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The Best History Podcasts (2019)

History is a fascinating topic that can tell us a great deal about where we came from, how we got where we are, and what might happen next. Listen to the best radio shows and podcasts ranging from the fall of the Roman Empire to the story of McDonald's french fries. Just listen to "History Nerd Radio" in Scout FM or ask Alexa to "open History Nerd Radio."

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1. Throughline

The past is never past. Every headline has a history. Join us every week as we go back in time to understand the present. These are stories you can feel and sounds you can see from the moments that shaped our world.

Apr 18, 2019
War of the Worlds
How did the conflict between Sunni and Shia muslims begin? 1400 years of history explain this deadly divide.
2. Retropod

Apr 19, 2019
Egg Roll
One day a year, the White House grounds are truly turned over to the people, well, the kids.
3. Sidedoor

More than 154 million treasures fill the Smithsonian’s vaults, but where public view ends, Sidedoor begins. With the help of biologists, artists, historians, archaeologists, zookeepers and astrophysicists, hear stories that can’t be found anywhere else.

Apr 10, 2019
Good as Gold
Glittering treasures, gleaming coins, and eye-catching jewelry, gold can be all of these things, but it's also a link to the past.
4. Revisionist History

Revisionist History is Malcolm Gladwell's journey through the overlooked and the misunderstood. Every episode re-examines something from the past—an event, a person, an idea, even a song—and asks whether we got it right the first time.

Dec 18, 2018
The Epistemology of Norwegian Black Metal
How did an email exchange between a legendary metalhead and a metal impresario named Saiitham lead to the darkest metal band ever?
5. Historical Figures

Big Lives. Little-known Facts. Great, unknown stories hide inside history—every other Wednesday, we dig up what you don't know about the icons you do know.

Apr 17, 2019
Ludwig van Beethoven
Famously temperamental, Ludwig van Beethoven is celebrated today as one of the most influential cultural figures in history.
6. American History Tellers

The Cold War, Prohibition, the Gold Rush, the Space Race. Every part of your life -the words you speak, the ideas you share- can be traced to our history, but how well do you really know the stories that made America?

Apr 10, 2019
J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI, Part 1: Department of Easy Virtues
By the turn of the century, radical anarchists were becoming a growing, and volatile, political movement.

Have you ever spent hours looking for something you simply lost? How about a hundred years? How about looking for a missing airplane? Or a vanished civilization? Every other Monday, Gone searches for everything lost.

Apr 8, 2019
The Hittites - A Forgotten Kingdom
The early 20th century yielded the discovery of ruins that might indicate the existence of a fourth ancient kingdom: the Hittites.
8. American Innovations

DNA science. Artificial intelligence. Smartphones and 3D printers. Science and technology have transformed the world we live in. But how did we get here? It wasn’t by accident. Well, sometimes it was.

Apr 18, 2019
Airplane Part 1: The Flight of the June Bug
Glenn Hammond Curtiss is the father of modern aviation. So, why is it that most Americans have never heard his name?
9. 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.

Apr 15, 2019
Bacon’s Rebellion, Part 1
For a long time Bacon’s Rebellion was primarily interpreted as a precursor to the Revolutionary War.
10. The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe

Description 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 from Hollywood to History.

Apr 16, 2019
Harvey's Future Ex-Wife
She just said she was going home, but it's the way she said it that we remember.

Murder, infidelity, suicide, arson, overdose, religious cults, drug trafficking; this podcast explores the alleged true crime antics and criminal connections of musicians we love like Jerry Lee Lewis, Beck, The Rolling Stones, Tay K-47, Tupac Shakur, Mayhem, Van Morrison and many more.

Apr 16, 2019
Grateful Dead: Freedom is just another word for…
The Grateful Dead were one of the most influential bands of all time and propelled themselves with improvisation, LSD and "freedom".
12. History Unplugged

For history lovers who listen to podcasts, History Unplugged is the most comprehensive show of its kind. It's the only show that dedicates episodes to both interviewing experts and answering questions from its audience.

Apr 18, 2019
Last Night on the Titanic: The Life Savers
Many died on the night of the Titanic's sinking, but many more would have died if not for the heroic efforts of helpers.
13. What Really Happened?

“History is a version of past events that people have decided to agree upon," Napoleon Bonaparte once famously said. In other words, there are many sides to every story. Even the ones we think we know.

Apr 17, 2019
Interview Series: MATT HEINEMAN
Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Matt Heineman discusses his documentaries "Cartel Land" and "City of Ghosts."
14. The History Hour

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Apr 18, 2019
The Columbine school shooting
The memories of the brother of one of the victims of the Columbine mass school shooting; plus the story behind 'A Raisin in the Sun.'
15. Mobituaries with Mo Rocca

Mo Rocca has always loved obituaries. With Mobituaries he introduces listeners to the people who have long intrigued him, from the 20th century's greatest entertainer to the Civil Rights pioneer who is completely forgotten.

Mar 8, 2019
Death of a Tree: Roots of a Rivalry
The legendary rivalry between college football powerhouses Auburn and University of Alabama, and the line between fandom and fanaticism.
16. Tides of History

Everywhere around us are echoes of the past. Those echoes define the boundaries of states and countries, how we pray and how we fight. They determine what money we spend and how we earn it at work, what language we speak and how we raise our children.

Apr 18, 2019
The Spanish Inquisition
Queen Isabella of Castile was one of the great state-building monarchs of the later Middle Ages, but state-building had a dark side.
17. the memory palace

From public radio producer, Nate DiMeo, comes The Memory Palace, a finalist for the 2016 Peabody Award and one of iTunes Best Podcast of 2015. Short, surprising stories of the past, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes hysterical, often a little bit of both.

18. Constitutional

With the writing of the Constitution in 1787, the framers set out a young nation’s highest ideals. And ever since, we’ve been fighting over it — what is in it and what was left out. At the heart of these arguments is the story of America.

19. More Perfect

Radiolab’s More Perfect is a series about the Supreme Court. More Perfect explores how cases inside the rarefied world of the Supreme Court affect our lives far away from the bench.

Dec 4, 2018
The Most Perfect Album: Episode 9
At this moment, we have 27 Amendments to our Constitution. What will be the 28th?
20. Uncivil

America is divided, and it always has been. We're going back to the moment when that split turned into war.

Nov 9, 2018
The Fugitive
A young woman, held by one of America’s founding slaveowners, bolts one day for a life of freedom that keeps her on the lam.
21. The Thread With OZY

Explore history’s interlocking lives and events. Turn back the clock, one story at a time.

Apr 17, 2019
An Insane Defense?
The 2012 conviction of Aurora gunman James Holmes really begins almost two centuries earlier in England, with an assassination attempt.
22. Case Notes

Case Notes is a brand-new crime podcast, investigating some of the darkest mysteries from the history of music.

23. 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.

Jan 12, 2019
Supernova in the East II
Japanese war crimes and atrocities in China, lead to questions about how the world should respond. Then, December 7, 1941 came.

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