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We Didn't Start the Fire: The History Podcast

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This brand new pop culture history podcast is nothing like anything you've heard before, and it's everything you need to understand the modern world. Katie Puckrik and Tom Fordyce, an American pop culture buff and a British music lover, have taken the smash-hit song by Billy Joel and turned it into a podcast. Billy lists 120 people, places, and things in 'We Didn't Start The Fire', and Katie and T... more

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In the series premier, we recap the basic events surrounding President Kennedy's assassination. We’ll discuss the formation of the famous Warren Commission, its findings — and highlight the one thing about its report that's often overlooked. more

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The time has finally come... we’ve made it to the end of the song. This episode description is being written on a tearstained laptop as we speak. But we PROMISE we’re going out with a very fizzy bang. The cola wars was a tense battle between soda gia... more

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4.5 out of 5 stars from 625 ratings
  • Stop saying “you know”

    I really wanted to like this podcast. I think it’s a great premise. I started with the Peyton Place episode, and the guest is ridiculous. She says, “You know” every 3 words. It is impossible to listen to.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States6 months ago
  • I can't force my way through this anymore. I LOVE the premise of this podcast. I grew up with this song and have even used it as an educator in a Social Studies class. However, I can not stand the hosts. I made it about 30 episodes in and I have to give up. When I see the episode in the Playlist I found myself rearrange episode to listen to something else first. I wanted so badly to love this podcast, but the hosts are awful.

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    7 months ago
  • Grease homage to Doris Day

    Fab show - cool and quirky. Quick note that the movie Grease has a great Doris Day scene and is referenced in the song sung in the Pink Ladies’ sleepover by Rizzo.

    Apple Podcasts
    Australia7 months ago
  • Very Creative and Clever!

    I know of Billy Joel and of this song, “We didn’t start the fire”, but it was very clever of the hosts to seize upon the lyrics to describe in detail the history lesson Mr.Joel was giving us. I really enjoy the podcasts, and will try to go through all of them. Keep up the great work. Highly recommended if interested in Cold War history. I would add that one of the co-hosts should keep her progressive, socialist political viewpoints to herself, as I could care less what her political opinions are... more

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa year ago
  • Congratulations !

    I tuned in to this pod sometime in covid curfew here in Oman in my quick walks before we were locked up for the night. I think I discovered it about 15 episodes in, so went back & diligently listened then just got hooked. I actually bought the vinyl album this was on. Storm Front, I think it was called. more

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdoma year ago

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