In "Hardcore History" journalist and broadcaster Dan Carlin takes his "Martian", unorthodox way of thinking and applies it to the past. Was Alexander the Great as bad a person as Adolf Hitler? What would Apaches with modern weapons be like? Will our modern civilization ever fall like civilizations from past eras? This isn't academic history (and Carlin isn't a historian) but the podcast's unique blend of high drama, masterful narration and Twilight Zone-style twists has entertained millions of listeners.
Supernova in the East VI
When do spirit, tenacity, resilience and bravery cross into madness? When cities are incinerated? When suicide attacks become the norm? When atomic weapons are used? Japan's leaders test the limits of national endurance in the war's last year.
Supernova in the East V
Can suicidal bravery and fanatical determination make up for material, industrial and numerical insufficiency? As the Asia-Pacific conflict turns against the Japanese these questions are put to the test. The results are nightmarish.
Supernova in the East IV
Coral Sea, Midway and Guadalcanal are three of the most famous battles of the Second World War. Together they will shift the momentum in the Pacific theater and usher in the era of modern naval and amphibious warfare.
Supernova in the East III
Japan's rising sun goes supernova and engulfs a huge area of Asia and the Pacific. A war without mercy begins to develop infusing the whole conflict with a savage vibe.
Supernova in the East II
Deep themes run through this show, with allegations of Japanese war crimes and atrocities in China at the start leading to eerily familiar, almost modern questions over how the world should respond. And then Dec 7, 1941 arrives...
Supernova in the East I
The Asia-Pacific War of 1937-1945 has deep roots. It also involves a Japanese society that's been called one of the most distinctive on Earth. If there were a Japanese version of Captain America, this would be his origin story.
It will draw you in…
Don’t worry about the length of each ep or series. Dan’s conversational style, like a long yarn around a fire with old friends gradually immerses you in to the epic stories of great human events that have framed human civilisation. It is not dry narration of events, instead it try’s to bring a sense of the thoughts and experiences of individuals, great and small, who were there at the time. He clearly researches across the entire canon of available material and credits it all.
Incredibly, he manages to divert into the minutiae of individuals stories and surrounding context without losing the thread of the larger picture and the timeline he is navigating to inform us. You never end up wondering “where are we” or “how does this matter?” The strings of thought come together and we are clear where we are in the unfolding saga. This is truely the art of story telling. It’s sort of like Jazz music but with words.
I do long drives across my Australian landscape. They are on highways that are relatively boring and endless. Listening to Dan’s work soaks up the hours and I learn a great deal about events but also the context and personalities involved . In the end it is enormously satisfying. A real pleasure.
Drive in… it will capture your imagination.
Seriously recommended. M
Worth paying for
Gripping – listen to what you can for free, and then buy the First World War one if you can
Old Eps no longer on Apple…
Buy the entire back catalogue. It’s all there.