Below are just a few podcasts that publish educational content on American culture, history, performing arts, lectures, exhibits, music, and presentations. We encourage you to download the educational content and share it with your peers, students, colleagues, and friends. 


America: One Nation, Divisible

  • On a host of social, economic, and cultural issues - such as immigration, health care, taxes, gun control, reproductive rights, and even basic economic policy - Americans appear to be deeply divided. Why are these issues so powerfully divisive? Might we ever find common ground? 

America's Founding - New York Historical Society

  • The heart of the N-YHS public program activity is the Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series. Through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Schwartz the Historical Society has been able to bring a wide array of extraordinary lectures and dynamic conversations to New York's Upper West Side. Speakers are attracted by our classic auditorium, by the relevance of their work to our mission, and by the knowledge that they will be presenting to an intelligent, passionate and articulate audience. Our broad range of programs feature topics in history and current affairs, highlights from current exhibitors, and lively musical events.

American Art - Brooklyn Museum

  • The Brooklyn Museum holds one of the oldest and finest public collections of American art in the world.

American Literature - Yale Library

  • Lectures and readings from American literature and letters of American authors found in the Yale University Library, read and discussed by Yale Librarians and researchers. The American Literature collection is only a silver of the vast collections the Yale Libraries hold.

American Studies Program - Stanford University

  • The Program in American Studies is an interdisciplinary undergraduate major that seeks to convey a broad understanding of American culture and society in all their complexity. Building on a foundation of courses in history and institutions, literature and the arts, and race and ethnicity, students bring a range of disciplines to bear on their efforts to analyze and interpret America's past and present, forging fresh and creative syntheses along the way.

Emory Looks at Hollywood

  • From the genetics of X-Men to the physics behind Iron Man and sociology of Sex and the City, Emory faculty apply their insight on some of Hollywoods biggest blockbusters hits.

The English Channel - Arizona State University, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of English

  • Podcasts from the Department of English.

Ethnic Relations in the U.S. - Arizona State University, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, School of Human Evolution

  • Ethnic Relations in the United States (ASB 202) explores processes of intercultural relations, systems approach to history of U.S interethnic relations and psychocultural analysis of contemporary U.S. ethnic relations.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

  • Founded in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a nonprofit organization supporting the study and love of American history through programs and resources for students, teachers, and history enthusiasts throughout the nation.

Hidden Treasures at the Library of Congress

  • Watch videos highlighting fascinating artifacts from our treasured collections as presented by Library of Congress curators. In partnerships with HISTORY. 

Institute of Politics - John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum - Video

  • The John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum is one of the world's premier arenas for political speech, discussion, and debate. Located at the the heart of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Forum regularly hosts heads of state, leaders in politics, government, business, labor and the media; academic; community organizers; and artists. In addition to speeches, debates, and panel discussions on pressing issues, the Forum has sponsored television and radio programs, film screenings, and theatrical productions. Since its founding in 1978, the Forum has hosted more than one thousand events, seen by live audiences totaling more than 650,000 people and millions more via cable television, teleconferencing and the Internet. 

Jazz + Culture - Arizona State University, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Department of History

  • This course provides a survey of the cultural reaction to jazz from its emergence as a distinct form of music in the first decades of the twentieth century to its inclusion in the intellectual academy as an accepted form of music in the last decades of the twentieth century. Through the study of texts and music, the course hopes to provide students with a sense of how both jazz and its audiences evolved over the century. While some consideration will be given to jazz as it was experienced in Europe and the rest of the world, the main focus will be on how jazz developed in the United States. Because he concern is to connect jazz styles with other contemporary cultural phenomena, coverage will decline after 1970, by which time most of the styles presently maintained had come to existence.

Linguistics Lectures - University of Arizona

  • The Department of Linguistics offers a series of lectures about the study of language and linguistics, in which a variety of internationally known scholars are invited to participate. These talks, which are open to the entire university community, feature in-depth discussion and state of the art analysis of various topics in linguistics - including phonology, phonetics, morphology, syntax, semantics, psycholinguistics, language endangerment and revitalization, language acquisition, and more. 

Native American Culture & History

  • This collection discusses how various Native American tribes have influenced different regions of North America. Native American tribe members also share their cultural heritage and love for the Earth.

Origins of American Animation

  • The development of early American animation is represented by this collection of animated films, which spans the years 1900 to 1921. The films include clay, puppet, and cut-out animation, as well as pen drawings. They point to a connection between newspaper comic strips and early animated films, as represented by Keeping Up With the Joneses, Krazy Kat, and the Katzenhammer Kids. As well as showing the development of animation, these films also reveal the social attitudes of early twentieth-century America. 

Religion and Conflict - Arizona State University Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict

  • Religion wields extraordinary influence in public affairs. Although a rich reservoir of values, principles, and ideals, it is also a powerful source of conflict and violence as diverse traditions - religious and secular - collide. Globalizing trends that are making the world smaller are also unleashing dynamics that are creating some of the most complex and challenging problems of our age. The Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict at Arizona State University promotes interdisciplinary research and education on the dynamics of religion and conflict with the aim of advancing knowledge, seeking solutions and informing policy.

Southwest Culture - Arizona State Museum

  • Experience the vibrant indigenous cultures of Arizona and northern Mexico through exhibit audio tours and discussions with Native people, museum curators and other specialists.

Theodore Roosevelt - His Life and Times on Film

  • Theodore Roosevelt was the first U.S. president to have his career and life chronicled on a large scale by motion picture companies (even though his predecessors, Grover Cleveland and William McKinley, were the first to be filmed). This presentation features films which record events in Roosevelt's life from the Spanish-American War in 1898 to his death in 1919. The majority of films are from the Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection, while the remainder are from the Paper Print Collection. Besides containing scenes of Roosevelt, these films include views of world figures, politicians, monarchs, and friends and family members of Roosevelt who influenced his life and the era in which he lived. Commemorative events up to 1921 are also included as well as silent documentaries compiled from earlier footage by the Theodore Roosevelt Association between 1919 and 1928. 

Women in American History - The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

  • Podcasts from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.