (Part II)

Is Jared Diamond's 1997 bestseller a work of staggering genius, or a piece of intellectual garbage? Has it moved our... more

14 Jul 2021 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
Episode #136- What's the Deal with Guns, Germs, and Steel? (Part I)

When Sebastian first read Jared Diamond's Pulitzer Prize winning book Guns, Germs, and Steel as an undergrad, he thought it... more

30 Jun 2021 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Episode #135- Who Won the War of 1812? (Part III)

Every spring thaw between 1812 and 1814 seemed to inaugurate a completely new war in North America. The momentum in... more

16 Jun 2021 · 1 hour, 26 minutes
Episode #134- Who Won the War of 1812? (Part II)

When Sebastian first learned about the War of 1812 when he was a Canadian middle-schooler, there were two words he... more

02 Jun 2021 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Episode #133- Who Won the War of 1812? (Part I)

American historians sometimes refer to War of 1812 as the "Forgotten War", but this has never really sat well with... more

19 May 2021 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Episode #132- Does Ethiopia Have the Ark of the Covenant? (Part II)

Ethiopia's history is nothing short of remarkable. The East African nation is home to one of the worlds oldest Christian... more

05 May 2021 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Episode #131- Does Ethiopia Have the Ark of the Covenant? (Part I)

The Ark of the Covenant is one of the most fascinating objects mentioned in the Old Testament. The ancient Israelites... more

21 Apr 2021 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Episode #130- Was There a Real Gilgamesh? (Part II)

The search for a historical Gilgamesh is filled with red herrings. As Mesopotamia's best loved epic hero, images of Gilgamesh... more

07 Apr 2021 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Episode #129- Was There a Real Gilgamesh? (Part I)

The oldest known piece of literature on the planet is the epic tale of Gilgamesh, king of the Mesopotamian city-state... more

24 Mar 2021 · 1 hour, 24 minutes
Episode #128- Did St. Patrick Kill a Wizard?

There are few Christian saints more misunderstood than St. Patrick. Ireland's patron saint is best known for driving the snakes... more

10 Mar 2021 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
Episode #127- Who Was the Blood Countess? (Part II)

In 1611 a the Hungarian Countess, Elizabeth Bathory, was confined to her castle of Cachtice, never to leave again. This... more

24 Feb 2021 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
Episode #126- Who Was the Blood Countess? (Part I)

Throw the name Elizabeth Bathory into your favourite search engine and you will quickly find superlatives like “history’s most prolific... more

10 Feb 2021 · 53 minutes
Bonus Episode- What Did He Say About Karate?

In episode #125 a historical myth about the origins of karate snuck past Sebastian! In this bonus episode the host... more

03 Feb 2021 · 18 minutes
Episode #125- What Are the Origins of Martial Arts? (Part II)

Martial arts myths are have been described as "savvy marketing". But, the most enduring bits of of fake martial arts... more

27 Jan 2021 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
Episode #124- What Are the Origins of Martial Arts? (Part I)

Asian martial arts are often coated in a thick layer of of legend. Many fighting styles have elaborate origin stories... more

13 Jan 2021 · 58 minutes
Bonus Episode- What Did He Say on Ripples of History?

For this Bonus Episode Sebastian is sharing something he recorded earlier this year for a project curated by Daniele Bolelli,... more

30 Dec 2020 · 45 minutes
Episode #123- Should We Trust Nostradamus? (Part II)

These days Nostradamus is best known for the predictions found in his book The Prophecies. But, surprisingly, that book only... more

23 Dec 2020 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Episode #122- Should We Trust Nostradamus? (Part I)

The 16th century French prophet, Nostradamus, has a way of rearing his head anytime humanity finds itself in the midst... more

08 Dec 2020 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Episode #121- What is Ghost River?

In 1763 twenty indigenous people in the colony of Pennsylvania were murdered by an armed gang. The victims had been... more

25 Nov 2020 · 1 hour, 23 minutes
Episode #120- Who Was the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans? (Part III)

