Barely A Degree

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Barely A Degree
  • Language: eng
  • Episodes: 18
  • Last: 24 Nov 2017
Barely A Degree is a weekly podcast where Anthony & Dominic tread the depths of history with the help of historian Sam Downie, a graduate of the illustrious Sunderland University. We will Cover many historical periods and no doubt end up on the dark and dingy backstreets of conversational tangents. Music - Ryan Siddall Technical support - Luke Holland

Episodes (18)

  • Series 2 Episode 6 James VI and I
    Series 2 Episode 6 James VI and I
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    Published: 24 Nov 2017 Duration: 59:07
    Hello, this week we are taking a closer look at King James VI of Scotland and King James I of England, who just so happen to be the same person. Specifically we will be looking at some interesting features of his life, namely his interest i... Read more →
    Hello, this week we are taking a closer look at King James VI of Scotland and King James I of England, who just so happen to be the same person. Specifically we will be looking at some interesting features of his life, namely his interest i... Read more →

  • Series 2 Episode 5 - Winston Churchill
    Series 2 Episode 5 - Winston Churchill
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    Published: 17 Nov 2017 Duration: 01:02:10
    "Winston, you've done it again, you horror" - Lady Randolph Churchill (Winston's Mam) Hello! Episode 5 is all about your favourite wartime leader, Winston Churchill, in this episode we delve into the less savoury side of old Churchill to le... Read more →
    "Winston, you've done it again, you horror" - Lady Randolph Churchill (Winston's Mam) Hello! Episode 5 is all about your favourite wartime leader, Winston Churchill, in this episode we delve into the less savoury side of old Churchill to le... Read more →

  • Series 2 Episode 4 - 16-bit Wars
    Series 2 Episode 4 - 16-bit Wars
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    Published: 9 Nov 2017 Duration: 56:21
    Episode 4 is finally here after an unexpected hiatus. This time Sam takes a breather and Luke Holland comes in to guide us through a British look at the 16-bit wars of the 90's. Thrills, spills, The Crystal Maze and the Yakuza all feature. ... Read more →
    Episode 4 is finally here after an unexpected hiatus. This time Sam takes a breather and Luke Holland comes in to guide us through a British look at the 16-bit wars of the 90's. Thrills, spills, The Crystal Maze and the Yakuza all feature. ... Read more →

  • Series 2 Episode 3 - Genghis Khan
    Series 2 Episode 3 - Genghis Khan
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    Published: 19 Oct 2017 Duration: 01:02:08
    Genghis Khan is the topic of episode 3, from his humble beginnings to his becoming of the 'great khan' himself. We learn of boiled men, adopting orphaned children, murder and a surprising amount of religious tolerance. Obviously we also ban... Read more →
    Genghis Khan is the topic of episode 3, from his humble beginnings to his becoming of the 'great khan' himself. We learn of boiled men, adopting orphaned children, murder and a surprising amount of religious tolerance. Obviously we also ban... Read more →

  • Series 2 Episode 2 - Göbekli Tepe
    Series 2 Episode 2 - Göbekli Tepe
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    Published: 6 Oct 2017 Duration: 47:32
    The second episode of the second series is a look at Göbekli Tepe, an ancient Turkish archaeological site. From Nomads to the lost city of Atlantis to Ancient Aliens, Sam takes us through it all. As usual we have a bit of a waffle on as wel... Read more →
    The second episode of the second series is a look at Göbekli Tepe, an ancient Turkish archaeological site. From Nomads to the lost city of Atlantis to Ancient Aliens, Sam takes us through it all. As usual we have a bit of a waffle on as wel... Read more →

  • Series 2 Episode 1 - Weather Forecasting
    Series 2 Episode 1 - Weather Forecasting
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    Published: 28 Sep 2017 Duration: 40:27
    Here we go with the second series! Episode 1 was suggested to us by Jessica Bell and it's all about the history of weather forecasting, from ancient Greece we learn the bizarre beliefs people had before technology took over to get it wrong ... Read more →
    Here we go with the second series! Episode 1 was suggested to us by Jessica Bell and it's all about the history of weather forecasting, from ancient Greece we learn the bizarre beliefs people had before technology took over to get it wrong ... Read more →

  • Bonus Episode - Chernobyl
    Bonus Episode - Chernobyl
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    Published: 20 Jul 2017 Duration: 58:05
    Okay here it is THE UNRELEASED EPISODE. This was going to be the first episode BUT we thought it was a bit too information dense for our first proper outing SO decided to keep it locked up. Till now! So ignore me when I say welcome to episo... Read more →
    Okay here it is THE UNRELEASED EPISODE. This was going to be the first episode BUT we thought it was a bit too information dense for our first proper outing SO decided to keep it locked up. Till now! So ignore me when I say welcome to episo... Read more →

  • Series 1 Episode 10 - Braveheart
    Series 1 Episode 10 - Braveheart
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    Published: 22 Jun 2017 Duration: 01:46:43
    The last episode of series one! In our final trip down history, we compare the events depicted in the film Braveheart to how they actually panned out in the real world. A slight deviation from out usual format, but I think it worked out oka... Read more →
    The last episode of series one! In our final trip down history, we compare the events depicted in the film Braveheart to how they actually panned out in the real world. A slight deviation from out usual format, but I think it worked out oka... Read more →

  • Series 1 Episode 9 - Early Modern Philosophers
    Series 1 Episode 9 - Early Modern Philosophers
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    Published: 15 Jun 2017 Duration: 42:20
    Welcome to the penultimate episode of series 1! In this episode Sam talks about one of his favorite early modern philosophers and also gives us an overview of the stranglehold religion had on Europe at the time. As usual we ramble on a bit ... Read more →
    Welcome to the penultimate episode of series 1! In this episode Sam talks about one of his favorite early modern philosophers and also gives us an overview of the stranglehold religion had on Europe at the time. As usual we ramble on a bit ... Read more →

  • Series 1 Episode 8 - The History Of The Labour Party
    Series 1 Episode 8 - The History Of The Labour Party
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    Published: 8 Jun 2017 Duration: 01:00:12
    Election Special! We look at the early struggles of the Labour party and ramble on about other bits and pieces, like murder dreams and the weather.
    Election Special! We look at the early struggles of the Labour party and ramble on about other bits and pieces, like murder dreams and the weather.

