Academic Podcast Roundup

This is a growing list of podcasts on academic subjects put out by professional academics, academic institutions, and amateur podcasters. If you have a podcast to add to the list, post it to the network and the editors will add it.


Academic Life

Academic Minute - A short daily podcast hosted by Mount Holyoke College president Lynn Pasquerella for Albany's WAMC and featuring researchers speaking briefly about a wide range of topics, from gender in academia to alcohol dependence treatment.

The Art of the Review - A weekly podcast produced out of the H-Net Reviews office by Robert Cassanello and Yelena Kalinsky that looks at reviewing both narrowly and broadly.

History Extra - This weekly podcast from the BBC features interviews with historians on a wide variety of topics.

The First Draft - A podcast hosted by Elijah Meeks, Jason Heppler, and Paul Zenke that features discussions about higher education, digital humanities, technology, games, and learning.

The History Hub Podcast Series - Based at the School of History, University College Dublin as part of the History Hub.ie project, which seeks to make the most recent academic research available on-line to anyone, this series of podcasts feature historians talking about a range of subjects from medieval to modern history, both Irish and international. The general series features talks, interviews, and conference presentations on a wide range of historial subjects, from full recordings of academic research papers to informative contributions from professional historians discussing specific historical figures and events.

Imagine Otherwise - A new interview podcast that describes itself as "about the people and projects bridging art, activism, and academia to build better worlds ... creators who use culture for social justice and explore the nitty-gritty work of imagining and creating more just worlds," hosted by editor, indexer, and academic consultant Cathy Hannabach.

The Nostalgia Trap with David Parsons - An interview podcast featuring academics, writers, poets, artists, filmmakers, and other interesting people, using their personal biographies as a starting point for wide-ranging conversations about the state of the world, hosted by social and cultural historian of 20th century America David Parsons.

Practicing History - A podcast devoted to a broad approach to studying history, from research to teaching to methodology to theory, hosted by historian at Indiana Univeristy-Purdue University Indianapolis, Jason M. Kelly.

Scholarly Kitchen - A periodic podcast about trends and events in the world of scholarly publishing, produced by authors of the Society for Scholarly Publishing's Scholarly Kitchen blog and featuring interviews with individuals of note in scholarly communications.

The Way of Improvement Leads Home - Brand new bi-weekly podcast hosted by American historian at Messiah College John Fea and produced by Drew Dyrli Hermeling extending Fea's website about religion, politics, and academic life.

 

American Studies

10 American Presidents - A podcast about ten landmark American Presidents hosted by producer Roifield Brown and featuring expert narrators on each president's public career.

A History of Central Florida - Fifty episodes examining the history of central Florida through local area objects found in museums, historical organizations, and other places produced by UCF Associate Professor of history and H-Net VP for Research & Publications Robert Cassanello and students in his Historical Documentary and New Media class.

In the Past Lane - An accessible new American history podcast hosted by College of Holy Cross historian Edward T. O'Donnell.

New Books in American Studies - An interview podcast about books in American Studies.

Podcasts in American Studies - A list compiled by H-Amstdy subscribers.

Show About Race - The full title of this Panoply Media podcast is Our National Conversation About Conversations About Race, it's hosted by authors Baratunde Thurston, Raquel Cepeda, and Tanner Colby, and the title is fairly self-explanatory.

 

Art

Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art Lectures - This eight-part podcast is a lecture series on aesthetics and the philosophy of art in the Western philosophical tradition, presented by University of Oxford philosophy professor James Grant.

Artisan Ancestors - Hosted by Jon Kay, Director of Traditional Arts Indiana and Curator of Folklife and Cultural Heritage at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, this series covers a wide range of material culture topics, interviews with folklorists, artisans, archivists, genealogists, and more.

Conversations on Culture - A podcast series from the Mathers Museum of World Culture hosted by MMWC Curator of Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Jon Kay, it features interviews with museum professionals and culture workers.

History of Photography Podcast - Begun in 2005 as a record of course lectures by photographer and Professor Emeritus of Photography Jeff Curto, this podcast has morphed into more a more focused series of episodes on selected topics in the history of photography.

