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Half-Arsed History

By Riley Knight

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.

  1. 1.
    Episode 122: The Great Stink10/25/2020
    43:33
  2. 2.
    Episode 121: Casanova, Part 210/18/2020
    43:52
  3. 3.
    Episode 120: Casanova, Part 110/11/2020
    54:11
  4. 4.
    Episode 119: Bonnie and Clyde10/04/2020
    56:27
  5. 5.
    Episode 118: Franklin’s Lost Expedition09/27/2020
    49:03
  6. 6.
    Episode 117: Hasekura Tsunenaga, First Diplomat to Europe09/20/2020
    53:23
  7. 7.
    Episode 116: The Battle of Kadesh09/13/2020
    42:00
  8. 8.
    Episode 115: The History of Gunpowder09/06/2020
    53:15
  1. 9.
    Episode 114: Joan of Arc08/30/2020
    49:37
  2. 10.
    Episode 113: History’s Shortest Wars08/23/2020
    42:16
  3. 11.
    Episode 112: The Seven Wonders, Part 208/16/2020
    46:30
  4. 12.
    Episode 111: The Seven Wonders, Part 108/09/2020
    41:14
  5. 13.
    Episode 110: The History of Money08/02/2020
    54:32
  6. 14.
    Episode 109: Sir William Wallace, Guardian of Scotland07/26/2020
    52:42
  7. 15.
    Episode 108: The Shark Arm Murder07/19/2020
    31:17
  8. 16.
    Episode 107: The Münster Rebellion07/11/2020
    34:18
  9. 17.
    Episode 106: The First Circumnavigation of the Earth07/05/2020
    55:33
  10. 18.
    Episode 105: Hamilton vs. Burr06/28/2020
    45:21
  11. 19.
    Episode 104: Joseph Bologne, Virtuosic Swordsman06/21/2020
    46:47
  12. 20.
    Episode 103: The Insurrection Act of 180706/14/2020
    42:30
  13. 21.
    Episode 102: The History of Clocks, Part 206/07/2020
    32:38
  14. 22.
    Episode 101: The History of Clocks, Part 105/31/2020
    37:33
  15. 23.
    Episode 100: Seven Short Stories05/24/2020
    54:37
  16. 24.
    Episode 99: The History of Coffee05/17/2020
    41:23
  17. 25.
    Episode 98: Ching Shih, Pirate Queen05/10/2020
    36:01
  18. 26.
    Episode 97: Colonel Blood, Thief of Crowns05/03/2020
    36:09
  19. 27.
    Episode 96: The Bone Wars04/26/2020
    39:06
  20. 28.
    Episode 95: The Mechanical Turk04/19/2020
    40:44
  21. 29.
    Episode 94: March of the Ten Thousand04/12/2020
    37:45
  22. 30.
    Episode 93: The Cod Wars04/05/2020
    51:35
  23. 31.
    Episode 92: The History of the Potato03/29/2020
    42:05
  24. 32.
    Episode 91: The Tragedy of Ignaz Semmelweis03/22/2020
    36:37
  25. 33.
    Episode 90: The Black Death03/15/2020
    39:17
  26. 34.
    Episode 89: Diogenes the Cynic03/08/2020
    30:39
  27. 35.
    Episode 88: The English Longbow03/01/2020
    48:03
  28. 36.
    Episode 87: Edward Jenner, Father of the Vaccine02/23/2020
    31:20
  29. 37.
    Episode 86: Irene, Byzantine Empress02/16/2020
    31:51
  30. 38.
    Episode 85: Peter Tordenskjold, Norway’s Han Solo02/09/2020
    30:54
  31. 39.
    Episode 84: Black Agnes and the Siege of Dunbar02/02/2020
    27:48
  32. 40.
    Episode 83: Johann Friedrich Struensee01/26/2020
    34:33
  33. 41.
    Episode 82: Norwegian Heavy Water Sabotage01/19/2020
    31:10
  34. 42.
