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The Retrospectors
New York meets Snow White

The Retrospectors

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2022 10:35


Disney's long-awaited feature ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' was rapturously received at Radio City, New York, inspiring three-hour queues for tickets. The reviews that America woke up to on 14th January 1938 were euphoric: a masterpiece had landed.“It is a classic as important cinematically as The Birth Of A Nation”, Frank Nugent wrote in The New York Times.  “You'll not, most of the time, realise you are watching animated cartoons”, he continued. “And if you do, it will only be with a sense of amazement”.In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly explain how the technical feat of creating the world's first feature-length animation (nicknamed ‘Disney's Folly') was all the more remarkable considering the inexperienced cartoonists on the crew; reveal why the UK censors very nearly classified it as unsuitable viewing for children; and challenge the notion that the Disney version of the Grimm tale is any less morbid than its literary forebears… Further Reading:• ‘THE SCREEN IN REVIEW; The Music Hall Presents Walt Disney's Delightful Fantasy, 'Snow hite and the Seven Dwarfs'-Other New Films at Capitol and Criterion' (The New York Times, 1938):https://www.nytimes.com/1938/01/14/archives/the-screen-in-review-the-music-hall-presents-walt-disneys.html• ‘The Making of Snow White' (Disney, 1994): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7X8u-EjADw&t=4s• ‘Disney's Folly: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' (Neatorama, 2012):https://www.neatorama.com/2012/06/13/disneys-folly-snow-white-and-the-seven-dwarfs/Want to hear more ‘Snow White' chat from the team? There's over SEVEN MINUTES of extra content today, cut for time from today's episode and exclusively available to our top-tier subscribers. Head to patreon.com/Retrospectors to support the show and get exclusive bonus content each week. Thanks!We'll be back on Monday! Follow us wherever you get your podcasts: podfollow.com/RetrospectorsThe Retrospectors are Olly Mann, Rebecca Messina & Arion McNicoll, with Matt Hill.Theme Music: Pass The Peas. Announcer: Bob Ravelli. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. Edit Producer: Emma Corsham.Copyright: Rethink Audio / Olly Mann 2021.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Week Unwrapped - with Olly Mann
#259 Pig hearts, student feedback and own goals

The Week Unwrapped - with Olly Mann

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2022 39:04


Should we be breeding more porcine organ donors? Will students lose the right to rate their university lecturers? And will football ever really come home again? Olly Mann and The Week delve behind the headlines and debate what really matters from the past seven days. With Suchandrika Chakrabarti, Abdulwahab Tahhan and Emma Smith.

The Retrospectors
A Deadly Day At The Races

The Retrospectors

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022 10:21


Chariot racing was a dangerous and violent sport at the best of times, but on 13th January, 532, a hooligan-led protest at the Hippodrome of Constantinople - known as ‘the Nika rebellion' - ultimately lead to over 30,000 deaths and the destruction of half the City. Upon hearing his wife urge him that ‘royalty is a good burial shroud', the Emperor Justinian reportedly decided to slaughter his own people to maintain his position of power. Yet, despite this, he was ultimately deemed to have earned his epithet: ‘The Great'. In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly unearth the tradition of ‘curse tablets'; explain why Empress Theodora switched allegiances from the ‘greens' to the ‘blues'; and reveal how a eunuch wielding gold coins helped to stabilise the Byzantine empire…Further Reading:‘Overview of the Nika Revolt' (ThoughtCo, 2019): https://www.thoughtco.com/the-nika-revolt-1788557Deadly Moments in History - The Nika Riots (Invicta, 2018): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dm9mscL2qHU‘12 Historic Little Known Rebellions with Tragic and Bloody Ends' (History Collection, 2017): https://historycollection.com/12-historic-little-known-rebellions-tragic-bloody-ends/9/For bonus material and to support the show, visit Patreon.com/RetrospectorsWe'll be back tomorrow! Follow us wherever you get your podcasts: podfollow.com/RetrospectorsThe Retrospectors are Olly Mann, Rebecca Messina & Arion McNicoll, with Matt Hill.Theme Music: Pass The Peas. Announcer: Bob Ravelli. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. Edit Producer: Emma Corsham.Copyright: Rethink Audio / Olly Mann 2021. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Retrospectors
The Cryogenic Rush Job

The Retrospectors

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 10:38


Dr James Bedford became the first dead body to be cryogenically frozen on 12th January, 1967 - a day still commemorated in the ‘suspended animation' community as Bedford Day.But in this burgeoning (pseudo)science, there were plenty of preparations yet to be made. Which meant that the freezing team - lead not by scientists but enthusiasts - ran out of ice, and forgot to drain his blood. In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly dive into the legal cases that sprang from this early period of cryogenic freezing; consider the psychological implications of being awoken from death, generations after your grandchildren have died; and propose a controversial solution for minimising future errors in the process…Further Reading:• ‘Cryonics: Will These Bodies Come Back From Death?' (The Atlantic, 2019): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YjrQVVSSbI• ‘Cool dude James Bedford has been cryonically frozen for 50 years' (CNET, 2017): https://www.cnet.com/news/cool-dude-james-bedford-has-been-cryonically-frozen-for-50-years/Photo credit: AlcorFor bonus material and to support the show, visit Patreon.com/RetrospectorsWe'll be back tomorrow! Follow us wherever you get your podcasts: podfollow.com/RetrospectorsThe Retrospectors are Olly Mann, Rebecca Messina & Arion McNicoll, with Matt Hill.Theme Music: Pass The Peas. Announcer: Bob Ravelli. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. Edit Producer: Emma Corsham.Copyright: Rethink Audio / Olly Mann 2021.• ‘Evaluation of the Condition of Dr. James H. Bedford After 24 Years of Cryonic Suspension' (Alcor, 1991): https://www.alcor.org/library/bedford-condition/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Retrospectors
England's First Lottery

The Retrospectors

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2022 10:25


With a top prize of £5,000 and a celebrity backer in the form of Queen Elizabeth I, England embarked on its first ever national lottery draw at St Paul's Cathedral on 11th January, 1569.The results continued to be announced, day and night, for four months; a particularly prolonged process due to the fact that the prizes had to be divided into twelve, as the organisers had only sold a twelfth as many tickets as had been predicted. In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly explain why the cost of entry had been set so high (a year's salary for a working class labourer); reveal the desperate ‘get out of jail free' tactic to flog more tickets; and ask whether, despite its apparent failure, the event was, at least, proof-of-concept for the state funded lotteries we still know today…Further Reading:‘It Could Be Ye: England's first lottery' (The History Press, 2019): https://www.thehistorypress.co.uk/articles/it-could-be-ye-england-s-first-lottery/‘11 January 1569: England holds its first lottery draw' (MoneyWeek, 2021): https://moneyweek.com/421338/11-january-1569-england-holds-its-first-lottery-draw‘January 11 - The first recorded lottery' (The Anne Boleyn Files and Tudor Society, 2020):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_-XqukRpgkFor bonus material and to support the show, visit Patreon.com/RetrospectorsWe'll be back tomorrow! Follow us wherever you get your podcasts: podfollow.com/RetrospectorsThe Retrospectors are Olly Mann, Rebecca Messina & Arion McNicoll, with Matt Hill.Theme Music: Pass The Peas. Announcer: Bob Ravelli. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. Edit Producer: Emma Corsham.Copyright: Rethink Audio / Olly Mann 2021. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Retrospectors
Sinclair's Electric Dream

