The SMDS Listening List: History Podcasts

INTRODUCTION

This is almost exactly what I looked like when I figured out how to play podcasts on my  newfangled iPhone. Click to see the website the image came from.

This is almost exactly what I looked like when I figured out how to play podcasts on my newfangled iPhone. Click to see the website the image came from.

In a recent post I mentioned that I almost never watch TV anymore. What I didn’t mention is that podcasts have more than filled the television-shaped void in my schedule. I’m something of a Luddite, so it took me a long time to fully understand what a podcast was, and still longer to decide that they were worthwhile additions to the universe. I finally gave in and tried them a little over a year ago; at the time I was walking two to five miles a day, and getting increasingly tired of listening to music.

These days I tend to listen to audiobooks when working out, but that’s because audiobooks represent a break from the ordinary. Podcasts have become the soundtrack to my life. I listen to them in the morning walking to school, in the afternoon walking home, while cooking, while cleaning, even while trying to fall asleep. Thanks to this new habit of mine, I have party-friendly nuggets of information a plenty! (I guess that depends on the kinds of parties you go to.)

Over the next couple of days, I want to introduce you to three of the podcasts in my rotation. All three focus on history, but do so for very different perspectives, and with wildly different results. Not only do I consider myself a better historian for the time I spend listening to these podcasts, their very existence is a reminder that there is indeed a place in our culture for public history. Makes me feel relevant… nay, hip!

So get excited, and get your various and sundry podcast-listening-enabled technological platform devices set to “GO.”

“The Six Million Dollar Scholar” is the personal blog of Andrea Milne, a Ph.D. candidate in modern U.S. History at the University of California, Irvine. To get the story behind the blog’s name, click here.

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