Softcore History

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 Feb 21, 2021


A podcast for the casual fan of history. The Wikipedia reader. The kids who grew up with a dad who watched the same 10 hours of World War II specials on The History Channel. Join Dan Regester, Rob Fox, and Jake Goldman as they tastefully insert themselves into the past. The only thing we don't show is our research.

Episode Date
Not Another Gruesome German Murder
In another grisly tale from Germany, we dive into the Hinterkaifeck murders, the circumstances surrounding the nightmare, and the possible suspects.
Oct 19, 2021
The Serial Killing Perverted Vampire With Jessie Wiseman
Jessie Wiseman joins the boys to talk about serial killer Peter Kürten --better known as the Vampire of Dusseldorf -- who would drink and lubricated himself with the blood of his victims in 1920s Germany.
Oct 12, 2021
Cranking Ghosts In Gettysburg
Ghosts who aren’t invited to parties. Ghosts who like to watch ladies sleep. Impromptu amputation shows in basements. Gettysburg ghosts have it all. We run through the best ghost stories from America’s most famous battlefield.
Oct 05, 2021
Colonialism Was Tasty
From flavoring food to enlarging your balls, the guys dive into the wonderful history of spices.
Sep 28, 2021
Soviet Karate Sniper Assassin
Alexander "Superkiller" Solonik was a cold-blooded hitman who took out some of the biggest mob bosses in the Soviet Union and 1990s Russia. He was a blackbelt super soldier that escaped prison on several occasions, racked up millions of dollars in contracts, and dated Russian super models and bottle service girls.
Sep 21, 2021
Chariots of Ire, Stadiums of Blood
Philly fans and SEC football lunatics have nothing on Eastern Roman Empire chariot racing supporters. Constantinople chariot racing factions regularly rioted and murdered each other by the thousands. Rooting for a certain chariot racing team was so important that emperors had to choose which team they supported in order to gain favor with the masses. Chariot racing insanity came to a head with the Nika Riots, in which 30,000 chariot racing fans were murdered after they burned down most of the city.
Sep 14, 2021
Most Of Football's History Is Just Murder
We cover the bizarre origins of medieval football, an American college team fleeing Cuba, and live animal mascots in this week’s episode featuring special guest former Texas A&M defensive lineman Jay Arnold.
Sep 06, 2021
Talking Nazi Occultism With Jack Mandaville
Special guest Jack Mandaville joins us to cover the occult inspiration for the Third Reich’s racial purity policies and obsession with mythical artifacts.
Aug 30, 2021
She'd Do Anything...For The Story
Journalist Nellie Bly checked herself into a 19th Century insane asylum to expose its horrors, discovered Helen Keller, was captured in World War 1, tried and succeeded at going around the world in less than 80 days, and became one of America’s GOAT investigative journalists ever along the way.
Aug 24, 2021
You Expect Me To Fly This Elevator?
The Elevator Operator Strike of 1945 was spurred by a desire for higher wages and better treatment after the end of World War 2. So, naturally, the building owners just switched to automatic elevators. But that wasn’t easy either, it turned out, because everyday people were terrified of operating an elevator without any training.
Aug 17, 2021
The History Of Pets
The domestication of cats and dogs, wacky Russian Silver Foxes that wag their tails, and a bunch of weird pets owned by people throughout history - learn all about our furry best friends on this week’s episode.
Aug 10, 2021
John Paul Jones: Sinking British Ships And Invading Russian Lips
Dan, Rob, and Cooper talk about the complicated Scot who is often regarded as the father of the US Navy -- John Paul Jones. From helping the U.S. win independence to fighting Turks in the Black Sea on behalf of Catherine the Great, JPJ lived an action-packed 45 years mostly on water or inside the warm embrace of a European woman.
Aug 03, 2021
The Worst Olympics Ever
The 1904 Olympic Games in St. Louis were the worst Olympics ever held. The Marathon involved a purposeful dehydration experiment and a runner who cheated by riding 11 miles in a car, the swimming events were all done in a pond, and people from various third world countries were forced to compete in what the media dubbed the “Savage Olympics”.
Jul 27, 2021
The Inept Train Robber Who Became A Must See Corpse
Elmer McCurdy was perhaps the worst outlaw in the Wild West but his dead body became a show stopping attraction in everything from back road carnivals to Hollywood films over the course of a literal half century. Dan, Rob, and Jake talk about the extreme embodiment of success after death.
