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Nick and Geeked on History will be back!

Folks!

It’s been a while since Geeked on History has released a podcast (October to be exact) and if you saw the last post on the blog, you’ll see that it’s likely to be a while longer before more is published to the Geeked on History series….but rest assured, the series is NOT dead!

I do want to give you all an update on what I have been doing in the meantime though.

I am pleased to announce officially that I am working on a collaborative project with host of The History of the Papacy podcast host and partner in historic crime, Stephen Guerra.

The project is a new series which will be a deep look at the interconnected events of the Cold War. The project has yet to be given an official title, but having just completed the outline, I think you’ll all be excited by the content.

So stay tuned to the Geeked on History blog for updates on new GoH episodes and news on the new series.

Stay geeky, friends!

GOH thanks to listeners

Hi geeks!

Over the last year, producing the show with my good friend Ryan has been one of the best hobbies i’ve ever had. Talking about history with you all and learning new things along the way brought me a lot of joy, as did hearing all of the feedback from the listeners of the show.

Unfortunately, producing the show is very time consuming. Between finding the topics, writing the scripts, recording the shows and editing them all before publishing, it’s something that has become more and more difficult to find time to do.

I can speak for Ryan too when I say that neither of us ever wanted to put out a show that was anything less than our best. Because of this time demand, we have decided to put the show on what may become a permanent break.

If at some point in the future, circumstances change and we’re able to continue to develop the show, you may see episodes hit your podcast stream, but until then – thank you all for listening to me every week.

Even though the show may not be around (as much?) the spirit of the show lives on, so as usual, make totally sure that you stay geeky!

Some updates and news on Season 3

Hey there, geeks!

It’s been roughly a month since the last episode of Geeked on History was released. November has been one of those busy months where life gets in the way of your hobbies. It happens to the best of us, but Geeked on History is not belly up!

I had originally planned on having one more episode come out before taking a month off between seasons 2 and 3, but I cut to the break a little earlier than I had planned on.

Part of this month long break will be used to reorganize my note-taking, review some of the orphaned scripts I have been working on and conceptualize some new ideas for the show.

One thing I’d like to do more of are in depth series like the Andrew Jackson: The Bear series of season 1. I have a complete script put together on a topic i’ve been looking forward to covering for a very long time.

So look out for more to come in December, including new cover art from friend of the podcast Kevin Beaty!

See you soon, and keep it real, geeks!

“Where’s the new episode of Geeked on History!?”

Hi folks!

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve issued new content for the Geeked on History community. Some of you may have some concerns, but have no fear!

In lieu of a brand new episode, I’d like to let you all know what I’ve been up to.

About 3 weeks back, I had the pleasure of bumping into a veteran of the Berlin Airlift. I knew right away that I would have to ask him for an interview, and the next week I was able to sit down with him and ask him some questions about his immediately post-war experiences in the service in the city of Berlin.

Right now, that episode is being edited, and I hope to have it out sometime in the very near future. He has some crazy experiences, so you’ll definitely want to make sure you download that when it is available!

I was also invited to be a part of “The History Podcasters” network. I have submitted a 10 minute podcast to their history collage on influential women, and so I encourage you all to check it out once it’s ready.

Finally, I’m not sure if I’ve ever made it clear in the past, but Geeked on History up until this time has been 100% my baby. I have always done all of the research, recording, editing and publishing on my own, but because of some slight inconsistencies in editing quality (and frankly the time it takes to produce a full show) I have decided to enlist a little bit of help.

A close friend of mine, Ryan will be helping me out with the editing of the podcast from now on. I hope that this will enable the show to come out on a more consistent schedule, and will free me up to improve on the quality of research I can do for each show.

Thanks again, loyal geeks for taking the time to visit the site, read this post and listen to the podcast. And until next time, stay geeky!

Season 2 Mascott

Last season, I chose the esteemed J. Robert Oppenheimer – famed lead engineer for the Manhattan Project as our mascot for the podcast.

This season, I have decided on a particularly striking photograph of Audrey Hepburn, famous for her film roles during the 1950’s and 60’s.

Later in life, she was a humanitarian working in countries like Vietnam, Turkey, Somalia and Bangladesh to name a few.

Introducing the new podcast formats for season 2

In recent podcasts, I’ve alluded  to some changes in the format that will be taking place during season 2. So in preparation for the upcoming release of episode 1, here’s what you can expect to hear over the course of the next season:

Flash Edition podcasts -10-15 minutes in length on a variety of topics which have a concentrated amount of appeal, and don’t require a lengthy timeline to cover. We’ve already had one Flash Edition podcast (The Anacreontic Song) but in the upcoming seasons, I may be posting more of these.

