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Author meltwaterfalls
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#1 | Posted: 13 Dec 2021 08:06 | Edited by: meltwaterfalls 
I have been promising this for a long time, but here are a run down of some of the podcast I regularly listen to, that may be relevant to WHS enthusiasts. They are about the topics covered by the list rather than about travelling to them, and due to my limited language skills are all in English.

Please! feel free to add your recommendations, I am always hungry for more podcast content.

In Our Time
My go to podcast for in depth knowledge of a specific field. Three leading academics (usually UK based) gather and discuss a topic with the host Melvyn Bragg. It does have the potential to get rather detailed and dry, but mostly is enjoyable. You don't normally get this sort of coverage outside undergraduate degree seminars.
One of the crown jewels of BBC Radio 4 and the whole archive (900+ shows stretching back to 1998) is available on most podcasting platforms.
WHS specific examples:
KT boundary I listened enroute to Stevns Klint
The Song of Roland (for your next trip to Bremen)
Longitude (Greenwich)
The Inca

99 Percent Invisible
Principally focused on design but in reality a much broader and all encompassing project. The presenter Roman Mars is (rightly IMHO) something of podcast superstar, and each week there is a new story focused on a specific bit of design (but in very broad terms), eg the works of a specific architect, Alphabetical order, The history of denim. Aside from the WHS content this is an excellent podcast to listen to week in week out, always enlightening.
WHS specific examples
An audio guide to explore Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim gallery
Depave paradise - Luis Barragan's work in the volcanic fields in Mexico city adjacent to the UNAM campus
The New Old Town - The rebuilding of Warsaw after WWII
La Sagrada Familia

You're Dead to Me
Els has already flagged this up on the resource page, but this is almost like a more light comedic version of In Our Time. The host Greg Jenner is a historian working in the children's TV programme Horrible Histories, and he has a knack of making history very accesible without trivialising it. Here he discusses a specific topic with an Academic and a Comedian. It manages to get over a lot of knowledge in a rather fun format. It has a companion programme Homeschool History aimed at children 7+ (though loved by my 4 year old)
WHS specific examples:
Çatalhöyük
Asante Empire

Radiolab
A science based podcast, but much like 99% invisible it is much more all encompassing than that. Again this is one of the podcasts/ radio shows that others are judged against. There aren't masses of specific WHS based programmes, but themes are covered.
My favourite WHS based episode:
The Skull. About the skull found at Taung, one of the South African Fossil Hominid Sites, even comes with a template to 3D print the skull

The Rest is History
Discussion about various topics of history between two historian's, classicist Tom Holland and modern Dominic Sandbrook. It is very English and chummy, but stays on the right side of it for me. Covers a large array of topics and regularly involves guests that specialise in the specific topic, and occasional "World Cups of..." where they run a popularity contest on specific topics e.g. Monarchs of England and Ancient Gods.
End of the First World War & Remembrance - This one is recommended for anyone interested in understanding the proposed First World War memorials nomination from a British perspective
Neanderthals
Stonehenge

A History of the World in 100 Objects
One of the bedrocks of my historical knowledge.
A joint project of BBC Radio 4 and the British Museum, consisting of a 100-part radio series written and presented by British Museum director Neil MacGregor. It focuses on specific objects in the British Museum, but as such tells broader stories related to World Heritage Sites.
We have identified 20 episodes where there is detailed WHS related content

Stuff the British Stole
Almost a counterpoint to A History of the World in 100 Objects, this podcast from ABC (Australian Broadcast Corporation) looks in a little more detail at how some of these objects from around the world have ended up in the UK. And additionally about things that may well have been on the WHS list if they hadn't been removed (Palace at Benin)
Losing your marbles - About the Parthenon/ Elgin Marbles
Best.Named.Dog.Ever - Not directly about the inscribed Summer Palace in Beijing but lots of additional context especially about the ruins of the old Summer Palace across the road.

Dan Snow's History Hit
A new episode every day with a new topic coming up each and every time, It also has a network of sister podcast specialising on specific parts of History (Classics, Tudor Britain)

Author elsslots
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#2 | Posted: 13 Dec 2021 10:00 
Thanks a lot meltwaterfalls!

If someone knows of any good nature podcasts (relevant to WHS of course), I'd be happy to hear them too.

Author nfmungard
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#3 | Posted: 13 Dec 2021 11:17 | Edited by: nfmungard 
meltwaterfalls:
In Our Time

Agreed. Lovely discussions. Only on computer science they regularly shy away from going all in :D

meltwaterfalls:
A History of the World in 100 Objects

Limited series. The run was very good.

meltwaterfalls:
The Rest is History

On my play list, too. Very enjoyable, but sometimes a bit too chatty and British focussed.

