165 episodes

There’s a reason the History Channel has produced hundreds of documentaries about Hitler but only a few about Dwight D. Eisenhower. Bad guys (and gals) are eternally fascinating. Behind the Bastards dives in past the Cliffs Notes of the worst humans in history and exposes the bizarre realities of their lives. Listeners will learn about the young adult novels that helped Hitler form his monstrous ideology, the founder of Blackwater’s insane quest to build his own Air Force, the bizarre lives of the sons and daughters of dictators and Saddam Hussein’s side career as a trashy romance novelist.

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    • 4.5, 603 Ratings

There’s a reason the History Channel has produced hundreds of documentaries about Hitler but only a few about Dwight D. Eisenhower. Bad guys (and gals) are eternally fascinating. Behind the Bastards dives in past the Cliffs Notes of the worst humans in history and exposes the bizarre realities of their lives. Listeners will learn about the young adult novels that helped Hitler form his monstrous ideology, the founder of Blackwater’s insane quest to build his own Air Force, the bizarre lives of the sons and daughters of dictators and Saddam Hussein’s side career as a trashy romance novelist.

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
603 Ratings

603 Ratings

CassieJ14 ,

Recommended for everyone!

I love that I’m learning new things about the worst people in history. I like that Robert focuses on aspects of the stories that are often skipped over in the news and history lessons. Also, I love the throwing bagels.

SirFabsalot ,

Love the content but....

I struggled to give this 2 stars. I wanted to give 1 star but that would undermine the effort that I’m sure goes into it. I would not recommend this podcast to friends without warning them as per below.

My thoughts -

GOOD
1. Factual content is good and generally well researched. That said I think it is cherry picked to support the point the host is trying to make
2. Topics are interesting and suitable for General knowledge for dinner parties 🤔

BAD
1. These are serious subjects with comical delivery. If done right it can be glorious. The comedy on this show is like watching a bad standup comic crash on stage, whilst laughing at his own jokes. It feels awkward to listen to.
2. The content is very liberal and biased. I don’t doubt most of the subjects of discussion are true bastards, but the views in several podcasts are so skewed it devalues the research.
3. The host is possibly the most annoying person on the airwaves. I listen to podcasts with hosts that I could imagine being friends with. Robert is just destroying this podcast by trying to be funny and hamming it up with his pals.
4. I believe that guests are not told the topic before they arrive and this makes their contribution negligible. It also means they struggle to call out Robert on his biases because they have not had time to inform themselves. Eric Lampaert is the best guest.

Rich685 ,

i Listen but it’s horrible with a willfully ignorant host Evens could be great if he wasn’t so lazy!

Robert infuriates with his mispronunciations…and lack of research “junior league?” from reagans astrologer episode ...WTF… look it up you dumbass! Unfortunately he picks great subjects and has some good good guests. i still listen…just wish he’d do a simple dictionary search...it’s like listening to an interesting adolescent…but i still listen!

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