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Gather round your camp fires and listen! To tales of daring, horror and high adventure from the worn pages of our History Book Not a talky Podcast. More like Action Radio! Join the man known only as the Pear Bear, the unflappable Tombo and your new favourite Uncles BobBob & Bilbo. Let us take a questionably queasy trip through the squishy bits of history and myth. Fun for all the family? We don’t know yet... But we promise it’ll be silly, it’ll be fun!
 
The tides of American history lead through the streets of New York City — from the huddled masses on Ellis Island to the sleazy theaters of 1970s Times Square. The elevated railroad to the Underground Railroad. Hamilton to Hammerstein! Greg and Tom explore more than 400 years of action-packed stories, featuring both classic and forgotten figures who have shaped the world.
 
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Within the New York City of Edward Hopper's imagination, the skyscrapers have vanished, the sidewalks are mysteriously wide and all the diners and Chop Suey restaurants are sparsely populated with well-dressed lonely people. In this art-filled episode of the Bowery Boys, Tom and Greg look at Hopper's life, influence and specific fascination with th…
 
The Football History Boys are back with a special 10th birthday episode! We remember the early days of TFHB and share our top 10 moments from 2013-2022, check out Ben's choices here, and Gareth's here. We also make our predictions for the end of this season, will Liverpool make the top 4? Will Cardiff survive in the Championship? Get involved over …
 
Hi Friend! We silly boys are teaming up with those Norsey folks at Jorvik on their That JORVIK Viking Thing Podcast Throughout the month of February, they, and by association we, will be taking a look at some famous (and not so famous) Norse Gods. There will be searing insight, light heated banter and interesting story facts. Oh and we'll be there …
 
In the 19th century, the Fulton Fish Market in downtown Manhattan was to seafood what the Chicago stock yards were to the meat industry, the primary place where Americans got fish for their dinner tables. Over the decades it went from a retail market to a wholesale business, distributing fish across the country – although as you’ll hear, that was a…
 
New York City has a new landmark, a little bar in the West Village named Julius', officially recognized by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission on December 6th, 2022. Now it may not look like much from the outside, but it's here that one moment of protest (the Sip-In of 1966) set the stage for a political revolution, “a signature eve…
 
Flushing-Meadows Corona Park in the borough of Queens is the home of the New York Mets, the U.S. Open, the Queens Zoo, the New York Hall of Science and many other recreational delights. But it will always be forever known as the launching pad for the future as represented in two extraordinary 20th century world's fairs. There is so much nostalgia t…
 
Greg and Tom -- with some help from producer Kieran Gannon -- reflect nostalgically upon old New York City restaurants from the 1990s (Mars 2112, anyone?), wonder what it was like to eat at a chop suey restaurant, praise the strange wonders of Chez Josephine and Congee Village and reveal their favorite places to get pizza in New York City. --- Here…
 
It's that time of year dear listener! Christmas episoooooooode!!! For your holiday history fix this year we're telling two tales of different festive traditions that have heavily influenced our annual celebrations... Join Caesar and Mark Antony as they celebrate Saturnalia, a Roman festival that gave us presents, gambling and drinking whilst wearin…
 
Crosswords, jigsaws, mazes, rebuses, Rubik's cubes, Myst, Words With Friends -- and now Wordle? Not only have people loved puzzles for centuries, they've actually gone wild for them. Every few years, a new tantalizing puzzle comes along to captivate the nation. But each of these little games has an extraordinary history and for this special show, w…
 
A Special Presentation: We know some of you like to celebrate the holiday spirit with actual alcoholic spirits so we thought you'd enjoy this episode of The Gilded Gentleman, the Bowery Boys spin-off podcast hosted by Carl Raymond, which lays out everything you've wanted to know (but were afraid to ask) about absinthe -- aka the green fairy. Absint…
 
The Silly History Boys are back again to continue the laborious labours of everyone’s fave Demi God…Heracles! Weary of our hero’s popularity the wicked King and naughty goddess Queen Hera plan to set our hero up for a fall… He must hunt the fastest thing alive…no not Sonic! The Golden Hind of Artemis! Can he catch it? What happens if he does? Will …
 
