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The AskHistorians Podcast showcases the knowledge and enthusiasm of the AskHistorians community, a forum of more than 400,000 history academics, professionals, amateurs, and curious onlookers. The aim is to be a resource accessible across a wide range of listeners for historical topics which so often go overlooked. Together, we have a broad array of people capable of speaking in-depth on topics that get half a page on Wikipedia, a paragraph in a high-school textbook, and not even a minute on the History channel. The podcast aims to give a voice (literally!) to those areas of history, while not neglecting the more common covered topics. Part of the drive behind the podcast is absolutely to be a counterpoint to other forms popular media on history which only seem to cover the same couple of topics in the same couple ways over and over again.

The AskHistorians Podcast The AskHistorians Mod Team

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    • 4.8, 73 Ratings

The AskHistorians Podcast showcases the knowledge and enthusiasm of the AskHistorians community, a forum of more than 400,000 history academics, professionals, amateurs, and curious onlookers. The aim is to be a resource accessible across a wide range of listeners for historical topics which so often go overlooked. Together, we have a broad array of people capable of speaking in-depth on topics that get half a page on Wikipedia, a paragraph in a high-school textbook, and not even a minute on the History channel. The podcast aims to give a voice (literally!) to those areas of history, while not neglecting the more common covered topics. Part of the drive behind the podcast is absolutely to be a counterpoint to other forms popular media on history which only seem to cover the same couple of topics in the same couple ways over and over again.

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4.8 out of 5
73 Ratings

73 Ratings

Podcast Addict2 ,

Interesting history, interesting historians, interesting insight

As an addicted redditor, I really enjoy /r/askhistorians. This podcast features the historians who make it such a great subreddit. The stories are interesting. The stories of the historians themselves are interesting. It is also interesting to get a little behind the scenes information on the moderation of the subreddit.

If you enjoy /r/askhistorians you will enjoy this podcast. If you enjoy history and begin listening to this podcast you may find yourself on Reddit and /r/askhistorians.

Newberg guy ,

Wonderful depth

I love the way he finds knowledageable people to interview on topics that facinaate.

Lucas Berning ,

History for pros and novices alike

Askhistorians has always been my number one favorite subreddit because of its strict quality control and genuine desire to educate people on historical subjects no matter how specific or esoteric. The downside is that sometimes the really interesting stuff that you would never have thought to ask about may be buried deep in the subreddit or may not even be asked about. This podcast does the heavy lifting for you though. The subjects can range from broad (like the 3 kingdoms period in china) to the esoteric (japanese pirates in the feudal period) to the very esoteric (english breadmaking in the 18th and 19th centuries and how it relates to broader socio-political developments of the time) but every episode is great.

Full disclaimer; since I was young, history was always my favorite subject. I devoured the history channel, read every book i could get my hands on, played any game and watched any movie even obliquely related to history and in general was a huge history nerd. It hasnt changed, given that I am now a history student looking to further my education and dig deep into our shared past and uncover the truth as much as possible. So of course I would LOVE this podcast. But whats in it for the more casual history fan? Good question! But how does hours of quality entertainment sound to you?

They are engaging thanks to having people passionate about their subjects talk about what interests them. They are focused, thanks to the hard work of the host who is himself an academic and thus knows exactly what questions to ask to get a concise understanding. Finally, the shows are educational. Each guest is an expert in their field (and in some cases are names at the top of their field as can be seen in the episode about folklore) and they bring their experience and knowledge to bear to produce the finest work of historical outreach i have personally seen.

Dan Carlin might weave a good yarn but if you are at all interested about the nitty gritty of the past or want to find that darned devil in those details your textbooks left out you need to listen to this podcast. You wont regret it one bit.

Postscript: the audio on the first dozen or so episodes is pretty rough but gets much better after that so if that turns you off, try listening to a more recent episode and see how that works for you)

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