What Are Your Favorite Podcasts?

Some of you may recall my post earlier this week about the potential of a “The Way of Improvement Leads Home” podcast.  The brainstorming phase is getting a bit more serious.  I am working closely with Andrew Dyrli Hermeling, a former student, freelance writer, and Ph.D student in early American history at Lehigh University.  We are close to nailing down a format for the show.  It will be guest driven, but it will also include stories, historical analysis, new trends in the field of American history, and some fun banter and conversation.

As we continue to refine the format  I am eager to hear what kinds of podcasts the readers of The Way of Improvement Leads Home like to listen to.  What are your favorite podcasts?  Over the course of the next few months I want to listen to all kinds of podcasts in order to get some ideas.

12 thoughts on “What Are Your Favorite Podcasts?

  1. And I'm wondering, given that so many of us lump podcasts in with radio shows like This American Life or a subscription service like Mars Hill Audio Journal, whether it's possible for a podcast actually to meet most people's expectations for an audio program.


  2. Thanks, Dave. I am familiar with Carlin, but need to listen to him a bit more. Lars is great. I know him from my Stony Brook days. I will also check out Invisibilia.


  3. Hardcore History by Dan Carlin is fantastic. He recently did a four or five part series on WWI and each podcast was around 4 hours, so almost more like an audiobook. Then there is The History of Rome which took the narrative from the founding of Rome to 476 AD. The same guy has since started Revolutions which has covered the English, American and French revolutions and I assume will go on to Haiti, Russia and other places. Finally, I remember Lars Brownworth did 12 Byzantine Rulers and then Norman Centuries.

    Stepping away from history, Invisibilia from NPR was great.


  4. 1. This American Life
    2. The Moth
    3. Pop Culture Happy Hour
    4. On the Media
    5. Snap Judgment
    6. Stuff You Missed in History Class
    7. Fresh Air

    Backstory and Juntocast too, but those seem obvious.

    Best of luck with the project!


  5. The Gist. John, I have long considered you the Mike Pesca of the world of professional historians! A forthcoming blog based on The Way of Improvement Leads Home will cement this connection forever!!


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