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A weekly podcasting exploring great political revolutions. Now: The Russian Revolution Next: ???

Revolutions Mike Duncan

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    • 4.8 • 1.3K Ratings

A weekly podcasting exploring great political revolutions. Now: The Russian Revolution Next: ???

    Hero of Two Worlds Bonus Excerpt

    Hero of Two Worlds Bonus Excerpt

    Please enjoy this chapter about Lafayette's tour of America on the eve of my own tour of America.
    Tour dates and links:
    Sept. 6 Madison -- Mystery to Me
    Sept. 7 Chicago -- Seminary Co-Op
    Sept. 8 Portland -- Powell's Books
    Sept. 9 Seattle -- Elliott Bay Book Company
    Sept. 12 Boulder -- Boulder Book Store
    Sept. 13 Denver -- Tattered Cover (Aspen Grove)
    Sept. 14 Dallas -- Interrobang Books
    Sept. 15 Austin -- Bookpeople
    Sept. 16 Houston -- Brazos Books
    Sept. 19 New Orleans -- Garden District Book Shop
    Sept. 20 Atlanta -- Carter Center w/ A Capella Books
    Sept. 21 Chapel Hill -- Flyleaf Books
    Sept. 22 Raleigh -- Quail Ridge Books
    Sept. 24 Winston-Salem -- Bookmarks Book Festival

    • 53 min
    Appendix 1- Coming Full Circle

    Appendix 1- Coming Full Circle

    The word revolution means coming full circle, so it seems like the best way to begin the end.
    Tour dates and links:
    Sept. 6 Madison -- Mystery to Me
    Sept. 7 Chicago -- Seminary Co-Op
    Sept. 8 Portland -- Powell's Books
    Sept. 9 Seattle -- Elliott Bay Book Company
    Sept. 12 Boulder -- Boulder Book Store
    Sept. 13 Denver -- Tattered Cover (Aspen Grove)
    Sept. 14 Dallas -- Interrobang Books
    Sept. 15 Austin -- Bookpeople
    Sept. 16 Houston -- Brazos Books
    Sept. 19 New Orleans -- Garden District Book Shop
    Sept. 20 Atlanta -- Carter Center w/ A Capella Books
    Sept. 21 Chapel Hill -- Flyleaf Books
    Sept. 22 Raleigh -- Quail Ridge Books
    Sept. 24 Winston-Salem -- Bookmarks Book Festival

    • 40 min
    Appendix 2- The Ancien Regime

    Appendix 2- The Ancien Regime

     
    For tickets to the October dates:
    Oct. 3 Austin TX @ Paramount Theater
    Oct. 4 San Francisco @ Palace of Fine Arts
    Oct. 5 Seattle @ Town Hall
    Oct. 25 Chicago @ Vic Theater
    Oct. 26 Boston @ The Wilbur
    Oct. 27 Washington DC @ Lisner Auditorium
    Oct. 29 Newark NJ @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center

    • 28 min
    Appendix 3- From Equilibrium to Disequilibrium

    Appendix 3- From Equilibrium to Disequilibrium

    Probably wouldn't be a revolution if everything just kept on being cool and stable.
    For tickets to the October dates:
    Oct. 3 Austin TX @ Paramount Theater
    Oct. 4 San Francisco @ Palace of Fine Arts
    Oct. 5 Seattle @ Town Hall
    Oct. 25 Chicago @ Vic Theater
    Oct. 26 Boston @ The Wilbur
    Oct. 27 Washington DC @ Lisner Auditorium
    Oct. 29 Newark NJ @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center

    • 28 min
    Appendix 4- Shocks To The System

    Appendix 4- Shocks To The System

    Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way...
    For tickets to the October dates:
    Oct. 3 Austin TX @ Paramount Theater
    Oct. 4 San Francisco @ Palace of Fine Arts
    Oct. 5 Seattle @ Town Hall
    Oct. 26 Boston @ The Wilbur
    Oct. 27 Washington DC @ Lisner Auditorium
    Oct. 29 Newark NJ @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center

    • 29 min
    Appendix 5- The Triggers

    Appendix 5- The Triggers

    [insert obligatory joke about being triggered]
    Upcoming live events!
    Oct. 26 Boston @ The Wilbur
    Oct. 27 Washington DC @ Lisner Auditorium
    Oct. 29 Newark NJ @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

Suzie Qeue ,

What more could you want

Love, love, love this podcast. Insights into the human dynamics and frailties as well as the conflicts, links, aspirations and failures of revolutions and revolutionary thinkers and actors throughout centuries

mark18467 ,

Amazing!

Mike Duncan is the man, thanks so much for the podcasts and the books. Living legend

Fan of Thucydides ,

Essential listening to understand the modern world

I love this podcast! Mike Duncan gives the big picture and the fine details to understand the great revolutions of the western world that have helped create our modern world.

I’ve listened to every season.

If you want to build a framework of history in your mind that is interconnected and strong then listen to this podcast.

A great history podcast needs a few things to be great.

A great text of solid historical writing,
Manageable episodes sizes,
Entertaining writing
An enjoyable voice to listen to.

Mike Duncan successfully does it all: he’s a trained historian and gets his facts straight. This podcast is serious history.

Because it’s a podcast he keeps the episode size, manageable and always leaves you excited for the next. Each episode is about the time to clean your kitchen properly, or drive to work (2 episodes if you have a bad commute). The episodes also connect well and don’t leave you wondering if you missed something when you start the follow up. You can spend 20 minutes on a drive or the whole day working in your yard, or on a major road trip.

Although the history is solid, Mike knows how to keep the writing available to the general audience without ever talking down to the listener. He’s an interested third party and he looks at history with some irony and dry humour that I find enjoyable.
He still keeps a sense of wonder about the strange way history rolls out discussing how the great currents of history that create conditions that no one person or group can change like the climate, geography, the rise of capitalism and industrialism, and demographics, with
the crazy turns of history that are dependent on organized groups, or even single individuals and clashing personalities and egos, and tiny turns of luck.

Lastly and so important to a podcast, I enjoy listening to his voice. It’s not a smooth baritone Radio voice, but it’s intelligent, and fun, and I sounds like that of an intelligent friend who also loves history like me. It’s almost like my best friend from university and I just talking back and forth about history and his turn comes in 20-25 minutes segments.

So enjoy the podcast.

James Horne
Surrey BC, Canada

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