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Top Rated History Podcasts

The History of Witchcraft

The belief in magic and witchcraft has existed in every recorded human culture; this podcast looks at how people explained the inexplicable, turned random acts of nature into conscious acts of mortal or supernatural beings, and how desperate communities took revenge against the suspected perpetrators. While this might sound like a particularly morbid subject, I aim to present it in an entertaining, but informative, way. Of course, there are cases of genuine tragedy in this history of witchcraft, but with a gap of several hundred years, it's ok for us to find humour in the image of, for example, an Anglo-Saxon witch attempting to ward off the Norman invasion of England by exposing her buttocks. That didn't work very well, if you're wondering...

True Crime Island

True Crime stories from around the world.

Something True

Something True brings you incredible and bizarre true stories from the footnotes of history. A dog in the United States Cabinet? A leading rocket scientist who quit his job to make a moonchild? Virginia Woolf donning blackface to prank a navy? They're all true. They're all Something True.

Heaven's Gate

In 1997, thirty-nine people took their own lives in an apparent mass suicide. The events captivated the media and had people across the planet asking the same question...‘Why?’ 20 years later, those who lost loved ones and those who still believe - tell their story. Hosted by Glynn Washington of Snap Judgment.

Giant Monster Messages

Podcast where a fan and a first timer find the messages in Giant Monster and kaiju Movies. We cover the history and what happens with King Kong, Godzilla, Gamera, and all those other Giant Monsters. Structured format for each episode: History Plot Talking Points Messages Final Thoughts Listener feedback and thoughts

Here Be Monsters

A podcast exploring the dark corners of the human mind. Stories from artists, scientists, philosophers and journalists. Decidedly brainy and always interesting.

The History of WWII Podcast - by Ray Harris Jr

A biweekly podcast covering the last great war. Join Ray Harris Jr as he explores World War Two in intimate detail.

Based on a True Story

We've all seen the movies that claim to be 'based on a true story', but have you ever wondered how historically accurate they are? That's what we'll aim to find out as we compare Hollywood with history.

History Goes Bump Podcast

Podcast dedicated to the side of history that goes bump in the night. Every episode's content features community time that includes listener mail and experiences, a “Moment In Oddity” and “History Of The Day” segments and then interviews and discussions about a historic location, event or person and the hauntings associated with the subject of the particular show. The tagline for the show is “Ghost tours for the theater of the mind” and our goal is to entertain you while creeping you out just a bit.

Dogs in Our World

Host Adam Winston explores topics such as history, science, and philosophy in his quest to know more about the domestic dog. Each episode includes a teacher, author, or expert who shares their discoveries about the dogs in our world. Join the audience at dogsinourworld.com.

Secret Transmission Podcast

A satire podcast about all things strange! Conspiracies, myths, legends, cryptozoology, UFO sightings, aliens, fringe science, the supernatural, serial killers, and anything else weird! Just a few people who know very little, trying to learn about everything. The show is also produced by a fun loving "Satan" character. With a new topic every episode, we try to look over all the facts, and the "facts" about each topic and figure out if its true or not. So come join us as we... TRY TO EXPLAIN... THE UNEXPLAINABLE. *ADULT LANGUAGE USED*

Historical Hotties

Sister duo Whitney & Lindsey Nelsen discuss prominent figures in history to research, argue, and debate which person is the hottest in this humorous and educational podcast. It's a little bit equal parts debate team, history lesson, sibling rivalry, sexy gossip, and joke time humor-fun, with new episodes every Wednesday!

Uncivil

America is divided, and it always has been. We're going back to the moment when that split turned into war. This is Uncivil: Gimlet Media's new history podcast, hosted by journalists Jack Hitt and Chenjerai Kumanyika. We ransack the official version of the Civil War, and take on the history you grew up with. We bring you untold stories about covert operations, corruption, resistance, mutiny, counterfeiting, antebellum drones, and so much more. And we connect these forgotten struggles to the political battlefield we’re living on right now.

Ministry of Ideas

A podcast about the ideas that shape our lives.

