The 25 Best History Podcasts You Need to Listen To (2022)

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History podcasts are an invaluable way to increase your health, wealth, and wisdom. That’s why our team at The Mission has put together this list of the best history podcasts of all time. Tune in for stories on everything from the history of Rome to the history of Hollywood and beyond. Browse, listen, bookmark, and enjoy!

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The Women Who Lost Everything

This is The Story… of a woman who lost her family, her husband, and her hair. She hit rock bottom, but she didn’t stay there. She clawed her way up and out, and built an empire in the process.

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If you like your history podcasts to include a dash of personal development, consider How to Take Over the World. Each episode tells the story of someone who changed the world (Think Julius Caesar or Steve Jobs) and examines what strategies and tactics they used to accomplish what they did. We at Mission love it because it’s both entertaining and an amazing place to go if you’re trying to learn from history.

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Napoleon Bonaparte -

“Napoleon knew about his soldiers’ buttons, shoes, and rations. He knew how his artillerymen were being trained and what size of shot they were using, even when he was the emperor of half of Europe.”

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Another team favorite! In this well-known radio show, Paul Harvey is your guide through some of history’s most shocking stories. Each episode is a short history story (only a few minutes long) with an unforgettable punch. Listen until the end for the character reveal!

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Actor on Death Row -

You won’t believe which famous actor was recruited while on death row…

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In this history podcast, Malcolm Gladwell, author of the bestselling book, Outliers, discusses the little-known histories that have created the world as we know it. Revisionist History addresses the people, things, events and ideas that have been misrepresented, ignored or completely forgotten over time.

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Saigon, 1965 -

The Pentagon Effort was the most in-depth analysis of enemy combatants ever conducted… and arguably the most pointless. It resulted in thousands of reports, documents, and studies. There was just one problem: No one could figure out what any of the data meant.

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Some of America’s brightest writers, thinkers and artists convene in this podcast by the New York Public Library. Join a wide variety of guest speakers for provocative discussions about the nation’s culture and the influences behind it.

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Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner

Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971… but there were much darker secrets he chose to keep hidden…

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We love history, but we also love food. This is a history podcast for all of you food-loving intellectuals out there. In its snackable episodes, Burnt Toast uncovers the history of food, explains why we eat what we eat, and shares some of the world’s craziest food stories.

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The Worst Food in White House History -

One U.S. presidential term served borderline inedible food to its thousands of guests. The interesting part? This was no accident. Learn what was on the menu, why it was there, and the revenge theory that caused it all.

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This is an epic storytelling podcast (It was named as a finalist for a Peabody Award in 2016!). Created by Nate DiMeo, the Artist in Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for 2016/2017, this is history at its finest.

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As Nate notes in his introduction, his podcast episodes are in no particular order and can be listened to however you wish! Here is one of his favorites to start you out: Dreamland

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This is still one of the most interesting history podcast concepts we’ve encountered. Philosophize This! works through Buddha, the Hellenistic Age, Descartes and Leibniz. Haven’t heard those names since your undergraduate Philosophy course? No worries. With the hindsight of life experience, this stuff really starts to hit home.

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Episode #001 Presocratic Philosophy — Ionian -

Philosophize This! is a great podcast that anyone can enjoy, but they do push you. That’s why we recommend you start from the very beginning, where they break down Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle from an every-day life basis.

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This is a weekly podcast, hosted by US historians, Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh, Nathan Connolly and Joanne Freeman. Each episode takes a popular topic and views it through the lens of American history. Through stories, interviews and even conversations with listeners, this podcast makes history fun.

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What’s in a number?

Why does the number ‘13’ freak us out so much? Learn the history and superstition behind the notoriously unlucky number.

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After its release, this history podcast quickly made it to the top of the iTunes chart — and for good reason.

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“You think you know the story, or maybe you don’t. But Watergate was stranger, wilder and more exciting than you can imagine. What did it feel like to live through the scandal that brought down a president?”

Join Leon Neyfakh for an eight-episode mini-series that tells the story of Watergate as it happened — and asks, if we were living through Watergate, would we know it?

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The beginning: Martha

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Another excellent history stories podcast, You Must Remember This is about the long-forgotten secrets and histories of Hollywood’s first century. It’s the brainchild of the one and only Karina Longworth, who writes, narrates and edits each episode in her home. This show is extensively researched and is usually in the Top 100 of all podcasts on iTunes.

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Star Wars Episode I -

This is the first episode in a series of episodes labeled ‘Star Wars’, but it’s not what you think it is about. In this series, they discuss the lives of movie stars during times of war. This first episode is an amazingly well researched deep dive into Bette Davis’s life during WWII.

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From the HowStuffWorks team and Tenderfoot TV comes the true story of one of Atlanta’s darkest secrets… almost 40 years later. In 1979, several children went missing with no explanation. This is their story.

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Episode Zero: Missing Darron Glass — Ten-year-old Darron Glass went missing on September 14, 1980. He never returned.

What’s fact and what’s fiction in our history books? Host Sebastian Major uncovers the truths that exist in our tales and the tales that exist in our truths. The line between history and myth is more blurred than you might think.

