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Answer Me This!

203 EpisodesProduced by Helen and OllyWebsite

Helen Zaltzman and Olly Mann host the award-winning podcast that has been answering the world's questions since 2007. Visit the official website at Buy classic episodes, albums and apps at


Olly Mann Presents... The Retrospectors

Milli Vanilli, Marilyn Monroe and Henry VI are amongst the people pored over in this preview of Olly's new comedy-history podcast series 'The Retrospectors' put together especially for Answer Me This! listeners. You can find the show at In each daily ten-minute episode, Olly and his co-hosts Rebecca and Arion look back at a curious moment from that day in history. Previous topics have included the birth of Ladybird books, Walter Raleigh bringing tobacco to Britain, and the launch of the board-game Twister. In this special compilation, Olly introduces three of his favourite episodes of the show so far:  • In 'Marilyn's Birthday Surprise', the team look back to 19th May 1962, when Marilyn Monroe delivered her breathy, flirtatious rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ to JFK, and columnist Dorothy Kilgallen remarked, 'it seemed like Marilyn was making love to the President in front of 40 million Americans.'  • Then, in 'The Death of Kissing', they look back to 16th July, 1439, when Henry VI issued a decree imploring his citizens to stop kissing his ring, to hold back the spread of the bubonic plague - a deadly disease that had been rampant for a century. • Finally, in 'The Outing of Milli Vanilli', it's time to journey back to 21st July, 1989 - the day German pop duo Milli Vanilli first exposed a shameful secret: their vocals were sung by someone else. Warning: contains Olly's Justin Timberlake impression. If you like what you hear, please please follow 'The Retrospectors' on your podcast app of choice, for a ten-minute dose of something similar every weekday! --- The Retrospectors are Olly Mann, Rebecca Messina & Arion McNicoll, with Matt Hill.  Theme Music: Pass The Peas. Announcer: Bob Ravelli. Edit Producer: Emma Corsham. Copyright: Rethink Audio / Olly Mann 2021.

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