About Me

Try to guess which one is me!


What possesses someone to attempt an audio collection of the entire history of the world? I dunno, that's like  trying to figure out what the twenty three flavors in Dr. Pepper are. Or why the sky is blue. Or why birds suddenly appear every time you are near! Nobody knows!

I will say that the genesis of the show happened late one night after quite a few Dogfish Head Midas Touch brews were consumed with this podcaster's longtime good buddy. As I was a freshly unemployed social studies teacher with a masters degree and nothing to do, my amigo suggested that I take up the microphone and start making my own show. Which, I believe I responded with something unintelligible but agreeing to his suggestion.

Well the teaching thing hasn't worked out yet, but the show certainly has! If you had told me that night, that only four months later I'd be listened to in over 150 countries I'd slap you in the face for being a dirty rotten liar. Yet that's what happened! And I'm still in shock.

Podcasting is a beautiful medium that gives someone like me a chance to reach out and share my love and knowledge of history and culture to a huge audience. An audience that even ten years ago, I would not have been able to reach without the backing of traditional media. And that's incredible.

So to the listeners out there who took the time to read this: thank you. I've got big plans for the show down the line - you don't just name your show "The Podcast History of Our World" and NOT expect to do big things! It's gonna be great, and I can't wait to experience it with all of you.

-Rob 12/17/2012
radiomonaco(at)gmail(dot)com

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  1. Congratulations on creating a great podcast! You have a real talent for this. I wish you continued success.

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    1. Thank you so much :) I'm glad you enjoy the show!

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    2. Agreed! You're great! I'm a super visual person. I know your task is already monumental, but if you could post relevant maps to coincide with the podcasts, I would be able to retain the info much better and be super grateful!

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  2. Hello! I recently discovered podcasts as a way to pass the time at work and iTunes suggested yours so I gave it a chance...and it is SERIOUSLY AMAZING. You make history so much more interesting (and work for that matter). PLEASE CONTINUE!

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    1. Haha! That's awesome. You're awesome. I'm flattered that my show has made history that much more interesting, as that's pretty much the most basic mission of the podcast. I have no intentions to stop anytime soon don't worry!

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  3. I love this podcast. I listen to it in the mornings while I get ready for work and sometimes on my drive to work. I'm only up to the Sumerians but I intend to get through all of it. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

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    1. I'm happy to help out with the morning commute! And thanks for the kind words!

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  4. Rob, I am enjoying your podcast and am already lamenting the fact that at some point I will reach the end of the series. I expect its success will soon lead to bigger things for you (e.g., that lucrative offer from the History Channel), and when it does I hope you will continue to tackle big, complex subjects and podcast them to the world!

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    1. Aww no worries Garrett! There is so much material to cover that it'll be quite a long time before the end is nigh. But I thank you so much for the well wishes. I too would love nothing more than to be able to take this podcast into bigger and bolder venues and share my historical vision with more people! So we'll have to keep waiting for a Medici like patron to support me and hope for the best! But in the meantime, we've got a good thing going with this little show and awesome listeners like yourself :)

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  5. Great podcast. I really enjoy listening to you. You remind me of Bill Nye in the early years, before he sold out and went commercial. LOL. I see you're picture is from Signers' Hall at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia. My name is Rob, and I am a huge history fan living in the Philadelphia area. Perhaps we are twin brothers separated at birth...

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    1. Rob, first off being compared to Bill Nye is a TREMENDOUS honor so thanks! And secondly I can't wait to sell out and go commercial! Hahaha!
      Also congrats on being the first one to get where the picture is from! Yep that was me on a field trip, with my winter beard discussing the finer points of American democracy with our founding fathers. I commend you, my brother from another mother, and one day when TPHOOW goes on tour I'll be sure to stop in Philly and we'll all eat cheesesteaks and fight over who does it better: Geno's or Pat's.

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  6. I love this podcast! It's cool to hear about the Hebrews, we always just learned about the usual Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. I hope you do podcasts about the Eastern civilizations like in India, China and so on. I remember just skimming over these areas in school. I really enjoy your podcasts and look forward to more!!!

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    1. Thanks! Fear not, I will absolutely be exploring the exciting world outside of the Mediterranean and Near East! The challenge of this podcast is to weave a story that ties everybody together without making crazy jumps. Like if one episode we're talking about Caesar, and the next it's like hey let's talk about the Mayans! That...doesn't really flow.