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Who Was the Queen of the Pirates? -

We know about the men that took to the sea, but what about the women? In this episode, Sebastian reveals the ‘queens’ of the pirating life.

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There are many podcasts about history but none quite like this one. At four to six hours a pop, Dan Carlin’s podcast was designed for the hardcore history stories fanatic. In these lecture-like episodes, he takes a deep dive into a specific historical event… or era.

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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.”

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This weekly podcast is well-researched and fast-paced to make history come alive. It covers a wide variety of historical people, places, events, legends and mysteries.

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All Blood Runs Red: The Incredible True Story of Eugene Jacques Bullard —

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How well do you really know the history stories that made America the country it is today? In American History Tellers, the folks at Wondery will undoubtedly test your American History knowledge.

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The Cold War — An Ideological War -

Two of the world’s greatest powers, the US and Soviet Union, come to a head over polarizing ideologies.

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Another great history stories podcast from the HowStuffWorks team, Stuff You Missed in History Class is hosted by Holly and Tracy. Together, they bring you some of the most interesting and outrageous stories from history. We guarantee many of these crazy anecdotes will surprise you.

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Beer History with Erik Lars Myers -

Erik is the CEO of Mystery Brewing Company, and he joins the podcast to talk about something very fun and oddly complex… the history of beer!

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This is a fun mash-up of two great knowledge and news-focused brands. The first, TED, was made world-famous for their highly intelligent and mind-stretching TED Talks. The other, NPR, is a national resource that’s been giving the news straight as an arrow for well over a century. Together, you’re getting pure magic. Let the wisdom seep in and make you a tiny bit smarter, one hour at a time.

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Big Data Revolution

Every detail of our lives can be (and probably is being) tracked… Will this make life easier or more complicated?

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The HowStuffWorks team describes this audio history best…

“Deep in the back of your mind, you’ve always had the feeling that there’s something strange about reality. There is. Join Robert and Joe as they examine neurological quandaries, cosmic mysteries, evolutionary marvels and our transhuman future…”

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Tree of Life -

The ‘sacred tree’ is a recurring symbol in religion and mythology. Learn what it means and why it’s so popular.

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Hosted by renowned NPR journalist Guy Raz, How I Built This dives into the stories behind how some of the most well-known companies in the world were built. Interesting and insightful.

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LinkedIn: Reid Hoffman -

LinkedIn is the most well-known job and career networking site. Ever wonder how this monster of a company was built?

Learn how Reid Hoffman’s vision for the future of the Internet turned him into one the wealthiest figures in Silicon Valley and LinkedIn into one of the most useful career tools around.

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This is a powerful historical podcast. Learn the history of WWII, as told through the personal letters exchanged between the Eyde brothers. Three brothers, one war, hundreds of letters.

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An Introduction

This is a very powerful story expressed through the love of brothers. You won’t want to miss a second of it. Start with the introduction.

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Lore is a podcast about the creepy stories that fuel our everyday superstitions. If you like history and a little thrill, then we recommend giving this one a listen.

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A Grave Mistake -

The fear of death can drive people to do the unthinkable…

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This history of Rome podcast follows the entire Roman Empire. It starts with Aeneas’s arrival in Italy and ends with Romulus Augustulus’s exile. Started in 2007, this show wrapped up last year.

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Episode 1: In the Beginning -

Do you really want to learn the FULL history of Rome? Then start with numerus unus and work your way through the remaining the 178 episodes. 😏

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From the team at BBC History Magazine comes the History Extra podcast. This show is updated regularly with the latest discoveries, stories, and facts.

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Science and Suffrage -

“Historian of science Patricia Fara discusses her new book A Lab of One’s Own, which explores the challenges facing women scientists in the First World War era.”

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Witness brings you historical stories — as told by the people who saw them happen. Listen in for firsthand accounts of world events.

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Leonardo’s Lost Notebooks

In 1967, two of Leonardo Da Vinci’s notebooks were found. Discover the genius contained within.

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FAQs

Is Dan Carlin still podcasting? ›

Dan Carlin (born November 14, 1965) is an American podcaster and political commentator. Once a professional radio host, Carlin eventually took his show to the Internet, and he now hosts three popular independent podcasts: Hardcore History, Hardcore History: Addendum, and Common Sense.

How can I listen to old Dan Carlin podcast? ›

Please log into your user on the dancarlin.com website preferably with the device you listen to podcasts with. Logging into your user will direct you into the My Account Dashboard page. This page can also be accessed by selecting the merchandise menu option and then the My Account option.

How do I listen to Lore podcast? ›

To subscribe to a specific podcast, simply search for the show title in your podcast app of choice, and then click/tap the "Subscribe" button. Now your app will download new episodes each time they are released. The podcast page for Lore on Apple Podcasts. The podcast page for Lore on Google Play.

What is the history podcast? ›

What's the History? on Apple Podcasts. An informal but informative trip through all things historical, What's the History is a good craic podcast brought to you by Claire Cotter and Fi Barry, two history teachers who want you to learn and laugh.

