Ben Franklin's World is an award-winning podcast produced by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.
The Omohundro Institute is a leading community of scholars exploring Vast Early America. Their award-winning books and journal, the William and Mary Quarterly, span topics from 1450 to 1820. Since 1943, their publications, fellowships, conferences, and lecture series have worked to create a dynamic early American history for scholars, readers–and now listeners.
A lot of work goes into producing this podcast.
This page provides a behind-the-scenes look at Ben Franklin's World and it is dedicated to giving credit to those who help make the podcast possible.
Sound Editing and Engineering
Darrell Darnell and his team at Pro Podcast Solutions edit Ben Franklin's World. Their work began with episode 54.
Twenty-Four Sound edited episodes 1-53. They also produced the intro, outro, and show segment bumpers for the show.
Breakmaster Cylinder composed the music you in hear in Ben Franklin's World.
Prior to Episode 228, the show made use of music by Bach.
Financial and Moral Support
Ben Franklin’s World is a fun, but expensive show to produce. Helpful feedback and show reviews from dedicated listeners help support the podcast. As does the financial support listeners provide when they purchase books featured in episodes from the Amazon affiliate links on this website and in its dedicated apps.
Ben Franklin's World and Amazon
Ben Franklin's World is a member of Amazon Associates. When listeners click a link from this website or a link from one of its apps to Amazon.com, Ben Franklin's World receives a percentage of your purchase. We use these proceeds help cover the costs of producing the podcast.
THANK YOU to all friends who support the show and its guest historians by purchasing books through the Amazon links on benfranklinsworld.com.
Ben Franklin's World Around the Web
Since 2014, you can find regular posts about Ben Franklin's World on The New York History Blog: News & Views From The Empire State.
Between episodes 14 and 140, she recorded on a Heil PR-40 Dynamic Studio Recording Microphone. Today she records on a vintage Electro Voice RE-20 microphone that she connects to her 13″ Macbook Pro via a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface and a DBX 286s Microphone Pre-amp Processor. She edits each episode using Adobe Audition.
Podcast Hosting and Website
How to Start a Podcast
Liz spent 18 months researching podcasts before she launched Ben Franklin's World. In addition to using Google Search to find information about podcasts and how to produce them, she listened to a lot of podcasts about podcasting. Her favorites still include Libsyn's The Feed, The School of Podcasting, The Audacity to Podcast, Podcast Junkies, and Podcasters' Roundtable. Liz took a how to podcast course with Jeff Brown, a 26-year radio veteran who has leveraged his background to produce the successful Read to Lead Podcast.
You may find these blog posts over on Liz's blog helpful:
- “How To Start A Podcast in Grad School: A Primer“
- “6 Podcast Interview Tips That Will Make You Shine“
- “How To Pitch A Podcaster“