  • Series 1 Episode 7 - English Language
    Series 1 Episode 7 - English Language
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    Published: 1 Jun 2017 Duration: 58:37
    In this meandering episode we delve into the history and origins of the English language, from Vikings to Saxons to Europe to Selfies! As always this is accompanied by Sam's quote, and quite an interesting/violent tale which took place at ... Read more →
    In this meandering episode we delve into the history and origins of the English language, from Vikings to Saxons to Europe to Selfies! As always this is accompanied by Sam's quote, and quite an interesting/violent tale which took place at ... Read more →

  • Series 1 Episode 6 - Eleanor Of Aquitaine
    Series 1 Episode 6 - Eleanor Of Aquitaine
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    Published: 25 May 2017 Duration: 53:44
    After a 1 week mid series break we have returned! In this episode we discuss Eleanor of Aquitaine (at bloody last) and we learn all about her long and wonderful life. As usual, we get one of Sam's insightful quotes and have a good old ramb... Read more →
    After a 1 week mid series break we have returned! In this episode we discuss Eleanor of Aquitaine (at bloody last) and we learn all about her long and wonderful life. As usual, we get one of Sam's insightful quotes and have a good old ramb... Read more →

  • Series 1 Episode 5 - The Sentinelese
    Series 1 Episode 5 - The Sentinelese
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    Published: 11 May 2017 Duration: 50:18
    Super excited for Elena of Aquitaine eh!? the subject Sam said he was going to cover in this weeks episode? Well tough. Sam changed his mind at the last second and instead we had a look at the uncontacted tribe (Well they have been contact... Read more →
    Super excited for Elena of Aquitaine eh!? the subject Sam said he was going to cover in this weeks episode? Well tough. Sam changed his mind at the last second and instead we had a look at the uncontacted tribe (Well they have been contact... Read more →

  • Series 1 Episode 4 - Rose Tinted Greece
    Series 1 Episode 4 - Rose Tinted Greece
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    Published: 4 May 2017 Duration: 49:11
    In Episode 4 Sam raises some serious concerns about one of the most well respected ancient civilisations. We explore this ancient time by looking at their weird customs and their extreme brutality. We also of course get our weekly Sam quot... Read more →
    In Episode 4 Sam raises some serious concerns about one of the most well respected ancient civilisations. We explore this ancient time by looking at their weird customs and their extreme brutality. We also of course get our weekly Sam quot... Read more →

  • Series 1 Episode 3 - The History of Beer!
    Series 1 Episode 3 - The History of Beer!
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    Published: 27 Apr 2017 Duration: 54:23
    In episode 3, we look back on the wonderful history of beer, A story which begins at the dawn of agriculture. We also end up talking about Juicy Fruit, Portuguese double agents, SCART leads and Mr Blobby. We are now also on Itunes, so if yo... Read more →
    In episode 3, we look back on the wonderful history of beer, A story which begins at the dawn of agriculture. We also end up talking about Juicy Fruit, Portuguese double agents, SCART leads and Mr Blobby. We are now also on Itunes, so if yo... Read more →

  • Series 1 Episode 2 - Proto Hippies
    Series 1 Episode 2 - Proto Hippies
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    Published: 20 Apr 2017 Duration: 47:06
    In this episode Sam takes us on a mystery tour into the warring states period of ancient China. We also have a meandering chat about a few other choice subjects and of course, take a look at some of Sam's quotes brimming with wisdom.
    In this episode Sam takes us on a mystery tour into the warring states period of ancient China. We also have a meandering chat about a few other choice subjects and of course, take a look at some of Sam's quotes brimming with wisdom.

  • Series 1 Episode 1 - Carthage
    Series 1 Episode 1 - Carthage
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    Published: 13 Apr 2017 Duration: 46:50
    In Episode 1 our resident historian Sam Downie takes us for a look at the ancient empire of Carthage, and its ultimate demise. We also examine some of their religious practices. If you like human sacrifice, you're in luck!
    In Episode 1 our resident historian Sam Downie takes us for a look at the ancient empire of Carthage, and its ultimate demise. We also examine some of their religious practices. If you like human sacrifice, you're in luck!

  • The Pilot! History of the Potato
    The Pilot! History of the Potato
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    Published: 30 Mar 2017 Duration: 41:03
    Join Sam, Anthony & Dominic in this pilot episode of Barely A Degree. They will delve into the history of the potato, which is a lot more interesting than you might think. We then have a ramble chat around and ended up on some thin ice, whi... Read more →
    Join Sam, Anthony & Dominic in this pilot episode of Barely A Degree. They will delve into the history of the potato, which is a lot more interesting than you might think. We then have a ramble chat around and ended up on some thin ice, whi... Read more →