Political/History podcasts - Recommendations

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1. I'm a lefty
2. Accuracy is important
3. I don't want to be bored to death
4. I don't just want to hear the same thing that is said by every talking head - pref. some insight needed.

Anyone know of anything to listen to?

<3

� (a hoy hoy), Friday, 8 July 2011 20:25 (eight years ago) link

I love the BBC's History of the World in 100 Objects series:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/

polyphonic, Friday, 8 July 2011 20:55 (eight years ago) link

Dan Carlin's "Hardcore History" podcasts are pretty awesome. His series on the Nazi/Soviet War and the Death of the Roman Republic are great.

President Keyes, Saturday, 9 July 2011 02:48 (eight years ago) link

tybgs

� (a hoy hoy), Saturday, 9 July 2011 06:15 (eight years ago) link

seven months pass...

So...

Any other recommendations? Is there an Occupy podcast? Or just a lefty politics one that is sufferable?

I p much just listen to the guardian one, which every week is just 'emili isn't that bad, honest, srs not as bad as we all think he is' and need something better.

a hoy hoy, Thursday, 9 February 2012 16:51 (seven years ago) link

two months pass...

love that guy! it's so nice to hear a voice talking about ancient history that is not an old person voice. he's all action and no fat too. no cutesy editing, very little editorializing. i like it. i'm only like 12 episodes in though. did it just end?

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:39 (seven years ago) link

Dan Carlin's "Hardcore History" podcasts are pretty awesome. His series on the Nazi/Soviet War and the Death of the Roman Republic are great.
― President Keyes, Friday, July 8, 2011 9:48 PM (10 months ago)

^thiiiiis. loved the fall of Rome series and also "Thor's Angels"

Porto for Pyros (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:45 (seven years ago) link

whoa, thehistoryofrome looks awesome! about how long are the episodes?

Mad God 40/40 (Z S), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:52 (seven years ago) link

12-15 min? They're super dense though imo. He does a little wrapup at the end but I can only digest about that amt of information anyway.

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:54 (seven years ago) link

In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg podcast from the BBC is pretty great.

Spencer Chow, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:55 (seven years ago) link

hardcore history is basically the only thing I listen to these days. Death Throes of the Republic was amazing, totally worth the 15 hours or so it takes to listen to.

silverfish, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:57 (seven years ago) link

history of rome is good too, though it doesn't grab me the way hardcore history does, I have to force myself to keep paying attention sometimes.

silverfish, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:58 (seven years ago) link

what's great about history of rome though is the way it's broken down into short 15-20 minute episodes, compared to hardcore history's 1-5 hour episodes.

silverfish, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 19:00 (seven years ago) link

i like forcing myself to pay attention. it's good for the brain!

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 19:01 (seven years ago) link

oh definitely

silverfish, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 19:02 (seven years ago) link

History of Rome just ended this week, after 5 years or so.

Some other good stuff:

Ancient Rome ReFocused
Twilight History

President Keyes, Thursday, 10 May 2012 17:45 (seven years ago) link

Also: My History Can Beat Up Your Politics

President Keyes, Thursday, 10 May 2012 17:47 (seven years ago) link

I started History of Rome again thanks to this thread. It was getting a little heavy for a while there, but I have the energy for it again.

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Thursday, 10 May 2012 18:14 (seven years ago) link

I like Hardcore History, too, tho some of Dan's Common Sense shows tend to be a little more off

Choad of Choad Hall (kingfish), Thursday, 10 May 2012 18:15 (seven years ago) link

hardcore history is great but fucking looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong

wolves in our wounds (mayor jingleberries), Thursday, 10 May 2012 18:17 (seven years ago) link

Yeah, but you wait so long for a new episode that it's dope to get a 5 hour long one.

President Keyes, Thursday, 10 May 2012 18:48 (seven years ago) link

I just started Hardcore History and I love it

thanks ilx!

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 21:10 (seven years ago) link

three months pass...

Just finished "Thor's Angels" episode of Hardcore History. Great great great!

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 4 September 2012 01:36 (six years ago) link

two months pass...