The Modern Art Notes Podcast - Weekly, hour-long program in which art critic Tyler Green interviews artists, art historians, authors, curators, and convservators about their work.

What It Looks Like - Scripted, monthly podcast about art in Canada produced by Toronto-based writer, curator, and educator Alison Cooley, covering subjects like What is Art?, Inuit art, and Regionalisms, and the Understanding Your Biases episode even includes a follow-along worksheet for listeners.

 

Asian Studies

Asia Society Podcast - An interview podcast produced by the Asia Society that interviews scholars, journalists, and Asia experts who illuminate the politics, economics, arts, and culture in the region.

China Hang-Up - A podcast hosted by journalist Eric Fish, writer, researcher & analyst Hudson Lockett, and journalist Nicole Sy that answers young China watchers' questions about Chinese society and culture, produced by Project Pengyou, the alumni network for President Obama's 100,000 Strong Initiative, committed to building bridges between the US and China through such topics as Chinese literature, Chinese Christianity, philosophy, LGBT issues, Chinese apolotical youth, and more.

China History Podcast - Hosted by amateur historian (and LA-based businessman long involved in China trade) Laszlo Montgomery, this podcast aims to cover 5,000 years of Chinese history from ancient to modern, looking at dynasties, historical persons, culture, and more, including multi-part series on the History of Tea, Zhou Enlai, the History of Hong Kong, and more.

History of Japan Podcast - A weekly podcast covering the entire span of Japanese hsitory, from prehistoric to modern day, produced by Isaac Meyer, a PhD student at the University of Washington.

The History of Singapore - A weekly podcast, produced and hosted by PJ Thum, a researcher and teacher of Southeast Asian history at the University of Oxford, that gives listeners an in-depth view of Singapore history.

New Books in East Asian Studies - An interview podcast about East Asian history with authors hosted by, among others, historian and H-Podcast advisory board member Carla Nappi.

New Books in South Asian Studies - An interview podcast with authors of new books in South Asian studies, hosted by sociologist and H-Podcast subscriber Ian Cook.

Samurai Archives Japanese History Podcast - A series about premodern Japanese hsitory, from ancient Japan to the end of the Samurai, featuring historiographically engaged discussions of culture, warfare, and literature, as well as interviews.

UCLA Center for Chinese Studies Podcasts - Recorded lectures and conversations by visiting scholars to the UCLA Center for Chinese Studies in various disciplines, including foreign relations, politics, law, art, philosophy, and literature.

 

Economics

Who Makes Cents? A History of Capitalism Podcast - A monthly interview podcast that tries to explain how capitalism has changed over time, hosted by Betsy Beasley and David Stein.

Working History Podcast - Hosted by the Southern Labor Studies Association president and H-Podcast advisory board member Beth English, this podcast seeks to inform public debate and dialogue about some of today's key labor, economic, and political issues with the benefit of historical context.

 

Food

Gravy - Produced by the Southern Foodways Aliance, this podcast shares stories of the changing American South through its foods.

History of Tea - 10-part series on tea in China by Laszlo Montgomery on The China History Podcast.

Second Servings Podcast - A project of Traditional Arts Indiana, the Folklore and Folklife center for the Hoosier State, this podcast criss-crosses the state to collect interviews and recipes, perform taste-tests, and produce an entertaining audio program.

 

Gender

The History Chicks - A popular podcast that introduces listeners to female characters in history, factional or fictional, through lively audio and in-depth show notes by podcasters Beckett Graham and Susan Vollenweider.

Intersection - Hosted by The New Republic senior editor Jamil Smith, a bi-weekly podcast about issues of race, gender, and identity.

 

History

10 American Presidents - A podcast about ten landmark American Presidents hosted by producer Roifield Brown and featuring expert narrators on each president's public career.

12 Byzantine Rulers - A history lecture podcast about the Byzantine Empore through the study of twelve of its rulers, hosted and produced by author, speaker, and podcaster Lars Brownworth.

15 Minute History - A podcast for educators, students, and history buffs about Texas, US, and World History featuring historians from the University of Texas at Austin.

19 History Podcasts to Delight Your Brain - A list compiled by Whitney Matheson on mental_floss magazine.

Africa Past & Present - A podcast about history, culture, and politics in Africa and the diaspora, hosted by Michigan State University historians Peter Alegi and Peter Limb.

