Today, The Junto is happy to present the first episode of “The JuntoCast,” our new monthly podcast featuring Juntoists discussing issues related to early American history, academia, pedagogy, and public history. As we embark on this venture, the first few episodes will be experimental as we try to find the best method for recording a podcast with 3 or 4 participants literally thousands of miles apart. The podcast will appear once per calendar month and the length of the podcast will likely vary anywhere from fifteen to forty-five minutes. As always, any feedback will be greatly appreciated, including suggesting future topics to be covered.
In our first episode, the indomitable Ken Owen hosts a wide-ranging discussion with Michael D. Hattem and Roy Rogers on academic historians’ relationship with popular history, including what lies behind the appeal of the most popular works of history, the role of popular history in the classroom, and how academic historians can reach a broader audience beyond the friendly confines of academia.