I'm constantly seeing requests on social media for podcast recommendations, so I decided to save a little time and energy by putting my favorite folks in one spot. Listed alphabetically to avoid hurt feelings, and the list is always growing...
History of Byzantium
The History of Byzantium is a podcast dedicated to the story of the Roman Empire from the collapse of the West in 476 to the fall of Constantinople in 1453. Byzantine history is fascinating, world changing and largely forgotten. Listen and discover who they were. (T&M Note: HoB has a ton of crossover with our history, so if you want to know more about the medieval era and how many of the players we both mention, such as Theodoric the Great, interacted - all the way from the Atlantic to Asia - this show will do wonders to fill you in...)
History of the Germans
The History of the Germans podcast, from 919-1990. From Dirk Hoffman-Becking's site: "My view of history is best summarised by Gregory of Tours (539-594): “A great many things keep happening, some good, some bad”. History has no beginning and no end and more importantly, it has no logic, no pattern and no purpose . But that does not mean there isn’t progress and sometimes we humans realise that doing the same thing again and again hoping for a different outcome is indeed madness. The great moments in history are those where we realise that we cannot go on as we were and things need to change. German history – as you will hopefully see – is full of these turning points, some good, some bad!"
Our Fake History
A podcast about myths we think are history and history that might be hidden in myths! Awesome stories that really (maybe) happened! The podcast is produced in Toronto, Canada, by Sebastian Major with help from his wife Beth Lorimer. Sebastian is a teacher, musician, and storyteller who is passionate about all things weird and wonderful from the past. All the transition music used on the podcast is written and recorded in-house by Sebastian.
Pax Britannica is a narrative history podcast covering the empire upon which the sun never set. Beginning with the accession of James VI of Scotland to the throne of England, Pax Britannica will follow the people and events that created an empire that dominated the globe. Hosted by PhD candidate in British Imperial history Samuel Hume, and based on extensive scholarship and primary sources, along with interviews with experts in their field, Pax Britannica aims to explain the rise and eventual fall of the largest empire in history, and how peaceful the ‘British Peace’ was actually was.
Welcome to Pontifacts; ranking all the Popes from Peter to Francis! In this light-hearted, only slightly blasphemous podcast, Bry and Fry go through the lives of the Pontiffs, and rate them based on our very valid and not subjective at all categories, to determine which Pope was the popiest Pope that ever Poped.
Dedicated to exploring presidential history from the founding of the office in 1789 to the present day. Jerry systematically explores the people and events that made each administration and the office in general.
Marco Cappelli traces the long and complex history of Italy from Constantine to the present day, passing through the late empire, late antiquity, the early Middle Ages, the Italy of municipalities and lordships, the Renaissance, and the centuries of Spanish domination. Podcasts are in Italian.
The Age of Napoleon
The Age of Napoleon is a history podcast about the life and career of Napoleon Bonaparte as well as the general context of Europe between the early eighteenth and early nineteenth century. It is about big trends and the grand sweep of history, as well as the smaller, individual stories that bring them to life.
The French History Podcast
A history of France, from 3 million years ago to the present. Presented by Ph.D candidate Gary Girod. Gary takes a different approach and style to the telling of French history than myself, allowing for the history of Western Europe to be heard from two different points-of-view. He recently had me on his show; you can listen to that here, and if you're not on Patreon, he'll be publishing the episode on his main feed in early '22.
The History Cache
History better than fiction. The History Cache podcast excavates through the most primordial interiors of the human experience with in-depth research, an intelligent narrative, and a fairly inexcusable level of nerdery. A history podcast for the most curious of minds.
The Siècle is a multimedia project devoted to telling the story of France’s history from 1814 to 1914, written and produced by David H. Montgomery. The century is one of both turmoil and stagnation, of revolution and industrialization, of wealth and poverty, of colonialism and humiliation. Starting at the end of the French monarchy, it's a great epilogue to T+M!