Interlude: Interview with our host

New episodes are coming soon! In the meantime, fans might be interested in hearing an interview co-host Christopher Rose did about the history and behind the scenes processes that go into producing 15 Minute History with the FIR Podcast Network.

When Chris Rose, Outreach Director at the University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, launched the 15 Minute History Podcast in 2013, he had no idea that within eight months it would shoot to the number one ranked podcast on iTunesU.

15 Minute History is a podcast about world and US history produced by the History Department at the University of Texas at Austin. The series is devoted to short, accessible discussions of important topics in World History and US History led by the faculty and graduate students at the school. The original goal in setting up the podcast was to take the school’s research and make it accessible to the public, something that they seem to be doing quite well as evidenced by the 3,000 – 4,000 downloads per episode.

You can listen to the podcast here:

Best of 2014

iTunes U Best of 2014We at 15 Minute History are proud and honored to have been included as one of iTunes U’s “Best Podcasts of 2014.”  We’ve had a terrific year—we have exceeded half a million downloads, and have acquired nearly 60,000 subscribers.

And we’re not done yet!  We’ll hit 60 episodes with an installment on Texas and the American Revolution coming next week.  Looking ahead to 2015, we have more installments in our ongoing series on sectarianism in Islam, plus episodes detailing new thinking about the Old Testament, rescuing antiquities from looters and plunderers, Nixon’s drug wars against Mexican cartels, and even more.

Thanks for making us #1!

Site Updates

Did you know that each podcast episode is correlated to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for social studies? Well, now each episode is also correlated to the National Standards for History, Basic Edition.

You can find standards alignments at the bottom of each episode’s page, following the transcript and documents/suggestions for further reading. (Hint: you can click on “Transcript” right under the audio link and it will scroll down to the right space on the page).

We’ve also added a podcast index to the site, in addition to our speaker index.

Stay tuned for upcoming episodes, including Robert Olwell on early drafts of the Declaration of Independence; Madeline Y Hsu on Chinese immigration to the United States; Philippa Levine on eugenics; Patrick Olivelle on the Gupta and Maurya Empires; and much, much more!

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New episodes of 15 Minute History are coming next week!

In the meantime, you can follow us on Twitter at @15MinuteHistory, or “like” us on Facebook, where you’ll hear about new episodes as they’re published.

Don’t forget, you can also subscribe to our podcast feed through iTunes or add our RSS feed to your favorite newsreader to download episodes automatically!

Introducing 15 Minute History

Welcome to 15 Minute History!

15 Minute History is a podcast—with supplementary materials—about World and US history.  This is a joint project of Hemispheres, the international outreach consortium at the University of Texas at Austin, and Not Even Past, a website with articles on a wide variety of historical issues, produced by the History Department at the University of Texas at Austin.

This podcast series is devoted to short, accessible discussions of important topics in World History and US History. The discussions will be conducted by the award winning faculty and graduate students at the University of Texas at Austin.

Our topics will be drawn from the new World History and US History Standards—The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)—for K-12 social studies courses in Texas, and will be tied to specific objective and goals set in the standards to help educators prepare their students for the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness, or STAAR™ exams. They are meant to be a resource for both teachers and students.

But the podcasts can be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in History. Each podcast will be accompanied by documents and readings related to the topic for people who want to learn more about the topic.

Our podcasts will be available through the Hemispheres and Not Even Past websites, where listeners and readers can find links to more information about World and US History and Cultures and the resources that we’ve developed.