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Liberty Dies With Thunderous Applause: Dictators of History

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Liberty Dies With Thunderous Applause: Dictators of History

Liberty Dies With Thunderous Applause: Dictators of History

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Liberty Dies With Thunderous Applause is a history podcast obsessed with history's greatest dictators. The hosts have created a knockout competition to determine the single greatest dictator of all time. Each episode features a match-up of two dictators where the hosts discuss the life and times of each leader. The loser of each match-up is immediately eliminated from the tournament and each winner remains in the contest to be named history's greatest dictator.

Latest Episodes

Pope Alexander VI vs. Ayatollah Khomeini

In this episode the hosts unravel the lives and legacies of two religious rulers, Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia) and Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran. The hosts discuss Pope Alexander's corrupt election to the papacy, his nepotism, profiteering, expansion of the papal states and wild sex life. They also discuss Ayatollah's Khomeini's Iranian Islamic revolution, his toppling of the Shah, his war with Saddam Hussein, Fatwa against Salman Rushdie as well as the oppressive treatment of women and homosexuals in Iran. These two dictators battle it out in Round 12of the knock-out tournament to determine the single greatest dictator of all time. One of these two dictators will be eliminated from the tournament and the other will remain in contention to be crowned history's biggest dictator.

43 min2 w ago
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Pope Alexander VI vs. Ayatollah Khomeini

Charlemagne vs. Napoleon Bonaparte

In this episode the hosts unravel the lives and legacies of French rulers Charlemagne and Napoleon Bonaparte The hosts discuss Charlemagne's family's rise to power, his conquests throughout western Europe, the forced Christian conversion of subjects and the massacre of Verden. They also discuss Napoleon's rise to Emperor from humble beginnings, his genuine military genius, his clever use of propaganda, rigged elections and his eventual downfall at Waterloo. These two dictators battle it out in Round 11of the knock-out tournament to determine the single greatest dictator of all time. One of these two dictators will be eliminated from the tournament and the other will remain in contention to be crowned history's biggest dictator.

44 minOCT 21
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Charlemagne vs. Napoleon Bonaparte

A Retrospective of the First 20 Dictators (BONUS)

In this bonus episode of Liberty Dies With Thunderous Applause, the hosts look back at the 20 dictators covered thus far in the tournament. Which dictator would Uncle Ian most like to have dinner with? Which dictator would Scott travel back in time to kill? What warning signs are there of an emerging dictatorship? These questions and many others get answered in this special episode. Julius Caesar, Benito Mussolini, Vladimir Lenin, Ivan The Terrible, Ghengis Khan, Deng Xiaoping, Xerxes, Saddam Hussein, Fidel Castro, Francois Duvalier, Henry VIII, Oliver Cromwell, Ho Chi Minh, Pol Pot, Enver Pasha, Recep Erdogan, Idi Amin, Robert Mugabe, Augusto Pinochet & Jorge Videla all get a mention.

43 minSEP 20
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A Retrospective of the First 20 Dictators (BONUS)

Augusto Pinochet vs. Jorge Videla

The hosts discuss the lives and legacies of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet and Argentinian dictator Jorge Videla. The hosts explore Pinochet's rise within the military, the coup overthrowing his Marxist President, his tactic of 'disappearing' his opponents and Chile's 'miraculous' economy. They also discuss Videla's military junta, his contribution to Operation Condor, the involvement of the CIA & Pope Francis, the Falklands War and Videla's eventual downfall. These two dictators battle it out in Round 10 of the knock-out tournament to determine the single greatest dictator of all time. One of these two dictators will be eliminated from the tournament and the other will remain in contention to be crowned history's biggest dictator.

