Historians Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook are interrogating the past, and attempting to de-tangle the present. They question the nature of Greatness, why the West no longer has civil wars and whether Richard Nixon was more like Caligula or Claudius. They're distilling the entirety of human history, or, as much as they can fit into about fifty minutes. Join The Rest Is History Club (www.restishistorypod.com) for ad-free listening to the full archive, weekly bonus episodes, live st...
Release date: 2023-03-13
1. Brilliant! (said as in the classic Guinness beer advertisement) - One of the best history podcasts on iTunes! I'm going through all of them right now!! One caveat. The "Classics" episode with Mary Beard. I can't believe how unlistenable this was with Mary Beard's constant stammering, stuttering, stumbling and spluttering over her words!!! Just split it out and answer the questions!! JEEZ. We get it, you're smart and clever but this constant searching for the ultimate word or answer was BRUTAL!! She was so bad that it effected Tom Holland's speech pattern!! Then I wasn't sure if it was sarcasm but he finishes the interview with "Mary beard, you are so eloquent"!!! No SHE WAS NOT!!! Note to self: never listen to Mary Beard's audio books with her as the reader!! Love all the other subjects/podcasts so far!!
2. Why are there less episodes? - I started a subscription and don’t see any new episodes all week. Also, I tried to listen to a recent episode that I had not finished and am getting the message that ‘it is not available’. I will consider unsubscribing if these issues are not addressed. Sibylle Pearson
3. Rationalizing slavery for Spanish - Kinda sad you try and rationalize the Spanish enslaving people and saying they didn’t want to do it and they did it out of necessity and that the Catholic Church by their standard is against the idea of slavery when they were the biggest perpetrators of oppression and slavery out of anyone in recent history…… just sad to try and brainwash people because of personal feelings.
4. Very listenable - I was searching for a podcast about Empress Theodora that wasn’t full of ear searing profanity and thankfully after several unfortunate choices of podcasts I found this. All three podcasts about Justinian and Theodora were intelligent and enjoyable to listen to. Thanks for the great history lessons! Definitely will be checking out more episodes.
5. Some fact checking needed - In today's episode on Columbus, Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland agree that Washington Irving wrote "'Twas The Night Before Christmas". He did not. It was written by Clement Clarke Moore. Granted, this isn't an error that will change the course of history, but it's poor scholarship not to check facts about which you're uncertain, gentlemen.
6. Greatest Pod In The History of Pods! Top Historians! - Can’t wait for more! Just a great conversation, always want more! The best! Time flys listening to this, keep up the good work! Second for John Paul the Great!!!!! Saint Cuthbert the Great???? Gets better every week!!! Love Twitter tournaments! Just keeps getting better and better! A top historians top podcast!!
7. Love from the US! - I first learned about your podcast as I am a fan of Dan Carlin and Hardcore History and listened to his interview with you two.
This is now my second favorite history podcast and am a club member too! I have learned so much and both of you have great perspectives, are great story tellers and can be hilarious! A true gem.
8. Why Can’t All History Teachers Be as Good as These Guys Are? - We’d all be historians if our high school and university professors were as funny, entertaining, and knowledgeable as Tom and Dominic are. I came to the podcast by way of Tom’s books on Rome, Islam, and the rise of Christianity. Listen, learn, and laugh. What can be better than going deeper into history.
The Cold War, Prohibition, the Gold Rush, the Space Race. Every part of your life - the words you speak, the ideas you share - can be traced to our history, but how well do you really know the stories that made America? We'll take you to the events, the times and the people that shaped our nation. And we'll show you how our history affected them, their families and affects you today. Hosted by Lindsay Graham (not the Senator). From Wondery, the network behind American Scandal, Tides of History, ...
Release date: 2023-03-08
1. Confusing - I must say the site is incredible but using it is difficult. I still cannot find the fourth installment episode of Arron Burr. Nor if there even is a fourth?
I am a Amazon prime member and was told due to that I could get the site ad free. Cannot find out how to do that? Help, love your site and work outstanding!
2. Engaging but revisionist - Very engaging style of presenting history. But the bias and revisions to focus on politically liberal perspectives is overdone. I get it - we all want our positions heard and like minded friends identified. This podcast is the START to a conversation. If you’re not interested in educating yourself and others on the rest of the story — the other perspectives and lessons, maybe skip this to avoid perpetuating ignorance.
3. Great way to learn more about historical moments - Great pod, well researched and put together. You can tell there is a lot of work that goes into this podcast and it shows in the delivery, content, and chosen topics. To all the salty MAGA white people complaining about race being a component in episodes, race has always been a part in history, privilege has allowed certain individuals to ignore it now that they’re faced with it they don’t like it and leave a bad review.
4. Awesome Podcast - I am a person who hated history in school… as a kid I thought textbook repetition of dates was so boring. However, this podcast is so interesting and really brings history to life through the storytelling aspect, such that you are able to put yourself in the shores of historical events from fascinating perspectives. Well done!
5. Does history really repeat itself? - Loveeee this podcast!!! Yes go over WW - I think it’s safe to say history is repeating itself, now. Look at the events that took place that led up to WW. Also my uncle Joe served our country and says he remembers the assassination and can tell me as a fact that he had the proof & knowledge of who shot President Kennedy. One of his own.
6. Fabulously addictive - This has been my ‘back in the office’ podcast since I’ve had to go back to commuting, and I’m completely bummed out that I’ve gotten to the end of the series so far. As an amateur historian, it’s well-researched, the stories he chooses to highlight are engaging, and the podcast is definitely at the top of the list for quality and production values. The voice actors’ reenactment isn’t my favorite but it’s well done and the actors are good so it’s easily palatable. The Gold Rush series has been super fun and informational, and actually got me to subscribe to Wondery - now that it’s over, I’m anxiously awaiting the next season.
7. So good! - American History Tellers keeps us on the edge of our seats in the car! My year old, Milo, especially loves history and this podcast has led us to have some interesting conversations. His favorite has been season about the Civil War. You should consider doing a season about the Ross/Ridge rivalry in the Cherokee Nation, it makes the Montague and the Capulet rivalry look tame! Keep up the great work!
8. Does everything have ro be about race? - Another decided shift in the more recent podcasts - you just can’t give us the history of anything without injecting & focusing on race. The Panama Canal was a marvel of brilliant engineering - especially for the time. Harnessing the power of the water, the hollow door construction, the use of a tiny engine to operate the lock doors, and the dozens of choices made, without which, would have made the canal nearly impossible to build. Instead of talking about those things you chose to focus on wage gaps. There’s a reason which you didn’t bother to mention. They couldn’t attract enough Americans to go down there to such a hostile environment for what they were willing to or could afford to pay. Hard to believe that not enough people from MN & MI weren’t willing to take the risk of traveling to Panama, with the heat, humidity and risk of dying from tropical disease! Islanders lived in similar conditions and there were fewer jobs. It wasn’t JUST about race. But this is what it’s like these days - EVERYTHING has to be about skin color.
Sarah is a journalist obsessed with the past. Every week she reconsiders a person or event that's been miscast in the public imagination.
Release date: 2023-02-27
1. Used to be SO good - Since Michael Hobbes left, it has become increasingly difficult to listen to this. In the place of his really smart and funny commentary you have basic boring snark from Sarah Marshall. She’s just… not that smart, doesn’t have particularly interesting ideas, and that’s why this podcast is almost never very good, except when she has a really amazing guest who can carry the show (like the one on preppy clothes). Most of the time she’s saying something not that funny, that doesn’t make much sense, or is super obvious, and then laughing as if she’s just said the most brillant funny quirky thing ever.
2. Thematically Uneven - Love the research, love many of the cohosts, and LOVE most of the subject matter. However, lately I’m not getting what I’m “wrong about” with a lot of the subjects. For instance, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours - the episode was just a semi-deep-dive into the facts that most people familiar with the subject already know. It was interesting, and not at all surprising. I’m currently listening to the Baby Jessica episode and it’s the same thing - anyone who’s had a brush with the subject will not learn anything contrary to the facts, though may learn about media coverage and public fascination with involuntarily trapped people. Perhaps this new direction for the podcast should be renamed “Yes And” or something?
3. Too many side conversations - I loved this podcast when Michael cohosted. I switched jobs and couldn’t keep up with podcasts. I am now able to listen at my new job and imagine my surprise when I learned Michael was no longer a cohost. I chose the Karen Carpenter episodes because I am intrigued by her. The first episode was horrible. I keep skipping through it because the hosts kept having side conversations about topics that had nothing to do with Karen. I also felt a lot of the conversation was about the what ifs pertaining to Karen. It’s ridiculous to try and second guess the decisions someone made. It’s also ridiculous to guess what you think Karen would still be doing if she were still alive. Suggesting she’d be on social media, etc. I thought the second episode would get better but it didn’t. I cannot finish it. It’s sad because I loved this podcast before. There’s no structure. Sure things would get off topic with Michael but it’s beyond ridiculous now.
