As you’ve hopefully noticed, this summer I’ve been experimenting with some different formats for Historically Thinking. That has resulted in what you might think of as the reboot of Historically Thinking. Right now Jack Ryan is on his third reboot; I hope this will be Historically Thinking’s second and last one.
Starting next week, every Sunday night or Monday morning a weekly “Commonplace Book” will drop into iTunes, Google Play, or wherever you choose to subscribe to fine podcasts. It will be an idiosyncratic survey of “this week in history”—a few obvious and obscure events, linked together by editorial imagination; birthdays of eminent historians; and a paragraph or two from a historian or history worth your attention.
On Wednesdays you’ll receive our “Conversation,” what you’re used to listening to. This will be a conversation with a historian about their work, or a historical event, or about how they do history. As always, my principle interest is in understanding how to think about history, and how studying history helps us think about other things. Occasionally we will also have a conversation about higher education, particularly aimed at those trying to understand it, whether they be parents of soon-to-be college students, new college students, or seniors ready to graduate and wondering what they have been doing for the last four years.
And then on Friday, all those who have subscribed to the Historically Thinking email list will receive a “newsletter” of books and ideas, mostly related to things historical. There might also from time to time be some “original content” written by me.
As the site and subscribers grow, I plan on adding to that assortment. But, starting next week, that’s what will be going on at Historically Thinking. If you like what you listen to, and read, please leave a review on iTunes—it’s the best way of attracting other like-minded people to the podcast.