Made it all the way through The History of Rome. Am now listening to 12 Byzantine Rulers, which sort of works as a sequel to the History of Rome (along with the Thor's Angels episode of Hardcore History, I guess). This is good but a little bit too fast paced at times. I wish it would go into the details a bit more.

silverfish, Monday, 26 November 2012 17:56 (six years ago) link

Also the Wrath of the Kahns Hardcore History series is really good

silverfish, Monday, 26 November 2012 17:57 (six years ago) link

for people who are into NYC history the Bowery Boys podcast is pretty good

iatee, Monday, 26 November 2012 17:59 (six years ago) link

There is a History of Byzantium podcast that bills itself as a continuation of the History of Rome (different dude, though.)

http://thehistoryofbyzantium.wordpress.com/

Binders Full of Mittens (President Keyes), Monday, 26 November 2012 18:54 (six years ago) link

Thanks, I'll definitely check that out.

silverfish, Monday, 26 November 2012 20:25 (six years ago) link

six months pass...

Was tipped off to The History Of Oil podcast by the current AV Club Podmass. I'm a couple episodes in (they're short - about 20min each) and it's worth a listen. He's pretty much going through Yergin's The Prize in sequence, but with a more macro-political eye. Only complaint is that I wish the guy would be mindful that he's speaking to a listener, rather than 100% focus on reading from the text but I'm being picky. Anyway, I maintain that knowing about oil is as important as knowing about the Cold War. Check it out...

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 1 June 2013 00:33 (six years ago) link

Also the Wrath of the Kahns Hardcore History series is really good

^^^^^^^^ on this. Don't miss it.

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 1 June 2013 00:34 (six years ago) link

JB Shreve Presents the End of History is a pretty interesting podcast-- the guy picks a topic of contemporary interest--the Middle East crisis, Economic inequality--and goes in depth into the history of it over the course of 20 episodes or so.

mimicking regular benevloent (sic) users' names (President Keyes), Saturday, 1 June 2013 01:27 (six years ago) link

That sounds good-- how's the person talking? (I strongly prefer super dry humorless commentary if it matters)

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Saturday, 1 June 2013 02:59 (six years ago) link

He's closer to a Dan Carlin style, though more subdued.

mimicking regular benevloent (sic) users' names (President Keyes), Saturday, 1 June 2013 09:53 (six years ago) link

history of Rome guy is starting a new podcast in September:

Yes the next show is called Revolutions. I'm going to take 8-12 revolutions and cover them in 12-15 episode chunks. So if the History of Rome was a novel, this will be more like a collection of stories.

I'm still working on the final list, but I'm sure to cover: English, American, French, Haitian, 1848, Mexican, Russian, Chinese, Cuban.

http://www.reddit.com/r/history/comments/1fff0g/hello_i_am_mike_duncan_creator_of_the_history_of/

should be interesting

silverfish, Monday, 3 June 2013 15:22 (six years ago) link

what's his story -- how does he have time to school podcast listeners about the history of rome and 8-12 revolutions in his downtime?

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Monday, 3 June 2013 15:25 (six years ago) link

(i like him btw -- just wondering whether he is a professional historian/teacher/if he works at the apple store/what his deal is)

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Monday, 3 June 2013 15:26 (six years ago) link

Def. an amateur historian

mimicking regular benevloent (sic) users' names (President Keyes), Monday, 3 June 2013 15:41 (six years ago) link

from what I read in that ask me anything, he is an amateur historian and stay at home dad

silverfish, Monday, 3 June 2013 15:53 (six years ago) link

He is a really good lecture organizer, always repeating key takeaway points and breaking major events down into operations, followed by the significance of the operations/events.

He should be making some $$ for helping to make ancient history comprehensible and enjoyable without resorting to LCD tactics like splashy blood/boobz.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Monday, 3 June 2013 16:08 (six years ago) link

Yeah, after finishing History of Rome and trying out a bunch of other history podcasts, I've really come to appreciate how good he is.

silverfish, Monday, 3 June 2013 16:20 (six years ago) link

yeah I just started digging into History of Rome finally, and am really impressed by the way he organizes his episodes and always does a very nice encapsulation of what's been covered

AND so genius to have them in short 10-15 minute chunks. Much less daunting, and he's not drowning you in how smart he is.

also he doesn't randomly SHOUT AT ME like Rush Limbaugh I mean Dan Carlin

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 3 June 2013 16:22 (six years ago) link

the quiet/loud thing Dan Carlin does is actually really good at holding my attention. With something like the History of Rome I occasionally zone out and then have to rewind.

silverfish, Monday, 3 June 2013 16:32 (six years ago) link

i love carlin - he reminds me a lot of our own michaelangelo matos - but he does this thing i CAN'T STAND --> whenever he quotes someone (which is lot; it's a history podcast) he suddenly adopts this weird stentorian loudspeaker voice, like he's announcing the starting lineup for the new york yankees ABSOLUTELY REGARDLESS of whatever the quoted material is, or what tone it has, or what it's about, or when it was written. it is TERRIBLE. you already are a stickler for saying "quote" and "endquote", dan, so the tone of voice change is TOTALLY UNNECESSARY. GAH