4. The obnoxious voice makes it hard to enjoy - I like the topics and sometimes I learn something new. I don’t mind the politics like some do. But I can barely stand Sarah’s nasal, grating, self-important tone, singsongy judgy cadence and her weird constant laugh, which usually occurs at unfunny, inappropriate times after she says something she deems so witty or insightful. And all of this is done way too close to the mic. Mainly her tone just comes across as self-important and know-it-all condescension. It makes a somewhat interesting pod a little unlikable. So, this podcast is usually the one I turn to when I’ve already listened to all my favs.
5. This explains my whole childhood - I have absolutely loved almost every single episode of You’re Wrong About. I am around Sarah‘s age and so all of these events that they talked about on the show are also ones that I remember from my childhood. It’s a neat experience to go back as an adult and revisit some of these things, and truly understand what was happening in a way that no one seemed to at the time. It’s well researched, and entertaining to listen to. One star for capitalism and five for the podcast. Great job, Sarah!
6. Sometimes Alienating - Generally enjoy this podcast. But as a POC and immigrant, I find the host and guests’ perspective on parenting and families to be alienating. Not surprising that your standard POV for parenting and families is white and western. But, as a podcast that seems to reach for “wokeness,” perhaps recognize that.
7. Thoughtful and Engaging - I love this show. I was a bit worried when Michael Hobbes left, but Sarah and her wonderful guests are such a pleasure to listen to. I’ve loved this show for a while, but the recent episodes made me write this review (e.g., Chris McCandless). Keep up the good work, Sarah Marshall!
8. And so it ends… - This used to be one of my top podcasts, even after Michael left. But I’ve increasingly stretched the time between listening to new episodes for months, and finally reached the end. The end for me, that is. I forced myself to keep listening to several past episodes that were difficult to get through, but after minutes of the first Karen Carpenter episode, I am calling it quits. It actually took me over an hour to get to minute , as Sarah and her producer went on so many painfully boring and irrelevant tangents that I constantly had to skip back seconds after realizing I didn’t know what was going on. I still don’t really know what I listened to - it’s actually kind of incredible. (I wasn’t doing anything else that required focus, merely cleaning on a quiet Sunday.) I used to be enraptured by each episode, so it saddens me that it has become impossible to truly take in regardless of my interest on the subject being discussed. This podcast is now a prime example of mindless drivel (I hate to sound so mean and hope it is clear that I enjoyed Sarah’s work before so in no way am I attacking her personality, which I still like!). I won’t pretend to know how or why the show went off the rails, but I hope Sarah is able to get it back to the quality production it used to be. I doubt I’ll give it a fifth chance, however.
Every scandal begins with a lie. But the truth will come out. And then comes the fallout and the outrage. Scandals have shaped America since its founding. From business and politics to sports and society, we look on aghast as corruption, deceit and ambition bring down heroes and celebrities, politicians and moguls. And when the dust finally settles, we’re left to wonder: how did this happen? Where did they trip up, and who is to blame? From the creators of American History Tellers, Business W...
Release date: 2023-03-14
1. Entertaining, Great Time Passer - This podcast is very entertaining. It includes theatrical representations throughout the podcast, and includes great music as well. I listen to this when doing chores, or whenever I have time on my plate. I would definitely recommend this podcast to anyone who is fascinated by American history.
2. White racism isn’t the answer for everything. No matter how much you want it to be. - I’ve listened to this show since it started. About a year ago every episode started to be typical of every other woke podcast. It used to be a good show before the host would go out of his way to try to shove white racism into every episode. Im done with this podcast and all the other podcasts affiliated with wondery. I’d give zero stars if possible.
3. No more encores please - Most of the scandals covered are informative and interesting, but there are far too many encore episodes that I have to click ‘mark as played’ so they don’t show up on my ‘unplayed’ section. I’ve been waiting for new episodes for over a month now, it’s getting pretty old to have to wait and then see that it’s yet another encore episode. I listen to a lot of podcasts that have a new episode every week, and have not had a repeat episode yet, so it’s not a difficult thing to accomplish in getting a new episode out each week. I’m getting pretty close to deleting this podcast from my library.
4. Exxon Valdez - This event occurred on my birthday in , so I remember it well. I was years old. I think of it every year on my birthday sadly. Thank you for updating what really happened. Jeff Curtis, Hays, KS In episode of the Tim McVae OKC story, you mentioned that the FBI was in Junction City, KS searching all the motels along the I- corridor. Junction City is on I-.
5. I challenge you - Great show, really! I was young or not even born for most of the stories and I’ve learned a lot. You clearly lean one way though, so I offer you this challenge: Do a season on the attack of our Diplomatic Compound on --. Tell the story of the failure of the State and Defense department, how help was not sent, how Americans died and how the Obama Administration lied about it being about a “video” and the atrocious job and attempted cover up by your blessed Clintons. I challenge you………..
6. A Mixed Review - I like this format of important events in history being told in story form. However, having just binged the British Scandal podcasts it’s impossible not to compare. The British one is far better even though they are both produced by Wondery and use the same format. The British one has a male and female host and they take turns on the stories but check in with each other in an entertaining way during the show. They are funny but not giggling and they don't have too much banter. They do a stellar job with the multiple voices for the different characters.And the music is easier for my ears. Great format for both though.
7. You’ve got to be kidding.... - Now one of the most unique events of US history is racist and homophobic?? Lol This would be something someone would make up and sell as satire yet this is how dumbed down our society has become. This type of ridiculous race-baiting would be hilarious if it wasn’t so detrimental to the lives of so many minorities in this country who can no longer do anything for themselves because they are so convinced that every aspect of society is stacked against them and without massa Schumer, massa Pelosi, and massa Biden they are helpless. Slavery absolutely exists in this country only now the slave owners are politicians and charlatans that profit off the racial grievance industry.
8. Captivating podcast, wonderful host - This show is excellent across the board; from the research and writing to host and audio editing. I learn so much and find myself captivated by each episode. Lindsay Graham is a delight to listen to. His narration is perfect and engaging, I love listening to all the podcasts he hosts. Thank you to all the team for producing this top quality show!
Lore is a bi-weekly podcast (now also a TV show and book series) about dark historical tales. Each episode explores the mysterious creatures, tragic events, and unusual places that fill the pages of history. Because sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction.
Release date: 2023-03-29
1. What happened to the show - I do like the podcast but I’m not sure if the makers of the show is getting bored by remastering old episodes as new episodes or having to pay for new episodes or bites. I did have five before but it’s starting to go down hill since the subscription and remastering episodes has started. Not everyone can afford subscriptions. I debating on continuing to listen to the podcast anymore recently coming from someone who’s a long time listener
2. I love lore - I have loved lore for years my mom and I drive around and listening to lore just to get away. Lore is by far the best podcast I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. Any person thinking about listening to lore should absolutely listen. Lore is a sweet blend of folk lore, history, and monsters. This is the first podcast I ever listened to and by far the best podcast to listen while walking, cleaning, or just hanging out in your room. I would not give it starts though I want to give it more!
3. History Paranormal Legend Lore - I've listened to Lore for years, and I've been to one of Aaron's live shows. I really enjoy his deep dives into the darker side of human cultures, psychology, and history. History is much more than dates, events, causes and consequences. Ghosts, cryptids, magic and the paranormal are universal parts of the human experience. Hard to say if it's all objectively "real," but these things have shaped human history and culture. It's fun to journey with Aaron through the shadows.
4. Wow… - I was referred over by the Morbid girls and boy I’m glad I checked this out! I’m a total nerd who loves learning the origin of popular fairy tales, words, idioms and any kind of dark esoteric facts. I’m cynical and I hate when all ghost stories are taken at face value without delving into deeper roots and possible psychological explanations for the supernatural. Somehow this show appeals to my nature in every way possible by laying out some of the coolest origin stories I’ve ever heard, many steeped in both fact and myth. Aaron flits in and out of these concepts seamlessly and I have never used the word spellbinding for a podcast, but this is indeed just that. Aaron’s soothing voice coupled with haunting piano music and incredible storytelling renders me spellbound.
5. Hi! - I love this podcast. Thank you! Hi. Again. Can’t get over how wonderful this podcast is. I love that is cohesive, intelligent, and engaging. Your voice is wonderful. I find it very calming but not boring in the least. Thank you! Hi! Chad Lawson is amazing! I found him on Amazon Music, and have been listening when I “do art”. I am so happy to have found him through your podcast. My dogs love him too!
