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The BHP is a chronological retelling of the history of Britain with a particular focus upon the lives of the people. You won’t find a dry recounting of dates and battles here, but instead you’ll learn about who these people were and how their desires, fears, and flaws shaped the histories of England, Scotland, and Wales.
 
A regular podcast telling the story of England with warmth and wit and enthusiasm. The story of the great names and the events that made England the mosaic it is today; the daily lives of the people who made it so. We take a chronological approach, from the cataclysmic end of Roman Britain, all the way through to the present day – when we get there! Along the way we follow the major highways of history, and some of the side roads too – what it was like to live in the Middle Ages, why the dif ...
 
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Radio 4 Quiz
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Intelligent and challenging quiz games on BBC Radio 4. Featuring Round Britain Quiz, Counterpoint and Brain of Britain with Quiz Masters including Paul Gambaccini.
 
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Analysis
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Programme examining the ideas and forces which shape public policy in Britain and abroad, presented by distinguished writers, journalists and academics
 
Welcome to Steven Healey, based in Wlltshire England We welcome listeners from France, United Kingdom, USA, Sweden and Russia- well everyone around the globe really The new home of the Blabbing for Britain podcast.The new home of the Five Days Live PodcastAbout StevenMy expertise is in live video chats on Belive.tv , creating Udemy.com courses about live video and most recently in building messenger bots.If you want support on any of those then message me here https://www.facebook.com/BeLive ...
 
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The Europeans
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Fed up with all the Trumpy news from the USA or the Brexit-y news from Britain? Well you've come to the right place. Each week we trawl the continent of Europe for the most interesting stories to cover and the most fascinating people to interview. This semi-serious, semi-silly, Brexit-free show, from a reporter in Paris and an opera singer in Amsterdam, will make you seem clever to friends and make you feel like you've got two NEW friends in Katy and Dominic. You probably didn't realise you ...
 
The Irish History Podcast brings you on a journey through Ireland's fascinating past. This podcast is not just dates but an enthralling account of Ireland's history, looking at daily life through the ages. The show is currently focused on the Great Irish Famine of the 1840s (see below), while the archive contains the stories of Ireland's ancient High Kings, Viking raiders and the Norman Invasion of the Middle Ages. The story of the Great Famine has proved the most popular to date,Between 184 ...
 
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The Untold
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Grace Dent presents a series documenting the untold dramas of 21st-century Britain.
 
First published anonymously due to its seditious content in 1776, the pamphlet argues for the need of American colonists to pursue complete independence from Great Britain, and not be driven simply by the urge to free themselves from unfair taxation. Paine provides argumentation for his revolutionary ideas, suggesting the unification of colonial forces to achieve this goal. Furthermore, Paine strengthens his case by clearly asserting the advantages that would come out as a result of independ ...
 
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Home Front
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Drama serial tracking the fortunes of a group of characters on the home front as they try to maintain normality while Britain is involved in the First World War.
 
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Betel UK
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Live preaching and teaching from Betel of Britain Church in Birmingham UK.
 
Adam Smith’s “The Wealth of Nations” gives an in-depth discussion of different economic principles like the productivity, division of labor and free markets. Although written and published more than 200 years ago, it’s still hailed as one of the most original works in the field of economics and is still used as a reference by many modern economists. “An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations” is the complete title of this book and it was first published in 1776, the same ...
 
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CNET UK Podcast
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Britain's best technology podcast is beamed to your auditory sensors direct from CNET UK. The honey-toned team give you everything you need to know about the hottest tech news, the most desirable new gadgets and answer your best questions and funniest comments. Subscribe now, and let us know what you think!
 
Legend Land is a collection of some of the OLD TALES told in those Western Parts of Britain served by the GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY, now retold by LYONESSE
 
Information Blog
 
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Fact Up
Weekly
 
Fact Up! The weekly improvised character comedy podcast from Britain's best improvisers & comedians. Join hosts Ian T Day (The Free Association), Chris Gau (C5's Borderline) & Shaun Lowthian (Do Not Adjust Your Stage) as they fail to answer all of life’s questions, one topic at a time. In their fruitless quest for knowledge, they're helped & hindered by guest ‘experts' from the UK & US comedy scene. Who is Eddie Stobart? What is the point? Why is France? Find out and Fact Up!
 