Normal length podcasts – The normal length podcasts run between 30 and 45 minutes. When you see a new normal length podcast, you can be sure that the content has quality research behind it, and will go into some depth on the topic. Season 1 was comprised primarily of normal length podcasts, so you can continue to expect the same quality, with perhaps a bit of narrative style mixed in to improve the entertainment quality. While the entertainment quality is important to me, the value of the information I deliver has always been, and will continue to be #1 on the agenda

Totally Geeked Edition – The Totally Geeked Edition podcasts will run 50 minutes and over depending on how much depth I decide to get into with the topic. This is a new addition to the planned line-up for Geeked on History, and I’ll be experimenting with this concept by releasing a Totally Geeked Edition for the first episode of season 2. Totally Geeked Edition podcasts will be lighter on narrative structure, but will make up for that in the density of information.

Honestly, this category of podcast is mainly being created for my self-indulgence. I wanted to have the freedom to live without borders in the production of this project, and the best way I can see to follow through with that ambition is to lose myself in the topic and take my time researching through as many sources as I want in order to cover every angle I find interesting. This category is also the reason that I have decided to abolish release dates.

So I hope that gives you all some insight into some of the changes you’ll see coming up. I’m excited to see where season 2 takes us, and I really hope that you’ll join me on this journey. I also hope you’ll all begin a dialogue with me on what you like about the podcast, what you don’t like about the podcast, or whatever else you feel like talking to me about.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

Stay geeky!

Podcast release timeline announcement

Hi everybody!

I’ve been doing a lot of preparation for season 2, and I’m very excited about the content coming up!

Before season 2 gets started though, I wanted to make an announcement regarding the continuity of the podcast, and give a little reasoning for how I came to this decision:

Geeked on History will no-longer have a strict release schedule.

When I decided to start up a history podcast, I did so because I wanted a new hobby that utilized one of my life-long passions. I’ve always been a nerd when it comes to modern history, and I wanted to make a podcast that gave me the opportunity to share that passion with others like myself, but also enrich my understanding with research on topics that were of a particular interest to me.

After having more time between seasons 1 and 2, I’ve been able to do the research on those topics with the amount of time I really feel like I deserve, and more importantly, that the topics deserve in order for me to be able to cover all of the nuances properly.

I feel that doing the podcast without an arbitrary schedule will produce the kind of podcast I had intended to produce from day one.

I hope that you all will see the difference, and that the podcast reflects the kind of quality that I had intended for it from day one.

Thanks for reading, and keep it geeky.

Season 1 is Complete! Hiatus Timer Begins Now.

The first season of GoH! is in the history books! I want to sincerely thank you all for listening to season one of Geeked on History, and throw out a quick reminder to make sure you’re checking for updates @geekedonhistory on twitter and subscribe, rate, and review GoH on itunes so that others looking for history podcasts on itunes can see what you think of the podcast.

We will all be circling the wagons again on May 4th for the next episode, so set your calendars for that in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, I may be trying to add some more new ways to be interactive here on the blog including some polls and content.

So check back in about 3 weeks and in the mean time, stay geeky!

Season 1 is almost complete – An important announcement of upcoming changes to Geeked on History

Hello readers and listeners!

I have decided to end the first season of Geeked on History a little sooner than I had planned to. I wanted to take us into 13 episodes, but I’m finding that 10 might be the right number to end on so that I can begin working in some important changes to the operation of the podcast.

Here are a few highlights of what to expect:

  1. The last episode of Season I will be posted on 7 April, 2014
  2. I expect to have my changes made, and episode 1 of Season II posted by 4 May, 2014
  3. I may be adding a “donate” button to the site for listeners who feel compelled to support the podcast monetarily
  4. Roll out a new intro track for the podcast
  5. Changing the release format from once per week to once every-other week (or possibly more frequent)

Part of what I’m planning on using this time for is to regroup a little in celebration of our 100th geek to subscribe and make some changes to increase the quality of the podcast looking forward to the 200th geek.

I want to be able to have the time I need in order to do quality research on the topics going forward, and a weekly release schedule for someone who works a day job is a bit too much to reflect the kind of quality I want to see in this podcast.

I want to be able to plan a schedule and mess with some themes for Season II so that Geeked on History doesn’t turn into a grinding history podcast, but more of a thoughtful look at history.

So without turning this post into an endless slog of details, I’ll end it here pledging that I WILL RETURN! Better…more entertaining, and with higher quality topics and research.

Thanks for faithfully listening! Stay geeky!