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Top Rated History Podcasts

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

The History of Byzantium

A podcast telling the story of the Roman (Byzantine) Empire from 476 AD to 1453

Dark Poutine - True Crime and Dark History

True crime, legends, folklore, dark history and other creepy topics from the perspective of real live Canadians.

Thinking Sideways Podcast

Devin, Joe and Steve have always been curious. Though they don’t have any formal education to guide them, they sit down every week to discuss unsolved mysteries of all kinds: weird noises, strange website and horrific suicides that look a lot like murders. They take a skeptical approach, but never discount the truly odd nature of the world.

Aaron Mahnke's Cabinet of Curiosities

From the creator of the hit podcast Lore comes a new, bite-sized storytelling experience. Each twice-weekly episode features two short tales that take listeners on a guided tour of the unbelievable, the unsettling, and the bizarre.

Business Wars

Netflix vs. HBO. Nike vs. Adidas. Business is war. Sometimes the prize is your wallet, or your attention. Sometimes, it’s just the fun of beating the other guy. The outcome of these battles shapes what we buy and how we live. Business Wars gives you the unauthorized, real story of what drives these companies and their leaders, inventors, investors and executives to new heights -- or to ruin. Hosted by David Brown, former anchor of Marketplace. From Wondery, the network behind Dirty John and American History Tellers.

Dear Franklin Jones

Producer Jonathan Hirsch had a childhood much like yours -- except his family had a secret. They were followers of a controversial spiritual leader named Franklin Jones. To Jonathan’s parents, Franklin Jones was a god, but to people outside the group, Jones was a cult leader. Now, Jonathan is going back, trying to find out what happened -- and whether the group really did become a cult.

Celtic Myth Podshow

The Celtic Myth Podshow will tell you ancient tales, stories, legends, folklore and mythology of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany and the Isle of Man bringing you the bravery of heroes and heroines, the magnificent pantheon of gods and goddesses and the magic and wonder of druids, faeries and folklore. The stories weave together the rich, beautiful tapestry of mythological history, battles and sagas of the Celts. You'll also find some 'Special' Shows with music, modern stories, some great information and lots more from the modern Celtic communtiy weaved in among the Story Shows. Come and join Gary, Ruth and their friends as they tell you the great stories from Celtic legend. So sit down, get comfortable and join us for music, chat and a story from Celtic Mythology!

Twilight Histories

The Twilight Histories is a podcast that should be listened to in the dark… You are a time traveler sent to a strange and exotic land. You will explore Egypt ravaged by an Ice Age, a Carthaginian colony on Mars, a resurgent Aztec empire, and many more strange and nightmarish worlds. So step into your time machine… if you dare.

Darknet Diaries

Darknet Diaries explores true stories from the dark side of the Internet. Stories about hackers, infosec, online security, and the Internet.

History is Gay

History is Gay is a podcast that examines the underappreciated and overlooked queer ladies, gents, and gentle-enbies that have always been there in the unexplored corners of history. Because history has never been as straight as you think. Follow us on social media! @historyisgaypod on twitter, historyisgaypodcast on tumblr, and subscribe to us wherever you listen to podcasts!

The History of English Podcast

A chronological history of the English language examined through the lens of historical events that shaped the development and spread of the language from the Eurasian steppe to the entire world.

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History: Addendum

Interviews, musings and extra material from the makers of Dan Carlin's Hardcore History. If it did not fit in the HH feed it's probably here

How It Began: A History of the Modern World

A thrilling podcast about the History of the Modern World. Humanity has been hard at work for centuries to empower itself with better tools and insights, from science and surgery to electricity and the Internet, and this series celebrates the history of those triumphs. Compared to our ancestors, we live like superheroes and sorcerers, endowed with powers they could never have imagined. But how did we achieve all this? Historian Brad Harris tackles that question head on, revealing how the most important scientific, technological, and cultural advancements in history began, and inspiring us to keep reaching for new historical triumphs along the way.

The History of Ancient Greece

The History of Ancient Greece Podcast is a deep-dive into one of the most influential and fundamental civilization in world history. Hosted by philhellene Ryan Stitt, THOAG spans over two millennia. From the Bronze Age to the Archaic Period, from Classical Greece to the Hellenistic kingdoms, and finally to the Roman conquest, this podcast will tell the history of a fundamental civilization by bringing to life the fascinating stories of all the ancient sources and scholarly interpretations of the archaeological evidence. And we won't just detail their military and political history, but their society, how the Greeks lived day-to-day, as well as their culture—their art, architecture, philosophy, literature, religion, science, and all the other incredible aspects of the Greek achievement , while situating the Greeks within a multicultural Mediterranean whose peoples influenced and were influenced by one another.

Monstruo

The heart of a man is darkness...No person, place or culture is immune to extreme violence. The worst of the worst cases have occurred all over the world.  Be prepared to take a journey, a tour of the world, where the most horrible atrocities have occurred.  Murder, rape, incest, dismemberment, & cannibalism... no terrifying detail will be unexplored.Based on actual events, this immersive audio experience will shock you, terrify you, and possibly make you ill. From the creators of Sword and Scale, Dark Topic & The Westside Fairytales comes MONSTRUO, the most terrifying podcast you will ever hear.

The China History Podcast

Since 2010, The China History Podcast, presented by Laszlo Montgomery presents over two hundred episodes of curated topics from China's antiquity to modern times.

Ongoing History of New Music

Ongoing History of New Music looks at things from the alt-rock universe to hip hop, from artist profiles to various thematic explorations. It is Canada’s most well known music documentary hosted by the legendary Alan Cross. Whatever the episode, you’re definitely going to learn something that you might not find anywhere else. Trust us on this.

China Vintage Hour

Transport yourself to the Qing Dynasty where Laszlo Montgomery delivers eyewitness accounts from travelers and explorers who visited China and wrote about what they saw. A lot has changed since the 1800's. But not everything.

Hollywood Science

Have you ever watched a film and thought “that scientific principle is being completely violated to solely serve the needs of the protagonist in their efforts at overcoming this character-building obstacle”? Well that’s what this show is about. Each episode focuses on an a particular film to see how the science fiction holds up to the science fact.

History in the Making

HITM uses character focused storytelling to convey the ideas of the past that have shaped us today. We dive into wars and politics to see how the values of nations and their populations have reacted to the world around them. This is social evolution and biography wrapped in storytelling. This is History in the Making. HITM is currently in Season 1. Season 1 covers much of the classical age of Greece including the “invention” of democracy, the Persian Wars, politics of Pericles and Themistocles, the Golden Age, the Peloponnesian Wars, and much more.

Featured Creatures

The hosts Alan, Alex, and Garrett discuss a new monster each week.

The Library

This is The Library. Where your host, Kyle Weeks, sits down every two weeks to take you through history, event by event.

Isn't That Spatial

Isn't That Spatial is a podcast dedicated to casual geography and the spatial component of whatever. Topics cover urban planning, the geography of dive bars, urban oddities, and other good stuff.

Why Is That Podcast

The Why Is That Podcast is a podcast that explores the origins of today's common occurrences from word etymology to holiday traditions and everywhere in between.