    Episode 81: The Beast of Gévaudan01/12/2020
    35:00
  35. 43.
    Episode 80: Tycho Brahe, the Brass-Nosed Astronomer01/05/2020
    37:15
  36. 44.
    Episode 79: Operation Pastorius, Part 212/29/2019
    42:17
  37. 45.
    Episode 78: Operation Pastorius, Part 112/22/2019
    45:24
  38. 46.
    Episode 77: Artemisia and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus12/15/2019
    34:17
  39. 47.
    Episode 76: The Norman Conquest of England12/08/2019
    46:31
  40. 48.
    Episode 75: The Great Emu War12/01/2019
    24:34
  41. 49.
    Episode 74: Mutiny on the Batavia11/24/2019
    36:19
  42. 50.
    Episode 73: USS William D. Porter, History’s Unluckiest Ship11/17/2019
    31:26
  43. 51.
    Episode 72: Bowie, Crockett, and the Battle of the Alamo11/10/2019
    47:09
  44. 52.
    Episode 71: Queen Nzinga of Ndongo and Matamba11/03/2019
    34:16
  45. 53.
    Episode 70: Four Generations of the Dumas Family10/27/2019
    50:24
  46. 54.
    Episode 69: The Eighty Years’ War, Part 210/20/2019
    58:21
  47. 55.
    Episode 68: The Eighty Years’ War, Part 110/13/2019
    49:37
  48. 56.
    Episode 67: Josephine Baker: Singer, Spy, Activist10/06/2019
    37:20
  49. 57.
    Episode 66: Juan Pujol García, Self-Made Spy09/29/2019
    44:54
  50. 58.
    Episode 65: Tarrare, the Eating Machine09/22/2019
    37:25
  51. 59.
    Episode 64: John Paul Jones, Father of the US Navy09/15/2019
    45:43
  52. 60.
    Episode 63: Admiral Yi Sun-Sin09/08/2019
    39:50
  53. 61.
    Episode 62: James Lind and the Cure for Scurvy09/01/2019
    42:54
  54. 62.
    Episode 61: John R. Brinkley, the Goat Testicle Quack08/25/2019
    49:07
  55. 63.
    Episode 60: Alexander’s Siege of Tyre08/18/2019
    32:01
  56. 64.
    Episode 59: Neutral Moresnet08/11/2019
    42:19
  57. 65.
    Episode 58: Elagabalus, Rome’s Dirty Emperor08/04/2019
    33:52
  58. 66.
    Episode 57: Stede Bonnet, Gentleman Pirate07/28/2019
    42:12
  59. 67.
    Episode 56: Robert Smalls07/21/2019
    42:07
  60. 68.
    Episode 55: Gregor MacGregor, Part 207/14/2019
    44:36
  61. 69.
    Episode 54: Gregor MacGregor, Part 107/07/2019
    44:24
  62. 70.
    Episode 53: La Maupin, Operatic Swashbuckler06/30/2019
    32:30
  63. 71.
    Episode 52: Arkipov and Petrov, World-Savers06/23/2019
    41:15
  64. 72.
    Episode 51: William Buckley, Escaped Convict06/16/2019
    31:17
  65. 73.
    Episode 50: The Darien Scheme06/09/2019
    36:06
  66. 74.
    Episode 49: Calico Jack, Anne Bonny, and Mary Read06/02/2019
    43:49
  67. 75.
    Episode 48: The 1904 Olympic Marathon05/26/2019
    33:41
  68. 76.
    Episode 47: Mutiny on the Bounty, Part 205/19/2019
    37:25
  69. 77.
    Episode 46: Mutiny on the Bounty, Part 105/12/2019
    31:19
  70. 78.
    Episode 45: The Second Pacific Squadron05/05/2019
    50:14
  71. 79.
    Episode 44: Qin Shi Huang04/28/2019
    43:09
  72. 80.
    Episode 43: Korean Axe Murder Incident04/21/2019
    29:33
  73. 81.
