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History at 30,000 feet: The Big Picture

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Mar 16, 2010, 1:04pm Top

You guys mention those Teaching Company courses all the time, but I can't swing the cash to check any of those out. I do however like finding free history podcasts online...the quality tends to vary wildly, but every once in a while you strike upon pure gold.

I think I've talked about him before on here, but this guy Dan Carlin is just awesome. (www.dancarlin.com )... He has a political podcast too, but I'm kind of afraid to listen to that, since I hear he's one of these "fiscal conservatives" and don't really feel like hearing him rail about the evils of socialized medicine ;-) But his history podcast is just amazing. He really makes the past come alive, and brings up some things that probably get left out of a lot of traditional history courses, such as how crappy child-rearing, or drug addiction may have influenced our history.

Best part is, he has a really engaging speaking style too, so it's not just like you're listening to some guy rattle off facts for an hour.

Do you guys have any other favorites?

Mar 16, 2010, 1:30pm Top

Of course I do!

BBC History Magazine - never fails to make me feel like a stupid Yank, and I love them for it - http://www.bbchistorymagazine.com/podcast-page

Norman Centuries - 1066 and all that - http://www.normancenturies.com/

Stuff You Missed in History Class - my 13 year old son loves this - http://blogs.howstuffworks.com/category/stuff-you-missed-in-history-class/

In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg - another offering from the BBC that makes me weep at the state of education in the US - http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/in-our-time-with-melvyn-bragg/id73330895

12 Byzantine Rulers - Constantinople, not Istanbul - http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/12-byzantine-rulers-the-history/id73802687

Feicht, don't forget that iTunes U is free. There are enough courses and lectures there to keep one busy for eons.

Mar 16, 2010, 2:07pm Top

The BBC In Our Time stuff is of course also directly available from the BBC website and can be downloaded either manually or with any podcast reader.
Series homepage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/in-our-time/
Feed link: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio4/iot/rss.xml

(I subscribed to the IOT feed on my podcast reader/internet radio thingy two weeks ago and will finally learn something about Boudicca :-) )

Mar 16, 2010, 3:51pm Top

One thing that I've gotten out of this group is that the Teaching Company courses are often available at public libraries, so there's no need to shell out megabucks for it if you can't afford it.

Edited: Mar 16, 2010, 5:19pm Top

My library doesn't tend to have stuff that cool.... or much stuff at all! :-D

Actually, at least in my interest area, I'm fairly certain that I have more books than my local library does.. haha

Mar 17, 2010, 10:42am Top

Clayborne Carson author of In Struggle and other books on the Civil Rights movement has a podcast avalible on iTune's iUniversity. It is very good.


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