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  • Summary

  • A five part series exploring how the story of Western ideology may have unfolded differently in the 20th Century, based on the undelivered speeches of world leaders. Features academics, writers and historians talking to presenter Professor Suzannah Lipscomb.

    Tracking through the 20th century, from the Western heroic rhetoric borne of Allied success in the D-Day Landings, all the way to Britain's present day relationship with Europe, we'll explore the fragile balance of power, nuclear armament, warfare, heroic narratives and the spread of democratic protest throughout the world.

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Episodes
  • Ep. 1: In the Event of D-Day Failure

    Aug 3 2020

    What if the Allied D-Day invasions had failed? Professor Suzannah Lipscomb talks to experts about the possible impact of a failure in this crucial turning point in the Second World War. How would the West have built its identity throughout the 20th Century, who would have held the power, and who would have won the war?

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    31 mins
  • Ep. 2: If JFK Had Lived...

    Aug 3 2020

    In this episode, historian Professor Suzannah Lipscomb picks through the legacy John F. Kennedy’s presidency might have left, had he not been assassinated. How might this have impacted Cold War relations, the space race, the Vietnam War and American heroic culture?

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    31 mins
  • Ep. 3: A Moon Disaster

    Aug 3 2020

    In the summer of 1969, America made history for mankind, as the Apollo 11 mission placed man on the moon. But what if that spectacular moment had been a disaster instead, and astronauts carrying the pioneering hopes of humankind had met another fate?

    An alternative speech for President Nixon was drafted, but just what might it have meant for Western psychology, politics and culture if he’d had to deliver it?

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    28 mins

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Interesting and enjoyable, asking What if...

I hope another series of this podcast will be commissioned because it's very interesting and enjoyable to speculate about what might have been different has key historical events happened differently. Of course we can never know, but it's fun to wonder and explore the role of significant events in the self images of various nations. Reminds you that nothing is guaranteed, that the fates of millions can hinge on events, on luck. I wonder how future generations will think about the decisions we make now.

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I just love counterfactuals

As a non-professional history buff, who lived through 4 of the 5 chapters discussed by the author, all I can say is "what happened ,happened ".
It was interesting to hear the alternative speeches.
Unfortunately , I won't be around in 30 years time to listen to Brexit and Corona virus discussed in a similar vein by future historians.
If you are under 40, do download and listen.

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Very interesting and well articulated

Thoroughly enjoyed and would love to see more content like this. Well edited and presented.

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thinking of what, may have been?

really enjoyed the series as it made you think of the "what it question" ...

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my thoughts

Thought provoking, well reasoned, clearly presented accounts of what might have happened if democratic history had taken a different path.

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brilliant series looking at alt historys

Great series looking at speeches that were never given and the results of what they would have meant.

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Very interesting!

This was fascinating to listen to. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in recent history.

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Interesting

A very interesting listen. Full of thought provoking scenarios and historical interest for documentary and history buffs alike.

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Wish it was a bit longer

An amazing podcast, just wished it was a bit longer.
A different perspective to the most dramtic events that changed history. A question which I never asked... What was the pre prepared speech for such an event! What was the alternative speech if such a mission failed?
Its an eye opener and it provokes your brain to think deeper.

Will definitely recommend it, my 5 star for this month.

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absolutely fascinating!

Professor Lipscomb absolutely delivers a fascinating series which is thought provoking and insightful. Really needs to have several more seasons or even several TV series!

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Susannah Lipscomb delivers again!

this makes the imagination wonder what could have been different in the whole of the world had events been slightly different

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