Best History podcasts we could find (Updated August 2019)
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History is an interesting field. But with those thick history books and long articles one needs to deal with, it can sometimes be a challenge to love history. Good thing there are podcasts to save you from this drama! Podcasts are a very convenient way for both learning and entertainment. With just your PC or phone, you can stream podcasts wherever there's internet connection. Most importantly, if you download podcasts, you can enjoy them even when offline. It may come as a surprise to you, but there are actually a lot of history podcasts out there. Whether it's ancient history, world history or military history, there's a podcast dedicated to each of that. There are even podcasts about the history of certain places like China, Rome and England, or monumental events like revolutions, civil wars and World War II. For an easy start, we've listed the best history podcasts here for you. Play them now, and enjoy having a blast from the past!
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A biweekly podcast covering the last great war. Join Ray Harris Jr as he explores World War Two in intimate detail.
 
Over 900 years ago, thousands of Christians invaded the Middle East, intent on taking the Holy Land from the Muslims. The following 200 years were marked by a series of military campaigns known as the Crusades.Join us to follow the history of the Crusades from 1095 onwards. Castles, battles, religious clashes, Richard the Lionheart, the Assassins, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Saladin, the Knights Templar - all will feature as we examine one of the most interesting periods in history.
 
A history podcast in which Rich & Tracy weave together a chronological narrative of the Civil War era. Visit us at www.civilwarpodcast.org
 
History! The most exciting and important things that have ever happened on the planet! Featuring reports from the weird and wonderful places around the world where history has been made and interviews with some of the best historians writing today. Dan also covers some of the major anniversaries as they pass by and explores the deep history behind today's headlines - giving you the context to understand what is going on today. Producer: Peter Curry
 
Join students in college classrooms to hear lectures on topics ranging from the American Revolution to 9-11.
 
This show will detail the biographies and interesting facts of the Papacy of Rome. It will start in the beginning, but will not go straight through. There will be many side tracks and detours along the way. We will investigate the backstreets of the Papacy where the tour normally doesn't go.
 
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SpyCast
Weekly
 
Each week, the International Spy Museum will offer a new SpyCast featuring interviews and programs with ex-spies, intelligence experts, and espionage scholars. The SpyCast is hosted by Dr. Vince Houghton, historian and curator at the International Spy Museum. Dr. Houghton specializes in intelligence, diplomatic, and military history, with expertise in the late-WWII and early-Cold War eras. The International Spy Museum in Washington, DC is the only public museum in the U.S. solely dedicated t ...
 
Revisionist History is Malcolm Gladwell's journey through the overlooked and the misunderstood. Every episode re-examines something from the past—an event, a person, an idea, even a song—and asks whether we got it right the first time. From Pushkin Industries. Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance.
 
Podcast by Ottoman History Podcast
 
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Explaining History
Weekly+
 
Twenty five minutes of 20th Century History for students and enthusiasts.
 
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Today In History
Daily
 
An automated daily podcast that covers an event from today in history.
 
Comedian and professor Wayne Federman has spent his life studying the art and history of standup comedy. Join him and fellow student, Andrew Steven, as they look back at some of standup’s most interesting moments, places, and people.
 
Interviews with Scholars of Military History about their New Books
 
What happened on this date in the history of the Blues?
 
Welcome to Everyday Black History! Where we highlight the contributions of Black Men and Women both Past and present. Here we celebrate Afro Appreciation, where Black American, Africans and Latinos of African descent are honored. We also highlight Institutions that have help the advancement of people in the African Diaspora, such as historically Black University and many others. Enjoy Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/EverydayBlackHistory/support
 
History of the Great War is a weekly podcast that will cover the First World War that occurred from 1914 and 1918. Every week we will be discussing the events that occurred exactly 100 years ago. We will journey from the borders of France in the blistering heat of 1914, to the shores of Gallipoli, to the banks of Somme, to the final knockout attempt by the German army in the spring of 1918.
 
For history lovers who listen to podcasts, History Unplugged is the most comprehensive show of its kind. It's the only show that dedicates episodes to both interviewing experts and answering questions from its audience. First, it features a call-in show where you can ask our resident historian (Scott Rank, PhD) absolutely anything (What was it like to be a Turkish sultan with four wives and twelve concubines? If you were sent back in time, how would you kill Hitler?). Second, it features lon ...
 
