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Did you ever fall asleep in history class? You’re not alone. History can be boring when focusing on only dates and statistics. Historium seeks to find the narrative of history in some of the most unlikely places. Seamlessly blending history and storytelling, Jake Barton draws you into historical tales you’ve probably never heard before.

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Did you ever fall asleep in history class? You’re not alone. History can be boring when focusing on only dates and statistics. Historium seeks to find the narrative of history in some of the most unlikely places. Seamlessly blending history and storytelling, Jake Barton draws you into historical tales you’ve probably never heard before.

    #62 Side By Side

    #62 Side By Side

    Chang and Eng, twins connected by a band of flesh on their sternums, experienced more of the nineteenth century than perhaps anyone else: The East India Company, indentured servitude, freak shows, the American frontier, soot-stained Victorian England, the second great awakening, P.T. Barnum’s entertainment empire, slavery, the civil war, reconstruction, the unification of Germany, the gold rush.



    This is the story of the original Siamese Twins!



    Music by Brocker Way, Youth Lagoon, John Fahey, Federico Albanese, and Mulatu Astatke.



    Facebook: @HistoriumPodcast

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    Instagram: @historiumpodcast



    For more episodes: patreon.com/historium



    If you like the stories I tell here, share your favorite episode with a friend!

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    #61 Dirtbag Gold Rush

    #61 Dirtbag Gold Rush

    In Yosemite Valley, one of the most beautiful places on Earth, a rag-tag group of rock climbers in the 1970s stumble upon the score of a lifetime.



    Music:

    -Three King Fishers by Gabor Szabo

    -Sunflower River Blues by John Fahey

    -Song for Jesse by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis

    -Moonshine is the Sunshine by Nathan Bowles

    -Call the Police by Oblivions

    -Church and State by Broker Way

    -Black Acid by Death Hawks

    -Let It Bleed by Goat

    -Oscilla by The Barr Brothers

    -Back to the Land by Wooden Shjips



    Facebook: @HistoriumPodcast

    Twitter: @HistoriumPod

    Instagram: @historiumpodcast



    For more episodes: patreon.com/historium



    If you like the stories I tell here, tell a friend!

    • 26 min
    #60 Plague of Corrupted Blood

    #60 Plague of Corrupted Blood

    In this strange new global pandemic era, there are lessons to be learned in all sorts of places, including videogames of all things. This is a fun story about the Corrupted Blood plague that hit the realm of World of Warcraft and what it can teach us about epidemiology.



    Music:

    -Reach by OK Ikumi

    -Legends of Azeroth by Jason Hayes

    -Stranglethorn Vale by Jason Hayes

    -Increase by David Lang

    -Opening by Nathaniel Bartlett

    -Temperature of the Air on the Bow of the Kaleetan by Chris Zabrinske



    Facebook: @HistoriumPodcast

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    Instagram: @historiumpodcast



    For more episodes: patreon.com/historium



    If you like the stories I tell here, tell a friend!

    • 13 min
    #59 The Siege of Seeds

    #59 The Siege of Seeds

    During the brutal fighting on the Eastern front during the Second World War, the city of Leningrad was put under siege. Soviet citizens had to endure freezing temperatures, starvation, disease, and cannibalism to survive. In the midst of this suffering, a small enclave of Soviet scientists did what they could to protect a massive collection of seeds in order to save countless future human lives.



    Music:

    -Holding Pattern by Loscil

    -Phantom Brickworks II by Bibio

    -Boy 1904 by Alex Somers & Jonsi

    -Carousel #3 by Federico Albanese

    -Chord Left by Agnes Obel

    -Prelude for Piano and Malaria by Worrytrain

    -Inventions by Slow Breathing Circuit

    -Four Windows by Jason Hill

    -The Trenches Choir by Worrytrain

    -On the Nature of Daylight by Max Richter

    -Katrina Outtake by Matthew Robert Cooper

    -X-Ray by Youth Lagoon

    -Seventh Symphony by Dmitri Shostakovich



    Facebook: @HistoriumPodcast

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    Instagram: @historiumpodcast



    For more episodes: patreon.com/historium



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    • 31 min
    #58 The Battle of Los Angeles

    #58 The Battle of Los Angeles

    In the aftermath of Pearl Harbor the western coast of the United States never felt so vulnerable. In Los Angeles, California, the fresh recruits, with their new crew cuts and wrinkled uniforms, would get their first taste of combat on February 24th, 1942...



    Music:

    -Moonlight Serenade by Glenn Miller

    -Midnight Special by David Wingo

    -X-Ray by Youth Lagoon

    -Signaling Through the Flames by The American Dollar

    -Avril 14th by Aphex Twin



    Facebook: @HistoriumPodcast

    Twitter: @HistoriumPod

    Instagram: @historiumpodcast



    For more episodes: patreon.com/historium



    If you like the stories I tell here, tell a friend!

    • 11 min
    #57 A White Christmas in Saigon

    #57 A White Christmas in Saigon

    Saigon, Vietnam. April 1975.



    Music:

    -Song for Jesse

    -The Wounded Soldier by The Silk Road Ensemble

    -Church and State by Brocker Way

    -Less Likely by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

    -White Christmas by Bing Crosby

    -Forever Rain by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross



    Facebook: @HistoriumPodcast

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
302 Ratings

302 Ratings

Willie Wanker ,

Harlem Hellfighters

Great podcast, great story, but Spartanburg is in South Carolina, not North. Otherwise, well done.

A Novel by Coronavirus ,

Almost perfect.

Great writing, editing, and pacing. Fantastic story-telling approach to history. The host sounds like a domestic dispute between a cat and a clarinet, but the content is good enough to fight through it.

kbax90 ,

Love it

Learning lots of history I didn't know, and having fun doing it. The host is funny and creative. Very well presented.

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