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Dan Carlin's Hardcore History

Rank #3 in History category

Society & Culture
History
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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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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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Addictive

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Episodes are long but completely engaging. Very addictive

God

By Focus1475 - Feb 12 2019
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Dan Carlin is the freaking man!

iTunes Ratings

30367 Ratings
Average Ratings
27559
1206
637
487
478

Addictive

By ST02888 - Feb 15 2019
Read more

Episodes are long but completely engaging. Very addictive

God

By Focus1475 - Feb 12 2019
Read more

Dan Carlin is the freaking man!

Cover image of Dan Carlin's Hardcore History

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History

Rank #3 in History category

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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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Rank #1: Show 63 - Supernova in the East II

Jan 12 2019
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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...

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Rank #2: Show 62 - Supernova in the East I

Jul 14 2018
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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.

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Rank #3: Show 61 - (Blitz) Painfotainment

Jan 28 2018
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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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Rank #4: Show 60 - The Celtic Holocaust

Aug 09 2017
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Julius Caesar is our travel guide as he takes us through his murderous subjugation of the native Celtic tribal peoples of ancient Gaul. It sounds vaguely like other, recent European colonial conquests...until the natives nearly win.

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Rank #5: Show 59 - (Blitz) The Destroyer of Worlds

Jan 25 2017
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What happens if human beings can't handle the power of their own weaponry? This show  examines the dangerous early years of the Nuclear Age and humankind's efforts to avoid self-destruction at the hands of its own creation.

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Rank #6: Show 58 - Kings of Kings III

Aug 07 2016
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If this were a movie, the events and cameos would be too numerous and star-studded to mention. It includes Xerxes, Spartans, Immortals, Alexander the Great, scythed chariots, and several of the greatest battles in history.

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Rank #7: Show 57 - Kings of Kings II

Mar 20 2016
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From Biblical-era coup conspiracies to the horrific aftermath of ancient combat this second installment of the series on the Kings of Achaemenid Persia goes where only Dan can take it. For better or worse…

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Rank #8: Show 56 - Kings of Kings

Oct 29 2015
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Often relegated to the role of slavish cannon fodder for Sparta's spears, the Achaemenid Persian empire had a glorious heritage. Under a single king they created the greatest empire the world had ever seen.

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Rank #9: Show 55 - Blueprint for Armageddon VI

May 06 2015
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The Americans are coming, but will the war be over by the time they get there? Germany throws everything into a last series of stupendous attacks in the West while hoping to avoid getting burned by a fire in the East they helped fan.

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Rank #10: Show 54 - Blueprint for Armageddon V

Dec 30 2014
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Politics, diplomacy, revolution and mutiny take center stage at the start of this episode, but mud, blood, shells and tragedy drown all by the end.

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Rank #11: Show 53 - Blueprint for Armageddon IV

Aug 17 2014
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Machine guns, barbed wire and millions upon millions of artillery shells create industrialized meat grinders at Verdun and the Somme. There's never been a human experience like it and it changes a generation.

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Rank #12: Show 52 - Blueprint for Armageddon III

Apr 24 2014
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The war of maneuver that was supposed to be over quickly instead turns into a lingering bloody stalemate. Trench warfare begins, and with it, all the murderous efforts on both sides to overcome the static defenses.

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Rank #13: Show 51 - Blueprint for Armageddon II

Jan 31 2014
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The Great Powers all come out swinging in the first round of the worst war the planet has ever seen. Millions of men in dozens of armies vie in the most deadly and complex opening moves of any conflict in world history.

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Rank #14: Show 50 - Blueprint for Armageddon I

Oct 30 2013
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The planet hadn't seen a major war between all the Great Powers since the downfall of Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815. But 99 years later the dam breaks and a Pandora's Box of violence engulfs the planet.

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Rank #15: Show 49 - The American Peril

Jul 25 2013
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Imperial temptations and humanitarian nightmares force the United States of the late 19th Century to confront the contradictions between its revolutionary self-image and its expanding national interests.