6. A podcast that informs and frightens - Sadly, gender classification has become a weapon of crass destruction by those who breathe intolerance and excrete grievance. But how about genre classification? Some podcasts don't neatly fit into the genre categories defined by Apple, Spotify, or other podcast feeds. That's the story of the Lore podcast. Is it in the horror genre? Suspense? Supernatural? History? Thriller? True crime? Scary stories? The foundational strength of the podcast is that Lore is all those genres...and more. Lore, of course, is a shortened version of folklore, which means "the traditional beliefs, customs, and stories of a community, passed through the generations by word of mouth." Here's how the podcast's creators define it: "Lore is an award-winning, critically-acclaimed podcast about true life scary stories, exposing the darker side of history, exploring the creatures, people, and places of our wildest nightmares." Through over episodes, Lore has scared, delighted, confounded, titillated, and educated its listeners. The show claims million downloads. It's the last objective -- educating -- that elevates Lore about its brethren suspense podcasts. This podcast aims to not only brew up strong emotions, but also to teach us about our world. Let's look at just two examples. In episode , Notorious, Lore looks at the nature of the devil. Now the devil is scary, along with demons, and the evil it propagates. Host Aaron Mahnke treats us into a fascinating history lesson about the devil and its derivation. For example, Satan is a Hebrew word that means "adversary or enemy." Devil originated as a Greek word that means "The Deceiver." The history lesson continues and is woven neatly into the bone-chilling aspect of the episode. In episode about the haunting in Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary, Mahnke offers us a history lesson about penal reform and its many iterations over the centuries, from sadistic punishment to reclamation. In the episode, Mahnke makes a surprising revelation. That centuries ago, punishment for a crime was so painful and odious -- flaying, whipping, and an excruciating execution -- that prison was the least objectionable part of the criminal justice system back then. After a brief but fascinating discussion of the history of prisons, Mahnke then discusses Eastern State and its most famous occupant, Al Capone. For eight months, from to , Capone served time at Eastern State for carrying a concealed weapon. His cell was dubbed "Park Avenue" because of the amenities that Capone and other notable inmates enjoyed while incarcerated there. Despite the luxuries Capone enjoyed, his stay at Eastern was traumatic for the gangster. Multiple times during his prison stay, Capone would awaken in the middle of the night screaming, "Jimmy." When awakened, he claimed to see a ghost. At the time, prison officials assumed that Capone was having nightmares about the St. Valentine's Day massacre shooting he had ordered on seven members of the Northside Gang in Chicago in early . One of the dead gang members was a man named James Clarke. Eastern State Penitentiary closed in , but re-opened twenty years later as a museum. Mahnke tells us -- with creepy piano music in the background -- that ghost sightings have been reported during museum tours. I've taken this tour, and, although I'm not a believer in the spirit world, it is supremely creepy and eerie there. The host -- and creator -- of Lore is Aaron Mahnke. He is the founder and President of Grim & Mild Entertainment, an entertainment company that develops and sells media such as podcasts (a roster of over shows), books, TV shows, and even a comic book. Like other successful podcasters, Mahnke has published a book to extend the brand. In his case, it's a three-book set called The World of Lore by Penguin Random House. Aaron Mahnke is an excellent host, and I assume that's because he has a passion for these topics. In his bio, Mahnke states that, "He has a deep love for anything historical, mysterious, or unusual." What makes Mahnke so good as the host of Lore is that he doesn't try too hard, mugging for the podcast mic. He doesn't try to sound extra creepy, with false intonations or tonal changes in his voice. Instead, Mahnke allows the excellent script, creepy, plaintive piano background music, and the listeners' own imagination do the work. There's studied patience to his voice that never betrays an urge to "get to the good stuff." No, instead, Mahnke prefers to construct his mood carefully, cautiously, and completely. So Aaron Mahnke doesn't have one of those voices that alone can scare the heck out of you. But he doesn't need to. Mahnke is a world builder by being a word builder. He uses all the tools to gradually draw you into his macabre world of sonic darkness. As a listener, you don't even know you're knee-deep in it until it's too late. We are visual beings. Eyesight prevails in the human world. Young adults fill up the seats at the local AMC or Regal theater to see Mgan or Smile. Here's a way to save money and still be entertained via creepiness. Listen to several episodes of Lore. Lights out. Headphones on for the immersive experience. You won't be sorry. Or maybe you will after you listen and realize that the rest of the family will not be home for several hours. You're home alone.
7. Informative, Fun, and Spooky - I love this podcast! It’s great for listening on the run, while working, or even at the gym. No swearing, so I don’t mind leaving it on without headphones, and there’s little bits of dry humor sprinkled in that make me laugh. I love the way Aaron tells a story while presenting facts, it makes it feel like it’s a campfire scary story circle.
8. Fantastic Blend of History and Spookiness - You can tell this podcast is Aaron’s passion. If you’re a fan of tales ranging from odd and curious to really creepy then I highly recommend it. I love the combination of historical facts and macabre stories. I started listening a couple of weeks ago after discovering the Lore tv show on Prime. I can’t stop listening. Not only does he tell a great story, he does it from a compassionate perspective.
Join Holly and Tracy as they bring you the greatest and strangest Stuff You Missed In History Class in this podcast by iHeartRadio.
Release date: 2023-03-04
1. Great content, way too many ads - I’ve been listening to this show for years, and it lives up to its name. I’ve learned so much about history that I definitely didn’t learn in school! However, there are just sooo many ads that it makes it difficult to really dig into any given topic. I understand that ads are necessary for making this show happen, but the amount of ads is just too, too much. Some of the ads are super loud and annoying as well, and it totally takes me out of the story. Overall, the ads are interfering with the show’s quality and I wish there were a little less ad breaks.
2. I used to be - I am probably the same age as these hosts, but listening to them instantly transports me back to high school and being in that really cool English teacher or Latin teacher’s class (I was bored by history back then) and being mesmerized by how smart some people are and how cool the world can be. I have a dismissive avoidant attachment style, but I find myself craving the sonic company of this podcast often.
3. So glad I uncovered UNEARTHED - I’m a huge new fan of you fun and very interesting ladies. I’m going back over your episodes starting with the UNEARTHED!! I’m learning a very good bunch of History in a way I could never have imagined. I always loved being in college, I’m a great test taker, but this information, I will remember longer than it took to pass a test. I am finally learning history. My father would have been proud. Thanks for a great podcast and unique product.
4. I love this podcast - I love this podcast and listen to everyone of them. It’s really cool to learn something new every week. One of my favorite mini series is unearthed. I would recommend this podcast to anyone who likes history and just learning About this in general. Thank you for this amazing podcast and I love learning more than just history each week!
5. My OG podcast - SYMIHC was the first podcast I subscribed to when I started listening to podcasts and it is one of the only ones that I still listen to every episode. Holly and Tracy feel like friends and always make the subjects interesting, even if it’s something I don’t think I will care for. Love this podcast and have learned SO MUCH from listening.
6. Amazing!! - When a new episode comes out I am sure to listen ASAP!! Even if the topic is not very interesting the hosts Tracy and Holly make it VERY Interesting. If you like history this is the perfect podcast! Episodes are always and I mean always AMAZING Keep it up!!! The extensive research makes it even BETTER! One of my favorite Podcasts!
7. How About Some Hosts Who Aren’t Awful? - I’ve tried to listen to this podcast dozens of times but the two host “historians” are loathsome. Every episode has potential that’s instantly obliterated by the utterly silly woke bias. History -level training teaches you to not use your condescending, pedantic st-century theories to judge historical figures who lived hundreds of years ago. How about more fact, less opinion?
I wasn’t going to mention the shrill, nasally voices, but they deserve it since most episodes involve them snidely snorting—literally snorting—at any white male historical figure. If you love inaccurate “history” and gross condescension, listen & subscribe, because Tracy & Holly know far more than you.
8. Need my brain not to die!! - Im a stay-home mom of a year old boy and twin girls.they are almost months. Its crazy saying the least. Around :,pm ,when everyone is asleep and the chaos dozens of bottles need to be washed,I switch the podcast app on and listen to your podcast!! I feel human again! My brain gets a boost ,a kick! Thank you for EVERY SINGLE podcast!! Love it!!
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 of l...
Release date: 2022-03-07
1. Love this podcast - Love listening to these while I’m deer pig squirrel hunting. Spent many hours enjoying these. Only have two left before I jump on the pay ones on his website. I post these on Facebook twitter TruthSocial telling people how good they are. Thanks for all the time and effort you put into them
2. Historetainment - He’s definitely got some questionable hot takes presented as fact. It’s entertainment more than history. What I find harmful is the parallels he draws to more current history using a culturally biased POV. With a very faint disclaimer, “I’m not a historian.” Reminds me of the skit, “I’m just a caveman.”
3. Easily the best podcast available - Not much more to say than that. Every podcast has me wanting to hear more. If Dan Carlin would have been my history teacher in school I would have gone to college and majored in history. Best narrator, best podcast, this is the gold standard. All the people who gave stars because they were offended are idiots who seek offense.