The Ancient World - A podcast on the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, hosted by Scott Chesworth. The podcast has put out three series to date: The Ancient World, an overview of the ancient world from the first human civilization to 500BC; Rediscovery, about the rediscovery of ancient civilizations in the modern era; and Bloodline, about the bloodline of Marc Antony and Cleopatra.

BackStory with the American History Guys - A public radio show and podcast hosted by U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, and Brian Balogh that give historical perspective to topics in the headlines.

Ben Franklin's World - A podcast about Early American History hosted by historian Liz Covart.

Civil War Talk Radio - Produced continuiously since 2004, this weekly hour-long show hosted by historian Gerald Prokopowicz about the various aspects of Civil War History is one of the longest-running history podcasts.

Exploring Environmental History - A podcast about human societies and the environment in the past, featuring interviews with people working in the field, reports on conferences and discussions abou thte use and methods of environmental history produced by K.Jan Oosthoek, an environmental historian and an Associate Member of the Centre for Environmental History at the Australian National University.

Footnoting History - A bi-weekly podcast series dedicated to history's overlooked nooks and crannies, started by Elizabeth Keohane-Burbridge and hosted by a rotating ensemble of historian-podcasters.

Global History of Sports in the Cold War - A new podcast produced by the collaborative project "Global History of Sports in the Cold War," part of the Wilson Center's Cold War International History Project. Led by Robert Edelman (UC San Diego) and Robert Edelman (University of Cambridge), the research project has had conferences in Moscow and New York, and some of the participating scholars have contributed so far to the podcast. The host and producer of the podcast is Vince Hunt, who has been a producer and reporter for the BBC.

Gravy - Produced by the Southern Foodways Aliance, this podcast shares stories of the changing American South through its foods.

A History of Central Florida - Fifty episodes examining the history of central Florida through local area objects found in museums, historical organizations, and other places produced by UCF Associate Professor of history and H-Net VP for Research & Publications Robert Cassanello and students in his Historical Documentary and New Media class.

The History Chicks - A popular podcast that introduces listeners to female characters in history, factional or fictional, through lively audio and in-depth show notes by podcasters Beckett Graham and Susan Vollenweider.

The History of English Podcast - A podcast about the global history of the spoken English language, from its beginning to the present, produced and hosted by non-professional historian Kevin Straud.

History Extra - This weekly podcast from the BBC features interviews with historians on a wide variety of topics.

A History of the World in 100 Objects - A 100-episode radio program produced by The British Museum and the BBC that uses objects to tell the history of the world.

The History Buffs - A weely podcast about the local and international history of Westenr New York created and produced by seven #historybuffs based in Buffalo, NY: Tommy ButtaccioAverill EarlsElizabeth Garner MasarikSarah Handley-CousinsMarissa C. RhodesKatie Smyser, and Dan Wallace. They interview junior and established scholars about their works in progress.

The History Hub Podcast Series - Based at the School of History, University College Dublin as part of the History Hub.ie project, which seeks to make the most recent academic research available on-line to anyone, this series of podcasts feature historians talking about a range of subjects from medieval to modern history, both Irish and international. The general series features talks, interviews, and conference presentations on a wide range of historial subjects, from full recordings of academic research papers to informative contributions from professional historians discussing specific historical figures and events.

History of Japan Podcast - A weekly podcast covering the entire span of Japanese hsitory, from prehistoric to modern day, produced by Isaac Meyer, a PhD student at the University of Washington.

History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps - A chronological series that aims to cover the entire history of philosophy from the Presocratics to the present, and including the Islamic world, India, and China, produced and hosted by Peter Adamson, a professor of philosophy at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich and King's College London. A series of companion books are published by Oxford University Press.

The History of Rome - A now completed 179-episode series tracing the history of Rome from start to finish, hosted by podcaster Mike Duncan.

The History of World War II Podcast - A dramatic podcast about the course of the Second World War, produced by Ray Harris Jr., a podcaster with a degree in history from James Madison University.

