In The Past Lane - The Podcast About History and Why It Matters
About This Show
In each episode of In The Past Lane, the history podcast, we take up topics in American history and explore them through feature pieces, interviews, book and film reviews, and more. Our guiding philosophy is that history is not just about the past - it's about our world, here and now. History explains why things are the way they are, everything from our economy, religious practices, and foreign policy, to political ideology, family structure, and rates of poverty. Our aim is to be both informative and educational, as well as entertaining and funny. We hope you'll join us for memorable journeys In The Past Lane.
Most Recent Episode
057 The Pit Stop for the week of March 19, 2018
1 day ago
The Pit Stop is a weekly mini-episode from In The Past Lane, the podcast about history and why it matters. Every Monday The Pit Stop tells you what happened in American history this week - in under 5 minutes! We drop these minis in between our full-length episodes that feature interviews with historians about their latest books, feature pieces, and more.
Episodes of This Show
3 days ago
Rated 5 out of
Informative & entertaining, executed with zeal
Ed O'Donnell takes us In the Past Lane with a fantastic variety of topics in American history, emphasizing the impact of history on today's society. I've listened to the bigs in history podcasting in Dan Carlin & Dave Duncan, but there's one thing in particular that O'Donnell does that the bigs don't (or at least don't do as audibly): tell the story with zeal and enthusiasm. You can tell that O'Donnell genuinely loves what he does, and it stands out in contrast to the way Carlin and Duncan kind of just talk into the microphone. I tend to enjoy the podcasts that don't limit themselves to a specific timeframe, and O'Donnell hits on quite the variety of topics, each including interviews with people who enjoy what they do as much as the host. This is one of those podcasts where you can't help but get excited when you see the notification that a new episode has been uploaded. I particularly recommend episodes 7 and 14, on the history of Irish immigrants/spies and the Declaration of Independence respectively.
Date published: 2016-09-01
Rated 5 out of
An engaging, informative show
O'Donnell has created a great podcast. As a former student of his, I'm glad that he is sharing his passion for history with a wider audience. Anyone who is curious about how our society's culture, institutions, and ideas have developed should listen.
Date published: 2016-04-04