Sofa King Podcast

The Sofa King podcast is a twice-weekly show dedicated to influential people, popular culture, historical events, true crime and listener suggested topics the hosts find interesting. From conspiracy theories and technology to the mass media and the future, this show explores major issues in way that is simultaneously informative, critical, and humorous. The hosts have big ideas, big opinions, big mouths, and give their take on topics in a way that is both cynical and educational. Adult content, themes, and language.

Uncanny Japan - folklore and culture

Uncanny Japan explores all that is weird from old Japan. Strange superstitions, old wives tales, cultural oddities, and interesting language quirks. These are little treasures dug up while doing research for my writing, and I want to share them with you here.

Strange Animals Podcast

A podcast about living, extinct, and imaginary animals!

Pardon Maman

Pardon Maman est un podcast de vulgarisation vulgaire. Si un sujet vous intrigue, on va le simplifier, mais on peut pas promettre de rester poli. De la vulgairisation quoi !iTunes : https://itunes.apple.com/fr/podcast/pardon-maman/id1234291617Spotify : https://open.spotify.com/show/3qaC9qCtUSFh60idYUlSKfDeezer : http://www.deezer.com/show/54685Youtube : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH6doNjB102NpaR7p4MHDewFacebook : PardonMamanPodcastTwitter : @PardonMamanPodInstagram : https://www.instagram.com/pardonmamanpodcast/Le site : http://pardonmaman.frCrédit générique : Shinjuku Street - Senbei (https://www.facebook.com/mistersenbei/)

The Ballad of Billy Balls

Downtown New York, early summer, 1982. A man bursts into an East Village storefront apartment and shoots musician Billy Balls. The motive? Unknown. Billy’s body? It just disappears. Rebecca, Billy’s girlfriend, doesn’t know what to do and has no way to say goodbye. Now, thirty-seven years later, iO Tillett Wright helps give Rebecca the opportunity to let go. In the second season of Crimetown Presents, The Ballad of Billy Balls unravels a mystery of love and loss, the tender binds of family, and the stories we learn to tell ourselves just to survive. In Season 1 of Crimetown Presents, The RFK Tapes, Zac Stuart-Pontier takes a deep dive into the conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.

The Unresolved Podcast

The Unresolved Podcast is a venture aimed at telling stories which have no conclusion. This podcast puts the emphasis on the people affected by the occurring events and tells their story in a audio drama format. Each episode is full of detail and facts, ultimately letting you make up your mind on what truly happened.

Transmissions From Jonestown

On November 18 1978 Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple died in Jonestown in what is considered to be the largest mass suicide in modern history. Locked deep within an FBI vault, the tapes chronicling the history of Peoples Temple were finally made public after 20 years. From Jim Jones shady beginnings as a faith healer to that final tragic night that his loyal followers drank the Koolaide. Join us as we piece together the history of Peoples Temple and try to understand what led to their demise.

Omitted

Omitted is a weekly history podcast, exploring the lost stories behind history's biggest events. These are the stories that have been omitted from the narrative. These are the tales that could soon be forgotten. For that reason, they must be told.

Ghouls Gone Wild

Ghouls Gone Wild is a podcast about ghosts, ghouls, and spooky happenings. Join Christina and Jess twice a month as they visit haunted locations around the world, discuss first and second hand experiences of the supernatural, tell each other ghost stories, and more. New episodes are released on the 1st and 15th of each month!

80 Days: An Exploration Podcast

80 Days is a podcast dedicated to exploring little-known countries, territories settlements and cities around the world. We're part history podcast, part geography podcast and part ramble. Each episode, we'll land in a new locale and spend some time discussing the history, geography, culture, sport, religion, industry, pastimes and music of our new location. More details on www.80dayspodcast.com, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @80dayspodcast | Support us on www.patreon.com/80dayspodcast

GM Word of the Week

You can’t spell Game Master without “pretentious.” Well, you can, actually. But let’s pretend you can’t so I can make a point. My point is a good Game Master needs a lot of big, fancy words at their disposal to make their flavor text as confusing as possible. Oops. I mean engaging, not confusing. More at www.GMWordoftheWeek.com