15 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 • 61.3K 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.

    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
    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

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
61.3K Ratings

61.3K 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...

ColoradoCF ,

Perfect mix of compassion and graphic detail to bring history alive

The level of detail mixed with quotes from direct sources plus Dan’s narrative style really brings each historical story event alive! This podcast has deeply and irrevocably impacted my understanding of WWII and what happened in the Pacific - a theater that typically gets much less airtime in U.S. high school classrooms. Please keep the podcasts coming, Dan! And… if you ever have the chance, I’d love to listen to one on Ireland and the resistance!

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