I’m a big fan of podcasts. I listen to them while I cook, when I walk the dog, and sometimes as I’m falling asleep. Over the years, the podcasts I’ve listened to regularly have changed, as I discover new ones and get bored with some former favorites. The current roster of podcasts to which I subscribe includes some traditional radio shows, like This American Life (which my local NPR station plays) and To the Best of Our Knowledge (which it doesn’t). Many of the podcasts to which I listen reflect avocational interests of mine, from the Oklahoma City Thunder (Thunder Ground Radio and OKC Thundercast) to music (Sound Opinions) to comedy (WTF with Mark Maron and Jordan, Jesse GO!). A few touch on topics of professional concern…though in not very professional ways (Filmspotting and The Partially Examined Life).
But one thing is notably missing from the embarrassingly extensive list of podcasts to which I subscribe (which includes many more than those already mentioned): history. I’ve listened a few times to My History Can Beat Up Your Politics, a perfectly respectable podcast that explores current political issues through the lens of history, but I’ve never been moved to listen to it regularly And I’ve yet to find a really compelling podcast focused on history, let alone on intellectual history.
So this brief post is really a bleg: what am I missing? Are there any history podcasts out there that are essential listening? Especially given how well-developed the historical blogosphere has become, I’d be shocked if there aren’t some really first-rate history podcasts. But for some reason I’ve never run into any of them.