Tailored specially to make history more palatable and interesting to children, Our Island Story, by Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall, is a charmingly illustrated volume that promises hours of delight for parents as well as children. Beginning with the myths and legends about Albion, the author ensures that she captivates the child's imagination from the very first page. Unlike today's dry and non-committal history tomes that are prescribed in schools, Our Island Story is full of lyrical prose, l ...
 
The Last of the Mohicans is an epic novel by James Fenimore Cooper, first published in January 1826.It was one of the most popular English-language novels of its time, and helped establish Cooper as one of the first world-famous American writers.The story takes place in 1757 during the French and Indian War, when France and Great Britain battled for control of the American and Canadian colonies. During this war, the French often allied themselves with Native American tribes in order to gain ...
 
This unique tale is narrated by a lovely, gentle horse named Black Beauty and has remained a children's classic since it was first published in 1877. It earned eternal name and fame for its author Anna Sewell, an invalid who died within a few months of publication. According to current estimates, it has sold more than fifty million copies world wide, been translated into many languages and delighted generations of children. The original title page reads: Black Beauty: Translated from the ori ...
 
The typical action hero with a stiff upper lip whose actions speak louder than his words, a mysterious American who lives in dread of being killed, an anarchist plot to destabilize Greece, a deadly German spy network, a notebook entirely written in code, and all this set in the weeks preceding the outbreak of World War I. The Thirty-nine Steps, by John Buchan is a spy classic entirely worthy of its genre and will delight modern day readers with its complicated plot. It is also notable for be ...
 
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It's A Fair Cop
Weekly
 
Alfie Moore spent eighteen years on the Humberside Police force before turning to stand-up comedy. In his time as a cop on the beat Alfie �has seen it all� so, in addition to all that policing knowledge and experience, he has a wealth of hilarious stories you �just couldn�t make up�.His BBC Radio 4 Comedy series IT�S A FAIR COP is the perfect vehicle for Alfie to skillfully blend succinct layman explanations about the law, with very funny anecdotes from his own policing experiences, whilst t ...
 
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The Bottom Line
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Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show with people at the top giving insight into what matters
 
Download the latest documentaries Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.
 
John Finnemore's Double Acts is a series of radio comedy programmes, written by John Finnemore. It is an anthology series of largely unconnected two-handers.Each episode features only two main speaking parts, apart from Finnemore himself who acts as announcer. Additional, uncredited voices are sometimes heard briefly. Each episode is a self-contained play, though four in the first series are loosely connected by incidental details, mainly revolving around references to a fictional bath suppl ...
 
Present day readers live in a world that's emerged from the Cold War and the endless rivalry of the Super Powers but this book goes back and traces the origins of the conflict and mutual antagonism between nations. Kim by Rudyard Kipling is set against the background of the Great Game as it was called the tug-of-war between Britain and Russia for the control of Central Asia. The novel's action takes place during the Anglo-Afghan Wars of 1839-42. The novel's sweeping narrative, the depth of c ...
 
The only psychiatrist in New Britain, Connecticut, collected 124 local stories of suicide from 1941 to 1948. Fifty years later, his grandson discovered them, studied them and researched the people in those stories, how they lived and what they left behind. These are stories of the human struggles of forgotten people, and together they create a social history of the city and a fractured snapshot of a world at war. Sound and music by Wilson Vediner and Courtney Sheedy (both of the bands Months ...
 
The Book of Martyrs, by John Foxe, is an English Protestant account of the persecutions of Protestants, many of whom had died for their beliefs within the decade immediately preceding its first publication. It was first published by John Day, in 1563. Lavishly illustrated with many woodcuts, it was the largest publishing project undertaken in Britain up to that time. Commonly known as, “Foxe’s Book of Martyrs”, the work’s full title begins with “Actes and Monuments of these Latter and Perill ...
 
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The Real Story
Weekly
 
Global experts and decision makers discuss, debate and analyse a key news story.
 
A daily dose of the best bits from the funniest show on the world's biggest sports radio station - and more. Paul Hawksbee and Andy Jacobs bring you interviews, comment and terrible impressions, plus exclusive stuff not available on the radio shows. Find more from talkSPORT at talkSPORT.com. 740124
 
A regular look into the lives and minds behind Goose's Quizzes and some of our favourite people. Listen as one of the largest Pub Quiz/Trivia companies in Britain ask the big questions and discuss topics from all regions of life. If you love a Pub Quiz then you won't want to miss this. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter: Goose's Quizzes
 
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The History Hour
Weekly
 
An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.
 