4. Loving it! - Thank you for doing a new Thor’s Angels! I’ve listened to the original and extra several times over. No one brings history to life quite like Dan Carlin. I really enjoy the first hand accounts and the small threads that are followed to give life to the bigger picture. I hope there will be more like this in the future, of more civilizations and parts of the world.
5. Maybe the greatest podcast ever - I’ve listened to dozens of podcasts over the last years on dozens of subjects but Hardcore History is likely the greatest of them all in any genre. The depth, breadth, & intensity of every episode is unlike anything in this medium. Every episode is a masterpiece (that’s why they take - months) & well worth the huge time commitment to listen to. If you weren’t into history in school or you find history completely dull and/or pointless, this is the podcast for you. Long live DC!
6. stars with an asterisk - In Hardcore History released episodes in January, April, August, and December. It’s and we got an episode in January, now we are in October and still nothing. So you will love the content and then be frustrated that this show barley exists now. I might seriously be dead by the time the next episode is up. This is a star podcast moving at star speed. Came back to confirm. They did podcast in and podcast in . Tectonic plates move faster than the podcast production
7. Best of the best - Dan’s conversational approach allows the reader to enjoy his stories as if told to you by a friend sitting next to you at the bar. His knowledge and humility are both omnipresent and amusing, as you feel blessed to simply be included in the conversation. The only downside to his podcast is that there are not enough to enjoy, so I find myself listening to the same ones again and again. But where others suffer from mundane, repetitive and regurgitative narratives, Dan’s reveal nuances upon each new listen. Note: Dan’s voice when reciting quotation might be my favorite to impersonate, and I find myself doing so often, although poorly.
8. King of Kings - I just finished listening to the episode Kings of Kings, about Cyrus the Great, for probably the sixth time. It is always wonderful and I learn different things every re-listen. I love Cyrus and the ancient Persian Empire. HCH does a wonderful job making this history approachable and interesting. It’s a long wait for every episode to drop but always worth the wait.
The past is never past. Every headline has a history. Join us every week as we go back in time to understand the present. These are stories you can feel and sounds you can see from the moments that shaped our world. Subscribe to Throughline+. You'll be supporting the history-reframing, perspective-shifting, time-warping stories you can't get enough of - and you'll unlock access to our sponsor-free feed of the show. Learn more at plus.npr.org/throughline
Release date: 2023-03-02
1. show has kind of lost the plot! - agree with other reviewers that the earlier episodes about clear cut topics were better and more accurate. in the last two years it’s definitely taken on a weird aura of nihilistic hero vs villain, virtue vs evil narratives that are applied to the historical events in a one-size-fits-all way.
2. Fails to Meet Its Potential - Often bites off more than it can chew. Early episodes were more targeted on discrete topics, allowing for a deeper and balanced understanding of the topics. I’ve grown disenchanted with the show taking on grand and existential topics that are impossible to do justice to in short episodes. Moreover, the show is reductionist often presenting topics as a binary - poor v elite - and always concluding with the romantic or Disney-esque perspective.
3. Best podcast ever! - Explains the present by looking at the past. Super enlightening. Makes you think about your actions… that they can have consequences tens or hundreds of years down the road. Gives you ideas on how we might reverse or redirect some of the troubling trajectories we’ve put ourselves on. :) Thank so much for this show! Great job guys!
4. OK but could be better - This podcast is more interested in telling appealing stories (generally accompanied by simplistic depictions of some characters as good and others as bad) than with attempting to reconstruct history in its complexity, irony, and paradox. (For comparison, see the BBC’s outstanding “In Our Time” episodes about history, which give an outline as what happened but also discuss the interpretive disagreements among experts. For example the IOT show on the US-Mexican War is outstanding and manages to avoid being US-centric.) Throughline is also too “presentist,” and is more concerned with attempting to change how US listeners think about current events than it is with treating the past in a more objective fashion that acknowledges it doesn’t fit neatly into our current debates, which frequently involve the misuse of history by polemicists on both the right and the left. That being said, there are some very good episodes based on the work of solid historians, and these episodes have considerable merit (it should be added that all the episodes have excellent technical production). But the bad episodes can be very bad. The episode on astrology, cites two works by people who are pro-astrology and gives no airtime to any scholars who treat the subject in an intellectually rigorous manner, such as an astrophysicist, a legitimate historian (whose work is peer reviewed), or a social psychologist (who could explain why so many humans believe in paranormal phenomena) might have. The episode on the coup in Iran, while not as horrible as the one on astrology, features Stephen Kinzer, who is a journalist out to sell his popular history books, and the unreliable account of self-glorifying CIA agent Kermit Roosevelt. Many solid scholars have worked on the coup; why not feature them and their disputes more prominently? Both of these episodes are extremely US-centric, neglecting the global dimensions of astrology and the Iranian aspects of the coup. I don’t want this show cancelled (we need more good history podcasts!), but it would be great if it were better informed of the debates among academic scholars.
5. Changed My Perspective: A Neutral Balanced Podcast - I have always yearned for a podcast that reports history and it’s causal effect in a human non-biased way. I hope one day that when someone becomes curious, instead of pulling out their phone and googling their question, a podcast suddenly starts by Thruline as soon as the question comes to mind.
6. Love everything BUT the CONSTANT, DRIVING, ANNOYING music? - First off, I LOVE this show. The facts, figures, historical context, varied cultural specific windows into the unknown are just some of the most wonderful parts. The part that I have such a struggle with is the somehow deemed “dramatization” of all of the conflict surrounded dialogue. You don’t need this. It is disturbing and draws away from the already solid writing. Please stop. Many thanks
7. Thoughtful informative - This is my number one podcast. I have saved more of these episodes to re-listen than any other podcast I follow. I am grateful for a whole world view and whole world history. I appreciate the perspectives and knowledge shared in this podcast. As for the two hosts, they are so easy to listen to and feel the present knowledge in a respectful way. People I would welcome to know. I have gained so much from this podcast and the hosts.
8. Sesame Street - THROUGH LINE is my go to Podcast that consistently expands my intellectual curiosity questioning and expanding my world. Thank you.
Buffy Saint-Marie is the first Indigenous woman who was on Sesame Street for seasons . She was married then pregnant giving birth to her son Cody. Breastfeeding (a TV first) was explained to Big Bird.
I was very disappointed none of this was discussed. Perhaps you should expand your inclusivity better when discussing such a great educational Public Broadcasting program. KF- Albuquerque, NM
On History Daily, we do history, daily. Every weekday, host Lindsay Graham (American Scandal, American History Tellers) takes you back in time to explore a momentous event that happened ‘on this day’ in history. Whether it’s to remember the tragedy of December 7th, 1941, the day “that will live in infamy,” or to celebrate that 20th day in July, 1969, when mankind reached the moon, History Daily is there to tell you the true stories of the people and events that shaped our world—o...
Release date: 2023-03-09
1. January th episode - While I absolutely enjoy this series, I was appalled that the history chosen for the episode of January was about Nancy Kerrigan being attacked in . Yes, we all know about that, but I’m sorry why would you not do the episode instead about the insurrection (treason) attack on our nation’s democracy and those who were murdered as they tried to protect the Capitol? In short, I was Very disappointed in the chosen topic for the // episode.
2. Do more research on topics - This is a pretty good podcast, and the episodes are interesting. However, more research needs to be done before releasing the episodes. There was a particular episode in which the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was covered, painting James Earl Ray as the killer….there is a mountain of evidence and also evidence of coverups by the police and government to show that this is not the case, there’s even a podcast on it where there was exhaustive research and interviews performed to cast extreme doubt on Ray being the killer. There’s another History Daily episode about the assassination of Indira Gandhi where Lindsay is pronouncing Sikh incorrectly, he’s saying “sick” instead of the correct pronunciation of “seek”. There have been other episodes of History Daily in which there were other incorrect pronunciations or information, I gave him the benefit of the doubt and let them go so I don’t remember which ones they are, but I can’t stand idly by while a religion is disrespected with incorrect pronunciation. Please do more research before releasing episodes, I understand we humans make mistakes but this one was so glaring an error that I couldn’t stay silent.
3. Great except for American History - I love LG, here and on wondery, and he delivers again on this podcast. My only critique is that for every topic on American history the story is so laden with apologies and caveats that I never even know what the original topic was. I’m not a maga person whatsoever, it would just be nice for history to not always sound like the nightly news.
4. My History Happy Place - Mr Graham could make the phone book sound interesting! His ability to enliven history and its importance is engaging and delightful. Anyone who thinks there’s a political slant or motivation is just being too sensitive. History isn’t pretty and facts aren’t always pleasant. History is critical to understanding who we are and the consequences of choices made, both good and bad. If we can’t let our political guard down to self-reflective or historically reflective, we are doomed to repeat our mistakes. Or just as bad, we will fail to improve our world and miss opportunities to make changes that benefit everyone.
