Best History podcasts — Ancient and modern, east and west (Updated June 2017; image)
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Stuff You Missed in History Class
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Join Holly and Tracy as they bring you the greatest and strangest Stuff You Missed In History Class in this podcast by HowStuffWorks.com.
 
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History Extra podcast
Weekly
 
The latest news from the team behind BBC History Magazine - a popular History magazine. To find out more, visit www.historyextra.com
 
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Witness
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The story of our times told by the people who were there.
 
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Dan Carlin's Hardcore History
 
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 ...
 
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The British History Podcast
Monthly+
 
The BHP is a chronological retelling of the history of Britain with a particular focus upon the lives of the people. You won’t find a dry recounting of dates and battles here, but instead you’ll learn about who these people were and how their desires, fears, and flaws shaped the histories of England, Scotland, and Wales.
 
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BackStory
Weekly
 
BackStory is a weekly public podcast hosted by U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh, Nathan Connolly and Joanne Freeman. We're based in Charlottesville, Va. at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.Each week we take a topic that people are talking about and explore it through the lens of American history. Through stories, interviews, and conversation with our listeners, we make history engaging and fun.
 
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The Dollop with Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds
 
Comedians Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds take on one subject from American history each week.
 
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Revolutions
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A weekly podcasting exploring great political revolutions. Now: The July Revolution. Next: 1848
 
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The History Hour
Monthly+
 
An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.
 
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The History of England
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A regular podcast telling the story of England with warmth and wit and enthusiasm. The story of the great names and the events that made England the mosaic it is today; the daily lives of the people who made it so. We take a chronological approach, from the cataclysmic end of Roman Britain, all the way through to the present day – when we get there! Along the way we follow the major highways of history, and some of the side roads too – what it was like to live in the Middle Ages, why the dif ...
 
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The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe
 
All good stories have a twist, and all great storytellers are just a little twisted. Join Mike Rowe for a different take on the people and events that you thought you knew, from pop culture to politics, Hollywood to History… The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe is a series of short mysteries for the curious mind with a short attention span.
 
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The History of China
Monthly+
 
An audio journey through the 5000 year history of one of the world's oldest continuous civilizations.
 
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Nerdonomy: Nerds on History
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History is full amazing stories. Join hosts Bryan Moriarty, Eric Bricmont, and Sarah Ashley as they explore the most inspirational, terrifying and hilarious events in history. Everything from the creation of the universe to the invention of Cheese in a Can and everything in between. Learn something new weekly by subscribing to the Nerd’s on History podcast.
 
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Life Of Caesar
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A podcast about the life of Gaius Julius Caesar.
 
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History on Fire
Rare
 
Where history and epic collide--"History on Fire" is a podcast by author and university professor Daniele Bolelli.
 
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The China History Podcast
Monthly
 
Laszlo Montgomery presents easy-to-digest stories, events and people from China’s most ancient times up to our present day.
 
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History of Japan
Monthly+
 
A weekly podcast on Japanese history, covering everything from prehistory to the modern era. Additional information available at the podcast blog, at www.historyofjapan.wordpress.com
 
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History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps
 
Peter Adamson, Professor of Philosophy at the LMU in Munich and at King's College London, takes listeners through the history of philosophy, "without any gaps". www.historyofphilosophy.net
 
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The Podcast History Of Our World
Monthly
 
It's the history of our world from the Big Bang to the Modern Age! Well...eventually at least. Every episode has FINALLY been remastered, touched up, and had the numbering fixed. TPHOOW is back in action!
 
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In Our Time: History
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Historical themes, events and key individuals from Akhenaten to Xenophon.
 
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Oxford Biographies
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A fortnightly biography of an intriguing individual from British history. Each episode in the podcast is a biography selected from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography - the authoritative collection of more than 56,000 lives of men and women from around the world who have shaped Britain's history. You can download more free biographies from the web site at www.oxforddnb.com.
 
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The History Chicks
Monthly
 
Two women. Half the population. Several thousand years of history. About an hour. Go.
 
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The History of Byzantium
Monthly+
 
A podcast telling the story of the Roman (Byzantine) Empire from 476 AD to 1453. www.thehistoryofbyzantium.com
 
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Unbuttoned History
Weekly
 
Informative, casual, and a little bit sexy, Unbuttoned History is the raucous history podcast for people who want to learn a bit about yesteryear, but with silly voices and swearing. Hosts Mike, a second Mike and Caleb guide you through time immemorial and play a few ridiculous games along the way.
 
