Make Historical Sense of Today with These Podcasts

I thought I'd collect a few of these podcasts together in one post. If you find present day events confusing or disturbing, these podcasts may help you be slightly less confused and possibly slightly more disturbed.

The first is History Talk: Origins. This is probably the least Euro-America Centric of the list, covering China, North Korea, Russia, the mid-east and more.

Website: http://origins.osu.edu/history-talk
Feed: http://origins.osu.edu/feeds/originshistorytalk.xml

Description: Smart conversations about today’s most interesting topics - a history podcast for everyone

The Long View from the BBC is slightly more focused on British and American stories, comparing current events to ages past. For example "Cyber-attacks and the Great Siege of Dover Castle"

Website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08yq8g4
Feed: http://podcasts.files.bbci.co.uk/b006s7d6.rss
Description:Jonathan Freedland presents the series in which stories from the past are compared with current events.

The next two have a more American focus:

BackStory.
Website: http://backstoryradio.org/
Feeed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/BackStoryRadio

Description: Ever think there’s more to history than meets the eye?
Or wondered how your ancestors experienced their own current events? There’s the history you had to learn, and the history you want to learn. That’s where BackStory comes in.

My History Can Beat Up Your Politics

Website: https://myhistorycanbeatupyourpolitics.wordpress.com/
Feed: http://mhcbuyp.libsyn.com/rss

Description: A podcast that uses history to elevate the discussion of today's politics.


Civics 101 is a favorite of mine right now. It's a kind of "stuff you missed in school" podcast, without all the millennial giggling. It is intelligently and professionally done, pulling in experts and anchors who work on and report on the issues of the day regularly.

Website: http://www.npr.org/podcasts/512508710/civics-101
Feed: https://feeds.megaphone.fm/PPY1168790592
Description:Ever wonder what a White House Chief of Staff actually does? How about a Press Secretary? And is gerrymandering still a thing in this country?The first 100 days of the Trump administration is the perfect time to bone up on civics you should have learned in school...but probably didn't. Civics 101 is your podcast guide to what you need to know, when it matters most.

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Learn the Secret History of Your State With These Addictive Podcasts

If you are in America interested in some local history, check out this collection.

If you are outside the U.S. please let me know if you know of any podcasts of a similar nature and I will feature them!

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A History of the Infinite

Description: "Adrian Moore journeys through philosophical thought on infinity over the last two and a half thousand years."

Podcast Website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07wr1lz

Podcast feed: https://podcasts.files.bbci.co.uk/b07wr1lz.rss

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Diplomacy and Culture at the Ottoman Court

Description: "Looking at the history and politics of diplomacy at the Ottoman Court in Istanbul (Constantinople) during the 15th, 16th and 17th Centuries."

Podcast Website: https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/series/diplomacy-and-culture-ottoman-court
Podcast feed: http://mediapub.it.ox.ac.uk/feeds/140156/audio.xml

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Some podcasts listed here that I haven't posted yet, but I will get to it when I can.

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Talking History: The Italian Unification 1790-1879

Description: "Our goal is to tell the story of how Italy became a unified state in the 19th century. It's a story that has everything - and we're very excited to tell it. The current plan is to release a new episode every 2 weeks. In general, the episodes will be in lecture format, rather than a discussion. We'll take turns telling you the story."

Podcast Website: http://www.talkinghistorypodcast.com/
Podcast RSS Feed: http://talkinghistorypodcast.libsyn.com/rss

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History Talk Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective

"Every month since 2007, we’ve provided historical insight on current events that matter to the United States and to the world. The history departments of Ohio State University and Miami University in Oxford produce a main article that appears on the 15th of each month and features an expert who analyzes a pressing issue—whether political, cultural, or social—in a broader, deeper context. Origins’ main articles focus on the long-term trends and patterns, search for the foundations of today’s events, and explore the often complicated nature of a particular current event."

Podcast Website: http://origins.osu.edu/
Podcast RSS Feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/OriginsAteHistory

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The Dangerous History Podcast

"The goal of the Dangerous History Podcast is to help you learn the past so that you can better understand the present and prepare for the future.

The Dangerous History Podcast takes CJ’s countless hours spent as a Professional History Dork and boils all the most interesting and/or important stuff he has learned into podcast episodes, combining education with entertainment with the ultimate goal of empowerment.

This is the history the Establishment would rather you not know."

Podcast Website: http://profcj.org/
Podcast Feed: http://profcj.org/feed/podcast/

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Historically Stupid

Description: "Ever get depressed? Ever think, "My God! Is humanity getting dumber?!" Historically Stupid is here to let you know:

No! We've always been dumb! Every society, whether it featured Carpathians or Kardashians, has been filled with idiots.

Podcast hosts Daniel Khan and Sam Seifman, with no degrees in the matter, point out these historical idiots so you don't have to."

Podcast website: http://www.historicallystupid.com/
Podcast Feed: http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:251982308/sounds.rss

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History of Alchemy

Description: "A look at the history of alchemy and it's influence on science."


Podcast Website: http://historyofalchemy.com

Podcast Feed: http://rss.acast.com/historyofalchemy
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