Dan Carlin

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This article is about the political commentator Dan Carlin. For the American doctor, see Daniel Carlin.

Dan Carlin is an American political commentator, amateur historian, and podcaster. Once a professional radio host, Carlin eventually took his show to the Internet, and he now hosts two popular independent podcasts: Common Sense and Hardcore History.


Carlin obtained a B.A. in History from the University of Colorado Boulder.[1] He broke into the television news business in Los Angeles in the late 1980s. He has worked as a television news reporter, an author, a columnist, and a radio talk show host. No longer broadcasting on terrestrial radio, Carlin has achieved recognition in internet radio, podcasting, and the blogosphere. Currently, he hosts two popular podcasts.

Carlin is the son of Academy Award nominated actress Lynn Carlin and film producer Ed Carlin.[citation needed]

Common Sense[edit]

Common Sense is similar in scope to several Carlin-hosted radio programs that aired between 1994 and 2004. The shows highlight his independent political views, his sense of humor, and unique communication style. He has described his political philosophy as "Neoprudentist," taking a skeptical approach to evaluation of the current political trends and forces. He fosters discussion by developing and presenting self-deprecating ("Martian") thought experiments on solutions to current problems. The podcasts are said to be broadcast "almost live from the end of runway two here at the Emerald International Airport."

"Common Sense" was nominated for a Podcast Award in the Politics/News category in 2012 and 2013.[2]

Hardcore History[edit]

Carlin’s podcasts are hardly reminiscent of the dry history lectures you might remember from school.
Carlin puts the “hardcore” in Hardcore History by focusing his narratives on the most violent and dramatic moments in
human history, filling his show with colorful anecdotes that were most likely left out of your high school history class.

–Christopher Matthews[3]

Hardcore History is Carlin's forum for exploring topics throughout world history. The focus of each episode varies widely from show to show but they are generally centered around specific historical events and are discussed in a "theater of the mind" style. New episodes are released approximately every two to five months.

Hardcore History, which has more than 3 million downloads, was nominated in 2012 for a Stitcher Award in the Best Educational & Learning Podcast category.[4] In addition, Carlin has received the Best Classic Podcast in iTunes’ Best of 2014 awards.[5]

Other Podcast and Media Appearances[edit]

Carlin has made guest appearances on numerous other podcasts, including Daniele Bolelli's "The Drunken Taoist Podcast",[6] making three appearances on "The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast",[7][8][9] two appearances on "Smells Like Human Spirit" [10][11] and on a "crosscast" podcast on Sam Harris's "Waking Up".[12] In addition, Carlin has served a panelist on CBS This Morning[13] and was invited to speak at the TEDxMtHood Conference on May 2, 2015.[14][15]


  1. ^ Dan Carlin (8 June 2014). "Common Sense Archive: Show 276 - Past Transgressions". http://www.dancarlin.com/ (Podcast). Event occurs at 16 minutes. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "The People's Choice Podcast Awards". The Podcast Award. PodcastAwards.com. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
  3. ^ Matthews, Christopher (August 29, 2013). "Despite Being Oh-So 2005, Podcasting Is Drawing Listeners and Advertisers Alike". Time (Time Inc.). Retrieved May 5, 2015. 
  4. ^ "The 2012 Stitcher Awards". Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ CIPOLLE, ALEX V. (December 24, 2014). "Q&A with Hardcore History’s Dan Carlin: Print Edition". Eugene Weekly. Retrieved May 5, 2015 – via EUGENEWEELY.COM. 
  6. ^ "Dan Carlin, The Man Who Makes History Fun". The Drunken Taoist. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  7. ^ Rogan, Joe. "Dan Carlin, Episode 328". The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  8. ^ Rogan, Joe. "Dan Carlin, Episode 378". The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  9. ^ Rogan, Joe. "Dan Carlin, Daniele Bolelli, Episode 413". The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  10. ^ "Dan Carlin Interview". Smells Like Human Spirit Podcast. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  11. ^ "Episode 153: Dan Carlin on Addiction, Net Neutrality, Edward Snowden, and More!". Smells Like Human Spirit Podcast. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  12. ^ Harris, Sam. "Shouldering the Burden of History". Waking Up. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  13. ^ "World War I, A Century Later, June 28, 2014". CBS News This Morning. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  14. ^ "Speaker Detail, Dan Carlin". TEDxMtHood. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  15. ^ "The New Media's Coming of Age". YouTube. TEDxMtHood. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 

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