5. Thank you - Lindsay graham, you are phenomenal as always!! Salud to everyone involved in making this podcast, it truly is a work of art. For this listener, History Daily is looked forward to every day. This podcast is a hidden gem in the world of nonfiction stories. Thank you to all of you for your hard work and dedication to depictions of every day history!
6. One of my favorite history podcasts - Lindsay Graham has a great voice for a podcast host and the team does a good job of selecting stories and being historically accurate. I really enjoy learning more about the world everyday and leave feeling nostalgic but also wiser. The good sound design is just icing on the cake, definitely recommend
7. Known an unknown tidbits - In minute segments, Lindsay Graham gives an overview of a historical event that occurred on the same calendar date. I thoroughly enjoyed the episode of June , when in , King John signed the Magna Carta. Every American should understand how this event was central to our democracy. I have known generally the meaning of the Magna Carta but the episode provided important context.
This week, something momentous happened. Whether or not it made the textbooks, it most certainly made history. Join HISTORY This Week as we turn back the clock to meet the people, visit the places and witness the moments that led us to where we are today. To get in touch with story ideas or feedback, email us at HistoryThisWeek@History.com, or leave us a voicemail at 212-351-0410. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Release date: 2023-03-03
1. Distorted History - Forget The Podcast - All you have to do is go to the January , episode and listen to the elitists on the history panel spewing forth so many things that are wrong. In my Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, we had over , more ballots cast in the election than we had voters on our voting rolls, and yet these miscreants on this episode tell us that all was well with the election. They speak of the January protests but fail to mention that President Trump asked the protestors to “calmly and peacefully” protest. The only one killed that day was an unarmed woman shot down by a trigger-happy African American security person who had been known for issues in the past with firearms. Funny, but I don’t recall this panel of make-believe historians talking about the FBI’s involvement in the break-ins, i.e. they and members of the Capitol police encouraged people to enter the Capitol Building. This podcast is a waste of time. History should be ashamed of it, but this sort of mis-direction and propping up of clowns such as FBI Director Chris Ray is what History does. Don’t waste your time on this podcast series.
2. Woke interpretation of history - This podcast started out so good was very interesting to listen to, and really told a diverse mix of story’s. In US history and any nations history for that matter there has been a lot of things that are rooted in racism and colonialism and those story’s need to be told and in the beginning this podcast did a good job of that, with real evidence and real story’s. But lately it has turned into a interpretation of the alleged missing story’s of history, a-lot of the current content is liberal professors and student filling in “the gaps” , and making up things to fill in those alleged “gaps”, because to them history couldn’t have been documented truthfully when white people held power. The fact is we have stories by many people and to diminish those story’s because you can’t fathom people of color being able to document history when white people held power is a very disturbing trend this podcast is trying to push. This isn’t a history podcast anymore it’s filled with presentism and trying to manipulate history to make everyone a victim and straight white males the enemy.
3. Stick to history and not agendas - I enjoy this podcast but it has become increasingly preachy about political and social issues including LGBTQ, climate change, etc. Let the history speak for itself and let listeners form their own opinion rather than inserting opinions and pushing a lesson on people.
4. Nauseated by the political correctness - I was enjoying the Star Trek episode until I was bombarded by a deluge of progressive values, from highlighting Stacey Abrams to interviewing someone who thinks the LGBT deserve representation in the series. The collective virtue signal which obsesses about race and alleged inequalities is a joke. How about you focus on HISTORY, or can you?
5. Jackie Robinson - I don’t understand how you can tell his story and not even mention his Christian faith or that of Branch Rickey. It makes me wonder how many other stories you have told that have left out a positive aspect of someone’s Christian faith because it is not considered politically correct in this day and age.
6. Nice podcast better than History on This Day - I’m new to this podcast but I do have access to the history channel along with a background in history. I really enjoyed the latest episode regarding Antony, Cleopatra and Octavian. One thing I am very much sure of is that this history channel podcast beats the on this day in history daily podcast which is only a minute long. I hope going into the future there are more episodes focusing on classical history (my personal favorite).
7. Educational and entertaining - The History this Week podcast is wonderful- so well done, great host and guests. I’ve learned so much even on topics I knew about already. The episodes on Reconstruction are terrific. The length is just right for commuting or walking- I take walks at lunch time at work and go through to choose a topic I’d like to hear about and off I go!
8. Repetitive topics, same slant - Constant repetition of the same topics and highly predictable slant. History has so many interesting stories yet it’s truly hard to find something in this pod. There are a few good stories and some are really well done but if you want an objective view and diversified material there are better history podcasts.
A weekly podcasting exploring great political revolutions. Now: The Russian Revolution Next: ???
Release date: 2022-12-25
1. Truly exceptional - I have listened to every word Mike Duncan has recorded for over a decade. He is truly one of those people who made podcasts what they have become. The Revolutions podcast is probably one of the greatest things he ever did not just for the sheer amount of history and material he covered, but also for his wry humor and humility, and the way he was able to condense it, make it, understandable, engage with his audience, and direct listeners to the places where you could succeed in making a deeper dive into the historical subjects. Bravo.
2. Amazing Podcast - Both of Mike’s books are great and his podcasting style and attention to detail is incredible. He’s definitely one of the giants of historical podcasting. I just wish he didn’t stop with the Russian Revolution, but I really can’t blame him for it after years and years of dedication to the topic.
3. An incredible, mind-opening epic by an amazing author - About years ago, a friend and I were randomly chatting about history. When he found out we were both fans of the topic, both amateur students in a way, he recommended Mike Duncan’s The History of Rome. “Bro, it’s really long but wow you learn so much and his voice is incredible! Also, it gets better as you go along!” I was not disappointed. Duncan’s first podcast provided detailed accounts of one of the great civilizations of human history in short, digestible chunks that I could listen to on my commute or at the gym. It was the first podcast I ever subscribed to. A few years later, Mike finished Rome and moved on to Revolutions, and wow! This entire saga has been a masterpiece. While maintaining relatively short episodes, averaging - mins, he detailed over not just the events of several major revolutions, but the causes, the histories, how the global situation affected and was interwoven with local events, the aftermath, and you walk away feeling far, far more informed. His series on Haiti was absolutely mind opening and heartbreaking, a revolutionary story not nearly as well known as France, the United States, or Russia. To cap it all off, Mike spent the past three years largely focused on the Russian Revolution, one of the most impactful and complex in modern history. But more than simply telling their tale, by placing this revolution at the end, we see how the previous events in France, South America, Germany, England, and other places he discussed all influenced Russian revolutionaries, leading to the final breakdown of ancient monarchical empires at the beginning of the th century, setting the stage for our modern global order. This massive podcast may seem daunting to get into, but its smaller, digestible chunks are easy to approach, Duncan’s voice soothing and reassuring, and soon you’ll be engrossed in the stories that have shaped our world for the past four centuries!
4. A Pleasure - Mike Duncan offers a deep dive into his subject matter. While I often feel as though I need to take notes from the amount of information given, his natural charm, self-deprecating humor, and genuine concern for the people he discusses keeps me engaged in even the most complex subjects. He is transparent in his choices and evaluations, avoiding the didactic pronouncements of so many historical commentators, and his writing is eloquent and his voice warm and engaging. Plus, the accompanying martial music is great for mopping floors and washing dishes.
5. Praise and a question. - I love the show and it should go without saying that I greatly respect and appreciate your research and analysis. I’m sorry it’s all wrapping up. My one overriding question is, why does it seem like the American revolution bucks all the trends and seemingly avoided the “problems” that you so eloquently describe seen as a pattern in other revolutions? Or am I missing something?
6. What a wonderful way to walk through History - Mike Duncan does a superb job of researching and retelling, as the title gives away, the histories of various revolutions. The content is well chosen and his easy and self deprecating. This and his earlier History of Rome series are my favorite podcasts. My only regret is having come across them nearly a decade after he ended one and started the other. stars if the grading system allowed for it.
7. Informative, fun and entertaining - Fantastic podcast, my favorite! Very well researched, clear, informative and entertaining. Would be great to hear you talk about other chapters in history if you want to podcast again, as other reviewers have mentioned, the Spanish civil war, the Cuban revolution and Vietnam’s struggle for liberation from France, Japan and the war with the US. Thanks for an awesome show.
