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In the West, Pol Pot is synonymous with Cambodia’s infamous “Khmer Rouge”.  One of the most brutal dictatorships of the 20th Century. In hindsight, was this a case of one man’s bloodthirsty hunger for power, or the unravelling of a mission for
Augusto Pinochet ruled Chile for 17 years after a coup in 1973.  Many who knew him in the years before considered him unremarkable. In hindsight, Pinochet was an accomplished opportunist who seized absolute power, then bullied his way into keep
Strong,  determined, cultured and desperate for true love.  Catherine the Great was Russia's longest ruling female leader. She was also its last. In hindsight, her rise to power was no accident.Support the show: https://www.aljazeera.com/podcas
Catherine the Great, Augusto Pinochet, Ulrike Meinhof, Pol Pot, Sani Abacha and Rosa Parks. What do they have to say in season 4 of Hindsight? Actor Charles Dance narrates.  We begin with Catherine the Great on August 30.Support the show: https
Polonium for Poland and Radium for the rays. Marie Curie was a Pole and scientist through and through. But as a woman in the early 20th century, her contributions in discovering two elements nearly went unknown. Support the show: https://www.al
Tokyo Rose became a household name in post-World War II United States. But the woman behind the nickname would spend her entire adult life distancing herself from the legend. Iva Toguri, an American of Japanese heritage was caught between two w
Charming, gregarious, ready to please. These are the disarming traits of one of Africa’s most violent dictators. For eight years, Idi Amin ruled Uganda with terrifying consequences. Switching alliances became a game and the former boxing champi
Indira Gandhi’s path to becoming the first female prime minister of India was inevitable. As the daughter of the country’s first independent leader, she learned from a young age the cost of fighting for one’s beliefs. But her beliefs and desire
For more than 40 years one man ruled Libya. Muammar Gaddafi.  He was no ordinary tyrant. Clever and creative, he designed a handbook to build a new society and woe to anyone who objected to his philosophy in life.  From national hero to a hunte
From the mother of radioactivity to the 'mad dog of the Middle East', hear from history's heroes and villains in season 3 of Hindsight. Charles Dance of The Crown and Game of Thrones returns as narrator. Have a listen to what's coming.New seaso
When Gibran Khalil Gibran was 12 years old, he boarded a ship from Lebanon to the United States with his mother and three siblings. Within a few years only two of them would be alive. Shaped by loss and a distrust of religious and political pow
As an Iranian woman, writing poetry about her own love and lust launched Forough Farrokhzad into infamy. She broke the barriers of sex and society in her poetry, but would suffer for it during her short life. Sin would get her in trouble but it
Without knowing it, you have probably heard of or read Rumi’s words before. Perhaps you were between pain and letting go or wanting and finding love. Wherever you are, the story and words of this great 13th-century Persian poet still expresses
In a single move, Huda Shaarawi cemented her legacy in Egypt's women's movement. She stepped down from a train in Cairo and before a crowd, pulled back her veil. For an upper-class woman in 1923, revealing her face was a daring and decisive act
Few are born with as much natural charm and talent as Omar Sharif. The Egyptian actor, with his gap-toothed grin, catapulted to international fame with leading roles in epic Hollywood films such as Dr Zhivago. But a gambling addiction and tempe
How many entertainers can hold an audience’s attention for hours with a single song? Egypt’s Umm Kulthum could, but she was extraordinary - conservative, strategic and positively revered by the masses. This is the rags-to-riches story of the St
In Season 2, Hindsight dives into the lives of famed writers and entertainers who did what others thought impossible. You've heard of them, now it's time to hear from them.    First episode drops April 19.Support the show: https://www.aljazeera
Thousands arrested, injured, killed. The price for a revolution in Egypt was high, but when millions across the country protested for change well, anything was possible, right? Gone was Egypt’s strongman and in his place, an unlikely leader. Mo
Dalida broke the glass ceiling for women in the music industry. Her superstar status has even been compared to the likes of Madonna and Céline Dion, but for a woman loved by so many, Dalida never found her one enduring love. One tragedy after a
Both Egypt and Israel say they were happy with his work, but Ashraf Marwan died under mysterious circumstances. So, someone was unhappy. A spy for Israel and possibly a double agent working for Egypt. Whose interests did he have at heart? On th
Saddam Hussein was reviled and loved, and not necessarily in equal measure. His supporters say the Iraqi president was “just in his injustice”, but his victims would tell a very different story.  In 2003, his near quarter of a century rule came
Eccentric, demanding and unapologetic, Dame Zaha Hadid was one of the most innovative architects in modern times, even though her designs and her temperament weren’t for everyone. Decades after moving to the UK from Iraq, she would finally find
TE Lawrence became one of the most famous figures to emerge from World War I. Not so much for his role as a British intelligence officer. Nor his role in the Arab Revolt. Instead, it was because of an international photo exhibit of a young Brit
Ever wonder what history’s most famous and infamous people would say if you asked them for their side of the story? Now you can. In a new docudrama podcast from Al Jazeera, actor Charles Dance plays our narrator, navigating the lives of some of
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