History Slam

History Slam Episode Thirty-Seven: Historical Figure Reality Shows

April 9, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download By Sean Graham Love ‘em or hate ‘em, reality shows have fundamentally changed television over the past 20 years. Every night networks put on hours of reality programming that is inexpensive to produce and draws ratings (and advertising revenues). While some shows are based on competition, others simply […]

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History Slam Episode Thirty-Six: Historical Thinking and Teaching History

March 18, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download By Sean Graham As part of Active History’s Historical Thinking Week, the History Slam Podcast looked into how history is taught in high school. To do this, I traveled to an Ontario high school and spoke with both students and teachers about the challenges of teaching history in […]

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History Slam Episode Thirty-Five: Preserving Canadian Logos

February 26, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download By Sean Graham Back in October, I was in Montreal and went to what immediately became my new favourite sports store. Apart from the obligatory Canadiens gear, the store had racks of apparel featuring many teams’ retro logos and, perhaps more excitingly, the logos of several defunct sports […]

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History Slam Episode Thirty-Four: Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch and Underground Soldier

February 21, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download By Sean Graham For as much as history may fall under the ‘Humanities,’ occasionally the humanity of the past gets lost. Writing about the past can become clinical and historians can become immune to some of history’s horrors. Facts and figures of deaths in a war, for example, […]

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History Slam Episode Thirty-Three: The Wind is Not a River by Brian Payton

February 12, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download By Sean Graham Brian Payton, The Wind is Not a River: A Novel (Toronto: Harper Collins, 2014), 308 pp. In 1942 Japanese forces took control of the islands of Attu and Kiska, which are part of the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. For a year American and Canadian forces […]

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History Slam Episode Thirty-Two: Historical Anecdotes

December 4, 2013

Podcast: Play in new window | Download By Sean Graham With December finally upon us, we’ve entered the season of cocktail parties. From seeing friends to office gatherings, the end of the year brings with it more social occasions than any other time on the calendar. One of the things that I often struggle with […]

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History Slam Podcast Episode Thirty-One: Don Cummer, Brothers At War, and Historical Fiction

November 20, 2013

Podcast: Play in new window | Download By Sean Graham I can understand if there are people who scoff at the thought of another book on the War of 1812. Given the onslaught of commemoration of the war over the past two years, I’ve definitely sensed some fatigue on the part of some historians. From […]

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History Slam Episode Thirty: The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame

October 9, 2013

Podcast: Play in new window | Download By Sean Graham The baseball playoffs started last week, which means that it’s the time of year where stuff like this happens. Of all the professional sports, baseball has the most voluminous historiography. From questions about the game’s origins to debates over who was the best player, baseball’s […]

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History Slam Episode Twenty-Nine: Canada’s Cross-Country Train

September 25, 2013

Podcast: Play in new window | Download By Sean Graham Whenever I have to fly, I generally feel like this and assume that the flight is going to end like this. As a result, when I learned that Congress this past spring was going to be held in Victoria, my initial reaction to having to […]

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History Slam Episode Twenty-Eight: Sabine Wieber and Death Masks

September 5, 2013

Podcast: Play in new window | Download By Sean Graham As the summer comes to an end, my reading list has recently included Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie and Will Schwalbe’s The End of Your Life Book Club while this PBS Frontline episode on facing death has found its way into my viewing schedule (all […]

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