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File on 4
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Award-winning current affairs documentary series investigating major issues at home and abroad
 
The latest news from the team behind BBC History Magazine - a popular History magazine. To find out more, visit www.historyextra.com
 
The latest business and finance news from around the world from the BBC
 
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FT News in Focus
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News features and analysis from Financial Times reporters around the world. FT News in Focus is produced by Fiona Symon.
 
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Beyond the blade
Daily
 
In our award-winning series, Beyond the Blade, we have been investigating the impact of knife crime on Britain's young people, and exposing the myths that surround it. In this new series of podcasts, we hear from people in Birmingham, Bristol and London who have personal experiences with knife crime, but who are actively engaged in solutions
 
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FT Money Show
Weekly
 
The Financial Times Money Show brings you engaging insight into personal finance. Claer Barrett, her team and leading industry commentators dissect the week’s news and discuss how it will affect you and your pocket. Produced by Lucy Warwick-Ching.
 
John Finnemore's Double Acts is a series of radio comedy programmes, written by John Finnemore. It is an anthology series of largely unconnected two-handers.Each episode features only two main speaking parts, apart from Finnemore himself who acts as announcer. Additional, uncredited voices are sometimes heard briefly. Each episode is a self-contained play, though four in the first series are loosely connected by incidental details, mainly revolving around references to a fictional bath suppl ...
 
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Seriously...
Weekly
 
A rich selection of documentaries aimed at relentlessly curious minds, introduced by Rhianna Dhillon.
 
Selected articles from the audio edition of The Economist
 
Tim Harford and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround us. From BBC Radio 4
 
The London School of Economics and Political Science public events podcast series is a platform for thought, ideas and lively debate where you can hear from some of the world's leading thinkers. Listen to more than 200 new episodes every year.
 
A weekly discussion about politics, hosted by The New Yorker's executive editor, Dorothy Wickenden.
 
A little show about big ideas. From the people who make Planet Money, The Indicator helps you make sense of what's happening today. It's a quick hit of insight into work, business, the economy, and everything else. Listen weekday afternoons.
 
Where History Comes Alive! A fast-paced, well-researched weekly podcast covering a wide range of historical events, persons, places, legends, and mysteries, hosted by Jon Hagadorn. 1001 Heroes Podcast is a proud part of the 1001 Stories Podcast Network, which includes 1001 Classic Short Stories & Tales Podcast, 1001 Radio Days, and 1001 Stories For the Road Podcast. The network enjoyed over 5 million listens in the past year from a worldwide audience. Alexa users say "Alexa, play the podcast ...
 
The Guardian's Audio Long Reads podcasts are a selection of the Guardian’s long read articles which are published in the paper and online. It gives you the opportunity to get on with your day whilst listening to some of the finest journalism the Guardian has to offer: in-depth writing from around the world on immigration, crime, business, the arts and much more.
 
Welcome to the Britains Best Political Blogs podcast, where Ted Jeffery sits down and chats to Ladbrokes Political betting expert Matthew Shaddick about some of the best blogs the UK has to offer and exactly how it is they have become so popular
 
Intelligence Squared is the world’s leading forum for debate and intelligent discussion. Live and online we take you to the heart of the issues that matter, in the company of some of the world’s sharpest minds and most exciting orators. Join the debate at www.intelligencesquared.com and download our weekly podcast every Friday.
 
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Costing the Earth
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Fresh ideas from the sharpest minds working toward a cleaner, greener planet
 
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Rune Soup
Weekly
 
A weekly podcast about magic, culture and the paranormal. Coming to you from the foothills of Australia's Blue Mountains.
 
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The bond market yield curve has inverted for the first time since 2007. The rate on short-term three-month-long US government bonds is higher than the rate on longer-term 10 year US government bonds. An inversion is seen as a powerful signal of recession. According to the San Francisco Fed, pretty much every recession has been preceded by an in ...…
 
The latest edition of "Overrated, Underrated" with economist Tyler Cowen.
 
FT Brussels reporters bring you the latest from this week's European Union summit, where Brexit and China were the main topics under discussion. Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Jim Brunsden, EU correspondent, Rochelle Toplensky, European regulation correspondent, and Michael Peel, European diplomatic correspondent. Producer: Fi ...…
 
Paul & Andy discuss the World Window Cleaning World Championships... of course they do. They bring you the latest edition of Book Club (Paper Lion by George Plimpton) with Luke Moore. Martin Kelner makes his weekly appearance to look back at the last seven days on tv...
 
