Dessert: Minnesota History Podcasts

Learning goals:

  1. Identify possible podcast subjects based on brainstorm
  2. Identify three (one primary, two secondary) credible sources upon which to base your podcast.


A podcast is a newscast, broadcast digitally. If you’ve ever heard “It’s 3 p.m. the news is next” you’ve heard a newscast. I use the terms newscast and podcast interchangeably. You are going to write short (less than 3 minute) podcast, about a historical subject from between 1800 and 2000 CE.

Brainstorm 1

Answer the following questions:

  1. What region, city, or geographic feature of MN do you find most interesting?
  2. What Minnesota food do you find interesting?
  3. What Minnesota person have you found interesting?
  4. What Minnesota fresh water topic have you found interesting?
  5. If you had to be a pre-2000 CE Minnesotan, what job outside the elite (no railroad magnates) would you want and why?
  6. What question have you asked in your Reflections that might make a good podcast?


Using Normandale library databases or other credible institutions, such as museums, find three possible sources for a podcast topic. Using Zot Bib, generate a bibliography for your three sources.

Grading criteria

Students receive one point for each Brainstorm question answered and each source provided, up to three sources for a total of 10 points [Question 5 has two questions.]