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We Are History

Angela Barnes and John O'Farrell

The less-than-serious history podcast with stand up comedian Angela Barnes (The News Quiz, Mock The Week and Live at The Apollo) and writer John O'Farrell (An Utterly Impartial History of Britain, Things Can Only Get Better, Spitting Image). In each podcast our two history nerds discuss, explain and laugh at interesting and quirky episodes from the olden days, such as East German Nudism, Spy Pigeons or Vlad the Impaler. Angela and John’s in-depth knowledge of world history has been described as ‘laughable’ - and now they read the history books so that you don't have to. The We Are History podcast - not as world-changing as the Black Death, but slightly funnier.


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Latest Episodes

For the final episode in this series, the ever-so-honest John O’Farrell and Angela Barnes find out how and why smuggling in Britain became a crime epidemic that benefited everyone except the tax man. more

3 months ago

This week on We Are History, Angela Barnes and John O'Farrell look at the origins of the Green Belt, what is it and why do we have it? Spoiler alert, it’s not for holding up your green trousers. The Green Belt is a phrase we’ve heard politicians talk... more

3 months ago

This time on We Are History; our bold and fearless non-historians Angela Barnes and John O’Farrell find out how and why Britain’s first major terrorist plot was conceived and ultimately thwarted.  more

4 months ago


4.9 out of 5 stars from 877 ratings
  • What a take on history

    This has to be one of the best historical podcasts out there.Funny and informative I have gone back to the very beginning and it has been worth the effort

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom3 months ago
  • Fun galore in this unusual history podcast

    Great podcast! I love how they pick topics from all over history, not just the usual suspects. It broadens my perspective tremendously. Thank you for making the lesser known topics both accessible and fun!

    Apple Podcasts
    Cez Blanche
    Netherlands3 months ago
  • Always fun & educational

    Always a good listen. Making history interesting and not taking themselves too seriously. Great chemistry between the hosts. more

    Apple Podcasts
    Frezz McMucc
    United Kingdom3 months ago
  • Eurovision

    This podcast has saved me. I’m in France sitting in my dream house with no roof and no electric thanks to the last storm This couple are amazing and I just love listening to them

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom3 months ago
  • Nudity

    Strange subject with weak content

    Apple Podcasts
    Corfe Mullen Tony
    United Kingdom4 months ago

Chart Rankings

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#93 United Kingdom/History
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#218 Australia/History
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#207 Argentina/History

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