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Conversations with Nick and Kelsey Melefsky

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nick and Kelsey Melefsky.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
The Half Baked History podcast came to fruition over the course of the pandemic lockdown. Kelsey got the idea to start a podcast after spending countless nights falling down Wikipedia rabbit holes on various historical subjects.

She realized there were so many people and events she had heard of before but knew nothing about. Knowing that she wasn’t alone in this lack of knowledge, she thought why not share and help to educate others with a podcast. Kelsey brought the idea to Nick and the podcast was born.

We knew from the outset that we wanted to create a fun experience for our listeners and something unique in the podcast world. After being victims of dry history lectures throughout our own education, we wanted to add a comedic element and introduced a cannabis twist to the show.

We indulge in some cannabis prior to recording each episode and use our researched notes as a guide. Each subject is presented as a surprise to one of us and we alternate weekly who is presenting and who is learning. We strive to have a diverse range of topics by covering global events and figures.

We’re currently publishing weekly episodes and have a never-ending list of future topics to cover. Though we cover world history, we try to tie in our home roots of Baltimore and Maryland to episodes whenever possible.

One of our most recent episodes  focused on the macabre life of Edgar Allan Poe and his time in Baltimore. We even visited one of his historic homes in Baltimore City to understand Poe a bit better.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Overall our challenges have been relatively minor. One of the biggest struggles we have encountered is learning how to use audio equipment and editing software.

Neither of us comes from an entertainment or audio background so we are learning how mixers, amps, software, and microphones work on the fly. This was probably the biggest struggle we’ve faced while launching and continuing our podcast.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
We’re most proud of the dedication we’ve put into this podcast.

Even though it’s only a hobby for us we try to treat it as a professional show. We spend hours a week recording, editing, and researching topics to give our listeners the best experience possible.

Our show has a relaxed, approachable atmosphere so listeners don’t need to be well-versed in history to enjoy the show. What sets us apart from others is our banter and the that we present in a conversation-led style.

We want our listeners to feel like they’re in a room with friends and learning something new.

We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
Having started the podcast during the COVID-19 crisis we really don’t know anything different.

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