Highlights from Talking History

Highlights from Talking History

Ireland

Patrick Geoghegan takes a contemporary look at history and the lessons that can be learnt from it.

Episodes

Thomas Aquinas, the Church's greatest thinker?  

Professor Ciaran Brady, standing in for Patrick, delves into the life, work, and legacy of St Thomas Aquinas, one of the Catholic Church's greatest thinkers

Why did Dickens write 'A Christmas Carol'?  

Charles Dickens helped shape the Christmas we all know and love today through his iconic 'A Christmas Carol'. Patrick talks with a panel of experts about this book

1847, luxury, and the tale of the axe  

Patrick shares some great new history books, just in time for that last little bit of Christmas shopping

Why did Dickens write 'A Christmas Carol'?  

Charles Dickens helped shape the modern Christmas we all know and love today through his iconic 'A Christmas Carol'. Patrick talks with a panel of experts about this book

The history of The Great Pyramid of Giza  

Patrick talks with a panel of experts about the history of the Great Pyramid of Giza. How old is this great structure? How were they made? And what was their importance?

The poetry and sexuality of Sappho  

Few poets have had as great an impact on history as Sappho, yet today she is remembered mostly for her sexuality. Patrick talks to a panel about Sappho's work and legacy.

Countess Markievicz, murder, and the Irishmen in WWI  

Patrick looks at great history books; including a biography of Countess Markievicz, overturned deathsenteces in Ireland, history through earthquakes, & Irishmen in WWI

Countess Markievicz, murder, and the Irishmen in WWI  

Patrick looks at great history books; including a biography of Countess Markievicz, overturned deathsenteces in Ireland, history through earthquakes, & Irishmen in WWI

Irish foreign policy in the 1950s  

In 1955 Ireland joined the UN, this would have massive ramifications for the island & its place in the world. Join Patrick as he looks at the foreign policy of the 1950s.

What is Voodoo?  

Voodoo is often misunderstood, becoming overly associated with magic, zombies, & dolls. Join Patrick as he unpacks the real history & practices of this fantastic religion

What is Voodoo?  

Voodoo is often misunderstood, becoming overly associated with magic, zombies, & dolls. Join Patrick as he unpacks the real history & practices of this fantastic religion

The great Scottish victory at Bannockburn  

Patrick talks with a panel of experts about the famous Battle of Bannockburn and it's impact on Scottish history and identity

The Mind of the Revolution  

An oft overlooked player in the Easter Rising, Seán Mac Diarmada was a chief planner of the events of 1916. Patrick and a panel of explore Mac Diarmada's life and legacy

What are the best war films?  

In this book special Patrick looks at Ireland's Enlightenment, the post-Rising trials, the rise of Modern France, the life of Daniel O'Connell, and the 50 best war films

Watergate on the silver screen  

In 1976 "All the President's Men" hit the big screen. Join Patrick as he talks with a panel of experts about this acclaimed dramatisation of the Watergate scandal.

Life and death in Russian labour camps  

The Gulags are one of the most notorious elements of Soviet history. Patrick talks with a panel about these forced labour camps & the millions who lived and died in them.

William Bligh, more than the victim of mutiny  

Patrick talks with a panel of experts about the life & career of William Bligh, the commander of HMS Bounty who was overthrown and set adrift by his friends & crew.

From Teddy to Bill, US Presidents of the 20th century  

Patrick looks at some new history books; including a study of 20th century American presidents, the biography of a Victorian prison, & a murder on the Mayo-Galway border.

The first modern scientist  

Most of us can remember Boyle's Law from classroom science. But there was a lot more to the life & legacy of the Irish father of chemistry Robert Boyle than this one law.

Justice in the wake of World War II  

A look at some of the best new history books including A.T. Williams' new exploration of the post war trials of Nazi war criminals.

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