Friends and readers, I am very happy to announce my new project: a brand new history-themed podcast called Second Decade. I’ve been working on it for a while now but didn’t want to make an official announcement until it was up and running. Well, now it is, and if you like history, I hope you’ll enjoy it and spread the word!

Second Decade is on iTunes, here; you can hear it directly on the Libsyn page for it, here; or, perhaps the easiest way, there is an embedded player that will open in your browser.

Second Decade is a podcast focusing on a specific time period: the 1810s, the second decade of the 18th century. This period has long held a fascination for me and it’s the subject of my academic historical research (though the podcast is not intended for academic audiences). Indeed, the more I’ve studied the 1810s, the more I’m convinced it was a truly pivotal time in world history…and the more amazing true stories I’ve found.

The 1810s was a decade of global war, in the form of the Napoleonic conflicts that stretched not just from Europe, but across the entire world in one way or another. It was a time of political upheaval, scientific revolution, intellectual advancement, artistic achievement, religious turmoil, literary and artistic flowering, and technological innovation. Personalities of the Second Decade include not just outsized political or military figures like Napoleon, Tsar Alexander of Russia or Thomas Jefferson, but people like Jane Austen and Mary Shelley, artist J.M.W. Turner, Lord Byron, Andrew Jackson, Yongyan (the Jiajing Emperor of China), and countless other fascinating people who are not so famous, or famous at all. So many stories fro the Second Decade are fair game that I could probably run the podcast indefinitely, if I had unlimited time and resources. But, for now, I’m marshaling a burst of inaugural episodes that will drop in the next few weeks and hopefully give you a sense of how the show is going to work.


The first episode is already up. Episode 1: The Election of 1816 describes the strange (by modern standards) electoral contest of that year, and how Americans chose–or didn’t get to choose–their president, James Monroe. This is in marked contrast to how elections work today, especially the one we’re going through now.

There is also a dedicated website for Second Decade, here. Sign up to follow it and you’ll get announcements as episodes come out.

The podcast will soon be available on and various other podcast aggregators; I haven’t submitted it to all of them yet.

I’m really excited about this project and I hope you all enjoy it. Check back here for updates.

The image header and artwork for the Second Decade Podcast is copyright (C) 2016 by Sean Munger, all rights reserved. So is the podcast content itself.