O Brother When Art Thou

Brothers Neil and David White explore some of the quirky, fun and downright strange people, places and events from history

Admiral Yi Sun-sin defies the orders of his king, vowing to fight with his navy until his dying breath. But can the brilliant naval strategist find a way to stop the Japanese invasion despite being outnumbered by 133 warships to 13?

Niccolo Machiavelli literally writes the book on ruthless politics, but when a dead pope creates a problem for the political career of Duke Cesare Borgia, can Machiavellian politics save them, or will an even more ruthless politician rise up in the fractured world of Italian politics?

The Duelling Economist

The roots of the world’s first stock market crash in 1720 go all the way back to an early morning duel in London 26 years earlier. This is a story of gambling, sword fighting, womanizing and economics that will set the stage for capitalism as we know it

Count Talleyrand is one of the most skilled diplomats in Europe. He’s also a corrupt fraudster who’s worked for whichever government happened to be in power at the time. Now his greatest challenge will come at a diplomatic table in Vienna, just as Napoleon faces off against the English at Waterloo. Will this be his greatest triumph or a defeat to match that of The Little Corporal?

50 years ago today on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made history by becoming the first men to walk on the moon. It was an exciting moment at the end of a difficult decade, and one that brought together science, technology, politics, communications and human determination. This is the story of one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind

There’s a grand legal drama playing out in England in 1772. Everyone wants to know, will the highest court in the land outlaw slavery? Plus we celebrate the Women’s World Cup with a history of soccer quiz!

The Great Crusade

75 years ago today, on June 6, 1944, the largest seaborne invasion in history landed Allied troops on the coasts of Normandy. The massive undertaking, now known as D-Day, was a turning point in World War II. We look back at the planning, execution and outcome of Operation Overlord. Plus a special D-Day quiz!

The Burned Fort

A fur trader in 1660 Quebec discovers a fort burned to the ground just outside the city of Montreal. But were the inhabitants heroes who saved the city from an invading Iroquois army, or just collateral damage in a war between the Iroquois and the Huron tribes? Plus we play a game with historical figures Facebook status updates!

What was the most dangerous moment of World War Two? British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s answer might surprise you. This is the story of the British fleet in the Indian Ocean, how they were saved by a Canadian Prime Minister’s roommate, and why the whole story was later forgotten.

Rome is in crisis. Desperately the Emperor launches a war against an unlikely foe, the Desert Queen Zenobia, described as the most beautiful woman in the realm. Can the Emperor bring her unruly territory to heel with a little help from a long dead philosopher?

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