Banned literature is the theme this week, and features the mad ramblings of the CIA, and a whole book full of medieval dick jokes. Which makes us as happy as it'll make you!

Tom discusses Giovanni Boccaccio's The Decameron, a 14th-Century collection of stories so rude they were still getting banned in Europe and the US in the 20th century. Meanwhile Sam's pick is the declassified notes on Operation Northwoods, an insane CIA and US Army round-table discussion on discrediting Fidel Castro's Cuba.

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Welcome to That Was Genius: Two blokes. A 12-hour time difference. An immature sense of humour. And 10,000 years of human civilisation. A weekly podcast looking at the weirder side of history.

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