The Irish Revolution Podcast - A ten-part series of lectures by renowned Irish historian Professor Michael Laffan on the Irish Revolution, which was a module taught by Professor Laffan in the School of History and Archives, University College Dublin from the late 1970's until his retirement in 2010. The series was recorded for History Hub.ie by Real Smart Media.

How Jamaica Conquered the World - A podcast about the cultural influence of Jamaica around the globe post independence with the help of linguists, artists, musicians, and historians.

In the Past Lane - An accessible new American history podcast hosted by College of Holy Cross historian Edward T. O'Donnell.

The JuntoCast - A semi-monthly podcast about early American history featuring roundtable discussions by academic historians Ken OwenMichael Hattem, Roy Rogers, and guest panelists exploring a single topic in depth.

On Top of the World - Long-form podcast for World History teachers and scholars hosted by Matt Drwenski and Dave Eaton.

Ottoman History Podcast - Begun by two graduate students at Georgetown University in 2011 as an experiment in collaborative, accessible academic production, it has become one of the largest digital resources for academic discussions concerning the Ottoman Empire and the modern Middle East featuring academic interviews and lectures in English and Turkish.

Past Present - A weekly podcast that aspires to bring historical insights to political and cultural debates, hosted by historians and writers Nicole Hemmer, Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, and Neil Young.

Practicing History - A podcast devoted to a broad approach to studying history, from research to teaching to methodology to theory, hosted by historian at Indiana Univeristy-Purdue University Indianapolis, Jason M. Kelly.

Press Record - Coming out of the Southern Oral History program at the UNC-Chapel Hill and produced by U.S. historian and SOH Associate Director Rachel F. Seidman and SOHP Field Scholar and Ph.D. candidate Evan Faulkenbury, this podcast tries to engage new audiences and to talk informally about the power and potential of oral history.

Revolutions - A weekly podcast series examining great political revolutions hosted by full-time podcast producer Mike Duncan.

Stuff You Missed in History Class - Hosted by Tracy V. Wilson and Holly Frey and part of the popular HowStuffWorks network.

Tudor and Stuart Ireland Conference Podcasts - This podcast makes available papers presented at the annual interdisciplinary Tudor and Stuart Ireland Conference at the University College Dublin and Maynooth University since 2011. Over 100 speakers from history, English, archaeology, art history, and others, recorded by Real Smart Media for History Hub.ie.

Universities in Revolution and State Formation - This podcast makes available papers presented at the international history conference Universities in Revolution and State Formation, organized by the University College Dublin in June 2015 and recorded by Real Smart Media for History Hub.ie. The papers discuss the role of student and academic revolts from the 1790s up to the present day, featuring the French student uprisings of 1968, Easter 1916, and other major protest movements which led to the emergence of new states.

The Urban Historians - A new podcast on recent and emerging scholarship in urban and metropolitan history hosted by  NYU historian Andrew Needham and Claremont McKenna historian Lily Geismer and produced by University of Pennsylvania PhD student Rachel Guberman for the Urban History Association.

Who Makes Cents? A History of Capitalism Podcast - A monthly interview podcast that tries to explain how capitalism has changed over time, hosted by Betsy Beasley and David Stein.

Witness - A unique short-form (usually under 10 minutes) podcast from the BBC that interviews people from around the world who were witnesses to historical events.

Working History Podcast - Hosted by the Southern Labor Studies Association president and H-Podcast advisory board member Beth English, this podcast seeks to inform public debate and dialogue about some of today's key labor, economic, and political issues with the benefit of historical context.

 

Ideas

Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything - An eclectic show that pulls together reporting, inverviews, and personal essays on topics like the sharing economy, internet culture, wine, and appropriately for this space, the history of podcasting, produced by Benjamen Walker on Radiotopia.

Ideas with Paul Kennedy - Long-running (since 1965) CBC radio program covering social issues, culture & the arts, geopolitics, history, biography, science & technology, and the humanities, mostly through documentary.

Imagine Otherwise - A new interview podcast that describes itself as "about the people and projects bridging art, activism, and academia to build better worlds ... creators who use culture for social justice and explore the nitty-gritty work of imagining and creating more just worlds," hosted by editor, indexer, and academic consultant Cathy Hannabach.

