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  • He was Britain's most famous hangman and was responsible for the executions of up to 600 prisoners.

    In this episode, we'll explore the curious life of a man who ended people's lives for a living.

    The unusual boyhood dream of Albert PierrepointExecutions running in the familyCapital punishment in the UK in the early 20th centuryBecoming an assistant executioner and working with his uncleConducting his first executionThe "long drop"Executing Nazi war criminalsBecoming a pub landlordWhy Albert Pierrepoint was so successfulControversial hangings in the 1950sWas he really a kind and gentle man?Retiring from his job as an executionerThe beliefs of Albert Pierrepoint about capital punishmentLegacy in books, films & TV

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  • Part three of our three-part mini-series on The Atomic Bomb.

    Ever since the atomic bomb was dropped, people have been asking whether it was actually necessary.


    In this episode, we'll explore the arguments for and against the use of atomic weapons in World War II, and look at how this has changed the world we live in.

    Recap of the journey to dropping the bombs on Hiroshima & NagasakiThe American reasons for dropping the bomb“It seems to be the most terrible thing ever discovered, but it can be made the most useful…”Arguments against dropping the bomb on Hiroshima & Nagasaki#1: Drop a demonstration bomb somewhere else#2: Japan would have surrendered without a bomb#3: The use of atomic weapons is ethically unacceptableAmerican counterargumentsThe scientists who were against dropping the atomic bombPost-war theories about why the atomic bomb was usedWas Japan really close to surrendering?Nuclear proliferation since 1945

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  • Part one of this three-part mini-series on The Atomic Bomb.

    In this episode, we explore the discovery of nuclear fission, the key scientists involved, The Manhattan Project and the race to develop a functioning atomic bomb.

    Early ideas about atomismModern atomic theory in the 19th and 20th centuriesThe discovery of nuclear fissionWar breaks out in EuropeEinstein and Szilárd's letter to President RooseveltThe Manhattan ProjectThe first atomic test in Nevada“Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds”

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  • It has gone from luxury to necessity, and there are over 2 billion air conditioning units in the world today.

    In this episode, we'll take a look at how air conditioning got started, why people didn't mind being hot in the past, and what the true cost of staying cool might be for future generations.

    Staying cool is nothing new: Romans & Egyptian methodsDing Huan & the rotating fanWhy people were afraid of creating cold artificiallyHow the Dutch magician Cornelis Drebbel tricked King James I in 1620Benjamin Franklin getting sweaty one July in PhiladelphiaPrimitive air conditioning by pumping air over iceDid people actually mind that there was no air conditioning?Willis H. Carrier & the first air conditioning unitConvincing the US public that it was something they needed1920s sweaty American cinemasSpending $600,000 on an air conditioning unit in 1932The boom of air conditioning in the USHow many households around the world have air conditioning in 2021?The impact of air conditioning: the good, the bad & the unexpectedEnvironmental impact of air conditioningFuture of air conditioning in the developing worldNew air conditioning technologies: high & low tech

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  • He is the world's highest-paid podcaster, and his podcast was acquired by Spotify for a reported $200 million in 2020.

    But who actually is Joe Rogan, and what does this deal mean for independent podcasts?

    Introduction to SpotifyA time when you couldn't listen to podcasts on SpotifyHow Spotify works (as a business)The business model of most podcastsThe Joe Rogan Experience podcastWho is Joe Rogan?Why Spotify decided to buy the Joe Rogan ExperienceThe commentator's opinion of the acquisitionControversies of the Joe Rogan ExperienceThe Platform vs. Publisher debateThe future of independent podcasters & Spotify

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  • It is one of London's most famous tourist attractions, and it has an amazing history that not all tourists are aware of.

    In this episode, we'll explore the bloody but fascinating history of London's oldest standing building.

    The arrival of William The Conqueror in 1066How The Tower of London was builtWhat The Tower of London was used for in the Middle AgesThe country's most famous prison"Being sent to The Tower"Famous people who were executed at The Tower of LondonThe Beefeaters of The Tower of LondonThe Tower of London as a zooThe Royal MintThe first prisoner to escape from The Tower of London

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  • Since the collapse of the USSR, London has become the city of choice for Russian oligarchs.

    In this episode, we'll explore how the UK's capital welcomed Russian money and why London became nicknamed "Londongrad".

    Roman Abramovich buys ChelseaDefinition of "oligarch"Why was London the destination of choice for Russian oligarchs?London's cultural appealThe English legal systemThe English libel lawsLondon as a financial hubCompany ownership in the UKThe "Golden Visa" schemeLinks between Russian oligarchs and British politicsEvgeny Lebedev becomes "Baron Lebedev"London doesn't ask questions about the origin of moneyThe Russian invasion of UkraineThe future of "Londongrad"

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  • Despite only educating 1% of the population Oxford and Cambridge University have a tight grip over everything from UK politics to business.

