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Blackbeard2019091220201114 (R4)Timbers are shivering as Greg Jenner digs down on the legendary pirate, Blackbeard. Why did Blackbeard blockade a small town while scratching himself in frustration? How many wives is too many wives? And what exactly did he put in his beard?

Greg's joined by historian and piracy expert Dr Rebecca Simon and comedian Stu Goldsmith, host of the Comedian's Comedian podcast.

Produced by Dan Morelle
Scripted by Greg Jenner
Researched by Emma Nagouse

A Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4

Greg Jenner and his guests learn about the infamous pirate Blackbeard.

The history podcast for people who don't like history... and those who do.

Boudica2019091320210515 (R4)Greg Jenner and his guests discuss the important questions surrounding Queen Boudica including: Is she a feminist icon? How do you pronounce her name? And was she really ginger? Get ready to forget everything you thought you knew about Boudica and learn what it was really like when the Romans invaded. Featuring comedian, author and actress Sara Pascoe, known for QI, Have I Got News For You, and W1A among many other shows, and historian Dr Emma Southon, specialist in Roman history and co-host of the History is Sexy podcast.

This episode was produced by Dan Morelle and scripted and researched by Greg Jenner.

Greg Jenner and his guests uncover what we know about the iconic warrior, Queen Boudica.

Greg Jenner takes the podcast stateside to explore five big topics from US history.

Boudica2019091320210515 (R4)Greg Jenner and his guests discuss the important questions surrounding Queen Boudica including: Is she a feminist icon? How do you pronounce her name? And was she really ginger?

Get ready to forget everything you thought you knew about Boudica and learn what it was really like when the Romans invaded.

Featuring comedian, author and actress Sara Pascoe, known for QI, Have I Got News For You, and W1A among many other shows, and historian Dr Emma Southon, specialist in Roman history and co-host of the History is Sexy podcast.

Script and Research: Greg Jenner
Producer: Dan Morelle

A Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4

Greg Jenner and his guests uncover what we know about the iconic warrior, Queen Boudica.

The history podcast for people who don't like history... and those who do.

Harriet Tubman2019091220201128 (R4)We are heading down to the Underground Railroad to discover the incredible life of American hero and abolitionist Harriet Tubman. From a torturous childhood to surgery without anaesthetic, get ready to understand true bravery as we uncover the events which made Harriet Tubman a phenomenal force for change. Greg Jenner is joined by comedian, actor and writer Desiree Burch and historian Dr Michell Chresfield from the University of Birmingham. It's history for people who don't like history!

This episode was produced by Dan Morelle, scripted by Greg Jenner and researched by Emma Nagouse.

Greg Jenner and guests tell the story of American hero and abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

The history podcast for people who don't like history... and those who do.

Josephine Baker2020031320200815 (R4)Greg Jenner is joined by historical expert Dr Michell Chresfield and comedian Desiree Burch to travel to 1920s Paris and meet the phenomenal Josephine Baker.

Josephine Baker was a renowned performer and entertainer, a civil rights activist and even a spy during the German occupation of France. But just how did the daughter of a laundress in St Louis find herself at the centre of some of the most pivotal moments in history?

A Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4

Greg Jenner and the team take us to 1920s Paris to meet the phenomenal Josephine Baker.

The history podcast for people who don't like history... and those who do.

Lgbtq History2019091220201219 (R4)From Molly Houses to secret diaries, discover the real-life stories that make up the history of the LGBT community.

Greg Jenner is joined by comedian Suzie Ruffell and Dr Justin Bengry, historian and creator of the world's first masters degree in Queer History. It's history for people who don't like history!

Produced by Dan Morelle
Scripted and researched by Emma Nagouse

A Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4

From Molly Houses to Section 28, Greg Jenner explores the history of the LGBT community.

The history podcast for people who don't like history... and those who do.

From Molly Houses to secret diaries, discover the real-life stories that make up the history of the LGBT community.

Greg Jenner is joined by comedian Suzie Ruffell and Dr Justin Bengry, historian and creator of the world's first masters degree in Queer History. It's history for people who don't like history!

Produced by Dan Morelle
Scripted and researched by Emma Nagouse

A Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4

From Molly Houses to Section 28, Greg Jenner explores the history of the LGBT community.

The history podcast for people who don't like history... and those who do.

Greg Jenner explores the weird and wonderful history of the Victorian Christmas.

