History on Podcasts and Radio

Sunday, April 5, 2020, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Type: Workshop

Tags: Media and Communications; Public History and Memory; Theory and Methodology


Our Public Voice workshops are generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Those who register for the Annual Meeting as students, adjunct faculty members, or K-12 teachers will have first priority for the limited number of slots available. We will open the workshop registration to all other OAH members on January 27, 2020
Pre-registration required | Limited to 20 (SOLD OUT)
Lunch Included

Telling Stories with Sound
9:30 am–10:00 am - Networking
10:00 am–12:00 pm
The morning session will be led by Sarah Kramer, producer at Radio Diaries. She will instruct participants on how to connect people to history using the medium of audio. The discussion will be focused on how to produce a powerful story through the montage of first-person witnesses to history, archival materials, and historians. Radio Diaries has won multiple awards for its broadcast journalism. Its audio history project includes documentaries on Nelson Mandela, oral historian Studs Terkel, Claudette Colvin’s protest against racial segregation, and an underground abortion service that operated before Roe v. Wade
12:00 pm: Lunch

Lunch: 12:30 pm–1:30 pm

Speaking History on Podcasts and Public Radio
1:30 pm–4:30 pm
The afternoon session will be led by BackStory co-hosts Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh, Nathan Connolly and Joanne Freeman who will discuss their experience translating scholarship for broader audiences in the podcast and public radio format. They will concentrate on navigating the boundaries between these three distinct venues.

Session Participants

Presenter: Edward L. Ayers, University of Richmond

Presenter: Brian Balogh, University of Virginia

Presenter: N. D. B. Connolly, Johns Hopkins University

Presenter: Joanne Freeman, Yale University

Presenter: Sarah Kramer, Radio Diaries