The Retrospectors

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2022 10:32


The Sinclair C5, Sir Clive Sinclair's disastrous entry into the EV market, launched at Alexandra Palace on 10th January, 1985. Looking like a cross between a mobility scooter and a child's pedal car, it had no on-board storage, was too heavy to climb uphill, and a top speed of 15km per hour. But Sinclair had contracted Hoover to produce the vehicle, expecting orders of 200,000 units per year.In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly revisit the original publicity material for this doomed design classic; rank the public embarrassment of the car's failure against Sinclair's other high-profile flops; and reveal the contents of the optional ‘wet weather kit' drivers could enjoy…Further Reading:• ‘A Revolution in Personal Transport' - the original press kit from the launch (1985): www.sinclairql.net/downloads/1985-01-10_Sinclair_C5_launch_press_kit-SQPP.pdf• ‘Sinclair C5: the history of Sir Clive Sinclair's electric car' (Auto Express, 2021): https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/356059/sinclair-c5-history-sir-clive-sinclairs-electric-car• ‘Imagine a Vehicle that can drive you five miles for a penny' - original Sinclair C5 TV advert (1985): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EQetm_qWDgPhoto credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/eevblog/For bonus material and to support the show, visit Patreon.com/RetrospectorsWe'll be back tomorrow! Follow us wherever you get your podcasts: podfollow.com/RetrospectorsThe Retrospectors are Olly Mann, Rebecca Messina & Arion McNicoll, with Matt Hill.Theme Music: Pass The Peas. Announcer: Bob Ravelli. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. Edit Producer: Emma Corsham.Copyright: Rethink Audio / Olly Mann 2021. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Week Unwrapped - with Olly Mann
#258 Seeing stars, prescribing comedy and decriminalising drugs

The Week Unwrapped - with Olly Mann

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2022 37:27


What will the James Webb Telescope accomplish? Why is the NHS sending people to comedy courses? And are drugs laws about to change in the British capital? Olly Mann and The Week delve behind the headlines and debate what really matters from the past seven days. With Alok Jha, Kate Samuelson and Sorcha Bradley

The Week Unwrapped - with Olly Mann
The Year Unwrapped: Police, population and antisocial media

The Week Unwrapped - with Olly Mann

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2021 42:18


Has the US given up on policing the world? Should we worry about a falling population? And is social media really a threat to democracy? Olly Mann and The Week delve behind the headlines and debate what really matters from the past 12 months. With Joe Evans, Arion McNicoll and Suchandrika Chakrabarti

The Retrospectors
The Retrospectors Quiz of the Year

The Retrospectors

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2021 19:00


It's our last episode of 2021, and Olly is putting Arion and Rebecca to the test to see what they've learned from our first 168 episodes...How many copies of ‘Sense and Sensibility' were in the original print run in 1811? What (horrifying) ingredients were in Jane Asher's 1990 ‘Mary, Mary' cake for children's parties? Which four U.S. Presidents had been cheerleaders at College? It's a fight to the death to establish our Retrospectors champion of the year!If you've enjoyed the show this year, please…• leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, and help other listeners discover the show:https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-retrospectors/id1564093130• join our Patreon, where you can support the show, get ad-free episodes and extra content every single week:https://patreon.com/Retrospectors• tell your friends about us on social media:https://twitter.com/RetrospectorsHQhttps://www.instagram.com/theretrospectors/https://www.facebook.com/theretrospectors/https://www.linkedin.com/company/theretrospectors/• get in touch and let us know what we should cover in 2022!theretrospectors@gmail.comMerry Christmas and Happy New Year! The Retrospectors will return on January 10th, 2022.The Retrospectors are Olly Mann, Rebecca Messina & Arion McNicoll, with Matt Hill.Theme Music: Pass The Peas. Announcer: Bob Ravelli. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. Edit Producer: Emma Corsham.Copyright: Rethink Audio / Olly Mann 2021.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Retrospectors
On This Day: The Night Before The Night Before Christmas

The Retrospectors

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 10:09


Before becoming the most valuable poem in American Literature, ‘A Visit From St. Nicholas' was published anonymously in the Troy Sentinel on 23rd December, 1823 - its author remaining a secret for fourteen years.The work, commonly known as ‘The Night Before Christmas', was eventually revealed to be written by philosopher and lecturer Clement Clark Moore - although, in recent years, the family of Major Henry Livingston Jr. have claimed that their ancestor was its true author.In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly explain how the poem has influenced our perception of Santa's rotundness, but not his height; reveal the Protestant-Catholic divide deftly swerved by Moore in his setting of his story; and explore just what else the Troy Sentinel brought the world… Further Reading:• ‘'Twas The Night Before Christmas - Narrated by Michael Bublé' (Michael Bublé, 2019): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4Y1IpCGHss• ‘The Mystery Behind the World's Most Famous Christmas Poem' (Mental Floss, 2016): https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/26719/mystery-behind-worlds-most-famous-christmas-poem• ‘Clement Clarke Moore, American scholar and author' (Britannica): https://www.britannica.com/biography/Clement-Clarke-MooreFor bonus material and to support the show, visit Patreon.com/RetrospectorsWe'll be back tomorrow! Follow us wherever you get your podcasts: podfollow.com/RetrospectorsThe Retrospectors are Olly Mann, Rebecca Messina & Arion McNicoll, with Matt Hill.Theme Music: Pass The Peas. Announcer: Bob Ravelli. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. Edit Producer: Emma Corsham.Copyright: Rethink Audio / Olly Mann 2021. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Retrospectors
On This Day: Edison's Christmas Lights

The Retrospectors

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 10:14


The first string of lights to be festooned upon a tree dazzled visitors to the New York home of Edward Johnson, Vice President of the Edison Electric Light Company, on 22nd December, 1882.Lit patriotic red, white and blue, the tree also revolved; wowing a reporter from The Detroit Post and Tribune. “At the rear of the beautiful parlors, was a large Christmas tree presenting a most picturesque and uncanny aspect,” he wrote. “It was brilliantly lighted with… eighty lights in all encased in these dainty glass eggs… One can hardly imagine anything prettier.”In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly reveal what electric lights have in common with potatoes; ask why Americans were frightened of wired bulbs, yet quite content to set candles on fire and attach them to flammable resin in their own homes; and untangle how a failed patent application was responsible for the trend finally catching on…Further Reading:‘Untangling the History of Christmas Lights' (Smithsonian Magazine, 2016): https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/untangling-history-christmas-lights-180961140/‘Who Invented Christmas Lights?' (PBS, 2018): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qB61a_qbuo• ‘Thomas Edison planned to invent a machine to talk to the dead' (weirdhistorian, 2016): https://www.weirdhistorian.com/thomas-edison-talked-to-the-dead/For bonus material and to support the show, visit Patreon.com/RetrospectorsWe'll be back tomorrow! Follow us wherever you get your podcasts: podfollow.com/RetrospectorsThe Retrospectors are Olly Mann, Rebecca Messina & Arion McNicoll, with Matt Hill.Theme Music: Pass The Peas. Announcer: Bob Ravelli. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. Edit Producer: Emma Corsham.Copyright: Rethink Audio / Olly Mann 2021. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Retrospectors
On This Day: Mariah's Christmas Hit

The Retrospectors

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 10:32


All I Want For Christmas Is You has made Mariah Carey a fortune - but it took an astonishing 25 years for the song to finally reach Number One on the Billboard Hot 100; a feat it achieved on 21st December, 2019, becoming America's first festive-themed chart-topper since The Chipmunk Song in 1958. When originally released in 1994, neither Carey nor her co-songwriter Walter Afanasieff expected great things. Afanasieff voiced concerns that it sounded ‘like someone singing vocal scales', and Carey concluded that, at Christmas time, the public would always prefer to hear the standards. In this episode, Arion, Olly and Rebecca expose the bizarre corner of the internet that denies Afanasieff co-wrote the song; explore why so many people around the world, of all different faiths, identify with its message; and weigh up Kelly Clarkson and Leona Lewis's attempts to de-throne the diva…Further Reading:• ‘Mariah Carey is Christmas: The Story of 'All I Want for Christmas is You' (Amazon Music, 2019): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_Vhz5BiypU• ‘'All I Want for Christmas' Co-Writer Says Success Is 'Bittersweet'' (Variety, 2019): https://variety.com/2019/music/news/mariah-carey-all-i-want-for-christmas-co-writer-walter-afanasieff-interview-1203447527/• ‘How Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas Dominates Charts' (TIME, 2019): https://time.com/5708874/all-i-want-for-christmas-is-you-mariah-carey/For bonus material and to support the show, visit Patreon.com/RetrospectorsWe'll be back tomorrow! Follow us wherever you get your podcasts: podfollow.com/RetrospectorsThe Retrospectors are Olly Mann, Rebecca Messina & Arion McNicoll, with Matt Hill.Theme Music: Pass The Peas. Announcer: Bob Ravelli. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. Edit Producer: Emma Corsham.Copyright: Rethink Audio / Olly Mann 2021. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Big Travel Podcast
125. Christmas Special 2021; Sathnam Sanghera, Lisa Jewell, Matt Forde, Anne Sebba, Olly Mann, Greenham Common and more

The Big Travel Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 28:47


Authors Anne Sebba on the Royal abdication, Sathnam Sanghera on a dismal Christmas restaurant, Lisa Jewell singing Boney M in Barbados, adventurer Jamie Douglas-Hamilton rowing to the Antarctic, satirist Matt Forde in an NYC  football bar, podcaster Olly Mann's disappointing Santa in LA, artist Firouz FarmanFarmaian hybrid Muslim Catholic Christmas in Marrakesh, Yellowood Adventures' Sam McManus's ancient fiesta tradition in Northern Spain, Festival promoter Huw Win's Italian restaurant in Thai paradise and Nobel Peace Prize winter Rebecca Johnson on a magical protesting Christmas with the women of Greenham Common.

