Inspiration for oral history podcasts

The Housatonic Heritage Oral History Center at BCC is working with Housatonic Valley Regional High School faculty member Peter Vermilyea and his students, one of whom is creating a radio show that will utilize clips from an oral history festival held at the school in May, 2017.   Before getting started, we wanted to see what had been done with oral history podcasts and similar projects  and found some inspiring examples.

This is a student/faculty project of Louisiana State University on the New Orleans Jazz Fest:

We talked with Jennifer Abraham Cramer
Director, T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History,  about the process of doing the oral histories. She began to learn about podcasting in 2006, and in 2009, the Center released their first podcast.  Jennifer likes to work on 20 minute segments, but also shorter, five minute podcasts for radio top-of-the-hour type broadcasts.

Check out her What Endures series here:


Here is another one on Confederate Monuments, produced by the Southern Oral History Program:


Here is a link to the Studs Terkel Radio Archives

Finally, Reservoir of Memories, with Annie Valk  and her students when she was at Brown. She now teaches at Williams, and her students are engaged in oral history in Northern Berkshire:

Enjoy!  And if you find similar inspirations, please send them to us at



Written by Judith

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