What does a Voodoo Queen even do? It turns out that much of it had to do with a ceremony... more

10 Nov 2020 · 56 minutes
Episode #119- Who Was the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans? (Part II)

Voodoo might be one of the most misunderstood religious traditions in the world. This unique combination of traditional West African... more

28 Oct 2020 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Episode #118- Who Was the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans? (Part I)

One of the many things that makes New Orleans one of the most unique cities in North America is its... more

14 Oct 2020 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Episode #117- What Went Down On Easter Island? (Part II)

The island of Rapa Nui, or Easter Island, has been called "the clearest example of a society that destroyed itself."... more

30 Sep 2020 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
Episode #116- What Went Down On Easter Island? (Part I)

Easter Island, or Rapa Nui as the indigenous islanders call it, may be the most misunderstood place on planet Earth.... more

16 Sep 2020 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
OFH Throwback - Episode #5- Did Shakespeare Write the Plays?

William Shakespeare is easily the best known playwright in the English language. His works are praised as some of the... more

08 Sep 2020 · 50 minutes
OFH Throwback - Episode #54 - Who Invented Rock 'n Roll? (Part II)

In November of 2017 OFH did a series on the birth of Rock 'n Roll. Back then Sebastian was so... more

25 Aug 2020 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
OFH Throwback - Episode #53- Who Invented Rock 'n Roll? (Part I)

In November of 2017 OFH did a series on the birth of Rock 'n Roll. Back then Sebastian was so... more

12 Aug 2020 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
OFH Throwback - Episode #71 - Who Invented Your Favourite Sport?

On this OFH Throwback we return to an episode from two summers ago called "Who Invented Your Favourite Sport?" This... more

29 Jul 2020 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Episode #115- Who Was Mali's Richest King? (Part II )

In 1324 the Malian Emperor, Mansa Musa, made a pilgrimage to Mecca that would stun the Islamic world with its... more

22 Jul 2020 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Episode #114- Who Was Mali's Richest King? (Part I)

One of the most pernicious historical myths to ever circulate is the wrongheaded belief that sub-Saharan Africa was uncivilized and... more

08 Jul 2020 · 57 minutes
Episode #113- Who is Kyiv's Most Vengeful Saint?

There are few tales of revenge as epic as that of Olga of Kyiv. In 945 AD Olga set out... more

24 Jun 2020 · 57 minutes
ANNOUNCEMENT: Next Episode and Some Recommendations

In this quick announcement Sebastian lets everyone know that the next Our Fake History will be released on June 23.... more

16 Jun 2020 · 4 minutes
Episode #112- Who Was The First Emperor of China? (Part III)

After unifying the "Warring States" the first emperor of China turned his attention to an even more lofty goal: becoming... more

02 Jun 2020 · 58 minutes
Episode #111- Who Was The First Emperor of China? (Part II)

In Chinese folklore the first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, is never presented as a hero. Instead he is always presented... more

20 May 2020 · 58 minutes
Episode #110- Who Was The First Emperor of China? (Part I)

If you were going to make a list of the most historically influential people to have have ever lived, Qin... more

05 May 2020 · 58 minutes
Episode #109- What Should We Believe About Boudica? (Part III)

The rebellion led by Boudica, the Iceni warrior woman, nearly dislodged the Roman empire from the island of Britain. She... more

22 Apr 2020 · 55 minutes
Episode #108- What Should We Believe About Boudica? (Part II)

The ancient rebel leader Boudica has become an icon in her native Britain. She is celebrated as a symbol of... more

08 Apr 2020 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Episode #107- What Should We Believe About Boudica? (Part I)

They say that history is written by the winners. While it's a trite cliché, there might be some truth in... more

24 Mar 2020 · 53 minutes
Episode #106- Is the Renaissance a Myth? (Part II)

When did the Renaissance begin? When did it end? Do these questions even have proper answers? In this episode Sebastian... more

