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Created by: BBC Radio4

UK 6-1011+

Started: November 14th, 2020

Status: Active, 28 episodes

Kind: Episodic

Language: English

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The Asante Empire (Radio Edit)
00:28:23 | January 7th, 2023

Greg Jenner is joined by historian Dr Augustus Casely-Hayford OBE and comedian Sophie Duker to explore the incredible Asante Empire. We learn the roots of Ghanian heritage – from storytelling, fabric, food, music and rhythm as communication, to how centuries of traditions across the empire came together to protect the most sacred symbol of power in the Asante Kingdom from the hands of the British during the War of the Golden Stool.

Prohibition in the USA (Radio Edit)
00:28:26 | December 31st, 2022

Greg Jenner is joined by historian Prof Sarah Churchwell and comedian Kemah Bob in 1920s USA to follow the implementation and after effects of Prohibition. They take a look at the origins of the Prohibition laws and hear how a movement designed to encourage temperance backfired on the nation.

Medieval Christmas (Radio Edit)
00:29:22 | December 9th, 2022

Greg Jenner and his guests Miles Jupp and Dr Eleanor Janega go back to the medieval Christmas for this one-off festive special. They look at the history and traditions that have thankfully continued through the ages, like gift-giving and stuffed wild boars (although numbers on stuffed wild boar we’re told are down from previous years) and some that have mysteriously fallen off from the radar completely, like the masked carol singers and jellied eels.

The Haitian Revolution (Radio Edit)
00:28:41 | October 22nd, 2022

Greg Jenner is joined by Prof Marlene Daut and comedian Athena Kugblenu to examine the events and aftermath of the 18th century revolution in Haiti, the first nation to abolish slavery. They look at the life of revolutionary leader Toussaint Louverture, confront the atrocities committed against the people of Haiti and the literal price they were forced to pay for their freedom.

Saladin (Radio Edit)
00:29:00 | October 22nd, 2022

You may have learned about Richard the Lionheart in school (or from Disney’s Robin Hood), but how much do you know about his opponent, the legendary Saladin? Why does Saladin have such an enduring reputation as a good guy? Host Greg Jenner is joined by comedian Maria Shehata and historian Prof Jonathan Phillips. Produced by Dan Morelle Scripted and researched by Emma Nagouse, assisted by Emily Greenwell.

Mary Shelley (Radio Edit)
00:28:37 | October 14th, 2022

Greg Jenner is joined by literary expert Dr Corin Throsby and comedian Lauren Pattison to explore the often turbulent life of literary icon Mary Shelley. Join them as we all question our life achievements while discussing the groundbreaking work Mary produced by the age of just 20, how far she was prepared to walk for love, and arguably the most gothic first date in history.

The Ancient Olympics (Radio Edit)
00:28:59 | October 14th, 2022

Greg Jenner and his guests Prof Michael Scott and comedian Shaparak Khorsandi limber up for a trip to the ancient Olympics. Discover the drastic measures taken to prevent women watching the action. Hear how the gruelling challenges brought a whole new meaning to the term “leaving it all on the field” and how even death couldn’t stop you winning.

The Tang Dynasty (Radio Edit)
00:28:34 | October 7th, 2022

Greg Jenner is joined by historian Prof Tineke D’Haeseleer and comedian Evelyn Mok in medieval China to explore the Tang Dynasty. Known as the Golden Age of China, it was the time of China’s Emperor Wu, the only woman to hold power in her own right, and Emperor Xuanzong who became so bored with austerity he came up with a unique way to have fun.

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Created by: BBC Radio4
Started: November 14th, 2020
Status: Active, 28 episodes
Kind: Episodic
Language: English

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