History podcast named among the world’s best
Australia’s first investigative history podcast has been named as the Silver Radio Winner at the prestigious New York Festivals Radio Awards.
History Lab, produced by UTS’s Australian Centre for Public History in collaboration with community radio station 2SER, has been recognised as one of the best radio programs in the world in a field of national and international broadcasters and media companies.
History Lab is the brainchild of Centre for Public History Director Dr Tamson Pietsch, who pitched to co-creator and season one executive producer Emma Lancaster the idea of "an audio experiment where we ‘do’ history for your ears”.
The podcast aims to explore the gaps between contemporary life and the past and is about drawing listeners into the thrill of historical research.
“History Lab is premised on the notion that doing the work of thinking and making meaning together is central for a good society,” Dr Pietsch said.
“It’s about making history for your ears that is accessible, well-researched and entertaining. It shines a spotlight on how history gets made, allows the listener to hopefully learn something new and – if we have done our jobs properly – connects a small story to a bigger idea.
“We are thrilled to accept this international audio award and we are proud of our ongoing commitment to doing history in public. Audio provides an intimate and innovative medium to reach new audiences and share the work of the university.”
With two hit seasons under its belt, the podcast is about to commence production of its third season. “The collaboration between historians from the Centre for Public History at UTS and award-winning audio storytellers from 2SER has been a wonderful success,” Dr Pietsch said.
History Lab is premised on the notion that doing the work of thinking and making meaning together is central for a good society
Director, Australian Centre for Public History
2SER Managing Director Martin Walters said ongoing success in the New York Festivals Radio Awards reflected the station’s strength in creating captivating content in association with leading UTS academics, researchers and historians.
“From investigative history to future technologies, at the heart of these programs are incredibly relevant stories that affect all of us as individuals and communities.”
The trophy was collected in New York on Tuesday morning Sydney time by Dean of the UTS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Professor Alan Davison and History Lab / 2SER producer Ninah Kopel.
2SER landed several nominations in the New York Festivals Radio Awards, with the competition this year receiving hundreds of entries from 27 countries. Entrants included the ABC, SBS, The Age and NOVA Entertainment, as well as international broadcasters such as BBC, Candian Broadcasting Corporation, NPR and more.
Here’s the full list of awards 2SER received:
Silver Radio Winner – History Lab (History)
Bronze Radio Winner – Think: Health (Health/Medical)
Bronze Radio Winner – Ninah Kopel (Best Student Documentary)
Finalist Certificate – Think: Sustainability (Climate Change and Sustainability)
You can download and subscribe to History Lab wherever you get your podcasts.
History Lab website: https://historylab.net/
History Lab Host: Dr Tamson Pietsch
History Lab Series creators: Dr Tamson Pietsch and Emma Lancaster
Executive Producer: Emma Lancaster (Season One) and Tom Allinson (Season Two)
Producers: Tom Allinson, Olivia Rosenman, Ninah Kopel, Joe Koning and Jason L'Ecuyer
- Sound design and mixing by Miles Martignoni, Joe Koning and Ryan Pemberton
- Original theme music composed by Joe Koning