winston churchill

  • 062-Marconi Catches a Murderer

    · 00:29:48 · Futility Closet

    The discovery of the gruesome remains of a human body buried in a doctor's cellar shocked London in 1910. In this week's podcast we'll recount the dramatic use of the recently invented wireless telegraph in capturing the main suspect in the crime. We'll also hear a letter that Winston Churchill wrote to Winston Churchill and puzzle over why a sober man is denied a second beer. Sources for our feature on the telegraphic nabbing of Edwardian uxoricide Hawley Harvey Crippen: Erik Larson, Thunderstruck, 2006. Associated Press, "Wireless Flashes Crippen and Girl Aboard Montrose," Los Angeles Herald, July 29, 1910. "Captain Sure Suspects are Pair Police Seek," Los Angeles Herald, July 29, 1910. Proceedings of Crippen's 1910 trial at Old Bailey Online. "Crippen Mystery Remains Despite DNA Claim," BBC News, Oct. 18, 2007 (accessed June 16, 2015). Mark Townsend, "Appeal Judges Asked to Clear Notorious Murderer Dr. Crippen," Guardian, June 6, 2009 (accessed June 16, 2015). Here's Winston Churchill's June 1899 letter to American author Winston Churchill: Mr. Winston Churchill presents his compliments to Mr. Winston Churchill, and begs to draw his attention to a matter which concerns them both. He has learnt from the Press notices that Mr. Winston Churchill proposes to bring out another novel, entitled Richard Carvel, which is certain to have a considerable sale both in England and America. Mr. Winston Churchill is also the author of a novel now being published in serial form in Macmillan’s Magazine, and for which he anticipates some sale both in England and America. He also proposes to publish on the 1st of October another military chronicle on the Soudan War. He has no doubt that Mr. Winston Churchill will recognise from this letter — if indeed by no other means — that there is grave danger of his works being mistaken for those of Mr. Winston Churchill. He feels sure that Mr. Winston Churchill desires this as little as he does himself. In future to avoid mistakes as far as possible, Mr. Winston Churchill has decided to sign all published articles, stories, or other works, ‘Winston Spencer Churchill,’ and not ‘Winston Churchill’ as formerly. He trusts that this arrangement will commend itself to Mr. Winston Churchill, and he ventures to suggest, with a view to preventing further confusion which may arise out of this extraordinary coincidence, that both Mr. Winston Churchill and Mr. Winston Churchill should insert a short note in their respective publications explaining to the public which are the works of Mr. Winston Churchill and which those of Mr. Winston Churchill. The text of this note might form a subject for future discussion if Mr. Winston Churchill agrees with Mr. Winston Churchill’s proposition. He takes this occasion of complimenting Mr. Winston Churchill upon the style and success of his works, which are always brought to his notice whether in magazine or book form, and he trusts that Mr. Winston Churchill has derived equal pleasure from any work of his that may have attracted his attention. From Richard M. Langworth, The Definitive Wit of Winston Churchill, 2009. This week's lateral thinking puzzle appeared originally on NPR's Car Talk, contributed there by listener George Parks. You can listen using the player above, download this episode directly, or subscribe on iTunes or via the RSS feed at http://feedpress.me/futilitycloset. Please consider becoming a patron of Futility Closet -- on our Patreon page you can pledge any amount per episode, and all contributions are greatly appreciated. You can change or cancel your pledge at any time, and we've set up some rewards to help thank you for your support. You can also make a one-time donation via the Donate button in the sidebar of the Futility Closet website. Please take our five-minute survey to help us find advertisers to support the show. Many thanks to Doug Ross for the music in this episode. If you have any questions or comments you can reach us at podcast@futilitycloset.com. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks for listening!

