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Jack P Taylor's political and historical curiosities

Aug 20, 2017

It’s good to be back from my summer holidays and thanks for continuing to listen.

This week’s episode covers a history of Air Force One and Presidential aviation more generally.

It’s a fascinating history, although I would say that wouldn’t I?

The planes form part of a tale covering assassinations, resignations,...

Jul 30, 2017

The Moscow-Washington Hotline: must a world be lost for want of a telephone call?

The Moscow-Washington Hotline has become a seminal part of how many see the American Presidency.

In this episode I will talk you through its history, developments, and its legacy.

I'm on holiday now until the 13th of August meaning no...

Jul 24, 2017

BBC English: the BBC Advisory Committee on Spoken English, its history, and its effect on the English language today.

The BBC Advisory Committee on Spoken English lasted only around fifteen years before World War 2, yet its effects can still be felt today.

In this episode I'll talk you through the committee's...

Jul 16, 2017

In the early 19th Century Chicago barely existed, by the the late 1840s it was growing rapidly.

With no sewage system it had numerous issues with disease, and being level with Lake Michigan there was no way to build a traditional sewer system.

The solution was to raise Chicago up to fourteen feet in places, and then...

Jul 9, 2017

Victim identification is an incredibly important part of resolving a disaster. For families, and loves ones it can be difficult to gain closure without their loved ones remains. Similarly those charged with resolving disasters can struggle to know where to place resources e.g. counselling if they do not know who has...