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The Curious History of Your Home


Join domestic historian Ruth Goodman as she guides you through the surprising, often epic, stories behind everyday objects in your home. Double-glazed windows? We owe those to a French king’s odd fascination with oranges. The minty fresh toothpaste by your sink? Well, if you lived in Ancient Greece, you’d be washing your teeth with ground-up bones and oyster shells. And wallpaper? It seems innocen... more

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4.8 out of 5 stars from 203 ratings
  • Great!

    This is vey informative and interesting!

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    Australia18 days ago
  • LOVE

    So well made and fascinating! Love the voice of the host. Super relaxing to listen to

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    Canada20 days ago
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    A great well done show more

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    Darin 505
    United States21 days ago
  • Love this…

    As a building surveyor with a keen interest in history I absolutely love this. I’ve binged the whole series in two days while driving. Your voice is relaxing - like the female Attenborough. The way you tell the story and the sound effects are an audible delight. Thank you…

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    United Kingdom21 days ago
  • Very interesting but the narration is a bit much for me.

    Respectfully, I like the content but the narrator is overly dramatic to the point that it’s a little distracting for me.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States22 days ago

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