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, 3 June 2013 16:33 (six years ago) link

that would drive me BANANAS
i like history of rome guy because he talks like a person under 50, naturally, slowly, and without editorializing. i have an idea that he's proooobably pretty good looking and i'd like to keep it that way.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Monday, 3 June 2013 16:36 (six years ago) link

yeah LL you would not like Carlin

and Tracer OTM, I even played a clip of him for Mr Veg because it was cracking me op the way he would 'perform' the quotes, it is so hilarious and distracting and weird.

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 3 June 2013 16:38 (six years ago) link

I was actually listening to an early Hardcore History podcast a couple of weeks ago (I think it was the bubonic nukes episode) and they did this ridiculous voice of doom vocal effect whenever Dan Carlin quoted anything, which made his quoting 100x worse than usual.

silverfish, Monday, 3 June 2013 16:42 (six years ago) link

Scare quotes

mimicking regular benevloent (sic) users' names (President Keyes), Monday, 3 June 2013 16:54 (six years ago) link

three months pass...

Mike Duncan of The History Of Rome podcast fame has a new one: Revolutions

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 20 September 2013 19:13 (five years ago) link

Finally! Although I'm starting to feel dubious of the "guy effortlessly summarizes history books he has read" format. He's really good at it, so I'll give it a chance.

special beet service (La Lechera), Friday, 20 September 2013 22:02 (five years ago) link

hey, beats actually reading history books

flopson, Friday, 20 September 2013 22:44 (five years ago) link

i like reading history books. if he weren't so good at keeping himself out of it, i would have bailed on the history of rome almost immediately, but he's really good at that. no filler, no fluff, minimal editorializing. i guess as far as summarizers go, he's at the top of the heap!

special beet service (La Lechera), Friday, 20 September 2013 22:46 (five years ago) link

otm

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 21 September 2013 00:20 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

I've been liking "The British History Podcast." It's crazy detailed though. He's been going for 4 years, 174 episodes so far, and hasn't even reached 1066 yet. It's very much in the Mike Duncan style.

Why because she True and Interesting (President Keyes), Wednesday, 2 September 2015 20:35 (three years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Just finished the 12 part series on the Charles Manson murders on "You Must Remember This". Very highly recommended. The late 60s in L.A. seems like such a crazy time and place.

silverfish, Friday, 25 September 2015 16:23 (three years ago) link

Otm. Her "voice work" is super facepalm but I really enjoyed it overall, she researched the hell out of it.

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 25 September 2015 16:29 (three years ago) link

Moshe Kasher's "Hound Tall" is fun, with an expert on a topic paired with some stand-ups

Purves Grundy (kingfish), Friday, 25 September 2015 16:30 (three years ago) link

i love carlin - he reminds me a lot of our own michaelangelo matos - but he does this thing i CAN'T STAND --> whenever he quotes someone (which is lot; it's a history podcast) he suddenly adopts this weird stentorian loudspeaker voice, like he's announcing the starting lineup for the new york yankees ABSOLUTELY REGARDLESS of whatever the quoted material is, or what tone it has, or what it's about, or when it was written. it is TERRIBLE. you already are a stickler for saying "quote" and "endquote", dan, so the tone of voice change is TOTALLY UNNECESSARY. GAH

completely OTM, Dan Carlin is unlistenable.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Friday, 25 September 2015 16:39 (three years ago) link

so much shouting

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 25 September 2015 16:41 (three years ago) link

even when he's not shouting, he seems to think everything he says is going to BLOW your GODDAMNED mind.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Friday, 25 September 2015 16:47 (three years ago) link

the explosion sound clip he plays at the end of the shows are funny as hell

some of his theatrics are ridic but I like the show overall..

panettone for the painfully alone (mayor jingleberries), Friday, 25 September 2015 16:56 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

I'm only about halfway done with it, but the latest hardcore history episode about nuclear war is pretty the scariest thing ever when you keep in mind that Donald Trump is currently the president of the United States.

silverfish, Friday, 27 January 2017 15:53 (two years ago) link

Oh it's one of those brisk 6 hour long episodes

duped and used by my worst Miss U (President Keyes), Friday, 27 January 2017 15:56 (two years ago) link

Yeah, the length of these podcasts is a bit ridiculous, but whatever, I'm never bored when listening to them.

