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Episode 10: History

So Josh promised to dispel any and all myths that history podcasts are boring. This did not happen. However, what did happen was each of us found two amazing history podcasts that are, in fact, fantastic.

Josh's Picks:

The Constant: The History of Getting Things Wrong:

Playwright and Chicago local, Mark Chrisler, takes us down memory lane where we snuggle up with our finest Polaroid moments like: radiated beauty products, Fascist dictators attempting to use Madagascar as a prison island, and Pigeons of death. All the sweet notes of humanity are covered by this talented narrator. The Constant is a celebration of mankind (as in - I can't believe we're still here, FFS).

The Thread: So, this podcast really feeds our "everything is connected" or "everything happens for a reason" thirst. Think: History, brought to you by David Lynch. Each season knocks down dominoes, one episode at a time, showing us relationships otherwise inconspicuous. For example: the connection between John Lennon and Vladamir Lennin.

There are a few one off episodes titled, "Bonus:...." if you just want to check it out without an initial commitment.

Kari's Picks:

What'sHerName: fascinating women you've never heard of This podcast really delivers because just scrolling through the names of featured historical women, I was embarrassed. I didn't know most of them. Our hosts are: Katie Nelson, who has a PhD in History from the University of Warwick and teaches courses in history. Also Olivia Meikle, a teacher of Women’s Studies and English at Naropa University and the University of Denver.

This podcast is so well done, the guests are always interesting (writers, scholars, historians). They cover women in world history, so you're sure to discover women you have, in fact, never heard of who did utterly incredible things. Family friendly in terms of language, but some of our characters did some murdery, bloody stuff that will be discussed.


So on this episode of Podnobbing, I compared listening to Revolutions to eating a large bowl of Grapenuts. It's dense, like real dense. However, while Grapenuts are neither grapes nor nuts, Revolutions is a thorough resource on hard core rebellion. Our host and historical curator, Mike Duncan, also created and narrated the History of Rome podcast. His research skills are extraordinary, and his presentation is quite good. But this podcast has no bells and whistles. No actors, no sound effects, no flashy bits. Each episode is 30 minutes because that will max your attention span. Now, it may seem like I'm not selling this podcast, but I loved it. If you have a soft spot for rebels, revolutionaries, and the upward surge of counter culture, you will love this podcast. Just don't try to multitask while listening. Oh, and do not try to eat an entire bowl of Grapenuts - ever.

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