Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History seeks to connect non-specialist history enthusiasts with the work of professional historians. It is a weekly, interview-driven, on-demand internet radio program for people who love history and for those who want to know more about the people and events that have shaped our present-day world. Guest appearances generate interest in books, documentary editing or history projects, and historic sites.
Ben Franklin’s World explores early American history in its broadest sense. Neither colonial North America nor the United States developed apart from the rest of the world, and as such, the show explores not just North American history, but aspects of European, African, Caribbean, Asian, and South American history that influenced the evolution of colonial North America and the early United States.
Ben Franklin’s World seeks engaging guests who can speak meaningfully to an audience of non-specialists about aspects of early American history and the work of historians. Topics can range in date from pre-contact until 1865. For a more complete list of previous topics, please scroll through our episode list.
What Guest Historians Can Expect
Each guest historian agrees to have a 30-45 minute conversation about their book, documentary editing or history project, or historic site with host Liz Covart. We will conduct a conversation via a telephone call, so each guest should agree to participate in a quiet room on a landline telephone.
A few days before a scheduled conversation, Liz sends her guest an email with the biographical information she plans to use to introduce them to the Ben Franklin’s World audience and the questions she will use to guide their conversation. This e-mail provides them with the opportunity to prepare their points. Depending on the course of the conversation, Liz may depart from the question sheet to ask follow-up questions based on information from her guests.
How To Become a Guest Historian
Presses and organizations that would like their historians to appear as guests should send an email with the following information:
Book Title, Historic Site, or Documentary Editing or History Project
Brief synopsis of their work and its historical significance
Phone Number where your historian(s) can be reached for a 5-10 minute chat about their work and convenient days and times to talk.
The best pitches will concisely and clearly explain the significance of their work to an audience of non-historians.
All books pitched must have been published within the last calendar year. If you seek to arrange for an air date that coincides with a book release, you should pitch the show 4-6 months in advance.
A top-ranked history podcast, Ben Franklin’s World receives more applications for guest historian appearances than it can accommodate.
The podcast seeks to bring well-researched, engaging history to an enthusiastic and discerning audience of history lovers. Every editorial decision is made with the show’s audience in mind.
The show typically books guest appearances 2-3 months before an interview. Air dates after interviews depend on the needs of the editorial calendar.