The Retrospectors
On This Day: It's A Wonderful Premiere

The Retrospectors

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 10:20


Festive favourite 'It's a Wonderful Life' originated as a short story transcribed into Christmas cards by its author Philip Van Doren Stern. But it received disappointing box office returns following its premiere on 20th December, 1946 - and was not considered ‘a classic' for decades.In the 1970s someone at Paramount forgot to renew its copyright, so the film became free for any TV channel to broadcast – which they did, time after time after time after time, right up until 1993 - solidifying America's relationship with Frank Capra's movie each December.In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly conduct a risk assessment on Beverly Hills High School's ‘swim-gym'; ask if Jimmy Stewart gets off more lightly than Ebenezer Scrooge; and investigate the film's little-known ‘90s sequel, ‘Clarence'...Further Reading:• ‘IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE - Official Trailer' (Paramount, 1946): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLR3gZrU2Xo• ‘How Frank Capra's ‘It's A Wonderful Life' Became a Christmas Classic' (History Hit, 2017): https://www.historyhit.com/1946-wonderful-life/• ‘How 'It's a Wonderful Life' transformed the use of fake snow' (NY Post, 2021): https://nypost.com/2021/11/17/how-its-a-wonderful-life-transformed-the-use-of-fake-snow/For bonus material and to support the show, visit Patreon.com/RetrospectorsWe'll be back tomorrow! Follow us wherever you get your podcasts: podfollow.com/RetrospectorsThe Retrospectors are Olly Mann, Rebecca Messina & Arion McNicoll, with Matt Hill.Theme Music: Pass The Peas. Announcer: Bob Ravelli. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. Edit Producer: Emma Corsham.Copyright: Rethink Audio / Olly Mann 2021. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Retrospectors
On This Day: Meet The Simpsons

The Retrospectors

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 10:31


The debut episode of the world's longest-running animated sitcom - 'Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire' - aired in the U.S. on 17th December, 1989; attracting the Fox network's highest ever Sunday night ratings.It was an instant sensation, with many contemporary critics remarking that the ‘dysfunctionality' of The Simpsons was in-keeping with other 90s hits Roseanne and Married… With Children, while conservative voices including George H W Bush criticised what they saw as its celebration of underachievement.In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly discover how it came to be that a Christmas special should introduce the series; explain why Tracey Ullman filed a lawsuit about it; and reveal how many colours are in the show's distinctive paint palette… Further Reading:• ‘Honoring ‘Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire'' (Vulture, 2018): https://www.vulture.com/2018/12/honoring-simpsons-roasting-on-an-open-fire.html• ‘Did Tracey Ullman Get Rich Off ‘The Simpsons'?' (Mental Floss, 2017): https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/94628/did-tracey-ullman-get-rich-simpsons• ‘Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire' (Fox, 1989): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIfLqO3SSBsThere's three minutes more bonus material, about how Bart Simpson's campaign for Butterfinger candy swung the production deal! To hear it - and extra material every single week - visit Patreon.com/Retrospectors* or click 'subscribe' in Apple Podcasts, and support the show!*top two tiers onlyWe'll be back on Monday! Follow us wherever you get your podcasts: podfollow.com/RetrospectorsThe Retrospectors are Olly Mann, Rebecca Messina & Arion McNicoll, with Matt Hill.Theme Music: Pass The Peas. Announcer: Bob Ravelli. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. Edit Producer: Emma Corsham.Copyright: Rethink Audio / Olly Mann 2021.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Week Unwrapped - with Olly Mann
#256 Lost citizenship, wasted jabs and alarming doorbells

The Week Unwrapped - with Olly Mann

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 38:03


Are some British citizens more equal than others? Why are governments throwing away Covid vaccines? And will even our doorbells turn against us? Olly Mann and The Week delve behind the headlines and debate what really matters from the past seven days. With Abdulwahab Tahhan, Holden Frith and Kate Samuelson.

Podcast Radio Hour
Happy Golden Days of Yore

Podcast Radio Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 60:01


Laura Grimshaw and Jake Yapp present a collection of podcasts that bring history to life. We speak to bona fide academic historian Professor Suzannah Lipscomb about her podcast that looks at the most fascinating periods in history - Not Just The Tudors. We'll also be joined by history podcast producing magnate Natt Tapley to discuss what's the point of history? And we chat to self-confessed history nerds Angela Barnes and John O'Farrell about their fun conversation podcast We Are History. We also hear bursts of: Future Imperfect with Jason Kingsley The Unfiltered History Tour from VICE World News Revisionist History with Malcolm Gladwell Human Resources with Moya Lothian McLean The Retrospectors with Olly Mann, Rebecca Messina and Arion McNicoll Date Fight with Natt Tapley and Jake Yapp History Film Club with Alex von Tunzelmann and Hannah Grieg Homeschool History with Greg Jenner Horrible Histories from CBBC You're Dead To Me also with Greg Jenner

The Retrospectors
On This Day: The Krays in Soho

The Retrospectors

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 10:27


The Hideaway Club, now part of London's Chinatown, opened on 16th December, 1964. Ronnie and Reggie Kray didn't turn up for the big night, even though they had booked a table.It was an opening gambit in a war of intimidation against the manager of the club, Huw Cargill McCowan - to whom the gangsters had proposed a protection racket;  threatening him when he turned down their offer.In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly explain how the Krays' (first) trial fell apart; consider how the brothers used the glamour of their West End nightclub to sanitise their personal brand; and explain how journalist John Pearson shaped the public understanding of these notorious bad boys while they were behind bars… Further Reading:• ‘The Kray Twins - Just Pictures' (Rich2015, YouTube, 2020): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhR7dyGmipM• ‘An Evening at El Morocco with the Kray Twins and Barbara Windsor' (Flashbak, 2016): https://flashbak.com/evening-el-morocco-kray-twins-barbara-windsor-59411/• ‘The hidden history of London's Chinatown' (Telegraph, 2018): https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/united-kingdom/england/london/articles/london-chinatown-history/For bonus material and to support the show, visit Patreon.com/RetrospectorsWe'll be back tomorrow! Follow us wherever you get your podcasts: podfollow.com/RetrospectorsThe Retrospectors are Olly Mann, Rebecca Messina & Arion McNicoll, with Matt Hill.Theme Music: Pass The Peas. Announcer: Bob Ravelli. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. Edit Producer: Emma Corsham.Copyright: Rethink Audio / Olly Mann 2021. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Retrospectors
On This Day: Napoleon's Second Funeral

