About Me

The backstory!

Back in August of 2012 I had just finished my masters degree and was officially certified to teach 7-12 history/social studies. I was pumped up and ready to start convincing young minds that history CAN be interesting, enlightening, but most of all fun! Well the job market wasn’t particularly kind to me, so as I tried to figure out what next to do, a longtime buddy of mine suggested I give podcasting a shot. Sounds like a random suggestion to be sure, but we both were (and still are) really into it. In fact, during my commute to grad school, I first discovered history podcasts as a genre, specifically The History Chicks, Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History, and of course Mike Duncan’s The History of Rome. So I decided, why not. I’ll throw my hat in the ring too.

The Podcast History of the OUR World…

This trips up some folks because you’re not expecting the ‘our’ in there. Why not just name it podcast history of the world and be done with it? Hey if you wanna call it that I won’t stop you, but the inclusion of this possessive adjective signifies this is not a history lecture where we learn about the past like some distant emotionless observers. The people in these episodes are our ancestors! And the world they inhabited, our world, is still right here. We should know about where we come from, what stories were told, how we are connected, what we believe in…even what we eat and drink! We should know about humanity’s triumphs and failures, and the moments of great benevolence  and then those of utter wickedness. We must learn about both if we are ever to understand what affects the present, and what the future holds. And that’s why it’s called The Podcast History of Our World.

What comes next?

The good news is that I finally acquired a teaching position, covering American History from Colonial Times to Reconstruction! The bad news is that this limits me to how many episodes I can produce. Each one requires more work than you might think, but I plan to release at least one, hopefully two a month. AND of course you can see me on the H2 program United Stuff of America where I talk about random snippets from American history, wear a Mr. Rogers sweater, and allow my hair to get shaggier in each episode.

That’s that! Thank you to everyone out there, all across the globe for listening and supporting my little podcast. There is so much more history to cover, and I can’t wait to share it all with you!
-Rob Monaco

  65 comments for “About Me

  1. Roifield Brown
    August 21, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    You rock sire, you really do.

  2. Isabelle
    September 23, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    This series has helped keep me sane on my daily commute to Silicon Valley. Great, great series. Thank you!

  3. Alison
    October 8, 2014 at 2:33 AM

    Your podcasts are so enjoyable – and enlightening!

    • Rob
      October 9, 2014 at 12:27 AM

      Thanks for listening to them!

  4. Jerry
    October 21, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Rob, thanks for these podcasts. You have a real gift for making history come alive. Keep it up! Did you ever think of selling CD’s like that Ray Harris guy for History of WWII?
    Jerry

    • Rob
      October 22, 2014 at 12:05 AM

      Glad you enjoy them! Never thought about putting them on CDs…I’d want to wait and upgrade my recording equipment and touch up the episodes first!

  5. Julie
    November 6, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    Rob,

    I only recently discovered your podcast. It has been a revelation to me. Your delivery of your information is brilliant, engaging, tasteful, perfectly scripted. I only listen when I walk, and thanks to you I am way more in tune with my world and also way more physically fit! Thank you so much for filling a huge gap in my life.

    • Rob
      November 10, 2014 at 2:33 AM

      Awesome!! So glad you’re enjoying it!

  6. Danielle
    November 6, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Smee-ness, you are super awesome. I am very happy that you get to teach, entertain, and use your voice talent skillz (yes, with a z). Kudos shout-out to Kevsters for hitting you with the motivation!

    • Rob
      November 10, 2014 at 2:33 AM

      No one must know of my secret name! :)

  7. Mike Lewis
    November 9, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    I can’t remember where I read about the podcast but I am glad that I found it. It’s been in my ear every minute of my commute for two weeks now. A great fill in between Dan Carlin episodes. Thanks for the hard work, I was proud to donate.

    • Rob
      November 10, 2014 at 2:32 AM

      I’m sending out a personal message to you right now!