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  • TDP 560: THE CHURCHILL YEARS VOLUME 01

    · 00:10:24 · Doctor Who: Tin Dog Podcast

    1. The Oncoming Storm by Phil MulryneLate 1939. Britain faces the might of Germany. Winston Churchill serves as First Lord of the Admiralty. But Churchill soon finds himself facing a more immediate threat than the looming Nazi menace. A ‘Stone’ with the most mysterious properties is discovered in the Thames’ sands, and soon oddly spoken soldiers are creeping round London ruthlessly trying to acquire it. Who are they? Can Churchill and his new secretary Hetty Warner defeat them? And what about the man in the battered leather jacket that Hetty meets? Churchill feels sure they can rely on the Doctor to help them! Except that this Doctor seems to want to stay hidden in the shadows…2. Hounded by Alan BarnesIn the dark days of 1941, Britain is in the midst of war. Churchill must stand strong against the might of the enemy – but he is plagued by a darkness in his own psyche. Something he calls ‘the Black Dog’.Can a visiting Swami hold the answer to his troubles? And can Hetty Warner prevent the Prime Minister's adversaries from taking advantage of the situation?Across London, the Tenth Doctor's arrival may be the nation's only hope – but the Time Lord's plan to help his friend is endangered when he finds himself declared a traitor by the agents of the country he has come to protect...3. Living History by Justin RichardsFinally given the chance to travel in the TARDIS, Winston Churchill cannot resist the opportunity of meeting Julius Caesar. But the trip does not go quite as planned. With the TARDIS gone, and Churchill stranded in ancient Britain with a young man he barely knows and who comes from the future, it seems things can hardly get any worse.Until he is captured by the invading Romans.Still, at least that means Churchill will meet Julius Caesar after all. But then Churchill learns of the Bronze God, feared and worshipped by the Ancient Britons. A god that he recognises as anything but divine when he meets it.4. The Chartwell Metamorphosis by Ken BentleyComfortably retired to his home at Chartwell, Churchill plans to live out his days in peace, in the company of his butterflies – if his attendants would just leave him alone.But it isn't simply Lepidoptera breeding in the gardens, as a far more sinister species is about to emerge from its cocoon – and is ready to feast on something more than just the shrubberies.Surrounded on all sides, the former Prime Minister must put a life's worth of experience into action in order to win the day. Can his new nurse Lily Arwell offer her assistance?Written By: Phil Mulryne, Alan Barnes, Justin Richards, Ken BentleyDirected By: Ken BentleyCastIan McNeice (Winston Churchill), Danny Horn (Kazran Sardick), Holly Earl (Lily Arwell), Emily Atack (Hetty Warner), Michael Gould (Frederick Lindemann), Derek Riddell (Lt-Commander Sandy McNish), Phil Mulryne (Able Seaman Phillips), Jo Stone-Fewings (Major Wheatley) Amerjit Deu (The Swami), Stewart Scudamore(Danvers), Alistair Petrie (Julius Caesar), Laura Rogers (Queen Tristahna),Carolyn Seymour (Mrs Whitaker), John Banks (Mr Rogers) and Nicholas Briggs(The Dalek)Producer David RichardsonScript Editor Matt FittonExecutive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

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  • Winston Churchill – mannen som visste betydelsen av kall champagne och rosa sidenkalsonger (och en hel del annat)

    · 00:54:30 · Stil

    Att Winston Churchill (1874 -1965) gillade sin champagne kall, torr och gratis vet många. Men färre känner kanske till att denne brittiske politiker och Nobelpristagande författare faktiskt designade egna plagg som han lät sy upp, en sorts allroundoverall som han ofta bar. Ännu mindre känt är kanske även att han spenderade en förmögenhet på rosa sidenkalsonger. I veckans STIL berättar vi mer om denne man med både makt, och stil. Winston Churchill avled 1965 – 90 år gammal – men hans liv, och stil, fortsätter att fascinera. Förra året kom flera nya böcker om Winston Churchill som lyckades ge det krigsdrabbade Storbritannien mod under andra världskriget genom inspirerande tal, och brutal uppriktighet. ”Jag har ingenting att erbjuda förutom blod, hårt arbete, tårar och svett”, som han sade, i maj 1940. Men det hade han visst det. I veckans program undersöker vi hur han lyckades bli en karismatisk ledare genom att titta närmare på just hans stil, i flera bemärkelser. Kan kanske dagens gråmelerade politiker, rädda för att sticka ut, ha något att lära av honom? Vi har bland annat ringt upp Barry Singer, som förra året publicerade boken Churchill Style – the art of being Winston Churchill”. Han driver sedan 25 år en bokhandel i New York specialiserad på verk om, och av, Winston Churchill. Chartwell Booksellers, heter den. Han vet med andra ord en hel del om denne man. Winston Churchill älskade även att äta middag, det var dagens höjdpunkt. Han var övertygad om att det personliga mötet – gärna under intag av mat och dryck – var oöverträffat när det gällde att främja relationer, både personliga och politiska. ”Om jag bara kunde äta middag med Josef Stalin en gång i veckan, då skulle vi inte ha några problem”, sa han. Om den middagen berättar vi programmet. Vi har även träffat den erfarne diplomaten, och numera författaren, Jan Mårtensson (hans deckare, om antikhandlaren Johan Kristian Homan, firar faktiskt i år 40-årsjubileum) som delar med sig av egna middagserfarenheter i den politiska sfären. Vi har också besökt Almgrens Sidenväveri i Stockholm för att ta reda på poängen med just siden. Varför är det så skönt att ha mot kroppen? Och så har vi mött Karl Oskar Källsner som säljer klassiska tweedkläder, sinnebilden av brittisk landsbygdsstil. Veckans gäst är Katarina Barrling Hermansson, forskare i statskunskap vid Uppsala universitet.

