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Dan Carlin's Hardcore History

Author: Dan Carlin

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In "Hardcore History" journalist and broadcaster Dan Carlin takes his "Martian", unorthodox way of thinking and applies it to the past. Was Alexander the Great as bad a person as Adolf Hitler? What would Apaches with modern weapons be like? Will our modern civilization ever fall like civilizations from past eras? This isn't academic history (and Carlin isn't a historian) but the podcast's unique blend of high drama, masterful narration and Twilight Zone-style twists has entertained millions of listeners.
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When do spirit, tenacity, resilience and bravery cross into madness? When cities are incinerated? When suicide attacks become the norm? When atomic weapons are used? Japan's leaders test the limits of national endurance in the war's last year.
Can suicidal bravery and fanatical determination make up for material, industrial and numerical insufficiency? As the Asia-Pacific conflict turns against the Japanese these questions are put to the test. The results are nightmarish.
Coral Sea, Midway and Guadalcanal are three of the most famous battles of the Second World War. Together they will shift the momentum in the Pacific theater and usher in the era of modern naval and amphibious warfare.
Japan's rising sun goes supernova and engulfs a huge area of Asia and the Pacific. A war without mercy begins to develop infusing the whole conflict with a savage vibe.
Deep themes run through this show, with allegations of Japanese war crimes and atrocities in China at the start leading to eerily familiar, almost modern questions over how the world should respond. And then Dec 7, 1941 arrives...
Show 62 - Supernova in the East I

Show 62 - Supernova in the East I

2018-07-1404:31:371,069

The Asia-Pacific War of 1937-1945 has deep roots. It also involves a Japanese society that's been called one of the most distinctive on Earth. If there were a Japanese version of Captain America, this would be his origin story.
Pain is at the root of most drama and entertainment. When does it get too real? This very disturbing and graphic show looks into some case studies and asks some deep questions. WARNING Very intense subject matter.
Show 60 - The Celtic Holocaust

Show 60 - The Celtic Holocaust

2017-08-0906:02:49986

Julius Caesar is our travel guide as he takes us through his murderous subjugation of the native Celtic tribal peoples of ancient Gaul. It sounds vaguely like other, recent European colonial conquests...until the natives nearly win.
What happens if human beings can't handle the power of their own weaponry? This show  examines the dangerous early years of the Nuclear Age and humankind's efforts to avoid self-destruction at the hands of its own creation.
Show 58 - Kings of Kings III

Show 58 - Kings of Kings III

2016-08-0705:02:52410

If this were a movie, the events and cameos would be too numerous and star-studded to mention. It includes Xerxes, Spartans, Immortals, Alexander the Great, scythed chariots, and several of the greatest battles in history.
Show 57 - Kings of Kings II

Show 57 - Kings of Kings II

2016-03-1904:15:50420

From Biblical-era coup conspiracies to the horrific aftermath of ancient combat this second installment of the series on the Kings of Achaemenid Persia goes where only Dan can take it. For better or worse…
Show 56 - Kings of Kings

Show 56 - Kings of Kings

2015-10-2803:32:40775

Often relegated to the role of slavish cannon fodder for Sparta's spears, the Achaemenid Persian empire had a glorious heritage. Under a single king they created the greatest empire the world had ever seen.
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Ata Mourad

mMay mj mmon my to

Jun 20th
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Steven Wells

sometimes I think that there's something wrong with me for finding entertainment in the stories of others suffering. But if so than I'm not alone. One good thing I always walk away with after hearing accounts like this though is perspective. If you're alive today in the United States than you're very privileged, regardless of what group you indentify with. Things could be so much worse. Nobody decided to be born when and where they were not did they earn the privilege to be born into one time and place verses another. I'm very thankful not to have existed anywhere near Japan 1930-1950.

Jun 17th
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Mike Geisel

Loved this podcast. Thanks! I need to make a correction though. The sand on Iwo Jima is not fine. It is coarse. The thickness of the individual volcanic grains prevents it from sticking together, thus keeping it from holding form. I was stationed on Iwo 85/86.

Jun 15th
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Henry Holguin Jr.

if your offended from first hand accounts from soldiers there and from the Japanese people there. Then this podcast ain't for you . Dan breaks it down how it was and we have to deal with it . What people do in the ugliness of war! Dan this is one of your best series of all time,thank you

Jun 15th
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Matt Hartwell

Hearing about what happened in Manila to women and children at the hands of Jspanese soldiers just about had me in tears.Hearing about the bombing of Tokyo amd other cities with thousands of incendiary bombs at the hands of American soldiers also just about had me in tears. But we need to know it all and do whatever we can not to repeat it

Jun 13th
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John L. Edwards

Positively awful. Worst work Carlin has ever done.

Jun 13th
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Peter Matthews

5:29 - "I can't help but notice we haven't used nuclear weapons since." France - [Looking around nervously.]

Jun 10th
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Nathan Gaumer

I listened to this yesterday. Dan's reading first hand accounts of real events that are worse than any horror movie I have ever seen. Last night I hugged my children a little tighter and prayed they never have to see such things.

Jun 10th
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Joshua Wilson

keep it going Dan

Jun 10th
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Nathan Gaumer

war is HELL for everyone. friends ,enemies and family members all die in a meat grinder all in the name of patriotism.

Jun 9th
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war is peace slavery is freedom

I stopped listening at 3 hours in. Dan, this is by far the worst single episode you've created, and I suggest you seek psychological help. when you have to go out of your way to tell people you're not being gratuitous about a half-dozen times you probably are being gratuitous. many of your subject matters have been incredibly violent before, but nothing has ever come near the enjoyment you obviously have from the violence in this episode. I don't mean this to be rude, offensive, or snarky. you need psychological evaluation

Jun 9th
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war is peace slavery is freedom

almost two hours in at this point and it's pretty clear Dan is fascinated with gratuitous violence. Dan, you've spent over 25 hours at this point describing how brutal the Japanese were as enemies. We get it by now. If there's someone listening who still doesn't understand that they are probably too stupid to ever understand it. I find myself skipping over parts of this because I really don't need to hear about how brutal the Japs were. I get it. at this point it's just lowering the quality of the series.

Jun 9th
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war is peace slavery is freedom

17 minutes in and Dan makes a great point: rationality was not only discouraged, but was punished in Japan and Germany. it's almost like America today when a person publicly States the obvious, that affirmative action is systemic racism and codified bigotry, that person is likely to be fired and cancelled via the fascists on social media. when someone points out the obvious: black lives matter is a terrorist organization the fascists left comes for them.

Jun 9th
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Peter McGowan

Awwwwwwwwwwwwww yeah!!

Jun 9th
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Rob Greer

"And I think to myself, what a wonderful world"

Jun 9th
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Frankomagic

It feels like Christmas when a new episode magically appears in my notifications. Looking forward to ignoring all work and family responsibilities for the next 5 hours and 45 minutes.

Jun 9th
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JOHNNYxx REB

praise the lord!

Jun 9th
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ID21825399

A new Show! God Bless you sir!!

Jun 9th
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Aaron Britton

Praise be the Carlin!

Jun 9th
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Ian Shaughnessy

YUSS!

Jun 9th
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