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  • 🎧 Sex Myths

    Why were the ovaries once seen as inverted testes? What words might you use if you were trying to describe a condition 'down there' to your doctor? And why did people once believe that you couldn't conceive a baby whilst standing up?

    In this episode of Betwixt the Sheets, we're clearing away the...

  • 🎧 Origins of the CIA

    2022 marks the 75th anniversary of the Central Intelligence Agency, more colloquially known as the CIA. While viewed today as one of the most advanced and powerful intelligence agencies in the world, the United States didn't always sit at the top of this list.

    Long before the CIA had been create...

  • 🎧 Capturing Lincoln’s Assassin

    On shooting President Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth fled Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC on horseback, eventually heading south. But Lincoln’s was not the only assassination planned that night. Michael Kauffman tells Don about the others - attempted and abandoned - on the evening of April 1...

  • 🎧 Uruk: The First Cities

    A Mesopotamian metropolis that thrived for millennia, Uruk is even claimed by some to have been the first true city in history.

    Located in modern day Iraq, Uruk was certainly among the oldest urban settlements of the ancient world, and has been a treasure trove of archaeological finds. But was i...

  • 🎧 A Short History of The World

    How can you condense the history of the world into a book? Well-celebrated historian Simon Sebag Montefiore does just that in his new epic. He takes Dan on an exhilarating journey through the families that have shaped our world: the Caesars, Medicis and Incas, Ottomans and Mughals, and Bonapartes...

  • 🎧 Atlantis: Deciphering The Truth

    Atlantis is one of the most compelling legends - an advanced, mythical civilisation, wiped out by an unknown phenomenon. The allure of this civilisation, rich in lost knowledge and culture, is obvious. But how do archaeologists separate fact from fiction? How can they be confident about the past,...

  • 🎧 Croissants

    CROISSANTS WEREN’T INVENTED IN FRANCE. Mon dieu! C’est pas vrai!

    Today Dallas finds out about the person responsible for bringing the croissant to France.

    It wasn’t Marie Antoinette and it has nothing to do with the Turkish flag.

    The person we have to thank is an Austrian entrepreneur called A...

  • 🎧 Lady Chatterley's Lover

    *This episode contains very strong language and adult content*

    A semi autobiographical account from a conflicted man? An ode to a wife’s sexual desire? A criminally obscene novel?

    Lady Chatterley’s Lover is one of the most famous texts from the past century, but why?

    In this episode, we hear f...

  • 🎧 Owain Glyndwr and The Welsh Revolt

    England plays Wales in the World Cup today so it only makes sense that Dan looks back at what's often called Wales' last war of Independence against the English. No one quite knows how it began, but on the 16th of September 1400 Owain Glyndwr- a man of affluence from a mixed Anglo-Welsh family to...

  • 🎧 WW1 & The Rise of Ghosts

    8.5 million soldiers died as a result from wounds and disease during the First World War, plunging a society into mourning as loved ones were left to deal with the loss of their family and friends. Desperately wanting to connect with their loved ones, families of fallen soldiers would seek out wa...

  • 🎧 Aliens

    Who invented aliens? We did. Each age invents its own. When we invented robots, aliens became robotic beings. In the Cold War, intergalactic peacemakers appear. Aliens came to abduct us in a decade when the news was full of kidnappings.

    In this episode Dallas discovers when we first started to t...

  • 🎧 The Legacy of Rome

    Rome has attracted aspiring conquerors and leaders for millennia, not just as a great metropolis, but as an idea. It has long been a symbol of military might and universal power, defined by political and religious authority as well as great feats of engineering that would leave indelible marks on...

  • 🎧 The History of the Clitoris

    It’s so important that it’s been ‘discovered’ at least twice, but what is the clitoris and why has it previously been so hard to find?

    The clitoris is the human female’s most erogenous zone, and is responsible for 75% of women’s orgasms. So why has it been so overlooked and demonised, and how ha...

  • 🎧 Irish Revolution

    The Irish War of Independence in 1919 was fought between the Irish Revolutionary Army and British Forces, with support of the RIC and USC. Wounds of this conflict are still visible today, both in Ireland and across the world. While there's a tendency to view this conflict as an insular issue of t...

  • 🎧 A Short History of Scotland and England's Union

    Yesterday the UK Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the Scottish government is not allowed to hold a second independence referendum without Westminster's agreement. It means, for now, Scotland will stay in the United Kingdom, though for how long is unclear.

    The union between the nations of Gre...

  • 🎧 The Legacy of Tutankhamun

    Since the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings, the phenomenon of “Tutmania” has continued to capture the worlds imagination on an unprecedented scale. From innovative museum exhibitions that took the phrase 'blockbuster' to a new meaning, to SNL sketches and collectable mem...

  • 🎧 Roller Coasters

    The world’s first Loop-the-Loop roller coaster gave so many people whiplash that they kept a medical team on the payroll.

    Find out where roller coasters began; why your hands sweat when you’re on them; and how long it takes the human brain to realise that it’s fallen to its death (perhaps).

    Dal...

  • 🎧 Kings and Queens: Villains, Heroes and Rulers

    Dan teams up with his parents and esteemed journalists Peter Snow and Ann MacMillan to explore the lives, loves, triumphs and disasters of a monarchy that is the envy of the world. They offer a unique insight into those born to rule, whether villains or heroes – from cruel King John and warrior-k...

  • 🎧 Mussolini's Favourite Daughter

    What do we know about the people who shared the surname Mussolini with the Italian fascist dictator?

    Edda Mussolini may have been Benito’s daughter, but she was also the wife of a convicted traitor, an unwilling mother and a hard-drinking socialite.

    To find out about Edda’s life and its connect...

  • 🎧 Public Executions in London

    For at least 700 years, presumed criminals were publicly executed in London. Such occasions were often gruesome, gory and very popular.

    A new exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands explores this grisly history - who the recipients of capital punishment were, the places where they met their...

  • 🎧 Frozen Food

    The Frozen Food industry was invented by the Birdseye company. And that company was started by a living breathing Birdseye; Clarence Birdseye.

    Clarence Birdseye was a small, bespectacled New Yorker who lived a life somewhere between Buffalo Bill and Thomas Edison.

    He came up with the idea for f...

  • 🎧 Rise of the Etruscans

    Situated in the North of Italy, the Etruscan's were once a powerful civilisation, dominating the Italian peninsular. Predecessors to Ancient Rome, the Etruscans excelled in trade, art, and sculpture, surviving for centuries from the early 1st Millenia BC until their fated clash with the Romans. T...

  • 🎧 Football & the Tudors

    Already in 2022 we have celebrated England’s Lionesses winning the Women’s European Championships, and this month you may well be waiting with bated breath to see how England’s men fare in the World Cup.

    Such anticipation, celebration — and sometimes commiseration — are nothing new in football....

  • 🎧 Ronald Reagan: The Peacemaker

    When Ronald Reagan became President in 1981, he was initially written off by many as a reckless B movie cowboy who would lead the US to nuclear war. However, as William Inboden tells Don, Reagan would go on to defy the odds on the international stage. Navigating complex foreign policy challenges,...