Every once in a while we have a user who is unfamiliar with podcasts. They get a little lost on the web site. If this is you, then this page should answer all your questions.
First, this web site is the host site for the End of History podcast. Most episodes are part of a larger series. (See series titles below!) The idea? By listening to a complete series you can become an expert on the specific topic being discussed. Most people like to listen to podcasts on their smartphones while they drive to work or school but you can listen on your computer too if you prefer.
In addition to the series there are also bonus episodes. The bonus episodes usually address specific issues within a series in greater depth. Sometimes they are focus on a specific topic in the news and JB provides more background info and a little perspective.
One thing to keep in mind is that the End of History is not affiliated with any political party and does not have a specific political agenda. All of the episodes and series are presented from a values based position. JB Shreve gets kind of focused on the facts rather than the ideology.
Before we talk about the different series and episodes we should mention a few things about the name of the podcast: the End of History. First, this is not an end of the world podcast. Sorry conspiracy geeks but that is not the aim here. The name comes from a play on several things including a famous book by a neo con in the 1990s and the idea of the issues of history being the fruit of seeds sown long before in past history. The best way to understand the name is to listen to the first episode from 2012.
Types of Podcast Series and Episodes
You can listen to them on the web site as well as download them here but most people like to listen on their smart phones. On the home page there is a list of links on the right side of the page that will take you to different apps you can use to download the podcast on your smart phone. iTunes is the most popular program on the iPhone but we like Beyondpod for Android devices. You can also find us on SoundCloud and Stitcher. Check those links out and then just use the app to search for “JB Shreve presents the End of History.” Once you find it subscribe and you can start downloading episodes on your smart phone. Pretty easy!
There are a lot of past series you can also download. These are sometimes not available through iTunes and you might have to download them directly from the web site.
Past series include: History of the Modern Middle East, History of the European Union, History of India, Economic Inequality and others… Each series is at least 12 individual episodes in length. Notice that on the home page all of these series can be address by clicking on their specific icon or album art.
The End of History offers all of this material (around 200 episodes currently) at no charge. If you are interested in making a financial contribution to show your support of the podcast you might be interested in reading this.
Then there are bonus episodes. These feature specific topics more depth than the current series is going to go. They also feature important topics currently in the news. These are released periodically and available to all listeners.
We frequently also post articles and perspectives here at the site. If you want to stay “in the know” of when these become available consider following us on Twitter, our Facebook page, and signing up for the newsletter.
That should make it easy for you to figure the site out and find the podcast you are looking for. Please help spread the word about the End of History to your friends. Follow JB on Facebook and on Twitter to keep track of the latest episodes and news. Sign up for the newsletter on the home page as well!