The Retrospectors

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 9:50


Napoleon was buried in an unmarked grave in St. Helena. But, 19 years later, on 15th December, 1840, he got buried again: this time at Les Invalides, Paris.It was an ornate state occasion, involving multiple caskets, 500 sailors, 14 semi-naked female statues... and a lot of lardy cakes. In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly reveal what Napoleon's cadaver looked like; explain why a previous petition to relocate his remains had failed; and discover an unexpectedly culinary description of the day from The Sunday Times… Further Reading:• ‘Bring Him Home: How Napoleon Bonaparte's delayed funeral came to be' (Lapham's Quarterly, 2020): https://www.laphamsquarterly.org/roundtable/bring-him-home• ‘Napoleon's legacy: ashes, tombs and DNA' (National Geographic, 2010): https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/napoleons-legacy• ‘Secrets of Les Invalides: Home to war veterans and Napoleon' (France 24, 2016): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xA4uvmiPVUQFor bonus material and to support the show, visit Patreon.com/RetrospectorsWe'll be back tomorrow! Follow us wherever you get your podcasts: podfollow.com/RetrospectorsThe Retrospectors are Olly Mann, Rebecca Messina & Arion McNicoll, with Matt Hill.Theme Music: Pass The Peas. Announcer: Bob Ravelli. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. Edit Producer: Emma Corsham.Copyright: Rethink Audio / Olly Mann 2021. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Retrospectors
On This Day: Dubya Dodges A Shoe-ing

The Retrospectors

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 10:30


When George W Bush flew to Baghdad for a press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on 14th December, 2008, he had hoped the headlines would reflect his triumphant appraisal of his deployment of American troops. Instead, it became known as the day he got some shoes thrown at him.The man throwing the shoes was Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi, who yelled in Arabic: “This is a farewell kiss from the Iraqi people, dog!”. The president ducked, and Zaidi let his other shoe fly. “This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq!”. Bush ducked that one too.In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly reveal how the episode inspired a brief moment of Zaidi-Mania in the Arab world, including various offers of marriage; reflect on the torture he endured as a result of his protest; and investigate the copycat attacks around the world… Further Reading:• ‘Raw Video: Iraqi Journalist Throws Shoe at Bush' (AP, 2008): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OM3Z_Kskl_U• ‘Why I threw the shoe, by Muntazer al-Zaidi' (The Guardian, 2009): https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2009/sep/17/why-i-threw-shoe-bush• ‘The Iraqi Journalist Who Threw His Shoes at George W. Bush Has Thoughts About Milkshaking' (Mother Jones, 2019): https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/06/the-iraqi-journalist-who-threw-his-shoes-at-george-w-bush-has-thoughts-about-milkshaking/For bonus material and to support the show, visit Patreon.com/RetrospectorsWe'll be back tomorrow! Follow us wherever you get your podcasts: podfollow.com/RetrospectorsThe Retrospectors are Olly Mann, Rebecca Messina & Arion McNicoll, with Matt Hill.Theme Music: Pass The Peas. Announcer: Bob Ravelli. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. Edit Producer: Emma Corsham.Copyright: Rethink Audio / Olly Mann 2021. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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On This Day: Who Ate All The Mayonnaise?

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 10:04


Michelle "Cardboard Shell" Lesco achieved her third world record in competitive eating on 13th December, 2018 - this time for consuming the most amount of mayonnaise in three minutes.She consumed 2,448g - the equivalent of 3.5 jars, and 16,000 calories. Her previous titles were the fastest time to eat a bowl of pasta (26.69 seconds), and the fastest time to eat a hot dog with no hands (21.60 seconds).In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly ask whether all the viewers watching women with mayo on their faces are *purely* interested in the sport; trace the history of competitive eating back to 17th Century Kent; and recall the times when speed-eating has turned tragic…Further Reading:• ‘Woman eats 5 lbs of mayo in 3 minutes | Guinness World Record' (SoAmazing TV, 2018): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oiwfl9IrZbk• ‘What It's Really Like to Train for the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest' (Men's Health, 2019): https://www.menshealth.com/entertainment/a28196268/nathans-hot-dog-eating-contest-training/•'Competitive Eating Was Even More Gluttonous and Disgusting in the 17th Century' https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/eating-kent-eater-competitive-history-nicholas-wood-foodFor bonus material and to support the show, visit Patreon.com/RetrospectorsWe'll be back tomorrow! Follow us wherever you get your podcasts: podfollow.com/RetrospectorsThe Retrospectors are Olly Mann, Rebecca Messina & Arion McNicoll, with Matt Hill.Theme Music: Pass The Peas. Announcer: Bob Ravelli. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. Edit Producer: Emma Corsham.Copyright: Rethink Audio / Olly Mann 2021. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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On This Day: Sinatra's Slapstick Kidnapping

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 10:19


19 year-old singer Frank Sinatra, Jr was snatched from his casino dressing room on 10th December, 1962. His famous father was willing to pay the kidnappers a $1 million ransom - but they insisted they only required $240,000. When the case went to trial, the defence suggested that the Sinatras may have been in on the crime - a slur that damaged Frank Jr's reputation for the rest of his life.In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly take a peek back through kidnapper Barry Keenan's infamous 27-page ring binder; explain how the assassination of Kennedy scuppered his earlier attempt at snatching Frank, Jr; and ask how the roadblocks set up specifically to block the bungling criminals failed so spectacularly…Further Reading:• ‘FBI Cracks Sinatra Kidnapping Case' (British Pathé, 1963): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJm3lXkPZyM• ‘The story of the bumbling kidnappers who snatched Frank Sinatra's only son from hotel' (Mirror Online, 2021): https://www.mirror.co.uk/features/story-bumbling-kidnappers-who-snatched-25280617• ‘The Bizzare And Terribly Executed Kidnapping Of Frank Sinatra Jr.' (All Thats Interesting, 2021): https://allthatsinteresting.com/frank-sinatra-jr-kidnappingFor bonus material and to support the show, visit Patreon.com/RetrospectorsWe'll be back on Monday! Follow us wherever you get your podcasts: podfollow.com/RetrospectorsThe Retrospectors are Olly Mann, Rebecca Messina & Arion McNicoll, with Matt Hill.Theme Music: Pass The Peas. Announcer: Bob Ravelli. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. Edit Producer: Emma Corsham.Copyright: Rethink Audio / Olly Mann 2021.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Week Unwrapped - with Olly Mann
#255 Child soldiers, gender disparity & saving techno

The Week Unwrapped - with Olly Mann

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 37:17


Olly Mann and The Week delve behind the headlines and debate what really matters from the past seven days. With Sorcha Bradley, Julia O'Driscoll and Arion McNicholl.

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On This Day: Welcome To Wetherspoons

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 10:23


Now a 900 strong pub chain, with an annual turnover of £1.6 billion, J.D. Wetherspoon is a big name on the British high street. But when entrepreneur Tim Martin flung open the doors of the first branch in London's Muswell Hill on 9th December, 1979, it was known as ‘Tim's Free House' - and closed down on its opening night.He built up the business by taking over leases at old buildings such as churches and cinemas, and converting them into pubs - meaning they weren't tied to any particular brewery, guaranteeing lower prices for customers. In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly interrogate Martin's ‘man of the people' image, reveal why Wetherspoon's famous carpets are so expensive; and ask if the ‘paltry chip count' meme explains why they came off social media…Further Reading:• How Wetherspoon's Conquered Britain (Esquire, 2018): https://www.esquire.com/uk/food-drink/a19129642/how-wetherspoons-conquered-britain/• ‘Did Wetherspoons See The Pandemic Coming?' (Channel 5, 2021): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDQl21ZoMEw• ‘Wetherspoons Paltry Chip Count: How the counting chips page went sour' (JOE.co.uk, 2021): https://www.joe.co.uk/uncategorized/inside-the-wetherspoons-paltry-chip-count-how-the-last-wholesome-corner-of-facebook-turned-sour-303164For bonus material and to support the show, visit Patreon.com/RetrospectorsOur supporters on Patreon* and Apple Podcasts get extra material from the show every single week. In today's bonus content, the team discover how Tim Martin has claimed the inspiration for Wetherspoon's came from George Orwell's 1946 essay The Moon Under Water - but that the full text reveals some particularly un-'Spoons'y details...* top two tiers onlyWe'll be back tomorrow! Follow us wherever you get your podcasts: podfollow.com/RetrospectorsThe Retrospectors are Olly Mann, Rebecca Messina & Arion McNicoll, with Matt Hill.Theme Music: Pass The Peas. Announcer: Bob Ravelli. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. Edit Producer: Emma Corsham.Copyright: Rethink Audio / Olly Mann 2021. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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On This Day: There's Something About Mary