      However, I'll let you in on a secret - I've got the podcast mapped out to the death of Alexander The Great. I'm not gonna say much more than that, but in there I will be covering Ancient India - of that I'm certain!

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  7. Rob, just wanted to say thanks for the excellent podcast! I have been searching for a long time for a podcast that would cover the history of the world in a comprehensive, yet entertaining way. You have certainly hit the nail on the head. You help make my work days much more interesting and I always find myself relaying information I have learned from you to others. Again, thanks so much and I wish you continued success!

    Rose

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    1. Aww thanks for such kind words! I'm glad that the show is that happy mix of educating and entertaining and that you can teach your coworkers what you've learned! That's a huge compliment for me, knowing that you're actually talking about what we're learning. Happy to have you listening!

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  8. Rob,
    I have just started listening to your podcast with my husband. It is seriously addictive ---(that from someone who has never been too fond of History class). You answer many of the questions I have also wanted to answers too....and you think through things where no answers exist (yet). Thanks so much for taking the time to create such an wonderful learning experience! I would sign up for your class any day! You are one excellent teacher!

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    1. That's tremendously nice of you to say so! (Especially for the teacher comment :D) It's a real pleasure to share my love of history, but I'm particularly happy when I can interest those who never liked history before! I'm flattered that you listen with your husband, and hopefully I can continue to answer many of your questions!

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  9. Rob, Kuddos for you my friend! Your narrative keeps me company now that my car stereo broke. I cant wait to jump on the car to work and listen to you teaching history so interestingly! I like history but I got a bad memory (bad combination), so I listen more than once to your podcasts! I wish you find a teaching position that lets you keep on producing podcast!! I would hate to hear you took a position teaching in Harvard and you will leave us hanging dry! :D
    Or, better yet, I wish you can find a way to make money out of these amazing podcasts!
    Looking forward to what you have to say about Aztecs and Mayas!
    Goodspeed!!!

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    1. You are far too kind to me Ray, but thanks all the same :)
      I'm sure something will open up for me in the future that can allow me to share my passion for history and put food on the table, but have no fear! I will not give up on this! Although can you imagine me as a professor at Harvard? God help us all...

      Also, another listener asked me when I'd get to the Mesoamericans, and regrettably it won't be for a while! To keep the story flowing along I feel like the best time to introduce them is with the discovery of the New World. But when we get there, oh are we going to have fun! Especially with the Inca/Quechua, as they're on my "Top 10 favorite civilizations list"

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  10. Dude! What a great Podcast!!! I give it my highest marks. Listened all the way from LA to Hong Kong and then Shanghai to Frankfurt.....You are da bomb man!!!! Thanks for making two agonizingly terrible flights in steerage pass quickly. I love your style and the content is first rate. I hope you keep it going until the world ends.

    Respectfully,
    Laszlo Montgomery
    The China History Podcast

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    1. Holy cow! It's Laszlo Montgomery! I am a HUGE fan of your podcast man, this is a big honor!
      Ok it seriously means a lot that you not only have listened to my podcast but enjoy it! I'm going to have to pick your brain for a bit when I eventually (somewhere done the line at least) reach Ancient China!
      Also because you were super polite not to post it, FOLKS here's Laszlo's companion website to his show -> http://chinahistorypodcast.com/ <- seriously, I know that the Ancient Chinese are the number two requested Civ I cover, but Laszlo's done it already AND actually knows Mandarin. I tried learning Mandarin but lost my temper when my teachers tried to make me write with my right hand. I'm temperamental like that. Anyway thanks Laszlo!!!

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    2. Reading this post is like witnessing Bob Dylan meeting Levon Helm. Expecting great things, and yes, you guys can infer rockstar status. Thanks for the great podcasts.

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    3. What an incredible comparison :)

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    4. It only needs Mike Duncan and Lars Brownworth to join in!

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  11. I don't know if the Sultanate of Oman is one of the 150 countries where you have listeners. If not, you may add it now ;)

    Great podcast!

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    1. Wow Oman!! Better make that 151 countries now! See, this is exactly what I'm talking about. It's incredible that we can communicate like this, through our interest in the history of our world. So cool.

      I'm glad you're enjoying my podcast, and thanks for stopping by, friend!

