By Ian Chapman-Curry
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Almost History. Always incredible. What if ... ? Every other Thursday, Almost History tells the amazing true stories behind the aborted missions, cancelled plans, utopian dreams and hubristic designs that didn't quite make it from the drawing board to the real world. Rescued from the footnotes, archives and passing references, each episode explores what almost happened and explains why it didn't.
||CleanAH12 Opening the iron curtain - the DDR's day of dissent||It’s the summer of 1953, and, across East Germany, angry people take to the streets. This isn’t a polite street protest. This is a furious, red flag ripping, police beating, office burning rampage. The crowds demand: - better liv...||7/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAH 11 Operation Unthinkable - Churchill's plan to attack Russia and start a Third World War||According to Field Marshal Montgomery, rule number one on the first page of the book of war is ‘do not march on Moscow’. In April 1945, Winston Churchill ordered the British Chiefs of Staff to rip up the rule book and plan for an attack on their wa.||6/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAH 10 Louis of England - history’s forgotten King of England||In August of 1216, the King of Scotland rode down the entire length of England to pay homage to a new English king at Dover. The Scottish monarch bent his knee to a warrior prince who was the pride and hope of his dynasty. His name was ...||5/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAH 09 Princess Mary Tudor's flight to freedom||In the summer of 1550, Princess Mary, the eldest daughter of Henry VIII, was packing her belongings and preparing to flee her home. Her Tudor brother was the figurehead for an increasingly Protestant regime. Mary clung to her mother's Catholic...||5/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAH 08 Cancelling Christmas and the Plum Pudding Riots||In 1647, the new puritan government tried to cancel Christmas. People in Canterbury protested in a peculiarly English way, with a destructive game of football followed by a mass brawl. The city’s Plum Pudding Riots led to a royalist...||5/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAH 07 The Prince of Poyais - settling in the country that never was||In 1822, Gregor MacGregor committed what The Economist newspaper has called the ‘biggest fraud in history’ and ‘the greatest confidence trick of all time’. Investors, many of them Scottish, put forward vast sums towards creating a colony in ce.||5/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAH 06 A wonderful paradise on the Isthmus of Panama||Towards the end of the seventeenth century, Scotland sank a huge chunk of its national wealth into an audacious scheme to colonise central America. become a more equal partner with England under the Stuart crown. The colony was to straddle th...||4/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAH 05 Roosevelt's third term and the voice from the sewers||In the first half of 1940 only one question mattered in American politics. Would Franklin D. Roosevelt break with tradition and run for a third term as President of the United States? The New York Times proclaimed it as 'the all-absorbing political rid.||4/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAH 04 The British Hindenberg disaster and the demise of Imperial Airships||Imperial Airships would bring the far flung peoples of the British Empire closer together than ever before. Every day, blimps would slip their masts near London carrying passengers and freight bound for Montreal, Cairo, Karachi, Singapore and Sydney. .||4/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAH 03 Hitler’s dreams to unify his empire with a monstrous railway||In 1941, Adolf Hitler issued orders to Nazi Germany’s railway officials. He wanted them to develop a new type of railway. It was to be bigger, far bigger, than anything that had ever been seen. Trains the height and width of a suburb...||4/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAH 02 Draining the swamp -Garibaldi's plan to diver Rome's river||In 1875, Rome came close to losing its river. In that year, the liberator of Italy, General Giuseppe Garibaldi, visited and announced plans to clean up the Eternal City. His main target was the River Tiber. Garibaldi would solve problems f...||4/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAH 01 Achtung! Achtung! Dystopian adventures with Nazi TV||What if … ... Nazi Germany had been able to roll out the television equivalent of its inescapable radio network? Everywhere you turn, you see the unmistakable face of Adolf Hitler. His voice echoes in your head, broadcast from a tho...||4/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
As a teacher in New England, I truly appreciate hearing the product of an individual putting in the time and effort to help others appreciate knowledge and learning. In this case, Chapman-Curry offers us an objective and informed stance on several historical, sociological, and political topics. Strong voice; strong podcast.