    In this episode, we look at what life at Oxbridge is like, why graduates often go on to such powerful positions, and see what these two universities have been doing to improve access to disadvantaged children.

    Global rankings of Oxford & Cambridge universityInfluence and power of OxbridgeHow Oxbridge is divided (the "college" system)How much students at Oxbridge need to workThe most prestigious of the Oxbridge collegesChrist Church Oxford: the college that has produced 13 Prime MinistersTrinity College Cambridge: the college that has produced 34 Nobel prize winnersFamous alumni of OxbridgeWhy are graduates of Oxbridge so successful?Is access to Oxbridge fair?Private schools & OxbridgeGetting into Oxbridge vs. American universitiesThe Varsity Blues scandalCuriosities of Oxbridge: Harry Potter, a library with 13 million books, the head of Oliver Cromwell and a tortoise race

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  • The 20th century saw the creation of world-famous luxury fashion houses.

    In this episode, we'll explore the stories of Chanel, Dior, Gucci and Versace, and look at how they changed what we wear.

    The first fashion designer: Charles Frederick WorthThe concept of "off the peg" clothesCoco ChanelChanel & The Duke of WestminsterThe founding of GucciThe role of sanctions on ItalyThe later life of the Gucci familyChristian Dior - designing in post-war Paris"This is a new look"Gianni VersaceVersace's approach to using celebrities"Quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten" - Aldo GucciFull transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/rise-great-fashion-houses

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  • It was meant to be a simple space mission to the moon, but 56 hours into the flight tragedy struck.


    In this episode, we'll learn how three astronauts managed to use teamwork and quick thinking to escape death and return to Earth alive.

    Background to the Apollo programmeThe objective of the Apollo 13 missionThe pilots of the Apollo 13 missionThe three parts of the Apollo 13 spacecraftThe importance of ground control at HoustonThe uneventful first 56 hours of the missionA piece of routine maintenance goes wrong"Houston, we've had a problem"What actually went wrong?Losing all power and being 330,000 km away from EarthHow quick thinking turned this lunar mission into a rescue missionFiguring out the path backConserving oxygen and water and going around the moonFixing the spacecraft to avoid getting carbon dioxide poisoningReturning to EarthThe legacy of Apollo 13

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  • He was the Victorian era's most famous social writer, and his novels were loved by everyone from Queen Victoria to street children.

    In this episode we'll learn about Charles Dickens shone a light on the injustices of 19th century Britain and invented the modern idea of Christmas.

    Definition of "inimitable"The early life of Charles DickensHis early experience with grinding povertyBecoming a legal clerk and then reporting on parliamentary debatesHis talent for writing sketchesHis first book: The Pickwick PapersThe serial publication style of Charles DickensThe private life of Charles DickensHis vast literary outputThe social activism of Charles DickensGoing on tour in his later yearsThe fame of Charles DickensHis universal appealCharles Dickens & the modern idea of ChristmasThe legacy of Charles Dickens

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  • He was the peasant who went from a village in Siberia to the centre of the Russian imperial court, befriending the Tsar and Tsarina, and playing a role in the downfall of Russia’s longest-serving dynasty, The Romanovs.


    In this episode, we'll learn about the unlikely but fascinating life of Grigori Rasputin.

    Russia in 1900Overview of the fall of the Romanov DynastyThe early life of ​​Grigory Yefimovich Novykh ("Rasputin")Discovering the "Khylsts" and “sinning to drive out sin”Earning the nickname of "The Mad Monk"Rasputin's personal hygiene (or lack of)Curing the Tsar's son, AlexeiSecuring a place within the imperial familyRasputin's relationship with the Tsarina, AlexandraAn assassination attempt by a noseless peasantThe plot to kill RasputinThe (very long) murder of RasputinRussia after Rasputin's deathThe legacy (and importance) of Grigori Rasputin on Russian history

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  • It is one of the most influential cities in the United States but has recently been accused of falling into disrepair, with rising homelessness and open drug dealing.

    In this episode, we'll look at what is happening in San Francisco, what has caused this, who and what is thought to be responisble, and what is being done to change it.

    The mothers' billboards: “Unfortunately, we’re just as famous for our dirt-cheap fentanyl”A brief history of San FranciscoThe tech boom contributes to an increase in house pricesSan Francisco's growing homeless populationDrug use and petty crimeThe election of Chesa BoudinChesa Boudin's personal experience with imprisonmentProposition 47: The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools ActTheories about the causes of San Francisco's declineThe San Francisco budget: more per capita than any other US cityThe use of fentanyl in San FranciscoThe recall Chesa Boudin campaign

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  • An interview with Lindsay McMahon from All Ears English.

    We discuss why learners should focus on "connection, not perfection", why this can be difficult for people, and Lindsay gives three practical tips on what you can do about this.