silverfish, Friday, 27 January 2017 16:00 (two years ago) link

i just listened to my first of his podcasts - the american peril - which was a scant 4 hours long. it was p enjoyable but this is so otm:

whenever he quotes someone (which is lot; it's a history podcast) he suddenly adopts this weird stentorian loudspeaker voice, like he's announcing the starting lineup for the new york yankees ABSOLUTELY REGARDLESS of whatever the quoted material is, or what tone it has, or what it's about, or when it was written. it is TERRIBLE. you already are a stickler for saying "quote" and "endquote", dan, so the tone of voice change is TOTALLY UNNECESSARY. GAH

Islamic State of Mind (jim in vancouver), Friday, 27 January 2017 17:25 (two years ago) link

I learned about Revolutions about a week ago, and jumped in with the French Revolution, since I knew nothing about it and it seemed appropriate for the times. He's fun to listen to! I think I'm learning something.

slathered in cream and covered with stickers (silby), Friday, 27 January 2017 17:29 (two years ago) link

I had a hard time with the French revolution podcast. Such a complicated story with so many characters that it was hard to keep track of everything. If I had this in book form, it would be the kind of book where I constantly would be flipping back towards previous sections just to remember who this person was or what exactly happened then or whatever, but you can't really do that with audio. Then the next series is about the Haitian revolution which happens concurrently with the French one and what happened in France affects events in Haiti which means I have to go mentally keep track at what point things are in France as things are happening in Haiti (except that there is always a several week lag, since it takes a while for messages/people to travel between France to Haiti). Anyway about 6 or 7 episodes into the Haitian revolution I gave up. I would love to read a good book about this period though.

silverfish, Friday, 27 January 2017 17:38 (two years ago) link

Killer Mike is going to do a podcast on Reconstruction.

I've tried Dan Carlin so many times and I just can't do it. The bombast and the voice thing is such a turn off compared to History of Rome/Revolutions

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Friday, 27 January 2017 18:36 (two years ago) link

xp. the black jacobins is a very good read on the haitian revolution

Islamic State of Mind (jim in vancouver), Friday, 27 January 2017 19:09 (two years ago) link

The History Matters show from the guy who did the Fall of Rome podcast is pretty good so far. It's done by two academic historians who'd normally be talking about this stuff over beers anyway, so they decided to record it.

THE SKURJ OF FAKE NEWS. (kingfish), Friday, 27 January 2017 20:52 (two years ago) link

If you can't use bbc radio iplayer there are lots of Melvyn Bragg's In Our Time episodes on youtube. It varies from pretty good to absolutely essential, depending on the quality of guest contributors, which are often very good tbh. JFC would rather drink the lager than listen to Dan Carlin though, he sounds Trump reading history from a junior school book.

"The French Revolution... was yknow.. when warfare got..at least in the minds of Europeans in this era.. y'know ..really serious"

calzino, Friday, 27 January 2017 22:53 (two years ago) link

yes, it is rather lunkheaded in many ways. in the american peril episode he posits this duality of the american psyche in which they are on the one hand "almost unrealistically good" - by this he means that the US has an idealized democratic republican self-image - and that this butts heads with their desire to be a great power and engage in imperialistic colonialization. he repeats the words "almost unrealistically good" many times. he also goes for some fairly radical and obtuse historical relativism when he points out that the slaughter of the moros in the philippines and the joy that the american soldiers take in it is more understandable when you remember that the US has just finished slaughtering the indigenous population of america like a decade before and nobody gave a fuck about that either

Islamic State of Mind (jim in vancouver), Friday, 27 January 2017 23:42 (two years ago) link

i should add - despite the fact that many people in america were disgusted by the accounts they heard of the slaughtering of the Moros and thus the fact that it was possible for turn of the 20th century americans not to be total white supremacist maniacs

Islamic State of Mind (jim in vancouver), Friday, 27 January 2017 23:44 (two years ago) link

sidebar - highly recommend Presidents are People Too by former daily show writer/Flophouse co-host Eliot Kalan

serious & delving but short and light in tone
i like it a lot.

new Abe Lincoln ep features Kalan's 2 1/2 yo son reciting (via Dad) the Gettysburg Address
cutest damn thing you'll ever hear

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 28 January 2017 01:04 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

I just stumbled across a Dan Warren apocalyptic cutup of Dan Carlin. Hardcore Prophecy: The Trump of Doom.

Not as good as his Obama cutup for obvious reasons, but perhaps of interest to Hardcore History fans.

