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A Man with a Cat turns unusual and sometimes forgotten works of English language Non-Fiction, Poetry and Prose into properly narrated, professionally produced audio books. And now he also makes podcasts, because why not?

June 23, 2019

The Crusades. Part Two - The First Crusade

In this Season of Esoteric Reads, I'm reading "Extraordinary Popular Delusions and The Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay, first published in 1841. On tonight's episode, we continue with Mackay's chapter discussing the Crusades, specifically "The First Crusade" in which the nobility of Europe lead their army of zealots to take Jerusalem, and conquer the Holy Land. And that was the last we ever head of that...

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June 12, 2019

Before Chernobyl: The Windscale Fire

In a shameless attempt to ride on the coat tails of a popular cultural event, I am taking a break from my planned reading for this episode, and instead we're going nuclear. This week I'm reading the "Penney Report", or more formally "Report on the accident at Windscale No. 1 Pile on 10 October 1957".

A serious fire developed in the core of a nuclear reactor at Windscale Works, Sellafield, northwest England, which led to the release of significant quantities of radioactive material into the environment during 10–11th October, 1957.

In 1957, Windscale Works was operated by the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), and on 15th October it was announced by the Chairman of the UKAEA that a Committee of Inquiry had been established under the chairmanship of Sir William Penney to conduct an investigation into the accident.

The Report was made public in January, 1988, and the original can be found in The National Archives.

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Cover Image: Storm Clouds over Sellafield by Chris Eaton

May 5, 2019

The Crusades. Part One - The People’s Crusade.

In this Season of Esoteric Reads, I'm reading "Extraordinary Popular Delusions and The Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay, first published in 1841. On tonight's episode, we discuss the Crusades, reading from the first part of Mackay's chapter on the subject concerning "The People's Crusade", also called "The Peasants' Crusade", "Paupers' Crusade" or "Popular Crusade". This one doesn't have any Knights Templar in it, but it does have tens of thousands of people being killed by Hungarians.

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April 28, 2019

The Mueller Report (BONUS)

That's Season 1 of "Esoteric Reads" over and done with. We have concluded Volume 1 of the Mueller Report, and boy, was that laugh a minute, eh? It's been emotional, and I'll be honest with you, I am sick of Donald Trump. Not in a partisan way, more an "American Politics, it's not my bag, man" way. 

But, I am nothing if not mercenary, so if I can see there's money in it, I will happily continue reading the final Volume of the Mueller Report. If you want more, share this podcast with your friends and colleagues, encourage them to subscribe to my channel on Youtube or Follow me on Twitch, listen to me on Spotify, or patronise me at http://www.patreon.com/manwithacat. That's not too much to ask is it? You don't hate American Democracy do you? Is this how the Republic dies? To the sound of people not giving me money?

In the interim, as a bonus, here's the Introduction and Executive summary to Volume 2. Enjoy.

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April 28, 2019

The Mueller Report (Part Six)

In this Season of Esoteric Reads, I'm reading the Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, III. Bit drier than my normal material, but let's see how we get on. Personally I don't follow politics in the former colonies, but the Yanks seem pretty keen on it. We conclude Volume I with the Office of the Special Prosecutor's decisions on Prosecution and Declination.

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April 28, 2019

The Mueller Report (Part Five)

In this Season of Esoteric Reads, I'm reading the Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, III. Bit drier than my normal material, but let's see how we get on. Personally I don't follow politics in the former colonies, but the Yanks seem pretty keen on it. In this episode, we conclude the Office of the Special Prosecutor's investigation into Russian Government Links and Contacts with the Trump Campaign.

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April 28, 2019

The Mueller Report (Part Four)

In this Season of Esoteric Reads, I'm reading the Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, III. Bit drier than my normal material, but let's see how we get on. Personally I don't follow politics in the former colonies, but the Yanks seem pretty keen on it. In this episode, we continue with the Office of the Special Prosecutor's investigation into Russian Government Links and Contacts with the Trump Campaign.

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April 28, 2019

The Mueller Report (Part Three)

In this Season of Esoteric Reads, I'm reading the Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, III. Bit drier than my normal material, but let's see how we get on. Personally I don't follow politics in the former colonies, but the Yanks seem pretty keen on it. In this episode, we cover the first third of the Office of the Special Prosecutor's investigation into Russian Government Links and Contacts with the Trump Campaign.

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April 28, 2019

The Mueller Report (Part Two)

In this Season of Esoteric Reads, I'm reading the Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, III. Bit drier than my normal material, but let's see how we get on. Personally I don't follow politics in the former colonies, but the Yanks seem pretty keen on it. In this episode, we cover the "Active Measures" and Hacking Campaigns, carried out by Russian Military Intelligence (GRU), and other state-sponsored organisations.

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April 26, 2019

The Mueller Report (Part One)

In this Season of Esoteric Reads, I'm reading the Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, III. Bit drier than my normal material, but let's see how we get on. Personally I don't follow politics in the former colonies, but the Yanks seem pretty keen on it.  

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