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Dan Snow's History Hit

By: History Hit
  • Summary

  • History! The most exciting and important things that have ever happened on the planet. Powerful kings, warrior queens, nomads, empires and expeditions. Historian Dan Snow and his expert guests bring all these stories to life and more in a daily dose of history. Join Dan as he digs into the past to make sense of the headlines and get up close to the biggest discoveries being made around the world today, as they happen.


    If you want to get in touch with the podcast, you can email us at ds.hh@historyhit.com, we'd love to hear from you!

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Episodes
  • Plagues
    Apr 10 2024

    From a plague in Athens during the Peloponnesian War in 430 BCE, to another in 540 that wiped out half the population of the Roman empire, down through the Black Death in the Middle Ages and on through the 1918 flu epidemic (which killed between 50 and 100 million people) and this century's deadly SARS outbreak, plagues have been a much more relentless fact of life than many realise.


    Brian Michael Jenkins is one of the leading authorities on U.S. national security and an advisor to governments, presidents and CEOs. Brain joins Dan to discuss the legacy of epidemics— which is not only one of the lives lost but also of devastated economies, social disorder, and severe political repercussions.


    This episode was produced by Hannah Ward and edited by Dougal Patmore.


    Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Get a subscription for £1 per month for 3 months with code DANSNOW sign up at https://historyhit/subscription/


    We'd love to hear from you- what do you want to hear an episode on? You can email the podcast at ds.hh@historyhit.com.


    You can take part in our listener survey here.

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    22 mins
  • Hollywood Spy: The British WW1 Hero Who Helped Japan Attack Pearl Harbour
    Apr 9 2024

    Frederick Rutland was one of Britain's finest naval pilots and a celebrated hero of the First World War. And yet in the interwar period, he would become a turncoat, feeding information to Japanese intelligence whilst living undercover in the glitz and glamour of 1930s Hollywood.


    Joining Dan to discuss Rutland's life is Ronald Drabkin, author of 'Beverly Hills Spy: The Double-Agent War Hero Who Helped Japan Attack Pearl Harbor'. Ron explains how his information helped the Japanese to build a cutting-edge navy, and how he managed to evade capture by American and British intelligence.


    Produced by James Hickmann and edited by Dougal Patmore.


    Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Get a subscription for £1 per month for 3 months with code DANSNOW sign up at https://historyhit/subscription/


    We'd love to hear from you- what do you want to hear an episode on? You can email the podcast at ds.hh@historyhit.com.


    You can take part in our listener survey here.

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    25 mins
  • HMS Wager: Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder
    Apr 8 2024

    Join Dan as he narrates the harrowing story of the HMS Wager and its crew's descent into mutiny and survival against all odds. Set against the backdrop of the War of Jenkins' Ear, the Wager, a British warship, was part of a secret squadron sent to attack Spanish holdings in the Pacific but, tragedy struck as the ship was wrecked off the desolate coast of Patagonia during a storm in 1741.


    With expert testimony from David Grann, the author of the best-selling HMS Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder, this episode delves into the ensuing struggle for leadership as the survivors split into factions, the deterioration of their psychological state due to the appalling conditions and the moral quandaries of mutiny and loyalty the men faced as they clung to life.


    Written by Dan Snow and edited by Dougal Patmore.


    Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Get a subscription for £1 per month for 3 months with code DANSNOW sign up at https://historyhit/subscription/


    We'd love to hear from you- what do you want to hear an episode on? You can email the podcast at ds.hh@historyhit.com.


    You can take part in our listener survey here.


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    54 mins

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