  8. sd
    November 18, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Listening to podcasts is new to me and I am not sure why I picked yours.(I think it was the logo :) ) Its true I was looking for history of the/our world (or may be India) and I tried listening to 3-4 different podcasts (in particular, one from bbc “history through 100 objects”) and somehow picked yours and am I glad to pick that one?? You sir! are awesomeness personified. To impart knowledge is something but to rekindle interest in a subject, now that is special!!

    I am just disappointed that it all came to a screeching halt a bit too soon (two weeks actually for me). I hope to see more of your work.

    • Rob
      November 26, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      It’s tough to balance work and the show but I’m glad you found me! The show is definitely not over!

  9. Sorabh
    December 14, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    History made interesting. Love your podcasts. Never stop! Eagerly looking forward to your next one.

    Thanks.

  10. Carro
    December 15, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    I want more! More Europe! and South America and Russia! Great pod!! I listen every night! Im on my third round!

    • Rob
      December 17, 2014 at 12:21 AM

      Hooray! Thanks for listening!

  11. Ananthraman Laxminarashimmaiaha
    January 2, 2015 at 6:44 AM

    What a fantastic script and a great narration. I knew history can be interesting, but can’t believe that it can be so good. You give due respect to the regional beliefs, all the way using data to support or disprove it, without being judgemental. Good sense of humour too, makes me laugh outloud on occasions. I listen to podcasts during my walk/run, and it makes my routine very enjoyable. Great work. Thanks for this effort.

    • Rob Monaco
      January 3, 2015 at 5:42 PM

      Thank you for the kind words! I really do try my best to become an “impartial” reteller of history and be considerate of tradition and belief. I’m glad you’re enjoying the podcast!

  12. Marty
    January 7, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    Hi,

    thanks for shelling out this wonderfull Podcast every now and then. Even the bits i know myself are entertaining. Keep up the good work. Greetings from Germany.

    Cheers
    Martin

    • Rob Monaco
      January 9, 2015 at 2:50 AM

      Cheers Martin! Glad you’re enjoying it!

  13. Julie
    January 10, 2015 at 12:16 AM

    So… if you ever catch up with the present day, will you continue to predict the future? I’ll believe you.

    • Rob Monaco
      January 10, 2015 at 10:52 PM

      Do a podcast on the Robot Wars of 2035? Can do!

  14. Zoe
    January 15, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    Love your podcast! Just had my first real class of western civ and it felt more like a review from your podcasts!

    • Rob Monaco
      January 17, 2015 at 4:59 PM

      Nothing like being ahead of the class :)

  15. Rain
    January 27, 2015 at 7:19 AM

    Your retelling of history and interpretation of the stories themselves are little works of art. In this velvety January sky in Canada, are joining the stars together, making ‘sense’ of our awkward civilizations, and give such pleasure. Thank you for all your work- I’m trial inspired to hone my own skills with as much humour and zest as you are doing. Migwich, and thank you…

    • Rob Monaco
      January 27, 2015 at 4:13 PM

      Thank you for such kind words! I hope I’ve inspired you to also try your hand at sorting through our history!

  16. Adrian
    January 27, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    Wow – I can’t believe I’m laughing so much while learning so much. I’ve only finished the pre-history series but already I’m dreading catching up with the latest episodes and having to switch my dietary intake from gorge to savor. Bravo – please keep this going – you have an uncommon talent and the ambition to match.

    • Rob Monaco
      January 28, 2015 at 1:28 AM

      Moderation is key to a good podcast history diet but I won’t hold binging against you. Thanks for your kind words!

  17. Alexandra
    February 5, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    Thank you so much for all your work. I love history, but I am too lazy to read actual history books; though I have to admit that I am a sucker for good historical fiction (where one actually learns something, not just fiction in a historical setting). The problem, most of those focus on periods after 1500 CE. Also, whatever I learned in school was highly selective (i assume a question of time). Anyway, i was super excited to find this podcast and I enjoy it very much.

    I know this a lot of work for you, because you are probably specialized in a certain era. Thanks for doing this work. I love every episode!

