What's this wiki?
This is a first stab at compiling a list of humanities-related radio/podcast productions. I am setting up thematic categories, but these are suggestions rather than concrete divisions. Contributions are welcome! Leave your name, etc. in the comments if you contribute so I can keep track.
Aural communication of humanities scholarship has been neglected in favor of written distribution of ideas. But sound has many advantages for scholarly communication and collaboration. From opening up the audience of scholarly work to the general listening public (via radio or podcasts) to providing a forum for integrating archival sound into discussions about history, sound recordings are a creative and effective way to share information about research, pedagogy, and higher education culture. Sound studies projects like Sound Box at the Duke PhD Lab are working to promote research about sound that is produced in sound. The Digital Campus podcast out of the Center for History and New Media brings together a group of scholar-teachers to discuss digital education in a form that is accessible to listeners around the world. Sound production can embrace informal roundtables as well as carefully crafted aural essays that represent the final product of a researcher's project. Platforms like Cowbird and Soundcloud and Zeenga showcase home- and studio-made audio that could easily incorporate scholarly work.
My original inspiration comes from working at KZSU-Stanford as a news producer and contributor to the Peninsula Report show. The collaborative environment of the radio station - working with producers, engineers, special guests, CDs, and digital content - was a far cry from the isolation of my library carrel where I work on my dissertation. The success of themed roundtable radio broadcasts of historians in France (see link below to La fabrique de l'histoire) made me wonder why there wasn't an equivalent forum for historians in the US. Then Backstory with the American History Guys popped onto my radar, and I began to dig deeper for other examples of humanities-related content being produced in the audio world. I think of this wiki as research for the future development of a web site that aggregates audio content related to the higher ed, and more specifically, to the humanities, world. It also sheds light on what academic disciplines/fields are being covered and those that have little to no audio presence.
Please feel free to comment below or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
List of Radio shows and podcasts (current and archived):
How to do History on the Radio
- Talking History radio show from SUNY-Albany (archived shows, links to other radio segments on historical topics)
- Reality Radio: Telling True Stories in Sound (book and online audio) - about new documentary radio of the 2000s, an inspiration for historians I hope!
- The quiet american's "one-minute vacations" + a DIY guide to field recording - examples of capturing cultural difference in aural form
- Environmental History podcast
- 99% Invisible with Roman Mars
- Urban Cultural Studies Podcasts from Benjamin Fraser (The College of Charleston)
Digital Humanities (Research and Pedagogy)
- Digital Campus (CHNM)
Literature and Culture
- Entitled Opinions with Robert Harrison (KZSU-Stanford)
- To The Best of Our Knowledge at Wisconsin Public Radio
- New Books in French Studies
- Philosophy Talk with John Perry and Ken Taylor (Stanford)
- Prof. Joel Beinin (Stanford) runs a weekly show on KZSU-Stanford. Here are some archived clips of interviews via the Pacific Radio Archives.
History of Radio
- Broadcasting History Links
- SUNY-Albany's Readings in Aural History and Practicum in Documentary Production
- 100 ans de radio (100 years of radio - French Radio history)
- Pop Up Archive - new project to create a digital archive of radio productions by two Berkeley Ischool students (starting w/the Kitchen Sisters)
Misc Scholarly Podcast
- 3620 (Annenberg School at University of Pennsylvania)
- Humanities StoryCorps (Department of History, University of Iowa)
- Academic Minute (WAMC Albany, archived at Inside Higher Ed)
- New Books in History - audio interviews with recent authors by Marshall Poe
- UCL Lunch Hour Lectures - University College Longon academic talks
Sound, Sound Studies
Humanities Centers/Departments w/SoundCloud or iTunesU collections
- UC Santa Cruz Institute for Humanities Research
- Yale Whitney Humanities Center
- Stanford Humanities Center
- McGill University Arts and Humanities
- Wellesley College Newhouse Center for the Humanities
- University of Chicago Arts and Humanities Research (among many other collections of interest)
- UC Berkeley Humanities Events