4 Great Podcasts: History Category

“Trial and error” seems to be the general theme of this blog. I loved the idea of offering a selection of “best podcasts” in a different category every month, but a month is nowhere near long enough to dig into a whole genre of podcasting. It’s hardly enough to get to know even a single podcast! Podcasting is a genre with very few limits, and a podcast that’s been going for a year or so can be pretty daunting to sink your teeth into when you’re coming in as a beginner. So instead of advertising this post as a definitive list of “best” podcasts in a certain genre, as if I’ve listened to  every podcast in this genre, and have no more to explore, this list is a mix of old favorites and promising new encounters that I found in the “history” section of the iTunes library. I hope they’ll pique your interest as much as they did mine.   At the same time, I leave it open that this list will be added to.  In fact, I hope it will! Happy listening!

Also, if you have any recommendations for great history podcasts, let me know in the comments or on Twitter https://twitter.com/sydneyonair.  I’d love to hear from you!

1). Hardcore History – Dan Carlin

I’m kind of cheating here—this is an old favorite, rather than a new favorite. Without any exaggeration, this is probably one of my favorite podcasts out there. Carlin tears into his topics, usually daunting, broad-focus questions about people and events that shaped the world’s past, like he’s writing a thesis and doesn’t let up until every nuance has been explored, bringing a dose of cutting wit and a modern, relevant perspective. If you have a long road trip, a boring project, or a lot of down time coming up in the near future, do yourself a favor and check out an episode of Hardcore History.

Homepage: http://www.dancarlin.com/hardcore-history-series/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/hardcorehistory?lang=en

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/dan-carlins-hardcore-history/id173001861?mt=2

 2). Nerdonomy : Nerds on History – Bryan Moriarty, Eric Bricmont, Sarah Ashley

Hearing Moriarty, Bricmont, and Ashley talk about history is a delight. They choose topics outside the box, and their knowledge seems fairly near encyclopedic. They’ve also got a bit of a humorist streak—look for the impression of Isaac Newton inventing the beer funnel (not actually true). Nerdonomy: Nerds on History is the best conversation with a group of nerdy friends you’ve ever had.

Homepage: http://www.nerdonomy.com/noh/.

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nerdonomy-nerds-on-history/id562583296?mt=2.

Nerdonomy Twitter: https://twitter.com/nerdonomy?ref_src=twsrc^google|twcamp^serp|twgr^author.

3). the memory palace – Nate DiMeo

Instead of dates and Big Events, the focus here seems to be, first and foremost, on telling a good story.  These are stories that just happen to have really taken place in the past.  And yes, sometimes they really are stranger, and more interesting, than fiction.

Homepage: http://thememorypalace.us/

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-memory-palace/id299436963?mt=2.

Nate DiMeo on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thememorypalace.

4). Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast – John Zhu

I love world literature, the more epic the story, the better.  The Romance of the Three Kingdoms was always something I wanted to try to learn more about, but never got around to.  Zhu’s modern retelling does a great job at making the work accessible, and Zhu himself is a great, insightful and excellently humorous host.

Homepage: http://www.3kingdomspodcast.com/.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RO3Kpodcast.

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/romance-three-kingdoms-podcast/id873437344?mt=2.


“About”. (n.d.).  The Memory Palace.  Retrieved from The Memory Palace: http://thememorypalace.us/about/.

Moriarty, B. (Host), Bricmont, A. (Host), Ashley, S. (Host). (2016, April 4).  Figs and Cake: The Isaac Newton Story [Audio Podcast].  Retrieved from: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nerdonomy-nerds-on-history/id562583296?mt=2.

Zhu, J. (n.d.).  About the Podcast.  Retrieved from: http://www.3kingdomspodcast.com/about-the-podcast/.



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