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Real Dictators


Real Dictators is the award-winning podcast that explores the hidden lives of history's tyrants. Hosted by Paul McGann, with contributions from eyewitnesses and expert historians. New episodes one week early for Noiser+ subscribers. You'll also get ad-free listening and exclusive content. To find out more about Noiser+, head to For advertising enquiries, email


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Latest Episodes

Saddam nationalises the Iraq Petroleum Company and clashes with the new leader of Iran. A man called ‘Chemical Ali’ commits one of the most heinous atrocities of modern times. Meanwhile, sculptures of the Iraqi dictator are commissioned across the la... more

3 days ago

Saddam consolidates his own power base, appointing friends and relatives to key positions. We hear a remarkable account from a woman whose own family was targeted by his secret police. Soon, the deputy will be in pole position to move against his men... more

10 days ago

In the spring of 1937, a child dies and his brother is born. Translated from Arabic, the newborn’s name - Saddam - means ‘one who confronts’. As his life will demonstrate, it couldn’t be more appropriate. So how does a boy from a tough peasant backgr... more

17 days ago


4.8 out of 5 stars from 11.1k ratings
  • One of the best

    This podcast is told exceptionally well and so easy to listen to, thanks

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    Australia16 days ago
  • The Best

    Stories- the best more

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    Canada18 days ago
  • Brilliant!

    Brilliant! All the jigsaw pieces of Hitler’s unlikely rise to power are described with panache and inputs from experts. Eerily, there are so many parallels to the rise and rise of a current day demagogue who threatens, yet again, to overthrow democracy.

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    Australia25 days ago
  • Mind blowing story telling

    Love the podcast! The story telling is next level and the research is detailed. more

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    Indiaa month ago
  • Interesting history!

    I am not a fan of history but am amazed at the way you get it across! Listen to the podcast on my daily walks. Thanks for making History interesting to me.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa month ago

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