The rest is history: 6 great podcasts

From the Nazi’s exploding chocolate bar to the Trans-Siberian Ostrich Exhibition, history doesn’t have to be a snooze-fest. In fact, most of it is exciting, scary, unbelievable and sometimes even ridiculous.

These five great history podcasts will turn you from a casual historian to a fact-finding fanatic, and you’ll never look back.

Hardcore History

Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History weaves together the high-stakes decisions, deep questions and most shocking twists from some of the biggest events in history to keep even the most casual fans engaged. Start your first episode today.


This critically-acclaimed podcast shares the history and real-life inspiration behind some of our favourite myths, legends, and horror stories. Following the podcast’s success, you can also find an Amazon Prime TV and Penguin book series. Listen to the podcast now.

The Fantastic History of Food

The Fantastic History of Food spans the globe to find the strange-but-true stories about food throughout history. To give you an idea, titles include: Using Onions to Heal Gunshot Wounds, The Nazi’s Exploding Chocolate Bar, and When People Bathed in Meat Soups. Intrigued? Check it out today.

Ridiculous History

We all know that history can be beautiful, brutal and often… ridiculous. From Victorian’s treating seaweed like Pokemon to the Trans-Saharan Ostrich Exhibition, this podcast will have you raising eyebrows and chortling to yourself. Listen along now.

Horrible Histories

Something for the kids (and adults alike). CBBC’s Horrible Histories brings together some of the most remarkable figures in history and imagines what they’d do with their own podcasts. Give it a go.

You’re dead to me

A historical podcast for people who don’t like history… and those who do. Historian Greg Jenner hosts some of the best names in comedy and history, to learn and laugh about the past. Learning’s never been more fun! Listen here.

And the rest, as they say, is history.


  • SMARTY Team
  • March 7th, 2022