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.