This time on History is Sexy, Emma and Janina dive into a listener's question about the history of people with albinism. Why did the Romans think they came from Albania? How has their history shaped understandings of race? and what challenges do they face in our modern world? Featuring: Noah being embarrassed 😳👴 The man who made Icelanders very angry ❄️🤬 Voltaire being awful 🇫🇷💢 And plenty more!
Join Emma and Janina as they consult the oracle, examine the augurs, and read the stars in their quest to answer another question: What's the history of omens? Featuring: Magpies! Some very unfortunate chickens! Your mum's spine!
As it's that time of year, we dive into history's most mysterious and macabre ghost stories. What is a ghost anyway? Would you want to do the hoovering for eternity? Emma and Janina investigate these troublesome tales of terror and share their favourite spooky stories from history. Featuring: Spooky spectres! 👻😱 Mysterious mishaps! 🏴☠️ Gruesome ghouls! 🍔👶 Sexy skeletons! 💀👙
Join Emma and Janina as they tackle a historical topic you might not have heard much about, just how have natural disasters changed the world we live in? Featuring: Volcanos, which we ought to worship really. 🌋🌋🌋 Earthquakes 🏚️ Famines 💀 and much more!
Join Emma and Janina as they delve into the historic and linguistic mysteries of names. Why did medieval kings have nicknames? Where do surnames come from? Featuring: A million Gaius Juliuses John le Fucker If-Christ-had-not-died-for-thee-thou-hadst-been-damned Barbon
Join Emma and Janina as they dive into the depressing history of childhood, and explore how even children in the not-too-distant past suffered in ways that today's children can only dream of. Featuring: Spinning Jennies! 👩🏭🏭 Infant Mortality! 👶👻 Corporal Punishment! 👴💥 and much more!
This week, Emma and Janina are joined by guest James Harland to discuss what exactly happened after the Romans abandoned Britain. Was it an apocalyptic event, or was it all a bit more complicated than that?
This time, Dr Emma and Janina examine a question close to the good doctor's heart, how did Christianity grow from such humble beginnings to become a dominant force in the world? How do religions spread? What did Christianity do differently? Featuring: Grumpy Jesus! 🙍♂️🕊️ Grumpy Paul! 👴 Constantine, The Chrissy Teigen of Rome! 👑 ♻️ NZ national anthem performed by Hayley Westenra.
This week, Emma and Janina take a deep dive into the bizarre world of Nazi pseudoscience and occultism. Did they really go all Indiana Jones and look for powerful holy relics? Featuring: Golden people who reproduce like flowers! 👨🌸 Operation Barbarossa - What were they thinking?!❄️💀 Flying saucers! Death rays! Anti-gravity machines! 👽🔫
Join Emma and Janina as they examine the stories of some real life, honest to goodness heroes you may never have heard of. Courage, bravery, grit, virtue, and general goodness, these fine people have got them in spades! Featuring: Daring diplomats! 👨⚖️ Superlative spies! 🕵️♀️ Fearless fashionistas! ✂️ Courageous cosmonauts! 👩🚀
This week, Emma and Janina tackle a particularly difficult question: Who is the most powerful person in history? Featuring: Enormous turbans! 👳♂️ Brutal conquest! ⚔️ A distinct lack of amusement! 👑 Chinese revolutionary history! 🇨🇳
This week, Emma and Janina are joined by our first ever guest, Dr Anna Scott, as they attempt to unravel the mysteries of the history of music! Featuring: Bone flutes (or wolf bites?)🦴🐺 Why are harpsichords so rubbish? 🎹 What's the least cool instrument?🤓 Mystical chanting and visions 🧞♀️ and much more! More from Anna: https://challengingperformance.com/interviews-recordings/anna-scott/ Synaulia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJLXyBzMci0 Musica Romana:...
Emma and Janina answer a whole bunch of questions - like how bad did aristocratic inbreeding really get? Who had the sexiest facial hair of the American Civil War? And what's the weirdest shit people have pulled to appear attractive? Links! Sexy beards https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/who-had-best-civil-war-facial-hair-180951965/ http://americancivilwarbeards.tumblr.com/ Roman bread:...
Join Emma and Janina as they attempt to unravel one of history's tricky questions: "Are the stories you hear of women dressing up to be soldiers true, and if so how did they get away with it?" Sources: Catherine Baker: https://twitter.com/richmondbridge/status/983619848973553664?s=09 Mark Stoyle. 2018.‘Give mee a Souldier's Coat’: Female Cross‐Dressing during the English Civil War. History 103 (354) pp. 5-26. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1468-229X.12542 Catherine Baker....
This week our question is: "When In Rome, What Did The Romans Do?" Join Emma and Janina as they take a closer look into the daily lives of Roman citizens, both at work and play. Featuring: Sad lions! 🦁 Seneca complaining about everything! 👴 Would you want to be buried with your colleagues? ☠️ Roman comedy! 🎤 Checking out your friends equipment in the bath! 🛀
Murderesses! Bloodbaths! Wicked rulers! Cruel sadists! In this week's episode, Emma and Janina examine the horrible stories of some the nastiest and most bloodthirsty women in history. CONTENT WARNING: This episode features graphic descriptions of torture and murder that some listeners might find upsetting.
Join Emma and Janina as they discuss their favourite/most maddening historical myths and misconceptions. Featuring! * Flat Earth! * Caligula and his horse! * New Zealand settlement myths! * Napoleon! * Armour! * Vikings!
This week, Emma and Janina have a go at unravelling one of the more tricky questions submitted by listeners: What's the deal with antipopes? "Habemus Papam/We Have A Pope": http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1456472/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
"Before Scott and Charlene tied the knot, did anyone marry for love?" Join Emma & Janina as they attempt to unravel the history of love marriages. This episode's book recommendation: Hild - Nicola Griffiths Other Books: Marriage, A History: How Love Conquered Marriage - Stephanie Coontz I Don’t: A Contrarian History of Marriage - Susan Squire Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation - Nancy F. Cott Sex, Marriage and and Family in World Religions - Don S. Browning Marriage, Sex and...