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  • January 24, 1965 - Sir Winston Churchill

    · 00:02:26 · Human Rights a Day

    Sir Winston Churchill dies at age 90. Winston Churchill was born in Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England on November 30, 1874. Known as one of the great statesmen of the 20th century, he was also an accomplished writer and painter. Churchill was born into the British aristocracy, and his childhood entailed boarding schools, poor marks and distant parents. After a short stint in the Army, in 1900 Churchill followed in his father’s footsteps to become a Conservative member of Parliament (MP). He soon became politically disenchanted, however, and crossed the floor to sit as a Liberal. He served in cabinet, including as first lord of the admiralty, into World War I. He re-joined the Conservatives at the end of the war, and stayed there. In cabinet during World War II when Prime Minster Chamberlain resigned, Churchill took the helm and led his country to victory. Although his government was subsequently defeated in 1945, he returned to power in 1951 and stayed until he resigned in 1955. He stayed on as an MP until a year before his death. Churchill wrote many books and in 1953 won the Nobel prize in literature "for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values." In 1963, U.S. President Kennedy named Churchill the first honorary citizen of the United States. Two years later, on January 24, 1965, Churchill died.

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  • Winston Churchill

    · Great Lives

    Winston Churchill's is the Great Life chosen by Lord Digby Jones, former Director General of the CBI. Expert contribution comes from Professor David Reynolds. Both men have vivid memories of the day in 1965 when, as children, they heard that Churchill had died. Surprisingly this is the first time that Churchill has been nominated in the series. Considered by many a busted flush in the 1930s, Churchill is now remembered as our greatest wartime leader - his speech before the Battle of Britain still sends a shiver down the spine. But his great qualities and personal flaws remained inextricably linked. David Reynolds has uncovered a stark revelation about Churchill's real state of mind at the time he made that speech, while Digby Jones argues that the ability to instil confidence in people even when there is little rational hope of victory is one of the signs of a great leader. He believes that no one made his mark on the last century in the way that Churchill did. David Reynolds does not subscribe to the Great Man theory of history. He is the Professor of International History at Cambridge University. Known to Radio 4 listeners as the writer and presenter of "America, Empire of Liberty", he has also written extensively on Churchill, including the book "In Command of History" about Churchill's memoirs of World War Two. The presenter is Matthew Parris.

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  • HFM 138 | Leaders in Times of Crisis, Part 8 – Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

    · 00:13:21 · History in Five Minutes Podcast

     Britain's World War II leader is considered as the gold standard of confident leadership. He gave Britain strength during the darkest moments of the war through his unflagging determination to survive and prove to the world of his nation's unshakeable courage.He was not born that way. Churchill had a disappointing career as an author, journalist, politician and statesman. He suffered adversity and failure throughout a life. As a child he was scorned by teachers for hyperactivity. As a soldier he was considered a medal hound. As a politician he was chided for being an opportunist. Beyond that he suffered from depression.How did he become Britain's beacon of light? Listen to this podcast to learn more.WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOWThis episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man -- one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill.You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today.Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one.Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

