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  • Yes, it's a strange kind of history. And that’s the way Public Historian Greg Jenner likes it. Because, he says, how we sit, where we sit, what we do when we sit and what happens as a result of all that sitting says a lot about humans past and present. 

    This study means we can link a royal throne with a 2000-year-old toilet. It shows how the language and culture of sitting is deep seated in all of us. It sits listeners down in classrooms, parliaments, sports grounds, protests and in the penitentiary death chamber. 

    So if you're sitting comfortably.... 

    A Testbed Production for Audible Originals.

    ©2020 Greg Jenner (P)2020 Audible, Ltd
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Episodes
  • Ep1: Take a Seat

    May 3 2021

    From the dawn of time, humans have always sat. But why and where did sitting originate? Greg takes a tour of ancient seating from Egyptian thrones to Greek recliners. We hear about the horrors of Roman public lavatories and how to sit politely in Japan.

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    38 mins
  • Ep 2: Seats Of Power

    May 3 2021

    Yes, it's a strange kind of history. And that’s the way Public Historian Greg Jenner likes it. Because, he says, how we sit, where we sit, what we do when we sit and what happens as a result of all that sitting says a lot about humans past and present. 

    This study means we can link a royal throne with a 2000-year-old toilet. It shows how the language and culture of sitting is deep seated in all of us. It sits listeners down in classrooms, parliaments, sports grounds, protests and in the penitentiary death chamber. 

    So if you're sitting comfortably.... 

    A Testbed Production for Audible Originals.

    This is an Audible Original Podcast. Free for members. You can download all 8 episodes to your Library now.

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    37 mins
  • Ep 3: Knowing Your Place

    May 3 2021

    From wedding ceremonies to national parliaments, seating plans always cause problems. In this episode, Greg considers the complex and controversial politics of posterior parking.

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    27 mins

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Sitting for a change

What an incredible deep dive into what we all do without thinking! Mr Jenner brings all the WOW of Horrible Histories to this fantastic podcast.

I am really taken by this thoroughly enjoying project. It's all great opportunity for sitting for a change.

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Are you sitting comfortably I will begin.

An informative and some time happy look at what we at time take for granted. look forward too volume 2 ??

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Surprising and satisfying history

A really interesting social history, which looks at all the situations in which sitting has a social implication - not a promising subject, you'd think. But Jenner uses this basic human activity to look at power relations, industrial environments and travel, amongst other things. Great stuff.

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brilliant!

surprisingly interesting, wide-ranging, thoroughly researched, and encompassing a fascinating amount of history from different people including wheelchair users, parliamentarians, Irish freedom-fighters and people of colour, to name but a few

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entertaining

fun and informative, would recommend for light entertainment if you like to find out stuff you didn't know you needed to know.

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Absolutely fascinating!

Completely engrossed from start to finish! A great history lesson too. Awaiting a sequel!

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Really interesting!

I was surprised and sceptical that you could make a while Series, but gave it a go because of how much I've enjoyed Greg Jenner's other books and podcasts. Glad I did - it was really interesting and quite funny in places. Now I'm wondering if there could even be another series 😁
Thanks Greg (if you ever read this)!

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great fun and really informative

absolutely brilliant, really enjoyable and eye opening. can't wait for the next podcast regarding the history of standing up!

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the best podcast in history!

this is a must listen. relax, unwind and of course, sit down.... it's sheer brilliance!

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Greg Jenner Does It Again!

Greg Jenner never fails to disappoint. Always interesting, inclusive, entertaining and also educational! His humourous style makes the subject interesting. I hope he makes some more audio books like this!