Best History Podcasts to Listen to in 2024 • Discoverology

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These are the top podcasts for history enthusiasts and novices alike, covering everything from failed utopias to Hollywood scandals, presidential trivia to creepy folklore.

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Obscene: The Dublin Scandal

Obscene: The Dublin Scandal

In the summer of 1982, two seemingly random killings occurred within the space of days, sparking Ireland’s biggest manhunt. The smartly-dressed suspect, Malcolm MacArthur, was eventually found hiding in the home of Ireland’s Attorney General. His trial lasted seven minutes, and after spending 30 years behind bars, MacArthur can now be seen wandering the streets of Dublin.

Hardcore History

Hardcore History

In “Hardcore History” journalist and broadcaster Dan Carlin takes his “Martian”, unorthodox way of thinking and applies it to the past. This isn’t academic history, but the podcast’s unique blend of high drama, masterful narration and Twilight Zone-style twists has entertained millions of listeners.

1619

1619

In August of 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia. America was not yet America, but this was the moment it began. No aspect of the country that would be formed here has been untouched by the 250 years of slavery that followed.

13 Minutes To The Moon

13 Minutes To The Moon

Discover the epic stories of Nasa’s missions to the Moon. Season 1: the first Moon landing, Apollo 11. Season 2: the near disaster of Apollo 13. Presented by the BBC’s Kevin Fong.

Cocaine & Rhinestones: The History of Country Music

Cocaine & Rhinestones: The History of Country Music

The history of country music and some of its icons are explored in this meticulously researched, essayistic podcast series. Even people who have never worn a cowboy hat will enjoy learning about the tawdry and contentious origins of the style.

Slow Burn: Roe v Wade

Slow Burn: Roe v Wade

In the early 1970s, the future of abortion in America was far from settled. Roe v. Wade would change everything, though few knew it at the time. For the seventh season of Slate’s Slow Burn, host Susan Matthews explores the path to Roe—a time when more Republicans than Democrats supported abortion rights.

Mother Country Radicals

Mother Country Radicals

The Weather Underground Organization declared war on the United States government. They brawled with riot cops on the streets of Chicago, bombed the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol, broke comrades out of prison, and teamed up with Black militant groups to rob banks, fight racism – and help build a revolution.

HeidiWorld: The Heidi Fleiss Story

HeidiWorld: The Heidi Fleiss Story

How ambitious LA girl Heidi Fleiss rose to become a “Hollywood Madam” in the early 90s, and how she fell at the hands of American sexual hypocrisy. A kaleidoscopic look at sex, drugs, glamour and corruption in Los Angeles.

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