Two perhaps not so hip middle-aged amateur historians sharing their acquired knowledge and passion for all things past in their search to discover something newTwo perhaps not so hip middle-aged amateur historians sharing their acquired knowledge and passion for all things past in their search to discover something new
The monk who lit up the Dark Ages
Season 2, Ep. 2
Author Seb Falk brings us on a fascinating journey back to the so-called Dark Ages to meet our guide, an enlightened 14th-century English monk, who was also a pathbreaking astronomer, in his book The Light Ages.
The Irish SAS legend
Season 2, Ep. 1
Soldier, rugby star, lawyer, amateur boxer and founding member of the Special Air Service (SAS), Lieutenant Colonel Robert Blair 'Paddy' Mayne became one of the British Army's most highly decorated soldiers and was controversially denied the VC. He was also a rogue, a troubled young man and would die at just 40 years of age in a car crash after surviving numerous dangerous missions throughout the Second World War. His story is brilliantly told in author Damien Lewis’ latest book: ‘SAS Brothers In Arms' which describes how these ‘rough diamonds’ answered Churchill’s call for volunteers to go deep behind enemy lines in North Africa.
Coming of age in Northern Ireland's year of Chaos
Season 1, Ep. 10
As a cub reporter Malachi O Doherty cut his teeth covering one of the worst years of the so-called Troubles. He was just 21-years-of-age, as the conflict escalated in 1972, but would go on to become one of the most prolific authors on Northern Ireland. Here, he tells us about the Tartan Gangs, dodging British Army 'Duck Squads' and dancing with Protestant girls before Northern Ireland descended into chaos.
Growing up during Belfast Days as a teenage girl
Season 1, Ep. 9
Journalist and author Eimear O Callaghan was just 16-years-of-age when she kept a diary over the course of one year - 1972 - while growing up in Belfast. In this heart-rending and emotional interview Eimear tells us how the discovery of the long-lost diary led to the publication of the best-selling 'Belfast Days' a unique and touching account of the daily life of an ordinary teenager coming of age during one of the worst years of the Troubles.
Alexander the Great sex god
Season 1, Ep. 8
In this episode Tristan Hughes, producer and presenter at History Hit, host of The Ancients history podcast, and author of Alexander’s Successors at War: The Perdiccas Years 323 - 320 brings us back more than 2,000 years to the time of swords and sandals to reveal the untold story of one of history's biggest hitters..
Saving the world from cybercrime
Season 1, Ep. 7
Pulitzer Prize-winner Dan Golden joins us from Boston, Massachusetts to tell us all about the real-life technological thriller he has written with Renee Dudley about a band of eccentric misfits who are taking on the biggest cybersecurity threats of our time by hacking the hackers
Taking down the Islamic State
Season 1, Ep. 6
In ‘The Spymaster of Baghdad’ Pulitzer Prize-finalist Margaret Coker tells the gripping story of the spymaster and two of his agents, the Sudani brothers - one undercover in ISIS for 16 long months, the other his handler - and the disillusioned scientist who turns bomb-maker, threatening the lives of thousands.After slowly gaining the trust of the characters on all sides, reveals a story of unlikely heroes, unbelievable courage and good old-fashioned spycraft.A military brat, Ms. Coker grew up around the United States, but considers Georgia home, where she joined us for this episode of The Hipstorians