Real Dictators

Real Dictators is the new podcast series hosted by Paul McGann that explores the hidden lives of history’s tyrants. New episodes every Wednesday. Follow Noiser Podcasts on Twitter for updates on our shows.

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Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 41m. Bisher sind 36 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint wöchentlich.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 1 day 1 hour

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episode 36: Colonel Gaddafi Part 6: The Lockerbie Bombing


In 1988, Gaddafi takes his terror to the skies, bringing down a passenger flight over Lockerbie, Scotland. The Boeing 747 - en route from Frankfurt to New York, via London - is destroyed with 270 fatalities. Gaddafi has reached a new level of villainy. Staffers at the Pentagon team up with Hollywood executives to shore up public opinion against the tyrant. Meanwhile, the Colonel himself begins an extensive re-brand. Shunned by the Arab world, his gaze shifts south - across the Sahara...


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episode 35: Colonel Gaddafi Part 5: President Reagan Launches Airstrikes


Gaddafi takes his terror onto the streets of London and Berlin. It seems nowhere is beyond his reach as Libyan agents hunt down his opponents across the globe. The Reagan administration launches retaliatory airstrikes, targeting the dictator and his inner circle. With the stakes higher than ever, the Libyan security network continues to stamp out dissent. Some 6,000 children are bussed to a sports arena where they bear witness to a gruesome lesson in tyranny. Learn more about your ad choices...


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episode 34: Colonel Gaddafi Part 4: The Munich Olympic Massacre


In Munich, West Germany, in the summer of 1972, there is a buzz of expectation. The city is preparing to host the Olympic Games. It’s a symbolic welcoming of the country back into the international fold. But this festival of sport will soon become a terrifying nightmare. The Munich massacre is one of many terrorist attacks to which Colonel Gaddafi will attach himself - as patron or cheerleader...


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episode 33: Colonel Gaddafi Part 3: Hero to Villain


Having seized power without a shot being fired, Muammar Gaddafi can’t quite believe his luck. Still in his twenties, he now finds himself leader of an oil-rich country. The pistol-toting ‘Colonel’ wastes no time kicking out the Americans and the British, wresting control of the petrochemical industry, and instigating a ‘Vengeance Day’ to deal with Libya’s colonial oppressors. Meanwhile, ordinary Libyans take a quantum leap in living standards...


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episode 32: Colonel Gaddafi Part 2: Gaddafi in London


In the 1960s, Libya gets rich on oil. But this new-found wealth is soon being siphoned off by the elites. As a result, many citizens begin to question their King’s authority. Among these dissenters is young Muammar Gaddafi. After joining the Royal Military Academy in Benghazi, Gaddafi is sent to England, where he roams the streets of Swinging London in flowing Bedouin robes. Soon, with his training complete, he returns home to Libya and readies himself for an audacious seizure of power...


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 2021-06-23  37m
 
 

episode 31: Colonel Gaddafi Part 1: Son of the Desert


‘Brother Leader’, ‘King of Kings’, ‘Falcon of Africa’… ‘The Most Dangerous Man in the World.’ Colonel Gaddafi was the Libyan tyrant who abused his people on an industrial scale, until he was murdered by them as they rose up against his rule. He was the revolutionary leader who freed his country from the shackles of empire only to squander its riches, turning Libya into the ultimate rogue state. To the West he was, alternately, a sponsor of global terror or a convenient ally...


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 2021-06-16  39m
 
 

episode 30: Francisco Franco Part 5: Life After the Dictator


In 1959, Franco marks 20 years as leader of Spain. Now, he embraces capitalism and paints himself as a moderniser. The country experiences rapid economic growth and becomes a leading holiday destination. Meanwhile, the regime tries to stamp out the embers of Republicanism wherever they still burn. Later, as he suffers ill health, Franco plans his own succession. The ailing Generalissimo headhunts and trains up a dashing young heir...


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 2021-06-09  41m
 
 

episode 29: Francisco Franco Part 4: Fascist Firebrand to Cold War Warrior


The White Terror continues as Spain’s self-proclaimed strongman assumes power in Madrid. Herding his defeated enemies into concentration camps, Franco uses them to realise huge architectural projects, including the Valley of the Fallen. Declaring the start of a ‘glorious’ new era, ‘El Caudillo’ commissions a movie to tell the story of his own life. Die-hard Republican rebels continue to resist the Nationalists in the mountains...


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 2021-06-02  35m
 
 

episode 28: Francisco Franco Part 3: The Civil War and the White Terror


When Spain erupts into civil war in July 1936, Franco finds himself marooned far away in the Canary Islands. Two men meet for lunch at an upscale London restaurant, where they finalise a daring plan to assist him. Back on Spanish soil, Franco begins the process of conquering his homeland, butchering his enemies as he goes. He is aided by two key allies: Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler...


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 2021-05-26  41m
 
 

episode 27: Francisco Franco Part 2: The ‘Little Major’ Terrorises Africa


In 1917, Franco is an up-and-coming army officer. He returns to northern Spain to assume command of a battalion. He starts attending Mass at 7AM every morning, as he begins a courtship with Carmen - a schoolgirl at a local convent. But before long, Franco is on the move once again. After an encounter with a charismatic army superior, Franco joins the Spanish Foreign Legion...


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 2021-05-19  45m