History Podcasts

December 20, 2018 |  Tagged , | Comments Off on History Podcasts

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Rebecca Voisich

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 There are so many interesting and different ways to learn and be exposed to history. It can of course be found within the walls of a school or university, or during a museum tour, however one of my favorite ways to learn about new things in history is through podcasts. While I think podcasts are very popular, a lot of people might not think of them as a go-to education tool. History of course does not have to be thought of as ‘education’ and that’s why I love listening to podcasts because they provide knowledge in such an engaging and fun way; I constantly find myself choosing to pop on an episode over listening to music on my daily commute. This review will highlight a few of my favorite history podcasts and I will discuss what they cover and why I would recommend them to any lover of history, or even someone seeking out history for the first time on their own.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 First up is The History Chicks. This podcast is run by two women and their channel focuses on women throughout history. This podcast is really cool for the obviously reason that they focus on women; the featured women range from figures like Anne Frank, Mrs. Claus, and Pocahontas. As you can see, there is a lot of diversity of women featured, and women who run the podcast are easy to listen to and they definitely do their research. Episodes tend to run a bit on the longer side, easily clocking in at 2 ½ hours, but if you have the time, they are worth the listen. Next up is Stuff You Missed in History Class. This is easily one of my favorites; again this channel is run by two women who are wildly intelligent. They also have a really easy way of speaking with each other and they always tell the story seamlessly. This channel is an easy recommendation because I think it would appeal to both the less-academic type, but also the student of history, like me. They engage in ghost stories and myths but will also always discuss the sources they consulted and how they came about their facts, which I always appreciate because it allows me to be able to pursue my own research if I want to.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Another great podcast is The British History Podcast. This is run by a guy named Jamie and honestly I would simply recommend this one based on him; he is engaging and has a really great voice for podcasts, the kind of guy you would want to listen to all day. Besides his podcast charm, his history knowledge is pretty solid too. If you like British History, this channel is for you; if you don’t, stay away, because this podcast is all things Britain, legitimately starting from the Ice Ages. Jamie is a great story teller, but this podcast definitely has more of an oral history center, and does not really discuss physical sources; if that is going to be an issue for you, try something else. The last podcast I will highlight is Back Story. Back Story is run by historians Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh, Nathan Connolly, and Joanne Freeman who work out of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. This weekly podcast focuses on American history and the hosts of the channel always connect the episode back to current events. For example, they produced an episode this past August called “Fit to Print? A History of Fake News”, which focused on other times in history when people had to be careful about what they were reading. I like this podcast because it is professionally produced and has cool effects and music, as well as always being relevant and current. I recommend this podcast for the lover of news and for those individuals who want the past to connect to the present.

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 While these are just a few of my favorites, there are so many more history podcasts out there. In general, while I would recommend the ones discussed above, I would also recommend people to seek out podcasts that deal with topics or histories that interest them. You can find channels on military history, history of crime, NYC history, etc.; there is something for everyone. History doesn’t have to feel like a chore or homework; history can be, and is, surprising and scary and exciting, you just have to look for the right stories.

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