Lord Byron2019101820210522 (R4)

Who was Lord Byron and why did he drive the girls (and many boys) so wild? Find out about this scandalous early celebrity who was described as, "mad, bad and dangerous to know". Greg Jenner is joined by comedian Ed Gamble and historian Dr Corin Throsby.

This episode was produced by Dan Morelle and scripted and researched by Emma Nagouse.

He\u2019s "mad, bad and dangerous to know". He is the scandalous Lord Byron.

The history podcast for people who don't like history... and those who do.

Lord Byron2019101820210522 (R4)Who was Lord Byron and why did he drive the girls (and many boys) so wild? Find out about this scandalous early celebrity who was described as, "mad, bad and dangerous to know". Greg Jenner is joined by comedian Ed Gamble and historian Dr Corin Throsby.

This episode was produced by Dan Morelle and scripted and researched by Emma Nagouse.

He's "mad, bad and dangerous to know". He is the scandalous Lord Byron.

Greg Jenner takes the podcast stateside to explore five big topics from US history.

Neanderthals2020022820201121 (R4)Greg Jenner is joined by the brilliant comedian Tim Minchin and Palaeolithic archaeologist Dr Becky Wragg Sykes as they take us way back in time to visit the mysterious world of Neanderthals. Just who were the Neanderthals? Were they the squat caveman archetypes we've come to know in pop culture? Did they really shout “Ug” at the moon? Or have we misunderstood them entirely? Join the team as we discover there is so much more to those handsome, hench beings that walked the Earth before us.

Greg Jenner and his guests take us all the way back in time to meet the Neanderthals.

The history podcast for people who don't like history... and those who do.

Stonehenge2019091220200822 (R4)Greg Jenner digs into the history and mystery surrounding Stonehenge. Is it really the symbol of fertility and scene of sacrifice it's portrayed to be, and what part of Stonehenge is the henge exactly?

Featuring podcasting legend Richard Herring alongside archaeologist Susan Greaney from English Heritage. It's history for people who don't like history!

Produced by Dan Morelle
Script by Greg Jenner
Research by Emma Nagouse

A Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4

Greg Jenner and his guests dig into the mystery and history surrounding Stonehenge.

The history podcast for people who don't like history... and those who do.

The Aztecs2019091220200808 (R4)Travel back to the land of the Aztecs to discover that they're not that dissimilar to the Tudors, but with more human sacrifices.

Greg Jenner is joined by comedian Joel Dommett and historian Dr Caroline Dodds Pennock to ask just how much food can be traced back to the Aztecs? Was cannibalism really a respectful process? And at what age were Aztec children expected to contribute to the family? It's history for people who don't like history!

Produced by Dan Morelle
Script by Greg Jenner
Research by Emma Nagouse assisted by Josh Daniels

A Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4

Travel back to the land of the Aztecs for tales of human sacrifice. And food!

The history podcast for people who don't like history... and those who do.

Travel back to the land of the Aztecs to discover that they're not that dissimilar to the Tudors, but with more human sacrifices. Greg Jenner is joined by comedian Joel Dommett and historian Dr Caroline Dodds Pennock to ask just how much food can be traced back to the Aztecs? Was cannibalism really a respectful process? And at what age were Aztec children expected to contribute to the family? It's history for people who don't like history!

This episode was produced by Dan Morelle, scripted by Greg Jenner and researched by Emma Nagouse assisted by Josh Daniels.

The Battle of Salamis2020073120210529 (R4)

Host Greg Jenner is joined by historian Professor Michael Scott and comedian Shappi Khorsandi to head back to 480BCE for one of history’s most notorious naval battles - The Battle of Salamis. On a journey through the events leading up to the battle and beyond we will uncover one of the most unique methods ever used to cross a body of water, one of the most spectacular deaths ever recorded and why sometimes it pays to give water a jolly good telling off.

Greg Jenner and the team head all the way back to 480BCE for The Battle of Salamis

The history podcast for people who don't like history... and those who do.

The History Of Chocolate2020032020200912 (R4)
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Greg Jenner is joined by chocolate historian Alex Hutchinson and British TV legend Richard Osman to explore the culinary and cultural history of chocolate - Britain's favourite confectionery.

Just what did the Maya use to flavour their cacao? How did cacao become chocolate and find its way into our shops and hearts? And why did a family feud change the entire branding of a much loved chocolate bar?

A Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4

Greg Jenner and his guests explore the culinary and cultural history of chocolate.

The history podcast for people who don't like history... and those who do.

Greg Jenner explores the weird and wonderful history of the Victorian Christmas.

