Recommended in Edition # 151 of the Find That Pod newsletter.
Those of you who have been subscribers to the newsletter for some time now are probably aware of my penchant for History podcasts. Sure, many are simple, modified, and frankly not-so-great readings of Wikipedia articles. But there are tons of high-quality history podcasts to be discovered, from the multi-hour journeys like Dan Carlin’s infinitely popular Hardcore History to more bite-sized jaunts through time like History Daily.
Short, Sweet, and Informative
What initially drew me into the History Daily podcast was the variety of topics covered, ranging from ancient civilizations to modern-day events. Each episode is short and sweet, typically around 15 minutes, making it perfect for a quick listen during a commute or while doing chores. Yes, you won’t discover some of the in-depth stories you might on other shows, but you’ll still get the gist of the who, what, where and why.
The production quality is quite good, with clear audio and overall engaging storytelling. The host, Lindsey Graham, has a knack for delivering information concisely and captivatingly. I appreciate that the podcast doesn’t shy away from controversial topics or difficult moments in history but handles them with sensitivity and nuance.
What Type of Content to Expect
One of my favourite episodes is “Anne Hutchinson on Trial,” which delves into the life of a Puritan woman put on trial for her religious beliefs in the 17th century. Graham does an excellent job of placing the story in its historical context and exploring the complex issues at play. It’s a fascinating and thought-provoking episode that left me wanting to learn more about the time period.
Another standout episode is “The Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand,” which covers the event that sparked World War I. Graham does an excellent job of breaking down the political tensions leading up to the assassination and the event’s aftermath. It’s a gripping and informative episode that sheds light on one of the most significant events in modern history.
I highly recommend the History Daily podcast to anyone interested in history or looking for a quick and informative listen. The range of topics covered and the production quality make it a standout in the crowded history podcast landscape. I look forward to continuing to listen and learn from this excellent podcast.