History Podcasts

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Dan Carlin's Hardcore History

15 episodes - Latest episode: 3 months ago - ★★★★★ - 41.5K 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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138 episodes - Latest episode: 4 days ago - ★★★★★ - 34.9K ratings
Lore is a bi-weekly podcast (as well as 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...
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Bag Man

18 episodes - Latest episode: 3 months ago - ★★★★★ - 24.6K 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: 3 months ago - ★★★★ - 15.3K 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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12 episodes - Latest episode: over 1 year ago - ★★★★★ - 11.8K ratings
In the war on terror, who is it that we’re really fighting? “Caliphate” follows Rukmini Callimachi, who covers terrorism for The New York Times, on her quest to understand ISIS. For more in...
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275 episodes - Latest episode: 4 days ago - ★★★★★ - 6.9K ratings
A weekly podcasting exploring great political revolutions. Now: The Russian Revolution Next: ???
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Astonishing Legends

175 episodes - Latest episode: 4 days ago - ★★★★★ - 6.5K 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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Haunted Places

153 episodes - Latest episode: about 24 hours ago - ★★★★★ - 5.9K ratings
You’ve heard of haunted houses, haunted cemeteries, haunted islands...but do you know how a normal place can become a paranormal minefield? Every haunted place on earth has a frightening, real back...
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On the Media

147 episodes - Latest episode: 1 day ago - ★★★★★ - 5.8K 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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American Fiasco

14 episodes - Latest episode: over 1 year ago - ★★★★★ - 5.5K ratings
Join host Roger Bennett of Men in Blazers for this story of the U.S. men’s soccer team that swaggered onto the international stage and set out to win the 1998 World Cup in France. When they arrived...
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Aaron Mahnke's Cabinet of Curiosities

168 episodes - Latest episode: about 22 hours ago - ★★★★★ - 5.4K ratings
From the creator of the hit podcast Lore comes a new, bite-sized storytelling experience. Each twice-weekly episode features two short tales that take listeners on a guided tour of the unbelievable...
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Cocaine & Rhinestones: The History of Country Music

15 episodes - Latest episode: almost 2 years ago - ★★★★★ - 5.4K ratings
The podcast about 20th Century Country Music and the lives of those who gave it to us.
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Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill

140 episodes - Latest episode: 2 days ago - ★★★★★ - 4.7K 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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Dan Carlin's Hardcore History: Addendum

8 episodes - Latest episode: 8 months ago - ★★★★★ - 4.5K ratings
Interviews, musings and extra material from the makers of Dan Carlin's Hardcore History. If it did not fit in the HH feed it's probably here
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32 episodes - Latest episode: over 1 year ago - ★★★★★ - 4.2K 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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History on Fire

52 episodes - Latest episode: 2 months ago - ★★★★★ - 3.9K 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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15 episodes - Latest episode: about 1 year ago - ★★★★★ - 3.5K ratings
America is divided, and it always has been. We're going back to the moment when that split turned into war. This is Uncivil: Gimlet Media's new history podcast, hosted by journalists Jack Hitt and...
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Nice Try!

9 episodes - Latest episode: 5 months ago - ★★★★ - 3.5K 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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Once Upon A Crime | True Crime

273 episodes - Latest episode: 10 days ago - ★★★★★ - 3.2K ratings
Join me as I dive into some of the most fascinating and thought provoking true crime stories told one chapter at a time. Kidnappings, murders, mysterious disappearances, serial killers, celebrity c...
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Felonious Florida

12 episodes - Latest episode: 8 months ago - ★★★★ - 3.2K ratings
Beyond the beaches, the theme parks, the palm trees and the warm breezes lies the dark side of the Sunshine State. Wondery and the South Florida Sun Sentinel present a true-crime podcast th...
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What Really Happened?

68 episodes - Latest episode: about 1 month ago - ★★★★ - 3K 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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234 episodes - Latest episode: 14 days ago - ★★★★★ - 2.7K 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 hi...
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Hillbilly Horror Stories

239 episodes - Latest episode: about 21 hours ago - ★★★★★ - 2.4K ratings
Hillbilly Horror Stories is a mostly paranormal show hosted by stand up comedian Jerry Paulley and his wife Tracy. They touch on all things eerie including true stories behind your favorite horror ...
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46 episodes - Latest episode: 6 months ago - ★★★★ - 2.4K 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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Dirty Rats

15 episodes - Latest episode: 3 months ago - ★★★★★ - 2.3K 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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13 episodes - Latest episode: 3 months ago - ★★★★ - 2.3K 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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19 episodes - Latest episode: 6 months ago - ★★★★★ - 2.1K ratings
With the writing of the Constitution in 1787, the framers set out a young nation’s highest ideals. And ever since, we’ve been fighting over it — what is in it and what was left out. At the heart of...
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Young Charlie by Hollywood & Crime

14 episodes - Latest episode: 10 days ago - ★★★★ - 2.1K ratings
How did Charles Manson become an evil, cunning monster? In August 1969, the world is shocked by the savage murders of movie star Sharon Tate and four others at the sprawling Hollywood Hills...
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The Cold War: What We Saw

6 episodes - Latest episode: 7 days ago - ★★★★★ - 2.1K 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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28 episodes - Latest episode: 3 months ago - ★★★★★ - 1.7K ratings
Covert takes listeners on a heart-pounding journey through the most dangerous military operations of all time. From the assassination of Osama Bin Laden and how two Israeli snipers foiled Syria’s p...