I have never been a big podcaster. The lack of visual stimulus can make it hard to stick with it. Unlike a documentary or movie that has visuals to accompany the story or event that is being told, a podcast is an audio recording that touches on a topic. However, after being exposed to Dan Carlin’s “Hardcore History” I found it to be very interesting. I was completely engaged in the conversation Dan Carlin was having as part of his “Blueprint to Armageddon” series. Carlin spoke about which event in history was most influential in shaping today’s world. His thoughts were with Gavrilo Princip precipitating World War I, setting off events that would lead us to the world we currently live in.
The podcast can allow for public history to reach new audiences, specifically because the podcast is a portable service. Furthermore, podcasts are available extensively through smartphone applications. That is important; podcasts can reach a large audience with relative ease through several applications available to millions of people. Not only are podcasts widely accessible they are also portable. A podcast can be listened to almost anywhere. It can be listened to in the car on the way to work, on the bus, at night before bed, or on a walk. The podcast can be used to extend to public history through connecting the podcasts to the community and to the history of a town, city, or state. The equipment to produce a podcast is not expensive (I believe Dr. Hermes said a few hundred dollars) so it is relatively inexpensive to produce. By producing podcasts pubic historians can create interest in the history that is all around us. They can reach an audience in a relevant and meaningful way. The podcast is an excellent way for public historians to reach a wider audience.