Top Five Podcasts for the Casual Historian

December 19, 2018 |  Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Top Five Podcasts for the Casual Historian

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 In this age of technological advent, it is inevitable that education spans across many platforms. Gone are the days of sitting in a classroom, listening to your teacher drone on about topics you just simply do not care about. Technology has said so long to bone dry textbooks with horrifyingly phrased sentences like “african’s immigrated to the United States” and hello to historically accurate information in whatever format you like best. Like youtube videos? Crash Course has you covered. Like Reddit? Go take a stroll through r/askahistorian. With the power of a computer in our pocket, the educational world is our oyster with an educational format available to suit the needs of any and all individuals. However, if you are like me and wake up at the crack of dawn to drive an hour and 30 minutes to a job that barely pays the rent, visual aids are not always accessible for use in your endeavors. Don’t you just wish that you could have a friend speak history at you? Well, you are in luck. With the introduction of the podcast, you can have your cake and eat it to. Here are my top five picks for historical podcasts in no particular order. You didn’t explicitly ask, but you’re welcome.

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3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Stuff You Missed in History Class

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 A wonderful product produced by HowStuffWorks, this podcast covers a huge variety of topics from the history of San Francisco’s cable cars to the “The Victorian Orchidelirium”. Unafraid to discuss controversial topics, Holly Frye and Tracy Wilson deliver these historical anecdotes in a way that makes it seem like you’re part of the conversation. Not ideal if you just want to be lectured, but great if you want to freak out the car next to you by laughing with no passengers in your car.

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 Episode Recommendation: “A Condensed History of Air Conditioning”

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 Lore

7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 Do you like being scared? Do you like having to sleep with the light on in the bathroom adjacent to your room for at least a month so that you can see if someone is coming to get you? Then gee whiz, do I have a great suggestion for you. Aaron Mahnke’s gentle voice coupled with the occasional creepy and unsettling background music, Lore provides enough nightmare fodder to keep you awake for days. The best/worst part? They’re all based on historically documented events and or people. Whether you believe in the demons and ghosts that are described through out some of the episodes is up to you.

8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 0 Episode Recommendation: “Episode 11: Black Stockings”

9 Leave a comment on paragraph 9 0 The History Chicks

10 Leave a comment on paragraph 10 0 As the wise queen Mrs. Beyoncé Knowles Carter once said, “Who run the world? Girls.” Beckett Graham and Susan Vollenweider use each episode to talk about a woman or group of women who totally slayed (some literally) during their time on this earth. Well-researched and funny as hell, these two take women’s history and make it relatable to us modern women. Do not let the relaxed and chatty atmosphere fool you, these two make sure to present a diverse cast of historical women across many walks of life that help us to understand the development of women’s history as it is today. Or they discuss topics like Barbie and Mrs. Claus. You know, a real mixed bag. Something for everyone.

11 Leave a comment on paragraph 11 0 Episode Recommendation: ” Episode 24 – Last Four Wives of Henry VIII”

12 Leave a comment on paragraph 12 0 Hardcore History

13 Leave a comment on paragraph 13 0 Going on a road trip? Trying to actively avoid finishing your final papers for as long as your conscious will allow? Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History will provide you with upward of four hours of unabated, unfiltered, and deeply researched historical epics. To be taken in parts or in one large go, his podcasts are infrequent but that is just a testament to the amount to time and painstaking effort that goes into these hours long chronicles of momentous events. Heavy in primary source analysis and told in an engaging manner, Dan Carlin has the ability to keep you gripped through out the entirety of the podcast and begging for a new one soon (don’t get your hopes up though, he post about every four to six months).

14 Leave a comment on paragraph 14 0 Episode Recommendation: ” Show 50- Blueprint for Armageddon I”

15 Leave a comment on paragraph 15 0 The Way I Heard It

16 Leave a comment on paragraph 16 0 I will be the first to admit that this is my most biased and least historically accurate addition to this list. Everything Mike Rowe says, does, or touches is golden and incredibly high in quality. Remember that discovery channel show Dirty Jobs? Yeah, that guy. His smooth baritone voice and clear articulation is what you would expect from a man that has held hundreds of jobs in public speaking and broadcasting. Started as a nod to broadcaster Paul Harvey, The Way I Heard It gives the listener with a short attention span, or someone who enjoys a good binge, short stories that supposedly happened “the way that Mike Rowe heard it”. Not always true stories, but always stories that have been passed from one individual to another. That in and of itself is an interesting historical concept that plays on the importance of individual and collective memory and the way events are remembered in a broader context.

17 Leave a comment on paragraph 17 0 Episode Recommendation: “The 25 Million Dollar Kiss”

18 Leave a comment on paragraph 18 0 There you have it, my personal list of favorite historical podcasts. While I personally think this list is a great starter pack, Historical podcasts have become so plentiful that if these do not suit your needs, there are plenty more that might. Here are a few of my honorable mentions.

19 Leave a comment on paragraph 19 0 The History of Rome – Mike Duncan

20 Leave a comment on paragraph 20 0 History On Fire – Dr. Daniele Bolelli

21 Leave a comment on paragraph 21 0 Slow Burn – Produced by Slate, hosted by Leon Neyfakh


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