Two London galleries have shunned money from the Sackler family over the opioid crisis. Their company Purdue make the drug Oxycontin blamed for tens of thousands of deaths from overdoses in the US. Joanna Walters has reported on the opioid crisis for the Guardian in New York, and tells us about the Sackler family. We hear from Maria Balshaw, di ...…
 
From the 80s onwards, the borderlands were rife with paramilitary cruelty and racism. But the president’s rhetoric has thrown fuel on the fire • Read the text version here. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
 
The terror attack on Muslims worshipping in Christchurch, New Zealand has focused minds around the world on the threat from racist far-right extremists. The man responsible cited influences from the US and UK among others, and claimed to be motivated by white supremacist ideas. So, who are these extremists? What do they believe and why? And wha ...…
 
On the 14th floor of Grenfell Tower, firefighters moved eight residents into flat 113. Only four would survive. Using evidence from stage 1 of the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry, Katie Razzall pieces together what went wrong that night in flat 113. The answer reveals a catalogue of errors which may help to explain the wider disaster.…
 
This week's episode of the Intelligence Squared podcast is a special episode produced by Intelligence Squared Germany in collaboration with the ECFR. Arguing for the motion "Nationalism is a Delusion: Our Futures Depend on Ever Closer Union" were Polish politician and journalist Radek Sikorski and Swiss political activist Flavia Kleiner. Agains ...…
 
You would think that someone named Edgar the... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com
 
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Former Brazilian President Michel Temer has been arrested in São Paulo as part of a massive corruption investigation. The BBC's Daniel Gallas has the latest. Also in the show, the European Council has agreed to delay Brexit until 22 May if the Prime Minister's deal approved by MPs, and to the 12th of April if not. And Levi Strauss has had a phe ...…
 
It's hard to buy anything these days without being asked to rate or review it. Evan Davis and guests look at how have businesses such as Tripadvisor, Feefo and Checkatrade have altered the relationship between companies and consumers? Do you trust the wisdom of crowds more than an expert's view? GuestsMatt West, Chief Executive of FeefoRob Pate ...…
 
All shares of stock are not created equal. Stock can come in different classes now: Class A, Class B. Some of this stock comes with superpowers... and some of it comes with almost no power at all.
 
An international study linking the use of strong cannabis to psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia has raised concerns about moves in the US and elsewhere to decriminalise the drug. Katie Martin discusses the findings with Clive Cookson, FT science editor, and psychiatrist Robin Murray. Read Clive's article here. Read the research paper her ...…
 
A must-read selection of articles from this week's issue of The Economist, straight from the desk of Zanny Minton Beddoes
 
A solitary killer in Christchurch is part of a global movement
 
Alan Krueger, a quiet revolutionary of economics, died on March 16th
 
Paul and Andy look ahead to a fantastic weekend of International Football. The boys talk to Welshman Joel Hughes after Wales 6 Nations victory. Music critic David Hepworth also pops in.
 
Almost a week since Cyclone Idai struck southern Africa the devastation is becoming clear. Jennifer Fitchett is senior lecturer in physical geography at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and considers to what extent the region's infrastructure is resilient to a changing climate. Also in the programme, China's President Xi is ...…
 
On April 9th, Israel will hold a general election. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces several accusations of corruption, and seems sure to be indicted. The increasingly right-wing Likud Party, which has held power for a decade, faces strong opposition from the new centrist party Blue and White, which argues that Israel’s democracy has “los ...…
 
Medieval historian Levi Roach describes how the Norse people travelled, raided and settled far beyond their Scandinavian homeland, even journeying across the Atlantic to America.
 
You can't take money with you when you die.... or can you? In this episode of Assignment the stranger than fiction story that's the latest cryptocurrency scandal to leave tens of thousands of people out of pocket. The news about QuadrigaCX broke almost to the day that crypto-currencies celebrated a decade in existence. On this anniversary, we i ...…
 
Cranmer's reputation has run from dishonest, ambitious politician to gentle, moderate Anglican. Prof. Diarmaid MacCulloch shed light on the life and motivations of the man central to the English Reformation.By familycrowther@btinternet.com (David Crowther).
 
Think you're ready for a financial adviser but you can't find anyone to take your money? FT Money editor Claer Barrett talks to money blogger Iona Bain about why old fashioned advisers don't want young people's money. Next up, podcast guests chat about crowdfunding - how it works, the risks involved - and what a unicorn is! And finally, James M ...…
 
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