Jul 20, 2021
There Will Be Blood Feuds
Trying to handle that dispute over the fence line with your neighbor? Learn how not to as Jake, Dan, and Rob dive into the wild and wonderful world of blood feuds in 1800s America. To work out how much life insurance coverage you need, and compare personalized quotes to find your best price, head to and get your best quote in minutes.
Jul 13, 2021
Pregnant? Stop Being Such A Witch About It
Rob Fox, Dan Regester, and Jake Goldman are joined by Rob’s pregnant wife Courtney to talk about the history of pregnancy, birth control, pain management, and childbirth in the Middle Ages and why if a woman was good at any of that she was a witch and deserved to be burned alive.
Jul 05, 2021
The One-Eyed Canadian Berserker Who Liberated A Nazi Controlled City
Dan, Jake, and Rob are joined by Iconoblast's Matt Cooper to talk about Leo Major -- a Canadian scout and sniper who stormed the beaches of Normandy, took hundreds of Nazi POWs, and liberated a Dutch town of 50,000 by himself.
Jun 29, 2021
The Original Jaime Lannister
Götz von Berlichingen was a mercenary knight during the end of one of the bloodiest eras in history. He had a metal hand, and also invented a common profanity all of us say every day.
Jun 22, 2021
No One Cares About Lesbians
Rob Fox, Jake Goldman, Dan Regester and special guest Veronica Ruckh go through the history of lesbians from ancient Egypt's reputation for being a girl on girl sin-fest to medieval Middle East believing that women were attracted to other women because they ate too much celery.
Jun 15, 2021
The Unkillable Irish Hobo
In 1932 a New York bar owner and his connected friends took out an insurance policy on an alcoholic homeless man and did everything in their power to kill him. This is the story of how they failed over and over again.
Jun 08, 2021
The Murdering Elephant That Made Hollywood Happen
Jake, Dan, and Rob breakdown the life and trials of Topsy the elephant. Was she a serial killing beast? Or just a victim of circus circumstance? Find out the grizzly details of her death, and their consequences on this week’s episode.
Jun 01, 2021
The Most Overrated Civilizations In History With Jack Mandaville
Rob Fox, Dan Regester, and special guest Jack Mandaville discuss the most overrated civilizations in world history.
May 24, 2021
The Comically Bad Assassination Of Franz Ferdinand
Dan, Rob, and Jake break down the comedy of errors that somehow resulted into the assassination of Franz Ferdinand and the butterfly effect that has shaped our modern world as a result.
May 18, 2021
P.T. Barnum's Circus Of Dead Elephants, Boiling Whales, and Monkey Mermaids
Jake, Dan, and Rob discuss P.T. Barnum’s rise to fame including leasing old slaves, sewing monkeys to fish, and adopting tiny boys from their parents and putting them in the circus.
May 11, 2021
The Time New York City Tried To Kill All Doctors For Being Creeps
Rob Fox, Dan Regester, and Jake Goldman explore the 1788 Doctors’ Riot in New York City, during which the people of New York formed a mob to attack doctors for allegedly grave robbing their deceased loved ones to use for anatomical dissection and other experiments. Once they got into the labs the mob saw… some messed up stuff.
May 04, 2021
The Luckiest Moron To Ever Live
Dan, Rob, and Jake discuss the insanely dumb rags to riches story about a man who couldn't stop failing his way to success in Colonial America -- "Lord" Timothy Dexter.
Apr 27, 2021
Most Of History's Leaders Were Wasted
Jake, Dan, and Rob explore the different substances that may have altered the course of human history and the leaders who imbibed in them.
Apr 20, 2021
Ancient Birth Control Was A Little Dicey
Rob Fox, Dan Regester, and special guest Veronica Ruckh talk about what it was like to get and be pregnant in ancient times, including the birth control plant that was so popular that the Romans banged it into extinction, other birth control theories ancient doctors had like “Just the tip!”, birthing practices such as tying a woman to a ladder and shaking her so the baby would fall out, and ancient pregnancy tests that sound really not fun for the woman.
Apr 13, 2021
East India Company: Drugs, Pirates, And Corporate Bailouts
The East India Company helped shape the modern world in the worst possible ways. Dan, Rob, and Jake break down the true "enemy of the human race" that terrorized the globe for over 200 years on an empire's dime.