37 minAUG 30
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Augusto Pinochet vs. Jorge Videla

Idi Amin vs. Robert Mugabe

In this episode the hosts discuss the lives and legacies of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin Dada and Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe. The hosts discuss Idi Amin's rise to power, his manic behaviour, his involvement with Operation Entebbe, the brutal massacres under his regime and his eventual downfall. They also discuss Mugabe's time as an African independence leader, his ruthless consolidation of power with the Gukurahundi, the seizure of white owned land and the creation of hyper-inflation in Zimbabwe. These two dictators battle it out in Round 9 of the knock-out tournament to determine the single greatest dictator of all time. One of these two dictators will be eliminated from the tournament and the other will remain in contention to be crowned history's biggest dictator.

45 minAUG 6
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Idi Amin vs. Robert Mugabe

Enver Pasha vs. Recep Erdogan

In this episode the hosts discuss the lives and legacies of Ottaman ruler Enver Pasha and Turkish President Recep Erdogan. These two dictators battle it out in Round 8 of the knock-out tournament to determine the single greatest dictator of all time. The hosts discuss Enver's rise to power, the trickery deployed to drag The Ottoman Empire into World War One and the genocide orchestrated against the Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians. They also discuss Erdogan's rise and ruthless consolidation of power, his undermining of Turkish secularism and democratic institutions, his Islamist domestic policies and controversial foreign policy. One of these two dictators will be eliminated from the tournament and the other will remain in contention to be crowned history's biggest dictator.

52 minJUL 20
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Enver Pasha vs. Recep Erdogan

Ho Chi Minh vs. Pol Pot

In this episode the hosts discuss the lives and legacies of Ho Chi Minh and Pol Pot. These two dictators battle it out in Round 7 of the knock-out tournament to determine the single greatest dictator of all time. The hosts discuss Ho's fight for Vietnamese independence from France, the communist repression in North Vietnam, the war with America to unify the country and his lasting legacy. They also discuss Pol Pot's takeover of Cambodia, the creation of a solely peasant society, the killing of one quarter of the population in The Killing Fields and the terrible lasting impact of his short rule. One of these two dictators will be eliminated from the tournament and the other will remain in contention to be crowned history's biggest dictator.

52 minJUN 16
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Ho Chi Minh vs. Pol Pot

Henry VIII vs. Oliver Cromwell

In this episode the hosts discuss the lives and legacies of Henry VIII and Oliver Cromwell. These two dictators battle it out in Round 6 of the knock-out tournament to determine the single greatest dictator of all time. The hosts discuss Henry's determination to produce an heir, his creation of the Church of England, his cruel and numerous methods of execution and his lasting legacy. They also discuss Cromwell's rise to power, his brutal decimation of the Irish, his execution of the King, the Puritan bans on most forms of fun and the impact of his short rule. One of these two dictators will be eliminated from the tournament and the other will remain in contention to be crowned history's greatest dictator.

56 minMAY 31
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Henry VIII vs. Oliver Cromwell

Fidel Castro vs. François (Papa Doc) Duvalier

In this episode the hosts discuss the lives and legacies of Fidel Castro and François Duvalier. These two dictators battle it out in Round 5 of the knock-out tournament to determine the single greatest dictator of all time. The hosts discuss Castro's revolution in Cuba, the subsequent political repression, his battles with the USA, the Cuban Missile Crisis and his enduring political legacy. They also discuss Duvalier's rise to power in Haiti, his appalling brutality, his use of Voodoo to deter dissent and his lasting impact on Haiti. One of these two dictators will be eliminated from the tournament and the other will remain in contention to be crowned history's greatest dictator.

39 minMAY 16
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Fidel Castro vs. François (Papa Doc) Duvalier

Xerxes vs. Saddam Hussein

In this episode the hosts discuss the lives and legacies of Xerxes and Saddam Hussein. These two dictators battle it out in Round 4 of the knock-out tournament to determine the single greatest dictator of all time. The hosts discuss Xerxes rule of the Persian Empire, his suppression of the Babylonian rebellions, his failed invasion of Greece and enduring fame. They also discuss Saddam Hussein's rise to power in Iraq, his surprising achievements, his appalling brutality, his failed invasions of Iran and Kuwait and his lasting impact on the middle east and the western world. One of these two dictators will be eliminated from the tournament and the other will remain in contention to be crowned history's greatest dictator.