    What is All Ears English?What does "Connection Not Perfection" mean?Where does the idea of Connection Not Perfection come from?What is the problem with perfectionism?How does this apply to language learners?3 practical tips that learners can use to better "connect" with English

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  • He was a famous organised criminal known for his superior mathematical skills.

    In this episode, we'll learn how Meyer Lansky took the American criminal underworld by storm, built an empire and managed to evade the authorities.

    The early life of Meyer LanskyBefriending Bugsy Siegel & Lucky LucianoThe relationship between the Jewish & Italian mobsThe mob & The Prohibition EraThe Atlantic City Conference & the United Crime SyndicateThe end of Prohibition & starting in the casino businessGetting a reputation for "honesty"Moving to Florida and setting up casinosHis relationship with Batista in CubaLas Vegas & the Flamingo HotelReturning to Cuba & The Havana ConferenceFidel Castro takes power and Lansky loses everythingHis last yearsWhere did all the money go?

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  • On 26 June 1997, an unknown author published a book called Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

    Harry Potter would go on to become the best-selling series in literary history, selling over 500 million copies worldwide.

    The journey to get there, however, was far from simple.

    The early life of JK RowlingHer mother's illnessGetting the idea for Harry PotterLosing her mother, moving to Porto and her unhappy first marriageEscaping to EdinburghWriting Harry Potter in a cafe while her daughter sleptTrying to find a publisher for Harry PotterWhy Harry Potter was rejected by so many publishersThe daughter of the boss of Bloomsbury Publishing reads one chapterGetting her first book dealThe reception of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneSeeing JK Rowling's personal story in Harry PotterTaking the book to the USA

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  • In March of 2018, it was revealed that 50 million Facebook profiles had been "hacked" and used to target American voters.

    The story involved Donald Trump, a supposed Russian spy, a Cambridge researcher and a political consulting company.

    The only problem was, how much of it was actually true?

    The breaking of the story on March 18th 2018A summary of the Cambridge Analytica report in The GuardianThe academic: Aleksandr KoganThe role of Facebook in 2012Quiz apps on Facebook (and their real purpose)The role of Cambridge Analytica (the company)Building "This Is Your Digital Life"How many people took the quiz?Was there really a "data breach"?What was Aleksandr Kogan's involvement in the story?The results come in: was the Facebook data effective at guessing someone's personality?Cambridge Analytica's message to its clients: "5,000 data points on over 220 million Americans"Working for Ted CruzWorking for the Donald Trump CampaignThe news breaking in 2018Was Cambridge Analytica involved in Brexit?Conclusion: Did Cambridge Analytica actually have any involvement in the US election?

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  • In the late 19th century there was fierce competition to provide electricity to the rapidly industrialising USA. The winner would be rewarded with huge wealth and fame.

    But who would claim the prize, and how dirty would the fight get?

    Difference between AC & DCThe Golden Age in AmericaEarly electrical inventionsThe race to invent indoor electric lightingThomas Edison's incandescent electric light bulbWhy Edison pushed for DCThe problems with DCThe opportunity for a monopolyCreating a challenge for Edison's employeesBreaking with TeslaWhat was better: AC or DC?The arrival of George WestinghouseThe battle gets dirty as Edison fears he is losingThe creation of the first electric chairThe execution of William KemmlerWestinghouse's AC system wins the contract for the 1893 World FairThe legacy of The War of Currents

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  • Worldwide we produce over 2 billion tonnes of rubbish every year.

    In this episode, we explore the history of rubbish collection and look at what happens to our rubbish after the truck comes to take it away.

    How much rubbish does the average person throw away? Iceland vs. LesothoHow much is actually recycledA brief history of rubbish disposalRubbish disposal in Ancient GreeceMonte Testaccio & disposal of amphorae in Ancient RomeThe four categories of rubbish disposal"Frank" & his rubbish disposalThe incineration vs. landfill debateRecycling: how much actually ends up being recycled?Recycling throughout historyPerverse incentives with recyclingDevelopments in recyclingFull transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/rubbish

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  • For much of human civilisation, people have fought each to the death as a way of resolving arguments.

    In this episode, we'll explore the curious and bloody history of one-on-one combat, from ancient Rome to 20th century France.

    The most recent "modern" duel (1967, France)The ancient concept of "champion warfare"Trial by combat: a legal way to resolve a disputeHow trial by combat worked: a practical perspectiveWhy trial by combat died outTrial by combat in Scandinavia: "Holmgang"Renaissance duelling for honourThe role of the "second"The two French officers who duelled against each other 30 times in 19 yearsDuelling in the USADuelling goes all the way to The White House: Andrew Jackson & Alexander HamiltonWhy (and when) duelling stopped being popularThe legacy of duelling in books, poetry and film

    Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/duelling


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