In Our Time - A BBC show about the history of ideas presented by writer and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg featuring guest experts who explain and discuss topics in culture, history, philosophy, religion, and science.

Library of Congress podcasts - Interviews and series from the Library of Congress, like Digital PreservationVoices from the Days of Slavery, or Alan Lomax and the Soundscapes of the Upper Midwest.

New Books Network - A consortium of dozens of podcasts produced by hosts around the world in different fields that interview authors about their academic books, managed by historian and H-Podcast advisory board member Marshall Poe.

Odyssey - A daily talk show of ideas hosted by Gretchen Helfrich that ran on WBEZ Chicago Public Radio from 1998 to 2002, now available on the Internet Archive. The show featured guests with different views to discuss ideas and issues, and included calls from listeners. Ideas ranged all over the map, with regular shows devoted to film topics.

Oxford University Podcasts - Landing page for dozens of podcast series produced by faculty, departments, and colleges in Oxford University on a wide variety of subjects, both informative and useful for teaching. The Living in the Stone Age series of short films, for example, demonstrate Stone Age technologies for classroom demonstration.

Sounding Out! - A sound studies podcast that challenges its contributors to re-think the world through the sonic epistemologies of Toronto School McLuhanism and Schaferism and to demonstrate the power of sound to shape and tell stories in a fundamentally new and challenging way.

 

Irish Studies

The Irish Revolution Podcast - A ten-part series of lectures by renowned Irish historian Professor Michael Laffan on the Irish Revolution, which was a module taught by Professor Laffan in the School of History and Archives, University College Dublin from the late 1970's until his retirement in 2010. The series was recorded for History Hub.ie by Real Smart Media.

 

Language

The Allusionist - A short, often humorous podcast about language and etymology produced by podcaster Helen Zaltzman.

The History of English Podcast - A podcast about the global history of the spoken English language, from its beginning to the present, produced and hosted by non-professional historian Kevin Straud.

 

Material Culture

99% Invisible - A podcast that explores the built environment and design hosted by producer and Radiotopia founder Roman Mars.

Artisan Ancestors - Hosted by Jon Kay, Director of Traditional Arts Indiana and Curator of Folklife and Cultural Heritage at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, this series covers a wide range of material culture topics, interviews with folklorists, artisans, archivists, genealogists, and more.

Conversations on Culture - A podcast series from the Mathers Museum of World Culture hosted by MMWC Curator of Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Jon Kay, it features interviews with museum professionals and culture workers.

A History of the World in 100 Objects - A 100-episode radio program produced by The British Museum and the BBC that uses objects to tell the history of the world.

The Memory Palace - A podcast hosted by Nate DiMeo that uses a piece of material culture as a jumping off point for an exploration of an idea or historical event.

Objects in Motion - Seminar convened by Alexi Baker of the Centre  for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge bringing together scholars, curators and artists to discuss material objects in cultural, temporal, and geographical transition.

Things: Early Modern Material Cultures - Recordings of talks from the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge "Things" seminar series on material culture.

 

Media

Aca-Media - A monthly podcast that presents an academic perspective on media, sponsored by Cinema Journal, the official journal of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, and produced by Christine Becker, Michael Kackman, Joel Neville Anderson, Stephanie Brown, and Todd Thompson.

Digital Campus - A discussion of how digital media and technology are affecting learning, teaching, and scholarship at colleges, universities, libraries, and museums, produced by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University, and hosted by Dan Cohen, Amanda French, Mills Kelly, Stephen Robertson, and Tom Scheinfeldt.

 

Philosophy

Global Poverty - A series of lectures by Oxford University Lecturer in Philosophy James Grant about contemporary moral philosophy as it relates to the problem of global poverty.

History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps - A chronological series that aims to cover the entire history of philosophy from the Presocratics to the present, and including the Islamic world, India, and China, produced and hosted by Peter Adamson, a professor of philosophy at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich and King's College London. A series of companion books are published by Oxford University Press.

The Partially Examined Life - A long-running philosophy podcast that takes the form of an informal roundtable discussion among former philosophy grad students, hosted by Mark Linsenmayer, Seth Paskin, Wes Alwan, Dylan Casey, and Alan Cook. Each episode focuses on a short reading and at least one "big" philosophical question, concern, or idea. Some of the older episodes are by subscription and the group runs a companion blog with additional information related to the episodes.