8. Absolutely incredible - I’ve listened to well over a hundred podcasts and this one is by far my favorite. It’s the best history content I’ve ever heard. Incredibly engaging and interesting and also extremely informative. I’ve never learned so much in such a fun and engaging way. Definitely the best history podcast period. He does an incredible job of presenting the material in a way that gives you a deep understanding of topics that you may have previously thought you knew about. He also presents things in a very unbiased manner. I’m pretty surprised at the reviews that imply that he gives a political “anti-communist” one sided portrayal of history in his Russian revolution series. I personally thought that was probably his best series and it speaks volumes that my dad (who is quite conservative) and my friend (who is a communist) both absolutely loved it. Of course everyone presents every topic with some amount of bias or opinion but I think he does an incredible job of really giving you all sides of the story and letting you draw your own conclusions. And where he has opinions he tells you what they are so you can understand what is opinion and what isn’t. I am amazed at how complete a picture he is able to paint. This isn’t to say that he tells a version of history that is neutral and perfectly accurate (because that isn’t possible) but rather that he really does a great job of presenting things from each participant’s viewpoint (and from their opponents’ viewpoint), along with the facts. So you really get to hear each side and then decide for yourself on the interpretation you agree with. Honestly I think people are just irritated that he isn’t presenting a more politicized podcast that argues for their viewpoints. I’m sure that’s true for people on both sides. Anyhow I’m saying this as someone who is quite left leaning in case someone is thinking this is going to be super neoconservative - I really think that everyone will love this podcast if they are actually willing to listen, whether they’re a Trumper, a Warren supporter, a Bernie bro, or even a Trotskyite!
Bailey Sarian, a professional makeup artist & true crime connoisseur, is taking her expertise from her popular YouTube series, Murder, Mystery & Makeup, and expanding into the podcast world with Dark History! Each week, she will explore the chilling stories of the dark past from US and World History that they don't teach you in school!
Release date: 2023-02-22
1. Learn and Laugh! - I’m new here and didn’t watch/listen on YouTube. I love history and the dark or macabre lol and Bailey delivers a perfect marriage of both! Super entertaining and I didn’t realize this but she’s really funny. And it seems like she does a lot of research and that’s appreciated. The only thing-and I’m sure it’ll be fixed-the editing needs work. When I first started binging, I kept thinking my phone switched to different episodes bc of the cutting. Other then that, this girl is the best!!!
2. Love the show! - I love Dark History, I use the Thomas Edison episode in my history of IBEW class. The information is so interesting and Bailey Sarian has a great sense of humor and she has a bubbly voice to contrast the effed up content. I love the variety of topics, not just the strange things I like, but also the history I THOUGHT would be boring. Unfortunately there are far too many ad breaks to make this fun to work with and the ads are so much louder than the podcast, making it difficult to listen to before bed. Edited to add: Apple music podcast app has added surprise advertisements after the last break. ETA: Bailey read ads are the perfect volume and I truly appreciate her for this.
3. Her slurping, so CRINGE - Losing listeners! Please stop SLURPING, OMG. For real, hearing her slurp at least times in one episode made me nauseous. I don’t understand why she keeps doing this. It’s a real shame too because this show could be really great if it wasn’t for this obnoxious sound she keeps making randomly throughout the show.
4. Decreasing Quality - This show had much better content in Season . There is an occasional good episode in Season , but much less enjoyable. Bailey is spreading some misinformation and the slurping is so obnoxious. The ads don’t bother me, everybody producing the podcast has to make money and we’re not paying for these episodes, so I think some of those complaints aren’t valid.
5. From Youtube to Podcatsts - Ive been watching Bailey for a while now and I listen to her channels when I go to bed at night she keeps my mind busy listening vs busy thinking so its easier to fall asleep. These podcasts are a godsend during the day I watch her YT while doing my own makeup, nighttime its these Podcasts
6. Great podcast but please stop the slurping - I love Bailey Sarian, great story teller and making the history relatable. But lord the slurping in the most recent episodes has made me nauseous. I want to give stars but the slurping… I need a trigger warning before the sound. I have misophonia and I cannot emphasize how terrible the slurping is.
7. NATIVE DEODORANT THIS IS NOT AN AD - Bailey!! please look into Sea Salt & Cedar by native deodorant! it is the only all natural deodorant scent that completely covers up my smell! definitely seems like a you scent very musky this is also coming from a person who breaks into bad blistery rashes when i use non natural deodorants and do not even get me started on antiperspirant… I’m also someone who has hyperhidrosis and this has been the only natural deodorant that i’ve truly loved for a multitude of reasons. I’ll be honest i just went years without it but now i can’t live without putting it on once in the morning and once at night
8. Great fun to listen to - I enjoy Bailey's, the host's, sense of humor and her content. I have learned a few things I wasn't aware of from this podcast too. This podcast is both informative and entertaining. I just listened to an episode about Sister Rosetta and her influence on Rock and Roll. Right now, I'm getting ready to find out more about her. Thanks so much. UPDATE. I continue to listen to every episode and love this podcast. I also listen Bailey's excellent Murder, Mystery and Makeup but Dark History is my favorite between the two.
Author Dana Schwartz explores the stories of some of history’s most fascinating royals: the tyrants and the tragic, the murderers and the murdered, and everyone in between. Because when you’re wearing a crown, mistakes often mean blood.
Release date: 2023-02-21
1. Insanely spectacular! - This show is in my top favorite podcasts. The voice, the music and the story, She nails it! Audible just delivered my pre-order “Anatomy of a love story” today, I can’t wait to get into it this evening . Thanks Dana for being such an amazing storyteller , looking forward to your book Edit :Just finished her second book “Immortality a love story”- , loved loved it. If I could pre-order the third book now, I would ! Please please keep them coming Dana , huge fan
2. Always learning something new! - I love this podcast and it’s the first thing I listen to when it drops each week. I really like that she tells stories that you may never have heard before, or she tells a more full history of stories you know only minor details about. I feel like there is always some fun facts that I have to share with my husband after listening to her episodes. Love it!
3. I wait for Tuesday every week! - I wait anxiously every Tuesday for the new noble blood episode and I get overjoyed when the new episode comes. They keep getting better and better and more interesting that I loose track of time when I listen to noble blood and before I know it hours have passed by. Just so you know I’m going to the Immortality A love story book tour on march th and I’m super exited!
4. Best part of my Tuesday! - Every week, I look forward to Dana’s insightful and entertaining takes on historical figures! Her voice is so soothing and I love the pacing of each story including the little bonus tie-in sections at the very end. She feels like your super smart, history buff friend with whom you get to chat every week over good coffee. I love the context that she gives for cultural and social norms around gender, sexuality, etc. Every time I get worried that a female figure is going to be overly “girlboss-ified”, Dana proves me wrong to my great relief although I should never have doubted in the first place. / would recommend!
5. Great Podcast, but… - I really enjoy the topics and narration of the podcast, but the writing could use a bit of polish. For example, in the most recent episode, Margaret of Anjou was referred to as the wife of Henry IV, but she was the wife of Henry VI. In another the date of Henry VIII’s death was wrong. Sounds pedantic, but it takes one out of the experience.
6. The “Woke” Rants Ruin It - I started listening to the podcast but I’m really put off when Dana goes on these woke rants about how “racist” & “sexist” everything was. According to her white people bad, non white people good. For someone so concerned about racism she has no problem acting so towards white people…What an original perspective Dana….
7. Meh - Dana Schwarz should stick to the script. When she goes off script, her banter is awkward and uneducated. Her latest podcast contained very little history but more frivolous opinion on Prince Harry…which I’m not here for…and this went on way too long with her prejudiced guest. Harry’s recollection is just that; his and we don’t know his reality.
Noble Blood would be much more interesting if she stuck with factual history.
8. My mom and I are obsessed with Noble Blood! - I can’t believe this podcast has only . stars! This is a star podcast in my opinion! I love the story telling and Dana’s ability to simplify some pretty complicated family trees. My mom and I listen to all of the episodes and love discussing the crazy histories. Also, everyone complaining that the host “whines” about racial or feminine injustice, she’s barely making quips and you guys are whining way more sit down and eat cake
A weekly podcast tracing the history of the Roman Empire, beginning with Aeneas's arrival in Italy and ending with the exile of Romulus Augustulus, last Emperor of the Western Roman Empire. Now complete!
Release date: 2017-07-27
1. Great podcast- get through the first - - Mike Duncan who has now done the fascinating Revolution podcast. He started this in when he was still running a fish store in Oregon- writing and podcasting in his spare time That being said the first handful of episodes are rather dry as Mine gets his writing and speaking style going and starts adding more of his wry humor. It gets better and better as you get in to it. Start at the beginning and stay the course, then listen to Revolutions . stars
2. One of the most interesting podcast I’ve had the pleasure of hearing. - I’ve gone through this podcast a few times now, and it’s amazing. Mike digs deep and delivers a lot of lesser known, but very interesting facts, while also dissecting the myth from the truth. Mike has an amazing ability to take what is usually a dry topic and turn it into an extremely interesting narrative. Complete with interesting facts and a dash of humor. Can’t recommend this enough. Also, please ignore the reviews about “poor audio quality”. The quality gets better, much better in fact. You have to remember, not only is this an old podcast, but it was his first.
