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In "Hardcore History" journalist and broadcaster Dan Carlin takes his "Martian", unorthodox way of thinking and applies it to the past. Was Alexander the Great as bad a person as Adolf Hitler? What would Apaches with modern weapons be like? Will our modern civilization ever fall like civilizations from past eras? This isn't academic history (and Carlin isn't a historian) but the podcast's unique blend of high drama, masterful narration and Twilight Zone-style twists has entertained millions of listeners.
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15 Available Episodes (15 Total)Average duration: 04:22:30
Oct 25 | 04:53:43
Show 64 - Supernova in the East III
Jan 12 | 04:01:55
Show 63 - Supernova in the East II
Jul 14 | 04:28:17
Show 62 - Supernova in the East I
Jan 28 | 04:31:01
Show 61 - (Blitz) Painfotainment
Aug 09 | 05:59:51
Show 60 - The Celtic Holocaust
Jan 25 | 05:49:32
Show 59 - (Blitz) The Destroyer of Worlds
Aug 07 | 05:00:30
Show 58 - Kings of Kings III
Mar 20 | 04:15:42
Show 57 - Kings of Kings II
Oct 29 | 03:32:40
Show 56 - Kings of Kings
May 06 | 04:16:43
Show 55 - Blueprint for Armageddon VI
Amazingly well put together and researched show, with a fantastic host
Jun 28, 2017 by BillyKlubz

If you have any interest in history, this is the show to get. Some may complain that they don't release shows quickly enough, but with the amount of research that goes into them (and their sheer length), it's amazing that they put out as many as they do. Dan does a great job as a host/narrator and shows an astounding breadth of knowledge. He also brings you into the topic by relating it to modern times or giving you an existential question to ponder. Another good part of it is that they choose a wide range of topics, rather than focusing solely on one area or time period. Want to discuss the Cuban Missile Crisis? It's there. Genghis Khan? Yep. The rise of the Greeks? Sure, why not? I'm hoping one day for a series on New Zealand history/British colonization, and while I won't hold my breath, I know it's possible because of the many topics covered. Go get this show now!

One of the great takes on some of the most intriguing periods in history
Jun 28, 2017 by Dee

This was one of the first podcasts I donated to and I felt lucky to have found it. I couldn't imagine how he did all the work needed to put the episodes together, even with a team. The storytelling is riveting, the fund of knowledge is huge, and the ability to connect events in unusual but thoughtful ways is unique. I don't think there are any new long form episodes or series, but the ones that are available are top shelf quality and worth the time and also worth the money. With so much free content out there, I wouldn't say that about any other podcast that I know of, unless you wanted total access to Marc Maron's WTF archives.