Our mission

R2 Studios makes engaging, deeply researched historical podcasts for people who enjoy exploring stories from the past.

Our narrative-driven shows help listeners understand history is a process of evaluating and interpreting sources from many perspectives. R2 Studios explores histories through perspectives that have traditionally been left out of the main narrative. By working with the communities whose history we are sharing, we help listeners make personal connections to the past and understand the impact history has on life today.

R2 Studios was founded in 2021 as a division of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University and is named after the founder of our center, Roy Rosenzweig, who had a passion for using new media to democratize access to history.


What can you expect from our shows?


Immersive storytelling. We use all the tools of creative audio storytelling to make the past come alive.

History told by historians. All of our shows are primarily created and produced by historians.

Balanced perspectives. We tell stories from the perspective of those who lived them, but we also take a step back to see how their stories fit into the larger history of the world.


Rules we live by.


Transparency in research. We provide citations for our research and bios for our guests so you can check out our sources for yourself.

Accessibility to all. As much as we can, we make our shows accessible to all. We provide full transcripts for those who read instead of listen. We listen to and incorporate feedback from listeners who tell us what we can do better. We try to limit the jargon so that our shows are understandable to non-native speakers of English.