Here is a promo from my favorite historian, Dan Carlin. He does a show called Hardcore History and the name fits. So be warned that this is real, no punches are pulled.
The topic for this show, called “Ghosts of the Osfront”, is the battle between Germany and Russia in World War II. He starts with the brutality and effectiveness of the Germans as they start the war. Then, moves into the bloody Russian counterattack that eventually leads them to invade-back Germany. Millions of lives are lost, atrocities are committed, and more you don’t even want to know about.
Or do you?
If so, then this show is for you. Listen to this promo to find out if this fits your style.
A new episode of the best history podcast ever is out. This one is about the radical thoughts and ideology of the French Revolution and the American Communist Scares:
Using the two 20th Century “Red Scare” eras as case studies, Dan looks at the fear that can be generated by potentially dangerous ideas and examines the way such powerful mass emotions can cloud human judgment.
I highly recommend this show, Hardcore History by Dan Carlin. It is raw and in-your-face quite unlike many of the other stuffy, made-for-family history shows out there.
I’m such a huge fan of podcasts that it’s insane. See I have this eye problem that prevents me from reading too much. My day job is in technology and my hobby is writing so I have no ‘good eyes’ left for everything else.
That’s where podcasts come in. I can listen to them while walking, cleaning, and building (my three other hobbies). It’s such a perfect blend that I want to share with you my favorites:
This Week in Tech
Slate Political Gabfest
Bloomberg Presents Lewis Lapham
History of Rome
Melvyn Bragg – In Our Time
The Economist (all of the shows)
APM: Marketplace Morning Report
The interesting thing about these shows are that none of them are from traditional TV/Radio. Half of them are writers of print media talking about their work. An interesting trend I expect to scare the beejeesus out of Hollywood.
Here are my second tier shows that I still listen to vehemently:
Slate Cultural Gabfest
Slate Hang Up And Listen
Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History
Tech News Today
Buzz Out Loud
NBC Meet The Press
APM: The Splendid Table
Sorry for the lack of links but you can Google (or iTunes search) these titles and I guarantee you will find them.