Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

15 Minute History Named One of iTunes U's "Best Podcasts of 2014"

15 Minute History named one of iTunes Us best podcasts of 2014

iTunes U has selected 15 Minute History, which is co-produced and co-hosted by MES Outreach Director Christopher Rose, 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. It’s drawn more than 500,000 downloads and has nearly 60,000 subscribers. 

The podcast has produced 59 episodes to date. The most recent covers John D. Rockefeller and the Standard Oil Company.  Among the features of "Season 3" is an ongoing series on the origins of sectarianism in Islam.

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

To learn more and listen to the podcast, visit or subscribe on iTunes.

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