Publication Date

February 23, 2011

Backstory podcastSince 2008 we’ve been noting history podcasts online (see these past posts 1, 2, and 3). Today we revisit a few we’ve mentioned in the past and add in some new podcasts we’ve come across. What history podcasts do you listen to? Let us know in the comment section below.

American History

  • BackStory with the American History Guys
    In each episode, U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, and Brian Balogh speak to historians and other experts about a current topic and its history. Past shows have examined the History of the U.S. Census, Thanksgiving, the Supernatural, Unemployment, and more.
  • National Museum of American History Podcasts
    The museum offers two podcast series: one on inventors and one where staff discuss their work and current exhibits. Many of the podcasts are presented along with resources for the classroom, including “teacher guides, work sheets and images.”
  • Brooklyn Historical Society podcasts
    Podcasts from the Brooklyn Historical Society that feature their “oral history collections, live events, neighborhood walking tours, exhibitions and more.”
  • The Bowery Boys
    Podcasts on New York City history.

Library of Congress Slave Narratives podcast

Oral Histories

Digital CampusDigital

  • Digital Campus
    A biweekly podcast on “how digital media and technology are affecting learning, teaching, and scholarship at colleges, universities, libraries, and museums.”
  • Digital Preservation podcast from the Library of Congress
    Interviews from the Library of Congress with digital preservation leaders.


  • Africa Past & Present
    Podcasts that center on the history, culture, and politics of Africa and the African Diaspora.
  • Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
    In each of these podcasts, produced by Phil Mariage for KUAR, FM 89.1 in Little Rock, three guests from three different generations come together to discuss topics.

This post first appeared on AHA Today.

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