16 episodes

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.

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History Dan Carlin

    • History
    • 4.8 • 61.4K Ratings

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.

    Mania for Subjugation

    Mania for Subjugation

    What's the recipe for making a historically world-class apex predator? In the case of Alexander the Great, it might be the three Ns: Nature, Nurture, and Nepotism.

    • 4 hr 11 min
    Twilight of the Aesir II

    Twilight of the Aesir II

    Pagan Viking Sea Kings spend the 10th and 11th centuries morphing into Christian monarchs. But with rulers like Harald Bluetooth and Svein Forkbeard it's debatable whether things will be any less horrific for Scandinavia's neighbors

    Twilight of the Aesir

    Twilight of the Aesir

    This show picks up where Dan's Thor's Angels show left off. In the early Middle Ages Pagan Germanic-language speakers like the Vikings are a dying breed. Many of their contemporaries wish they'd die faster.

    • 5 hr 10 min
    BLITZ Human Resources

    BLITZ Human Resources

    The Atlantic Slave Trade mixes centuries of human bondage with violence, economics, commerce, geo-political competition, liberty, morality, injustice, revolution, tragedy and bloody reckonings. That sounds like a lot, yet this show merely scratches the surface of this enormous subject.

    • 5 hr 39 min
    Supernova in the East VI

    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.

    • 5 hr 45 min
    Supernova in the East V

    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.

    • 3 hr 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
61.4K Ratings

61.4K Ratings

Deagh Dia ,

Simply the best history podcast

As an avid student of history and folklore, I have listened to most of the history podcasts on iTunes, but am usually disapointed by the quality and content. Dan Carlin, however, has done a masterful job of creating an enthralling and extremely informative podcast. Many history podcasts sound like they are simply read from a book or are scattered and incoherent, but Dan sounds as though he is actually having a conversation (albeit a very Socratic one) with the listener. Not only does he give a passionate and accurate account of the facts, but aslo provides valuable and intriguing insight, focusing on trying to make the listener understand the contemporary perspective as well as the historical. This is simply the best history podcast on iTunes and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

imedicineman ,

Why didn't they teach history like this in school?

Why didn't they teach history like this in school? Carlin makes the story relevant and meaningful like I've never heard or read. I'm not a history buff or generally even been that interested. This is way different. Check it out...

Poetic Linguist ,

Magnificent Amount of Information

Hardcore History is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to learn about the history of our world. From understanding what ancient cultures were like in the Old Testament to the build up of Japan’s fall during World War Two, Mr. Carlin can take something that is completely foreign to most of the world and explain it to a six year old, which means he knows what he is talking about. He draws from several different translations when working with writings other languages so as to get a better understanding of the events, and I would recommend it to Christians and Non-Christians alike. This can also be used as a history curriculum for homeschool parents who are studying these subjects with their children. Some episodes are not entirely child-friendly, but most of them are. It also depends on your own decision of what your children can handle, so maybe listen to them before you let your child. A big thank you to Mr. Carlin for the amazing explanation, and for making everything history more interesting. If the Gaelic storytellers were still seen as higher than the king, you’d be the best of them all.

Top Podcasts In History

Rachel Maddow Presents: Ultra
Rachel Maddow, MSNBC
The Rest Is History
Goalhanger Podcasts
Everything Everywhere Daily
Gary Arndt | Glassbox Media
D-Day: The Tide Turns
NOISER
American Scandal
Wondery
American History Tellers
Wondery

You Might Also Like

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History: Addendum
Dan Carlin
Common Sense with Dan Carlin
Dan Carlin
History on Fire
Daniele Bolelli
Fall of Civilizations Podcast
Paul Cooper
Dan Carlin Hardcore History Archives
Dan Carlin
Tides of History
Wondery / Patrick Wyman

More by Wizzard Media

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History: Addendum
Dan Carlin
Common Sense with Dan Carlin
Dan Carlin
Astronomy Cast
Fraser Cain and Dr. Pamela Gay
Philosophy Bites
Edmonds and Warburton
KunstlerCast - Suburban Sprawl: A Tragic Comedy
James Howard Kunstler & Duncan Crary
Big Picture Science
SETI Institute