Archives Featured General Podcasts — 30 November 2016

There is no doubt that the podcasting movement has accelerated in the past few years, and I am an enormous fan of podcasts that relate to history. You will often find me with headphones on, and, more than likely, I am listening to one of my favorite podcasts. The podcast format/medium/platform is such a good fit for exploring archived oral histories in creative and dynamic ways. It is no wonder there has been an explosion of oral history-focused podcasts emerging over the past few years, each with different approaches and different production styles. In October 2015, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History launched the Wisdom Project Podcast. I had wanted to produce an oral history podcast for some time. After testing the waters with five initial episodes, we have transitioned into a new phase of production with the launch of season two, so stay tuned.

The following (in no particular order) are some of my favorite oral history-based podcasts. Of course, there are numerous podcasts out there that utilize interviewing or interviews that are historical in nature. This list focuses on podcasts that self-identify as “oral history” podcasts. We need to see more oral history podcasts showing up in people’s podcasting apps, because there is such compelling material being produced at the grassroots level (which is where I really think podcasting excels). If you like one of these podcasts, subscribe to it, tell your friends, post something to your circle of friends or followers, and rate it on your favorite podcasting platform. Ratings raise the profile of podcasts in the eyes of platforms such as iTunes. I will periodically update this list as I discover new favorites. I know this list focuses on oral history podcasts produced in the United States, and I know there are more that I am missing, so please suggest other oral history podcasts to me.


The Wisdom Project Podcast

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries

Description: Features archived oral history interviews from the Nunn Center collection.  Style is a more storytelling or narrative journalism orientation.





Outspoken: A COPH Podcast

Center for Oral and Public History, California State Fullerton

Description: In there words, Outspoken “incorporates current projects, oral histories, and archival material into monthly conversations”




otm_final_v2The Other Side of the Mic: An Oral History Podcast

Amplify: The Oral History Podcast Network

Description: Podcast about oral history.  Features interviews with oral historians doing oral history.




amplifiedoklaAmplified Oklahoma

Oklahoma Oral History Research Program, Oklahoma State University

Description: Features interviews from the archive, as well as conversations with experts and project personnel on a “variety of topics related to Oklahoma history and culture.”





Archives of American Art Oral Histories

Smithsonian Institute Archives of American Art

Description: Excerpts from oral history interviews





campanileTales from the Campanile

Oral History Center, UC Berkeley Library

Description: Features interviews from the archive.  First season focuses on women in politics.






What Endures

T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History, LSU

Description: Episodes feature edited interview excerpts from the collection.  Featured in the article “What Endures” by Jennifer Abraham Cramer and Erin Hess on Oral History in the Digital Age.




spohp-logo-with-mic-210x210Voices From the Archives

Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, University of Florida

Description: Episodes are “compiled from diverse oral history collections… to facilitate easy access to local history for students, teachers, and the general public.”





Mississippi Moments Podcast

University of Southern Mississippi Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage

Description: weekly radio program on Mississippi Public Broadcasting, features brief vignettes from archived oral histories.

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National Park Service Oral History

National Park Service

Description: Brief excerpts of interviews with former National Park employees.





Veteran Voices: the Oral History Podcast

Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Initiative

Description: Conversations with veterans from the Pittsburgh area.





Press Record

Southern Oral History Program, UNC-Chapel Hill

Description: A podcast about oral history activities of the SOHP.  Interviews with practitioners, as well as excerpts from the archival collection.





The Dole Institute Oral History Project

The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, University of Kansas

Description: Podcast delivery of full interviews from the project.





Glucksman Ireland House NYU

Center for Irish and American Studies, New York University

Description: Excerpts of interviews from the Archives of Irish America at NYU.  Storytelling approach, great use of music!,






Flatbush + Main

Brooklyn Historical Society

Description: Includes much discussion between the hosts, interviews with experts, oral history excerpts, and lots of Brooklyn!




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