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The History Hour

BBC World Service

A compilation of the latest Witness History programmes.


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4.4 out of 5 stars from 1.8k ratings
  • No way to treat 'history'

    This podcast is advocacy, not history. Single perspectives are presented, with the presenters speaking in support. If the listener wants nothing more than a personal story, then this might be satisfying, but one will gain precious little examination of and appreciation of history here. more

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    Australiaa month ago
  • Comment on podcast about war in Iraq

    Most of the people listen to podcasts at night or while they travel. Do you really have to play bombing sound repeatedly hundreds of time, everytime you mention bombing??? Its so stupid and annoying.

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    Norway2 months ago
  • Good history podcast

    I enjoy the vast variety of topics brought up by this podcast but I also find myself fed up with the huge amount of episodes/sections in the episodes about LGBTQ stuff. There’s too much emphasis on the topic, considering the fact this is a history podcast, not a propaganda/brainwashing thing.

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    Andrei braescu
    United States3 months ago
  • Great pod cast

    Really like this

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    Ireland3 months ago
  • Completely biased.

    Completely biased opinion about the partition and the role England played in it. Englishmen at that time were not there to unite a divided India but do the opposite. They’ve been implicit in events such as the famine of Bengal and the partition too. To paint a picture of Britishers as the great liberators is completely false and pedantic. Shameless narrative from the BBC.

    Apple Podcasts
    India8 months ago

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