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Irish History Podcast
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The Irish history podcast brings the listener on a journey through Irish history starting in the 9th century when high kings battled for control of Ireland. This podcast is not just dates but an enthralling journey deep into Irelands past looking at daily life when violence was common and life was short. If you’ve been puzzled how people survived before email, phones, cars or even proper roads the Irish history podcast is for you! The series tracks Irish history and archaeology trying to und ...
 
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Lectures in History
Weekly
 
Join students in college classrooms to hear lectures on topics ranging from the American Revolution to 9-11.
 
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History of the Papacy Podcast
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This show will detail the biographies and interesting facts of the Papacy of Rome. It will start in the beginning, but will not go straight through. There will be many side tracks and detours along the way. We will investigate the backstreets of the Papacy where the tour normally doesn't go.
 
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Presidential
Weekly
 
Leading up to Election Day 2016, The Washington Post's Presidential podcast explores how each former American president reached office, made decisions, handled crises and redefined the role of commander-in-chief, starting with George Washington in week one and ending on week 44 with the president-elect. Hosted by Lillian Cunningham, the series features Pulitzer Prize-winning biographers like David McCullough and Washington Post journalists like Bob Woodward. New episodes are released on Sundays.
 
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Remarkable Lives. Tragic Deaths.
 
We examine the lives and deaths of prominent people who changed history and influenced pop culture. We tell you their story, their achievements, their struggles, their secrets and take you on dramatic journey through the life and ultimate tragic death of those who have had an impact on society. With the help of voice actors, we attempt to honor these individuals by bringing their stories to life. New episodes are released every Wednesday. Remarkable Lives, Tragic Deaths is part of the Parcas ...
 
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Dan Snow's HISTORY HIT
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History! The most exciting and important things that have ever happened on the planet! Featuring reports from the weird and wonderful places around the world where history has been made and interviews with some of the best historians writing today. Dan also covers some of the major anniversaries as they pass by and explores the deep history behind today's headlines - giving you the context to understand what is going on today.Join the conversation on twitter: @HistoryHitProducer: Dan Morelle
 
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The Thomas Jefferson Hour
Weekly
 
The Thomas Jefferson Hour features conversations with Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, as portrayed by the award-winning humanities scholar and author, Clay Jenkinson. The weekly discussion features Mr. Jefferson’s views on events of his time, contemporary issues facing America and answers to questions submitted by his many listeners. To ask President Jefferson a question visit his website at www.jeffersonhour.com
 
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Emperors of Rome
Monthly+
 
“Great empires are not maintained by timidity.” - Tacitus. A podcast series looking at the rulers of the ancient Roman empire, by Dr Rhiannon Evans and Matt Smith.
 
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Stories-A History of Appalachia, One Story at a Time
 
A History of Appalachia, One Story at a Time
 
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The Ancient World
Monthly
 
CURRENT SERIES - BLOODLINE (tracing the generations from Cleopatra to Zenobia)
 
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History of the Christian Church
Monthly+
 
History of the Christian Church
 
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The History of Egypt Podcast
Monthly+
 
The History of Egypt, as the ancients described it. A tale of people, places, pharaohs and gods, told in their own words.
 
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The Fall of Rome Podcast
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Barbarians, political breakdown, economic collapse, mass migration, pillaging and plunder. The fall of the Roman Empire has been studied for years, but genetics, climate science, forensic science, network models, and globalization studies have reshaped our understanding of one of the most important events in human history. PhD historian and specialist Patrick Wyman brings the cutting edge of history to listeners in plain, relatable English.
 
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Slate's Whistlestop
Monthly
 
In this podcast for fans of presidential campaign history, John Dickerson of Slate’s Political Gabfest revisits a moment from the American quadrennial carnival. Hear about the grand speeches, emergency strategies, baby kissing, and backstabbing that make each presidential election cycle so fascinating. Part of the Panoply Network.
 
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The Bowery Boys: New York City History
 
New York City history is America's history. It's the hometown of the world, and most people know the city's familiar landmarks, buildings and streets. Why not look a little closer and have fun while doing it?
 
