Fans of Historical Fiction Need to Listen to These 5 Podcasts

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The Best Historical Fiction Podcasts

History geeks love to study the past! Of course, there are plenty of events that—while we have certainly know the facts—we don't know how they played out in real life and couldn't possibly experience them ourselves. Or could we?

That's where historical fiction podcasts come in! These entertaining shows take us back in time by weaving intricate stories and painting a multi-layered, colorful picture to show us just what life was really like before we we were born. From 1920's New York City to the U.S. Civil War and everything in between, these podcasts present history as it was, with at little drama or comedy thrown in. There's so incredibly real and detailed, you won't be able to turn them off, and you may even forget you live in the present day!

1. 1865

How does U.S. keep it together after a tumultuous civil war and President's Lincoln's assassination? With a little help from Secretary of War Edwin Stanton who is not only determined to not only bring John Wilkes Booth to justice, but keep Lincoln's dream alive as his successor, Vice President Andrew Johnson, attempts to destroy it.

Listen to 1865 here.

2. Timestorm

The Ventura twins find themselves in another dimension where they meet a distant relative who tells them they must travel back in time and meet people from all over the globe who have a left a mark–for better or worse—on the their Puerto Rican heritage which they have been tasked with preserving. As they navigate everyday life, however, they must keep their time-traveling adventures a secret from their friends and family.

Listen to Timestorm here.

3. Unobscured

Aaron Mahnke's critically acclaimed podcast is back for a second season with a deep dive in the world of Spiritualism and it's rise from eccentric fad to worldwide sensation. If you're not familiar with Unobscured, start with season one, which featured an equally in depth look at the Salem Witch Trials and the frenzied Puritism that created them.

Listen to Unobscured here.

4. Harlem Queen

Based on the life and times of Madame Stephanie St. Clair during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, "Madame Queen," or "Queenie" came to New York City to work as a seamstress but ended up running numbers in the underground gambling rings of Harlem and became one of the most powerful crime bosses in New York City history.

Listen to Harlem Queen here.

5. The Control Group

In the early 1960s, a psych ward physician creates a new form "mental cleansing" at the request of a private research group. Inspired by real-life mind control experiments and drug operations, courtesy of the CIA, The Control Group is not for the faint of heart with its graphic depictions of sex and violence.

Listen to The Control Group here.

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