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Dan Carlin's Hardcore History

An ancient history, Society and Culture podcast featuring Dan Carlin
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In "Hardcore History" journalist and broadcaster Dan Carlin takes his "Martian", unorthodox way of thinking and applies it to the past. Was Alexander the Great as bad a person as Adolf Hitler? What would Apaches with modern weapons be like? Will our modern civilization ever fall like civilizations from past eras? This isn't academic history (and Carlin isn't a historian) but the podcast's unique blend of high drama, masterful narration and Twilight Zone-style twists has entertained millions of listeners.


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Show 63 - Supernova in the East II
Deep themes run through this show, with allegations of Japanese war crimes and atrocities in China at the start leading to eerily familiar, almost modern questions over how the world should respond. And then Dec 7, 1941 arrives...
Show 62 - Supernova in the East I
The Asia-Pacific War of 1937-1945 has deep roots. It also involves a Japanese society that's been called one of the most distinctive on Earth. If there were a Japanese version of Captain America, this would be his origin story.
Show 61 - (Blitz) Painfotainment
Pain is at the root of most drama and entertainment. When does it get too real? This very disturbing and graphic show looks into some case studies and asks some deep questions. WARNING Very intense subject matter.


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Martin reviewed this podcast on Jul 5th, 2017
"As good a history podcast as you will find. "
battmennison reviewed this podcast on Jun 11th, 2017
"A very interesting, thought provoking, and informative podcast. Gives a well written, organized path of dialogue which leaves you hanging on every word. Not always a completely unbiased, purely informative podcast. If you care for only the complete truth with no opinion based content, this may not be the podcast for you. "
RasmusOesterberg reviewed this podcast on Jun 12th, 2017
"Dan Carlin is just a whole heap of knowledge and insight. Though he might be cynical and even a little harsh at times. He has helped me understand and make sense of the seemingly preposterous world around us in a historical perspective. And it doesn't normalize it at all. I know that the episodes are long, but they are all worth it. "

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Apr 22nd, 2013
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Jan 12th, 2019
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