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Great Lives
Monthly+
 
Biographical series in which guests choose someone who has inspired their lives.
 
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1001 Heroes, Legends, Histories & Mysteries
 
A series of fast-paced, fun, and highly interesting historical vignettes featuring a wide range of stories from "The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allen Poe", to "The Legend of Saint Valentine" and "Gremlins: From WWII Myth to Movies".
 
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15 Minute History
Monthly
 
A podcast for educators, students, and history buffs
 
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Viking Age Podcast
Monthly+
 
Sharing the History of The Viking Age, one podcast at a time. We are covering the History of Scandinavia during the Viking Age. We're exploring Raiding, Trading and Settlement of Scandinavians abroad as well as the culture and society of the Norse homelands. Join us to learn more than you ever thought you wanted to know about the people, for better or worse, history knows as the Vikings.
 
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Ben Franklin's World: A Podcast About Early American History
 
Ben Franklin’s World is a podcast about early American history. It is a show for people who love history and for those who want to know more about the historical people and events that have impacted and shaped our present-day world. Each episode features a conversation with an historian who helps us shed light on important people and events in early American history.
 
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Samurai Archives Japanese History Podcast
 
Follow your hosts on a trek into Japanese history, from ancient Japan to the end of the Samurai and all points in between - culture, warfare, literature, and interviews. The Official Podcast of the Samurai Archives Japanese History page.
 
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Historically Black
Weekly
 
Objects hold history. They're evocative of stories stamped in time. As part of The Washington Post's coverage of the Smithsonian's new National Museum of African American History and Culture, people submitted dozens of objects that make up their own lived experiences of black history, creating a "people's museum" of personal objects, family photos and more. The Historically Black podcast brings those objects and their stories to life through interviews, archival sound and music. The Washingt ...
 
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American History Untucked
Monthly
 
American History Untucked is a podcast conversation with American Historians, hosted by Dr. David Silkenat
 
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History in Five Minutes Podcast
Monthly+
 
History. Only Not Boring.
 
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Russian Rulers History Podcast
Monthly
 
First we follow the Russian rulers from Rurik to Putin then take to recounting all aspects of Russian history.
 
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Lectures in Intellectual History
 
Recordings from the popular public lecture series on intellectual history in all its forms and across all ages. From 2014 held at the University of St Andrews, and between 2010 and 2013 held at the University of Sussex.
 
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Slate's Whistlestop
 
This episode of Whistlestop revisits an era of mischievous accounting by first lady Mary Todd Lincoln and the work of a leaker who helped distract the press. Whistlestop is Slate's podcast about presidential history. Hosted by political correspondent and Political Gabfest panelist John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable (or even ...…
 
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The Making of a Nation - Voice of America
 
 
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Stuff You Missed in History Class
 
The Eastland disaster was one of the deadliest maritime disasters in American history. In this case, safety regulations actually made things worse.By applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks).
 
The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand that creates a ripple effect of conflict throughout the 20th century, beginning with the Great War, World War I. And Canadian runner and activist Terry Fox, who's Marathon of Hope for cancer awareness makes him a Canadian folk hero and inspiration to millions. (repeat)…
 
This podcast episode looks to the future and explains that the impeachment of President Donald Trump is not only inevitable but it's not even the biggest shift we can expect. The post The Impeachment of President Trump Is Coming – But That’s Only the Beginning appeared first on the End of History.
 
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History According to Bob
 
This show is about the rise of Gaius Gracchus.
 
Today’s show features music performed by Louis Armstrong and Aretha Franklin
 
We welcome aviation expert Paul Beaver back on to the podcast to talk about Spitfires and returning Hugo Broch to the cockpit of a piston engine plane for what proves to be a momentous flight. Hugo Broch is a World War II Luftwaffe ace credited with 81 victories in 324 missions, all on the Eastern Front and recipient of the Knight's Cross of th ...…
 
Dr. Royden Loewen of the University of Winnipeg spoke to us about the stories of Yee Clun of Regina and Rosie's Restaurant in Calgary. Dr. Loewen is the co-author of "Immigrants in Prairie Cities".
 