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  12. Mr. Monaco, yesterday I was on Sound Cloud for the very first time browsing for some new music. And well, destiny has led me to your podcast and I have to say....I LOVE IT. I can't get enough of it. I have passed on the word to a friend who may love your podcast as well. Thanks for it all :)

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    1. It's kismet! I'm so glad you found my humble podcast, and early in the game too! Thanks for spreading the word about our little history journey, and I hope you continue to enjoy it!

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  13. Saying "Mabuhay!" from the Philippines, Mr. Monaco! Thanks for the podcasts! I follow @brainpicker on twitter who got your story from Open Culture (One of the fastest retweets I ever did--and I just woke up!). Anyway do you know how awesome your project is? Do you do you do you? :D

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    1. Ooo a Tagalog greeting! COOL. Cheers to The Phillipines!

      I had no idea there was a piece written about the show! But it's awesome that word is spreading around - especially thanks to people like you! And well, of course I'M of the opinion that my little podcast project is pretty nifty, but your enthusiasm just made me feel extra especially good about it :) Thanks for brightening my day Lauren!

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  14. love your podcasts...please keep them coming...just liked you on facebook. well done.

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    1. Super nice of you to say so! And thank you for joining the facebook page. It's a lot of fun there as you'll no doubt find out!

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  15. I'm up to the King David segment and am thoroughly enjoying re-learning everything I forgot long ago. I listen while I drive the 40 minutes back and forth and find that it's the part of the day I most look forward to. It is stunning to realize how outrageously violent mankind has always been -- so much slaughter, beheading, behanding, disemboweling, gouging, and worse! And it's a sad commentary that current news reports don't sound all that different.

    Nonetheless, I'm thoroughly enjoying your podcasts. Keep it up!

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    1. Man's inhumanity to man is definitely a troubling sign through our history...but hopefully by showing that everyone is guilty of it, we can drop cultural pretenses and learn to get along!
      I'm so glad you're enjoying the podcast and you're along for the ride (even with the rampant eye gouging and excessive limb removals!)

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  16. Hello, Mr. Monaco! Thank you very much for such a wonderful podcast! It makes history understandable and even funny, certainly not as boring as at my history lessons at school. I'm grateful for the material with which you supplement the story (transcripts are especially helpful, because I'm just learning English). By the way, I wanted to ask you if you are going to tell us about Ancient Greece. This part of history is worth mentioning indeed.

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    1. Glad you're enjoying it (and you don't mind a little corny humor)!
      Ah, the ancient Greeks. What civilization is more iconic of the ancient world in the minds of so many of us? While the next few episodes will be covering the early days of the Persian Empire, their history is deeply intertwined with our Hellenic friends. So yes! Expect many episodes talking about Greece from its earliest days when there was no "Greece" per say, to Alexander and the Diadochi. Stay tuned!

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  17. Rob: I started listening to your podcast, as I love all kinds of history. The first few were ok and informative, but I could tell you were getting your bearings as a podcaster. So far so good, then you got to biblical characters and began using the bible as an historical reference. If you wish to do history, then the bible is the last source one would use. I would encourage you to use some critical thinking about your sources. When dealing with that period in history, there are is a lot of evidence one has to ignore in order to use the Bible. From archeology to genetics, ancient historical sources and literary works of competing societies, all need to be examined. Thanks for your efforts, but I want to hear real history, not recounting of mythologies from an uncritical perspective.

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    1. Hi Darrel, it doesn't sound like you're on board with my vision for the podcast, and that's fine. I'm not setting out to present a sterile, distant observer report of history. I want this podcast to present the history of all the world's people from their own perspective, as often as possible. To that end I use whatever sources I can from their own words. With the Sumerians it was cuneiform tablets, the Egyptians hieroglyphic inscriptions, and for the Hebrews the Bible. Now if you're concerned about the veracity of the Bible as a primary source I will of course concur that angels did not "smote" Gomorrah, and that certain patriarchs couldn't have lived for hundreds of years. But using it as a record of history? I refer you to a letter issued by the Smithsonian when they were getting peppered by the same questions:

      http://www.csnradio.com/tema/links/SmithsonianLetter.pdf

      If you listened to the episodes (and it sounds like you gave up as soon as you saw the titles), you will have noticed that I make constant reference to the archaeological record whenever I can to provide concrete evidence. In addition, should you have perused my Bibliography page you may have noticed quite a number of works I used for my sources outside of the Bible. Yet no matter what textbook or journal article or academic treatise I found, every scholar of ancient Israel and Judah uses the Bible as a primary source. And that's a fact. To ignore it, is to essentially deny an entire culture their heritage, and I want to celebrate these stories, not ignore them because a few people might be offended.

