Dan Carlin's Hardcore History
By Dan Carlin
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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.
||CleanShow 63 - Supernova in the East II||Deep themes run through this show, with allegations of Japanese war crimes and atrocities in China at the start leading to eerily familiar, almost modern questions over how the world should respond. And then Dec 7, 1941 arrives...||12 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 62 - Supernova in the East I||The Asia-Pacific War of 1937-1945 has deep roots. It also involves a Japanese society that's been called one of the most distinctive on Earth. If there were a Japanese version of Captain America, this would be his origin story.||14 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 61 - (Blitz) Painfotainment||Pain is at the root of most drama and entertainment. When does it get too real? This very disturbing and graphic show looks into some case studies and asks some deep questions. WARNING Very intense subject matter.||27 1 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 60 - The Celtic Holocaust||Julius Caesar is our travel guide as he takes us through his murderous subjugation of the native Celtic tribal peoples of ancient Gaul. It sounds vaguely like other, recent European colonial conquests...until the natives nearly win.||9 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 59 - (Blitz) The Destroyer of Worlds||What happens if human beings can't handle the power of their own weaponry? This show examines the dangerous early years of the Nuclear Age and humankind's efforts to avoid self-destruction at the hands of its own creation.||24 1 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 58 - Kings of Kings III||If this were a movie, the events and cameos would be too numerous and star-studded to mention. It includes Xerxes, Spartans, Immortals, Alexander the Great, scythed chariots, and several of the greatest battles in history.||7 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 57 - Kings of Kings II||From Biblical-era coup conspiracies to the horrific aftermath of ancient combat this second installment of the series on the Kings of Achaemenid Persia goes where only Dan can take it. For better or worse…||20 3 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 56 - Kings of Kings||Often relegated to the role of slavish cannon fodder for Sparta's spears, the Achaemenid Persian empire had a glorious heritage. Under a single king they created the greatest empire the world had ever seen.||28 10 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 55 - Blueprint for Armageddon VI||The Americans are coming, but will the war be over by the time they get there? Germany throws everything into a last series of stupendous attacks in the West while hoping to avoid getting burned by a fire in the East they helped fan.||6 5 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 54 - Blueprint for Armageddon V||Politics, diplomacy, revolution and mutiny take center stage at the start of this episode, but mud, blood, shells and tragedy drown all by the end.||29 12 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 53 - Blueprint for Armageddon IV||Machine guns, barbed wire and millions upon millions of artillery shells create industrialized meat grinders at Verdun and the Somme. There's never been a human experience like it and it changes a generation.||17 8 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 52 - Blueprint for Armageddon III||The war of maneuver that was supposed to be over quickly instead turns into a lingering bloody stalemate. Trench warfare begins, and with it, all the murderous efforts on both sides to overcome the static defenses.||24 4 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 51 - Blueprint for Armageddon II||The Great Powers all come out swinging in the first round of the worst war the planet has ever seen. Millions of men in dozens of armies vie in the most deadly and complex opening moves of any conflict in world history.||30 1 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 50 - Blueprint for Armageddon I||The planet hadn't seen a major war between all the Great Powers since the downfall of Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815. But 99 years later the dam breaks and a Pandora's Box of violence engulfs the planet.||30 10 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
This show has turned me into the history buff that I did not know I was. I know find myself hanging out for every download. I hope one day Dan looks into some Australian Hististory.
Best podcast of its kind !!!
I just love Dan's Hardcore History podcast. I devoured almost all the episodes over a week and I think it is simply the best podcast of its kind on the web ! I also love the soundscape/soundtrack that go with the podcasts as it just adds to the overall experience and I'm also learning a lot too. Keep up the good work !
Dan, My Man... You're an absolute godsend!!!
Now i love history, but I must confess that I'd recently sort of lost interest in reading pages and pages of notes and books to find the really juicy parts of history that used to captivate me all the way through school. Enter Dan Carlin, and problem solved. I had never heard of his other program (Common Sense), but i thankfully found Hardcore History through ITunes, and I loved it from the very start. Dan's unique delivery, mixed in with his quirkiness and obvious passion for what he is talking about, make you feel like you are part of the unravelling of all the great events and mysteries that have happened since the beginning of time. You, like me will wait in eager anticipation for every episode... i even bought the first ten from his website, and I'm a big fan of getting the free stuff, so that shows how much i love this podcast. You will too!!! 10/10 (or 5 stars, whichever you prefer)...Thanks Dan