History on Fire

History on Fire is a history podcast that is hosted by university professor and author Daniele Bolelli. It is primarily a story driven podcast that explores epic tales that have taken place throughout human history. From the Italian peninsula to the American mid-west Bolelli explores a wide variety of topics that you may have missed in history class. Following in the footsteps of the god-father of podcasting, Dan Carlin (Hardcore History), Daniele takes us on a journey to a place where history and epic collide. Whether you like history or not, if you care about bravery, wisdom, passion, larger than life characters, and some of the most emotionally intense moments in human experience this is the podcast for you. The podcast made it onto the iTunes list of Best Podcasts of 2015.

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Things I Like About The Podcast:

  • Each episode is meticulously researched and it is apparent that Daniele has a strong understanding of the topic being discussed

  • The podcast explores the more human elements of history which gives the show a unique flavor

  • Daniele is a great storyteller and a professor of history so you know that he has a passion for it, he does a good job at painting a mental picture of whatever is being discussed

  • The podcast explores some of the more obscure tales from history and there is a lot of diversity among the topics selected, it’s not just about old white dudes doing stuff

  • Daniele is very good at recommending other history podcasts that you should be listening to

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Things That Aren’t So Great About The Podcast:

  • Some of the topics that do get chosen are a little on the dry side

  • I feel like some of the episodes could be longer and sometimes feel rushed

  • Some of the older series require you to pay for them, they are not all free

  • Some of the episode are for the truest of history buffs among us and are not “easy listening”

  • The Italian accent can be problematic at times

  • The intro’s and the outro’s of the show can be rather long

A Little About The Host:

Daniele Bolelli is an Italian American author, university professor, and martial artist based in southern California. Bolelli holds M.A’s in both American Indian Studies and History and he did his postdoctoral research in history at Cardiff University. As a professor, he has taught a wide variety of courses including native american history, Taoist philosophy, ancient roman studies, world religions, and the philosophy of martial arts. He has written several books on the topics of martial arts (On The Warriors Path), Religion ( Create Your Own Religion: A How To Book With Instructions & 50 Things Your Not Supposed to Know: Religion), as well as an autobiographical tail called Not Afraid: On Fear, Heartbreak, Raising a Baby Girl, and Cage Fighting. Daniele has trained in several different styles of martial arts and has both coached and fought professionally in MMA. Bolelli has appeared as a guest on numerous popular podcast and was also included in SPIKE T.V’s documentary I Am Bruce Lee. Also hosts the popular philosophy podcast The Drunken Taoist.

Top 5 Recommended Series:

  1. E1-2 The Slave Wars

  2. E4-5 The 10 000

  3. E32-33 On Good and Evil: The Parallel Stories of My Lai and Sand Creek

  4. E38 Monster in the Darkness

  5. E39-42 Joan of Arc

    4 out of 5 Golden Frogs

The Drunken Taoist

The Drunken Taoist is a bi-monthly podcast that is hosted by Italian American author and college professor Daniele Bolelli. The podcast was started in 2012 after Bolleli’s appearance on a number of other popular podcasts, such as The Joe Rogan Experiance and Skepticality. One of the monthly episodes features discussions and interviews with one or more guests. The other includes rants, history tidbits, and verbal tai-chi with co-host Rich Evirs. The podcast covers a wide variety of subject matter including religion, politics, sex, martial arts, philosophy, history, current events, family and much more. Basically the show covers whatever makes life intense, passionate, and worth living.

“Fuck pain, fuck heartbreak, I’m still in love with life.”- Daniele Bolelli

What I Like About The Podcast:

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  • Having grown up in Italy, Daniele has a unique view on North American culture which is refreshing to hear

  • Daniele has a very healthy attitude towards life and is very candid about his experiences with fatherhood, teaching, and loss.

  • It’s nice to hear the opinions of a couple of “Average Joe’s” on subjects such as life and current events

  • You frequently learn about obscure little stories from history that are both interesting and entertaining

  • True to it’s name, the stance taken on by the podcast on most issues is often nuanced and tend to be more towards the middle

  • The podcast really encourages balance in all aspects of life

  • Explores taboo subject matter such as sex, drugs, and rock and roll.

  • Bolelli’s Italian accent is fun to listen to

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Things That Aren’t So Great About The Show:

  • Rich Evirs may be the most annoying co-host on the face of the planet

  • The interview episodes of the podcast can be very underwhelming at times

  • The two of them spend a lot of time reminiscing about the “good old days” and tend to shit all over millennial’s

  • Both hosts are busy individuals and sometimes record a bunch of podcasts all at once, as a result some of the podcasts can be dated by the time they are released

  • Audio quality is not always the greatest

A Little About The Host:

Daniele Bolelli is an Italian American author, university professor, and martial artist based in southern California. Bolelli holds M.A’s in both American Indian Studies and History and he did his postdoctoral research in history at Cardiff University. As a professor, he has taught a wide variety of courses including native american history, Taoist philosophy, ancient roman studies, world religions, and the philosophy of martial arts. He has written several books on the topics of martial arts (On The Warriors Path), Religion ( Create Your Own Religion: A How To Book With Instructions & 50 Things Your Not Supposed to Know: Religion), as well as an autobiographical tail called Not Afraid: On Fear, Heartbreak, Raising a Baby Girl, and Cage Fighting. Daniele has trained in several different styles of martial arts and has both coached and fought professionally in MMA. Bolelli has appeared as a guest on numerous popular podcast and was also included in SPIKE T.V’s documentary I Am Bruce Lee. Also hosts the popular history podcast Hardcore History.

Top 5 Recommended Episodes:

  1. E1- Duncan Trussel: Vampire Hunter

  2. E23- Dan Carlin: The Man Who Can Make History Fun

  3. E35- Tait Flecher, Nothing But Heart

  4. E59- My Friend Mike V on Climbing Out of Hell

  5. E79- Ryan Holiday on Stoicism and Character Building

3.5 out of 5 Golden Frogs