Author: Al Jazeera

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They're history’s most famous and infamous people. You’ve heard of them, but now it’s time you hear from them.
34 Episodes
Andrés Escobar was considered the gentleman of football for his clean, calm play on the pitch. But his life was cut short after a mistake at the 1994 World Cup. In hindsight, it was impossible to separate the footballer, and the sport, from the other Escobar in 1990s Colombia.Support the show:
Brazil's Mané Garrincha was first written off after being born with bent legs. Against the odds, he went on to become one of the greatest dribblers in football. But in hindsight, Garrincha's ultimate undoing began when he was a boy.     Support the show:
Hungary's Ferenc Puskás is considered “football’s first international superstar.” There's even a trophy named after him for the player who scores the most 'aesthetically significant  goal'. In hindsight, his journey from national hero to fugitive and hero again was already written.Support the show:
England's Lily Parr became famous during the brief, golden period of women’s football in the 1920s.  A time when society had a hard time accepting that the sport was suitable for women. But Parr was formidable and in hindsight, the chain-smoking footballer was very much ahead of her time.    Support the show:
Lev Yashin was a Soviet-era legend, considered by many to be the best goalkeeper in the game. Scoring on Yashin was considered a career achievement and with a nickname like the Black Spider, you'll find out why.   In hindsight however, although he was adored, Yashin wasn't spared a violent backlash by his fans.Support the show:
Diego Armando Maradona is often described as having been touched by the divine. But in hindsight, the man was no saint. Support the show:
Rosa Parks is known to most as the woman who took a stand by sitting down. In the collective memory, her legacy is confined to that one day, but in hindsight, refusing to give up her seat on a segregated bus was neither her first nor her last fight for social justice. Support the show:
Sani Abacha is often referred to as the worst and most corrupt ruler in modern Nigerian history. He established a reputation as someone who was good at planning coups. A kingmaker of sorts. But none was more successful, and subsequently destructive, as his own takeover for power.  In hindsight, how did no one see it coming? Support the show:
Ulrike Meinhof - one half of the infamous Baader-Meinhof gang that robbed, bombed, kidnapped and killed their way across Germany in the early 1970s. In hindsight, was she a deranged terrorist who took her own life to evade justice, or a misunderstood victim of a tumultuous, mid-20th century Europe?Support the show:
In the West, Pol Pot is synonymous with Cambodia’s infamous “Khmer Rouge”.  One of the most brutal dictatorships of the 20th Century. In hindsight, was this a case of one man’s bloodthirsty hunger for power, or the unravelling of a mission for an agrarian utopia? Support the show:
Augusto Pinochet ruled Chile for 17 years after a coup in 1973.  Many who knew him in the years before considered him unremarkable. In hindsight, Pinochet was an accomplished opportunist who seized absolute power, then bullied his way into keeping it.  Support the show:
Strong,  determined, cultured and desperate for true love.  Catherine the Great was Russia's longest ruling female leader. She was also its last. In hindsight, her rise to power was no accident.Support the show:
Hindsight Season 4

Hindsight Season 4


Catherine the Great, Augusto Pinochet, Ulrike Meinhof, Pol Pot, Sani Abacha and Rosa Parks. What do they have to say in season 4 of Hindsight? Actor Charles Dance narrates.  We begin with Catherine the Great on August 30.Support the show:
Polonium for Poland and Radium for the rays. Marie Curie was a Pole and scientist through and through. But as a woman in the early 20th century, her contributions in discovering two elements nearly went unknown. Support the show:
Tokyo Rose became a household name in post-World War II United States. But the woman behind the nickname would spend her entire adult life distancing herself from the legend. Iva Toguri, an American of Japanese heritage was caught between two warring worlds and ultimately convicted of treason.Support the show:
Charming, gregarious, ready to please. These are the disarming traits of one of Africa’s most violent dictators. For eight years, Idi Amin ruled Uganda with terrifying consequences. Switching alliances became a game and the former boxing champion liked to play. *Some scenes might be disturbing to some listeners. Support the show:
Indira Gandhi’s path to becoming the first female prime minister of India was inevitable. As the daughter of the country’s first independent leader, she learned from a young age the cost of fighting for one’s beliefs. Her beliefs and desire to continue the family's political dynasty would be both her making and her undoing.Support the show:
For more than 40 years one man ruled Libya. Muammar Gaddafi.  He was no ordinary tyrant. Clever and creative, he designed a handbook to build a new society and woe to anyone who objected to his philosophy in life.  From national hero to a hunted recluse, Gaddafi’s ironic transition from freedom fighter to dictator culminated in a horrific defeat.  Narrated by Charles Dance.Support the show:
From the mother of radioactivity to the 'mad dog of the Middle East', hear from history's heroes and villains in season 3 of Hindsight. Charles Dance of The Crown and Game of Thrones returns as narrator. Have a listen to what's coming.New season begins January 25th. Support the show:
When Gibran Khalil Gibran was 12 years old, he boarded a ship from Lebanon to the United States with his mother and three siblings. Within a few years only two of them would be alive. Shaped by loss and a distrust of religious and political powers, Gibran's insatiable rebellious soul would go on to create his seminal work, The Prophet. But it didn’t come without sacrifice.  “...the timeless in you is aware of life's timelessness…”Support the show:
Comments (9)

mahtab haghshenas

it's interesting yet scary how many similar ideas the dictators of different times and areas share with each other. it's a lesson to learn, in order to prevent such a miserable destiny from happening. 🙏

Apr 25th

mahdi ghader

interesting 👌👌 but how could we have the full transcription ? would you please release it on your site or somewhere?

Sep 13th

Mahtab Haghshenas

Quite necessary for his fans and all who adores him👏👌

Apr 18th

Hesam Abbasi

could you please publish the transcript of episodes?

Feb 6th


I love this episode. 🥰

Jan 30th

Mahtab Haghshenas

So inspiring and sad for sure

Jan 21st

Sahel Farokhi

Bravo! that's awesome 👏👏

Nov 21st

Mourad Alami

wonderful podcast! keep it up!

Jul 4th

Mohamed Guerbouz

this is one of the best podcasts ever I really enjoyed it can't wait to hear the new episodes.

Nov 17th
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