3. The only good history podcast - I first got into this podcast when my dad started listening to it about years ago. Since then I have listened to it avidly for years, and it still hasn’t gotten boring. The content is well organized and the jokes are well placed. Anyone who thinks this man is boring has something chronically wrong with their sense of humor. Mike Duncan is, in my opinion, the best history podcaster around. On a similar note, I would highly recommend his podcast revolutions to anyone interested in wars, governments, and fancy declarations.
4. Great content. Bad audio quality. - Would have been an incredible podcast if it gets re-recorded by someone else. The content is great and well organized. However, it’s very painful to listen to the host at times with the quality of narration and the raw audio quality. Wish someone else re-records this in the future.
5. Want to learn the history of rome? Look no further - Finished the podcast and loved it. I started it last year in and finally got around to completing it recently. Amazing and well done podcast. For anyone looking to learn about the history of Rome from beginning to end, this is it! Mike Duncan did an excellent job and I look forward to his other podcast Revolutions.
6. One of my favorite history podcasts - While my first impression was that this would be dry, I was happily wrong! The fleshing out of personalities and perfectly placed humor made Roman history very, very enjoyable to listen to. Extends from the founding of Rome to the….. ending… of the western half of the empire. Would recommend.
7. Gibbon for the modern ear - As someone who’s always been fascinated with Ancient Rome, I never really knew where to turn. I had read the podcasters book, and had tried and failed to read Edward Gibbon’s Decline and Fall. The issue I have with Gibbon is he was writing for a different era, in , the style was “why use a Nickle word, when a $ word makes me sound smarter”. It’s hard to follow at times, but Gibbon’s stories are fascinating nonetheless. In steps this podcast, with contemporary prose, with fantastic bite sized chapters (episodes). This is a MUST if you want to learn about Rome, and it’s fascinating history. I can listen to the podcast and be reminded, that the citizens of Rome were just like me and my contemporaries, merely living in an extraordinary era.
A podcast for all ancient history fans! The Ancients is dedicated to discussing our distant past. Featuring interviews with historians and archaeologists, each episode covers a specific theme from antiquity. From Neolithic Britain to the Fall of Rome. Hosted by Tristan Hughes. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Release date: 2023-03-05
1. New listener - I just found this podcast and it is great for anyone who wants to hear in-depth dives into a ton of different and interesting topics. The host’s genuine interest in the discussion topics is infectious. The fascinating and informative conversations make this podcast a must to subscribe.
2. I’m hooked! - I’m learning so much from Tristan and the guests he has. The information that the guests come up is has me doing a lot of follow up reading. Being retired and wanting to keep my brain active, this podcast does the trick. I especially enjoyed the “Origins of Buddhism” podcast. Thank you so much for all the work you all do!
3. Fantastic way to learn about history - This is a fantastic podcast. The host has fantastic guests and asks fantastic questions of those guests. He does a great job of bringing out controversies in history as well. I have been going back and listening to many of the past episodes since discovering this podcast. Why couldn’t history have been taught like this when I was in school?
4. Fantastic podcast - Can’t get enough to be honest. Just found The Ancients about months ago and have been plowing through archived episodes since. I’m particularly fond of all things Roman, but the guests are so good that I’ve also thoroughly enjoyed learning more about Egypt, Oceania, the Americas, and more.
5. Brilliant Ancient History Podcast - This is one of my favourite podcasts - every episode gets in-depth into a fascinating aspect of ancient history, and the guests are always hugely knowledgeable experts in their field. It’s well-produced and the host keeps the show light enough to be entertaining and asks really interesting questions. The topics covered are as diverse as dinosaurs & Ancient Rome so It’s great listening for all those even a little bit interested in history. Definitely recommend!
6. New favorite archaeological anthropology pod - So few good shows that post episodes with a good maintained frequency. For people obsessed with these topics, this podcast is a good one. It’s extraordinary, the explosion of new evidence of past humans. I think this podcast will remain fascinating for years.
7. The first Britons - Great episode, though only a summary. Would love to here the details. Also, interesting the causes of climate change that have nothing to do with man’s presence on the Earth. Why are these causes never brought up in the debate? I’m rarely disappointed at this podcast. Keep up the great subjects and guests, along with excellent host.
8. Learn About Your Past - This podcast is just wonderful. The information is delivered in a conversational format; which makes it easy to listen too. When you listen, somehow the past just opens up to you in a way that leaves you wanting more on each subject. Yes, my kindle is filling up with books on the topics.
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Release date: 2023-03-05
1. Love this podcast - I love trivia and knowledge of random things. This podcast fills me with all types of new information. Things that I knew a little about, have grown exponentially. Take the Henry the VIII episode for example, I knew he beheaded a bunch of wives, but there was so much more. Some people binge watch television programs, I have binge listened this podcast. Now I can hardly wait for a new episode to be available. And I love John Hopkins voice. That’s a huge thing for me in podcasts. I don’t care how good the information is, if you have an annoying voice I’m not listening, but that is not the case with Short History Of. Keep the facts coming!!!!
2. Great to fall asleep (compliment!) - I listen to this every night to fall asleep, and I mean this is the greatest possible way. It’s like my brain is trained to turn off when I hear the date in the beginning of the episode. I do listen again during waking hours and love the interesting content. But seriously it’s better than melatonin. Thanks and I hope there are tons of new episodes!!
3. Republicans and Democrats haven’t done a “flip-flop” - In general I enjoy the show, but when you incorporate historians and “experts” who interject non-sequitur rationalizations for things in history they find inconvenient as it relates to their own contemporary personal politics (i.e. the farcical notion that the party of slavery somehow brokered an ideology swap with the Republican Party at some point, as if it was changing sides of the field at halftime in a football game) renders the rest of the information they share moot. Approaches to achieving goals for each party may have shifted, and messaging may have changed, but the ideology driving each party remains the same. To think there was a mutual ideology “flip-flop” is embarrassingly absurd.
4. Shows great, download horrible - I really enjoy each show put out by Noiser. I even had a subscription. The research is done, and the narrators are clear and easy to listen to. The problem I have has been downloading the shows. I subscribed, thinking this would solve the problem. It was the same. I run my podcasts through iTunes, and have never had this problem. When a show is shown to be available, it just buffers and never plays. I have tried for three days, in some cases. Currently, the show on Peaky Blinders, part , is not available since Sunday, when it showed in my app. If this problem could be solved, I would star all the shows. I know this issue is with the shows, as I do not experience any problems with other shows.
5. Thank you for the episodes on the queen - As an American I just wasn’t aware of the complexity and the deepness and the rich history of the queen of England. Now more than ever it matters. Thank you for such a great synopsis of her amazing life and a deeper insight into what the royal family is about and the importance of it throughout the world and specifically for all of Britain.
6. Great content - The depth covered in these short history podcasts are amazing. I haven’t listened to one that has not been top notch even topics I wasn’t interested in. I have expanded to other Noiser podcasts and quality remains throughout those as well. Thanks and looking forward to next episode.
7. Worth Subscribing - This is the only podcast I pay for other than Hardcore History. Tried many history podcasts, and this is the only one up to snuff with Dan Carlin, at least that I have found. Fantastic story telling, pace, and subtle but great effects are just enough to enrich the story but not distract. Great options between the various shows. Thanks Noisr, keep it up!
8. Why did they replace Paul McGann?? - I love this podcast so much, and I love Paul McGann’s voice so much, so I’m extremely disappointed they replaced him as narrator. The podcast is still just as good as it’s always been, with great writing and research but I’m deeply saddened by the departure of Paul McGann. The new narrator tries but just can’t match the smooth calming voice of McGann.
HTDS is a bi-weekly podcast, delivering a legit, seriously researched, hard-hitting survey of American history through entertaining stories. To keep up with History That Doesn’t Suck news, check us out on Facebook and Instagram: @Historythatdoesntsuck; on Twitter: @HTDSpod; or online at htdspodcast.com. Support the podcast at patreon.com/historythatdoesntsuck.
Release date: 2023-02-27
1. The best history podcast I’ve found - I’ve listened to all of the pods that show up by every history-related search work I can think of and this is my favorite. It’s engaging storytelling and from the episodes that I’ve listened to appears to be very well balanced and tremendously researched! Huge fan.
2. How am I just now finding out about this?!?! - Stumbled upon this podcast when I was searching for civil war podcasts while traveling back from Virginia. As soon as I saw the episode description for the Bull Moose episode though, I forgot all about the civil war. I listened to that episode and was instantly hooked. Edge of my seat stuff. Followed on insta and subscribed to the newsletter the next day. Count me as a subscriber going forward. I’m hooked!
3. Favorite Podcast - I found this awesome podcast during the second week of January at age as I heal from a total hip replacement on December th of . I am committed to this being the year of HTDS! I love the name and the content. So perfectly presented. It is never to late to learn more truth of this country. My career as a graphic designer with a primary focus on books ended soon after a client of a textbook series refused to rewrite Columbus’s role in America’s history. I refused to finish the book series and my contract was cancelled. AND then happened and creative work became scarce and then just evaporated. So, as I continue to heal I thank you completely!
