[This past weekend’s tribute to Daniel Immerwahr’s book reminded me that it’s been a while since I highlighted fellow AmericanStudiers. So this week I’ll share a handful of such voices and texts—I’d love to hear more scholars and works you’d add to the mix!]
I’m far from a
podcast expert, but I’ve learned a lot in the last year, and part of the reason
is that there continue to be so many great new AmericanStudies offerings. Here
are a handful (in no particular order, although I have been fortunate enough to
be a guest on the first four):
of America: Three British grad students (one of them an American
transplant) run this wonderful podcast on politics and pop culture. If you’re a
Star Wars fan, listen to the 2.5 hour episode where Vaughn delves deeper into
the politics of that series and extended universe than you could have ever
History: Kelly Therese has been the co-host of the Two Broads Talking Politics
podcast for a long while, but recently started her own historical podcast,
on which I was very honored to be the third weekly guest
(talking about Susie King Taylor). I guarantee you’ll learn a great deal from
every episode, both from Kelly and her guests!
Reports History and Today: Tampa TV reporter Evan Axelbank is one of our most
vocal supporters of historical and public scholarly writing, and he started
this podcast to highlight new books and authors/voices in those categories. Let’s
all make sure we thank him accordingly by listening in!
with Historians: I can’t imagine too many of my readers don’t already know
this unique and fun video podcast
(videocast?) from historians Matt Gabriele and Varsha Venkat. So I’ll just say
that I think they’ve unlocked a cheat code for having serious fun while getting
guests talking casually and sincerely about their work and interests.
Now & Then: It’s
probably even less necessary for me to say much about the new podcast from two
of our truly preeminent public scholars, Joanne Freeman and Heather Cox
Richardson. So I’ll just add that I love how from their title on they’re making
clear a central tenet of the work we’re all trying to do: those complex, crucial
interconnections between past and present.
July Recap this
PS. What do you
think? AmericanStudies scholars or works you’d share?