Category Archives: History Slam

History Slam Episode Ninety-Seven: Using & Managing Water

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Water.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham In the search for life on other planets, the focus is always on water. If there is water, there is a chance that life, as we know it, could exist elsewhere. In all that excitement and speculation, though, we sometimes lose sight of the way we use and manage water on… Read more »

History Slam Episode Ninety-Six: Fake History

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/History-Slam-Episode-96-Fake-History.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Back in the fall of 2014, we had an idea for a podcast episode. The premise was that you were at a party, somebody finds out that you study history and asks a question to which you don’t know the answer. Normally, you might say that you weren’t sure, but in… Read more »

History Slam Episode Ninety-Five: Project of Heart

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/History-Slam-Episode-95-Project-of-Heart.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Teaching history in high school is a tough job. Teaching the history of Canada’s residential school system is a tough job. To combat this challenge, for years high schools simply did not talk about residential schools in history courses. Looking back on my own education in Ontario, the issue never came… Read more »

History Slam Episode Ninety-Four: Surprising Deaths of the 20th Century

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/History-Slam-Episode-94-Shocking-Deaths.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham “Let’s not forget why these babies are here…they’re here to replace us. That is what they are doing. They are cute, they are cuddly, they are sweet, and they want you out of the way. Next time you’re around a baby look in those sweet little baby eyes, you’ll see one… Read more »

History Slam Episode Ninety-Three: Towards a Prairie Atonement

By Sean Graham As an MA student, I had the pleasure of attending the University of Regina, a place that often gets criticized for its topography. Despite the jokes, I always countered that the Prairie sky was a sight in itself, somehow powerful and majestic while also being a calming presence. In my conversation with Trevor Herriot, he offered the… Read more »

History Slam Episode Ninety-Two: The Many Deaths of Tom Thomson

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Conspiracy theories can be undeniably appealing and addictive to read. One of the reasons for this is that they are so hard to disprove. In fact, for the true conspiracy theory devotee, evidence that seemingly disproves the theory is turned around and used as part of the conspiracy. An internal CIA… Read more »

History Slam Episode Ninety-One: Teaching in China

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Dorothy-Ver-Kerk.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham What did you for the summer? A common question asked when you see someone for the first time in the fall. Normally, I haven’t had an overly interesting answer to that question, but this year was a little different. For a couple months this summer I had the pleasure of traveling… Read more »

History Slam Episode Ninety: American Journalism

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Matt-Pressman.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Of all the weird, wild, and crazy things that have happened during this year’s American election cycle, one of the strangest is how both parties have accused the media of being biased against their candidate. On the Republican side, the distrust of the ‘lamestream media’ has been a mainstay, particularly after… Read more »

History Slam Episode Eighty-Nine: Amiable Scoundrel

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Paul-Kahanx2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham One of the things that I often joke about when talking about finding new historical material to study is that you can always revisit an old topic – after all, there’s a new book about the American Civil War published every hour. Of course that isn’t literally true, but there does… Read more »

History Slam Episode Eighty-Eight: Translation and Canadian Theatre

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Nicole-Nolette.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Remember Bon Cop, Bad Cop? It was that movie set between Ontario and Quebec where the characters spoke French half the time and English half the time. During the French sequences, English subtitles would adorn the bottom of the screen and vice versa. The movie has earned a bit of a… Read more »