      So really, I do appreciate your respectful criticism but I hold no regrets about covering the Hebrews the way I did. And ultimately, this is a pretty light-hearted history podcast as I'm sure you could tell. I'm not out to present an exhaustive scholarly survey of world history - there are far better historians than I who have done that. I'm just looking to tell a story, get a few cheap laughs, and show how interconnected everyone is. I'm sorry these episodes weren't for you, but I thank you for writing in.

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  18. This podcast is great. I look forward to each episode like I did for Mike Duncan's The History of Rome and I like I do for Dan Carlin's Hardcore History. No more Gilgamesh type episodes though please. The story was told well, it was just the voices that drove me nuts. Other than that keep up the great work.

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  19. I love the show! As an amateur history/anthropology enthusiast, I am really digging it. Only about 7 episodes in but can't wait to listen to more. Appreciated.

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  20. Rob you asked for comments.
    I like your Podcasts. they are at the right level for a non historian. But a few things would make it better.
    BC and AD are not insulting, but they are insensitive, especially when referring to Jewish history. You commented that this was from the Judeo Christian perspective. It is really the Christian perspective, not Judeo. Professional historians do use BCE and CE.
    Also referring to the Christening of Abraham, the first Jew, just seems unprofessional or at least biased towards the Cristian perspective.

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    1. Thanks for writing in and glad you like the podcasts.
      Short answer: I'm not a Christian, or a professional historian but you imply I'm both! I use BC/AD because I'm more familiar with it.
      Long answer: There is no intentional desire to be biased here, it all goes to pragmatism: If I use Common Era dating, what is that system based on that makes it different? And it's the same exact system, just written differently. I'm not sure what the christening of Abraham is...or if you're referring to a date I applied to him. Except there are no dates for much of those early episodes because no one's quite sure when/if they ever happened in the first place.
      Longer answer: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/borisjohnson/8788464/BC-or-BCE-The-BBCs-edict-on-how-we-date-events-is-AD-absolute-drivel.html

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  21. Hi Rob,
    I just want to say thank you. I think it is brilliant how you can condense such a broad spectrum of history (and mythology) into such accessible, engaging, funny, and most importantly- fascinating episodes. I am a student of Classical studies in Ireland, and I love to see ancient history being brought to the public in new and exciting ways.
    I think you've really captured the interest of a lot of people, while also educating- which is no small feat. I also appreciate that you don't come across as being conceited or arrogant, as renowned historians can often be. The fact that you don't take yourself too seriously adds a great vitality and charm to the show.

    Anyway, when I sat down to write this, i didn't intend to sound like an excited schoolgirl with a crush. I just wanted to say I really enjoy the podcasts, I think what you're doing is wonderful, and thank you for providing this excellent resource.
    That's it really!

    All the best.
    Jake

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    1. Haha! Thanks Jake, it's great that you get the direction of the show. I think there's plenty of people who treat history as if it's sacrosanct and I really want to change that. It should be fun and accessible and maybe even taken with a grain of salt. And if a Classics student is cool with what I'm doing, I must be doing something right! Cheers man!

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  22. Hi! I just wanted to tell you that your podcast totally makes my day. Also, are you doing okay?

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    1. So happy to know I can make your day! I'm well but I've been extremely busy with a new work schedule and getting a new episode out has been tough. But I'm anticipating that this week should see episode 31!

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  23. Rob, great podcast! You know exactly how much humor to put in; any more would be simply, any less would be dull history. Not to mention the tons of useful information about the past, which we could apply even today!
    As for terminology, I encourage you to keep using AD and BC. I made a video on this topic, and used your argument that the number still follows the birth of Jesus ;)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOf7BNwUPUQ

    Just to say, I can't wait until we reach the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire, my favorite haha! And thanks for this great podcast.

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    1. Thanks Mario! The chronology thing is still a touchy topic I guess...although other people use it all the time and no one goes after them! But yes, simply put I don't like changing the name of something if you're not actually changing it at all! If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck and you want to call it a cow, well, it's still a duck!
      Nice video by the way! Also as much as I love Byzantine history, don't forget there's a great podcast out there that already does an extensive job talking about it: http://thehistoryofbyzantium.com/
      Check it out!