Apr 06, 2021
The Countess Who Bathed In Virgin Blood
Rob, Dan, and Jake break down the horrifying story of Elizabeth Bathory, the Hungarian Countess who bathed in blood, beat virgins senseless, and could easily take Rob or Dan home after they had a few drinks.
Mar 30, 2021
The Worst Year In Human History
Rob Fox, Dan Regester, and Jake Goldman break down the worst year in human history, a year so bad it makes 2020 look like the Roaring Twenties. We’re talking 536 A.D., when the whole world literally lost most of its food and sunlight for 18 months and most of the world was at war. Then, a few years later, a 200 year Bubonic Plague pandemic hit (and the wars didn’t stop).
Mar 23, 2021
The Spy Who Sold Soviets Secrets For Stacks And Snatch
The boys go deep into the life of CIA mole Aldrich Ames. This giant piece is solely responsible for the most deaths of American field agents and is the ultimate simp who committed treason to pay off his alimony and mistress's shopping hobby.
Mar 16, 2021
Night Witches vs. Nazis
Jake, Dan, and Rob discuss the women of the Soviet 588th night bombing regiment. These ladies dropped bombs from the equivalent of wooden RC planes and took out some Nazis along the way, all while suffering minimal casualties. Tune in for babes and bombs, stay for Rob defending Hitler.
Mar 09, 2021
Punting On Black History Month
Rob Fox, Dan Regester, and Jake Goldman discuss the Land of Punt, the ultra wealthy ancient African kingdom that Egyptian Pharaohs traded with for gold, super inadvisable pet baboons, perfume, and dwarves.
Mar 02, 2021
Behind The Lens With The Tuskegee Airmen, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, And Shaft
Gordon Parks went from playing the piano at a Minnesota brothel to becoming the first black director in Hollywood. Dan, Jake, and Rob go through the insanely jam-packed life of the man behind the creation of Blaxploitation and some of the most iconic photographs of the 20th century.
Feb 23, 2021
Three Heroes Describe Surviving The Texas Freeze
Rob, Dan, and Jake break down what it’s like to live through a historic event — the Texas freeze. We break down what happened to us and the people we know this past week in Austin, how awful Texans are at handling weather, how much we want to punch all of our politicians (left and right) in their stupid faces, and if we think Texas learned ANY lessons.
Feb 19, 2021
The Black Pirate Who Threw A No-No On LSD
Jake, Dan, and Rob break down the antics of 70s Pittsburgh Pirate pitcher, Dock Ellis. Between advocating for numerous causes to throwing a no-hitter whacked out on LSD, Dock lived a wild life and led an even more redeeming story in his later years.
Feb 09, 2021
Enron Was Ahead Of Its Time
Enron went from blue chip stock to pennies on the dollar overnight. From cooking the books to shifting their business model several times the rise and fall of this Houston based energy company was an absolute nightmare for its 29,000 employees in 2001.
Feb 02, 2021
America Used to Think Catholics Were Wizard Worshipping Slaves
With Joe Biden becoming the second Catholic president ever Rob, Dan, and Jake break down the hilariously absurd bigotry that was freely lobbed at Al Smith and JFK, the first two Catholics who ran for president — basically the KKK and Protestant leaders tried to convince America that Catholics were slaves to a wizard king (the Pope) and would betray America.
Jan 26, 2021
The CIA Has A Bit Of A Drug Problem
From shipping a ton of cocaine to spiking the office coffee with LSD, get your tinfoil hats ready as we discuss the wild and (mostly) true cases of the CIA and their antics involving narcotics.
Jan 19, 2021
That Other Time They Stormed The Capitol
Burning government buildings, a president leaving his wife to go down in flames, and a hurricane tornado that saved the day from our country's oldest foe. Dan, Rob, and Jake cover the capture and arson of Washington D.C. in 1814
Jan 13, 2021
Russia’s First Queen Tricked A Lot of People Into Getting Murdered
Rob, Dan, and Jake break down the history of Saint Olga of Kiev, the first queen of Russia and the woman who introduced Christianity to the country — specifically her year long rampage in which she kept (really easily) tricking the people of the country that assassinated her husband into getting brutally murdered. She isn’t the patron saint of revenge but she should be.
Jan 05, 2021
The Rasputin Episode
Much like the Russian man of mystery himself, this episode gets off the rails quick and refuses to die.