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 10:22


The Pope defined the dogma of The Immaculate Conception - confirming that, in the view of the Catholic Church, Christ's mother Mary had not only been ‘full of grace', but was completely absent of sin even at her own conception - on 8th December, 1854.Despite this having been an unofficial concept amongst the faithful for centuries prior, it still proved controversial, with 10% of Bishops believing it should not be adopted as doctrine.In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly marvel at just how recently this fundamental principle of Catholicism was established; probe around in James, Brother of Jesus' Oedipal memoirs; and consider the role of Marian devotion in the Madonna-Whore complex…Further Reading:• ‘Christianity: Immaculate Conception' (BBC, 2011): https://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/beliefs/immaculateconception.shtml• ‘Did Jesus Have Siblings?' (Franciscan Media): https://www.franciscanmedia.org/ask-a-franciscan/did-jesus-have-siblings• ‘Pope Francis explains the Immaculate Conception' (Catholic News Service, 2013): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCGZRGkTq3UFor bonus material and to support the show, visit Patreon.com/RetrospectorsWe'll be back tomorrow! Follow us wherever you get your podcasts: podfollow.com/RetrospectorsThe Retrospectors are Olly Mann, Rebecca Messina & Arion McNicoll, with Matt Hill.Theme Music: Pass The Peas. Announcer: Bob Ravelli. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. Edit Producer: Emma Corsham.Copyright: Rethink Audio / Olly Mann 2021. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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On This Day: Morecambe, Wise & Mr Preview

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 9:55


Oscar-winning conductor André Previn was an unlikely choice of celebrity guest for the Christmas special of ‘The Morcambe and Wise Show' recorded on 7th December, 1971 - but the 13-minute sketch they taped together remains one of Britain's all-time favourites.The music hall-style caper - which revolves around a comically catastrophic interpretation of Grieg's Piano Concerto - was actually a reversion of a sketch Eric and Ernie had performed at least twice before, but never with a guest performer. In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly explain how Mia Farrow helped Previn nail his role in this iconic skit; explore whether the duo's comic schtick was truly as ‘classless' as is often claimed; and reflect on whether ‘Mr Preview' really knew what he was letting himself in for…Further Reading:• André Previn on ‘The Morcambe and Wise Show' (BBC, 1971): https://www.dailymotion.com/video/xds7am• 'Make any fool of me you like, but I won't have you make fun of the music' - André Previn at 80 (Classic FM, 2018): https://www.classicfm.com/artists/andre-previn/guides/andre-previn-80/• ‘The Prelude of Mr Preview: How André Previn won over Morecambe & Wise' (British Comedy Guide, 2020): https://www.comedy.co.uk/features/comedy_chronicles/andre-previn-prelude-preview/For bonus material and to support the show, visit Patreon.com/RetrospectorsWe'll be back tomorrow! Follow us wherever you get your podcasts: podfollow.com/RetrospectorsThe Retrospectors are Olly Mann, Rebecca Messina & Arion McNicoll, with Matt Hill.Theme Music: Pass The Peas. Announcer: Bob Ravelli. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. Edit Producer: Emma Corsham.Copyright: Rethink Audio / Olly Mann 2021. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Week Unwrapped - with Olly Mann
Investments Unwrapped: Watches that stand the test of time

The Week Unwrapped - with Olly Mann

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 25:48


A bonus podcast series brought to you by MoneyWeek and The Platinum Card from American Express. In the final episode, Olly Mann talks to John Stepek, executive editor of MoneyWeek, and Silas Walton, founder of luxury marketplace A Collected Man, about investing in watches

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On This Day: Joyce Brothers, $64,000 Swot

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 10:10


A female contestant had never scooped the jackpot on an American TV quiz show before New York psychologist Dr Joyce Brothers won $64,000 on 6th December, 1955.Her specialist subject was boxing - a topic about which she knew little, until she devoted herself to studying the annals of the sport in preparation for multiple appearances on the show. Despite the best efforts of sponsors Revlon to catch her out, she claimed the top prize on ‘The $64,000 Question' AND its subsequent spin-off, ‘The $64,000 Challenge'.In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly reveal how Brothers combatted sexism on many prior occasions; explain how she swerved ‘the Quiz Show scandals'; and celebrate her ability to leverage her celebrity and academic qualifications to become America's first pop psychologist…Further Reading:• ‘Dr. Joyce Brothers on The $64,000 Question' (CBS, 1955): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqhxN9a8OCg• ‘Obituary: Popular TV psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers dies at 85' (Los Angeles Times, 2013): https://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-joyce-brothers-20130514-story.html• ‘Joyce Brothers: She overcame sexism to become the first woman to win US quiz show' (Honey, 2021): https://honey.nine.com.au/latest/joyce-brothers-first-woman-to-win-us-quiz-show-64000-question-women-in-history/dd9f0dd2-0815-47e5-b84b-8f13edeb688fFor bonus material and to support the show, visit Patreon.com/RetrospectorsWe'll be back tomorrow! Follow us wherever you get your podcasts: podfollow.com/RetrospectorsThe Retrospectors are Olly Mann, Rebecca Messina & Arion McNicoll, with Matt Hill.Theme Music: Pass The Peas. Announcer: Bob Ravelli. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. Edit Producer: Emma Corsham.Copyright: Rethink Audio / Olly Mann 2021. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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On This Day: The Potato-Porting Polymath

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 9:45


Renaissance Man Thomas Harriot was noted for many things - devising the theory of refraction, creating mathematical symbols including ‘greater than' and ‘lesser than', and being the first person to draw the Moon through a telescope. But the contribution for which he's most remembered is bringing back the potato to Britain - an event commonly credited to 3rd December, 1586.On first spotting the vegetable on Roanoke Island, he wrote: ‘They are a kind of roots of round form, some of the bigness of walnuts, some far greater, which are found in moist & marish grounds growing many together one by another in ropes, or as though they were fastened with a string. Being boiled or sodden they are very good meate.'In this episode, Arion, Olly and Rebecca ask what a ‘versifier' is; come up with a new name for Accountancy; and discover the bizarre means by which Antoine-Augustin Parmentier popularised spuds in France…Further Reading:• ‘The history of the potato: The humble vegetable that changed the world' (Sky HISTORY): https://www.history.co.uk/articles/the-history-of-the-potato-the-humble-vegetable-that-changed-the-world• ‘Thomas Harriot (1560 - 1621) - Biography' (MacTutor History of Mathematics, St Andrews University): https://mathshistory.st-andrews.ac.uk/Biographies/Harriot/• ‘History through the eyes of the potato' (Leo Bear-McGuinness, TEDx 2015): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xROmDsULcLEFor bonus material and to support the show, visit Patreon.com/RetrospectorsWe'll be back on Monday! Follow us wherever you get your podcasts: podfollow.com/RetrospectorsThe Retrospectors are Olly Mann, Rebecca Messina & Arion McNicoll, with Matt Hill.Theme Music: Pass The Peas. Announcer: Bob Ravelli. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. Edit Producer: Emma Corsham.Copyright: Rethink Audio / Olly Mann 2021.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Week Unwrapped - with Olly Mann
#255 Crypto-positivity, Barbados and a 3D-printed eye

The Week Unwrapped - with Olly Mann

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 43:18


Why is Thailand betting big on crypto-currency? Will Barbados benefit from being a republic? And what can we expect from the next generation of prosthetics? Olly Mann and The Week delve behind the headlines and debate what really matters from the past seven days. With John Stepek, Arion McNicoll and Alok Jha.