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  24. Can't wait to hear your next episode!!! I am in the US Air Force listening from my station in Tokyo Japan. Haven't heard an episode and hope you are still planning on putting one out, anxiously waiting to hear it!

    Good luck on the Podcast!!!

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    1. Thank you for your service!
      Awesome that you're enjoying it man and yeah I've been just awful getting episode 31 out...I took a temporary teaching job that's eating my time (as jobs often do)and finding time to work on the show has been tough. But summer vacation is almost here and I PROMISE on getting many new episodes out then! Thanks for the support!

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  25. Hi Rob - I cant say enough about your show. I've been listening to each episode twice - its that good. I listen while biking to work and don't want to have missed a word to a honking car.

    Suburb organization, writing, flow - the works. I cant wait to see where our history goes.

    A sincere merci from France, paul

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    1. Merci beaucoup for your support! (I think that's right?)
      You're too kind, but I appreciate your words! I've got an idea how to take the show to at least the end of Rome, so where there's a will, there's a way! Cheers Paul!

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  26. Rob, your show is one of the most enjoyable Podcast on history. The format is great, the flow of story telling, with a hint of humor is refreshing. To some, history can be boring but I've managed to get my friends and family interested in history again. I've even went back on some of the episode to do my own research because of new facts I learn here. Keep up the great work, I'm always looking forward to the next episode. Cheers.

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    1. Glad I could reignite the old history flame again! Thanks for the kind words :)

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  27. Hi,

    i just found your podcast and have almost listened to all episodes - Great Job! A very well done and informative podcast.

    Thanks,

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  28. This podcast is fantastic, it has completely reignited my interest in studying history and has allowed me to bring up some of the most random historical facts with my friends in conversation, I love to quote the things I learn from your podcast and I recommend it to basically everyone I meet......in fact i've recently earned the nickname, "That History Guy," at my local pub trivia event, all thanks to you good sir.

    Thankyou for all the hard work.

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  29. Hullo,
    This is the best podcast, it makes my work day so much more pleasant. Hunched over a microscope all day has few high points...but with this podcast, I now look forward to lab days!
    The podcast has such a great natural narrative flow. Now I spend my lunch breaks googling the people and places mentioned in the podcast, and learning so much about history! Great job!

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  30. Dear Rob,
    I just wanted to say that you have an amazing podcast and I love listening to you every time I go out for a walk. You have a very calm and clear voice and it is so easy to understand you. I hope you will continue to come up with podcasts. Are you thinking of doing other podcasts too? Also, please let me know how fans like myself can support your endeavor.

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    1. Hey commenters! Thanks for writing in! So glad I can help make trivia night/lab work/walking time a bit more enjoyable :D

      Keeping the narrative clean and clear is something I've been working on since day one, so I'm glad to hear it's been getting better! I promise that there will be a steady flow of new episodes - wish this could be my day job, but doesn't like that's going to happen!
      In terms of support, honestly the best thing you can do for me is to spread the word! Everytime someone shares a link, or likes the facebook page or whatever, our happy podcast community grows. That's the best thing you can do for me. Thanks for offering! :)

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  31. Dear Rob,

    Your episode on the Ancient Hebrews absolutely killed it! I'm going to make it required listening for Confirmation class at my church.
    Anglican Vicar in Belgium

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    1. Wow! Thanks Vicar! Glad to know I covered it well!

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  32. Dear Rob,

    I just discovered your podcast nd it's brilliant! I have a BA in History but when I couldn't find a job in the field and had to become a translator I lost interest in history (so sad!). Listening to your podcast makes me want to go back to school, get a Master's in History and become a teacher! :D

    Thank you for reminding me why I fell in love with History!

    You rock!

    Shirley

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    1. Thanks Shirley! Don't lose that interest, people need to know their history more than ever now!
      If you have fluency in another language, that is a TREMENDOUS resource to have in the history world, don't sell that skill short - and totally go for that degree! If not directly in history then why not social studies like certain podcasters? (ahem ahem) Be that teacher who makes history fun and shake people out of there academic ennui!

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  33. Great show Rob! I have actually started exercising again because of you, I finally have something interesting to keep my brain busy while running! Keep up the good work, and increase posting frequency, because I'm already on episode 20, and still have about 2 Kg to loose. =) Cheers!

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    1. I gotta pick up the pace! Although you've given me an idea to combine history and exercise...historcising? Ehhh...lemme think about it! (thanks Diego!)

