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Short History Of...

Short History Of...

Short History Of... is the new show from award-winning podcasters, Noiser. Each week, we'll transport you back in time to witness history's most incredible moments and remarkable people. New episodes each Monday. Follow Noiser Podcasts on Twitter for updates on our shows.

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Alcatraz

Cloaked in secrecy, discussed by even the most hardened criminals as a place of terror, US Penitentiary Alcatraz is the most feared institution in the American penal system. From 1934 to 1963 more than 1500 prisoners pass through its gates, including Machine-Gun Kelly and Scarface himself, Alphonse Capone. But how did this island rock capture the public imagination? What was life really like inside? This is a Short History of Alcatraz. Sponsored by BetterHelp. Visit betterhelp.com/shorthistory for 10% off your first month. Sponsored by Beer52. Claim your free box of beer at beer52.com/shorthistory Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-10-18
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The Maya

In 1511, a Spanish lifeboat makes land on the Yucatán coast in modern-day Mexico. Thirteen days ago, the crew's caravel was wrecked on a reef. But their adventure is far from over. Now, they are about to become some of the first Europeans to make contact with the Maya. Custodians of an ancient civilisation, at one time tens of millions of Maya people inhabited a swathe of the Americas. But who were they and what did they do? Where did they go once their society collapsed? And how are their modern-day descendants beginning to bring the past back to life? This is a Short History of the Maya. Sponsored by Beer52. Claim your free box of beer at www.beer52.com/shorthistory Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-10-11
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The Moon Landing

After multiple coups by the Soviet Union, astronaut Alan B. Shepard has just become the first American in space. But this is only the beginning. Now, NASA have the moon in their sights, but it's still a long way off. For either the USA or the USSR to succeed, they'll need newer and better technology. The 1960s are about to become the defining decade in space exploration. Who will touch down first on Earth's nearest neighbour? This is a Short History of the Moon Landing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-10-04
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The Space Race

Humanity has always looked to the heavens, pondering what is really out there. But how did space travel turn from fantasy into reality? In the aftermath of World War Two, a group of scientists from Nazi Germany arrives in the United States. Their task? To kickstart America's space program. Meanwhile, in the Soviet Union a covert team of engineers begins work on a series of rockets and satellites. The starting gun has been fired. Who will make it up there first? This is a Short History of the Space Race. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-09-27
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The Black Death

In October 1347, a ghostly fleet of trading ships docks at a port in Sicily. The crew members ? dead already, or well on their way ? bear bubonic plague. The ?Great Pestilence? will ravage the populations of three continents over the next decade. What changes to society will result from this, the most devastating pandemic in history? How will people make sense of the terrible scenes before them? Are their methods of dealing with disease really as misguided as they seem? This is a Short History of the Black Death. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-09-20
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Tutankhamun

In November 1922, in Egypt's Valley of the Kings, a young water boy called Hussein Abdul Rasoul makes a remarkable discovery. A set of stone steps lies concealed beneath the desert sand - a staircase leading to a long-lost tomb. The mummified pharaoh within will capture the imagination of generations to come, becoming the very embodiment of Ancient Egypt. What do we know of this boy king and his premature end? And why the extraordinary opulence of his burial chamber? This is a Short History of Tutankhamun. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-09-13
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Pompeii and the Vesuvius Eruption

What happens when a volcano erupts just six miles from a bustling city? In 79 AD Mount Vesuvius is regarded as a source of bounty by those who live in its shadow. But one of history?s most infamous natural disasters soon unfolds. How did the lucky ones make their escape? And how did this Roman settlement become such an extraordinary archaeological site? This is a Short History of Pompeii and the Vesuvius Eruption. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-09-06
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The California Gold Rush

On January 24th, 1848, a carpenter from Coloma plunges a hand into the American River and pulls out gold. This discovery triggers an explosion of findings, as people flock to the region seeking fortune and reinvention. But what were the chances of striking gold? What obstacles did would-be prospectors encounter along the way? And did the rush to the American West ever really end? This is a Short History of the California Gold Rush. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-08-30
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Blackbeard the Pirate

In the early 18th century, one man makes his name as the most notorious pirate of all time. The legend of Edward Thatch has spawned television shows, novels and major motion pictures. Stories abound of his wild eyes striking fear into enemy hearts, of the six pistols strapped to his chest, and of his arrival in battle with his jet-black beard set ablaze. But how much is fact and how much fiction? This is a Short History of Blackbeard the Pirate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-08-23
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The Cuban Missile Crisis, Part 2 of 2

On October 16th, 1962, John F. Kennedy discovers that the Soviet Union has successfully planted ballistic missiles on Cuban soil. The United States is now in Moscow's crosshairs. How will the President respond? How far will Khrushchev and Castro push him? This is a Short History of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Part 2. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-08-16
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The Cuban Missile Crisis, Part 1 of 2

In October 1962, three men ? Kennedy, Khrushchev and Castro ? hold the fate of the planet in their hands. A dispute over Soviet missiles in Cuba spirals out of control. Officials in the USA and the USSR prepare for a war that would end life on Earth as we know it. How exactly did it come to this? And just how close will the world come to nuclear Armageddon? This is a Short History of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Part 1. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-08-11
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The Gladiators

In the first-ever episode of Short History Of? we take a trip back in time to Ancient Rome, to discover the bizarre and barbaric world of the gladiators. But who were these mysterious warriors? And how much truth lies behind the legends? Take your seat in the Roman Colosseum, the games are about to begin. This is a Short History of the Gladiators. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-08-09
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Trailer: Short History Of...

Each week, Short History Of... gives you a front-row seat as history?s most extraordinary moments play out right before you. You?ll be up close with the gladiators and the Mongols, unearthing the Terracotta Army, setting sail in Blackbeard?s pirate ship, watching on as the Cold War hots up. These are the stories beyond the headline names, stories that are amazing because they really did happen. Hit follow/subscribe for weekly episodes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-07-27
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