For this review I listened to Stuff You missed in History Class, which is currently rated number one in the history category on iTunes [iTunes Link]. I listened to the episode called How the Stono Rebellion Worked that was released on 2/23/2011. The episode was about 26 minutes long. Stuff You Missed in History Class has 280 episodes! They have 1,610 ratings on iTunes with an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars. The podcast is one of many different podcasts that howstuffworks.com puts out. The podcast is updated very frequently. When glancing that the past shows, it looks like they do one almost every other day. That’s a lot of content and a lot of research.
I enjoyed listening to this episode. I always find history about early slavery in America fascinating. I’m always after more information. Sarah Dowdey and Deblina Chakraborty did a great job putting this episode together. You can tell they did a lot of research. They both have very pleasant voice and are easy to listen to. The production quality of the podcast is high. They have a little musical intro and some more music plays as they wind down the podcast episode.
The ladies took turns speaking through what sounded pretty scripted. With two people on a podcast I usually expect a discussion, but really they just took turns presenting the topic. I’m not sure that two speakers were really necessary. I did find the webpage for the podcast a bit lacking. I wanted to know more about who these podcasters were. What is their background? I couldn’t find that information. I did find that they have a Twitter page, a Facebook page and separate author pages on howstuffworks.
All in all, I thought they did a good job presenting the information and while two speakers is a little strange to me in this format, they are pleasant to listen to. I’m going to stay subscribed. It seems that I am not the only one, after all they are number 1 in the History section of iTunes. They also have more than 10,000 fans on their Facebook page and over 6,000 Twitter followers. You should give them a try and if you do let me know what you think in the comments section below.