Dec 29, 2020
John Dillinger: The Bank Robbing Shortstop Who Stole America's Heart
We go deep into the short but jam-packed life of American gangster and minor league shortstop John Dillinger.
Dec 22, 2020
Hanukkah Can Kick Rocks, Jewish Mardi Gras - Purim - Is Where It's At
Tis the season to celebrate fighting off mass extermination. Jake leads Dan and Rob through the ancient Jewish holiday of Purim.
Dec 15, 2020
Saturnalia: The Roman Sex Christmas
Held in mid-December, Saturnalia is an ancient Roman pagan festival honoring the agricultural god Saturn. It's the source of many traditions we now associate with Christmas but with orgies.
Dec 08, 2020
Viking Jesus Ragnar Lothbrok
Ragnar Lothbrok. What's true? What's myth? We break down the demigod of Viking past and his invasion of Paris.
Dec 02, 2020
John Smith's Mercenary Pirate Life Before Pocahontas
We cover the rad and insane life of John Smith before his years with Pocahontas.
Nov 24, 2020
Pompeii's Graffiti Proves Ancient Rome Had Twitter And Yelp For Brothels
Pompeii's perfectly preserved and absurdly raunchy graffiti is proof that the ancient world had social media and that people have always thought sex and poop are funny.
Nov 17, 2020
Catapulting Messengers And Comedic Relief War Dwarfs: A History Of Jesters
From farting songs for the laughter of kings to taunting dying enemies on medieval battlefields, we break down the long, bizarre history of jesters.
Nov 10, 2020
The Time A Presidential Candidate Died Mid-Election
Boosh fills in for Rob to talk about the only US election where one of the two presidential candidates died in the middle of voting.
Nov 03, 2020
New Orleans’ Most Evil Citizen Was A Bipolar Cougar
Madame Delphine LaLaurie, the most evil resident in the history of New Orleans, was run out of the city for torturing and mutilating her slaves. She was also a gold digging cougar and a real buzzkill on ghost tours.
Oct 27, 2020
The Witch Who Was Actually Pretty Rad Other Than The Infant Sacrifices
Noted witch expert and ex-TSM show runner Veronica Ruckh joins Softcore History to read Dan’s fortune with Tarot cards and discuss La Voisin, a purveyor of black masses and one of the most infamous witches in history.
Oct 20, 2020
The KGB Is Great At Framing Aliens For Mass Murder
The boys breakdown the Dyatlov Pass Incident where 9 Russian hikers died in the Northern Ural Mountains in extremely mysterious ways.
Oct 13, 2020
H.H. Holmes Built A Murder Castle In Chicago Because The 19th Century Had No Rules
Alex Buscemi joins the boys to talk about the first known serial killer in American history, H.H. Holmes.
Oct 06, 2020
The Civil War Was Won By A Hooker Loving Murderer And A Cosmo Columnist
Gettysburg was won by two unlikely heroes and a decision to completely defy orders. We dive into one of the most important days in American history and the rogue officer who stumped the Confederacy with his dopey pivot.
Sep 29, 2020
Was The 1518 Dancing Plague Caused By A Tween Ghost?
In 1518 hundreds of people literally danced to death in what's now France. What caused an estimated 400 people to footloose into an early grave? Jake, Rob, and Dan investigate.
Sep 22, 2020
The Mad Hatter That Avenged Abe Lincoln
Boston Corbett went from small town hat maker to the national hero who gunned down John Wilkes Booth. His life was more insane than his mercury soaked brain.
Sep 14, 2020
The First Fart Joke Ever Recorded, Temple Orgies, And Con Men In Ancient Sumer
We dive into the first known human civilization of Sumer and find common ground with this ancient group of people who really just wanted to get drunk, fire off some fart jokes, and vent about their problems in a lion infested Middle East.
Sep 08, 2020
The Time A Rotting Corpse Was Put On Trial By The Pope
Cancel culture is nothing new. We dive into The Cadaver Synod where a dead man was wheeled into an actual court room by the Pope to answer for the crimes of his life.
Sep 01, 2020
The Tennessee Vampire Who Conquered Latin America
William Walker was a lawyer, doctor, and complete lunatic from Tennessee who conquered and took control of multiple Latin American countries in the mid 1800s. We take a deep dive into "The Grey Eyed Man of Destiny" and the true power of self-belief.
Aug 31, 2020