The Documentary (BBC) 14/08/19 Another podcast that has been hanging round on my phone for ages, Peterloo: The massacre that changed Britain commemorates the 200th anniversary of this repression of popular dissent in 1819. It tells the story of the massacre, also commemorated in the recent Mike Leigh film, and interviews descendants of people who participated in the protest.
Empires of History Podcast Well, I’ve finished my U3A class on the Ottoman Empire, and this podcast is still back in the 14th century, and they seem to stop completely in June 2019. S Episode 9 The Thunderbolt Turns to Europe has Sultan Bayezid going into Anatolia. Episode 10, which is in two parts is called A Crusade Dies at Nicopolis, and it goes through Sultan Beyezid’s battle with the European Crusaders, headed by King Sisimund of Hungary. This sure is blood-thirsty history- on both sides.
The History Listen (ABC) In War Recipes (5/11/19) the theme of food amongst starving prisoners is explored, through recipe books compiled clandestinely by prisoners. One is a metal-bound recipe book compiled by POW Ron Foster in Borneo as a ‘dream cookbook’ to share with his family when he returned home; the second was a communal cookbook compiled by women at Ravensbruck Concentration Camp.
Rear Vision (ABC) The Berlin Wall has now been down longer than it was up. In The Making and Breaking of the Berlin Wall (10/11/19) I was fascinated to learn that only about 2km of the wall still stands, and that it now has to have heritage protection!
Russia If You’re Listening (ABC) Gee I like this program. Episode 3 How To Spin A War (4/11/19) is about Russia’s invasion of both Ukraine and the Crimea and its success in muddying the waters so much that in the end you really aren’t quite sure what happened.