Ask a Historian Anything — Submission Guidelines

How to Contribute to Ask a Historian Anything

If you decide to submit a question for the show you’ll need to abide by these guidelines. They are pretty common sense but it never hurts to mention them anyway.

The point of this show is for me to answer your questions about history. To qualify for the show, the questions need to follow these rules.

  1. Please keep your question to about one minute in length. Brevity is the soul of wit.
  2. If you have a website and URL, please only share it once during the recording. For example: “Hi, my name is Ricky Bobby. I have a blog at My question is . . .”
  3. Spammy, disrespectful, or otherwise non-history related questions will not be considered for the podcast. Please keep it polite, non-spammy, and history-focused. Thanks!

To leave a question, all you need is an Internet connection and microphone (headphone mics work too). The quality of your microphone doesn’t matter—just ask a great question and I’ll take care of the rest. Speakpipe does the recording so you don’t have to worry about any tech stuff.

I might not be able to answer your question, and submitting a qualified question is no guarantee that it will be featured on the podcast. I’ll get to as many qualified questions as I can, but if your question is similar to (or the same as) one we’ve already addressed, or if it doesn’t fit with the vibe of the show, then I’ll have to skip it.

Please remember that by submitting a voicemail question, you’re agreeing to and accepting of the above podcast guidelines as well as allowing me to share it publicly on the podcast.