Hardcore History

Hardcore History is hosted by Dan Carlin and is treated as his personal forum for exploring topics throughout our worlds history. Carlin’s podcasts are heavily story driven and exciting, they are nothing like those dry history lectures you might remember from school. The podcast focuses on the most violent and dramatic moments in human history using colorful anecdotes that were probably left out of your classroom. The focus of each episode varies widely from show to show but is generally centered around a specific historical event. Dan approaches each episode with an enthusiasm that is contagious and will definitely get you excited about the events being discussed. Hardcore History receives millions of downloads per episode and has amassed a loyal following which anxiously awaits new episodes every 3-6 months. The podcast was nominated for a Stitcher Award in 2012 for Best Educational and Learning Podcast, it also recieved th Best Classic Podcast Award from iTunes in 2014. Dan also produces Hardcore History: Addendum which is filled with additional content that might not be suited for the main feed.

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Things I Like About The Podcast:

  • Dan’s years of radio experience really shine through, his cadence and tone are excellent and it makes it easy to listen to

  • Dan is a master story teller and is able to paint a vivid picture in your mind of the events in history

  • Dan is good at drawing parallels between historical events and modern day values

  • The podcast explores the more human elements of history which makes it far more relatable to the average listener

  • The audio quality of the podcast is excellent and the editing, if there is any at all, is flawless

  • Dan is very good at taking an unbiased stance and often explores both sides of an issue

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Things That Aren’t So Great About the Podcast:

  • The podcast is not for the faint of heart, the events described are very extreme and often violent

  • Most of the episodes are extremely long

  • Because each episode is a work of audio art it takes about 3 to 4 months for new episodes to be released

  • It’s something that you want to pay a lot of attention to because you don’t want to miss anything, so that makes it hard to listen while you are doing other things

A Little About The Host:

Dan Carlin is an American political commentator and podcaster. He was once a professional radio host but decided to take his show to the internet in 2005 and started the podcast Common Sense (No longer running) where he would pontificate about the political climate in the USA. Dan has obtained a B.A. in history from the university of Colorado but does not classify himself as a historian. Carlin is simply a fan of history and his main focus with the podcast is to popularize the events of the past and communicate complex ideas as simply as possible. Dan has worked as a television reporter, covering the LA riots of 1992, as well as an author, a columnist, and a radio talk show host. He has also been invited to the pentagon by the military brass of the United States on an advisory level to give his opinions on current world issues.

Top 5 Recommended Series:

  1. E34-39 Death Throes of the Republic

  2. E48 Prophets of Doom

  3. E50-55 Blueprints for Armageddon

  4. E56-58 Kings of Kings

  5. E60 The Celtic Holocaust

5 out of 5 Golden Frogs

The Joe Rogan Experience

The Joe Rogan Experience is a audio and video conversation style podcast. It is hosted by american comedian, actor, and UFC commentator Joe Rogan. The podcast was launched in 2009. It now has over 1000 episodes and is one of the most popular podcasts in the world. Because of it's popularity it has been able to attract a number of high profile guests ranging from actors, comedians, scientists, athletes, journalists, intellectuals, and various other experts who have mastered their field of study. The podcast covers a wide range of subject matter and nothing is really off limits for discussion. The Joe Rogan Experience was voted best comedy podcast in 2012 and best overall podcast in 2014. In January of 2015 the podcast had been listened to by over 11 million people, by the end of that same year it had grown to acquire over 16 million downloads per month. It has now become one of the largest media platforms on the planet in terms of it's reach.  

Things I Like About the Podcast:

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  • Has a very diverse set of guests on the show: comedians, hunters, scientists, philosophers, athletes, politicians, musicians, actors and everything in between.

  • Is willing to give absolutely anyone who he finds interesting and thinks has a message that needs to be heard a platform.

  • Has a fact checker (Jamie Vernon) in the studio during shows.

  • With over a thousand podcasts under his belt Joe Rogan has become a master of conversation and can talk with pretty much anyone

  • The audio quality is always top notch

  • All of the episodes are long form conversations and that really allows the listener to get to know the guest.

  • There are 2-4 episodes per week

  • No topic is off limits

  • This podcast is crammed full of good information on living a healthy lifestyle, getting your shit together, and just being an all around good human in general

  • From this podcast alone I have discovered so many interesting individuals who I now follow and listen to their podcasts

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Things That Aren't so Great About the Podcast:

  • Joe Rogan can let his ego get in the way of certain conversations.

  • He will give anyone a platform and some people seem to abuse this fact and really don't deserve it

  • It is also a video podcast (personally I never watch podcasts) so if you are listening to just the audio you may become become lost in the conversation as they discuss some video they have just pulled up

  • Joe Rogan interrupts, talks over, and sometimes seems to downright ignore people to read things that Jamie has pulled up onto the screen

  • Sometimes they go off on random tangents and lose track of what they were orginally talking about or the point they were trying to make

  • If you are a regular listener there can be a lot of repetition regarding certain facts and theories

   A Little About the Host:

Joe Rogan is an american stand-up comedian, martial artist, as well as a colour commentator and interviewer for the UFC. He began his comedy career in 1988 and since then has released nine comedy specials. He began working for the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 1997 and still does it to this day. Joe Rogan has appeared as an actor on television sitcoms such as Hardball and News Radio and has hosted T.V shows such as Fear Factor, The Man Show and Joe Rogan Questions Everything. Joe is a very strong addvicate for the legalization of marijuana and psychedelics as well as hunting, human optimization, and overall physical and mental well being. He has been described a number of times as the Oprah Winfrey for men.

Top 5 Recommended Episodes:

  1. #127 w/ Aubrey Marcus

  2. #877 w/ Jordan Peterson

  3. #975 w/ Sebastian Junger

  4. #1035 w/ Paul Stamets

  5. #1109 w/ Matthew Walker

5 out of 5 Golden Frogs