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Russell Hogg

A lot of history episodes and a lot of film episodes. A few other subjects in between!

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Mother Leakey and the Bishop

I can't remember enjoying a story more than Peter Marshall's Mother Leakey and the Bishop. The way Peter tells the... more

01 Jun 2024 · 56 minutes
Kaldellis on Byzantium - part 2

We cover the miserable tale of the 4th crusade, the Latin Empire and Anthony gives advice on how to write... more

02 May 2024 · 38 minutes
Anthony Kaldellis on Byzantium (Part 1)

If you have any interest at all in Byzantium or in the Roman Empire generally I think you should really... more

30 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Hampton Sides - the last voyage of Captain Cook

Hampton has been on the podcast before and if you haven't yet found his books of narrative history I urge... more

08 Apr 2024 · 51 minutes
The Sin Eater

I am a huge fan of Mike Dash's books. We have talked about Batavia's Graveyard and Tulipomania in past episodes.... more

01 Mar 2024 · 48 minutes
Ed West - From the Romans to Alfred the Great

Most people know Ed West for his journalism and in particular for his substack The Wrong Side of History. If... more

08 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
John McWhorter and Scott Sumner - talking movies

I am a huge fan of John McWhorter and have come to have great respect for Scott Sumner's knowledge and... more

21 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Dikötter on Dictators

Frank Dikötter returns to the show to talk about dictators and in particular how they use the cult of personality... more

07 Jan 2024 · 50 minutes
The Lives of East Germans - Katja Hoyer

If, like me, your idea of East Germany is dominated by spy movies and and you think that perhaps it... more

09 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
Britons never will be slaves?

Giles Milton is one of my favourite authors producing narrative history today. The stories he tells are just jaw dropping.... more

25 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Italy, a ruin - part 2 of the Adventures of Belisarius and Antonina

David Parnell and I wrap up the story of Belisarius and Antonina. We are now on to the liberation of... more

06 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Constantinople show its teeth - part 1 of the Adventures of Belisarius and Antonina

David Parnell has a wonderful new book out called Belisarius and Antonina. This is the story of a real husband... more

24 Sep 2023 · 58 minutes
Mao's China with Frank Dikötter

Frank Dikötter is the author of a series of brilliant and harrowing books about communist China. He is not only... more

27 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Shipwreck, mutiny and murder

This is the story of Anson's voyage around the world in the 1740's. In particular it is about the ship... more

05 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Sharp and Sumner: 6 Japanese movies

Jasper Sharp is probably the UK's leading expert on Japanese film and he joined me on the show today with... more

03 May 2023 · 1 hour, 22 minutes
McWhorter and Holland - On dinosaurs

John McWhorter and Tom Holland are a perfect pairing. They are absolutely delightful company both with a dry sense of... more

29 Apr 2023 · 53 minutes
Acre 1291 - the final showdown

Roger Crowley is one on the best (if not the best) narrative historians of the Middle Ages. Here is on... more

19 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
The Salem Witch trials with Stacy Schiff

Stacy Schiff is one of America's most acclaimed historians and biographers. Her book The Witches is a detailed, almost forensic,... more

17 Feb 2023 · 56 minutes
Suleiman the Magnificent with Christopher de Bellaigue

Christopher de Bellaigue's book The Lion House is a brilliant history of the first part of Suleiman the Magnificent's reign.... more

11 Feb 2023 · 57 minutes
Slavery in the Mediterranean in the Middle Ages

Professor David Abulafia's wonderful book The Great Sea covers so many topics. Today we talked about slavery. Until recently I... more

27 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Talking movies with Scott Sumner

Scott Sumner is an economist with a well known and much quoted blog. But it is the bit of the... more

05 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
The war against Antony and Cleopatra

I have always found the war Octavian fought against Antony and Cleopatra hard to understand. How did Antony find himself... more

29 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Anna Keay on the Restless Republic (Britain after the death of Charles I)

Anna Keay's book The Restless Republic is just brilliant. It covers the period following the execution of Charles I when... more

06 Nov 2022 · 59 minutes
The Death of Alexander pt 2 (Perdicass and the crocodiles)

Following on from last week in this episode things reach boiling point. Marriage alliances are discarded, invasions undertaken D day... more

17 Oct 2022 · 47 minutes
The Death of Alexander Pt 1 - Chaos unfolds

Tristan Hughes has writen a brilliant book about the years immediately following the Death of Alexander the Great. As Tristan... more

04 Oct 2022 · 58 minutes
Gladiator - the movie, the history!

Really thrilled to have Bret Devereaux and Ed Watts on the podcast together. We looked at Gladiator as a film... more

29 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 19 minutes
A nuclear exchange