In July 1972 Tony and Maureen Wheeler set off on the holiday of a lifetime travelling from London to Sydney in Australia . The book they wrote when they returned was the first Lonely Planet travel guide. The series helped thousands of young travellers to make their way around the world on a budget. Farhana Haider has been talking to co-founder ...…
 
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The Thomas Jefferson Hour
 
"I think that's what Jefferson's attitude was: 'I'd rather not, but I'm probably the best person to do it.'" — Clay We return to our Jefferson 101 series this week with an episode about Jefferson’s road to the White House. Over the past few months, we've carried Jefferson from his birth in Virginia in 1743 right up to the brink of the time when ...…
 
The Last Will & Testament of English mineralogist James Smithson, who passes away On This Day in 1829 and leaves his entire fortune to the United States of America for the creation of Smithsonian Institution "for the increase and diffusion of knowledge." (repeat)
 
This show is part 1 0f 2 the French Scheldt Campaign.
 
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The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe
 
But only if the spirit moves you.
 
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Stories-A History of Appalachia, One Story at a Time
 
Today we tell the story of a man who lived his life to the fullest…in a loincloth out in the middle of the woods, communing with nature. It’s the story of Appalachia’s very own “Tarzan.” You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play or on your very own podcast app. We’re on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitte ...…
 
Today’s show features music performed by Memphis Minnie and Albert King
 
In this week's episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil debate Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods, the disappearing teen summer job, and the politics of gerrymandering.
 
In 1980, the National Anthem Act was adopted by Parliament.
 
Nathaniel Bowditch worked as a navigator, mathematician, astronomer, and business innovator. Over the course of his lifetime, his fellow Americans hailed him as the “American Sir Isaac Newton.” Tamara Thornton, a professor of history at the University of Buffalo and author of Nathaniel Bowditch and the Power of Numbers: How a Nineteenth-Century ...…
 
In the 1960s and 70s, thousands of westerners travelled to India and Nepal by overland bus. They were searching for adventure, enlightenment and cheap hashish. Simon Watts talks to Richard Gregory, who did the Hippie Trail in 1974.PHOTO: Richard Gregory in Kabul in 1974 (Private Collection)
 
E321 | What is the aural possibility of Islamic life in the European cities today? This special episode begins with a ten-minute segment from an audio composition crafted by our guest, musicologist Peter McMurray, from recent field recordings and ethnographies he conducted among various Turkish communities in Berlin. As the discussion progresse ...…
 
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Stuff You Missed in History Class
 
This much-beloved flower predates mankind, and it's a little difficult to track our early relationship with cultivating it.By applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks).
 
The Berlin Airlift begins On This Day in 1948, Operation Vittles and Operation Little Vittles. (repeat)
 
This show is about the Changes in Archers in the Egyptian New Kingdom.
 
Today’s show features music performed by Elizabeth Johnson with King Oliver
 
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The Dollop with Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds
 
Comedians Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds examine The Acadians EPISODE SOURCES
 
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Dan Snow's HISTORY HIT
 
Dan explores the Moscow Metro in search of history, We're launching HistoryHit.TV. Join our crowdfunding campaign now: click here. Producer: Dan Morelle Subscribe, rate and review on iTunes and be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
 
June 26, 2017 – This week, our time machine visits New York City’s oldest bar, McSorley’s Old Ale House. Our theme song, “New York Ain’t New York Anymore,” laments the loss of places where “the sawdust is gone from the floor.” Well in this East Village landmark, where the clock has literally stopped, and that means still spreading the sawdust e ...…
 
With the passing of Marcus Aurelius, his son Commodus is made emperor. The 19 year old youth had been raised knowing the empire would be his to rule, and he spent it doing what he pleased. The next twelve years under the reign of Commodus would be bloody and chaotic, and many historians believe it to mark the beginning of the end of the Roman e ...…
 
Shiver me timbers! This is the first in a two-part series about Boston’s role in the Golden Age of Piracy, from 1650 to 1726. A few pirates set sail from our city, some preyed on the shipping coming in and out of our port, and even more met their ends on the gallows in Boston. We’ll hear stories of daring raids and buried treasures, of mutiny, ...…
 
In 1955 a small Icelandic airline called Loftleioir Icelandic slashed the cost of flying across the Atlantic. For the first time thousands of young Americans were able to afford air travel to Europe on what became known as the 'Hippie Express.' Mike Lanchin speaks to Edda Helgason, whose father Sigurdur Helgason, launched the ambitious scheme, ...…
 
