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Half-Arsed History

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Welcome along to Half-Arsed History! It's a weekly podcast highlighting absurd and entertaining stories from history. For around half an hour a week, it also makes your host Riley Knight feel as though his useless history degree has some kind of real-world relevance.


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Episode 72: Bowie, Crockett, and the Battle of the Alamo
In this episode of Half-Arsed History, find out the truth about the famous Battle of the Alamo and its role in securing Texan independence, as well as the stories of some of the famous men who were there, including Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett. https://halfarsedhistory.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/072-bowie-crockett-and-the-battle-of-the-alamo.mp3 Download Episode (Right click and select “Save as…”) Image: Onderdonk, Robert. Sketch for “Fall of the Alamo”. Oil and pencil on paperboard. Circa 1901. Via Wikimedia.
Episode 71: Queen Nzinga of Ndongo and Matamba
In this episode of Half-Arsed History, learn the tale of Queen Nzinga, who spent a lifetime fighting against the Portuguese colonisation of Angola – and in doing so, united two kingdoms and made a name for herself as a clever, pragmatic, and ruthless leader. https://halfarsedhistory.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/071-queen-nzinga-of-ndongo-and-matamba.mp3 Download Episode (Right click and select “Save as…”) Image: Unknown. Queen Nzinga in peace negotiations with the Portuguese governor. Engraving. 1657. Via Wikimedia.
Episode 70: Four Generations of the Dumas Family
In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the incredible story of the Dumas family, who for four consecutive generations produced a succession of “distinguished men” – a revolutionary general, a celebrated author, a talented playwright, and an Olympic double-gold medallist. https://halfarsedhistory.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/070-four-generations-of-the-dumas-family.mp3 Download Episode (Right click and select “Save as…”) Images (L to R): Pichat, Olivier. Général Alexandre Dumas. Oil on canvas. 1883. Musée Alexandre Dumas, Villers-Cotterëts, France. Via Wikimedia. Nadar. Alexander Dumas père. Salted paper print. 1855. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA. Via Wikimedia. Unkniwn. Portrait d’Alexandre Dumas fils. Photograph. Via Wikimedia. Comité National Olympique et Sportif Français. Alexandre Lippmann. Photograph. 1920. Via Wikimedia.
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Jul 1st, 2018
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Nov 10th, 2019
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