49 minMAY 5
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Xerxes vs. Saddam Hussein

Latest Episodes

Pope Alexander VI vs. Ayatollah Khomeini

In this episode the hosts unravel the lives and legacies of two religious rulers, Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia) and Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran. The hosts discuss Pope Alexander's corrupt election to the papacy, his nepotism, profiteering, expansion of the papal states and wild sex life. They also discuss Ayatollah's Khomeini's Iranian Islamic revolution, his toppling of the Shah, his war with Saddam Hussein, Fatwa against Salman Rushdie as well as the oppressive treatment of women and homosexuals in Iran. These two dictators battle it out in Round 12of the knock-out tournament to determine the single greatest dictator of all time. One of these two dictators will be eliminated from the tournament and the other will remain in contention to be crowned history's biggest dictator.

43 min2 w ago
Comments
Pope Alexander VI vs. Ayatollah Khomeini

Charlemagne vs. Napoleon Bonaparte

In this episode the hosts unravel the lives and legacies of French rulers Charlemagne and Napoleon Bonaparte The hosts discuss Charlemagne's family's rise to power, his conquests throughout western Europe, the forced Christian conversion of subjects and the massacre of Verden. They also discuss Napoleon's rise to Emperor from humble beginnings, his genuine military genius, his clever use of propaganda, rigged elections and his eventual downfall at Waterloo. These two dictators battle it out in Round 11of the knock-out tournament to determine the single greatest dictator of all time. One of these two dictators will be eliminated from the tournament and the other will remain in contention to be crowned history's biggest dictator.

44 minOCT 21
Comments
Charlemagne vs. Napoleon Bonaparte

A Retrospective of the First 20 Dictators (BONUS)

In this bonus episode of Liberty Dies With Thunderous Applause, the hosts look back at the 20 dictators covered thus far in the tournament. Which dictator would Uncle Ian most like to have dinner with? Which dictator would Scott travel back in time to kill? What warning signs are there of an emerging dictatorship? These questions and many others get answered in this special episode. Julius Caesar, Benito Mussolini, Vladimir Lenin, Ivan The Terrible, Ghengis Khan, Deng Xiaoping, Xerxes, Saddam Hussein, Fidel Castro, Francois Duvalier, Henry VIII, Oliver Cromwell, Ho Chi Minh, Pol Pot, Enver Pasha, Recep Erdogan, Idi Amin, Robert Mugabe, Augusto Pinochet & Jorge Videla all get a mention.

43 minSEP 20
Comments
A Retrospective of the First 20 Dictators (BONUS)

Augusto Pinochet vs. Jorge Videla

The hosts discuss the lives and legacies of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet and Argentinian dictator Jorge Videla. The hosts explore Pinochet's rise within the military, the coup overthrowing his Marxist President, his tactic of 'disappearing' his opponents and Chile's 'miraculous' economy. They also discuss Videla's military junta, his contribution to Operation Condor, the involvement of the CIA & Pope Francis, the Falklands War and Videla's eventual downfall. These two dictators battle it out in Round 10 of the knock-out tournament to determine the single greatest dictator of all time. One of these two dictators will be eliminated from the tournament and the other will remain in contention to be crowned history's biggest dictator.

37 minAUG 30
Comments
Augusto Pinochet vs. Jorge Videla

Idi Amin vs. Robert Mugabe

In this episode the hosts discuss the lives and legacies of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin Dada and Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe. The hosts discuss Idi Amin's rise to power, his manic behaviour, his involvement with Operation Entebbe, the brutal massacres under his regime and his eventual downfall. They also discuss Mugabe's time as an African independence leader, his ruthless consolidation of power with the Gukurahundi, the seizure of white owned land and the creation of hyper-inflation in Zimbabwe. These two dictators battle it out in Round 9 of the knock-out tournament to determine the single greatest dictator of all time. One of these two dictators will be eliminated from the tournament and the other will remain in contention to be crowned history's biggest dictator.

