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Listen Up! To Podcast or Not to Podcast

02 August 2018  

"Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it," right? That’s an old saying, but there’s a new way to learn all about history now.

However you listen to your favorite Podcast, whether on iTunes, SoundCloud, PodBean, or even on an individual web site, there has been an explosion of content in the last decade. The variety has become overwhelming at times so if you need a guide for the Podcast perplexed, let me offer a few of the ones I follow. Just in case you need a jumping off point. 

I started listening to a few podcasts years, but like most addicts I began using more and more. When I began a program of walking longer after a leg injury to help recover my mobility, I started listening to a few history Podcasts just to keep my mind engaged during exercise. After that I was hooked. Soon I was into current events, humor, and then I turned to the hard stuff, philosophy, psychology, religion and theology.

Some of my favorite things Podcasts

Since I have been laid up, my Podcast addiction has been growing out of control. (Just ask my wife!) So let me share a few of the best. I'm looking at history podcasts today. 

I'm rating the podcasts from 1 (not so great) to 5 (the best!) headsets.

History Podcasts: 

The History of Rome - Mike Duncan's first series. Now coming out in book form. This has it all, the beginning in legend, the struggles of the republic, the grand sweep of empire. All without Star Wars. All with quirky humor, and insight. This has become the touchstone Podcast for a generation of Podcasters, in terms of style, and substance. Like a lot of podcasts the production values get better as they go along. Still one of my favorites. A great way to spend a half hour.

History of Philosophy Without any Gaps - HoPWaG for short, is the most detailed and well organized Podcast I know. Taught by a real professor, who knows his stuff. His frustration at having to skim over whole centuries of thought, and having to skim over generations of geniuses, to focus on a handfull of a famous few, just to fit the entire sweep of western civilization into a semester, has led him to start a Podcast that will take in a whole world of knowledge. Starting in Greece, now its moved up to Byzantine Philosophy with a bonus thread of African Philosophy. It is my Sunday morning guilty pleasure, before I going to Church.  Now on hiatus for his annual August vacation/Sabbatical this is a perfect time to dip into Classical, Islamic, Jewish, Indian, or Medieval thinkers. Before he starts back up again in September.

History of India Podcast - I started this as a companion to the History of Philosophy in India, and found it more than interesting. If you have ever wanted to know about the origins of Indian culture, mythology, religions, or are just interested in a good tale from the land of Kipling and Gandhi. Kit Patrick leads a lighthearted story filled weekly podcast that immerses you into a seemingly timeless world of imagination, and factual history.

History of WW II Podcast - This detailed Podcast has the origins, the biographies, the battles, and he's just getting to Pearl Harbor. Which means there is still plenty of time to get in on everything from Bataan, El Alemein, and Stalingrad. To VE Day and VJ Day, and all that lies in between. Ray Harris Jr. has taken his followers into the causes of war, the major players, and into the beginnings of each theater of the greatest military conflict Mankind has seen. This (theoretically) bi-weekly podcast jumps back and forth across the globe and across time so as to not let anything slip through the cracks.

Revolutions Podcast - Another Podcast from the one and only Mike Duncan. This weekly Podcast has been ongoing for coming up on five years. He has marched with characters as diverse as Oliver Comwell and Simone Bolivar. In revolutions in Britain, North America, France, Haiti, South America, Back to France, Italy, back to France, Hungary, Poland, Germany, and back to France. It can be scary sometimes, especially when he goes back to France, and takes us from the age of Louis the fourteenth, the age of Napoleon, to the Paris commune. Now he is literally taking the show back to France, but he promises to pick up where he left off, which in this case means the Mexican Revolution.