Real Dictators

Real Dictators

Real Dictators

CATEGORY: History
Real Dictators is the new podcast series hosted by Paul McGann that explores the hidden lives of history’s tyrants. New episodes every Wednesday. Follow Noiser Podcasts on Twitter for updates on our shows.
  1. June 01, 2021
    36 min
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    Francisco Franco Part 4: Fascist Firebrand to Cold War Warrior
    The White Terror continues as Spain’s self-proclaimed strongman assumes power in Madrid. Herding his defeated enemies into concentration camps, Franco uses them to realise huge architectural projects, including…
  2. June 08, 2021
    42 min
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    Francisco Franco Part 5: Life After the Dictator
    In 1959, Franco marks 20 years as leader of Spain. Now, he embraces capitalism and paints himself as a moderniser. The country experiences rapid economic growth and becomes a leading holiday destination. Meanwh…
  3. June 15, 2021
    40 min
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    Colonel Gaddafi Part 1: Son of the Desert
    ‘Brother Leader’, ‘King of Kings’, ‘Falcon of Africa’… ‘The Most Dangerous Man in the World.’ Colonel Gaddafi was the Libyan tyrant who abused his people on an industrial scale, until he was murdered by them as…
  4. June 22, 2021
    38 min
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    Colonel Gaddafi Part 2: Gaddafi in London
    In the 1960s, Libya gets rich on oil. But this new-found wealth is soon being siphoned off by the elites. As a result, many citizens begin to question their King’s authority. Among these dissenters is young Mua…
  5. June 29, 2021
    39 min
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    Colonel Gaddafi Part 3: Hero to Villain
    Having seized power without a shot being fired, Muammar Gaddafi can’t quite believe his luck. Still in his twenties, he now finds himself leader of an oil-rich country. The pistol-toting ‘Colonel’ wastes no tim…
  6. July 06, 2021
    44 min
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    Colonel Gaddafi Part 4: The Munich Olympic Massacre
    In Munich, West Germany, in the summer of 1972, there is a buzz of expectation. The city is preparing to host the Olympic Games. It’s a symbolic welcoming of the country back into the international fold. But th…
  7. July 13, 2021
    50 min
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    Colonel Gaddafi Part 5: President Reagan Launches Airstrikes
    Gaddafi takes his terror onto the streets of London and Berlin. It seems nowhere is beyond his reach as Libyan agents hunt down his opponents across the globe. The Reagan administration launches retaliatory air…
  8. July 20, 2021
    45 min
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    Colonel Gaddafi Part 6: The Lockerbie Bombing
    In 1988, Gaddafi takes his terror to the skies, bringing down a passenger flight over Lockerbie, Scotland. The Boeing 747 - en route from Frankfurt to New York, via London - is destroyed with 270 fatalities. Ga…
  9. July 27, 2021
    47 min
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    Colonel Gaddafi Part 7: 9/11 and the West’s New Friend
    On September 11th, 2001, life in the West is transformed in an instant. Amidst the fall-out, Gaddafi spots an opportunity. To the surprise of many, he makes it his mission to rejoin the international fold. A ne…
  10. August 03, 2021
    49 min
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    Colonel Gaddafi Part 8: Arab Spring, Gaddafi’s End
    By early 2011, Libya is changing. The Arab Spring has started and leaders across North Africa and the Middle East are already succumbing to people power. The Gaddafi regime suddenly needs to tread very carefull…
  11. August 10, 2021
    56 min
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    Introducing: Short History Of...
    From the creators of Real Dictators comes a brand-new weekly show. Short History Of... gives you a front-row seat as history's most incredible moments play out right before you. In this taster episode, we're in…
  12. November 01, 2021
    18 min
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    Introducing: History Daily
    On History Daily, we do history, daily. Every weekday beginning November 1st,Host Lindsay Graham (American Scandal, American History Tellers) takes you back in time to explore a momentous moment that happened ‘…
  13. November 17, 2021
    56 min
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    Idi Amin Part 1: The Butcher of Uganda
    From 1971 to 1979, President Idi Amin Dada devastated Uganda as the nation's military dictator. He sank the economy and deported an entire ethnic class. He slaughtered, by some estimates, up to half a million o…
  14. November 19, 2021
    46 min
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    Introducing: Real Pirates
    New Noiser release. Unpack the epic dramas of history’s most infamous buccaneers. Real Pirates takes you right into the heart of the action with immersive storytelling and pulse-racing tales, charting the lives…
  15. November 24, 2021
    45 min
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    Idi Amin Part 2: End of Empire, Rise of Amin
    In 1960, Prime Minister Harold Macmillan announces that independence is to be awarded to all of Britain's African colonies. Uganda and its 7 million people are now free. Idi Amin zooms up the military hierarchy…
  16. December 01, 2021
    55 min
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    Idi Amin Part 3: ‘Big Daddy’ Seizes Power
    Amin wages war on Buganda’s king, as the Obote administration firms up its grip on power. But all is not well. After Obote survives an assassination attempt by mere inches, rumours swirl as to the identity of t…
  17. December 08, 2021
    42 min
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    Idi Amin Part 4: Expulsion of the Asians
    In a speech, Amin makes an extraordinary announcement – something he claims came to him in a dream. All Ugandans of Asian origin must sell up and leave the country within the next 90 days. Tens of thousands of…
  18. December 15, 2021
    47 min
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    Idi Amin Part 5: Two Movies, Six Wives & Countless Headlines
    Delving into Amin’s private life, we take in his many marriages, mistresses and children, as well as henchmen such as ‘Major Bob’ and ‘The Hangman’. Making a triumphant return to the boxing ring, the President…
  19. December 22, 2021
    58 min
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    Idi Amin Part 6: The Entebbe Raid & Amin’s Exile
    In the passenger hall at Entebbe Airport, 106 hostages are held at gunpoint by hijackers. But four military planes are on their way to conduct an audacious commando raid that will spark the beginning of the end…
  20. January 14, 2022
    55 min
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    Turkmenbashy Part 1: Soviet Stooge, Hermit Tyrant
    Turkmenistan in Central Asia. Somewhere unremarkable, you might assume. But you’d be wrong. Away from prying eyes, an extraordinary story unfolded here. In the early 1990s, out of the rubble of the Soviet Union…

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