 

Politics

Past Present - A weekly podcast that aspires to bring historical insights to political and cultural debates, hosted by historians and writers Nicole Hemmer, Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, and Neil Young.

Revolutions - A weekly podcast series examining great political revolutions hosted by full-time podcast producer Mike Duncan.

The Way of Improvement Leads Home - Brand new bi-weekly podcast hosted by American historian at Messiah College John Fea and produced by Drew Dyrli Hermeling extending Fea's website about religion, politics, and academic life.

Working History Podcast - Hosted by the Southern Labor Studies Association president and H-Podcast advisory board member Beth English, this podcast seeks to inform public debate and dialogue about some of today's key labor, economic, and political issues with the benefit of historical context.

 

Race

Intersection - Hosted by The New Republic senior editor Jamil Smith, a bi-weekly podcast about issues of race, gender, and identity.

Show About Race - The full title of this Panoply Media podcast is Our National Conversation About Conversations About Race, it's hosted by authors Baratunde Thurston, Raquel Cepeda, and Tanner Colby, and the title is fairly self-explanatory.

 

Recent Publications

New Books in American Studies - An interview podcast about books in American Studies.

New Books in East Asian Studies - An interview podcast about East Asian history with authors hosted by, among others, historian and H-Podcast advisory board member Carla Nappi.

New Books in Science, Technology, and Society - Discussions with scientists, technologists, and social scientists about their new books hosted by, among others, historian and H-Podcast advisory board member Carla Nappi.

New Books in South Asian Studies - An interview podcast with authors of new books in South Asian studies, hosted by sociologist and H-Podcast subscriber Ian Cook.

New Books in Sports - An interview podcast about sports history hosted by historian and H-Podcast advisory board member Bruce Berglund.

New Books Network - A consortium of dozens of podcasts produced by hosts around the world in different fields that interview authors about their academic books, managed by historian and H-Podcast advisory board member Marshall Poe.

 

Religion

The Way of Improvement Leads Home - Brand new bi-weekly podcast hosted by American historian at Messiah College John Fea and produced by Drew Dyrli Hermeling extending Fea's website about religion, politics, and academic life.

 

Science & Technology

New Books in Science, Technology, and Society - Discussions with scientists, technologists, and social scientists about their new books hosted by, among others, historian and H-Podcast advisory board member Carla Nappi.

Restless Device - A podcast about extraordinary technology by historian of technology, public historian, and tinkerer Dave Unger.

Sounding Out! - A sound studies podcast that challenges its contributors to re-think the world through the sonic epistemologies of Toronto School McLuhanism and Schaferism and to demonstrate the power of sound to shape and tell stories in a fundamentally new and challenging way.

 

Social Sciences

Office Hours - A podcast featuring conversations with social scientists about their research and the social world, hosted by Matt Gunther, Ryan Larson, and guests from The Society Pages graduate student board and produced at the University of Minnesota.

Thinking Allowed - A BBC radio podcast hosted by sociologist Laurie Taylor about new research in sociology, interviewing authors of books and articles.

 

Sports

Global History of Sports in the Cold War - A new podcast produced by the collaborative project "Global History of Sports in the Cold War," part of the Wilson Center's Cold War International History Project. Led by Robert Edelman (UC San Diego) and Robert Edelman (University of Cambridge), the research project has had conferences in Moscow and New York, and some of the participating scholars have contributed so far to the podcast. The host and producer of the podcast is Vince Hunt, who has been a producer and reporter for the BBC.

New Books in Sports - An interview podcast about sports history hosted by historian and H-Podcast advisory board member Bruce Berglund.

 

Teaching

Oxford University Podcasts - Landing page for dozens of podcast series produced by faculty, departments, and colleges in Oxford University on a wide variety of subjects, both informative and useful for teaching. The Living in the Stone Age series of short films, for example, demonstrate Stone Age technologies for classroom demonstration.

 

Writing

The Drunken Odyssey by John King: A Podcast About the Writing Life - A forum to discuss all aspects of the writing process hosted by writer, reviewer, and H-Podcast advisory board member John King.