Best History podcasts — Ancient and modern, east and west (Updated August 2017; image)
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Stuff You Missed in History Class
 
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
Daily
 
The story of our times told by the people who were there.
 
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Dan Carlin's Hardcore History
Rare
 
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
Weekly
 
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
Monthly+
 
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 Rome
Rare
 
A weekly podcast tracing the rise, decline and fall of the Roman Empire.
 
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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 England
Monthly+
 
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 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
Monthly+
 
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
Monthly+
 
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
Monthly
 
Historical themes, events and key individuals from Akhenaten to Xenophon.
 
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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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Oxford Biographies
Monthly+
 
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 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
Monthly+
 
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
Monthly+
 
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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Presidential
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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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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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Remarkable Lives. Tragic Deaths.
Weekly
 
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
Weekly+
 
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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History of the Christian Church
Monthly+
 
History of the Christian Church
 
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The Ancient World
Monthly
 
CURRENT SERIES - BLOODLINE (tracing the generations from Cleopatra to Zenobia)
 
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The Fall of Rome Podcast
Monthly+
 
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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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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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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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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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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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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15 Minute History
Monthly
 
A podcast for educators, students, and history buffs
 
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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
Monthly
 
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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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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History in Five Minutes Podcast
Monthly+
 
History. Only Not Boring.
 
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E329 | In this interview, we explore the early history of Islam in West Africa with Professor Ousmane Kane, who has mapped out the networks of Islamic learning in the region. We discuss intellectual history, the curricula of madrasas and a day in the life of a 16th-century student in Sankore. We then turn to the role of language in West African ...…
 
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Stuff You Missed in History Class
 
Today, we're walking through some of the famous eclipses in history, all while wearing proper eye shielding.By applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks).
 
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History Extra podcast
 
Clair Wills of Princeton University discusses her new book Lovers and Strangers, which explores the lives of people from across the globe who moved to Britain after the Second World War
 
Lori Marso’s new book, Politics with Beauvoir: Freedom in the Encounter (Duke University Press, 2017), delves into Simone de Beauvoir’s political thought, feminism, and activism. The text is a fascinating exploration of these topics and complexities, but Marso takes…
 
Today’s show features music performed by Lonnie Johnson and Sam & Dave
 
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FRDH Podcast with Michael Goldfarb
 
When Jews met African-Americans in the early part of the 20th century the collision created American popular music. Both groups were immigrants to the great cities of America's north - Jews came from Eastern Europe and Blacks from the American South. But their desire to get away from oppression to economic opportunity wasn't the only thing they ...…
 
Hear from one of the German prosecution lawyers who helped put Nazi war criminals on trial 20 years after World War Two had ended. Gerhard Wiese has been speaking to Lucy Burns about the trial, and about visiting the Auschwitz death camp with other members of the court.Photo: Members of the Frankfurt court and several journalists pass through t ...…
 
A tired sounding Russell and David discuss the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami (known in Britain as the Boxing Day tsunami), the events of the day, the reconstruction, the charity effort, and the unexpected outcomes. David also reveals his yearning to own a fez as his podcasting hat and we invite our listeners to send us recordings of ...…
 
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1001 Heroes, Legends, Histories & Mysteries
 
Brought to you you by: PENN STATE WORLD CAMPUSEarn the degree that carries respect and do it in your spare timeStart at www.worldcampusinfo.comGREAT SEIGE OF MALTA EPISODE HERE: https://audioboom.com/posts/5251976-the-legend-of-the-maltese-cross-and-the-great-seige-of-maltaTHE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR: CRUSADERS OR CONSPIRATORS? Link Here: https://audio ...…
 
A new series begins as we take a look at the horrific natural disaster that shaped San Francisco as we know it: the Massive Earthquake and subsequent fires. Here how the city and some very unlikely inhabitants were able build new, bigger and better after their whole city was wiped off the map.
 
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HUB History - Our Favorite Stories from Boston History
 
While your humble hosts are away chasing the total solar eclipse, enjoy this show about the history of eclipses in Boston.Show notes: http://HUBhistory.com/042(We're aware of some glitches in this recording and trying to fix it with our podcast hosting provider.)
 
