If you’re looking for some seriously in-depth explainers into pivotal moments in recent American history, this podcast series from Slate magazine is pretty much perfect. Covering subjects from Watergate to the LA Riots via the Iraq War and the killings of Biggie and Tupac, each series of ‘Slow Burn’ - which has a changing assortment of hosts - takes a thorough and penetrating look at events you probably know the general outline of but probably haven’t studied in any great depth. But a series of ‘Slow Burn’ will emphatically leave you feeling thoroughly informed.
There is, let’s be honest, a lot of history out there, and looking at English-language history podcasts alone there is such a bewildering array that it can be difficult to narrow a decent selection down without setting some fairly serious parameters.
This list, then, is focused on the history of English speaking countries, plus broader world history, emphasising alternative and interesting perspectives. If you want to find something more specific – say, the history of an individual country – it’s probably out there! If you want to hear some dudes rattle on about the First World War, it’s definitely out there! But here are the history shows you might not yet know you need to listen to. Perfect road trip fodder, to say the least.
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