iTunes U has selected 15 Minute History, produced by the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of History, as one of the Best Podcasts of 2014.
The podcast features short, accessible discussions from UT faculty members and graduate students. The topics are wide-ranging and likely to intrigue any history buff. Subjects are drawn from the World History and U.S. History Standards for Texas K-12 social studies courses, making them a strategic educational resource for teachers and students.
Since its launch in July 2013, 15 Minute History has topped the iTunes U’s charts more than 20 times, besting content produced by organizations like NASA, Smithsonian Libraries, TED and Harvard University. The podcast has produced 59 episodes to date. The most recent covers John D. Rockefeller and the Standard Oil Company.
“We at 15 Minute History are proud and honored to have been included as one of iTunes U’s ‘Best Podcasts of 2014,'” said Christopher Rose, who co-hosts 15 Minute History with Joan Neuberger, and is also Outreach Director in the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and a history graduate student. “We’ve had a terrific year—we have exceeded half a million downloads, and have acquired nearly 60,000 subscribers. And we’re not done yet! We’ll hit 60 episodes with an installment on Texas and the American Revolution coming next week.”
15 Minute History is a joint project of Hemispheres, the international outreach consortium at the University of Texas at Austin, and Not Even Past, a website with articles on a wide variety of historical issues, produced by the Department of History.