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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.

From Dan Carlin's Hardcore History at 2024-06-07 21:14:53

Show 71 - Mania for Subjugation (dchha71_Mania_for_Subjugation.mp3)

What's the recipe for making a historically world-class apex predator? In the case of Alexander the Great, it might be the three Ns: Nature, Nurture, and Nepotism.

From Dan Carlin's Hardcore History at 2023-11-19 20:14:53

Show 70 - Twilight of the Aesir II (dchha70_Twilight_of_the_Aesir_II.mp3)

Pagan Viking Sea Kings spend the 10th and 11th centuries morphing into Christian monarchs. But with rulers like Harald Bluetooth and Svein Forkbeard it's debatable whether things will be any less horrific for Scandinavia's neighbors

From Dan Carlin's Hardcore History at 2023-01-15 23:20:53

Show 69 - Twilight of the Aesir (dchha69_Twilight_of_the_Aesir.mp3)

This show picks up where Dan's Thor's Angels show left off. In the early Middle Ages Pagan Germanic-language speakers like the Vikings are a dying breed. Many of their contemporaries wish they'd die faster.

From Dan Carlin's Hardcore History at 2021-06-09 00:20:35

Show 67 - Supernova in the East VI (dchha67_Supernova_in_the_East_VI.mp3)

When do spirit, tenacity, resilience and bravery cross into madness? When cities are incinerated? When suicide attacks become the norm? When atomic weapons are used? Japan's leaders test the limits of national endurance in the war's last year.

From Dan Carlin's Hardcore History at 2020-11-14 01:08:26

Show 66 - Supernova in the East V (dchha66_Supernova_in_the_East_V.mp3)

Can suicidal bravery and fanatical determination make up for material, industrial and numerical insufficiency? As the Asia-Pacific conflict turns against the Japanese these questions are put to the test. The results are nightmarish.

From Dan Carlin's Hardcore History at 2020-06-04 00:20:44

Show 65 - Supernova in the East IV (dchha65_Supernova_in_the_East_IV.mp3)

Coral Sea, Midway and Guadalcanal are three of the most famous battles of the Second World War. Together they will shift the momentum in the Pacific theater and usher in the era of modern naval and amphibious warfare.

From Dan Carlin's Hardcore History at 2019-10-25 01:10:53

Show 64 - Supernova in the East III (dchha64_Supernova_in_the_East_III.mp3)

Japan's rising sun goes supernova and engulfs a huge area of Asia and the Pacific. A war without mercy begins to develop infusing the whole conflict with a savage vibe.

From Dan Carlin's Hardcore History at 2019-01-12 18:07:44

Show 63 - Supernova in the East II (dchha63_Supernova_in_the_East_II.mp3)

Deep themes run through this show, with allegations of Japanese war crimes and atrocities in China at the start leading to eerily familiar, almost modern questions over how the world should respond. And then Dec 7, 1941 arrives...

From Dan Carlin's Hardcore History at 2018-07-14 21:05:35

Show 62 - Supernova in the East I (dchha62_Supernova_in_the_East_I.mp3)

The Asia-Pacific War of 1937-1945 has deep roots. It also involves a Japanese society that's been called one of the most distinctive on Earth. If there were a Japanese version of Captain America, this would be his origin story.

From Dan Carlin's Hardcore History at 2018-01-28 07:58:44

Show 61 - (Blitz) Painfotainment (dchha61_Blitz_Painfotainment.mp3)

Pain is at the root of most drama and entertainment. When does it get too real? This very disturbing and graphic show looks into some case studies and asks some deep questions. WARNING Very intense subject matter.

From Dan Carlin's Hardcore History at 2017-08-10 00:20:53

Show 60 - The Celtic Holocaust (dchha60_The_Celtic_Holocaust.mp3)

Julius Caesar is our travel guide as he takes us through his murderous subjugation of the native Celtic tribal peoples of ancient Gaul. It sounds vaguely like other, recent European colonial conquests...until the natives nearly win.

From Dan Carlin's Hardcore History at 2017-01-25 05:05:35

Show 59 - (Blitz) The Destroyer of Worlds (dchha59_BLITZ_The_Destroyer_of_Worlds.mp3)

What happens if human beings can't handle the power of their own weaponry? This show  examines the dangerous early years of the Nuclear Age and humankind's efforts to avoid self-destruction at the hands of its own creation.

From Dan Carlin's Hardcore History at 2016-08-07 21:05:26

Show 58 - Kings of Kings III (dchha58_Kings_of_Kings_III.mp3)

If this were a movie, the events and cameos would be too numerous and star-studded to mention. It includes Xerxes, Spartans, Immortals, Alexander the Great, scythed chariots, and several of the greatest battles in history.

From Dan Carlin's Hardcore History at 2016-03-20 08:08:08

Show 57 - Kings of Kings II (dchha57_Kings_of_Kings_II.mp3)

From Biblical-era coup conspiracies to the horrific aftermath of ancient combat this second installment of the series on the Kings of Achaemenid Persia goes where only Dan can take it. For better or worse…

From Dan Carlin's Hardcore History at 2015-10-29 01:35:08

Show 56 - Kings of Kings (dchha56_Kings_of_Kings.mp3)

Often relegated to the role of slavish cannon fodder for Sparta's spears, the Achaemenid Persian empire had a glorious heritage. Under a single king they created the greatest empire the world had ever seen.