GCU develops history podcast resource

24 February 2017

GCU develops history podcast resource

A podcast aimed at bringing students and the public together to discuss American history has received a grant from the British Association for American Studies (BAAS) and US Embassy funding.

American History Too! began as an additional teaching tool for students and has grown in popularity with 40,000 downloads. The resource for students and the public is run in partnership by GCU’s Dr Mark McLay and Dr Malcolm Craig from Liverpool John Moores University.

Established in 2014, topics up for debate cover American history which span from 1916 to present day and, since its launch, it now incorporates British history and current affairs.

Debates include the US-UK special relationship, the 2016 Election, and the Road to Trump: Republicans since the 1960s.

"We're absolutely delighted to receive this funding, which will help us reach more students in the UK and around the world. With an increased interest in American society following the recent presidential election, we're excited to have the opportunity to engage with a broader scope of the public and share the expertise of American history researchers from across the UK with a wider audience."

Dr McLay’s primary interest is in the political history of the 20th century in the United States and the UK. He teaches Good Times, Hard Times: America in the 1920s and 1930s and Themes in American History within GCU’s Glasgow School for Business and Society.

American History Too! is available on iTunes