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  • The Life of Winston Churchill in Both War and Peace with Larry Arnn

    · The Federalist Radio Hour

    Dr. Larry Arnn is the president of Hillsdale College and the author of Churchill’s Trial: Winston Churchill and the Salvation of Free Government. Arnn explored Churchill’s life and some of his greatest speeches, writings and beliefs. Arnn noted that you can learn something about how to live by studying a great statesman. “We have enormous power of nature, which means enormous power over one another,” he said. “And so that makes war potentially more catastrophic and that makes politics potentially more despotic than they’ve ever been.”They discussed the lessons that Churchill took from the first World War, and how he applied them to the second. Arnn described his daily routines, his decision making, and his self-criticisms. “Freedom means doing something more than whatever you please,” he said. “Anybody who takes your security in his hands, will be in a position to tell you what to do.”World War II was in many ways a great disappointment to Churchill and he felt country had become weaker. “And he saw all that and he fought against it. Almost all of Churchill’s life is fighting against odds that are implausible that he could stand up to.” Arnn said.

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  • To escape ‘black dog’ of depression following military defeats, Winston Churchill turned to painting

    · Cityscape

    Defeat is not one of the primary words associated with Sir Winston Churchill’s career. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953, he gave the prophetic “Iron Curtain Speech” at Westminster College in 1946, and, most importantly, he emerged victorious during World War II as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. What many people don’t know is that Churchill did in fact experience the agony of defeat…and that’s what fueled his second life as a painter. Churchill’s best paintings are now being displayed at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in collaboration with the National Churchill Museum at Westminster College in Fulton. This year marks the 50 th anniversary of Churchill’s death and the 100 th anniversary of his first painting. Timothy Riley, the exhibition’s curator, said that Churchill began painting in 1915 at the age of 40 after his first large-scale defeat, during World War I. “He was a late bloomer as far as painting was concerned,” Riley said.

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  • Ep 126: Cognitive Diversity and The Future of Finance

    · 01:09:00 · The Future of Work Podcast With Jacob Morgan | Futurist | Workplace | Careers | Employee Experience & Engagement |

    This week’s podcast features two guests, both from Acadian Asset Management, Churchill Franklin and John Chisholm. Join us as we discuss what Cognitive Diversity is, why it is important, why companies find it challenging to implement and where the future of finance is going. Churchill Franklin is the CEO of Acadian Asset Management and John Chisholm is the Chief Investment Officer at Acadian. Acadian is an institutional asset manager, managing roughly 75 billion for investors. They invest in equities all around the world, both in the US and developed markets, as well as emerging markets. Acadian follows a very quantitative approach towards investments. They build models that help predict returns and invest in those securities in which are believed will likely generate the best returns, to build the best portfolios. The culture is one of listening – to both clients and colleagues in trying to be proactive in responding to the market place. Acadian employs 320 people with a main office in Boston and additional sites in London, Sydney, Singapore and Tokyo.  Found are investment, marketing and operation professionals. They come from a variety of backgrounds such as finance, science and math and often there is a benefit to have traditional investment backgrounds - but not always necessary. Both Churchill and John come from diverse backgrounds.  John went to MIT and started in aerospace engineering. After going back to business school, he joined up with Churchill to launch Acadian in the mid 80’s and runs the investment side of the firm.  Churchill leads the culture and leadership. He started with a degree in American literature from Middlebury College, was a commercial banker for a while, became a treasurer in a company and then moved to start Acadian. Churchill and John are examples of implementing Cognitive Diversity. They deeply believe that the more perspectives around the table the better for their business and ultimately for their clients. The diversity is demonstrated by having a variety of backgrounds, personalities and individual perspectives that bring various points of view to discussions. Research has shown that having groups with diverse thinking styles will generally perform better than having a homogenous group.  This is true for mixed gender groups as well – research has shown they perform better, as well. With a more diverse group, discussions can test a variety of theories with other points of view. These different perspectives bring different ways of problem solving – there may be those that use intuition, some may test out ideas, others may use some type of rigorous, theoretical frameworks to find a solution. Each of these can contribute the thought diversity that is needed to find the best answer to a problem. Acadian uses a variety of methods to find those employees that are a best fit for their firm. Depending upon the role they are seeking to fill, they may probe a candidate’s thinking processes with questions such as…how much water would it take to fill up an office? The answer is not the critical aspect here; rather it is the thought process that the interviewee took to get there. The different thought processes might include the fairly common way to go about it – the logical chain of answers. It might also include where one starts at a high level and breaks the problem into pieces or an experimental approach. Each of these may be a valid response and depending on the position being filled may work. Cognitive Diversity is often a challenge to achieve. It is ‘easier’ to hire people that think alike, laugh at the same jokes and so on. One way to avoid this is to ensure that you have interview teams made up of diverse thinkers. This will help to avoid getting pigeon-holed into a particular style. When asked how the world of finance has changed in the last decade, Churchill and John noted the huge growth in the availability of data as well as the tools that allow the data to be understood. This has led to a critical demand in the use of a quantitative approach.  There is a wide range of interesting and perhaps, unusual types of data available. For instance, the use of satellite data is relatively new. This may include looking at the directions or activity of shipping containers in a particular region.  It may also include the brightness of lighting in certain areas. This can assist in forecasting. One future trend in the finance world is understanding how the role of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing can be profitable.  These ‘socially conscious’ investments previously needed to have reduced return expectations on investments but it seems that Europe and Australia are ahead on this aspect and there will be more to come on this subject. What you will learn in this episode: What is Cognitive Diversity? What role can Cognitive Diversity play in moving your organization further? Interesting future trends in the world of finance Predictions of the role of the use of ‘cash’ Stories of how Acadian implements Cognitive Diversity How the world of finance has changed over the past few decades the role of technology in the world of finance Churchill and John’s thoughts on whether to use a robo-adviser or a human advisor for personal funds

