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Unknown History with Giles Milton

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Unknown History provides you with surprising, quirky, and remarkable tales from the past, so you can pretend you paid attention in history class. Hosted by renowned author Giles Milton. To download podcast episodes not shown here, visit QuickandDirtyTips.com

Unknown History provides you with surprising, quirky, and remarkable tales from the past, so you can pretend you paid attention in history class. Hosted by renowned author Giles Milton. To download podcast episodes not shown here, visit QuickandDirtyTips.com

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United States

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Unknown History provides you with surprising, quirky, and remarkable tales from the past, so you can pretend you paid attention in history class. Hosted by renowned author Giles Milton. To download podcast episodes not shown here, visit QuickandDirtyTips.com

Language:

English


Episodes

To Save a City

9/29/2021
The Berlin Airlift of 1948 saved the city from starvation...but just barely. Unknown History delves into the astonishing ingenuity of American military alongside the hard work of German citizens that kept the city from collapse. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the Unknown History podcast. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts...

Duration:00:09:44

Launching the Airlift

9/22/2021
The Berlin Airlift saved the city from starvation during the Russian blockade of 1948. But supplying over two million people for over a year via airplane was a Herculean feat that almost didn't happen. Unknown History delves deeper into the American solution. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the Unknown History podcast. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/...

Duration:00:10:42

The Siege: Could the Berlin Airlift Save Berlin?

9/15/2021
When the Soviets cut off all supply routes to western Berlin in 1948, they didn't anticipate the ingenuity and tactical planning skills of Army Brigadier General Frank Howley. Could the Berlin Airlift really keep the entire city alive during the siege? Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the Unknown History podcast. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts...

Duration:00:11:03

The Strangling of Berlin

9/8/2021
The Soviets' siege of Berlin did not begin with a bang, but rather a series of smaller infractions, starting with stopping trains to check passengers' papers to cutting off routes for trucks that delivered milk. Giles Milton dives into another moment of Unknown History. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the Unknown History podcast. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/...

Duration:00:08:37

A Battle of Wits in Post-War Berlin

9/1/2021
Western allies in post-war Berlin had never encountered the likes of General Alexander Kotikov, a staunch communist with a velvet touch. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the Unknown History podcast. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe https://www.facebook.com/quickdirtytips https://twitter.com/quickdirtytips

Duration:00:11:34

Churchill's Iron Curtain

8/25/2021
Winston Churchill's seminal 1946 speech in Westminster College gave not only a name to growing Soviet influence in Central and Eastern Europe, it also foresaw the future of the Iron Curtain. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the Unknown History podcast. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe...

Duration:00:10:30

The Great Berlin Power Struggle

8/18/2021
The opening shots of an ensuing power struggle were fired in the Allied Kommandatura, the four-power body established to run Berlin convened in July 1945. But mistrust and manipulation among the key players threatened the outcome over the most pressing issues: food, looting, shootings, and the arrest of Nazis. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the QDT newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links:...

Duration:00:10:20

Russia's Secret Revolutionaries

8/11/2021
When Frank Howley first arrived in Berlin in July 1945, he had no idea that the Russians had spent the last ten years training a small but dedicated group of German revolutionary communists. Their role was to wrest control of all the key institutions in Berlin, setting the stage for a violent struggle between East and West. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the QDT newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter....

Duration:00:09:18

Sleeping with the Enemy

8/4/2021
Within four months of arriving in Berlin, U.S. soldiers had sent home eleven million dollars from black-market trading. It was exciting, profitable, and extremely dangerous. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the QDT newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/history/sleeping-with-the-enemy https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts...

Duration:00:09:16

The Americans Arrive in Berlin

7/28/2021
Nine weeks after the Red Army captured Berlin, American colonel Frank "Howlin' Mad" Howley and his troops stormed in to take the ruined city. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the QDT newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/history/americans-arrive-berlin https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe...

Duration:00:10:18

Berlin Turns Red

7/21/2021
By 10:40 p.m. on Monday, April 30, 1945, the Soviet flag was flying over the Reichstag, sending a powerful message that the Soviets, and they alone, had captured Berlin. If the Americans and British were going to enter the city, it would be on terms set by Joseph Stalin. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the QDT newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links:...

Duration:00:08:31

The Colonel Who Went to War

7/14/2021
An unlikely bond forged between a brash American colonel and a British brigadier played a vital role in a devious game of cat and mouse against Joseph Stalin during World War II. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the QDT newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/history/the-colonel-who-went-to-war https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts...

Duration:00:10:16

Coming Soon: Unknown History Season 4

7/7/2021
On the new season of Unknown History, Giles Milton tells the tales of post-war Europe and the brave men who kept the West from tumbling into chaos - but also sowed the seeds of the Cold War. Tune in weekly on Thursdays for the whole thrilling story.

Duration:00:02:05

The True Story of A Band of Female Resistance Fighters in WWII

5/19/2021
While we put the finishing touches on the next season of Unknown History, here's one more special bonus episode for you from our friends at Macmillan Audio. This week, you'll hear a special excerpt from the audiobook The Nine by Gwen Strauss. The Nine follows the true story of the author’s great-aunt Hélène Podliasky, who led a band of nine female resistance fighters as they escaped a German forced labor camp and made a ten-day journey across the front lines of WWII from Germany back to...

Duration:00:19:25

The Legacy of the West Point Class of 1966

5/5/2021
Unknown History's next season is still in the works, but this week, we're sharing another bonus clip. This episode is a special excerpt from the audiobook The Long Gray Line by Rick Atkinson. It tells the 25-year saga of three graduates of the West Point class of 1966. You'll follow them from their boisterous cadet years to the fires of Vietnam to the hard peace and internal struggles that followed the war. Get your copy today here or wherever books are sold.

Duration:00:21:18

Daniel Boone and the Fight for America's First Frontier

4/20/2021
In today's exclusive bonus episode, hear a special excerpt from the audiobook Blood and Treasure by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin. Blood and Treasure tells the explosive true saga of the legendary figure Daniel Boone and the bloody struggle for America's frontier. Authored by two bestselling authors at the height of their writing power, Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, it's a thrilling true historical account you won't want to miss. Get your copy today here or wherever books are sold.

Duration:00:11:55

91- A User's Guide to U.S. Supreme Court Cases that Shaped History

9/27/2020
How did flag burning become a protected act of free speech? Did the United States v. Nixon determine that the President can't, basically, act like a king through executive privilege? Are corporations people? Let's take a look at some U.S. Supreme Court cases that changed America in profound ways. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the QDT newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links:...

Duration:00:13:46

90 - A User's Guide to the Branches of U.S. Government

9/20/2020
The three branches of the U.S. federal government—executive, legislative, and judicial—keep each other in line through a system of "checks and balances." What roles do each play? And who puts the brakes on the POTUS? Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the QDT newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/history/users-guide-branches-government...

Duration:00:20:33

89 - A User's Guide to Getting Involved in Democracy—Petitions and Protest

9/13/2020
How do you get involved in U.S. Democracy? Here's a crash course on next-level civic participation. Yep, we're talking about putting your money or your giant poster board sign where your mask-covered mouth is. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the QDT newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/history/users-guide-petition-protest...

Duration:00:13:42

88 - A User's Guide to U.S. Elections

9/6/2020
Who's responsible for the Electoral College? (Hint: There's a wildly popular Broadway musical about him.) We'll dish on that and everything you need to know about the U.S. election process in the inaugural episode of our Unknown History miniseries, A User's Guide to Democracy. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the QDT newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links:...

Duration:00:18:52