I am Paul Cooper, the creator of Fall of Civilizations - a podcast that looks at a different collapsed society from history each episode. AMA!
Fall of Civilizations is a podcast about why societies fail. Every episode, I look at a civilization of the past that collapsed into the ashes of history. I want to ask: what did they have in common? What led to their fall? And what did it feel like to be a person alive at the time, who witnessed the end of their world?
I am a historical novelist and I've just finished a PhD that combines elements of history, literature and cultural studies. The Fall of Civilizations podcast has been running for just over 6 months, and has been downloaded over 150,000 times. So far we've covered the collapse of Roman Britain, the mystery of the Bronze Age Collapse, the Mayans, the fall of Greenland's Viking settlements, the Khmer of Cambodia, Easter Island and West Africa's Songhai Empire, with many more to come.
You can also support the podcast on Patreon.
EDIT: Thank you so much for all your questions, guys! I'm really blown away by the interest. I'll be sticking around all evening to make sure I get to everyone.
EDIT 2: And thank you for the Reddit gold!