Hardcore History

Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History, presents history from an alien like perspective. His podcast dives deep into past events, examining our historical beliefs, from new thought-provoking angles. Was Alexander the Great as bad as Hitler? Can we handle our weapons technology, or will it destroy us?

Hardcore History EpisodesHardcore History helps break open history in order to spill out the important lessons.  Lessons that Dan Carlin feels are important for us to learn from the past. Hardcore History still allows us to view history chronologically, with all the names and events intact, while encouraging the listener to judge these events, with modern-day moral lenses.


Is history boring to you? or are you obsessed with history, looking to learn everything you can about past events? With Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History podcast it doesn’t matter. Both history lovers and history haters might love this podcast.

There is nothing boring about this podcast, and it doesn’t unfold like a history lesson. Hardcore Histories lengthy episodes tell a story. If you are a fan of epic stories full of characters and lessons, this is a podcast for you. If your attention will struggle consuming episodes that are 5 hours in length, you may struggle with Hardcore History. Dan Carlin is long-winded, but is a joy to listen to. Most people will find these podcasts an entertaining and fun ride.


Hardcore History is easy to listen to, and is well produced. There is a clear flow and direction to how Dan Carlin presents history.  You get the feeling that the information was refined and edited over several months. Dan Carlin tries to bring you the best product, with the fewest distractions. Hardcore History has a clear beginning, middle, and end, like any great story.

The podcast may get off topic once in a while, but with clear purpose, as it’s meant to enhances the story. Each series can be quite the undertaking, with series being the size of a lengthy audiobook. With Dan Carlins lengthy hardcore history episodes you wont remember all the names and historical events, but you will remember the lessons he is trying to teach.

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The Hardcore History podcast has a select number of episodes for free on iTunes. These are usually a handful of the most recent episodes. Older episodes can currently be purchased on dancarlin.com for $0.99 – $1.99. Dan Carlin also offers package discounts if you are interested in whole series, or all his episodes. With each episode being the length of a small audiobook, this is a great price. The episodes are not bombarded by ads. Usually only containing a single ad or two at the conclusion of each episode.


Hardcore History receives the clean rating in iTunes, and is an excellent listen for adolescents and adults alike.


Dan Carlins Hardcore History is masterfully crafted to cater to both lovers and haters of history. It provides enjoyment to those of any age, who have the time to consume large podcasts.

Hardcore History examines events in history from an alien and completely new perspective. It uses historical events as a canvas to paint deeper thought provoking lessons. If history helps us learn from the past, Hardcore History teaches the best lessons.

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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.

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