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On This Day: Heidi Fleiss, Hollywood Madam

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 10:21


Tinseltown's most notorious pimp was convicted of providing high-class ‘call girls' to undercover police officers on 2nd December, 1994.It followed a dramatic sting involving the LAPD, the Beverly Hills police department, the state alcoholic beverage control agency and the state attorney General's office. They seized her ‘little black book' (actually a red Gucci diary) full of high-profile names, but the only celebrity client of hers that testified was Charlie Sheen.In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly consider whether Fleiss' own desire for profile was part of her undoing; explain how she had unseated ‘Madam Alex' from the top of the tree; and reveal the role of Travellers Cheques in her most famous client's downfall…There was a surprising next chapter to Fleiss' career - as a carer for parrots - which we discuss in today's bonus bit, only available for supporters of the show. Just click Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, or head over to Patreon.com/Retrospectors (top two tiers only) to hear it, and a weekly bit of bonus content every single week. By so doing, you're also supporting our show - so, thanks!Further Reading:• ‘HEIDI FLEISS GUILTY OF PANDERING' (The Washington Post, 1994): https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/1994/12/03/heidi-fleiss-guilty-of-pandering/d836cdbd-4461-47d2-9038-45842269c3c9/• ‘Heidi Fleiss on Her Arrest, Macaw Cause and “Drug Addict” Ex Tom Sizemore' (The Hollywood Reporter, 2018): https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lifestyle/lifestyle-news/heidi-fleiss-her-arrest-macaw-cause-drug-addict-tom-sizemore-1117449/• ‘Jurors in the Heidi Fleiss trial watch videotape of police arresting four alleged prostitutes' (AP, 16 Nov 1994): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gO0mQUA0bVwWe'll be back tomorrow! Follow us wherever you get your podcasts: podfollow.com/RetrospectorsThe Retrospectors are Olly Mann, Rebecca Messina & Arion McNicoll, with Matt Hill.Theme Music: Pass The Peas. Announcer: Bob Ravelli. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. Edit Producer: Emma Corsham.Copyright: Rethink Audio / Olly Mann 2021. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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On This Day: There's Poison In My Pint

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 9:24


Thousands of beer barrels were emptied into the streets across Lancashire on 1st December, 1900 - when it finally dawned on people that the cheap stout they'd been drinking was contaminated with arsenic. Over 6,000 members of the public were poisoned, mostly across Manchester and Salford, thanks to the practice of breweries padding out the barley with inexpensive glucose syrup. In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly consider the role that the class system played in the initial diagnoses of mass ‘alcoholic multiple neuritis'; reveal the one company in the supply chain that eventually stumped up £136,000 compensation; and explain how general elections were believed to push the general public into the public houses…Further Reading:• ‘The Lancet' covers the news (1900): https://www.sciencedirect.com/sdfe/pdf/download/eid/1-s2.0-S014067360189036X/first-page-pdf• ‘The 1900 arsenic poisoning epidemic' (from the Journal of the Brewery History Society): http://www.breweryhistory.com/journal/archive/130/Arsenic.pdf• ‘Arsenic: The Most Popular Poison In Victorian Britain' (Victorian Pharmacy, 2018): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93XYE56KwSkFor bonus material and to support the show, visit Patreon.com/RetrospectorsWe'll be back tomorrow! Follow us wherever you get your podcasts: podfollow.com/RetrospectorsThe Retrospectors are Olly Mann, Rebecca Messina & Arion McNicoll, with Matt Hill.Theme Music: Pass The Peas. Announcer: Bob Ravelli. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. Edit Producer: Emma Corsham.Copyright: Rethink Audio / Olly Mann 2021. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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On This Day: Football's First International

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Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 9:26


England played Scotland in a publicly-advertised game for the first time on 30th November, 1872 - kickstarting international football as we know it today. The English team included players drafted in from Oxford University. The Scottish team was entirely made up of teammates from Queen's Park. The score was 0-0.Much of the game was yet to be codified - for example, that you couldn't catch a ball with your hands. Readers of the match-report in The Guardian had to have it explained to them that half-time was 45 minutes. But the game was an indisputable hit.In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly reveal why Scotland still wear dark blue in international competitions; consider the role of cricket stadiums in the continuing confusion over pitch sizes; and question the wisdom of the photographer booked to document the occasion - who decided not to turn up…Further Reading:• ‘Scotland v England 1872' (scottishsporthistory.com): https://www.scottishsporthistory.com/scotland-v-england-1872.html• ‘The first official fixture between England and Scotland' (The Guardian, 1872): https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/nov/11/england-scotland-first-football-fixture-1872• ‘EXCLUSIVE! First ever International Highlights' (Queen's Park YouTube Channel, 2017): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OJD1nXlnuAFor bonus material and to support the show, visit Patreon.com/RetrospectorsWe'll be back tomorrow! Follow us wherever you get your podcasts: podfollow.com/RetrospectorsThe Retrospectors are Olly Mann, Rebecca Messina & Arion McNicoll, with Matt Hill.Theme Music: Pass The Peas. Announcer: Bob Ravelli. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. Edit Producer: Emma Corsham.Copyright: Rethink Audio / Olly Mann 2021. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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On This Day: Concorde - The Future of Flight

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Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 9:50


Supersonic aircraft took a giant leap forward when the French and British governments signed a treaty to join forces on designing Concorde on 29th November, 1962. Up until this point, the two countries had been developing their aircraft separately - which had already cost the United Kingdom £150 million.Technologically superior and far more luxurious than any commercial passenger jet that had come before, it was also the fastest - capable of launching its wealthy clientele from London to New York in under three hours.In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly explain how the success of the 747 killed off supersonic flight; consider how Britain blew its chance to create 'the British Airbus'; and reveal why Pepsi's blue paint-job for Air France could have proven truly explosive…Further Reading:• ‘Concorde and supersonic travel: The days when the sun rose in the west' (The Independent, 2013): https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/concorde-and-supersonic-travel-the-days-when-the-sun-rose-in-the-west-8888836.html• ‘Concorde's first British test flight, 50 years on' (History of government, gov.uk 2019): https://history.blog.gov.uk/2019/04/09/concordes-first-british-test-flight-50-years-on/• ‘Anglo-French Airliner Model Concorde' (British Pathé, 1962): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfPiPC6O7qsFor bonus material and to support the show, visit Patreon.com/RetrospectorsWe'll be back tomorrow! Follow us wherever you get your podcasts: podfollow.com/RetrospectorsThe Retrospectors are Olly Mann, Rebecca Messina & Arion McNicoll, with Matt Hill.Theme Music: Pass The Peas. Announcer: Bob Ravelli. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. Edit Producer: Emma Corsham.Copyright: Rethink Audio / Olly Mann 2021. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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On This Day: Signal-Jamming Aliens

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Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 10:13


Your TV signal wobbles. An alien voice (albeit one with a Southern English accent...) seizes control of your set. And, instead of newsreader Andrew Gardner reporting on the Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army, you hear a voice claiming to be ‘Vrillon', of Ashtar Galactic Command, with a message for humanity.Such was the experience for viewers attempting to watch the ITV Evening News on Southern TV on 26th November, 1977 - an incident which became infamous in the ‘signal-jamming' pantheon of the twentieth-century. Nobody has ever claimed responsibility.In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly compare ‘Vrillon' to its US counterpart, the ‘Max Headroom' incident; unpick the idea that the broadcast was part of the Raelian movement; and explain how Twitter ruined signal-jamming pranks forever...  Further Reading:• ‘Alien Vrillon Interruption 1977' (RECREATION by RukiTheDreamer, YouTube 2017): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhNriwaMTQE• ‘Vrillon: the alien voice hoax that became a legend' (The Independent, 2017): https://www.independent.co.uk/news/long_reads/vrillon-hacking-alien-voice-seventies-extra-terrestrial-hoax-unexplained-mysteries-a8069926.html• ‘Five Of The Eeriest Interruptions In Broadcast History' (Neatorama, 2015): https://www.neatorama.com/2015/11/30/Five-Of-The-Eeriest-Interruptions-In-Broadcast-History/For bonus material and to support the show, visit Patreon.com/RetrospectorsWe'll be back on Monday! Follow us wherever you get your podcasts: podfollow.com/RetrospectorsThe Retrospectors are Olly Mann, Rebecca Messina & Arion McNicoll, with Matt Hill.Theme Music: Pass The Peas. Announcer: Bob Ravelli. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. Edit Producer: Emma Corsham.Copyright: Rethink Audio / Olly Mann 2021.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Week Unwrapped - with Olly Mann
#254 Elk arrests, bootleg gas and self-curing HIV

The Week Unwrapped - with Olly Mann

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 40:56


Will a dead moose bring down a Russian opposition leader? Who is smuggling refrigerants into the UK? And how did an Argentinian woman rid herself of HIV? Olly Mann and The Week delve behind the headlines and debate what really matters from the past seven days. With Joe Evans, Holden Frith and Alok Jha.