    • Rob Monaco
      February 6, 2015 at 2:40 AM

      I think all history has elements of fiction after all, I mean here we are listening to accounts of victors and surviving civilizations and all. My take especially has a soft spot for stories that have their fair share of eyebrow raising (Ashoka’s robot guardians??) But I enjoy them so much more! Regardless I’m so glad you’re enjoying the show and listening alone!

  18. rohan
    February 15, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    your work is nice , interesting…just wondering if you could please cover silk route , Mohen Ja Daro , Mughals

    • Rob Monaco
      March 20, 2015 at 9:30 PM

      Check out my episode on the Indus Valley Civ for Mohenjo Daro. As for the Mughals…jeez that’s a bit far off in the future but it will happen :)

  19. Lauren
    February 26, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    Thank you for creating such a thoughtful, entertaining, and informative podcast!

    • Rob Monaco
      February 27, 2015 at 10:59 PM

      Aww shucks, well thank you for listening to it!

  20. Christy
    March 11, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    We just had to follow your directions in your China episodes to stop by your website, just so we could tell you how much we love listening to your podcast. My kids are constantly begging for me to put it on, and have made me replay your Greek philosopher episode multiple times. They’re in agony that we’re almost caught up with you. Thank you for helping stoke the “history is not boring!” fire in our family! We think you’re great!

    • Rob Monaco
      March 20, 2015 at 9:31 PM

      Aww thank you :)

  21. jim
    March 14, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    The best part of my day is the return leg of my daily bicycle commute, usually around 3 in the morning. You’ve managed to make the trip even more enjoyable…rock on!

  22. Ben
    March 25, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    Rob! I thought you should know, I am working on my resume and in my “personal” section, I include among my interests: Podcast History of Our World aficionado. I really do love your podcasts. Thanks for being totally awesome!

    • Rob Monaco
      March 28, 2015 at 4:27 PM

      Yeah! It’s like holding up a big neon sign that says “Not only do I love history and knowledge, but I also have impeccable taste and am quite handsome to boot.” Happy to have you on board Ben :)

  23. Sergio
    April 7, 2015 at 10:33 PM

    Your podcast rocks. Teaching position? Forget about it, make this your main job!

    • Rob Monaco
      April 10, 2015 at 12:48 AM

      Haha you’re too kind man!

  24. Arieh Smith
    April 16, 2015 at 2:46 AM

    Holy cow! I’ve just binged listened to 50 of these episodes and you’re freaking amazing! All the random threads of world history floating around in my mind have now congealed into a single coherent narrative thanks to you.

    Dropped a little something in your tip jar to express my gratitude!

    • Rob Monaco
      April 16, 2015 at 4:31 PM

      I LOVE hearing about listening binges! Hang tight I’m sending a response to you momentarily :)

  25. Rob
    May 26, 2015 at 5:33 AM

    Thank you very much for your fantastic work. I have finally listened to Children of Mars and look forward to further episodes.

    My problem with your new setup is that, as far as I know, no way to download your files from Sound Cloud, only allowing steaming access. This doesn’t work for me as I rarely have access to the Internet during the day. Can you make downloading available. I beieve it can be set that way from your end. If not, what other methods exist to dowload the podcasts themselves. Regards. Rob.

    • Rob Monaco
      May 26, 2015 at 2:31 PM

      Glad you enjoyed the episode Rob! (might I comment on your fantastic name?)

      Fear not, you can easily download the show using the Soundcloud player. In each box in the upper right hand corner there is a button with an arrow pointing down. That’s your download link! Another way would be to use any podcatcher service that lets you bank episodes.

  26. Brennan
    June 5, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    Thank you so much for this podcast! It has given life to several areas of history that have always seemed somewhat uninteresting or that I have been unable to find an accurate/easily readable account of.

    • Rob Monaco
      June 14, 2015 at 2:47 PM

      Happy to shed some new light on history!

