10 Best History Podcasters

There are not many ways to learn about the best History Podcasters. There are a few conferences like the Intelligent Speech Conference where you can meet some of them. And then Podcast Magazine features a few history podcasts each month, but that doesn’t mean they’d all be among the best history podcasters.

So after years of listening, meeting and seeing their successes, we’ve compiled the Top 10 History Podcasters:

1. Dan Carlin of Hardcore History

Dan Carlin is an American political commentator, actor and podcaster. Once a professional radio host at KVAL, Carlin eventually took his show online, and he now hosts three podcasts: Hardcore History, Hardcore History: Addendum, and Common Sense.

Beyond the podcast Dan is a regular keynote speaker, commencement speaker and virtual event leader.

2. Malcolm Gladwell of Revisionist History

Malcolm Timothy Gladwell CM is an English-born Canadian journalist, author, and public speaker. He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996.

3. Karina Longworth of You Must Remember This

Karina Longworth is an American film critic, author, and journalist based in Los Angeles. Longworth writes, hosts and produces the podcast You Must Remember This, about the “secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century.”

4. Dan R Morris of Tracing The Path

Dan R Morris, married to best selling author Rachel Marie Martin, is a digital marketing expert, dad, and produces the podcast Tracing the Path. He also runs Blogging Concentrated, Audience Industries and co-owns FindingJoy.net.

5. Jon Hagadorn of 1001 Heroes, Legends, Histories & Mysteries

Jon Hagadorn is the producer of 1001 Heroes, Legends, Histories & Mysteries Podcast. Podcast Appearances. of 1001 Heroes, Legends, Histories & Mysteries, fast-paced, well-researched weekly podcast covering a wide range of historical events, persons, places, legends, and mysteries.

6. Mike Duncan of History of Rome

Mike Duncan is an American political history podcaster and author. A self-described “complete history geek” grew from an interest in ancient civilizations as a child, with a particular affinity for Roman history. After not finding any Roman history podcasts in 2007, Duncan began The History of Rome.

7. Mike Rowe of The Way I Heard It

Michael Gregory Rowe is an American television host, narrator, and former opera singer. He is known for his work on the Discovery Channel series Dirty Jobs and the series Somebody’s Gotta Do It originally developed for CNN.

9. Kevin Stroud of The History of English Podcast

Kevin Stroud is a storyteller, explainer, and historian of the English language. He is also host of The History of English Podcast.

10. Scott Allsop of History Pod

Scott Allsop studied history at the University of Cambridge and is the host of an iTunes Top-100 daily history podcast. He is an award-winning history teacher who was nominated for the UK’s national Teaching Awards and short-listed for the BBC/Historical Association History Teacher of the Year award.

Steve Hartman Podcast – Stories from CBS Sunday Morning

Yes, I started my podcast because I love Steve Hartman from the  CBS Sunday Morning program called “On The Road”.  As I mentioned in my earlier posts about Paul Harvey and Charles Osgood, these gentlemen tell stories in a narrated fashion that just draw you in.

I think it’s the pacing and tone of Steve Hartman’s stories that I really love. There’s no hype, no crazy voices, no yelling, no laugh track. It’s just great storytelling.

With my Tracing The Path Podcast, I wanted to capture the essence of Steve Hartman’s stories. Unlike Paul Harvey’s stories which leave you in awe, On The Road is really about stories that warm your heart. I have always felt there was a way to combine those two things.

I think Steve Hartman’s basketball team stories are where I was first introduced to his voice, to his style. In one story the autistic student basketball team manager gets to play in the final game. In another a basketball team from a juvenile detention center enters the arena filled with fans they didn’t know they had.

My goal with Tracing the Path is to fill a void between CBS Sunday Morning episodes and since Paul Harvey/Charles Osgood are no longer on the air.

If you’re a fan of those, I challenge you to check out Tracing The Path for yourself.

A Charles Osgood Inspired Podcast

I loved, wait I still love them, Charles Osgood stories. Sunday Mornings were the best. I think Charles Osgood on Sunday mornings was better than cartoons on Saturdays to me. That’s why I started my podcast “Tracing the Path”. . .  I mentioned the other day that Paul Harvey was the reason but really, it was the whole generation of story tellers on the radio.

Bruce Williams, Charles Kuralt . . . Wobegon Days. I think I just missed those days.

So what I wanted to do was to create a story telling podcast that taught you stuff about things you thought you knew. The way Paul Harvey told us stories about people we knew but didn’t know well enough.

I love how Paul Harvey, Jr. could write those stories with that twist, giving enough details but not quite enough. That’s still pretty amazing.  Not sure I could do that but I also don’t want to copy, so my stories are a bit different. You know from the beginning who it’s about, you just don’t know how they’re connected to everything else around them.

So if you loved Charles Osgood, I think you’ll love our podcast “Tracing the Path“.

A Paul Harvey inspired Podcast: Tracing the Path

I used to listen to Paul Harvey in the car . . . his show was a bit like a podcast I’d say. I can say this, even if I was fully parked and late for a meeting I wouldn’t turn the car off until it was over. I just wanted to hear the end. 

But it wasn’t just Paul Harvey, Charles Kuralt and Charles Osgood on Sunday mornings, so good too.

I just love the stories. The Rest of the Story was great with the surprise ending. Ya know Paul Harvey, Jr. wrote all of those. In fact if you don’t know that story I told it on the podcast. What I don’t know is how he masterfully crafted the story so you didn’t know. The perfect details that didn’t totally give it away but certainly all fit in the end.

I learned from Charles Kuralt that I didn’t always need the twist. The stories were just fantastically crafted. I’m not them yet, but I can say that the stories I’ve discovered are pretty darn amazing.

The first episode, the one that went viral instantly was about Apple’s tipping point. Why aren’t they just a small computer company. Something must have happened to make them tip from small garage Cupertino start-up to goliath. I guess I could have left Apple’s name off till the very end, but I loved talking about things Steve Jobs did along the way.

But my really favorite part of Tracing the Path is the connections. Is connecting the dots between people, companies, ideas and success.

I’m not Paul Harvey. But I do wish he and his team never stopped doing what they did.

Subscribe to Tracing the Path and listen to some great stories.