Dan Carlin's Hardcore History Podcast

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.

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.

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History Website

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....
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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....
Japan SecondWorldWar WorldWarTwo PacificWar China UnitedStates colonialism History Asia Samurai Russo-Japanesewar Sino-Japanesewar Manchuria SovietUnion MeijiRestoration

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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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....
execution killing death justice hangman gallows scaffold Rome Gladiator games arena lynching cruelty media spectacle Guillotine history penal AgeofEnlightenment AgeofReason

Show 60 - The Celtic Holocaust
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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Show 60 - The Celtic Holocaust
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....
Caesar Vercingetorix Rome Gaul Celts history ancient German Suebi Ariovistus NativeAmerican African tribal indigenous France Britain Irish Alesia Gergovia

Show 59 - (Blitz) The Destroyer of Worlds
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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Show 59 - (Blitz) The Destroyer of Worlds
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....
Atomic nuclear hydrogen thermonuclear war Oppenheimer Truman Eisenhower Kennedy ColdWar WorldWar CurtisLeMay CubanMissileCrisis KoreanWar Hiroshima Nagasaki

Show 58 - Kings of Kings III
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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Show 58 - Kings of Kings III
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....
Persia Achaemenid Xerxes Darius Artaxerxes Greek Macedonian ancienthistory military Philip Alexander Spartan Athens Herodotus Leonidas podcast Plataea Issus Salamis Gaugamela

Show 57 - Kings of Kings II
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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Show 57 - Kings of Kings II
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…...
Persia Achaemenid Darius Cambyses Bardiya Smerdis Greece Athens Sparta Scythian Herodotus AncientCombat war history soldiers battle GreekandPersianWars podcast

Show 56 - Kings of Kings
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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Show 56 - Kings of Kings
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....
Cyrus Iran Persia Greek Greece Xerxes Assyria Babylon Bible Biblical ancient history Spartans Athens GreekandPersianWars Medes Scythians Herodotus Elamites

Show 55 - Blueprint for Armageddon VI
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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Show 55 - Blueprint for Armageddon VI
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....
communism Lenin Germany Kaiser Ludendorff Kaiserschlacht HundredDays SpringOffensive 1918 WorldWarOne FirstWorldWar history Oil Balfour Arab Sykes-Picot Foch Pershing Wilson Ottoman

Show 54 - Blueprint for Armageddon V
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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Show 54 - Blueprint for Armageddon V
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....
firstworldwar GreatWar WoodrowWilson America UnitedStates Russia PanchoVilla NicholasII Ludendorff Hindenburg Germany Passchendaele Ypres Haig LloydGeorge WinstonChurchill Neville Mutiniesof1917 RussianRevolution submarines

Show 53 - Blueprint for Armageddon IV
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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Show 53 - Blueprint for Armageddon IV
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....
WorldWarOne GreatWar history Europe history podcast war military 1916 Britain France Russia Austria-Hungary tank artillary battles army Germany trenches poisongas Churchill Verdun Somme Jutland Naval

Show 52 - Blueprint for Armageddon III
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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Show 52 - Blueprint for Armageddon III
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....
WorldWarOne GreatWar history Italy Europe history podcast war military 1915 Britain France Russia Austria-Hungary Serbia Turkey battles army Armenians Germany trenches poisongas Churchill Ypres Gallipoli Artillery

Show 51 - Blueprint for Armageddon II
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....

Show 51 - Blueprint for Armageddon II
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....
FirstWorldWar WorldWarOne GreatWar Kaiser Czar Europe history podcast war military 1914 Britain France Russia Austria-Hungary Serbia Napoleon battles army Belgium Ludendorff Moltke Joffre Mons Marne Tannenberg Artillery

Show 51 - Blueprint for Armageddon II
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....
FirstWorldWar WorldWarOne GreatWar Kaiser Czar Europe history podcast war military 1914 Britain France Russia Austria-Hungary Serbia Napoleon battles army Belgium Ludendorff Moltke Joffre Mons Marne Tannenberg Artillery

Show 50 - Blueprint for Armageddon I
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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Show 50 - Blueprint for Armageddon I
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....
FirstWorldWar WorldWarOne GreatWar Kaiser Czar Europe history podcast audio war military 1914 Britain France Russia Austria-Hungary Serbia Princip assassination Bismarck Napoleon battles army Belgium Ludendorff