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

Berlioz, a history in romantic music  

Hector Berlioz towers over the musical Romantic movement, join Patrick as he talks with a panel of expert historians and musicians about the life of this French giant

Helping the world stay awake for centuries  

Half the world runs on coffee, but what is the history of this miraculous bean? Join Patrick as he talks with a panel of experts about the history of coffee

From Grub Street to the small screen  

This month's book show sees Patrick delve into the unfulfilled Operation Sea Lion, the life of Mary Lavin and Oliver Goldsmith, as well as the history of television

The life and times of Johnny Cash  

Join Patrick as he talks with a panel of biographers and journalists about the life of one of the icons of American music, Johnny Cash

So good they named it twice  

Patrick talks with a panel of experts about the history of the Big Apple and how New York became an iconic metropolis

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.

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