Vinod Kurup

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Aug 4, 2006 - 2 minute read - Comments - interesting podcast favorite history

Talking History is history

One of my favorite podcasts is going on hiatus. (A podcast is basically a fancy word for a radio show that you can download to your MP3 player.) Talking History is produced by the Organization of American Historians and because of budget problems, they cutting funding for Talking History.

The host Brian LeBeau is the epitome of a great interviewer. He mostly stays in the background, giving the stage to the historian, but when he asks a question, you immediately feel like it’s a question that you would want to ask. He makes interviewing seem simple. It’s clear that not only has he read the work of the historian he’s interviewing, he understands the impact of their work. But most of all, the show is great because of the content. They choose great topics with great authors and historians. If you have any interest in history, go back and listen to their shows for the past couple years (which will remain up despite the hiatus). Hope the hiatus is short…

(Don’t forget to donate to their cause if you enjoy the content as much as I do)

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History and more

While Talking History takes its hiatus, you might check out the Teaching Company ( ). They scout out good teachers from universities across the US for lectures on a variety of topics.

Prem Thomas 2006-08-07 12:45:00

I'm too cheap

You're right Prem, the content looks enticing. But, it's a little on the expensive side and I'm really a fan of the podcast format. Let the audio come to me :)

Vinod Kurup 2006-08-09 14:05:29


This is awesome! We need more of this. Mo' podcasts, mo' podcasts, mo' podcasts!

It's hard to find the quality stuff, though. The free marketplace has been inundated. All part of the process, I know, I know (quality will rise to the top). It would be cool to have a site that has a good rating system for free podcasts. There probably already is one or ones like it. Haven't seen it/them, but perhaps it can be filtered, fine tuned.

Dave T 2006-08-15 13:42:39


That's my problem too. Finding good stuff. There are a few sites that claim to help you (Just do a google search for 'podcast directory'), but I haven't been overwhelmed with their usefulness.

Vinod Kurup 2006-08-24 16:09:31

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