If you can’t get enough of The History Channel, have watched Rome multiple times, or still talk about your thesis on the Peloponnesian War to anyone who will listen, this is the podcast list for you.
THE CALIFORNIAN CENTURY WITH STANLEY TUCCI BBC RADIO 4
The only thing cooler than Stanley Tucci might be the BBC (the accents alone). The Californian Century combines Tucci’s distinct voice with the BBC’s unmatched sound production to bring you an audio drama about the history of modern California. This podcast is classy— something we never thought a podcast could be.
DAN CARLIN’S HARDCORE HISTORY FROM DAN CARLIN
It’s very likely that if you’re interested in history, and have listened to podcasts before, you’re already familiar with Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History. He’s a lot of people’s gateway drug into podcasts in general and history podcasts in particular. Start here if you’re a podcast newbie. Don’t start here if you only have 30 minutes (most episodes are 4+ hours).
IN OUR TIME FROM BBC RADIO 4
Another BBC 4 production, In Our Time is an OG history podcast. It features a round table discussion between academics about various historical topics. This could sound incredibly boring to some, but each episode makes you feel both productive and incredibly relaxed. Win-win!
REVOLUTIONS FROM MIKE DUNCAN
If your favorite history classes in college were about anarchy and taking down the government, you will love this one. Mike Duncan is an icon in the podcast world and listening to just one episode will make you understand why. His voice is way more accessible than the subject matter he’s discussing. You’ll find this seemingly esoteric podcast refreshingly accessible and very binge-worthy.
THE HISTORY OF ROME FROM MIKE DUNCAN
Another Mike Duncan podcast to nerd-out on is The History of War. And like Revolutions, you can expect Mike’s detailed explanations to feel exciting and dramatic. It’s hard to make history feel contemporary, and somehow The History of Rome manages to feel fresh and new.