Today’s show features music performed by T-Bone Walker and Bo Diddley
 
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History of the Christian Church
 
One of the most interesting moments in Church History comes in the conflict over the use of images in Worship. It’s born of the reality that Christianity has its roots in Judaism but had vast appeal among pagan Gentiles. During the time of the Kings of Judah & Israel, Israel struggled with its call by God to abstain from idolatry. Indeed, a pre ...…
 
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The History of England
 
The diplomacy of the early 1520s culminated at Pavia, with the ruin of French hopes - and also English as Hapsburg for a while reigned supreme. Domestic politics saw Wolsey discredited for the first time, and the Boleyns arrive at court.By familycrowther@btinternet.com (David Crowther).
 
E328 | The seventeenth century, contrary to popular belief, was a time of great originality and change for scholars in the Ottoman Empire and the Maghreb. In this interview, Khaled El-Rouayheb debunks the many myths of intellectual decline by showing how the intellectual production changed in tandem with major migrations across the Islamic worl ...…
 
The new German Democratic Republic, known as East Germany, faced many challenges when it was founded in 1949. Not least of which was convincing its citizens that they should be loyal to the new state and mobilizing the population towards…
 
We're revisiting our 2013 episode on the invention of the sewing machine and the epic patent battle associated with it.By applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks).
 
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Stories-A History of Appalachia, One Story at a Time
 
Early on Christmas Day, 1945, a fire broke out at the home of George and Jennie Sodder near Fayetteville, West Virginia, apparently taking the lives of their five younger children. I say apparently, because no remains were ever found. Not only that, the mysterious circumstances that led up to the fire, as well as a picture that was sent to the ...…
 
This week, we take a closer look at early communities of Nikkeijin -- people of Japanese descent -- in the United States and Hawaii.
 
Today’s show features music performed by Fats Domino and The Mills Brothers
 
On this week's programme, how campaigners took on Nike in the 1990s, plus the Turkish invasion of Cyprus and the newspaper which defied Argentine's military dictatorship. We also find out more about nudism in East Germany and the great Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore.PHOTO: Nike worker Cicih Sukaesih telling her story in America in 1996 (courte ...…
 
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The History of Byzantium
 
Did the Romans dream of reconquering their eastern provinces? Or were their border acquisitions enough?
 
Brian, Ed, Joanne, and Nathan share their personal reactions to last week’s violence in Charlottesville, when white supremacists and Neo-Nazis showed up in town, some of them heavily armed. Violent clashes left one counter protester dead, and 34 injured. The BackStory hosts also discuss the meaning of Confederate statutes, and why they’re sudde ...…
 
Today’s show features music performed by Elvis Presley and Jimmy Witherspoon
 
In August 1941 one of the greatest poets India has ever produced died. Known as the "Bard of Bengal" Rabindranath Tagore was the first non-European to win a Nobel Prize for Literature and has been called one of the outstanding thinkers of the 20th century. Farhana Haider and has been listening to material from the BBC archives and hearing from ...…
 
Shiraz Maher @ShirazMaher is a British writer and analyst, and a senior research fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence at King's College London. He also teaches at Johns Hopkins University. Salafi-Jihadism: The History of an Idea is out now. Producer: Dan Morelle Subscribe, rate and review on ...…
 
Texas Guinan was the queen of the speakeasy era, the charismatic and sassy hostess of New York's hottest nightclubs of the 1920s. Her magnetism, sharpened by years of work in Hollywood, would make her one of the great icons of the Prohibition era. She's our guide into the underworld of the Jazz Age as we explore the history of Prohibition and h ...…
 
“After getting this information, he had the arms, feet, and heads of our unfortunate companions cut off, and sent them round to various towns of our allies and those who had made peace with us, with the message that he did not think one of us would be left alive to return to Texcoco. Then he offered their hearts and blood to his idols.” — Berna ...…
 
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The British History Podcast
 
We are entering a new era in the BHP. Read more → For more information and a full summary, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com. Follow us @BritishPodcast
 
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History Extra podcast
 
Author and BBC broadcaster Stuart Maconie reflects on the iconic 1936 protest against poverty and unemployment. He also describes his experiences of retracing the route of the march 80 years later
 
This show is about Napoleon and the political disaster that awaited his in Paris .
 
