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These Fascinating History Podcasts Will Make You Fall In Love With The Past

a month ago · "A great podcast is all about being able to tell a great story. The medium thrives on masterful storytellers recounting and analyzing a moment in time that may have been forgotten or misread. It’s all about weaving threads together and adding insight along the way. That’s why history podcasts are some of the best around."
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Dan Carlin's Hardcore History

By Dan Carlin
In "Hardcore History" journalist and broadcaster Dan Carlin takes his "Martian", unorthodox way of thinking and applies it to the past. Was Alexander the Great as bad a person as Adolf Hitler? What would Apaches with modern weapons be like? Will our modern civilization ever fall like civilizations from past eras? This isn't academic history (and Carlin isn't a historian) but the podcast's unique blend of high drama, masterful narration and Twilight Zone-style twists has entertained millions o...
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The Dollop with Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds

By Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds
Comedians Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds take on one subject from American history each week.
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The New York Public Library Podcast

By The New York Public Library
Join The New York Public Library and your favorite writers, artists, and thinkers for smart talks and provocative conversations from the nation’s cultural capital.
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BackStory

By BackStory, Panoply
BackStory is a weekly public podcast hosted by U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh, Nathan Connolly and Joanne Freeman. We're based in Charlottesville, Va. at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Each week we take a topic that people are talking about and explore it through the lens of American history. Through stories, interviews, and conversation with our listeners, we make history engaging and fun.
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Stuff You Missed in History Class

By HowStuffWorks
Join Holly and Tracy as they bring you the greatest and strangest Stuff You Missed In History Class in this podcast by HowStuffWorks.com.
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You Must Remember This

By Karina Longworth / Panoply
You Must Remember This is a storytelling podcast exploring the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century. It’s the brainchild and passion project of Karina Longworth (founder of Cinematical.com, former film critic for LA Weekly), who writes, narrates, records and edits each episode. It is a heavily-researched work of creative nonfiction: navigating through conflicting reports, mythology, and institutionalized spin, Karina tries to sort out what really happened behind the ...
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1001 Heroes, Legends, Histories & Mysteries Podcast

By Jon Hagadorn Podcast Host
Where History Comes Alive! A fast-paced, well-researched weekly podcast covering a wide range of historical events, persons, places, legends, and mysteries, hosted by Jon Hagadorn. 1001 Heroes Podcast is a proud part of the 1001 Stories Podcast Network, which includes 1001 Classic Short Stories & Tales Podcast and 1001 Stories For the Road Podcast. The network enjoyed over 5 million listens in the past year from a worldwide audience. Get The Free App (1001Stories Network) Now! It combine...
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Lore

By Aaron Mahnke
Our fears have roots. Lore exposes the darker side of history, exploring the creatures, people, and places of our wildest nightmares. Because sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction.
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Sidedoor

By Smithsonian Institution
More than 154 million treasures fill the Smithsonian’s vaults, but where public view ends, Sidedoor begins. With the help of biologists, artists, historians, archaeologists, zookeepers and astrophysicists, host Tony Cohn sneaks listeners through Smithsonian’s side door to search for stories that can’t be found anywhere else. Check out si.edu/sidedoor and follow @SidedoorPod for more info.
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Best of the Rest

15 days ago

The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe

By Mike Rowe
All good stories have a twist, and all great storytellers are just a little twisted. Join Mike Rowe for a different take on the people and events that you thought you knew, from pop culture to politics, Hollywood to History… The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe is a series of short mysteries for the curious mind with a short attention span.
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Revisionist History

By Malcolm Gladwell / Panoply
Revisionist History is Malcolm Gladwell's journey through the overlooked and the misunderstood. Every episode re-examines something from the past—an event, a person, an idea, even a song—and asks whether we got it right the first time. From Panoply Media. Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance.
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Burnt Toast

By Food52
Food intersects with our lives in more ways than we think. Food52's Burnt Toast podcast chases those stories to give listeners the perfect pieces of snackable dinner-party fodder—all inside of a commute's time. In each episode, host Michael Harlan Turkell explores a different aspect of food culture and community, highlighting the often-surprising past informing what we eat every day, and meeting some of the people shaping food's present and future.
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Burnt Toast

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Philosophize This!

By Stephen West
Beginner friendly if listened to in order! For anyone interested in an educational podcast about philosophy where you don't need to be a graduate-level philosopher to understand it. In chronological order, the thinkers and ideas that forged the world we live in are broken down and explained.
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Our Fake History

By ourfakehistory/ Entertainment One (eOne)
Historical Myths Relished and Ruined!
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Paul Harvey Podcast

By David Arendale
Thanks for being a loyal listener of the podcast during the past year. Reviews on iTunes and personal emails to me have expressed your fondness for Mr. Harvey and importance of his message. The source for the audio files for this podcast had stated they were in the public domain. It turns out not be the case. For that reason, this podcast is discontinued and the episodes are removed. The good news is that the original, studio-quality audio files for The Rest of the Story and the News and Co...
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Slow Burn: A Podcast About Watergate

You think you know the story, or maybe you don’t. But Watergate was stranger, wilder, and more exciting than you can imagine. What did it feel like to live through the scandal that brought down President Nixon? Find out on this eight-episode podcast miniseries hosted by Leon Neyfakh. This podcast is made possible by Slate Plus members, who get a full-length bonus episode every week. Find out more at http://slate.com/slowburn.
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The RFK Tapes

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Revolutions

By Mike Duncan
A weekly podcasting exploring great political revolutions. Now: The July Revolution. Next: 1848
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Uncivil

By Gimlet
America is divided, and it always has been. We're going back to the moment when that split turned into war. This is Uncivil: Gimlet Media's new history podcast, hosted by journalists Jack Hitt and Chenjerai Kumanyika. We ransack the official version of the Civil War, and take on the history you grew up with. We bring you untold stories about covert operations, corruption, resistance, mutiny, counterfeiting, antebellum drones, and so much more. And we connect these forgotten struggles to the p...
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Historical Blindness

By Recorded History Podcast Network
The Historical Blindness podcast is a discussion of interesting and largely forgotten stories from our past, with a specific focus on demonstrating the inscrutability, the ineffability, and the unknowability of the past. By examining cases of outrageous hoaxes, mass hysteria, baffling mysteries and unreliable historiography, we raise the question, “Can we trust history as we have received it?”
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Historium Unearthia

By Crystal Ponti
Hosted by freelance journalist and history sleuth, Crystal Ponti, Historium Unearthia is a podcast celebrating history's lost and untold stories… the ones overshadowed by the more memorable and talked about events, people, and "things" from our past. But these are no ordinary stories. These are the weird, the macabre, the unbelievable. The stories that make your heart race and your mind spin. They’re the kind of stories that leave you stunned and amazed and questioning everything you thought ...
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Witness

By BBC World Service
History as told by the people who were there.
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Demoted For Being Gay

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Ridiculous History

By HowStuffWorks
History is beautiful, brutal and, often, ridiculous. Join Ben Bowlin and Noel Brown as they dive into some of the weirdest stories from across the span of human civilization in Ridiculous History, a podcast by HowStuffWorks.
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History on Fire

By Daniele Bolelli
Where history and epic collide--"History on Fire" is a podcast by author and university professor Daniele Bolelli.
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