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  34. Amazing culmination of entertainment and history, When can we expect episode 35? Athens in ruins just doesn't sit well.

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    1. Thanks Thomas. At this time I finally landed a teaching position, but as a first year teacher I have a tremendous amount of work to do! That said I have not forgotten the podcast and am hoping to talk about post-war Athens very soon!

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  35. Really do not want to be pushy.....but, your legion may or may not be getting restless for a new episode. My afternoon drives are ever so boring without TPHOOW!

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    1. Nah, they're definitely restless by now. Sorry! I've been putting in 12 hour days and I'm just beat. It's getting to the point where I'm contemplating new strategies for the podcast...

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  36. I never really liked history and i felt ashamed that i didn't know some of the basic things. Now i have finally found a fun way to learn and enjoy it. Thank you SO much :D You have a real talent for this...

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    1. Appreciate it Emma! Glad I could convince you to start enjoying history!

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  37. Well done fella keep 'em coming, very enjoyable.

    Matt

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  38. Thanks for your podcasts Rob. I´m from Spain and I´m using them to improve my listening comprehension of English. It´s a high level for me but you pronunce really great. Besides, I enjoy a lot with the subject. Thanks a lot:
    Alejandro

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    1. Hi Alejandro, let me know if you need copies of any transcripts to help with the English learning. Glad you're enjoying it!

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  39. Awesome stuff, this podcast of yours. I just found about it yesterday night and I'm at episode 8. I'm going to share this one with all my friends

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  40. Hi Rob I've been meaning to get round to your podcast for a while now and I have, its great stuff! I have added you to HistoryPodcasters.com http://historypodcasters.com/2013/12/23/httppodcasthistoryofourworld-blogspot-co-uk/ and will be giving you an honourable mention on the next howjamaicaconqueredtheworld.com podcast

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    1. Wow, thanks Roifield! That's hugely kind of you. I think it's time to add a new podcast to my downcast collection!

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  41. Very enjoyable stuff. You're doing a great job. I'm a college teacher, and I like to think I know a thing or two about keeping a lecture engaging as well as informative, and your podcasts are nailing it. I'm learning lots, and having fun while doing it.

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  42. Hi Rob
    Listening to your podcast from UK - love it! Really interesting and the old testament episodes were intriguing and sometimes pretty funny too. That hebrew deity is pretty mysterious.
    I don't see anything beyond Socrates - what's the story? Are more episodes on the way?
    Thanks again
    Kevin

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    1. More episodes are absolutely on the way! 39 should be out in the next few days

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  43. Hey Rob
    Just want to say thanks for the podcast. I minor in American history but could never "get into" BC history. The way you weave biblical account with limited historical data makes for an enjoyable podcast, the South Park/ Trek references help too. I would also like to commend your ability to presuppose nothing about your audience. I have found many podcasts that are like 5th grade history or that assume a body of knowledge, your show seems to expect basic knowledge yet I don't find myself " hmmm who- should I know that?" Thanks and keep up!

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    1. I may have cut down on the amount of comedy I include nowadays, but rest assured they're still there! Thanks for the kind words - I do try to make the show historically friendly to all levels!

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  44. Hi Rob,
    Like so many others, I have stumbled onto your podcast and am hooked! Finding them was an eucatastrophe of sorts that has saved my sanity during my long morning commute. I hold degrees in philosophy and history, but just before I went to grad school I ended up with a career in IT. A tragic story, really. You make me wish I was doing something useful with my knowledge other than garnering yawns and eye-rolls from my wife. Keep up the good work!

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    1. Glad you found the podcast! And I get the eye-rolls all the time. It's what makes being a student of history so much fun :)

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  45. Rob, thanks for making my un-Godly commute bearable. I've just started listening and have made it up to Egypt. Keep up the good work.

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    1. Happy to help! Glad you're enjoying it!

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  46. Rob, thanks for the great work you've done on TPHOOW! It's been enjoyable to listen to and has gradually planted the seed in my mind to give podcasting a shot. I also have degree in history and am wanting to help the world see how useful and fun it can be to learn more about history. If I do end up starting a podcast, I'll let you know and may hit you up for some pointers :) Thanks again for this quality podcast!

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    1. Go for it! And don't forget there's a happy and thriving community on facebook of history podcasters who can give you additional pointers!

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  47. Hey, Rob this is Morgan Morris, an EXTREMELY avid listener of your. When will you come up with a new episode, but I'm really excited about what it's about! You make history very interesting. It's like you are telling a story. Please hurry up with a new episode, I can't stand the wait!

