R2 Studios

R2 Studios explores history through podcasts. We tell unexpected stories based on the latest research to connect listeners with the past.


The Green Tunnel

The Green Tunnel explores the history and culture of the United States’ most iconic long-…

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Your Most Obedient & Humble Servant

Your Most Obedient & Humble Servant is a podcast that showcases 18th and early 19th-centu…

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Worlds Turned Upside Down

Worlds Turned Upside Down tells the story of the American Revolution as a transatlantic c…

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Consolation Prize

Consolation Prize is a podcast about the history of the United States in the world throug…

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Antisemitism, U.S.A.

How can Americans overcome a problem that they can’t define, a bigotry whose particulars …

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Revolutions Reconsidered

A bi-weekly companion piece to the podcast Worlds Turned Upside Down. Join R2 Studios' Dr…

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Recent Episodes

April 23, 2024

Hogs, Chipmunks, and Bears, Oh My!

On today’s episode of The Green Tunnel, we are exploring a central reason why hikers head to the Appalachian Trail in the first place, to see wildlife. We’ll also talk about how the animals along the trail are changing the …

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April 16, 2024

Episode 50: The Feathers are the only Tolerable Ones

Martha Washington to Eleanor Parke Custis, c. February 1797. In which Washington warns her granddaughter that her dress may not arrive from Philadelphia in time for a Virginia ball. Featuring , Assistant Professor of History, St. Michael's...

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April 9, 2024

Iconic Locations: The Katahdin Sign

What long-distance AT hiker hasn’t dreamed of reaching that sign on the summit of Katahdin at the end of their hike? Today, we are headed to the top of the mountain to explore the history of the iconic sign.

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March 26, 2024

Trail Writing

The Appalachian Trail winds its way through Appalachia which is a place where people make sense of their world through stories. Stories of their lives in the mountains. Stories of the land and its riches. Stories, both fiction and non-fiction, …

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March 23, 2024

Episode 6: The Proclamation

Against the backdrop of Pontiac's War in North America, George III's ministers in London draw on lessons learned in colonial Nova Scotia to begin drafting a blueprint for transforming British America into an empire of order. Featuring: Fred Anderson,...

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March 19, 2024

Episode 49: Deposition of Phillis Tatton

Deposition of Phillis Tatton, 3rd November 1837 In which Phillis Hinkley Saunders Tatton appeared before the County of Probate in the state of Connecticut in an attempt to secure a pension for her late husband’s service during the American...

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March 12, 2024

Iconic Locations: Priest Mountain Shelter

Did you know a significant number of hikers confess their sins in the logbook in the shelter on Priest Mountain? Why do they do this and what do they confess? Find out on today’s Iconic Locations episode.

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Feb. 27, 2024

Becoming a National Park

Benton MacKaye wanted to be sure that anyone who chose to spend a few hours, a few days, or a few weeks on the trail would have the opportunity to really get away from civilization. However, most of the lands …

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Feb. 21, 2024

Episode 48: Political Subjects are too often at Variance

Elizabeth Willing Powel to Elizabeth Parke Custis, February 28, 1816. In which Powel advises Martha Washington's pro-French granddaughter to avoid talking about politics with pro-British family members.

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Feb. 13, 2024

Iconic Locations: Delaware Water Gap

The Delaware Water Gap is one of the most breathtaking spots along the entire Appalachian Trail and has been a favorite subject of landscape painters since at least the middle of the 19th century. It's an important marker for northbound …

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Jan. 31, 2024

Episode 5: The Uprising

As the British began to assert control over North America in the wake of the Seven Years' War, the actions of British American settlers and the messages of a native prophet convinced some Indigenous peoples throughout the Ohio Country and …

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Jan. 30, 2024


There is no better way to turn a good hike into a bad hike than taking a wrong turn and hiking miles out of your way. Especially if that means you climbed an extra mountain or two. Today, we are …

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