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1001 Heroes, Legends, Histories & Mysteries
 
An interview with co-authors Dr. Timothy and Laura Orr, discussing their new best-seller "Never Call Me A Hero", the story of Midway pilot Dusty Kleiss, who helped sink three Japanese ships at the Battle of Midway , which turned the tide of war in the Pacific in June of 1942.This is the follow-up episode to THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY at www.1001stori ...…
 
Summary As promised, Mike Slade is back to tell stories from the period 1998 through 2004, when he was Special Assistant to Steve Jobs. Background details on the iMac, the iPod and the iPhone and more!By internethistorypodcast@gmail.com (Brian McCullough @brianmcc).
 
Take a hit of vicarious righteousness as you learn about the deeds of some of the bravest freedom fighters who ever lived and briefly imagine that you could be a sixteenth as awesome as they were before the bleak memory of your mediocre cowardice returns. This week we’re talking about the failed revolution at Harpers Ferry, Virginia.…
 
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The British History Podcast
 
When I write an episode I begin by looking at what has happened in the past, then at what will come... For more information and a full summary, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com. Follow us @BritishPodcast
 
The sensational murder of architect Stanford White On This Day in 1906 and the trial of the century that follows. (repeat)
 
Today’s show features music performed by Ella Fitzgerald and Clifton Chenier
 
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History of the Christian Church
 
We’ve worked our way through 6 of what are known as the 7 Ecumenical Councils of Church History. We’ve examined the Councils and the Creeds they produced. Although, after the First Council in 325 at Nicaea, each subsequent Council claimed that all it was doing was refining the verbiage of the Nicaean Creed. Each claimed it was merely an extensi ...…
 
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The History of England
 
Being made a Cardinal in 1515 gave Wolsey the perfect opportunity to give the vainglorious side of his nature full reign. He made full use of it.By familycrowther@btinternet.com (David Crowther).
 
It’s time to put the Saga of the People of Vopnafjord on trial. Who will go home with the honor of Best Bloodshed? Does this saga have the numbers to overtake the Saga of the Greenlanders in Body Count Density? Who has the best Nickname? Was anyone witty enough to earn the prize? Will Brodd-Helgi make it through Outlawry? And who will be select ...…
 
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History of the Papacy Podcast
 
Sidetrack Episode 55 A Tale of Two BiblesDescription: Today we discuss two of the great textual translation traditions of the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament. The Septuagint and the Masoretic text have fascinating histories, so let’s see how they are similar, different and what that meant over the course of history and today.You can learn more ab ...…
 
University of Notre Dame professor Darren Dochuk teaches a class about mid-20th century American oil interests. He describes the east Texas oil boom and the expansion of U.S. oil businesses abroad to places such as Saudi Arabia and Canada.
 
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Ottoman History Podcast
 
E320 | The distance between the shores of the Ottoman Empire and New York City may be great, but, as this episode suggests, a great many connections exist between these places, too. This episode explores both the everyday lives of those hailing from the Ottoman domains over several centuries in the Big Apple, as well as the perceptions New York ...…
 
This show is part 2 of 2 on the mess in Macedonia after Casanders death.
 
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Stories-A History of Appalachia, One Story at a Time
 
The first Appalachian president, Andrew Jackson, was the recipient of a rather, shall we say, noticeable gift. In fact, this gift was quite easily found by those around the White House simply by taking in a deep breath. Today we tell the story of Andrew Jackson’s giant cheese! We’re on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalach ...…
 
In which we bring things to a close by considering the fall of the Butokukai, the spread of budo beyond Japan, the role of martial arts in the African-American community, the question of Olympic sport status, and the challenge of the UFC. It's gonna be a busy week.
 
Today’s show features music performed by George Gershwin and Albert King
 
The year is 1989 and one of the worst oil spils the world had ever seen occurs off the coast of Alaska. In this episode we look at the impact the disaster had on the shipping industry, the environment and the economy. We also mention Schrodinger’s car, try to make money out of cheesy meat and David uses the word “splurge”.…
 
Today is La Fête nationale du Québec. To learn more about the infamous 1968 Saint-Jean Baptiste Day we spoke with official Pierre Elliot Trudeau biographer and author of "Just Watch Me: The Life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau Vol. 2: 1968-2000".
 
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