10 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.

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    • 4.8 • 49K 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.

    Supernova in the East IV

    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.

    • 3 hr 58 min
    Supernova in the East III

    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.

    • 4 hr 53 min
    Supernova in the East II

    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...

    • 4 hr 1 min
    Supernova in the East I

    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.

    • 4 hr 28 min
    (Blitz) Painfotainment

    (Blitz) Painfotainment

    Pain is at the root of most drama and entertainment. When does it get too real? This very disturbing and graphic show looks into some case studies and asks some deep questions. WARNING Very intense subject matter.

    • 4 hr 31 min
    The Celtic Holocaust

    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.

    • 5 hr 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
49K Ratings

49K 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...

Lclaurie ,

Take the Time

Dan Carlin is not abstemious with words. He spends almost as much time to tell the story as the story took to occur. Ok, just kidding, but he spends a lot of time going into motivations, background, and in most cases, anecdotal evidence of his points. He brings the history to life almost magically, like the absolute inevitability of death in the path of Genghis Khan’s hordes. I have rounded out my historical knowledge with Dan’s podcasts.

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