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On This Day: Elizabeth of Russia's Bloodless Coup

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Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 9:55


Wearing an armoured breastplate, clasping a silver cross and seizing an Army spontoon, 31 year old Elizabeth Petrovna appeared at the HQ of the elite Preobrazhensky Regiment guards in St. Petersburg on 25th November, 1741 - intent on over-throwing Tzar Ivan VI (a baby), and seizing the Russian throne for herself.Although she was the daughter of Peter The Great, she was also illegitimate, and overlooked in the line of succession. But her coup was bloodless, and she oversaw a productive cultural period for the dynasty - including her role in selecting Catherine The Great.In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly recall Elizabeth's fondness for food, fashion and f***ing; posit that her husband Alexis Razumovsky was a bit like Dolly Parton's beau Carl Dean; and explain why, if you're staging a coup, you should always slit your drums…Further Reading:• ‘Elizabeth I, Empress of All Russia' (Unofficial Royalty, 2018): http://www.unofficialroyalty.com/empress-elizabeth-i-of-russia/• ‘Decadent Facts About Empress Elizabeth Of Russia, The Last Romanov' (Factinate): https://www.factinate.com/people/empress-elizabeth/• ‘St Petersburg Palaces of the Romanovs' (RT, 2021): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3LRMZfmAsUFor bonus material and to support the show, visit Patreon.com/RetrospectorsWe'll be back tomorrow! Follow us wherever you get your podcasts: podfollow.com/RetrospectorsThe Retrospectors are Olly Mann, Rebecca Messina & Arion McNicoll, with Matt Hill.Theme Music: Pass The Peas. Announcer: Bob Ravelli. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. Edit Producer: Emma Corsham.Copyright: Rethink Audio / Olly Mann 2021. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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On This Day: The Lucy Fossil - No Homo

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Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 10:31


It took over three million years to find her. But palaeontologists Donald Johanson and Tom Gray uncovered the remains of ‘the Lucy Fossil' - a previously undiscovered species of pre-human - in Hadar, Ethiopia on 24th November, 1974.Despite the find's massive significance, the event was not greeted with untrammelled joy by all their rival fossil hunters. Some - who had wanted to claim such a discovery for themselves - began publicly disputing that Lucy was indeed a missing link in the evolution of humankind.In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly reveal how Lucy received her rock n' roll name; explain how her tiny brain but upright walking turned previous scientific thinking on its head; and consider whether, actually, “Captain Caveman was quite accurate”...Further Reading:• ‘Nov. 24, 1974: Humanity, Meet Lucy. She's Your Mom' (WIRED, 2009): https://www.wired.com/2009/11/1124lucy-discovered/• ‘Lucy and the Leakeys' (Khan Academy): https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/big-history-project/early-humans/how-ancestors-evolved/a/lucy-and-the-leakeys• ‘Donald Johanson: Discovering the Fossil “Lucy”' (Freedom From Religion Foundation, 2014): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AX4eqqBcIMFor bonus material and to support the show, visit Patreon.com/RetrospectorsWe'll be back tomorrow! Follow us wherever you get your podcasts: podfollow.com/RetrospectorsThe Retrospectors are Olly Mann, Rebecca Messina & Arion McNicoll, with Matt Hill.Theme Music: Pass The Peas. Announcer: Bob Ravelli. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. Edit Producer: Emma Corsham.Copyright: Rethink Audio / Olly Mann 2021. image by Daderot [CC0 1.0],  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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On This Day: The Tamagotchi Effect

The Retrospectors

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 10:22


With cutesy graphics and a female-focussed origin story, Tamagotchi was positioned as a ‘nurturing toy' for Japanese girls when Bandai launched the brand on 23rd November, 1996. But the gadget's massive popularity soon transcended gender and nationality - shifting 40 million units globally in just three years.Users had to check in regularly with their virtual pets, which buzzed when they were hungry or needed attention. Otherwise, neglectful owners would witness their Tamagotchi transition into virtual TOMBSTONES.In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly reveal how a stay-at-home tortoise inspired the concept; explain how the U.S. release of the toy was less brutal than its Japanese precursor; and wonder if now, with our pathetic attachments to Alexa and Siri, we are finally experiencing what 90s psychologists termed ‘The Tamagotchi Effect'...Further Reading:• ‘A Brief History of the Tamagotchi' (Mental Floss, 2021): https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/642373/tamagotchi-history• ‘The Tamagotchi Effect: How Digital Pets Shaped The Way We Use Technology' (Digital Trends, 2019): https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/how-tamagotchi-shaped-tech/• Tamagotchi TV commercial from the 1990s (United States): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAahOV63_wAFor bonus material and to support the show, visit Patreon.com/RetrospectorsWe'll be back tomorrow! Follow us wherever you get your podcasts: podfollow.com/RetrospectorsThe Retrospectors are Olly Mann, Rebecca Messina & Arion McNicoll, with Matt Hill.Theme Music: Pass The Peas. Announcer: Bob Ravelli. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. Edit Producer: Emma Corsham.Copyright: Rethink Audio / Olly Mann 2021. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Week Unwrapped - with Olly Mann
Investments Unwrapped: The classic car market

The Week Unwrapped - with Olly Mann

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 27:06


A bonus podcast series brought to you by MoneyWeek and The Platinum Card from American Express. In episode four, Olly Mann talks to John Stepek, executive editor of MoneyWeek, and Ashley Winston of Palmdale Motors about the cars that might put you on the road to riches.

The Retrospectors
On This Day: Star Trek's Interracial Kiss

The Retrospectors

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 10:08


Capt. James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and Lt. Nyota Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) embraced and kissed on "Plato's Stepchildren"; an episode of ‘Star Trek' broadcast on 22nd November, 1968 - just a year after the Supreme Court declared interracial marriage to be legal. However, despite popular belief that this was TV's first interracial kiss, it wasn't. It wasn't even the first interracial kiss on TV featuring William Shatner… In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly examine just how slowly attitudes to ‘mixed marriage' were shifting in the United States; compare this iconic Trekkie moment to homoerotic frat-boy YouTube videos; and reveal how the actors concerned deliberately sabotaged ‘the wide' so their kiss would be screened coast-to-coast… Further Reading:• Kirk and Uhura kiss on ‘Star Trek' (Paramount Television, 1968): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lThvEsP5-9Y• ‘'Star Trek's' interracial kiss 50 years ago boldly went where none had gone before' (NBC News, 2018):https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/star-trek-s-interracial-kiss-50-years-ago-went-boldly-n941181• ‘Nichelle Nichols on filming the first interracial kiss on American television' (Archive of American Television, 2010):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hKKkGhEDoUFor bonus material and to support the show, visit Patreon.com/RetrospectorsWe'll be back tomorrow! Follow us wherever you get your podcasts: podfollow.com/RetrospectorsThe Retrospectors are Olly Mann, Rebecca Messina & Arion McNicoll, with Matt Hill.Theme Music: Pass The Peas. Announcer: Bob Ravelli. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. Edit Producer: Emma Corsham.Copyright: Rethink Audio / Olly Mann 2021. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Week Unwrapped - with Olly Mann
#253 Alpha bosses, trans sport and gymnasts

The Week Unwrapped - with Olly Mann

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 41:43


Do we need a new model for business leaders? How has Jordan's football team reignited the gender debate? And has China silenced an Olympian? Olly Mann and The Week delve behind the headlines and debate what really matters from the past seven days. With Arion McNicoll, Abdulwahab Tahhan and Kate Samuelson

