Drafting the Past is a podcast devoted to the craft of writing history. Historians face many of the same challenges as other writers along with some of their own, and we focus on the nuts-and-bolts of the writing process from their perspective. Each episode features a historian in conversation with host Kate Carpenter, discussing the approaches, tools, and philosophies they use in their writing. Guests include writers of academic and popular histories (and sometimes both!).
Kate Carpenter is a doctoral candidate in the History of Science at Princeton University. Before that, she earned a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master of Arts in History (with an emphasis in public history) from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In between, she has been a writer, copy editor, designer, screenprinter, farmers’ market volunteer and communications officer, and occasional history consultant. When she’s not hosting and producing Drafting the Past, she is working on a dissertation about the history of tornado science and storm chasing in the second half of the twentieth century.