Some additions from me:
History of Rome / History of Byzantium: Endless Roman history. The Byzantium one triggered my curiosity re Turkey.
Revolutions: Must have when travelling in Latin America. So great to actually put places and events and people together.
History of Egypt: Recent post was about Tutenchamun. Stunning in detail.

Author meltwaterfalls
Partaker
#4 | Posted: 13 Dec 2021 12:25 
nfmungard:
Revolutions:

Oh that is new to me I will investigate.

nfmungard:
History of Egypt:

I'm just starting to get a handel on ancient egyptian history, trying to place various kingdoms and dynasties, so I have only dipped in on some episodes where I am already across the basics.

nfmungard:
but sometimes a bit too chatty and British focussed.

Probably more discussions of cricket and Wolverhampton Wanderers than most German podcasts I would imagine :)

Author meltwaterfalls
Partaker
#5 | Posted: 13 Dec 2021 12:41 
elsslots:
If someone knows of any good nature podcasts

In Our Time and Radiolab do have strong nature threads in them, though I didn't pick them out so much, mostly because I tend to get a little lost with WHS once you get above Criteria VI :)

This page from the Natural History Museum in London has a nice selection that could be a start. I can attest to the quality of teh selection as it contains the wonderful No Such Thing as a Fish (from the research team behind the BBC televisoin show QI), which I am sure contains some WHS content, but is very broad in its scope, so I will have to think if there are any specific episodes to flag up.

Author elsslots
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#6 | Posted: 13 Dec 2021 12:57 
From the Art History podcasts, I liked the Art Detective. It has episodes on Ravenna and Lascaux.

Author meltwaterfalls
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#7 | Posted: 13 Dec 2021 14:04 
Oh I wasn't aware of the Art Detective one, will certainly give it a try as I'm fond of Janina Ramirez and there is a high quantity of Mary Beard in there too

Author nfmungard
Partaker
#8 | Posted: 13 Dec 2021 15:22 
meltwaterfalls:
Probably more discussions of cricket and Wolverhampton Wanderers than most German podcasts I would imagine :)

It's perfectly fine. But (similar to In Our Times) you often feel as if all history was British. Looking forward to when Tom Holland goes all in on Islam. Would like to know his updated opinion to the documenterary he did a while back.

meltwaterfalls:
I'm just starting to get a handel on ancient egyptian history, trying to place various kingdoms and dynasties, so I have only dipped in on some episodes where I am already across the basics.

I find it a bit too detailed for my liking, but the latest one on the historic excavation and the ones on Echnaton are pretty cool.

meltwaterfalls:
Oh that is new to me I will investigate.

Same guy that did History of Rome. Very detailed (the brother of the owner of the dog's wife...), but specifically for Latin America it was really nice.

Author Astraftis
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#9 | Posted: 13 Dec 2021 19:06 | Edited by: Astraftis 
meltwaterfalls:
You're Dead to Me
Els has already flagged this up on the resource page, but this is almost like a more light comedic version of In Our Time. The host Greg Jenner is a historian working in the children's TV programme Horrible Histories

Hey, does this have something to do with a similarly titled book series for kids of some 20/25 years ago, richly illustrated, in a very cheeky and entertaining style, with titles like "Cutthroat Celts" or "Atrocious Aztecs"? I found them maddeningly amusing, I collected a lot of them! Those abiut historical themes were the first and best!

Author joelonroad
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#10 | Posted: 13 Dec 2021 19:19 
+1 recommendation for History of Rome and Revolutions, Mike Duncan is a fantastic podcaster. Early episodes of History of Rome are pretty rough (they're over 10 years old at this point!) and sound like they were recorded by a guy speaking into a laptop mic at his kitchen table because, well, he was.

For Revolutions, I'd recommend skipping the English and American revolutions as he didn't do a huge amount of depth on those. The France series is good, while 1848, Haiti, Mexico, and Gran Colombia are all excellent. He's about two years into the Russian revolution now and will likely be going for another year or so. And if you'd prefer reading he's written two great books: Storm Before the Storm (which is about the pre-Caesar crumbling of the Roman Republic), and Hero of Two Worlds, a biography of Marquis de Lafayette.

Another history-focused podcast I've enjoyed is Tides of History, with Patrick Wyman. His current series from the past year or so is about pre-history, from the earliest humans through until the Bronze Age collapse. Latest episode is about Hammurabi! He also did a fantastic episode about the Kuk Agricultural Site in New Guinea, as part of a long series on the transition between hunter/gatherer societies and farming societies.