The Retrospectors
On This Day: London's First Olympics

The Retrospectors

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 10:17


After Mount Vesuvius erupted - and original hosts Rome pulled out - the British Olympic council sent a letter, dated 19th November, 1906, agreeing to host the fourth modern Olympic games.With just two years to go, the event was put together hastily, and on a paltry budget; a stadium erected at the White City home of the Franco-British exhibition, and the chosen events ones that British athletes excelled at, including polo, lacrosse, tug of war, deer-shooting, and duelling.In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly reveal what a ‘flip-flap' was; consider the calculation done to establish the length of the modern-day marathon; and establish how a small swig of champagne contributed to one of the Games' greatest ever controversies...Further Reading:‘The 08 Olympics... 1908, that is' (BBC News Magazine, 2008): http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7544392.stm‘Why Is a Marathon 26.2 Miles?' (HISTORY, 2014): https://www.history.com/news/why-is-a-marathon-26-2-miles• ‘The 1908 London Olympics - extracts from surviving footage of Track & Field and Marathon events' (BFI, 2012): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IqE2KEqZJIFor bonus material and to support the show, visit Patreon.com/RetrospectorsWe'll be back on Monday! Follow us wherever you get your podcasts: podfollow.com/RetrospectorsThe Retrospectors are Olly Mann, Rebecca Messina & Arion McNicoll, with Matt Hill.Theme Music: Pass The Peas. Announcer: Bob Ravelli. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. Edit Producer: Emma Corsham.Copyright: Rethink Audio / Olly Mann 2021.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Retrospectors
On This Day: William Tell's Apple Adventures

The Retrospectors

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 9:49


Switzerland's most famous archer shot fruit off his own son's head on 18th November, 1307. Or did he? ‘Chronicon Helveticum' by Aegidius Tschudi, from which the date comes, claims to be a serious historical account, but was written roughly 200 years later - and not published until nearly 200 years after that. And the myth bears remarkable similarities with the Danish folklore of Palnatoki, recorded in print centuries earlier.In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly recount the improbable beats of Tschudi's tale; consider the small casting pool for 1950s swashbucklers; and marvel at how the story has come to represent the (genuine) Swiss resistance of the Habsburg army…Further Reading:• ‘A Brief History of the Legend of William Tell' (The Culture Trip, 2017): https://theculturetrip.com/europe/switzerland/articles/a-brief-history-of-the-legend-of-william-tell/• ‘Shooting an apple off one's child's head' (Wikipedia): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_an_apple_off_one%27s_child%27s_head#Palnatoki• ‘The Adventures of William Tell: Opening Theme' (ITC, 1958): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcfykK8Iw7wFor bonus material and to support the show, visit Patreon.com/RetrospectorsWe'll be back tomorrow! Follow us wherever you get your podcasts: podfollow.com/RetrospectorsThe Retrospectors are Olly Mann, Rebecca Messina & Arion McNicoll, with Matt Hill.Theme Music: Pass The Peas. Announcer: Bob Ravelli. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. Edit Producer: Emma Corsham.Copyright: Rethink Audio / Olly Mann 2021. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Retrospectors
On This Day: The Last Sultan

The Retrospectors

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 10:30


Mehmet VI stepped on to a British warship to seek refuge in Malta on 17th November, 1922 - thereby becoming the last Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, a dynasty stretching back to the 14th Century. He was accompanied by his first Chamberlain, his doctor, two secretaries, a valet, a barber, two eunuchs, and a bandmaster. In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly dig into the archives to see how the event was portrayed in the triumphant West; consider the fate of the Royals left behind in modern-day Turkey; and ponder what ‘cautiously optimistic exile music' might sound like... Further Reading:• ‘Great Ottoman Empire in Turkey' (Go Turkey Tourism):https://www.goturkeytourism.com/about-turkey/great-ottoman-empire-in-turkey.html• ‘CONSTANTINOPLE 1922-1923, WHERE NOTHING HAPPENS AS ONE EXPECTS', (Major P A J Wright OBE, The Guards Magazine, 2016): http://guardsmagazine.com/features/Autumn2016/16autumn_04Constantinople.html• ‘Ten Minute History - The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Birth of the Balkans' (History Matters, 2018): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96n33WWgE9gWe had EVEN MORE to say about why Mehmet brought his eunuchs to Malta, rather than his wives. To hear bonus material this and every week*, support the show NOW at Patreon.com/Retrospectors!(*top two tiers only)The Retrospectors are Olly Mann, Rebecca Messina & Arion McNicoll, with Matt Hill.Theme Music: Pass The Peas. Announcer: Bob Ravelli. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. Edit Producer: Emma Corsham.Copyright: Rethink Audio / Olly Mann 2021. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Retrospectors
On This Day: When Space Mountain Saved EuroDisney

The Retrospectors

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 10:26


Disneyland Paris, now Europe's most popular theme park, initially haemorrhaged money - at an estimated rate of $1 million per day. But, after three years, it finally returned its first profit on 16th November, 1995. This change in the park's fortunes can be attributed to the popularity of two trains: the opening of the Eurostar direct line from London, and the building of the world's most expensive roller coaster, Space Mountain, which launched in Discoveryland on 1st June.In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly unpick how the Disney Corporation consistently underestimated the French inclination for wine with lunch, surly customer service and a unionised workforce; reveal how Spain and Britain had competed for the opportunity to be considered as alternative sites for the park's development; and recall the French antipathy for Americana that led to one critic to label the attraction ‘a cultural Chernobyl'... Further Reading:• ‘INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS; Euro Disney Reports Profit for '95, but the Future Remains Cloudy' (The New York Times, 1995): https://www.nytimes.com/1995/11/16/business/international-business-euro-disney-reports-profit-for-95-but-future-remains.html• ‘Why Was Euro Disney Considered a Failure?' (The First Drop, 2021): https://thefirstdrop.net/disneyland-paris-resort/why-was-euro-disney-considered-a-failure/• ‘Your destination: outer space. Your speed: astronomical.' (Space Mountain advert, 1995): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlKKTSVETt0For bonus material and to support the show, visit Patreon.com/RetrospectorsWe'll be back tomorrow! Follow us wherever you get your podcasts: podfollow.com/RetrospectorsThe Retrospectors are Olly Mann, Rebecca Messina & Arion McNicoll, with Matt Hill.Theme Music: Pass The Peas. Announcer: Bob Ravelli. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. Edit Producer: Emma Corsham.Copyright: Rethink Audio / Olly Mann 2021. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Week Unwrapped - with Olly Mann
#252 The VP, GPs and refugees

The Week Unwrapped - with Olly Mann

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 40:22


Why are Kamala Harris' approval ratings in freefall? Should the government be able to tell doctors where to work? And why have bananas got Syrian refugees in trouble in Turkey? Olly Mann and The Week delve behind the headlines and debate what really matters from the past seven days. With Joe Evans, Julia O'Driscoll & Abdulwahab Tahan.

The Week Unwrapped - with Olly Mann
#252 The VP, GPs and refugees

The Week Unwrapped - with Olly Mann

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 40:10


Why are Kamala Harris' approval ratings in freefall? Should the government be able to tell doctors where to work? And why have bananas got Syrian refugees in trouble in Turkey? Olly Mann and The Week delve behind the headlines and debate what really matters from the past seven days. With Joe Evans, Julia O'Driscoll & Abdulwahab Tahan.

The Week Unwrapped - with Olly Mann
#252 The VP, GPs and refugees

The Week Unwrapped - with Olly Mann

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 40:10


Why are Kamala Harris' approval ratings in freefall? Should the government be able to tell doctors where to work? And why have bananas got Syrian refugees in trouble in Turkey? Olly Mann and The Week delve behind the headlines and debate what really matters from the past seven days. With Joe Evans, Julia O'Driscoll & Abdulwahab Tahan.

The Week Unwrapped - with Olly Mann
Investments Unwrapped: A buyer's guide to furniture

The Week Unwrapped - with Olly Mann

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 21:40


Olly Mann talks to John Stepek, executive editor of MoneyWeek, and antique furniture expert James Kaye about how to end up sitting on a nest egg. A bonus podcast series brought to you by MoneyWeek and The Platinum Card from American Express.