John Phipps

The world’s greatest podcast: Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History reviewed

Dan Carlin’s is the only podcast that unites my Gen Z brother and 93-year-old grandmother in admiration

Japanese soldier Hiroo Onoda in the Philippines jungle, receiving orders from his former commanding officer to surrender in 1974. Image: Asahi Shimbun / Getty Images

It’s well known that you should never meet your heroes because they will only disappoint you. Less commonly said, but equally true, is that you should never google your favourite podcast hosts, because their face will not match their voice. I have just finished looking at photos of Dan Carlin, the host and sole narrator of Hardcore History — the world’s greatest podcast — and I find myself disappointed.

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