Podcasts: Our Fake History

This week’s podcast has something in common with last week’s, and that’s the fact that the Our Fake History podcast deals with myths and legends as well. It takes you through the story that you think you know, tells you why that story is fake, and tells you the real story behind everything. It might not be as ancient-myth-heavy as last week’s, but it’s certainly something to listen to!

Our Fake History is an award-winning podcast about myths people think are history and history that might be hidden in myths. Have you ever heard that old story about how Napoleon shot the nose off the sphinx, or that Shakespeare was an illiterate fraud, or that Queen Elizabeth was actually a man? This show explores those tall-tales and tries to figure out what’s fact, what’s fiction, and what is such a good story it simply must be told. The podcast combines storytelling, humour, and historical detective work to create a show that is good for both history buffs and anyone who loves a good story.

The podcast is produced in Toronto, Canada, by Sebastian Major with help from his wife Beth Lorimer. Sebastian is a teacher, musician, and storyteller who is passionate about all things weird and wonderful from the past. All the transition music used on the podcast is written and recorded in-house by Sebastian.

The tagline, “What’s fact, what’s fiction, and what is such a good story is simply must be told” is what hooked me on this podcast. You’ve all heard rumors about how *this* king died, or how *that* Pope was actually a woman, but are those rumors founded in fact or fiction?

I am very pleased to say that I have learned so many historical facts by listening to this podcast. I haven’t taken a history class in nearly six years, and I miss being able to learn new things about the past. I mean, sure, I could just wander Wikipedia for hours, but I like something a little more structured. That’s where Our Fake History comes into play. I mean, I’ve heard some of these fake histories in my history classes, and it’s only now that I’ve learned what was so wrong about them.

If you have any passing interest in history, this is going to be a podcast you won’t want to miss. I mean, he’s even gone over the Trojan War! The podcasts are super accessible, and just like Jason from Myths & Legends, Sebastian makes sure to put a content warning at the beginning of each episode that might be a little much for those with sensitive constitutions. It’s great.

You’d be hard-pressed to get me to rate this any lower than 5/5 stars, because there’s so much information packed into each episode, and while there are a few I couldn’t get into, that’s more my fault (of my not liking the subject matter) than the podcast’s. Take a look at this one and let me know what you think!

If you have any other history podcast suggestions, please let me know in the comments!

And as always, keep reading (and listening).


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