A podcast about the Golden Age of Piracy in the Caribbean, the real men and women that threatened the trade and stability of the Old World empires, the forces that led them to piracy and the myths and stories they inspired.Famous names like Captain Henry Morgan, Henry Avery, Charles Vane, Mary Reed, Anne Bonny, Black Bart Roberts, Ned Low, and Edward 'Blackbeard' Teach will rub elbows with Queens, Kings, Popes, rebellious monks, Caribbean Natives, African Slaves and notorious governors like ...
 
The History of the Cold War Podcast will cover the Cold War from the period of roughly 1945 to 1991 and the fall of the Soviet Union in bi-monthly instalments on the first and fifteenth. This Podcast will examine the Cold War from a number of different perspectives including political, diplomatic, cultural, ideological etc. This series is intended to be a grand narrative of the conflict exploring it from its early origins to its final moments and its effects on the world today. Please join u ...
 
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Great Lives
Monthly+
 
Biographical series in which guests choose someone who has inspired their lives.
 
Johnny Townsend, Carter Johnson and Chris Chavez dive into the odd depths, strange corners and mysterious crevices of history and explore the strange tales and dark stories they forgot to teach you in school!
 
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The WW2 Podcast
Monthly+
 
A military history podcast that looks at all aspects of WWII. With WW2 slipping from living memory I aim to look at different historical aspects of the Second World War.
 
This is the website for the Space Rocket History podcast
 
A podcast about Ultrarunning History
 
Each episode of Today in Canadian History contains an interview with a Canadian professor, journalist, author, or “everyday” historian and focuses on a unique event or moment that took place on that day in Canadian history. Today in Canadian History presents Canada’s past in a unique and accessible manner. The series is designed to be a first step to learning more about our past. We would like to remind Canadians not just about what makes our country great, but what makes it complicated, bea ...
 
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Dirty History
Monthly+
 
There are pieces of the past overlooked in polite society. And that is not because these histories are unimportant, but because they are unpleasant, vulgar, violent, seemingly irrational, shamelessly sexual, or otherwise beneath standards of taste. This is the history you wished they taught in school but don't—the extremes of human behavior and experience. These are the stories of the dispossessed, the criminals, the hapless victims, and the callous perpetrators through whom we see some of t ...
 
For better of for worse these are the people who changed our world.
 
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Covert
Monthly
 
Covert takes listeners on a heart-pounding journey through the most dangerous military operations of all time. From the assassination of Osama Bin Laden and how two Israeli snipers foiled Syria’s plan to develop a nuclear bomb, to the real story that inspired the movie Black Hawk Down and the harrowing tale of a British Major’s escape from 2,000 heavily armed militants, you'll be brought to the front line of history’s greatest special forces missions.
 
In conversation with those that experienced the Cold War and those who are fascinated.
 
A look at baseball players whose lives or careers were cut short due to tragedy.
 
Hysterical History is a comedy podcast where Alexis and Hailey, friends and history lovers, tell each other wacky yet factual stories from the past. Join them every TUESDAY for laughs and weird history realness.
 
A History Podcast for Kids! Parents love us, Teachers love us, and most importantly, kids do too!History can be amazing, inspiring and relevant to anyone. We love to share the stories of Spies, funny foods, George Washington's foibles, early advancements in cartooning and ballooning and much more! A professional music score and important songs accompany nearly every themed episode. Proud Kids Listen Member @pastandcurious
 
The Expanded Perspectives podcast is a weekly show about ancient history, alternative history, cryptozoology, UFOs, time slips, serial killers, the paranormal, trolls and fey folk, legends, myths and dark historical tales that spark the imagination. Each episode offers an immersive audio experience that brings up more questions than answers. Join Kyle and Cam each week as they explore the unknown and perhaps expand your perspective….for more information go to www.expandedperspectives.com
 
This Week In Baseball History is a weekly podcast devoted to the history of baseball, hosted by Mike Bates and Bill Parker, the co-founders of The Platoon Advantage and writers on many fine websites.
 
Patrick Geoghegan takes a contemporary look at history and the lessons that can be learnt from it.
 
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Friendly Fire
Weekly
 
A history podcast with a twist: Friendly Fire uses war movies as a point of entry on not only the history of war, but the history of how societies think about war. John Roderick, Adam Pranica and Benjamin Ahr Harrison dissect movies from throughout the history of cinema, talk about film production, pedantic quibbles with costumes and airplanes, and keep you laughing the entire time.
 
