History in Five Minutes Podcast

Historian and veteran Middle East journalist Michael Rank looks into the most exciting events and personalities of history in this podcast and explains them in five-minute episodes so that you can absorb the facts in the fastest way possible. Learn about the lives of Genghis Khan, Vlad Dracul, and Richard the Lionheart, and such events as the Crusades and the Black Death in these highly entertaining and informative episodes. Michael has sold thousands of books with his unique take on the past with such best-selling titles as "History's Most Insane Rulers: Lunatics, Eccentrics, and Megalomaniacs From Emperor Caligula to Kim Jon Il," and he brings the same energy to this podcast. He focuses on world history, Roman history, military history, the history of the United States, the most famous rulers in history, biographies, biography of famous people, the most famous people in history, the most powerful rulers, medieval history, violent history, world history, United States history, and how to put all these pieces together. This is a great podcast if you know nothing about a topic and need a good launching point into a deeper study.

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      H5M 159 | The Man Who Avoided Drowning on the Titanic By Getting Drunk


      The sinking of the Titantic was one of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century. Over 1,000 passengers lost their lives on the supposedly unsinkable ship.

      But the chief baker didn’t. He managed to survive in the frigid waters for four hours while most died of hypothermia after 15 minutes. How? By downing two bottles of whisky and getting completely drunk.

      This episode is brought to you by a new show Presidents Are People Too – an original audio series available on...


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      8m
       2016-12-29

      H5M 158 | Churchill’s “Operation Vegetarian”


      Our guest today is Giles Milton, the host of the Unknown History Podcast.

      Winston Churchill was not afraid to get his hands dirty. He was perfectly happy to consider chemical warfare against the Axis powers. One plan involved turning an entire island into vegetarians. What did this plot mean, and how would he enact it?

      Giles explains many things in this episode, such as:

      What exactly was “Operation Vegetarian”? What was the result of this...


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       2016-12-05

      H5M 157 | Churchill’s Most Controversial Cousin


      Our guest today is Giles Milton, the host of the Unknown History Podcast.

      We all have an embarrassing relative. Maybe that embarrassing relative is us.

      But Winston Churchill’s cousin took it to a new level. She had love affairs, one of which threatened to create an international incident.

      Giles gets into all sorts of interesting stories in this episode. Here are some of the things he touches on:

      Who was Clare Sheridan and why did she gain attention...


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       2016-11-28

      HFM 156 | Churchill’s Affinity for Chemical Weapons


      Our guest today is Giles Milton, the host of the Unknown History Podcast.

      Giles is going to talk all about Churchill’s affinity for chemical weapons, something I didn’t even know was a thing. He answers all sorts of questions in this interview. Questions like: Did Churchill ever actually go forward with the use of chemical weapons? What happened to the victims of the attack in Russia? How did the weather dampen the effect of the poisonous gas? What did Churchill...


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       2016-11-22

      HFM 155 | Why Did British Men Wear Powdered Wigs in the 1700s?


       

      You’ve seen the look in historical dramas. You laughed at the foppish dandies that appear on Masterpiece Theater. In grade school you sneered at pictures of King George with his powdered wig, adjusting it ever so slightly while drinking a cup of tea with his pinky finger extended, wondering how he further extort colonists with new taxes.

      You didn’t know that we call important people “bigwig” due to the aristocracy tradition of fancy...


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      7m
       2016-09-29

      HFM 154 | German POWs in the U.S. During World War II


       

      Did you know that over 400,000 German POWs were settled in the United States during World War II? Did you know that they may have built some of the stone buildings that make up your town square? Or that they were responsible for bringing in America’s harvest in the fall of 1945 when most men were still off to war?

      Learn about this fascinating but understudied part of America’s history.

      Check out this episode of Radiolab to learn more about...


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      11m
       2016-09-22

      HFM 153 | Teddy Roosevelt’s Near-Death Journey Through the Amazon


       

      Teddy Roosevelt was not afraid to tempt death. He hiked the Matterhorn during his honeymoon. He arrested outlaws on the Dakota Frontier. He hunted rhinos in Africa.

      But his most dangerous journey came after his failure in 1912 to retake the presidency as a third-party candidate on the Bull Moose ticket. He choose to shake off the blues in an extremely dangerous journey to South America. Roosevelt did not merely want a repeat of his African safari: a...


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      8m
       2016-09-22

      HFM 152 | How Teddy Roosevelt Gave a 90-Minute Speech After Being Shot


       

      Theodore Roosevelt was hell bent on becoming president in 1912. He ran as a third-party candidate for the Progressive Party, a splinter group of Republicans dissatisfied with William Howard Taft.

      He was so committed to winning that he gave a 90-minute speech…immediately after being shot in the chest by a would-be assassin. How did he do it without passing out? What did his audience think as he bled out before their eyes?

      WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN...


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      6m
       2016-09-14

      HFM 151 |When Teddy Roosevelt Arrested Three Boat Thieves


      Perhaps no president has as many unbelievable stories about his life than Teddy Roosevelt. He was an amateur boxer. He was the first American politician to learn judo. He summited the Matterhorn during his honeymoon. He joined an expedition to log data about an unchartered river in the Amazon.

      But perhaps no story matches his pursuit of three boat thieves in the Dakotas in the 1880s. Learn how Roosevelt travelled 300 miles in the bitter cold to arrest three thieves…...


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      12m
       2016-09-14

      HFM 150 | The Story of the Donner Party


      Gather around the campfire, children, and learn about the most ghoulish story from America’s pioneer days. What really happened to the party led by George Donner and his brother Jacob when they set out for California in 1846? When the party was trapped in feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, how long did they hold out before devouring the dead? Was anyone killed for their flesh?

      Listen to this episode and learn why you should never travel on an untested...


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      11m
       2016-09-07