#DeleteFacebook (Sanpaku), Tuesday, 20 March 2018 18:07 (one year ago) link

six months pass...

Citations Needed is a great show. This ep gets into local TV/news reporting, how that often revolves into police stenography, and how gentrification brings about more cops:

http://citationsneeded.libsyn.com/episode-54-local-crime-reporting-as-police-stenography

Glower, Disruption & Pies (kingfish), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 18:15 (ten months ago) link

Revolutions is rocking my world. Dude is so good at streamlining a huge amount of complicated information and communicating it both clearly and with an overarching clarity of intent. Very rare and underrated skill ime.

Extra Shprankles (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 18:37 (ten months ago) link

yeah, there are quite a very very good history podcasts these days, but they almost all follow the model Mike Duncan set down

President Keyes, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 18:48 (ten months ago) link

quite a few

President Keyes, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 18:48 (ten months ago) link

oh i love Revolutions

when I needed to nerd out on the French Rev it was a godsend

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 19:03 (ten months ago) link

Only the dude from History of Rome does it better imo. But coming close is an achievement!!

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 19:04 (ten months ago) link

same dude, right?

President Keyes, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 19:10 (ten months ago) link

Eastern Border is a good show about Soviet History from the perspective of the common folk, if you can get over the host's Latvian accent and occasional bizarro opinions about US politics.

President Keyes, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 19:16 (ten months ago) link

Yeah, I'm neck-deep in three different books about the French Revolution rn, and Duncan has pretty effortlessly cleared up basically any confusion or lingering questions that my reading material had failed to resolve. All while I'm working and only half paying attention.

Extra Shprankles (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 19:17 (ten months ago) link

My only complaint as I head into the homestretch is that he seems (understandably, as his wife was about to have a baby) to be rushing through a lot in order to wrap things up.

Extra Shprankles (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 19:21 (ten months ago) link

omg lol i didnt know it was the same guy

well that explains EVERYTHING

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 19:40 (ten months ago) link

seconding kingfish re: citations needed, it’s fkn great

himalayan mountain hole (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 20:03 (ten months ago) link

I've been liking "The British History Podcast." It's crazy detailed though. He's been going for 4 years, 174 episodes so far, and hasn't even reached 1066 yet. It's very much in the Mike Duncan style.

― Why because she True and Interesting (President Keyes), Wednesday, September 2, 2015 9:35 PM (three years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

He's got to episode 295 now, and the year 945, so still over a hundred years away from 1066, it really is a life's work. I came on board about five years back, blitzed the first hundred or so episodes while stuck in a hotel in Guangzhou, and have been listening since. His presenting style is really not to my taste, this almost put me off at times, but luckily I was too far invested by that point to quit. It's odd as I do still find so many of his quirks vaguely annoying, but it's like listening to a friend, I've just got used to them. And have to respect the ridiculous amount of work he puts into the show, little things like pronouncing obscure place names and words like 'borough' in the "correct" way, can't help but respect this.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 20:05 (ten months ago) link

Cold War Conversations - Cold War history, but on the street level. Fave episodes include a great interview with someone who put on underground punk gigs in East Germany, another who was a teenager during the Prague Spring, the son of famed U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers, and even a member of the Trabant Owners Club
https://coldwarconversations.wordpress.com

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 20:26 (ten months ago) link

wow that sounds dope

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 20:28 (ten months ago) link

just listening to The Korean War in Britain, it's good stuff.

calzino, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 20:42 (ten months ago) link

I skipped that one + went to the SR71 ep, better!

calzino, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 21:03 (ten months ago) link

nine months pass...

The History of the World podcast is about as unpretentious as its stated aim is grandiose. I know next-to-nothing about the creator but he's very good at synthesizing a lot of information and making it both palatable and conversational. And he really is trying to tackle all of human history and pre-history (it takes him two dozen episodes to start making his way out of the Neolithic).

Come and Rock Me, Hot Potatoes (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 13:04 (five days ago) link

(I'm sampling other ancient history podcasts atm and haven't been bowled over otherwise. The History of Ancient Greece seems all right but the dude's voice/accent/inflection/whatever is a seeeeeeeerious hurdle and I don't know how much longer I can keep jumping.)

Come and Rock Me, Hot Potatoes (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 13:07 (five days ago) link

sounds great tbh, thks

phil neville jacket (darraghmac), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 13:55 (five days ago) link

Yeah, I've subscribed as well.

Frederik B, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 13:59 (five days ago) link

sounds cool. I've checked some shows with a similar idea but they usually start with Sumeria

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 14:08 (five days ago) link


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