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Bro History
Weekly+
 
History & Geopolitics for the Common Man
 
Interviews with Scholars of Intellectual History about their New Books
 
Learn the lessons of military history by looking at the great battles through the lens of the Principles of War. Part of the enduring nature of war, all good Generals follow the 10 Principles of War. The great Generals of history have the ability to know which of the principles are most important at the decisive moments of the campaign. We study the great battles to draw the lessons on strategy, tactics and leadership.
 
The Expanded Perspectives podcast is a weekly show about ancient history, alternative history, cryptozoology, UFOs, time slips, serial killers, the paranormal, trolls and fey folk, legends, myths and dark historical tales that spark the imagination. Each episode offers an immersive audio experience that brings up more questions than answers. Join Kyle and Cam each week as they explore the unknown and perhaps expand your perspective….for more information go to www.expandedperspectives.com
 
A fortnightly podcast chronicling the amazing story of the now ex-country of Yugoslavia -its formation, heights, and collapse.
 
Comedians Yannis Pappas and Chris Distefano go WILD for history and nature. Listen in as these two Hyenas teach all things historical and natural in a way that you never thought was possible cuzzie! We’re tyrants for history, bad! Also nature. RiotCast.com
 
Revisionist History is Malcolm Gladwell's journey through the overlooked and the misunderstood. Every episode re-examines something from the past—an event, a person, an idea, even a song—and asks whether we got it right the first time. From Pushkin Industries. Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance.
 
Pulling back the curtain on all the great debates and controversies of American History.
 
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War Stories
Daily+
 
War Stories is a narrative show that takes the broad arcs of warfare and shares the stories behind crucial points their development. In each season, the show revolves around a single topic and traces a path from before its invention to the modern-day with a focus on the people who made it happen.
 
World War II Chronicles is a weekly look back to 'This Week in World War II, 75 Years Ago.' Originally produced in coordination with the National Archives to mark the 50th anniversary of the war, World War II Chronicles features original newsreel reports and archival footage to tell the story as it happened, week by week. Hosted by famed World War II newsreel anchor Ed Herlihy, World War II Chronicles is produced by the American Veterans Center.
 
If you have ever had a strange fascination with dark histories, compelling mysteries, and conspiracy theories, then this podcast is for you. Every episode your host Skye and a guest will delve into a case file full of unknowns. They will ask questions, tell related stories, and give their own opinions, all while learning about the case.
 
A look at the history of alchemy and it's influence on science.
 
A music and chat show presented weekly by Bill Brewster, featuring the best new electronic music and classics.
 
The Disney History Institute Podcast explores the history of animation and early cinematic amusement parks.
 
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https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/west-memphis-three-released-from-prison-after-18-years Support the show on PatreonBy Matt Greene.
 
Today’s show features music performed by Fats Domino and The Mills BrothersBy P.W. Fenton.
 
Did the early Christians believe their myths? Like most ancient—and modern—people, early Christians made efforts to present their myths in the most believable ways. In How the Gospels Became History: Jesus and Mediterranean Myths (Yale University Press, 2019), M. David Litwa explores how and why what later became the four canonical gospels take ...…
 
In which the Confederates lose the Battle of Raymond, lose the Mississippi state capital of Jackson, and Pemberton- against his own better judgement- moves out to confront Grant.
 
The boys talk with Snooki's best friend Joey and Chris goes wild!By RiotCast.com.
 
Stevenson University professor Jamie Goodall teaches a class about female activists and the 1960s civil rights movement.By C-SPAN.
 
The Peterloo Massacre was a critical moment in the reform movement at the start of the 19th century. Thousands of people gathered at St Peter's Fields near Manchester to protest for an expansion of the franchise. The local magistrates summoned yeomanry to dispel what they saw as a riot, but as they waded into the crowd to arrest the leaders, th ...…
 
Episode 85 The Fall and Rise of Rome Description: Today we have a special episode called the Fall and Rise of Rome. I prepared and recorded this episode for Robin Pierson and it originally was published on his History of Byzantium podcast feed. Someone had a question for him about what was happening in Rome and western Europe during the early B ...…
 
