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HFM 160 | Series Finale: The Final Episode of History in Five Minutes

September 5, 2017

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Welcome to the end, my friends! I am powering down History in Five Minutes because I have launched a new and better show called History Unplugged.  You can subscribe to the show on iTunes or Android

Here’s an overview of History Unplugged: Every Tuesday through Friday I release a short episode of 5-10 minutes in length. It’s basically the same thing you’ve come to know and love (0r hate) from History in Five Minutes.

Every Monday I release a longform interview with a book author, history podcaster, or historical consultant from a TV show.

There are two sorts of episodes that we feature on the History Unplugged podcast: the call-in show and author interviews.

The Call-In Show

The first sort of episode is the weekday where a listener like you can ask me anything. What did the Vikings eat? What was it like to be a Turkish sultan with 4 wives and multiple concubines? If you were sent back in time with your current knowledge, how would you conquer the Roman Empire?

If you would like to send me a question to answer on the show, you can do so one of two ways. The first is to email us at info [@] The second is to leave a voice mail.




Please keep it to about a minute long, be polite, and an all-around cool laddie or lass. Here are the full submission guidelines.



The second sort of episode on our podcast is the long form interview (40 minutes – 1 hour) with top history book authors. These authors have written about everything—and I mean everything—including gruff World War II generals who flew with airmen on bombing raids, a war horse who gained the rank of sergeant, and presidents who gave their best speeches while drunk.

I sit down with them and go in-depth on their topics. So far I’ve been blown away by the stories I’ve heard.

Here are some of our guests that have been or will be featured on the show.

  • Robin Hutton, author of Sgt. Reckless, America’s War Horse
  • Mark Will-Weber, author of Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt: The Complete History of Presidential Drinking
  • Prof. Richard Weikart, author of Hitler’s Relgion: The Twisted Beliefs that Drove the Third Reich
  • Tevi Troy, author of What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted
  • Brion McClanahan, author of Nine Presidents Who Screwed Up America, and Four Who Tried to Save Her
  • Prof. Michael Foley: author of Drinking With the Saints: The Sinner’s Guide to a Holy Happy Hour
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HFM 156 | Churchill’s Affinity for Chemical Weapons

November 22, 2016

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Our guest today is Giles Milton, the host of the Unknown History Podcast.

Giles is going to talk all about Churchill’s affinity for chemical weapons, something I didn’t even know was a thing.
He answers all sorts of questions in this interview. Questions like:
  • Did Churchill ever actually go forward with the use of chemical weapons?
  • What happened to the victims of the attack in Russia?
  • How did the weather dampen the effect of the poisonous gas?
  • What did Churchill do with the remaining devices?

Download the episode by right-click here and select “Save As.”



This episode is based on a selection from an incredible new book by Giles.

Get a copy of  Giles’s new book When Churchill Slaughtered Sheep and Stalin Robbed a Bank: History’s Unknown Chapters. You can get it by clicking here.

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