Daily: TRANSYLVANIAN FAMILIES – Why Romania rules

It’s astonishingly beautiful, fiercely independent, full of mystery and a crossroads of jaw-dropping historical events – so why do we still think of Romania as a backwater? Paul Kenyon, author of Children of the Night: The Strange and Epic Story of Modern Romania, tells Arthur Snell how this sensational state has survived multiple coups, fascist death cults, dictators, and Cold War spies…and why Dracula doesn’t enjoy such a bad rep among his fellow Romanians. 

  • “Romania’s fascist movement was led by a rock star mystic who looked like Hugh Grant.” 
  • “Romania’s fascist leader was so patriotic, he wore a sack of Romania’s blood-soaked earth around his neck.” 
  • “Everybody thought that one in three members of their family were part of the Secret Police.” 
  • “All the leading Romanian football clubs have seen their owners go in and out of prison.”

Presented by Arthur Snell. Assistant producers Jelena Sofronijevic and Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. Produced by Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production


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