History Podcast and Blog Suggestions


History Podcasts & Blogs



Stay engaged this summer by exploring podcasts and other online resources!

These recommendations come from UBC History's faculty and graduate students. 





*is placed beside podcasts that frequently feature historical content, but are not always Historical in nature.


*Cited- focuses on the ideas that change the world, sometimes in troubling ways. Each episode tells stories about higher education and research; the birth, life and death of academic ideas; and expertise–who has it, what are they doing with it, and what are its limits? In addition, one of the hosts and producers of the show is a UBC History Alumnus—Sam Fenn



History of the Twentieth Century- tells the stories of the twentieth century by taking an interdisciplinary approach. Episodes dive into art, culture, music, literature, theatre, film, television, science and religion, and their influences on one another and on international politics and war. This podcast seeks to include perspectives outside the typical “upper-class, gray-haired, white European straight Christian man” box.



In Our Time—from the BBC. Find podcasts dealing with historical themes, events and key individuals from Akhenaten to Xenophon.



*Library Talks by the New York Public Library- delivers live conversations from the New York Public Library. An eclectic mix of voices and perspectives, featuring well-known and up-and-coming writers. 



Meiji at 150: In the Meiji at 150 Podcast, host Prof. Tristan Grunow (UBC) interviews specialists of Japanese history, literature, art, and culture. Topics covered will range from the position of the Meiji Restoration and Meiji Period in each scholar’s research, to how they view the significance of the Restoration in Japanese and global history, and finally to how they teach the Meiji Period in their classrooms. 



New Books in History –features interviews with Historians about their new books. 

 Find a recent interview with UBC History’s Heidi Tworek: https://newbooksnetwork.com/heidi-tworek-news-from-germany-the-competition-to-control-world-communications-1900-1945-harvard-up-2019/

For more episodes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/new-books-in-history/id276412994


*Planet Money-an NPR podcast focusing on creative and entertaining ways to make sense of the complicated forces that move the economy. 



Revisionist History- this podcast, hosted by Malcolm Gladwell, aims to reinterpret something from the past: an event, a person, or an idea. “Something overlooked. Something misunderstood.”



Revolutions- a podcast exploring great political revolutions.



Stuff You Missed in History Class –takes a look at lesser-known historical people and events.



*Stuff You Should Know- educates listeners on a wide variety of topics.



*This American Life- a storytelling podcast, hosted by Ira Glass. The stories have compelling people at the center of them, funny moments, big feelings, surprising plot twists, and interesting ideas.



Throughline- a history podcast from NPR which goes back in time every episode to understand the present. “These are stories you can feel and sounds you can see from the moments that shaped our world.”



Uncivil- a podcast that goes back in time to unravel how divisions turned into war and tell the stories left out of the official history. 



*99% Invisible- a podcast about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world.






Active History - a website that connects the work of historians with the wider public and the importance of the past to current events.



British Library Blogs- an extensive collection of blogs (available on a temporary site below.)



Legal History Miscellany- in (mostly) premodern Legal History, this blog deals with topics from homicide to feminism to claiming sanctuary and animal rights.



The Medieval Manuscript blogs- are first rate and of broad interest, everything from Leonardo de Vinci to gorgeous Books of Hours and medieval bestiaries.



MR on line- an independent socialist magazine.



Notches- a peer-reviewed, collaborative and international history of sexuality blog that aims to get people inside and outside the academy thinking about sexuality in the past and in the present.



Please note these suggestions were volunteered by faculty and graduate students. If there are other online sources or podcasts you would like to suggest, please email: hist.comms@ubc.a