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.


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


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

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.


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


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