What happened to Blueprint for Armageddon? ›

Conversation. We are getting enough questions about it that it's worth addressing: yes..."Blueprint for Armageddon" Has finally been removed from the free feed and will be placed in the paid archives (it's not up there yet).

How old is Dan Carlin? ›

How do I upload a podcast to Spotify? ›

Upload a podcast with Spotify for Podcasters
  1. Click GET STARTED.
  2. Paste in the link to your podcast's RSS feed.
  3. We'll send a verification email to the address in your RSS feed. ...
  4. Add podcast info like the category, language, and country.
  5. Review the info then click SUBMIT.

Where can I listen to FREE Podcasts? ›

Popular options include Spotify, SoundCloud, Pocket Casts, and Stitcher. Many of these apps work on both Apple and Android devices, and most of them are free. (Some offer different tiers of service with the most basic one being free.) There are also podcast platforms devoted to particular genres.

Is Lore podcast scary? ›

Aaron Mahnke's Lore is possibly the scariest offering in the podcast world. Its tales of non-fictional murder and mystery have made the dark-history podcast a cult favourite that Amazon is hoping will become a horror hit both in text form and on the small screen.

Does listening to podcast use data? ›

As a rule of thumb, an hour of streaming at low quality will use approximately 45MB of data. At 'normal' quality, you can expect to use roughly 70MB of data, and at the highest quality, you will reach up to around 120MB per hour. Streaming music on the go takes up a similar amount of data depending on audio quality.

Where can I listen to old hardcore history? ›

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History | Podcasts on Audible | Audible.com.

What is the scariest episode in lore? ›

Ready to add Lore to your podcast list? There are over 100 episodes – and below are 5 of the scariest episodes.
  • “A Devil On the Roof”
  • “Half-Hanged”
  • “Black Stockings”
  • “Rope and Railing”
  • “Echoes”
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Is history Extra podcast free? ›

History Extra podcast | Free Listening on Podbean App.

How accurate is 1865 podcast? ›

The writers clearly know the history and the events are more or less accurate, but in crafting the characters, you are getting the writers' interpretation. They also sex-up the story to keep it interesting to the general listenership.

What podcast is slow burn based on? ›

The arc of impeachment is long, but it bends toward a fiery resolution. Based on the podcast of the same name, the six-episode Epix docuseries Slow Burn decodes Watergate through stories of the characters most involved.

How accurate is 1865 podcast? ›

The writers clearly know the history and the events are more or less accurate, but in crafting the characters, you are getting the writers' interpretation. They also sex-up the story to keep it interesting to the general listenership.

Who narrates short history of podcast? ›

Short History Of... is the podcast series hosted by John Hopkins. Each week, we'll transport you back in time to witness history's most incredible moments and remarkable people. New episodes Mondays. Follow Noiser Podcasts on Twitter @Noiser_Podcasts for updates on our shows.

What podcast is slow burn based on? ›

The arc of impeachment is long, but it bends toward a fiery resolution. Based on the podcast of the same name, the six-episode Epix docuseries Slow Burn decodes Watergate through stories of the characters most involved.

When did podcasts start? ›

Podcasts, previously known as "audioblogs", had its roots dating back to the 1980s. With the advent of broadband Internet access and portable digital audio playback devices such as the iPod, podcasting began to catch hold in late 2004.

How did the word podcast come about? ›

Etymology. "Podcast" is a portmanteau of "iPod" and "broadcast". The earliest use of "podcasting" was traced to The Guardian columnist and BBC journalist Ben Hammersley, who coined it in early February 2004 while writing an article for The Guardian newspaper.

What goes into producing a podcast? ›

How to Produce a Podcast Step-by-Step process
  • Decide what your podcast is about.
  • Define who your target listener is.
  • Find the right podcast format for you.
  • Work out episode length and frequency.
  • Name your show.
  • Plan your episodes' script and interview questions.
  • Set Up Your Podcast Production Space.
  • Record your podcast.
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What means Slow Burn? ›

US, informal. : to slowly become very angry The boss did a slow burn when he saw the expense report.

Is Slow Burn podcast good? ›

Reviews. Slow Burn received a positive review from Vulture. USA Today named Slow Burn as a "hot" recommended podcast. The New York Times praised Slow Burn and credited Malcolm Gladwell with leading the way by making historic podcasts that focused on neglected aspects of well-known events, like Slow Burn, possible.

What does slow build mean? ›

Slow-building implies that the movement was built slowly, as a result of a sustained effort or a passive rise towards success, and that this building up is still ongoing.

What is the #1 podcast in the world? ›

Top podcasts
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Top 20 Podcasts
RankPodcastPublisher
1The DailyThe New York Times
2MorbidWondery
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Who has the longest running podcast? ›

The Tech Guy is often noted as the longest-running podcast. In fact, Leo Laporte now hosts several shows, including This Week in Tech (which won the first-ever People's Choice award for podcasts). Engaging with its audience via phoned-in questions is a key to success for this three-hour show.

Who was one of the first podcasters? ›

Adam Curry and Dave Winer are credited with the invention of podcasting. Who exactly did what is up for dispute, but in the end these are the two guys who got it rolling. The term podcasting was mentioned by Ben Hammersley in The Guardian newspaper article.

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