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  • Winston Churchill on ET and the new Predators – Alien Invasion #210

    · The Alien Invasion

    What were Winston Churchill’s theories on extraterrestrial life?  Who’s inside the new Predator suits?  Have we seen a new Star The post Winston Churchill on ET and the new Predators – Alien Invasion #210 appeared first on Galactic Network Podcasts.

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  • Bonus Episode - The Wit And Wisdom Of Winston Churchill

    · 00:13:41 · Kickass News

    In yesterday's podcast, Churchill on Leadership, I talked with Dr. Steven F. Hayward about the leadership qualities that made Winston Churchill one of the greatest men in history.  In this short bonus podcast, I'll take a look at the lighter side of Sir Winston with a collection of some of my favorite quotes and anecdotes that highlight the razer sharp wit of Winston Churchill.   Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and leave us a review on iTunes.  For more information, visit www.KickAssPolitics.com, and if you enjoyed the show and would like to help keep us on the air, then please show your support at www.gofundme.com/kickasspolitics.  

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  • Grammy Award-Winner George Winston Is Helping COTN's Children through His Music

    · 00:18:38 · Beyond the Village

    Grammy award-winner George Winston has dedicated his life to playing music and helping others. He’s best known for his solo piano recordings. In this episode he shares what inspires his music and why he gives back. This year, George will be playing four benefit concerts for Children of the Nations. Go to itickets.com/cotnwinston to purchase tickets for his concert in Mitchell, South Dakota, on May 6. For information about the remaining concert dates in Orange County, California, on August 19; Bellevue, Washington, on September 15; and Port Angeles, Washington, on September 17, contact COTN’s Community Development Coordinator, Kirstie Weeks, at 360-698-7227 or kirstieweeks@cotni.org.Special thanks for music from: “Ms. Mystery 1” by George Winston; “Light My Fire” by George Winston; “Carousel 2” by George Winston; “Night Blooming_Carousel 16” by George Winston; “Rekindling Love” by George Winston; “Requited Love” by George Winston

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  • 121º Podcast Mises Brasil - Winston Ling