I chatted to Battleship Bean and John Schilling about nuclear war. We discussed the wonderful Dr Strangleove and tried to... more

12 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
The Last Emperor of Mexico - part 2

In part 1 of the story Napoleon III persuaded Maximilian and Carlotta to accept the Mexican crown and become emperor... more

31 Jul 2022 · 53 minutes
The Last Emperor of Mexico with Edward Shawcross

Karl Marx called it 'one of the most monstrous enterprises in the annals of international history'. This seems unfair to... more

24 Jul 2022 · 46 minutes
Tulip mania - 1630's Holland goes wild

In the Dutch Republic of the 1630's trading in tulips went mad with bulbs and even parts of a bulb... more

04 Jul 2022 · 49 minutes
A new world order - the Arab invasions of the 7th century

James Howard - Johnston returns to talk about the astonishing upending of the world order that happened just a few... more

04 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 27 minutes
Firepower with Paul Lockhart

Paul Lockhart is brilliant on the history of guns (and firepower more widely). He is interested not just in the... more

11 May 2022 · 1 hour, 28 minutes
Mortal Republic with Edward Watts

Ed Watts is one of the most engaging writers and speakers on Roman history I have talked to. In this... more

12 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
The Korean War - the battle of the Chosin Reservoir

In October 1950 the Americans are racing to the Yalu river, trying to bring the war in Korea to a... more

22 Mar 2022 · 1 hour,
The Silver Way

Everyone has heard of the Silk Road but this is The Silver Way. It is the story of the Manilla... more

06 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 22 minutes
The Last Great Siege - Constantinople 1453

The story of the siege of Constantinople in 1453 is a rich one. Roger Crowley tells the story absolutely brilliantly... more

18 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
Rome against Persia - their final battle

In the year 617 the Roman Empire stands on the brink of extinction. In the West the empire is long... more

28 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 29 minutes
Poggio Bracciolini - an Indiana Jones from the 15th century

Stephen Greenblatt wrote a fascinating book The Swerve about the rediscovery in 1417 of a work of philosophy from antiquity.... more

15 Jan 2022 · 58 minutes
Pearl Hart - the Wild West's most notorious woman bandit

In 1889 a woman calling herself Pearl Hart holds up a stagecoach in Arizona. In this episode John Boessenecker talks... more

02 Jan 2022 · 50 minutes
The declines of the Roman Empire with Edward Watts

Edward Watts startled me with his claim that the Western Roman Empire didn't fall in AD 476. And he has... more

20 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Clive of India with Dr Zareer Masani

Zareer is a a renowned historian and broadcaster. Clive of India is out of fashion these days but Zareer remains... more

11 Dec 2021 · 58 minutes
Laurence Bergreen on Magellan

Laurence Bergreen threads the needle for me. He tells Magellan's story in a way that is exciting and moves with... more

26 Nov 2021 · 53 minutes
With one leap he was free! - stories from Peter Henderson's life

It is hard to describe Peter Henderson's adventures without lapsing into cliche. Hair raising, eye popping and so on. A... more

21 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 28 minutes
A history of astronomy - from the Babylonians to Galileo

Thony Christie has a blog called the Renaissance Mathematicus. It covers the history of science and is one of the... more

28 Sep 2021 · 2 hours, 18 minutes
Clocks, Civilization, Power . . . all About Time with David Rooney

David Rooney is the author of About Time: A History of Civilisation in Twelve Clocks. He talks about clocks (in... more

27 Aug 2021 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
Talking movies with Freddie deBoer and Abe Callard (Mad Max, OUTIH, Ghostbusters etc)

Freddie, Abe and I talk about movies. Three blokes talking about feminism in movies. Well of course. But much more... more

19 Aug 2021 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Julian Sancton on the ill fated voyage of the Belgica to the Antarctic in 1898

Julian Sancton is a wonderful guide to the Belgian expedition to Antartica in 1898. The crew of the Belgica... more

08 Aug 2021 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
When the Shogun's Sumo met Commodore Perry's minstrel show

Kenji Tierney is a wonderfully engaging speaker. Starting with memories of being introduced by his grandmother to sumo by way... more

24 Jul 2021 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
Amazon the behemoth

Robin Gaster's book Behemoth, Amazon Rising: Power and Seduction in the Age of Amazon is available to buy on, naturally,... more

14 Jul 2021 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Memories of wartime Japan and reflections on the kamikaze

Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney is a professor of anthropology at the University of Wisconsin. Here she recalls her life as a young... more

29 Jun 2021 · 56 minutes
Subject to Change
A history of astronomy - from the Babylonians to Galileo
Subject to Change

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Thony Christie has a blog called the Renaissance Mathematicus. It covers the history of science and is one of the wonders of... more