Dan Carlin’s New Hardcore History Release, ‘Painfotainment,’ May Be Darkest Yet

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On Saturday, Dan Carlin announced that he was finally releasing a new Hardcore History podcast within the next 24 hours. But not everyone should listen to it, he warned. “This is a very dark and graphic episode” he tweeted. “Even 4 us.” He warned listeners that they should listen “with caution” because this newest one won’t be for everyone. And now the podcast is finally here. It’s called Painfotainment:

Painfotainment is a Blitz episode (which means it’s just one episode rather than a series of episodes.) This one is about 4 1/2 hours long. The description reads: “Pain is at the root of most drama and entertainment. When does it get too real? This very disturbing and graphic show looks into some case studies and asks some deep questions. WARNING Very intense subject matter.”

This is Carlin’s first Hardcore History podcast since August 9. The last one was called “The Celtic Holocaust.” This new one will be his 61st Hardcore History episode. Meanwhile, he seems to have pretty much stopped his Common Sense podcast, which has left a few listeners disappointed. But it looks like this latest Hardcore History episode definitely won’t disappoint. But what could possibly be this dark? Carlin has certainly had a lot of very dark episodes in the past.

Listeners on Reddit and Facebook were guessing about what the latest topic could possibly be before Carlin released the podcast. Some guesses included the Atlantic slave trade, the Sino-Japanese War, the road to Napoleon, the reconquest of Spain, the Spanish Inquisition, the Holocaust, the American Revolution, the Belgian Congo, Leopold II and the Congo, Vietnam, Vikings, East India Company, or the Dutch colonies. Here are just a few tweets and reactions to his announcement:

Carlin’s podcasts receive glowing reviews, with many people commenting that he’s one of the first people to make them interested in learning about history. Carlin started out as a TV news report in the 1980s and 1990s, a columnist, and a radio talk show host. Each Hardcore History podcast talks about a specific moment in history — often a very, very dark one. He talked about the rise of Genghis Khan, which was not for the faint-hearted. He’s talked about the creation of the atomic bomb and more. Every podcast is incredibly captivating. And we can’t wait to find out what this newest one is going to be about.


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