    · Mises Brasil

    Há pelo menos três ótimos motivos para você ouvir este Podcast do IMB com o empreendedor e mestre em economia pela Universidade de Chicago, Winston Ling: conhecer uma parte relevante da história das ideias da liberdade no Brasil na década de 1980, quando o país ainda vivia sob o regime militar, e o trabalho fundamental do Instituto Liberal do Rio de Janeiro e do seu presidente Donald Stewart Jr.; saber detalhes da atuação de dois gigantes da defesa do liberalismo o Brasil, Henry Maksoud e José Stelle (o podcast foi gravado na semana anterior à morte de Maksoud); e a importante atuação de Winston no movimento liberal no país, que inclui também a criação do Instituto Liberal do Rio Grande do Sul (que depois se tornou o atual Instituto Liberdade) e do Instituto de Estudos Empresariais, fundado por iniciativa de seu irmão, William Ling. Membro da família Ling, que há décadas desenvolve um valioso trabalho de promoção e defesa das ideias da liberdade e mantém o instituto que concede bolsas de estudo, além dos três tópicos citados no parágrafo anterior, Winston conta nesta entrevista como era ser um interessado nas ideias da liberdade no Brasil numa época em que não havia livros traduzidos e publicados no país e comunicar-se e conhecer outros liberais era difícil e custoso. Tente imaginar o que era viver num país sob uma ditadura militar, sem ter acesso a livros de autores liberais e Austríacos, com todo um ambiente político, intelectual e empresarial contrário às ideias da liberdade e sem a formidável tecnologia que hoje nos permite ter e acessar a internet? A divulgação das ideias, por isso, era mais difícil e estava quase limitada às páginas dos jornais e aos restritos contatos pessoais. Winston conta a história de como fez com que cada um do grupo 30 empresários brasileiros em viagem de negócios para Taiwan comprasse o livro Quem é John Galt?, de Ayn Rand durante o vôo (em 2010, o romance foi republicado em nova tradução e com o título A Revolta de Atlas). Um dia antes da viagem, ele ligou para cada um e orientou que levasse o livro na mão para ler na viagem. E durante o trajeto aéreo, de uma em uma hora, Winston fazia rondas regulares para saber em que página cada um deles estava. “No final, todo mundo leu”. Morando em Xangai há 13 anos, Winston também aborda o panorama político na China, explica a batalha entre a ala liberal e a ala conservadora dentro do Partido Comunista, e fala do livro China Lectures, de autoria de José Stelle, que trata sobre os problemas e defeitos da democracia e cuja tradução Winston planeja publicar este ano.Todos os Podcasts podem ser baixados e ouvidos pelo site, pela iTunes Store e peloYouTube. E se você gostou deste e/ou dos podcasts anteriores, visite o nosso espaço na iTunes Store, faça a avaliação e deixe um comentário.

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  • Did Churchill know Coventry was about to be bombed?

    · The Bletchley Park Podcast

    November 2015 In the throes of war, difficult decisions have to be made. Prime Minister Winston Churchill was fully aware that Bletchley Park was breaking German codes, and even received regular digests of the intelligence gleaned, known as Hut 3 Headlines. However, a myth was born in the mid-1970s that remains in circulation even now. The theory was that messages decoded by Bletchley Park warned Churchill that the Luftwaffe was heading for Coventry on 14 November 1940, and that he allowed the bombing go ahead in order to protect his secret source of vital information. It has since been debunked, however, and in this month’s episode of the Bletchley Park Podcast, you can find out how. Here is an extract of this month’s episode, The Coventry Myth. Image: Prime Minister Winston Churchill inspecting members of Coventry's Warden Service in Broadgate during his visit to Coventry in September 1941. ©Mirrorpix #BPark, #Bletchleypark, #Enigma, #WW2Veteran, #History, #Churchill

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  • Churchill on Leadership with guest Dr. Steven F. Hayward

    · 00:46:36 · Kickass News

    50 years ago this past Saturday, the world mourned the passing of the greatest leader of the 20th Century - Sir Winston S. Churchill.  On the anniversary of Churchill's death, I'll sit down with Dr. Steven F. Hayward, author of Churchill on Leadership to discuss some of the qualities that made Winston Churchill a remarkable leader and a towering figure in history.   Be sure to subscribe to the show on iTunes and leave us a review.  For more information, visit www.KickAssPolitics.com, and if you enjoyed the show and would like to help keep us on the air, then please show your support at www.gofundme.com/kickasspolitics.