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    1. Wow, thanks Morgan! I admit the transition to Ancient Indian history has slowed me down a bit, but I'm hard at work with new episodes. BTW have you checked the "New Episode Status" logo on the front page? It'll show you how far in a new episode I am!

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  48. I really enjoy your show Mr. Monaco! I'm on my second listen-through of the episodes you've generated so far and feel like a kid on a snow day whenever a new one comes out! Your own insights help me to ponder history in a way I that should have been doing all those years in class, and I feel smugly sure that as "present day" always ends up being "yesterday", that it's a looooong way off that I have to worry about this podcast ever running out of material and ending! Thank you and please keep up your awesome work on this uniquely amazing podcast. Cheers!

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    1. Second listen through eh? That's dedication :) I don't think episode 43 is much further away so hopefully we can fix this little no new episode crisis soon! Thanks for the kind words!

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  49. Hi Rob,

    I am really enjoying the podcast as a fellow lover of world history. I just noticed that episode 13 is missing. It goes to the new kingdom part 2 but there is no part one! Please let me know what happened there. Also, what is your method for preparing your segments? Is the material researched from books? What is your opinion about John Green and his history of the world youtube channel crash course? I am reading the penguin history of the world by j.m. roberts and odd arne westad, have you read it? What world history books do you recommend? Lastly, you mentioned you are not xtian, may i ask what your backround is? Surely this must influence the way you view/teach history?

    Nathan.



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    1. Hi Nathan,
      Check your feed - episodes 12 and 13 were released on the same day and sometimes podcatching services don't like that. It's there I assure you!
      My method is to read, read, read whenever I can. Just about all of the research comes from a variety of books, and I list them all in the bibliography tab up at the top (good place for recommendations too). Love Crash Course, I think what Green is doing is fantastic. I do own the Roberts book - it's a bit dry but it's quite good. Check out Susan Wise Bauer for a more friendly world history approach. Never read Westad but I'll take your recommendation to check him out.
      I majored in psychology thinking it would be a better career option. Nope. Ended up pursuing teaching and in order to get my masters I had to take all the history courses that I never took. Can't get an addition to my diploma that says so but it's there. Not sure if it's subconsciously affecting my narrative - that's for you to decide!

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  50. My goodness. What a pleasure it is to listen to your podcasts. If I had foreseen what you are doing, I would have invented the internet years earlier!

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    1. Thank you Mr. Vice President! And might I say, I sure do love the internet and you inventing it. Give my best to Tipper!

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  51. I just listened to the podcast of Ask Me Another from May 29, and went "Hey!" when I realized you were one of the quiz contestants! What fun to hear! But Ophira seemed to find the concept of your podcast interesting, so why did you refrain from actually saying its name?

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    1. Ophira was super cool! But here's the thing - they edited out a lot of our conversation and NPR prohibits contestants from plugging their personal projects. That's why my fellow partner couldn't plug her baking blog! Sad but hopefully people are curious enough to search for me!

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  52. Excellent podcast! Actually the best I have seen so far. I am from Brazil and love history. And curiously the episodes seem to last just the as long as I take to get to work. When I discovered the podcast I used to listen two episodes a day in the car until I reached the current one. And now I am waiting anxiously for the next one. Tried for find something similar to listen in the meantime, but no other gets even close to it. Congratulations and please hasten the next one!
    Kind regards, Pedro

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    1. Obrigado Pedro! I feel really bad about the recent delay in episodes. Basically it comes down to switching teaching jobs, wrapping up my current year teaching, and filming episodes for History Channel. I'm sort of limping towards the finish line right now, but my summer vacation starts this Monday. And that means I can start making new episodes in no time at all!

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  53. Well, this thing of yours is pretty much going to explode all over the place, in the best possible way, after the H2 airing last nite. Huzzah!

    Great stuff: you're hilarious. I want my high school teacher buds to pass this podcast on to their students, even the ones who don't teach history!

    Greatgreatgreatgreatgreatgreatgreatgreatgreatgreatgreat... it's really great stuff.

    Ciao!
    Nicki

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  54. Over the past several work days I marathoned my way through all of your podcasts to date, keep up the great work!

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  55. Currently binging my way through your excellent podcasts. Thanks for making commuting, doing my makeup, coding, tidying up and bathing all far more interesting!

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