Dan Carlin | Hardcore History Meets Hardcore Football

Dan Carlin is the king of storytelling.  His podcast, Hardcore History, dives deep into many topics across many years in the history of human existence.  Most of the time his episodes cover military-based events. 

He even released a book recently called The End is Always Near: Apocalyptic Moments, from the Bronze Age Collapse to Nuclear Near Misses.  This is 2nd half of the interview with Dan, where we take a little Hardcore History and mash it together with some gridiron knowledge nuggets, to pop out something I’m calling Hardcore Football.  This interview was broken into 2 parts. (See below).


“Pioneering podcaster Dan Carlin has been called the king of long-form audio content. With his Hardcore History shows sometimes stretching over six hours long, Carlin humanizes the past and forces the audience to “walk a mile in that other guy’s historical moccasins.” Hardcore History has been downloaded over 100 million times. Carlin began podcasting in 2005.” ~ The End is Always Near: Apocalyptic Moments, from the Bronze Age collapse to Nuclear Near Misses 

Photo by Dan Carlin

Dan Carlin – My Perspective

I first found Dan Carlin on this Tim Ferriss Show episode.  Tim gushed over how good of a storyteller he was, and even though he built him up like nobody’s business, it still doesn’t describe how masterful Dan’s storytelling skills are. 

I decided to check out an episode of Hardcore History for myself.  The first one I checked out was called King of Kings (Episode 56), which was perfect, because that’s my old football number.  It was listening to this episode where I experienced my first driveway moment (listen to the interview for more) and I was hooked for life.  Dan is one of my biggest podcasting heroes, so bringing him on episode 100 was a big “W” for me. 

I hope you enjoy listening to him craft a story as much as I do, and if you are at all interested in history (mostly military,) I highly recommend you check out his show.  Here’s the Dan Carlin website.

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