Little Tiny

11 EpisodesProduced by ABC Radio

Explore world history through the small things that have shaped it.

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The pill — a dinner party conversation starts a sexual revolution

January 15th, 2019


A scientist who experiments on randy rabbits and an infamous Women’s Liberation activist have an unlikely, but fateful meeting at …

The leaf — a Portuguese princess introduces a national pastime to England

January 15th, 2019


A Portuguese princess sold into marriage, an English king suffocated in debt and an exotic leaf that will unlock England’s …

The static — the search for a strange space sound helps prove the Big Bang Theory

January 15th, 2019


Two astronomers discover a curious sound in space that will drive them to madness — or at least have them chasing pigeons for two years — and give us a new perspective on the universe. These …

The wine — a deadly 16th century illness reveals the hidden danger of lead poisoning

January 15th, 2019


An entire German city is dying of a mysterious illness, and the royal physician is sent to a nearby monastery to find out what the cause is, and how to stop it. This is only the beginning of a story …

The manicure — a Hollywood star helps spark a new industry for Vietnam War refugees

January 15th, 2019


A small group of Vietnamese refugees and a Hollywood actress collude to find refugees work in a hostile America, chasing an …

The Key — the missing key that sinks the Titanic

February 8th, 2018


After the RMS Titanic hit an iceberg in 1912, killing more than 1,500 people, an inquest was held to find out how it happened. Theories abound, but there is one fact that stands out from the court …

The Doughnut — the delicious treat that makes war more palatable for the American people

February 8th, 2018


America has a reputation for supporting war efforts, but this wasn’t always the case. Mere months before they joined World War I, the US voted in a landslide victory to keep the peace. But a flaky …

The Rabbit — the lucky rabbit that transforms Walt Disney from animator into Empire

February 8th, 2018


Walt Disney’s first great success wasn’t a cartoon mouse. Years before Mickey paraded onto our screens, Disney created a cartoon that took him to soaring heights and then to crushing lows in the …

The Clot — the blood clot that stops an Emperor... and starts a new era in China

February 8th, 2018


Wu Zetian is the first, and only, woman Emperor of China. Behind her success is a trail of blood and intrigue that begins with the strangling of her own baby. She is an enigmatic figure, one who …

The Coin — the gold coin donation that kills Marie Antoinette

February 8th, 2018


Queen Marie Antoinette is infamous for provoking the 18th century French Revolution with her excessive spending. But her trial, …


January 19th, 2018


History is full of Little Tiny things that have made a big difference in the world. Whether it’s the key that sank the Titanic, …

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