This article showcases our top picks for the best Books podcasts of 2021.
We have selected these podcasts for a variety of reasons, but they are all well worth a listen. We tried to select a variety of podcasts across the Books spectrum from hosts with a wide breadth of experience.
Best Books Podcasts
Stuff You Missed in History Class
Join Holly and Tracy as they bring you the greatest and strangest Stuff You Missed In History Class in this podcast by iHeartRadio.
Track and Field History with Jesse Squire
Track and Field History – a podcast from the CITIUS MAG Podcast Network – will go back and explore some of the best athletes, races and more from the world’s greatest sport. Hosted by Jesse Squire.
Opinionated History of Mathematics
History of mathematics research with iconoclastic madcap twists
Geek History Lesson
Enter your mind university! Educating you about the fictional history of a pop culture character each week! Hosts Jason Inman & Ashley Victoria Robinson will break down the history of film, TV and comic book characters! Every episode will include: deep dives, intriguing discussions and character impressions! Welcome to your Geek History Lesson! You’ll geek out, laugh and learn!
Science History Podcast
Monthly interviews on important moments in the history of science.
Climate History Podcast
Climate History features interviews and discussions about the history of climate change. Conversations consider what the past can tell us about our present and future. It is hosted by Dr. Dagomar Degroot, associate professor of environmental history at Georgetown University, and Emma Moesswilde, a PhD student in environmental and climate history at Georgetown.
The Constant: A History of Getting Things Wrong
Did you know that Europeans used to believe that sheep grew from Mongolian trees? Have you heard about the misbegotten discovery of a new form of water in the 1960s that set off a cold war arms race? Ever seen the gleaming Las Vegas hotel that accidentally shoots heat rays at poolside guests? The Constant is an audio history of getting things wrong. From ancient science to contemporary blunders, we take you on journeys of misadventure and misapprehension, filling your brain with juicy nuggets of the sometimes comical, sometimes tragical and always fascinating ways people mess things up.
Disappearing Spoon: a science history podcast by Sam Kean
A topsy-turvy science-y history podcast by Sam Kean. I examine overlooked stories from our past: the dental superiority of hunter-gatherers, the crooked Nazis who saved thousands of American lives, the American immigrants who developed the most successful cancer screening tool in history, the sex lives of dinosaurs, and much, much more. These are charming little tales that never made the history books, but these small moments can be surprisingly powerful. These are the cases where history gets inverted, where the footnote becomes the real story.
Two Strike Noise – A Baseball History Podcast
We talk to you about baseball history so you don’t have to have to waste your time reading stupid books.
History of Cricket
This podcast is the History of Cricket, starting in 1877 with the first Test match we aim to explore the History of Cricket, the times, the players, the matches and the top performers
History Unplugged Podcast
For history lovers who listen to podcasts, History Unplugged is the most comprehensive show of its kind. It’s the only show that dedicates episodes to both interviewing experts and answering questions from its audience. First, it features a call-in show where you can ask our resident historian (Scott Rank, PhD) absolutely anything (What was it like to be a Turkish sultan with four wives and twelve concubines? If you were sent back in time, how would you kill Hitler?). Second, it features long-form interviews with best-selling authors who have written about everything. Topics include gruff World War II generals who flew with airmen on bombing raids, a war horse who gained the rank of sergeant, and presidents who gave their best speeches while drunk.
Hit Parade | Music History and Music Trivia
What makes a song a smash? Talent? Luck? Timing? All that—and more. Chris Molanphy, pop-chart analyst and author of Slate’s “Why Is This Song No. 1?” series, tells tales from a half-century of chart history. Through storytelling, trivia and song snippets, Chris dissects how that song you love—or hate—dominated the airwaves, made its way to the top of the charts and shaped your memories forever.
The British History Podcast
The BHP is a chronological retelling of the history of Britain with a particular focus upon the lives of the people. You won’t find a dry recounting of dates and battles here, but instead you’ll learn about who these people were and how their desires, fears, and flaws shaped the histories of England, Scotland, and Wales.
Twisted History is a petulant and irreverent look at the darker side of history hosted by two guys (Large and Vibbs) who had to look up the words “petulant” and “irreverent”. It’s been called a “delightful romp through the annals of murder and mayhem” by Large’s wife, and the series aims to entertain by shedding light onto some of the weirder skeletons that reside within the closets of History, Sports, Music, Politics, and Celebrity. Presented by Barstool Sports.
History Storytime – For Kids
History storytime for children with 7 year old Sophie, 5 year old Ellie and their Daddy. Exciting stories of knights in shining armour and their battles. Henry VIII, the Tudors, Romans, World War 2, George Washington, Columbus and more. Even amazing stories of animals in history like elephants, dogs, cats and pigeons. Stirring stories of love and betrayal. Strong women and how they changed history. Real life narrative history as it should be told. Valued by teachers, enjoyed by parents, loved by kids. Helps support the National Curriculum with Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Key Stage 2 (KS2).
The Political History of the United States
A podcast exploring the history and evolution of the political systems of the United States
Distillations | Science History Institute
Each episode of Distillations podcast takes a deep-dive into a moment of science-related history in order to shed light on the present.
Military History By Kids For Kids
A podcast designed to be easy to understand by kids like me, the creator. I will teach not only about the ridiculously well-known battles but the lesser-known ones as well. It is unfair that while we talk about D-Day and Pearl Harbor so much, we ignore much of the rest, including the vehicles and logistics of the battles. In the first season, I will talk about the battles of World War II from D-Day to the Bulge, Stalingrad to Kursk. Please listen to our first few episodes with an open mind. I was just starting off, and they weren’t very good.
History for kids by kids
Welcome to the History for kids by kids podcast, where amazing things happen. I love History and want to share my knowledge with you. Come and join me on a quest thru times.
Election College | Presidential Election History
Join us as we take a fun and informative look at the history of Presidential elections in the United States of America as well as all sorts of topics directly related to how our government and elections work! We also delve into the reasons and policies (Constitutional or otherwise) behind exactly what makes the highest offices in the land tick.