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History Podcasts

spanky Oct 15, 2014

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    Here's a short list and description of some history podcasts I have come across and have listened to, which I thought might be of interest to other history buffs here. If anyone knows of others, please share them in this thread.


    Hardcore History

    First and foremost is Dan Carlin's Hardcore History. He covers a variety of history topics very well and comprehensively, and does so in a polished and professional manner, although he does sometimes go off on apparent tangents, but does then pull it all together again. He has another show called Common Sense, which is a semi-weekly show on current events and politics; don't always agree with him, but again he is very knowledgeable and has some interesting takes on matters. DC throws some color into his discussions, which makes them more entertaining and engrossing. Newer episodes are free, older archived ones cost a buck -- for these there's always Google.... Both shows can be reached at:

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    [url=http://www.dancarlin.com]Dan Carlin - Hardcore History - Common Sense[/url]


    History of Rome

    Another is the History of Rome PC. It begins with the founding of Rome, and appears to go to Its fall, and beyond. Episodes are fairly short, about 12-15 minutes, and they're all free. The podcaster seems to have included other historical topics later, after he wrapped up Rome. This is also a well-done and polished PC. Rather straightforward, and sounds a bit like a reading of some historical summaries, but is very informative and does not ramble unlike some, e.g. the Napoleon Bonaparte Podcast (see below).

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    [url=http://thehistoryofrome.typepad.com/the_history_of_rome/archives.html]The History of Rome: Archives[/url]

    The Napoleon Bonaparte Podcast

    The Napoleon Bonaparte Podcast. Probably more than you'll ever want to know about the Emperor of France, but you can always take it in bite-sized morsels. Two guys do this PC, and to my mind a two-person PC can suffer from way too much gratuitous banter compared to PCs run by a single narrator; this PC is a case in point. I also think they gloss over a lot of stuff; however, their strong suit is the social, economic and political aspects of the Napoleonic era. They, of course, cover battles and other military matters, but they leave a bit to be desired in this respect. Also, the production values are found wanting at times. None the less, I think it is worth checking out if you are interested in the subject. Originally all free, now the first 19 of 59 podcasts are free; however, again, with the google-ator they can be found in gratis form...

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    [url=http://napoleonbonapartepodcast.com]Napoleon | The Napoleon Bonaparte Podcast[/url]
    I've also found some less than impressive history podcasts, but am sticking to discussing the finer ones.


    Here is a site with a list of history podcasts; however, I can't imagine that it is a comprehensive one, as there must be many more.

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    [url]https://sites.google.com/site/historicalpodcasts/allknownhistorypodcasts[/url]
     
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    More History Podcasts

    Have come across a few more history podcasts I want to share, but first wanted to again mention Dan Carlin's Hard Core History Show. He has just released the fifth episode of his series on the First World War, "Blueprint for Armageddon" (which is not the final one by any means). This whole particular series is incredibly good and covers events I was not aware of before. I also wanted to mention this PC once again because all the episodes of his WWI series as well as his multi-part series on the Mongols, "Wrath of the Khans", are still available gratis. Get 'em while they're hot (and free).


    Turning to previously unmentioned-here podcasts, I just came upon the BBC's History Extra, the official website of BBC History Magazine:

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    http://www.historyextra.com/podcasts
    Each hour-long episode consists of segments on historical topics discussed by historians and authors, and which have or will be broadcast on the BBC. The topics are varied, the presenters are good, and the production values, of course, are top notch. And they're free -- at least to people not having to pay the UK telly tax :D -- and downloadable. In the past year (2014) a lot of episodes concern WWI, but every episode has two distinct subjects, generally of disparate natures, and they cover the gambit of historical topics. Can't recommend this site enough.

    As an aside, for those not already aware of the BBC and its website, it is a wealth of well-produced content on a variety of subjects, particularly news and current events.


    Another source of history podcasts is at the Learn Out Loud history page:

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    http://www.learnoutloud.com/Podcast-Directory/History
    There are a multiplicity of podcasts here, broken into a number of more general topic headers:

    American History (35 Podcasts) Ancient & Medieval History (11 Podcasts) European History (18 Podcasts) Military History (10 Podcasts) Speeches (9 Podcasts) The Future (3 Podcasts) World History (25 Podcasts)

    I have only checked out a few, and read the comments of other listeners. It's fair to say that the content quality varies, although the production values are quite professional. The one I have listened to:

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    http://www.learnoutloud.com/podcaststream/listen.php?url=http://feeds.feedburner.com/TheBritishHistoryPodcast[/b]
    
    has a fairly dynamic, single podcaster/narrator who does a good job of presenting material.  It appears that one is constrained to listen to the podcasts onsite, i.e. no downloads.  I'll just add that the Learn Out Loud site has sections devoted to podcasts on many other "academic' subjects too; it's worth checking out, me thinks, if you want to better yourself with more knowledge.
    
    
    As I only have so much time to check out podcasts of any sort, I've also included one "meta" entry for The Telegraph's list of "The Best History Podcasts", which gives good descriptions of the sites listed.
    
    [code]http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/10415808/The-best-history-podcasts.html

    The research staff is working on some more entries for this post, so watch this space...
     
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    Just wanted to let anyone interested know that the 6th and final Hardcore History episode on WWI (the series is entitled: Blueprint for Armageddon) was recently released.