The JuntoCast is a monthly podcast about politics, religion, and culture in early American history. Each episode features a roundtable discussion by academic historians, Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, Roy Rogers, and occasional guest panelists, exploring a single aspect of early American history in depth.
When The JuntoCast launched in May 2013, it was the first podcast devoted exclusively to early American history. Since then, the world of early American history podcasting has grown, but The JuntoCast‘s roundtable format remains unique in its ability to show historical thinking and how historians engage with the past in real time through in-depth discussions between multiple historians about key events, issues, and themes in early American history.
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The JuntoCast is an independent production. We receive no external funding or support of any kind. The effort, time, and cost involved in organizing, producing, editing, distributing, and maintaining such a podcast are significant and entirely at our own expense. We believe that it is a fundamental duty of academic historians to help translate the knowledge they produce for a broader audience. The only compensation we receive for producing The JuntoCast are the emails, comments, and reviews we receive from our listeners and from general listeners and teachers at all levels who have found ways to use the podcast in their classroom and for their own professional development.
Whence the Name?
“The Junto” was a club originally founded by Benjamin Franklin and his working-class friends in 1720s Philadelphia to crowdsource learning and self-improvement by sharing with each other the knowledge they had accumulated in their own studies. The JuntoCast was created by members of The Junto: A Group Blog on Early American History. Like both Franklin’s Junto and the blog, The JuntoCast is committed to crowdsourcing the current knowledge of academic historians by bringing it to a broad audience in an informal, conversational format that is intellectually engaging, educational, and entertaining.
Listeners of The JuntoCast include:
- anyone interested in American history
- anyone who enjoys intellectually stimulating history podcasts
- primary or secondary school teachers
- secondary students taking AP US History
- avid readers of books about the American Revolution, Civil War, and/or other topics in early American history
- graduate students in History
- academic historians specializing in a place or period other than early America
Because each episode features a long-form discussion on a specific topic or theme in early American history, listeners walk away from each episode with a broad overview of the topic, including factual information, interesting anecdotes, a sense of the major questions and debates that have surrounded study of the topic amongst historians, and, occasionally, our own approaches to teaching the topic. Our episodes have been used by secondary social studies teachers to help keep their knowledge up-to-date and by university-level teachers to learn more about specific topics. The JuntoCast has also been used as assigned listening in both secondary and college-level classes. Regardless of the level, The JuntoCast is an excellent resource for teachers, especially those teaching online or in flipped classrooms. If you are a teacher, at any level, that is using the podcast with their students, please get in touch with us. We’d love to hear from you.
How to Listen
In addition to subscribing through iTunes, RSS, Spotify, SoundCloud, and a host of podcast apps, our website offers you three ways to listen to The JuntoCast. You can stream and/or download all episodes from the player below, the ARCHIVES page with individual episode summaries, and from each individual episode’s page (found under the ARCHIVES tab above). The individual episode pages include summaries, questions, further reading lists, and a place for audience comments. We encourage our listeners to engage with the podcast through the Comments section on each episode’s page. Finally, you can use the links at the right to subscribe to The JuntoCast.
Support The JuntoCast
If you would like to help support The JuntoCast:
- SUBSCRIBE to the podcast in iTunes (see button to the right)
- RATE AND REVIEW the podcast in the iTunes Store
- LIKE and SHARE our Facebook page and links
- FOLLOW our Twitter account (@juntocast) and RETWEET us
If you are a JuntoCast listener and have not yet checked out The Junto, the blog from which it originated, you can do so at: http://earlyamericanists.com.
If you have suggestions for topics you’d like to hear covered on The JuntoCast or if you have any questions about the content of an episode, we’d love to hear from you and are happy to answer any questions we can. Of course, we would also love to hear about the ways in which our listeners are using the podcast, especially in terms of teaching. If you are an historian who would like to appear on The JuntoCast, please contact us as well. You can use the CONTACT US page to email us.