In 1890 the Danish-American journalist Jacob Riis turned his eye-opening reporting and lecture series into a ground-breaking book called How The Other Half Lives, a best seller which awoke Americans to the plight of the poor and laid the groundwork for the Progressive Era. Riis exposed more than a humanitarian crisis. He laid bare the city's compla…
 
To wrap up our 15th anniversary celebration -- and to set up our big 400th episode -- we take a fond look at one corner of New York City which taught us to love local history. Perhaps you know this area for Seward Park, the first municipal playground in the United States, or for Straus Square, named for Nathan Straus, philanthropist and co-owner (w…
 
Light that fuse! It's the silly boys (non) Explosive final chapter of The Gunpowder Plot! Will Robert Catesby get that Catholic England he so badly craves? (no) Will Guido Fawkes be able to get the smell of smoke & carnage out of his clothes? (no need to worry about that Guy - you won't be able to use your hands!) Will boar hunting be ruined for Ki…
 
The Football History Boys are back for a World Cup preview podcast. Join us as we chat about our disappointment of where this World Cup will take place, reminisce of our interaction with disgraced former FIFA executive Chuck Blazer, discuss our favourite World Cup matches of all time, share our hopes for Wales at the tournament, run through our Wor…
 
In late December 1954 Marilyn Monroe came to New York City wearing a disguise. Monroe -- the biggest movie star in the world when she arrived -- came to the East Coast to reinvent herself and her career. The year 1955 would be a turning point in her life and it all played out on the streets of the city. She intended to spend most of her life here. …
 
The Football History Boys are joined by journalist and author @ChrisEvansWrite to discuss his new book, 'How to Win the World Cup: Secrets and Insights from International Football’s Top Managers'. Join us as we chat the difference between international and club management, the perils of qualification campaigns, the curse of attempting to retain the…
 
Never go back when the firework is lit! Unless it's for the second silly part of the Gunpowder plot When we left our plotters they were but four strong...or was it five? Confusing! But never fear, the silly boys go full character overload! (And yes, Uncle BobBob still says loads to say) Covert glances across a crowded ballroom to ZapSplat for kerbl…
 
On January 1, 2023, New York City will celebrate a special moment, the 125th anniversary of the formation of Greater New York and the creation of the five boroughs — The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. In honor of this special moment in New York City history, we are celebrating a bit early, reissuing our episode (originally #1…
 
Kerblam-OoOoOoOh listener! It's that time again when we on our island celebrate a bunch of folks not getting murdered by celebrating the torture and murder of a Guy by setting an effigy of him on fire! It's not crazy if you get to eat spiced cake I tells ya! This is first of of Gunpowder three-parter, and you know what? It's quite interesting. A mu…
 
Beware! The ghosts and goblins of the Hudson River Valley have been awakened. In this year's annual celebration of New York urban legends and folktales, Tom and Greg journey up the Hudson River to explore the region's spookiest stories. Tales of mystery and the supernatural have possessed the villages and towns of the Hudson River Valley since anci…
 
Silly Me Timbers AGAIN Mates! Following the following sea that was Henry Avery part one...its Henry Avery part two! Have the crew of silly pirates bitten off more than they can chew as they try and rob....The Grand Mughal fleet? How much cannon smoke and people falling in the water will it take to win the wrestle the greatest treasure in history fr…
 
In honor of an exciting new theater season, we're revisiting our 2011 episode on the history of Sardi's restaurant, updated to cover the trials and triumphs of the past decade. The famous faces on the walls of Sardi's Restaurant represent the entertainment elite of the 20th Century, and all of them made this place on West 44th Street their unoffici…
 
Silly Me Timber Mates! The Silly History Buoys are back with another ration of nautical naughtiness! It’s the scurvy tale of Henry Avery/Every the man they call the ‘Pirate King’ Why do they call him that? Is it because he has a Las Vegas residency and a penchant for hamburgers? * Join Avery and his crew of silly pirates on their quest for personal…
 
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