The JuntoCast The JuntoCast is a semi-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 guest panelists, exploring a single aspect of early American history in depth.

The JuntoCast was the first “podcast on early American history.” Following its launch in May 2013, the world of early American history podcasting began growing. We are proud to have created the first podcast devoted exclusively to early American history. As the ranks of high-quality early American history podcasts has grown, The JuntoCast‘s roundtable format remains unique in its ability to show how historians think historically about the past in practice, through in-depth discussions between multiple historians about key events, issues, and themes in early American history. Following an extended hiatus, The JuntoCast is currently back in production with new episodes to be released beginning in January 2020.

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. Meanwhile, we are also maintaining our own separate academic, professional, and personal responsibilities. Nevertheless, 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 and comments we receive from our listeners and from teachers at all levels who have found ways to use the podcast in their classroom and for their own professional development.

“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. Similarly, 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.

Who Listens?

Listeners of The JuntoCast include:

  • anyone interested in American history
  • fans of intellectually stimulating history podcasts
  • graduate students in History
  • academic historians specializing in a period other than the 18th century
  • primary or secondary school teachers
  • secondary students taking AP US History
  • avid readers of books about the American Revolution and/or other topics in early American history

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, relevant anecdotes, a sense of the major questions and debates that have surrounded study of the topic amongst historians, and 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 college-level courses. Whether secondary or college-level, The JuntoCast is an excellent resource for teachers 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, or SoundCloud, 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 episodes’ 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 originates, you can do so at:

Contact Us

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.