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Aug 13, 2019

The man who conquered all of Rome... although Rome at the time was the size of Deddington.

Still it is nice to beat the Romans, despite their well trained* defence geese.

In this episode iszi drunkenly chats to Stephen P Kershaw about one of the many characters in his enormous book. Barbarians Rebellion Resistance to...

Jul 18, 2019

What does it take to be a hero? Nowadays rescuing others, not being a coward, or just standing up for you principles seems to be the key. In the Trojan war you could spend years in a tent sulking while everyone else fights simply because you were denied a sex slave, and STILL be considered a Hero. Natalie Haynes has...

Jun 11, 2019

The odds are never a problem if you own half the racers. This is a story of a populist who brought down his own people. Born into wealth and unrivalled privilege, at least this particular politician fought in the wars alongside his friends. It didn't stop him turning on them to save his skin, or indeed turning on his...

May 8, 2019

Accidentally predicting the future in her sci fi novels, Kage Baker's books set alight to the dork celebrator extraordinaire, comedian Jackie Kashian. In this episode we discuss the limits of fiction, and of shame. This podcast was 4 years in the making, all because iszi is an idiot.


Kage Baker 

Apr 1, 2019

Was Dr James Barry a pioneering transman or was she an insanely driven genius woman who sacrificed everything, even her own identity for her career? Iszi ponders the difficulty of trying to fit morden genders on people in the past.

Iszi Lawrence is a presenter of BBC's Making History and The British Museum Membercast.