There are loads of history podcasts out there, but which ones are good? I like…
I’ve only listened to a few so far, but it’s about African American history. From what I’ve heard so far it isn’t a linear narrative, which is good in my book. Heard some good episodes on music and abolitionism.
The History of England Podcast
The podcaster got cancer last year but is in recovery and has recently started up the podcast again.
The Irish History Podcast
Again there’s lots of themed episodes rather than a linear narrative, although it did start out that way I think. The presenter has a very soothing voice, I could listen to him for hours. Episodes can be a bit hit and miss, but I like how he can pick a really really niche subject and do loads of research into it.
Posting just so I can see new replies. Fancy some history podders in my life. CBA with Dan Carlin as they’re all about four days long, and Gladwell can fuck off. The BBC “comedy” history one is pretty naff.
I know the Dan Carlin Hardcore History ones are stupidly long sometimes, but they are so, so good. I like that he is completely upfront about not being a historian so can just explain things in the most interesting was possible.
About halfway through the ‘King of Kings’ series now (about the Persians, mainly, but covers loads of other ancient world stuff) and it is so interesting. It’s a topic I knew very little about so that helps.
Anyone listened to a few and can recommend which topic to go for next?
i have minus levels of attention span for people talking unless there’s a visual to accompany it - talk radio, audiobooks, podcasts, anything that involves me paying attention to people talking with no visuals does not work for me. i get really itchy and annoyed by it and struggle to concentrate for more than 2 minutes (if i have to listen to something for a long time i zone out so often that i have to keep replaying it and get proper agitated).
on the occasion where i’ve given a podcast a go, they go off topic so often and waffle on indiscriminately, so my impression of them is ‘hateful self-indulgent fad’. obvs not gonna be true of all of them but just don’t think i’m built for it as a medium whatsoever