Ulrich recommends hilariously historical podcast

Nick Ulrich, Staff Writer

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Fans of history and comedy alike can bond over BBC Radio 4’s weekly podcast “You’re Dead to Me.”

The show features a host, a historian and a comedian who team up to make history better than you ever thought it could be. The episode begins with a historian and chief nerd of the famous BBC show “Horrible History.” Greg Jenner, introducing the show as a “history podcast for people who don’t like history, or at least people who forgot to learn any in school.” A fitting description.

This week’s episode is about Lord Byron, English poet and celebrity from the late 18th and early 19th century. I have some former connections to Lord Byron. I’ve always been a fan of the Byronic hero in literature and Lord Byron established that archetype through his life and poems.

A Byronic hero is an archetype popularized in the Romantic Movement and within gothic literature of a hero who is very self-centered with a dark, mysterious personality, but also works toward some greater good or makes the people around him better. Some common examples in modern drama include Edward from the “Twilight” franchise, Dr. House from “House” or Tony Stark in “Avengers.”

This week’s episode features a historian from the University of Cambridge along with a comedian, writer and actor from many BBC shows. Throughout the podcast, the group manages to talk about history in a way that isn’t completely dull. They discuss Byron’s childhood, with two relatively well-off parents but a father who seems to care only for himself.

They go on to talk about how he became a lord at only 10 years-old but was born with a club foot, which required a brace for much of his childhood. Receiving some inheritance along with a curse are notable traits of the Byronic hero in literature, as well.

The show talks about Byron’s love interests in his teenage years. He was known to do it all the time, with the host claiming his Tinder profile might say he was “open to it anywhere and anytime.”

The historian adds that he was open to age and “an equal opportunity lover.”

During his time at college, Byron was not allowed to bring his dog, a story which is relatable to many people here at Wayne. Byron loved animals so much that he found a loophole in the rules and decided to bring a bear instead, the historian points out.

Throughout the rest of the podcast, listeners learn about Byron’s incredible fandom, most of which were women who would write extreme love letters to him because of a connection which they felt. Between that, Byron’s poetic brilliance and the extreme eccentricity in which Byron lived his life with, there are plenty of stories which make for a podcast that is equally entertaining as it is informative.

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