  27. Nikki Aman
    June 18, 2015 at 8:03 AM

    Rob! Your podcast has kept my mind sharp and entertained while I spend long hours at my desk working a job during the summer while college-ing. I actually discovered your awesome podcast whilst listening to Craig Buddy’s history on Pirates when you did an intro for an episode.
    I pretty much fell in love with your voice AND the prospect of learning everything I could have possibly wanted to know about Ancient Egypt and the near east.
    In short, thanks for making such a neat podcast and fueling my love for history with a comical twist!

    • Rob Monaco
      June 23, 2015 at 3:04 PM

      Awesome! So happy you’re digging the show! :)

  28. Tehmina
    June 22, 2015 at 7:29 AM

    Wow! You’re an inspiration. (BTW Loved your about me)

  29. Lisa Potts
    September 3, 2015 at 12:40 AM

    I wish you had been my history teacher when I was in school! I’ve had the pleasure of teaching some history and science, and I find it all fascinating. Anyone who listens to the podcast can tell you are passionate about the information you relay. Thank you for being real with it.

  30. November 9, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    I’m now listening to the series-to-date for the second time. I listen to a lot of podcasts but this is the first time I’ve felt that every episode was worth hearing twice. What a wonderful labor of love. There must be someone who will provide enough money to allow you to work on it fulltime until it includes whatever was in yesterday’s newspaper.

    This is the internet at its absolute best. We are lucky to have it and Mr. Monoco’s students will be lucky to learn from him. For the rest of their lives they will come up with facts and insights that will astonish everyone in the room. When asked, “How do you know THAT?” They will say, over and over, “From Mr. Monoco.”

    Thank you for this.

  31. S
    January 9, 2016 at 6:59 AM

    You rock, these podcasts are incredible! Please keep making them!

  32. LDickson
    February 24, 2016 at 6:41 PM

    I check my itunes everyday in hopes of seeing new eps on “TPHOOW” and hang my head in despair when I don’t see any. Here’s hoping we hear from you soon! Thanks for renewing my love of learning and teaching me a thing or two (or more) along the way!

  33. Cam!
    April 13, 2016 at 10:19 PM

    Standing by for more history, hope you come back soon mate!

    • Cam!
      July 7, 2016 at 5:42 PM

      ANTICIPATION RELEASE WOOO!!

  34. Kevin
    May 7, 2016 at 3:48 AM

    Miss this podcast. Have been planning on sharing with my kids to show that history isn’t boring. Would love to see more episodes.

  35. Brandon
    May 15, 2016 at 7:30 PM

    Thank you so much for making this podcast! I just discovered it, so I put it on as I walked to the store and ran some errands, and it was such a lively show that when I got home I just kept listening. I’m also reading the Penguin History of the World (or is it Our World?) right now, so the podcast makes a nice complement. I’m gonna be sad when I catch up, but if the rest of the podcast is as spry as the first handful, you’ve already made one of my favorite shows.

  36. GARY HUMPHLETT
    June 20, 2016 at 12:50 AM

    great podcast !! eugene weber has good course in open-culture; looking for more world history podcasts i can listen to , without having to start each episode by clicking it; thanks

  37. Lisa Monaco
    August 7, 2016 at 11:49 AM

    Rob, I saw you while I happened to be watching a story about the NY mob on H2. I first saw your name on the screen then looked up and saw your face and said,”Hey, I know him!” Now I follow you regularly and have to say that I’m actually learning from the new generation. Your students are lucky to have a teacher who has a love for what he does and a talent for sharing it. Great work!

  38. Martin
    August 13, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    Awesome job Rob. Thanks for all the effort. Hope you’re back into it – I only have half an episode to go! Cheers from Sydney Australia.

  39. Jeneane
    September 2, 2016 at 6:54 PM

    I can’t go for a run or a car ride without your podcasts to keep me entertained. Thank you!

  40. natalia
    September 3, 2016 at 7:12 AM

    your podcasts are really good!!!
    thank you so much!

  41. Shari Shapiro
    January 17, 2017 at 3:38 AM

    We miss you! Come back!

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