Tuesday, March 25, 2008

More history on Anne is a Man!

What podcast reviews to expect on this blog:

Within 24 hours:
- Philosophy Bites (time, free will and more)
- Your History Podcast (Spring Heeled Jack)

Within 48 hours:
- The History of the International System
An exhilarating lecture series by James Sheehan (Stanford) which spans some 29 lectures which have already been held, but not all of them published. I will review about as far as I can get.

Treaty of Versailles, 1919
In the coming days
- Shrink Rap Radio (Mindmentor and others)
- UChannel Podcast
- King Lear, as discussed in In Our Time and English 117S (Berkeley)
- Getting Published with the Writing Show

In New podcasts on trial we have March as a history podcast month and still a wide range of candidates:
Redborne History Podcast
Teaching American History Podcast
History 2311 Western Civilization until 1600
History 2312 Western Civilization from 1600
Glad 30th Anniversary podcasts
We the people stories

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American History before 1870

One of the best sources for new history podcasts to try is one that discovered my blog before I discovered it. I was checking the referrals to my blog when I ran into a 'trailfire' on history podcasts. The maker of the trail keeps a close eye on my blog, as I can see from some of the podcast descriptions that are identical to mine, but he also finds new stuff, I hadn't heard of before. So I keep an eye on him as well. And dear creator of this trailfire, if you read this, please contact me.

New Home in the Far WestOne of the podcasts I have found though his trail is American History before 1870. The trail comment reads: "These podcasts coordinate with Hist 1301, offered by Dr. Gretchen Ann Reilly at Temple College, in Temple, TX. Dr. Reilly makes American History fascinating!" I can only agree. And I can add: not only does she make it fascinating, she also makes it accessible and yet maintains a high level of factuality and insight.

The secret to her success is a very simple and straightforward formula. In stead of recording her live lectures, she lectures privately, producing a monologue style podcast. She makes sure her issues are no longer than 15 minutes. Very little post-production is done. If the lecture takes more than 15 minutes, which usually is the case, she breaks them up in chunks. This is done almost mid sentence, which requires some adapting from the listener. However, the clarity of Ms. Reilly's voice and the careful structure of her monologue make the work mesmerizing.

I will be going through the whole series and am excited to have discovered two more podcasts she has done: History 2311 and 2312, which address western civilization, the first till 1600 and the second after 1600. Those are the next on my list.

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