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5 Minute Biographies

History • Education

Each week, we aim to bring you interesting information about interesting people in about five minutes in the form of short biographies which can also be read on our website.

Popular episodes

Jacques Cousteau - S14E07

Nov 7 • 08:24

In the seventh episode of season 14 of the 5 Minute Biographies podcast, we take a brief look at the life of a French navy officer who became a pioneering underwater explorer and documentary film-maker - Jacques Cousteau....

Spencer Tracy - S14E06

Oct 17 • 08:33

Niki Lauda - S14E05

Oct 14 • 08:59

Lyndon B Johnson - S14E04

Oct 3 • 10:29

In the fourth episode of season 14 of the 5 Minute Biographies podcast, we take a brief look at the life of the man who became President of the United States after the assassination of John F. Kennedy - Lyndon B. Johnson....

Jimmy Stewart - S14E03

Sep 26 • 11:02

In the third episode of season 14 of the 5 Minute Biographies podcast, we take a brief look at the life of one of Hollywood's leading men who also flew bombers during the Second World War - Jimmy Stewart....

Kurt Cobain - S14E02

Sep 19 • 11:00

George Orwell - S14E01

Sep 12 • 11:46

In the first episode of season 14 of the 5 Minute Biographies podcast, we take a brief look at the life of the man who was a policeman in the Indian Police Service, a soldier in the Spanish Civil War and the author of classic novels such as Animal Farm and 1984 - he was George Orwell....

Napoleon Bonaparte - S13E10

Apr 11 • 10:48

In the tenth and final episode of season 13 of the 5 Minute Biographies podcast, we take a brief look at the life of a man who rose through military ranks and ultimately became the self-declared emperor of France before being forced into exile after the Battle of Waterloo - Napoleon Bonaparte....

Muhammad Ali - S13E09

Apr 4 • 12:04

In the ninth episode of season 13 of the 5 Minute Biographies podcast, we take a brief look at the life of a man who started with nothing went on to become heavyweight boxing champion of the world, no less than three times - Muhammad Ali....

Elizabeth Taylor - S13E08

Mar 29 • 13:21

In the eighth episode of season 13 of the 5 Minute Biographies podcast, we take a brief look at the life of a child actress who went on to become a Hollywood icon and was almost as famous for her private life as she was for her on-screen persona. Elizabeth Taylor....

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