History Podcasts

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Dan Carlin's Hardcore History

16 episodes - Latest episode: 2 months ago - ★★★★★ - 45.7K ratings
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...
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Bag Man

22 episodes - Latest episode: 2 months ago - ★★★★★ - 24.9K ratings
Is it possible for an American Vice President to carry out a criminal enterprise inside the White House and have nobody remember? To have one of the most brazen political bribery scandals i...
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7 episodes - Latest episode: 10 months ago - ★★★★ - 23.5K ratings
In August of 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia. America was not yet America, but this was the moment it began. No aspect of the ...
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Serial Killers

203 episodes - Latest episode: 2 days ago - ★★★★★ - 22.1K ratings
Every Monday and Thursday, Serial Killers takes a psychological and entertaining approach to provide a rare glimpse into the mind, methods and madness of the most notorious serial killers with the ...
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Mobituaries with Mo Rocca

22 episodes - Latest episode: 5 months ago - ★★★★★ - 17.2K ratings
Mo Rocca has always loved obituaries. In season 1 of Mobituaries he introduces listeners to the people who have long intrigued him—from the 20th century’s greatest entertainer … to the Civil...
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286 episodes - Latest episode: 4 months ago - ★★★★★ - 7.9K ratings
A weekly podcasting exploring great political revolutions. Now: The Russian Revolution Next: ???
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Astonishing Legends

200 episodes - Latest episode: 14 days ago - ★★★★★ - 7.1K ratings
Scott and Forrest have been called the 'Click and Clack of esoterica' by their listeners. Their mission is to take a look at legendary strange and unusual events from throughout history and intervi...
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On the Media

204 episodes - Latest episode: about 20 hours ago - ★★★★★ - 6.5K ratings
The Peabody Award-winning On the Media podcast is your guide to examining how the media sausage is made. Hosts Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield examine threats to free speech and government transp...
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33 episodes - Latest episode: 8 months ago - ★★★★★ - 6.4K ratings
History is full of stories we think we know. They are old and dark, but time has robbed us of perspective and clarity. They've become obscured and misunderstood. Which is why this series exists: to...
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The Cold War: What We Saw

20 episodes - Latest episode: 4 months ago - ★★★★★ - 6.3K ratings
November 9, 2019, is the 30th anniversary of the day the Berlin Wall came crashing down, freeing East Germany from communism, and marking the beginning of the end of the Soviet Union. But w...
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Female Criminals

191 episodes - Latest episode: 3 days ago - ★★★★★ - 5.8K ratings
The true crime podcast where women aren’t just the victims. Every week, we examine the psychology, motivations, and atrocities of female felons. New episodes come out every Wednesday. Female Crimin...
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Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill

173 episodes - Latest episode: 3 days ago - ★★★★★ - 5.2K ratings
The people behind The Intercept’s fearless reporting and incisive commentary—Jeremy Scahill, Glenn Greenwald, Betsy Reed and others—discuss the crucial issues of our time: national security, civil ...
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35 episodes - Latest episode: 3 months ago - ★★★★★ - 4.6K ratings
Classic lit with a modern tone, every other week. From the creators of Myths and Legends, comes an altogether same-but-different podcast set in the world of classic lit. These are the stories of D...
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Unexplained Mysteries

161 episodes - Latest episode: 2 days ago - ★★★★★ - 4.3K ratings
“We don’t know.” answers too many questions. But in this podcast, we don’t take “we don’t know” for an answer. Every Thursday, Unexplained Mysteries investigates the greatest mysteries of history a...
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Tides of History

94 episodes - Latest episode: 1 day ago - ★★★★★ - 4.3K ratings
Everywhere around us are echoes of the past. Those echoes define the boundaries of states and countries, how we pray and how we fight. They determine what money we spend and how we earn it ...
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History on Fire

53 episodes - Latest episode: 4 months ago - ★★★★★ - 4.2K ratings
Where history and epic collide--"History on Fire" is a podcast by author and university professor Daniele Bolelli. For more, go to LuminaryPodcasts.com
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Nice Try!

9 episodes - Latest episode: 12 months ago - ★★★★ - 3.6K ratings
Avery Trufelman explores stories of people who tried to design a better world — and what happens when those designs don’t go according to plan. Season one, Utopian, is about the perpetual search fo...
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In Our Time

331 episodes - Latest episode: 2 days ago - ★★★★★ - 3.2K ratings
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas
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What Really Happened?

75 episodes - Latest episode: 25 days ago - ★★★★★ - 3.1K ratings
We live in an age where news comes at us fast, and from all angles. We see a headline that catches our attention, but often just skim the surface, before the next headline comes along. In Season 3,...
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The Black Dahlia Serial Killers

71 episodes - Latest episode: 12 days ago - ★★★★ - 2.9K ratings
Hollywood and Crime is a ground-breaking true crime series about the most infamous murders in Tinseltown history. In The Black Dahlia Serial Killers, host Tracy Pattin investigates the sen...
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266 episodes - Latest episode: about 1 month ago - ★★★★★ - 2.8K ratings
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 Virginia Humanities. There’s the h...
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48 episodes - Latest episode: about 2 months ago - ★★★★ - 2.7K ratings
The Washington Post's Presidential podcast explores how each former American president reached office, made decisions, handled crises and redefined the role of commander-in-chief. It was released l...
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13 episodes - Latest episode: 10 months ago - ★★★★ - 2.5K ratings
“Truer, but also darker.” This is the real origin story behind America’s decision to go to the moon. The story we learn starts with Sputnik, then President Kennedy’s challenge, and ends with triump...
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Dirty Rats

15 episodes - Latest episode: 9 months ago - ★★★★★ - 2.4K ratings
Dirty Rats is the true story of two of Boston's most powerful brothers - one a gangster, the other a politician - as they rose from poverty in a public-housing project to the pinnacles of power in ...
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8 episodes - Latest episode: 9 months ago - ★★★★★ - 2.1K ratings
Chris Garcia’s dad had one dying wish: That his family scatter his ashes off the coast of Cuba. Chris’s mom? She doesn’t give a crap about dying wishes. She’s vowed to never go back to Cuba again. ...
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Those Conspiracy Guys

182 episodes - Latest episode: 2 months ago - ★★★★ - 2K ratings
Those Conspiracy Guys is an Irish comedy podcast where we discuss all types and genres of conspiracy theories, paranormal happenings and true crime from Atlantean myths to Zapruder films; from ghos...
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Cautionary Tales

19 episodes - Latest episode: 22 days ago - ★★★★★ - 2K ratings
We tell our children unsettling fairy tales to teach them valuable life lessons, but these Cautionary Tales are for the education of the grown ups – and they are all true. Tim Harford (Financial Ti...
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71 episodes - Latest episode: 3 months ago - ★★★★★ - 1.9K ratings
Not all spies look like James Bond and Ethan Hunt. Most of them look like ordinary people, which makes them all the more dangerous... So what does it really take to be a spy? Every week, we cover a...
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American Elections: Wicked Game

62 episodes - Latest episode: 4 days ago - ★★★★★ - 1.9K ratings
On February 10th, 1796, Vice President John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail, lamenting the state of discourse in the country. The election was nearing—and becoming heated. Newspapers scream...
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59 episodes - Latest episode: 4 months ago - ★★★★★ - 1.8K ratings
April 15, 1865. President Lincoln is dead and the country in turmoil. Secretary of War Edwin Stanton takes control, determined to bring the assassin to justice—but the hunt for John Wilkes...