Real Dictators

Real Dictators


Real Dictators is the award-winning podcast that explores the hidden lives of history's tyrants. Hosted by Paul McGann, with contributions from eyewitnesses and expert historians. New episodes available one week early for Noiser+ subscribers. You'll also get ad-free listening and exclusive content. To find out more about Noiser+, head to For advertising enquiries, email Production: Joel Duddell, Miriam Baines, Tom Pink, George Tapp, Dorry Macaulay, Cian Ryan-Morgan, Joseph McGann. Compositions by Oliver Baines, Dorry Macaulay, Tom Pink.

Categories: Education

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Herod leaves Rome to wrest Judea from the Parthians. He will marry a princess, commission extraordinary building works, and even murder his in-laws as he tries to win over his people. But how will that desperate quest shape his subjects’ lives, and his own legacy? And what of Herod’s most notorious act - the Slaughter of the Innocents? A Noiser production, written by Kate Harrison. This is Part 2 of 2. Get every episode of Real Dictators a week early with Noiser+. You’ll also get ad-free listening, bonus material and early access to shows across the Noiser network. Click the Noiser+ banner to get started. Or, if you’re on Spotify or Android, go to Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Previous episodes

  • 115 - Herod the Great Part 2: Murders in the Family 
    Wed, 27 Dec 2023
  • 114 - Herod the Great Part 1: Ruler of Galilee 
    Wed, 20 Dec 2023
  • 113 - Saddam Hussein Part 5: The War on Terror 
    Wed, 13 Dec 2023
  • 112 - Saddam Hussein Part 4: The First Gulf War 
    Wed, 06 Dec 2023
  • 111 - Saddam Hussein Part 3: Oil and the Ayatollah 
    Wed, 29 Nov 2023
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