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History is beautiful, brutal and, often, ridiculous. Join Ben Bowlin and Noel Brown as they dive into some of the weirdest stories from across the span of human civilization in Ridiculous History, a podcast by iHeartRadio.

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    • 4.4, 1.8K Ratings

History is beautiful, brutal and, often, ridiculous. Join Ben Bowlin and Noel Brown as they dive into some of the weirdest stories from across the span of human civilization in Ridiculous History, a podcast by iHeartRadio.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
1.8K Ratings

1.8K Ratings

kpftwlbk ,

Great podcast

Overall, this is a really good, informative podcast and you shouldn’t let my complaints below discourage you from listening. The topics are usually interesting, I like everyone on the podcast, they have good banter, and they keep me interested. They keep an open mind about conspiracies, but they temper that by not blindly believing every conspiracy they encounter. I would describe it as a cautious belief of possibility.

My only complaint is that sometimes it gets a little off track and I think sometimes it would be good to edit some irrelevant stuff out. It could tighten up a bit and I think it would be improved if that happened. Overall, well done!

wolfie/wolf ,

TO PC

Double standard because some man showed his bare chest but women can’t? It’s not a double standard It is Common Western decency going out on TV. By the way I’m not a Troll. Just an old fashioned man who when I was young was considered liberal. But now I’m older I am a conservative. Question for you who call themselves historians. What or who’s quote did I get that from? I do love your show you young punch Hippies

Jill457 ,

Has potential

Good: interesting topics, research seems to go beyond the first page of google results, mostly upbeat tone.

But: as others have mentioned, the hosts really need to tighten the delivery and rein in the non sequiturs. Lately they’ve even joked about knowing this is an issue, but... they do it anyway. I don’t know if they realize just how boring the personal anecdotes and inside jokes are. There is a lot of repetition because they lose their places so often. Most accidental 2-parters are due to a lack of editing, not an abundance of relevant content.

I could also live without all the sound effects and fawning about producer Casey. We don’t know Casey! The hosts know him but listeners really don’t, apart from the occasional droll aside, and so the constant references to him don’t feel earned. It also gets old hearing how they can’t pronounce foreign words even though they looked them up, and oh fiddle-dee-dee, Casey is going to be so annoyed with us! Guess who else is annoyed: everyone!

One more thing: I was shocked to hear one of the guys mention having a dream about Dave Matthews Band while in high school (or middle school?). I would’ve sworn they were early Gen X or older by the way they talk and their senses of humor, but apparently they’re older Millennials?! Go figure.

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