10 Mar 2020 · 52 minutes
Episode #105- Is the Renaissance a Myth? (Part I)

The Renaissance has been touted as one of the most important moments in European history. 19th century historians like Jules... more

26 Feb 2020 · 56 minutes
Episode #104- What Caused the Black Death? (Part III)

In the 1890's a team of physicians and scientists discovered the cause of bubonic plague, a bacteria they named Yersinia... more

12 Feb 2020 · 1 hour,
Episode #103- What Caused the Black Death? (Part II)

When studying the plague of the 14th century it can be easy to focus on the death, but on Our... more

29 Jan 2020 · 46 minutes
Episode #102- What Caused the Black Death? (Part I)

The epidemic known as the Black Death struck Europe in 1347 and completely upended medieval society. It's been estimated that... more

15 Jan 2020 · 51 minutes
Bonus Episode - What Was the Phillip Experiment?

In November 2019 Sebastian was asked to perform at the Toronto Hot Docs Podcast festival. Our Fake History was featured... more

31 Dec 2019 · 17 minutes
Episode #101- Who is the Real Santa Claus?

The Santa Claus legend may be one of the most sturdy pieces of mythology in modern times. While other magical... more

18 Dec 2019 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Episode #100- 100 Episodes? (Live in Toronto!)

In celebration of Our Fake History's 100th episode Sebastian runs the podcaster's gauntlet in front of a live crowd. Your... more

04 Dec 2019 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
Episode #99- Who Built the Pyramids? (Part III)

These days it's impossible to speak about the mysteries of the pyramids without saying something about aliens from outer space.... more

21 Nov 2019 · 59 minutes
Episode #98- Who Built the Pyramids? (Part II)

The most elaborate theories concerning the pyramids of Giza usually position those monuments as deeply different and distinct from all... more

06 Nov 2019 · 52 minutes
Episode #97- Who Built the Pyramids? (Part I)

The Egyptian pyramids are easily the most mythologized pieces of architecture on the planet. They have inspired historical myths and... more

23 Oct 2019 · 56 minutes
Episode #96- What is America's Weirdest Secret Society?

In the 1930's a famous California history professor thought he had discovered a long lost historical treasure. It was a... more

10 Oct 2019 · 57 minutes
Episode #95- How Machiavellian was Machiavelli? (Part II)

Since The Prince was first published in 1532 it has attracted an eclectic group of admirers. Figures as diverse as Napoleon... more

24 Sep 2019 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Episode #94- How Machiavellian was Machiavelli? (Part I)

There are few political thinkers with as evil a reputation as the Florentine writer Niccolo Machiavelli. Machiavelli's philosophy was believed... more

11 Sep 2019 · 55 minutes
Episode #93- Why Deny the Moon Landings? (Part III)

Once someone has embraced the moon landing hoax conspiracy it can be hard to change their mind. More often than... more

31 Jul 2019 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
Episode #92- Why Deny the Moon Landings? (Part II)

The foundational text for all moon landing conspiracy theories is a humble little book called We Never Went To The Moon.... more

17 Jul 2019 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Episode #91- Why Deny the Moon Landings? (Part I)

As we near the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission many have started to reflect on the legacy of... more

02 Jul 2019 · 54 minutes
Episode #90- How Bad Was Blackbeard? (Part II)

Thanks to the mysterious pirate historian Captain Charles Johnson, Blackbeard became a truly legendary villain. According to the Captain, Blackbeard... more

19 Jun 2019 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Episode #89- How Bad Was Blackbeard? (Part I)

Blackbeard may be the most iconic pirate to ever roam the seas. His fearsome reputation and distinctive sense of personal... more

05 Jun 2019 · 59 minutes
Episode #88- Are the Dark Ages a Myth?

There are few periods in history as hotly contested as the so-called "Dark Ages". Traditionally, the 5th to 10th centuries... more

22 May 2019 · 1 hour, 1 minute
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Episode #91- Why Deny the Moon Landings? (Part I)
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As we near the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission many have started to reflect on the legacy of the moon... more