    Episode 42: Boudica, the Rebel Queen04/14/2019
    32:53
  74. 82.
    Episode 41: Hannibal Barca, Part 204/07/2019
    51:43
  75. 83.
    Episode 40: Hannibal Barca, Part 103/31/2019
    35:47
  76. 84.
    Episode 39: Le Gentil and the Transits of Venus03/24/2019
    42:42
  77. 85.
    Episode 38: The Great Race of Mercy03/17/2019
    28:13
  78. 86.
    Episode 37: Burke and Wills03/10/2019
    37:22
  79. 87.
    Episode 36: Queen Zenobia03/03/2019
    32:21
  80. 88.
    Episode 35: The Spanish Armada02/24/2019
    39:42
  81. 89.
    Episode 34: Mary Anning02/17/2019
    31:51
  82. 90.
    Episode 33: Caligula, the Mad Roman Emperor02/10/2019
    28:52
  83. 91.
    Episode 32: Andrée’s Arctic Balloon Expedition02/03/2019
    28:49
  84. 92.
    Episode 31: Thomas Midgley, Jr.01/27/2019
    19:19
  85. 93.
    Episode 30: Vlad the Impaler01/20/2019
    31:11
  86. 94.
    Episode 29: The Mary Celeste01/13/2019
    21:09
  87. 95.
    Episode 28: Wu Zetian, Empress of China01/06/2019
    19:09
  88. 96.
    Episode 27: Wilhelm II, the Last German Emperor12/30/2018
    29:48
  89. 97.
    Episode 26: The Cadaver Synod12/23/2018
    20:22
  90. 98.
    Episode 25: The Defenestrations of Prague12/16/2018
    24:24
  91. 99.
    Episode 24: Lord Timothy Dexter, the Whacko Entrepreneur12/09/2018
    28:55
  92. 100.
    Episode 23: Georg Elser and his Plot to Kill Hitler12/02/2018
    36:41
  93. 101.
    Episode 22: Jeanne de Clisson, Lioness of Brittany11/25/2018
    24:35
  94. 102.
    Episode 21: Ned Kelly, Part 211/18/2018
    30:52
  95. 103.
    Episode 20: Ned Kelly, Part 111/11/2018
    30:37
  96. 104.
    Episode 19: Mary, Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I11/04/2018
    36:31
  97. 105.
    Episode 18: Léo Major10/28/2018
    24:04
  98. 106.
    Episode 17: The Mongol Conquest of Khwarezmia10/21/2018
    27:50
  99. 107.
    Episode 16: Deborah Sampson10/14/2018
    18:47
  100. 108.
    Episode 15: The Battle of Tours, Part 210/07/2018
    22:35
  101. 109.
    Episode 14: The Battle of Tours, Part 109/30/2018
    19:34
  102. 110.
    Episode 13: The Assassination of Franz Ferdinand09/23/2018
    25:35
  103. 111.
    Episode 12: British K-Class Submarines09/16/2018
    26:36
  104. 112.
    Episode 11: The War of the Oaken Bucket09/09/2018
    16:15
  105. 113.
    Episode 10: The Affair of the Diamond Necklace09/02/2018
    19:14
  106. 114.
    Episode 9: The Battle of New Orleans08/26/2018
    21:08
  107. 115.
    Episode 8: The War of 181208/19/2018
    33:12
  108. 116.
    Episode 7: D.B. Cooper08/12/2018
    29:25
  109. 117.
    Episode 6: The Fenian Raids08/05/2018
    20:24
  110. 118.
    Episode 5: The Fourth Crusade07/29/2018
    31:58
  111. 119.
    Episode 4: Olga of Kiev07/22/2018
    24:09
  112. 120.
    Episode 3: The Assassination of James A. Garfield07/15/2018
    29:44
  113. 121.
    Episode 2: The Terra Nova Expedition07/08/2018
    28:17
  114. 122.
    Episode 1: Frederick the Great07/01/2018
    29:49

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