The Alternate History Show
By Ben Kearns
The Alternate History ShowSep 15, 2023
The Alternate History Show Interview-With John A. Hopkins
In this interview, Alternate History author John Hopkins discusses his new book, 'Atomic Secrets', set in the late 1940's in a world where World War II ends early, in an uneasy stalemate not too dissimilar in some ways to our world's Cold War. John talks about what motivated him to write the book, how Sealion Press picked up the story and published it, about the main characters and how they attempt to thwart the Nazis from developing an Atomic bomb and why he tried to minimise discussion in the book of the point of departure-and how the situation unfolded as it did from there.
The Alternate History Show-Episode12-1066... and All That!
David Flin Interview
In this special interview, author and publisher David Flin discusses his interest in (and relationship with) Alternate History over the last 20 years, how he set up his own publishing company-and why he is so eager to be part of the next full episode of this podcast, on 1066. Plus, Building a Better Future-the sequel will be out soon-David explains what to expect from it.
The Alternate History Show-Episode11-European Diplomacy From 1870 To 1914
The Alternate History Show Feedback Hub Special-With Kevin Ikenberry
Alternate History Show Feedback Hub Special-A chat with Bruno Lombardi
Episode9-Raging Militant, Seething Social Democrats and The Struggle For The Heart Of Labour In The 80's
In addition, in part3, Ben talks to Alex Wallace and accompanying authors, who until recently were working ridiculous hours on their AH anthology, AlloAmericana: Myths and legends from other Americas. Prepare for the hard sell-but it'll totally be worth it!
The Alternate History Show-Episode8-Rhodesia and Zimbabwe
In part1, we discuss the 1922 Rhodesian unification with South Africa that never was and the Unification of the North and the South.
In part2, we touch on the runup to UDI (along with the declaration itself) and in the third part, we imagine alternate scenarios surrounding the Lancaster House agreement and ask, did Zimbabwe need a Mandela? Plus there's Alex Wallace with all the AH news you should know about in the Feedback Hub.
The Alternate History Show-Episode 7-Israel/Palestine
In this episode, Ben Kearns and Alex Wallace discuss the Alternate History of Middle Eastern affairs from The Balfour Declaration onwards. In Part1, could the Balfour Declaration have been worded differently? Could the British Mandate period have gone more-or less successfully? Would the state of Israel have been established without the Second World War-and conversely, is there any way Israel could not have been formed if World War II had ended the same as in our world? In part2, we talk about the prospect of Israel being formed with an alternate leader, the consequences of a Soviet aligned or Neutral Israel and alternate outcomes to the 1967 and Yom Kippur wars. Part3 sees us discussing no Camp David accords and the consequences of Sadat and Rabin surviving their assassinations in 1981 and 1995 respectively. Plus in the Feedback Hub, we discuss Sealion Press articles, the Birthday of the Alternate Timelines site and much more!
The Alternate History Show-Episode 4 (Brexit, In 1975)
In this podcast (originally released in January 2020-a week before the UK's real life departure from the EU), Ben and special guest Tom Black (from Sealion Press) discuss alternate outcomes to the original European Referendum, in 1975. Also, could the UK have held a vote on whether or not to join the EEC. Plus there's the 60 Second summary, a look at the life and times of William Penn-and the AH news at the time, in the feedback hub.
The Alternate History Show-Episode3 (Nuclear Scenarios)
In this addition (originally out in Dec 2019), Ben and guests Alex Wallace and Colin Salt discuss what might have been had the second world war ended with a Nuclear strike on Germany, a world where the cold war goes hot in 1973 and wonder what if the 2 tribes really did go to war in the 80's. Along with all this, Ben takes a look at the AH story set 10 years after the Cuban Missile War of 1962-and did one Russian officer really save us from Nuclear war in 1983?
The Alternate History Show-Episode2 (The Beatles)
In This episode (originally released in October 2019), Ben is joined by an Alternate History fan who happens to be a massive Beatles Wizz! You'll hear what they think may have happened in the 60's without the Beatles, how music would've developed had the band not broken up and the prospects for a Beatles Reunion after 1980, had John Lennon survived. Also, we take a look at the life and times of the man who turned down the fab 4-and towards the end of the show, Alex Wallace will be hear with the feedback hub.
The Alternate History Show-Episode1 (World War II)
In the first ever episode (originally released on the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II), Ben Kearns and Alex Wallace talk about the Alternate History of that conflict. Could it have been averted? If so when? How could it have been shortened? We discuss all this and more-plus, Ben has some info on the man who nearly killed Hitler in World War I-and later, the introductory Feedback Hub.
The Alternate History Show-episode6 (The War Of The Worlds)
In this episode, Ben is joined by Alex Wallace (War Of The Worlds super fan) and Scott Washburn, author of 'The Grate Martian War', a hugely successful War Of The Worlds sequel.
We discuss what would've happened to Sci-fi had the book never have been written in the first place, how the book would've been received if Wells had envisaged a Martian victory-and what if the 1938 radio play had never been produced, or had been broadcast at a less politically sensitive time?
Plus, in the Feedback hub (among other things), Alex reviews the latest work of Tom Anderson, imagining a world where the Grate reform act never passes the British parliament.
The Alternate History Show-Episode5 (Best Of)
In part1, you'll hear clips from the very first episode on all things World War II, plus a montage from the second show, focused on The Beatles. In part2, you'll hear the best bits of episodes 3 and 4, on Nuclear Weapons and The UK leaving the common market respectively. Finally in part3, a couple of previous 60 Second Summaries, along with an all new Feedback Hub, featuring discussions on HG Wells contribution to AH, a fascinating chat about the 1920's and much more.