In August 1974, Turkey ordered its troops into northern Cyprus for the second time in less than a month, leading to the division of the island into a Greek Cypriot part and a Turkish Cypriot part, a division that still exists today. Louise Hidalgo has been listening to a Turkish account of those events from the son of Turkey's foreign minister ...…
 
Today’s show features music performed by Ray Charles and Luther Allison
 
Listen to the podcast of The African History Network Show with Michael Imhotep, from Wednesday, Aug. 16th, 2017 as we discuss some of today's top stories. 1) Fall out from Trump defending White Supremacists at the Tuesday, August 15th, 2017, press conference. 2) After numerous CEOs contine to leave Trump’s Advisory Council, he shut down 2 counc ...…
 
As the Middle East continues to become more topical to American and European audiences, a need for textbooks to teach the history of the region has become urgent. Some such textbooks take a topical approach, others use a chronological narrative.…
 
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Stuff You Missed in History Class
 
Tudor hatched a clever plan: In cold weather, he would harvest ice for cheap, and then sell it all around the world when it was hot.By applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks).
 
Elvis Presley, The King of Rock'N'Roll, dies On This Day in 1977 in a 2nd floor bathroom in his Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee (repeat)
 
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History According to Bob
 
This show is the Equestrian Class of Rome vs the Plebians .
 
Today’s show features music performed by Jimmy Rodgers and Percy Mayfield
 
The English-language newspaper was credited with standing up to Argentina's military dictatorship during the late 1970s and early 1980s. It published reports of people who'd disappeared when other newspapers were effectively silenced by the authorities. The paper's editor at the time, Robert Cox, has been speaking to Simon Watts for Witness.Pho ...…
 
Catty gossip that led to a presidential scandal, the earliest mavericks of American cinema, and the risque Roman origins of a favorite Disney character. This week, we bring you tales of small things that snowballed and had outsized impacts on history, art and culture. Presented live at the 2017 NYC Podfest.…
 
Listen to the African History Network Show with Michael Imhotep, 9:30pm EST, Tuesday as we discuss some of today's top stories. Trump defends White Supremacist; More CEOs leave Trump Council: Attacks Black Merck CEO, Debate over Confederate Monuments – 8-15-17 - Michael Imhotep - PREVIEW "Ancient Kemet, Moors & The Maafa: Understanding The Tran ...…
 
It's time to put The Saga of Droplaug's Sons on trial. We've got spears flying through dung beetles and testicles left and right in this episode. If that's not enough for you, there's a man running across the heath in nothing but a bed sheet. And don't even get me started about Helgi D.'s heroics on the battlefield or his brother Grim's hole di ...…
 
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The British History Podcast
 
It's that time again! Read more → For more information and a full summary, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com. Follow us @BritishPodcast
 
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Renaissance English History Podcast: A Show About the Tudors
 
In this episode, Melita of Tudor Times talks with us about Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke, writer, poet, and enigma about whom very little is known. She pieces together what there is available to know, including the fact that she took a lover as a widow. Go her. Learn more, and get the links to all the resources at http://www.EnglandCast.com ...…
 
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History According to Bob
 
This show is part 2 of 4 on the Battle of Sluys .
 
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The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe
 
No matter how bad your habits, this dentist can stop your pain - guaranteed!
 
A Usable Past: American Folk Art at the Colby College Museum of Art (Colby College Museum of Art, 2016) is a contemporary analysis of paintings, works on paper, sculptures, needlework, quilts and other forms of folk art drawn…
 
Today’s show features music performed by Jimmy Rogers and T-Bone Walker
 
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FRDH Podcast with Michael Goldfarb
 
If you want to know America, you have to understand the Mind of the South. If you want to understand the dynamics that drove events towards the Charlottesville Outrage, you have to understand the mind of the south, or specifically the "white" Southern mind. That mindset did not just pop up, the day Donald Trump took office. It has been the driv ...…
 
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