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Rank #16: Show 48 - Prophets of Doom

Apr 22 2013
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Murderous millennial preachers and prophets take over the German city of Munster after Martin Luther unleashes a Pandora's Box of religious anarchy with the Protestant Reformation.

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Rank #1: Show 63 - Supernova in the East II

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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...

Jan 12 2019
4 hours 1 min
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Rank #2: Show 62 - Supernova in the East I

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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.

Jul 14 2018
4 hours 28 mins
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Rank #3: Show 61 - (Blitz) Painfotainment

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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.

Jan 28 2018
4 hours 31 mins
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Rank #4: Show 60 - The Celtic Holocaust

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Julius Caesar is our travel guide as he takes us through his murderous subjugation of the native Celtic tribal peoples of ancient Gaul. It sounds vaguely like other, recent European colonial conquests...until the natives nearly win.

Aug 09 2017
5 hours 59 mins
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Rank #5: Show 59 - (Blitz) The Destroyer of Worlds

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What happens if human beings can't handle the power of their own weaponry? This show  examines the dangerous early years of the Nuclear Age and humankind's efforts to avoid self-destruction at the hands of its own creation.

Jan 25 2017
5 hours 49 mins
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Rank #6: Show 58 - Kings of Kings III

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If this were a movie, the events and cameos would be too numerous and star-studded to mention. It includes Xerxes, Spartans, Immortals, Alexander the Great, scythed chariots, and several of the greatest battles in history.

Aug 07 2016
5 hours
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Rank #7: Show 57 - Kings of Kings II

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From Biblical-era coup conspiracies to the horrific aftermath of ancient combat this second installment of the series on the Kings of Achaemenid Persia goes where only Dan can take it. For better or worse…

Mar 20 2016
4 hours 15 mins
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Rank #8: Show 56 - Kings of Kings

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Often relegated to the role of slavish cannon fodder for Sparta's spears, the Achaemenid Persian empire had a glorious heritage. Under a single king they created the greatest empire the world had ever seen.

Oct 29 2015
3 hours 32 mins
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Rank #9: Show 55 - Blueprint for Armageddon VI

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The Americans are coming, but will the war be over by the time they get there? Germany throws everything into a last series of stupendous attacks in the West while hoping to avoid getting burned by a fire in the East they helped fan.

May 06 2015
4 hours 16 mins
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Rank #10: Show 54 - Blueprint for Armageddon V

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Politics, diplomacy, revolution and mutiny take center stage at the start of this episode, but mud, blood, shells and tragedy drown all by the end.

Dec 30 2014
4 hours 29 mins
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Rank #11: Show 53 - Blueprint for Armageddon IV

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Machine guns, barbed wire and millions upon millions of artillery shells create industrialized meat grinders at Verdun and the Somme. There's never been a human experience like it and it changes a generation.

Aug 17 2014
3 hours 55 mins
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Rank #12: Show 52 - Blueprint for Armageddon III

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The war of maneuver that was supposed to be over quickly instead turns into a lingering bloody stalemate. Trench warfare begins, and with it, all the murderous efforts on both sides to overcome the static defenses.

Apr 24 2014
3 hours 54 mins
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Rank #13: Show 51 - Blueprint for Armageddon II

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The Great Powers all come out swinging in the first round of the worst war the planet has ever seen. Millions of men in dozens of armies vie in the most deadly and complex opening moves of any conflict in world history.

Jan 31 2014
3 hours 20 mins
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Rank #14: Show 50 - Blueprint for Armageddon I

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The planet hadn't seen a major war between all the Great Powers since the downfall of Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815. But 99 years later the dam breaks and a Pandora's Box of violence engulfs the planet.

Oct 30 2013
3 hours 7 mins
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Rank #15: Show 49 - The American Peril

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Imperial temptations and humanitarian nightmares force the United States of the late 19th Century to confront the contradictions between its revolutionary self-image and its expanding national interests.

Jul 25 2013
4 hours 5 mins
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Rank #16: Show 48 - Prophets of Doom

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Murderous millennial preachers and prophets take over the German city of Munster after Martin Luther unleashes a Pandora's Box of religious anarchy with the Protestant Reformation.

Apr 22 2013
4 hours 28 mins
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