Have you been listening to The Baddest Ass?
It's a new podcast from brothers Donny and Rob who pit two randomly-assigned modern or historical badasses against each other every week (think Freddie Mercury vs. Louis XIV, Dr. Dre vs. Plato, or Immanuel Kant vs. Attila the Hun).
Here's how it works: a third brother chooses two badasses at random from the pod hat and assigns one each to Donny and Rob. They have a week or so to do some research, then they present their arguments and debate each other for around fifteen minutes. After the episodes are uploaded, listeners get to choose the winner by voting on the show's website, Twitter, or Facebook. The badder badass is announced in the following week's episode, and the winning brother gets to choose a funny or humiliating or absurdly dramatic passage for the loser to read on air.
So far, they've done nine short episodes -- most are under twenty minutes -- and they've all been really fun and fascinating listens. My favorite one has probably been episode two. Two truly badass women who I knew embarrassingly little about faced off: Nadezhda Krupskaya and Margaret Sanger. After listening, I spent at least an hour researching the first few years of Planned Parenthood's existence.
Episode six was also fantastic. Albert Einstein and Pope Francis were up for the title. It's the only match-up so far where I've been familiar with both contenders, so it was interesting to hear which arguments were chosen. And episode eight introduced me to two really intriguing historical figures: Grigori Rasputin, the mysterious Russian healer, and "Black" Bart Roberts, the socialist Welsh pirate. I'll definitely be doing more research on both of them.
So tell me -- have you listened to The Baddest Ass yet? Will you? It's got to be the most approachable history podcast I've come across, and I'd highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.