45 minAUG 6
Comments
Idi Amin vs. Robert Mugabe

Enver Pasha vs. Recep Erdogan

In this episode the hosts discuss the lives and legacies of Ottaman ruler Enver Pasha and Turkish President Recep Erdogan. These two dictators battle it out in Round 8 of the knock-out tournament to determine the single greatest dictator of all time. The hosts discuss Enver's rise to power, the trickery deployed to drag The Ottoman Empire into World War One and the genocide orchestrated against the Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians. They also discuss Erdogan's rise and ruthless consolidation of power, his undermining of Turkish secularism and democratic institutions, his Islamist domestic policies and controversial foreign policy. One of these two dictators will be eliminated from the tournament and the other will remain in contention to be crowned history's biggest dictator.

52 minJUL 20
Comments
Enver Pasha vs. Recep Erdogan

Ho Chi Minh vs. Pol Pot

In this episode the hosts discuss the lives and legacies of Ho Chi Minh and Pol Pot. These two dictators battle it out in Round 7 of the knock-out tournament to determine the single greatest dictator of all time. The hosts discuss Ho's fight for Vietnamese independence from France, the communist repression in North Vietnam, the war with America to unify the country and his lasting legacy. They also discuss Pol Pot's takeover of Cambodia, the creation of a solely peasant society, the killing of one quarter of the population in The Killing Fields and the terrible lasting impact of his short rule. One of these two dictators will be eliminated from the tournament and the other will remain in contention to be crowned history's biggest dictator.

52 minJUN 16
Comments
Ho Chi Minh vs. Pol Pot

Henry VIII vs. Oliver Cromwell

In this episode the hosts discuss the lives and legacies of Henry VIII and Oliver Cromwell. These two dictators battle it out in Round 6 of the knock-out tournament to determine the single greatest dictator of all time. The hosts discuss Henry's determination to produce an heir, his creation of the Church of England, his cruel and numerous methods of execution and his lasting legacy. They also discuss Cromwell's rise to power, his brutal decimation of the Irish, his execution of the King, the Puritan bans on most forms of fun and the impact of his short rule. One of these two dictators will be eliminated from the tournament and the other will remain in contention to be crowned history's greatest dictator.

56 minMAY 31
Comments
Henry VIII vs. Oliver Cromwell

Fidel Castro vs. François (Papa Doc) Duvalier

In this episode the hosts discuss the lives and legacies of Fidel Castro and François Duvalier. These two dictators battle it out in Round 5 of the knock-out tournament to determine the single greatest dictator of all time. The hosts discuss Castro's revolution in Cuba, the subsequent political repression, his battles with the USA, the Cuban Missile Crisis and his enduring political legacy. They also discuss Duvalier's rise to power in Haiti, his appalling brutality, his use of Voodoo to deter dissent and his lasting impact on Haiti. One of these two dictators will be eliminated from the tournament and the other will remain in contention to be crowned history's greatest dictator.

39 minMAY 16
Comments
Fidel Castro vs. François (Papa Doc) Duvalier

Xerxes vs. Saddam Hussein

In this episode the hosts discuss the lives and legacies of Xerxes and Saddam Hussein. These two dictators battle it out in Round 4 of the knock-out tournament to determine the single greatest dictator of all time. The hosts discuss Xerxes rule of the Persian Empire, his suppression of the Babylonian rebellions, his failed invasion of Greece and enduring fame. They also discuss Saddam Hussein's rise to power in Iraq, his surprising achievements, his appalling brutality, his failed invasions of Iran and Kuwait and his lasting impact on the middle east and the western world. One of these two dictators will be eliminated from the tournament and the other will remain in contention to be crowned history's greatest dictator.

49 minMAY 5
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Xerxes vs. Saddam Hussein
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