4. Amazing! - I was searching all over the Internet to find out how I can learn US history at my level. I was even looking into hiring a history tutor so that I could ask questions and understand better. Then I came across several recommendations for this podcast. I absolutely love this podcast! Very detailed and I love how Professor Jackson will pause to explain different details of what’s happening in each scene. I cannot recommend this podcast enough especially for beginners trying to learn US history.
5. Content is great, but! - You WAY rush your delivery, you soft drop the end of your sentences. Obviously not schooled in clear diction or delivery, you aren’t reading a book, I wish it was different, I really do! Read up on storytelling, and delivery. This could be so much better. Think Ken Burns…
6. Puts the STORY in history!!! - The host, Greg Jackson, does a wonderful job at narrating these historic events in America’s life. I’m a massive history nerd and I love hearing the quotes from the documents as well as the immersive care Greg and his team have put into the sound design. I’m only on episode , but I know this has become one of my favorites and continues to give me chills. Not to mention, the way the historic events are related to modern situations which give more perspective is amazing as well as never fails to give me at least one good chuckle. Amazing job keep it up!
7. Quote, Great show, close quote. - Seriously, love this show and the host. The “quote/close quote” thing is a total distraction though. Amazing content, amazing host, amazing sound design, and just a joy to listen to…except the nails on a chalkboard, quote/close quote. Live a little, Greg! Be dangerously inappropriate and drop the quote call-out. It’s not needed and really takes away from your show by breaking up the flow.
8. I wish the language be more formal. - There is no dispute that you are, though relatively young, a brilliant man. But making jokes and having sarcasm do not conflict with the employment of a more formal language. I am somewhat disappointed, after having attended classes in the university of today, that students and even some professors do not know how to write and speak in a manner of accuracy and precision wherein they ought to prove their intellectual strength.
We tell our children unsettling fairy tales to teach them valuable lessons, but these Cautionary Tales are for the education of the grown ups – and they are all true. Tim Harford (Financial Times, BBC, author of “The Data Detective”) brings you stories of awful human error, tragic catastrophes, and hilarious fiascos. They'll delight you, scare you, but also make you wiser. New episodes every other Friday.
Release date: 2023-03-03
1. Company that Canceled Christmas Episode - Never knew the Christmas gift loss was even calculated - and well it should be. The stress of the debt it so often causes just doesn’t have to be. With my siblings and their grown children we draw names with a $ limit and the “giftee” has to specify the item - this is my favorite gift to buy. There may be a shipping cost but sometimes that’s free. In fact we all enjoy and appreciate it. And I usually throw in some homemade fudge, too. Wish they were all so easy! Hope this episode will help more people re-think the process to be more meaningful, less expensive, less stressful and more FUN!
2. “guilotine” was the last straw - being a vocal presenter on a huge platform, you are expected to pronounce things correctly. there is leeway for accent and local vernacular variation. and not ever little factoid has to be scrupulously and undeniably proven. there is room for forgiveness. but giL-o-teen is just too idiotic for me to ignore. it would have been stars.
3. Great but… - I really like this podcast, I enjoy the narration and it gives me a lot to think about, but I’m getting tired of the episodes from other podcasts. It’s like half cautionary tales and half other podcasts. Who listens to a podcast because they want to listen to a different podcast? It really irks me that I think there’s a new episode that’s downloaded only to find it’s some other podcast with an uninteresting topic and bad narrator.
4. Cautionary Promos - Let’s rename this “Cautionary Promos.” Part of subscribing to a podcast is the expectation that you get episodes from that podcast. It’s really disappointing to get the old switcharoo to something entirely different while I’m driving. The actual show is great but they really abuse the point of subscribing to it. The ratings are high enough so you can deal with -star review “switcharoo” as reward for content swapping.
5. Entertainment & Logic Exercise - I’ve listened to podcasts that I’ve loved for years and have never written a review. I’m flawed. However, I’m so hooked on this show that I’ve finally been moved to effort. Cautionary Tales expertly manages to . Tell a true story . Review the consequences of the events in that story, and . Challenge the listener to look at the cause/effect from different perspectives that could have changed the outcome of the events for the better. What makes this podcast such a stand out is how these steps are repeated show after show, and at NO point do I get the impression of judgement or superiority from the host or the writing. Tim Harford does such an excellent job of narrating these tales in an academic tone that doesn’t judge the people and there choices in these dramatic events, and he kindly challenged the listener to look at everything from different points of view with the benefits only hindsight can give. If you enjoy learning, logical exercises, dramatic storytelling, and relaxed narration, this podcast is definitely for you.
6. Two annoyances - I love the stories used for this podcast and I would recommend you try it. I realize that there are two ways to pay to produce these podcasts, commercials or subscriptions. I will never pay for a subscription so I am fully accepting that some commercials are necessary. However, this podcast has more commercials than the Super Bowl. One another note the use of these voice actors to fill in dialogue couldn’t be worse. They sound like a bunch of amateur actors trying out for a church play. Their affectations are so distracting that it really takes away from the stories.
7. Wartime Ripper - When one who has regard for the greatest generation, it doesn’t mean they are perfect or all heroes. It means that the majority did a good job surviving depression and wars to build a world safe for liberal democracy. In years, this generation will also be judged and most like will be found wanting. It is normal.
8. Great show - This is a great podcast and the narrator’s voice is soothing and is good to listen to before sleep. Great research and there’s always an interesting spin to the episodes. UPDATE Now there's no narration by Aaron Mahnke and they charge for episodes. Now I listen much less often and I just listen to the free episodes with that ads but the show needs the voice of the original host.
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Release date: 2023-03-15
1. No comparison in the Podcast Universe - Noiser production of Real Dictators narrated by Paul McGann is by far the best historical narrative bar none in the Podcast Universe. Because of all the information available, the three part series on the most heinous human being to ever inhabit the earth Adolf Hitler is with no competition. The episodes detail the rise of an obscure Austrian under achiever into the world’s most destructive dictator ever. The historical value and the details of the insanity that was Germany between and are presented vividly by McGann.
2. Content great, ad timing/volume & fees, bad - The GOOD: The content is presented in a dramatic form that keeps listeners attention, but doesn’t go over the top. The views are from informed experts with different perspectives who help listeners learn the complexities of todays issues and the parts played But —The BAD problems— the ads are jarringly loud & injected at the worst times in the podcast. Lower the volume PLEASE, and  STOP claiming there are NEW episodes when they ONLY apply to subscribers. —— I pay NOTHING for podcasts as they earn money with their ads. The site needs to choose-Either build a big enough audience to make money off advertising OR charge subscribers a fee AND DROP ALL ADS. No one wants to sign up to pay fees, only to STILL have ads interrupt them.
3. History itself is a star rating - The narrative detail of this podcast is amazing, sure you may be able to find things out from google. But not in this sense, i love how in depth they go; you can learn so much from one episode. Sometimes you even learn the obvious and the obvious becomes less obvious. So in conclusion my final opionion on this is starts only because I couldn’t put !
4. Single most favorite podcast! - Paul McGann is quite the storyteller with an alluring accent. Armed with indisputable historical facts, his evenhanded and pitch perfect delivery draws you in as if he’s speaking to you personally. Oh, and there’s enough interesting detail you’ll enjoy listening to each podcast over again!
5. Just cancelled my noiser plus - My favorite podcast, Real Dictators still won’t play the final episode of Mugabe, and it was released weeks ago. Maybe noiser does not play well with Apple Podcasts. In addition another pod i love is history daily, and now i have commercials?? Cya So, review on this podcast, excellent. Review on Noiser Plus, save your money!
6. Well-Made Podcast - I am learning a lot from listening to this podcast, and it is useful to see the common themes and patterns across dictators from different parts of the world, especially related to colonization. I wonder if they will do episodes on Marcos and Pinochet. A lot of Americans don’t know about the Marcos regime.
7. All dictators but Iran’s - Hi dear Paul, I am from Iran. A country in Middle East. There is a religious dictatorship in my country since forty-three years ago. I looked through all the episodes and I didn’t find one about Iran’s dictators. Please be our voice and let everyone know we are suffering. I wanted to play your episodes and I couldn’t. Because it is filtered. In Iran everything is filtered: facebook, youtube, telegram, whatsapp, instagram, tweeter.. and of course podcasts with subjects like this..
8. It’s awesome - So I have just started this podcast and I’m not loving the fact that it stops in the middle of a sentence just for an add.Anyway it is a great podcast either way and I really love the Bonnie and Clyde I did t know about WD I just knew that Bonnie and Clyde were vicious brutal killers that’s all but it is really good.Thanks for reading !