History Podcasts

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Dan Carlin's Hardcore History

17 episodes - Latest episode: 2 months ago - ★★★★★ - 50.6K 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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166 episodes - Latest episode: 2 days ago - ★★★★★ - 38K 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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Casefile True Crime

208 episodes - Latest episode: about 2 months ago - ★★★★★ - 26.5K ratings
Fact is scarier than fiction.
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Slow Burn

47 episodes - Latest episode: 3 months ago - ★★★★★ - 21.2K ratings
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, a white supremacist became an American political phenomenon. David Duke’s rise to power and prominence—his election to the Louisiana legislature, and then his cam...
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Mobituaries with Mo Rocca

22 episodes - Latest episode: 10 months ago - ★★★★★ - 18.1K 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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American History Tellers

213 episodes - Latest episode: 6 days ago - ★★★★★ - 12.5K ratings
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 th...
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13 episodes - Latest episode: about 1 month ago - ★★★★★ - 12.4K 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 informatio...
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American Scandal

159 episodes - Latest episode: about 20 hours ago - ★★★★★ - 10.4K ratings
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 spo...
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Conspiracy Theories

213 episodes - Latest episode: about 22 hours ago - ★★★★ - 9.5K ratings
The truth is rarely the best story. And when it’s not the only story, the truth deserves another look. Every Wednesday, we tell the complicated stories behind the world’s most controversial events ...
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290 episodes - Latest episode: 1 day ago - ★★★★★ - 8.4K ratings
A weekly podcasting exploring great political revolutions. Now: The Russian Revolution Next: ???
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On the Media

252 episodes - Latest episode: 5 days ago - ★★★★★ - 7.1K 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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58 episodes - Latest episode: 7 days ago - ★★★★★ - 6.8K 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: 9 months ago - ★★★★★ - 6.7K 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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Dan Carlin's Hardcore History: Addendum

12 episodes - Latest episode: 6 months ago - ★★★★★ - 6K 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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Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill

186 episodes - Latest episode: 21 days ago - ★★★★★ - 5.5K ratings
The people behind The Intercept’s fearless reporting and incisive commentary discuss the crucial issues of our time: national security, civil liberties, foreign policy, and criminal justice. Plus ...
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Unexplained Mysteries

215 episodes - Latest episode: about 22 hours ago - ★★★★★ - 5K ratings
Unexplained Mysteries examines history’s most compelling puzzles. From suspicious deaths to scientific paradoxes to paranormal reports, if there are lingering questions, Unexplained Mysteries tells...
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36 episodes - Latest episode: 3 months ago - ★★★★★ - 4.9K 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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Tides of History

122 episodes - Latest episode: 6 days ago - ★★★★★ - 4.8K 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

54 episodes - Latest episode: 4 months ago - ★★★★★ - 4.5K 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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140 episodes - Latest episode: about 22 hours ago - ★★★★★ - 4.3K ratings
Myths endure for a reason. This episodic audio drama brings ancient myths to life for the modern audience. Each episode presents exciting stories and analysis of each myth's history and origins, gi...
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Once Upon A Crime | True Crime

353 episodes - Latest episode: about 19 hours ago - ★★★★★ - 3.9K 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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16 episodes - Latest episode: 3 months ago - ★★★★★ - 3.8K 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!

11 episodes - Latest episode: 3 months ago - ★★★★ - 3.8K 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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CrimeCon Presents: Shattered Souls

614 episodes - Latest episode: 4 months ago - ★★★★ - 3.7K ratings
What comes to mind when you hear the word “forensics”? For many, the word evokes images of sterile labs and white coats. The reality, however, is quite different. In Shattered Souls vetera...
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In Our Time

352 episodes - Latest episode: 6 days ago - ★★★★★ - 3.5K ratings
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas
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What Really Happened?

76 episodes - Latest episode: 5 months ago - ★★★★ - 3.2K 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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Trace Evidence

154 episodes - Latest episode: 7 days ago - ★★★★★ - 3K ratings
Trace Evidence is a weekly true crime podcast that focuses on unsolved cases, from chilling murders to missing persons. Join host Steven Pacheco as he examines each case, diving deep into the evid...
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56 episodes - Latest episode: 2 months ago - ★★★★ - 3K 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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Ridiculous History

373 episodes - Latest episode: about 5 hours ago - ★★★★ - 2.9K ratings
History is beautiful, brutal and, often, ridiculous. Join Ben Bowlin and Noel Brown as they dive into some of the weirdest stories from across the span of human civilization in Ridiculous History, ...
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266 episodes - Latest episode: 7 months ago - ★★★★★ - 2.9K 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...