E 422 | Edebiyat ve kurmacanın tarihyazımına sunduğu imkânlar nelerdir? Bu bölümde, aynı kuşaktan 14 genç tarihçinin arşiv belgesi, gazete kupürü, günlük, mektup gibi tarihsel bir malzemeden ya da metinden yola çıkarak kurguladığı öykülerden oluşan "Tarihçilerden Başka Bir Hikâye" kitabı üzerine sohbet ediyoruz. Kitabın editörlerinden Fatih Art ...…
 
AGD 6 – Backstage Tours – Part One In this episode, I explore the history of backstage tours at Disneyland and Disney World, with stories going back to the year Disneyland opened. This AGD episode focuses on the Backstage Magic tour at Disney World. You can find more information and current pricing for Backstage Magic at: https://disneyworld.di ...…
 
Richard Easton is the co-author of GPS Declassified which examines the development of GPS or Sat Nav as some of us call it now, from its secret, Cold War military roots. Roger Easton, Richard's father, assisted in laying the foundations for the GPS system. However, Roger Easton worked also on the early US space program and Richard vividly descr ...…
 
Using a mixture of genres, Kent Gramm captures the voices of those past and present in his book, Gettysburg: The Living and the Dead(Southern Illinois University Press, 2019) Alongside stunning photographs by Chris Heisey, Gramm shares the experiences of the people at Gettysburg—both those historical figures who took part in the battle in some ...…
 
Weekly podcast presented by Bill Brewster, wit, DJ, raconteur, idiot. Featuring a mixture of brand new dance music, mixed with classics of all styles, put together in Brewster's inimitably incompetent style. This week features Robyn, Greymatter, Jacques Renault, Zaitsev, Soulwax, Afriqua plus more more more!…
 
The Lithuanian Conflict VIII - The Battle of Tannenberg Part 2
 
George Washington, Simon Bolivar, even Pancho Villa; the names of the great North and South American revolutionaries remain globally famous centuries on. But there’s one great New World rebel many have forgotten. He was a nobody who became a somebody only after fifty years’ obscurity. A freed slave who wound up leading the only successful large ...…
 
Bro History Sykes-Picot | The Secret Deal to Divide the Middle East During WW1, the British and French made a secret deal to split up the Ottoman Empire’s Middle Eastern territories. They did this by drawing a diagonal line on a map that ran from the Mediterranean Sea to the Mountains in Persia. This secret deal is called the Sykes-Picot Agreem ...…
 
"Death is not an unaltering state." On this episode, I intend to explain what that means by discussing the chemical processes of death and decomposition. This will serve as the introduction for our discussion on Burial Practices and how we treat the dead.Thank you as always to our supporters on Patreon Billy LittlefieldAlicia Woods&Ronnie NewIf ...…
 
You thought that there was only one kind of chutzpah. Wrong. There’s two. Revisionist History tells the story of the Mafia’s showdown with a legendary Hollywood producer, in a battle of competing chutzpahs.By Pushkin Industries.
 
John Wayne was 62 years old when he tried to portray a fit Vietnam War Green Beret colonel, but the obvious age gap isn't the only head scratcher in this film. Released in 1968, the film was Lyndon B. Johnson-approved attempt to shift American opinion on the Vietnam War. Listen to this episode to see if it worked.…
 
Steve Howe took the baseball world by storm in 1980 easily winning the National Leauge Rookie of the Year Award. Sadly, in the years to come, he would be known more for his struggles off the baseball diamond. MUSIC Sad Marimba Planet by Lee Rosevere The Secret to Growing Up by Lee Rosevere Lee Rosevere - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Ro ...…
 
In this episode, we review the end of the air war in Korea. We examine the effectiveness of the strategic and political bombing campaign against North Korea in the final year of the war. We also review technological developments to come out of the air war in Korea and the war's influence on the American air war strategy in the wider Cold War.…
 
In 1925, Yugoslavia's two great rivals, Stjepan Radić and Nikola Pašić, finally buried the hatchet and formed a government together. Then they remembered why they hated each other in the first place, and the government got nothing done. Theme Music – “Charlotte” by Damiano Baldoni, licensed under CC BY 4.0 Main Maps Page Patreon…
 
Today we have a treat for our listeners. We have the honor and privilege of talking to one of the last remaining members of the vaunted and groundbreaking Tuskegee Airman. We talk about his autobiography, Soaring to Glory and some of his experiences before and after WW II and how he was able to overcome obstacles to become a living legend. Chec ...…
 
Suddenly the caution lights went out and the radar signals began to transmit. Within seconds the astronauts could see that its data was good. Seconds later in mission control, a jubilant Will Presley shouted, “Flight, we got radar lockup!”By Michael Annis.
 
