An Easy and Entertaining Way to Brush Up on Your History

One of the things I think is particularly hard about motherhood is the fact that your brain gets neglected a bit.  Now don’t take that the wrong way.  I know motherhood is noble and wonderful and all that good stuff – but let’s face it – when the majority of your day is spent taking one step forward and three steps back, there isn’t much room for enriching neurological stimulation.  Generally reading a good book can help kick you out of these ruts but finding time to sit in a quiet corner with the latest best-seller is really hard when you’ve got cute little kids hanging around you all day.


One of my favorite ways to combat the motherhood brain-drain dilemma (without locking myself in a closet) is to listen to free podcasts throughout the day.  Lately I’ve been really into the ‘Stuff You Missed in History Class‘ podcast.

My high school world history teacher was also the varsity football coach so my grasp of global history was a bit rocky to begin with (when our team was prepping for the State Championships he had us watch Last of the Mohicans repeatedly instead of covering the chapters on Native Americans).  I studied a lot of Art History in college, but my actual knowledge of world history and events is definitely lacking.

Maybe that’s why I find this podcast so fascinating.  They take on familiar characters and stories in history and manage to break them down into interesting and understandable chunks.  The podcast is hosted by a pair of witty and engaging women so it almost feels as if you’re going out to lunch with some history-loving friends rather than a listening to a formal history lecture.  Their easy-going style is right up my alley.  It’s the perfect accompaniment to mundane tasks like folding laundry, mopping floors, or waiting in the pick-up line at school.

If you’re brain is in need of a little historical brush-up, you should definitely give this podcast a try.  I download it onto my iPhone from directly from iTunes but you can also listen to the podcast on your PC or download it to your phone or music device by following this link to their archives.  Just thought I’d pass it on.

Do you have any podcasts you love?  Have you come up with other strategies to keep your brain in-the-know throughout the day?  If so, I hope you’ll share your ideas with the rest of us in the comments area below.  Thanks!


  1. I’m so pleased that the day has finally come when one of my sisters has started to love and learn about history of her own free will. Way to go!

    • I thought you’d be proud. I listened to the whole series on British royalty and thought of you (particularly when the Mary Queen of Scots episode came up). I miss you tons, Nate! You’re still my favorite history buff.

  2. I LOVE this podcast. In fact, they have several other gems: Stuff you should know, stuff your mom didn’t tell you, brain stuff (fascinating) and others. I think that this has helped me keep abreast of loosin’ that grey matter!!!

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