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Episode #53 – Who Invented Rock ‘n Roll? (Part I)

One of the most contentious questions in American pop culture revolves around who should get the credit for inventing rock ‘n roll music. Rolling Stone magazine helped propagate the myth that the genre was invented by Elvis Presley in 1954. (more…)

Episode #52 – How Lionhearted was Richard? (Part II)

Richard the Lionheart did his best to make himself a legend in his own time. He was flamboyantly chivalrous in a way that was designed to get attention. His charm campaign seemed to work. Generations of minstrels and storytellers were happy to pick up on this thread and embroider his life story with colourful legends. (more…)

Episode #51- How Lionhearted was Richard? (Part I)

There are few English kings as legendary as Richard the Lionheart. In Robin Hood stories he was portrayed as the ultimate “good King”. For the Victorians he represented everything that was noble about England’s medieval past. However, Richard’s reputation among historians is considerably less glamorous. Was Richard really the second coming of King Arthur, or was he something far more sinister? (more…)

Episode #50 – Was There a Real Robin Hood? (Part II)

Almost as long as people have been telling stories about Robin Hood, historians have been trying to find the real person who inspired the legend. Over the centuries dozens of researchers have cooked up elaborate theories in an attempt to locate the man who became the myth. (more…)

Episode #49 – Was There a Real Robin Hood? (Part I)

Robin Hood is easily one of the most beloved characters in English storytelling. For centuries the forest outlaw has been the ultimate hero of the downtrodden. He steals from the rich, gives to the poor, and resists tyranny in all of its forms. But, is Robin Hood just a fictional character, or could there have been a real person who inspired the legend? (more…)