This assault conducted by troops of 9 Pl, C Coy, 2/14 Bn is a classic infantry platoon attack. Visit the Principles of War website to see maps, UAV footage and more from the battlefield. Check out the show notes for the podcast for all of the information that we cover in this episode as well as the images and other details that didn't make it i ...…
 
In the years after 1918 Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia would fight for their independence. Do you want to chat with other History of the Great War listeners, and yours truly, come hang out in Discord: https://discord.gg/ASbBjaT Support the podcast on http://patreon.com/historyofthegreatwar where you can get access to special supporter only epis ...…
 
The Gentleman Adventurers set a trap for one of the greatest prizes ever captured. Madre de Deus will test their bravery, ruthlessness, and skill. It will also change England, and the world, forever.By Matt Albers.
 
Dave Dravecky's comeback was described as something out of a storybook. It was a miracle. It was short-lived as, 30 years ago this week, his attempt to return from cancer surgery on his pitching arm ended on the mound in the most gruesome way imaginable. Mike and Bill look back on the career of Dravecky, what made his comeback so easy to root f ...…
 
Isabella Stewart Gardner was a very unusual lady who created an incredible museum in Boston. Unfortunately some of her paintings have gone missing.Charles Wilson Peale painted people, but he also created America's first museum - right upstairs from where they signed the Declaration of Independence. Also features Quiztime, You Have 30 Seconds, " ...…
 
Do you know how tall Satan is? Galileo figured it out, with math! In our first episode about Galileo, we discuss his younger years of trying to prove Aristotle was wrong, succeeding, and still being fired. Special thanks to Swing Whale and Machine Gaming for our music!
 
Please note: This episode has a different feel compared to other episodes due to the guest and the host being long-time friends. If you want something more formal, listen to a different episode. In 1919, Boston, Massachusetts was hit by a wave of molasses when a molasses holding tank burst open due to environmental changes and a lack of structu ...…
 
The origins of Stalin's imitators, admirers and henchmen in Eastern Europe is explored in this podcast. Walter Ulbricht of East Germany, Boleslaw Beirut of Poland and Matyas Rakosi of Hungary respectively were the first generation of post war Stalinists to rule Eastern Europe, but their long association with Soviet communism from 1919 onwards t ...…
 
On the second episode of Lyndon Johnson's America, we encounter an optimistic America. A United States prospering and beginning to deal with its original sin of racism. We delve into civil rights victories and Johnson's pursuit of a Great Society. But we also discuss the rise of television, the British Invasion led by the Beatles, and America's ...…
 
By Davy Crockett Johnny Salo, of Passaic, New Jersey, was the greatest American ultrarunner of the first half of the 1900s. This is part two of the story of his amazing life and the story of the 1929 “Bunion Derby.” If you haven’t already, go read Part One, Johnny Salo – 1928 Bunion Derby which highlights Salo’s rise to running fame when he pla ...…
 
As the Japanese military has been able to take the port cities of China by 1941, the British held Hong Kong is still free. But now its turn has come and Gen. Christopher Maltby and his mix of Canadian, British, Indian and Eurasians troops will try to hold out as long as possible. The Gin Drinkers Line, Maltby's first line of defense will be tes ...…
 
This week Patrick covers the best in Irish and International history publications for August 2019. Books featured on the show include: 'Why They Marched: Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote' with Susan Ware, 'The Story of Silver' with William L Silber, 'Richard Devane SJ: Social Commentator and Advocate 1876-1951' with ...…
 
On this special episode of That’s Odd, Carter joins Chris and Johnny for an exploration into the phenomena known as the Mandela Effect. The idea that a whole section of society shared false memories regarding specific moments and items from throughout recent history was brought to public awareness in 2010 when self-described “paranormal consult ...…
 
A brief look at where we’ve been and were were going as we continue exploring the history of standup. Featuring moments with James Adomian, Cameron Esposito, Pete Holmes, Nick Kroll, Emily V. Gordon, Dana Gould, Paula Poundstone, Lily Tomlin, and Willie Tyler (but not Lester). Follow us on Twitter at @histofstandup, @federman, and @andrewsteven ...…
 
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