The History Of Football2019091220201205 (R4)Where did football come from? Was it really invented in China or is the truth a little closer to home?

Why was knife crime such a problem for football hundreds of years ago? And what's the real truth behind the history of the women's game?

Public historian Greg Jenner joins comedian Tom Parry and historian Professor Jean Williams to teach you the true history of the beautiful game. It's history for people who don't like history!

Produced by Dan Morelle
Scripted by Greg Jenner
Researched by Emma Nagouse, assisted by Eszter Szabo and Evie Randall

A Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4

Greg Jenner and his guests discover the history of the beautiful game.

The history podcast for people who don't like history... and those who do.

Public historian Greg Jenner joins comedian Tom Parry and historian Prof Jean Williams to teach you the true history of the beautiful game. It's history for people who don't like history!

Greg Jenner explores the weird and wonderful history of the Victorian Christmas.

The Mayflower2020030620201212 (R4)Greg Jenner is joined by historian Dr Misha Ewen and comedian Alex Edelman to take a trip back in time and across the Atlantic with the passengers of The Mayflower.

They ask all the most pertinent questions. What would you pack for a journey to a new world? What's a great name for a baby born at sea? And just why is a journey that was objectively a gigantic failure held in such high regard in American culture?

A Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4

Greg Jenner and his guests take a trip across the Atlantic on The Mayflower.

The history podcast for people who don't like history... and those who do.

Greg Jenner is joined by historian Dr Misha Ewen and comedian Alex Edelman to take a trip back in time and across the Atlantic with the passengers of The Mayflower.

They ask all the most pertinent questions. What would you pack for a journey to a new world? What's a great name for a baby born at sea? And just why is a journey that was objectively a gigantic failure held in such high regard in American culture?

A Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4

Greg Jenner and his guests take a trip across the Atlantic on The Mayflower.

The history podcast for people who don't like history... and those who do.

Greg Jenner explores the weird and wonderful history of the Victorian Christmas.

The Mughal Empire2020040320200919 (R4)Greg Jenner is joined by historian Dr Mehreen Chida-Razvi and comedian Sindhu Vee to explore The Mughal Empire and it's legacy in art and architecture.

We learn why an Emperor always needed to be wary of his siblings and how a zebra came to cause disbelief in court, and we hear the real story behind the wondrous Taj Mahal.

A Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4

Greg Jenner and his guests head back to explore The Mughal Empire and its legacy.

The history podcast for people who don't like history... and those who do.

The Victorian Christmas2019121320201225 (R4)Why do we celebrate Christmas with cards, crackers and a tree? Join us as we travel back and explore the weird and wonderful history of the Victorian Christmas.

Just who the Dickens had the idea to bring trees indoors? Can a soft-drinks firm really take credit for Father Christmas's red suit? And why did the Victorians send each other such bizarre Christmas cards?

Greg Jenner is joined in the studio by historian Dr Fern Riddell and comedian Russell Kane.

Produced by Cornelius Mendez
Scripted and researched by Greg Jenner

A Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4

Greg Jenner and his guests explore the surprising history of the Victorian Christmas.

The history podcast for people who don't like history... and those who do.

Greg Jenner explores the weird and wonderful history of the Victorian Christmas.

The Witch Craze2019091220200829 (R4)Discover the truth behind the European Witch Craze. Far from the world of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, discover how one book turned the world upside down as a disgruntled patriarchy murdered thousands of innocent women.

Join Greg Jenner, comedian Cariad Lloyd and historian Prof Suzannah Lipscomb. It's history for people who don't like history!

Produced by Dan Morelle
Script and research by Emma Nagouse, assisted by Eszter Szabo and Evie Randall

A Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4

Enter into the dark days of the European Witch Craze, where no woman was safe.

The history podcast for people who don't like history... and those who do.

Young Napoleon2019091220200905 (R4)Never mind the famous battles, who was the real Napoleon? Where did he come from? What events conspired to turn him from a young Corsican officer to one of history's greatest figures? How intense was his relationship with his wife Josephine? What part of his body was recreated in plaster, and how much was somebody willing to pay for it?

And just how did one man manufacture his own hype way before the days of social media?

Greg Jenner is joined by comedian Dan Schreiber and historian Dr Laura O'Brien. It's history for people who don't like history!

Produced by Dan Morelle
Script and research by Emma Nagouse

A Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4

Take a look at a man who loved his country almost as much as women \u2013 Young Napoleon.

The history podcast for people who don't like history... and those who do.