Author joelonroad
Partaker
#11 | Posted: 13 Dec 2021 22:44 
Oh I also meant to mention Fall of Civilizations podcast (https://fallofcivilizationspodcast.com/) as well, which is only updated a couple of times a year but is super high quality. Past episodes have been on the Assyrians, Byzantines Aztecs, Inca, Songhai, Han, Easter Islanders, and many more.

Author meltwaterfalls
Partaker
#12 | Posted: 14 Dec 2021 07:37 
Astraftis:
Hey, does this have something to do with a similarly titled book series for kids of some 20/25 years ago

Yes indeed they are, it has been running on BBC since 2009 and was directly inspired by the books. They are rather fun, and they certainly work on my daughter, even though she is perhaps a bit too young to understand some of the jokes/ references, she views it as her illicit insight to the world of Grown Up TV.

It has also spawned two films Bill (about WIlliam Shakespeare) and Horrible Histories: The Movie: Rotten Romans

Author meltwaterfalls
Partaker
#13 | Posted: 14 Dec 2021 07:42 
joelonroad:
Fall of Civilizations podcast

Oh yes I have dipped in on this one too, and have found it very interesting.

Author meltwaterfalls
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#14 | Posted: 14 Dec 2021 08:25 | Edited by: meltwaterfalls 
Germany Memories of a Nation

I forgot another companion peice to A History of the World in 100 Objects, this was the same team and they had a series focused just on the history of Germany (or perhaps Germany speaking people, as it isn't limited to the present borders), alongside what was Neil MacGregor's final exhibition at the British Museum before he moved to the Humboldt Forum which is on Museuminsel (but not part of the inscribed area).
There are 30 episodes telling the story of Germany, some episodes are directly relevant to WHS, others are useful context that help understand Germany and Germaness.
There is a lot of relevant content but these standout:
Bauhaus: Cradle of the Modern
At the Buchenwald Gate - obviosuly not about Auscj=hwitz but of extreme relevance
Holbein and the Hansa - Useful for anyplace where you may encounter a statue of Roland
Riemenschneider: Sculpting the Spirit: There are examples of Riemenschneider's works around WHS (e.g. Bamberg cathedral) but also a good introduction to a style of sculpture that even a casual vistor will encounter
The Battle for Charlemagne- Aachen
One Nation Under Goethe - Weimar
Luther and a Language for All Germans - Luther Sites
Strasbourg - Floating City - Strasbourg
Gutenberg: In the Beginning Was the Printer - Good context for the Plantain Moretus Museum
The New German Jews - Perhaps not directly relevant, but again useful context for the new ShUM sites and propossal for Erfurt and Hamburg

Bettany Hughes's Ten Places, Europe and Us
A short podcast series from the charity National Trust, who manage several WHS in England. These can act a bit like an audio guide as well. Historian Bettany Hughes 10 sites in England, to investigate their deep-rooted connections to Europe and the wider world.
There are two sites that are WHS
Avebury
Fountains Abbey

Though I would thorughly recommend listenning to and visiting Sandham Memorial Chapel

Author Astraftis
Partaker
#15 | Posted: 18 Dec 2021 20:10 | Edited by: Astraftis 
meltwaterfalls:
In Our Time
My go to podcast for in depth knowledge of a specific field. Three leading academics (usually UK based) gather and discuss a topic with the host Melvyn Bragg. It does have the potential to get rather detailed and dry, but mostly is enjoyable. You don't normally get this sort of coverage outside undergraduate degree seminars.
One of the crown jewels of BBC Radio 4 and the whole archive (900+ shows stretching back to 1998) is available on most podcasting platforms.
WHS specific examples:
KT boundary I listened enroute to Stevns Klint
The Song of Roland (for your next trip to Bremen)
Longitude (Greenwich)
The Inca

OK, so I tried out, for one of my first times ever, this podcast, starting with the KT boundary in reminescence of this summer's visit to Stevns klint. It took me two nights (the only moment I found is really when I go to bed) because on the first one I fel lasleep towards the end and, by the way, had some quite agitated dreams because I think that in my half-sleep I absorbed all cataclysmic images about meteorite impacts, volcanic eruptions and giant crocodiles surviving in murky ponds, but I liked it. Next one: Song of Roland, given I recently touched the Pyrenees. I found the moderator very British, I have to say :-D Thanks for all the suggestions, Ian! You opened me a new world. It's also an exercise of English listening (my use of English is mostly written and, when spoken, mostly with non-native speakers).

Now, I myself cannot suggest any podcast series, but do we mayhaps want to include "podcasts" of TV transmissions or similar? I remember some (Italian) series about "wonders" (e.g. Reggia di Caserta), I think they are retrievable.

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