A Wonderful Journey
This is a great podcast. Sure, I have some quibbles: sometimes it feels like Sebastian is almost too generous with his subjects, giving them more intellectual latitude than I’m inclined to offer, but ultimately he uses that as a rhetorical strategy to more deeply interrogate the falsehoods associated with and proffered by the individuals whose histories he digs into, so I can’t be mad at it. Sebastian is extraordinarily good at so many things: synthesizing his research on a topic into a compelling narrative without oversimplifying the matter at hand; debunking falsehoods in a comprehensive way without condescending to those who might have believed in them; and unabashedly calling out the various bigotries that frequently underly a lot of historical falsehoods. He’s lovably goofy and brings a very personal and humane touch to the things he covers, and so the occasional cheesy joke only adds to the enjoyment of learning about history from a very real and relatable human being. His self-recorded musical interludes are satisfying, too. I recommend this podcast without reservation.
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