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Painfotainment by Dan Carlin

(Hardcore History #61)

An exploration of one of mankind's dark sides – pain used as spectacle, and pain as punishment. Executions. Gladiator battles. The guillotine. Carlin surveys the scene from the perspective of the executioner, the audience, and the person being executed. He uses lots of primary sources, and delivers it with his trademark dramatic style. I like his exploration of the decline of executions and the reasons behind it too.


Hardcore History podcast by Dan Carlin

This is my favourite military history podcast. Carlin has a great voice, easy conversational explanations of important battles and wars in the history of mankind. Some will say he's not an academic, but that's precisely why he's interesting to listen too. He's great at building up a narrative around these events and packaging it into an easy to listen to format.