Looking for history podcasts for teens? Look no further than this list of 10+ podcasts that are perfect for teens (& their parents!).
Podcasts have been in my ears for more than 15 years. But it’s only been in the last five years that they’ve become a regular part of our time in the car & our homeschool. (They’ve quickly overtaken audiobooks as the #1 thing we listen to on our way to appointments, sports & other kid activities!)
Why did I wait so long??
The short length makes podcasts ideal for the time between activities. The passion for a topic you hear in the pocaster leaves me more engaged. And the shear variety of topics — from those that line right up to your studies to topics that are a definite rabbit trail — means there are always more to choose from.
There are certainly more history podcasts out there than this list. But these are all chosen with teens & tweens in mind — engaging presentations, rabbit trails, oddities, etc.
How do you use podcasts?
If only I had a single answer to this question!
For astronomy this year, I created a playlist on Spotify with assorted episodes. I used Spotify’s share playlist link to send it to my son (via email) & he saved it to his own Spotify account. Once or twice weekly, he chose an episode. Sometimes he’d share something with me from it; other times, he didn’t. And that’s it. No written summary, no quiz, no project. It was as simple as that.
It’s a similar setup in the car. We don’t listen every time we’re in the car & we skip around between podcasts. It’s rare that we don’t end up in a discussion about some aspect…or a long rabbit trail!
Assessment isn’t my goal. When I focus on “testing” what they learned, I suck the joy right out of learning. For them & for me.
But the knowledge comes. It comes from exposure & discussion. It comes from building upon ideas & examination. Trust the process.
a.k.a. podcasts that only have one or two seasons
- The Bomb by BBC (stories related to the atomic bomb & WW2)
- 13 Minutes to the Moon by BBC (the story behind Apollo 11)
- White Lies (the story of a murder days before the famous Selma march)
- Blindspot: The Road to 9-11
- One Year (a look into major & minor stories from1942, 1977, 1986, 1995)
- Nazis: The Road to Power (a dramatic podcast)
Podcasts that are Distinctly American
From Food to Hope
- American Storytellers (deep-dives into various events)
- BackStory (no longer in production; the story behind the stories of America, some lesson plans available)
- The Food That Built America (builds on the TV series)
- The History of Americans
- Hope Through History (the stories of coming through major events)
- Infamous Americans
- Legends of the Old West
- The History of American Food
- Thomas Jefferson Hour
- This American President
- The People vs. J. Edgar Hoover
World History Podcasts
From ancient times to modern times
- Evil Genius (examining historical & pop-culture heroes & villains)
- Gone Medieval
- History of the World Wars
- Killing Victoria (the attempted killings of Queen Victoria)
- History’s Greatest Cities
- It Was Said (examining history’s famous speeches)
- Real Dictators
- Revolutions (deep dives into political revolutions)
- The Rest is History
- You’re Dead to Me (from the team behind Horrible Histories)
A Mish-Mash of History
A Little bit of everything
- Stuff You Missed in History Class (easy-to-search website)
- Throughline (how we got to now, the history behind the headlines)
- Footnoting History (“because the best stories are in the footnotes”)
- The Fantastic History of Food
- The Explorers Podcast (for those who love explorers & in-depth biographies)
- My History Can Beat Up Your Politics
- Patented (history of inventions)
- Today in History (a story from history in just 10 minutes a day)
- Everything Everywhere Daily (another short, daily podcast on all sorts of historical & geographical topics)
And a few bonus ideas
For littles, Families, & adults
- Forever Ago, by the creators of Brains On, is designed for the entire family.
Is there a history podcast I missed? Leave it in the comments!
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