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  • HFM 155 | Why Did British Men Wear Powdered Wigs in the 1700s?

    · 00:07:25 · History in Five Minutes Podcast

     You've seen the look in historical dramas. You laughed at the foppish dandies that appear on Masterpiece Theater. In grade school you sneered at pictures of King George with his powdered wig, adjusting it ever so slightly while drinking a cup of tea with his pinky finger extended, wondering how he further extort colonists with new taxes.You didn't know that we call important people "bigwig" due to the aristocracy tradition of fancy wigs.But where does the powdered wig come from? Why was such a peculiar look the sign of nobility in England during the 1500s-1700s?It all has to do with syphilis, head lice, the shame of male-pattern baldness, and the fashion tastes of Louis XIV.WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOWThis episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man -- one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill.You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today.Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one.Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

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  • HFM 154 | German POWs in the U.S. During World War II

    · 00:11:52 · History in Five Minutes Podcast

     Did you know that over 400,000 German POWs were settled in the United States during World War II? Did you know that they may have built some of the stone buildings that make up your town square? Or that they were responsible for bringing in America's harvest in the fall of 1945 when most men were still off to war?Learn about this fascinating but understudied part of America's history.Check out this episode of Radiolab to learn more about "Nazi Summer Camp."WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOWThis episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man -- one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill.You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today.Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one.Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

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  • HFM 153 | Teddy Roosevelt’s Near-Death Journey Through the Amazon

    · 00:08:41 · History in Five Minutes Podcast

     Teddy Roosevelt was not afraid to tempt death. He hiked the Matterhorn during his honeymoon. He arrested outlaws on the Dakota Frontier. He hunted rhinos in Africa.But his most dangerous journey came after his failure in 1912 to retake the presidency as a third-party candidate on the Bull Moose ticket. He choose to shake off the blues in an extremely dangerous journey to South America. Roosevelt did not merely want a repeat of his African safari: a well-provisioned hunt to a foreign land that was little more than an exotic form of sight seeing. Roosevelt wanted to join the ranks of explorers who were pushing the boundaries of scientific knowledge: the arctic explorers discovering the Northwest passage or the African trekkers locating the source of the Nile River. His guide, the Brazilian explorer Col. Candido Rondon, suggested they survey the River of Doubt, an uncharted capillary of the Amazon that ran through treacherous terrain of the rainforest.Many told him the journey would end in his death. Ignoring the warnings of field naturalists with experience in the Amazon, Roosevelt said, “If it is necessary for me to leave my bones in South America, I am quite ready to do so.”Learn in this episode how he almost did.WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOWThis episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man -- one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill.You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today.Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one.Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

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  • HFM 152 | How Teddy Roosevelt Gave a 90-Minute Speech After Being Shot

    · 00:06:35 · History in Five Minutes Podcast

     Theodore Roosevelt was hell bent on becoming president in 1912. He ran as a third-party candidate for the Progressive Party, a splinter group of Republicans dissatisfied with William Howard Taft.He was so committed to winning that he gave a 90-minute speech...immediately after being shot in the chest by a would-be assassin. How did he do it without passing out? What did his audience think as he bled out before their eyes?WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOWThis episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man -- one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill.You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today.Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one.Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

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  • HFM 151 |When Teddy Roosevelt Arrested Three Boat Thieves

    · 00:12:11 · History in Five Minutes Podcast

    Perhaps no president has as many unbelievable stories about his life than Teddy Roosevelt. He was an amateur boxer. He was the first American politician to learn judo. He summited the Matterhorn during his honeymoon. He joined an expedition to log data about an unchartered river in the Amazon.But perhaps no story matches his pursuit of three boat thieves in the Dakotas in the 1880s. Learn how Roosevelt travelled 300 miles in the bitter cold to arrest three thieves... all to prove to other ranches that he wasn't a week Easterner who came out to to the frontier to play cowboy.WANT FREE ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL? READ BELOWThis episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man -- one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill.You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today.Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one.Get exclusive access to Hillsdale College’s new course on Winston Churchill right now. Go to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and sign up today.

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