Category Archives: History Slam

History Slam Episode 129: The Making of the October Crisis

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/History-Slam-129.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham The few times that I have taught the introductory survey in Canadian history, one of the issues that students have struggled with is the Quiet Revolution and October Crisis. There are a few reasons for this, including that I teach in Ontario, where Quebec history doesn’t get a lot of coverage… Read more »

History Slam Episode 128: A Modern History of Curling

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/History-Slam-128.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Late last year, the story of 2014 Olympic Gold Medal curler Ryan Fry being ejected from an event in Red Deer made headlines around the world. The conversation ranged from disappointment to jokes about how drinking beer is a central part of the sport. And while looking at photos of curlers… Read more »

History Slam Episode 127: Firewater

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/History-Slam-127.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Unless you stop to really think about it, it’s easy to overlook the number of times the subject of alcohol comes up. From after work drinks to wining and dining a date to rec sports being referred to as ‘beer leagues,’ alcohol has a hold on Canadian culture. The popular culture… Read more »

History Slam Episode 126: Christmas Toy Fads

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/History-Slam-126.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham It’s that time of year again where people yell about Christmas being under attack while others scream about how the festive season is too long. Oh, and sometimes people buy each other gifts. The commercialization that surrounds Christmas is a big reason why retailers immediately replace Halloween costumes with Christmas decorations… Read more »

History Slam Episode 125: The Trans Generation

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/History-Slam-125.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham During its convention earlier this month, the Ontario PC Party passed a resolution calling gender identity “a highly controversial, unscientific ‘liberal ideology’” and pledged to remove all references to gender identity theory from the provincial curriculum. Premier Doug Ford later backed away from the resolution, claiming that it would not become… Read more »

History Slam Episode 124: Live at the Cellar

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/History-Slam-124-Vancouver-Jazz.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham In this episode of the History Slam, I talk with Marian Jago about her new book Live at the Cellar: Vancouver’s Iconic Jazz Scene in the 1950s and ’60s. We talk about Canada’s jazz scene, the co-operative structure of the Cellar, and the type of performers who played at the club. We also… Read more »

History Slam Episode 123: Reconsidering Confederation

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/History-Slam-123.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham In the lead up to Canada 150 last July, there was no shortage of projects looking at Canada’s political history. One of my favourites was the Confederation Debates project. With a massive team, the project organized, scanned, and digitized thousands of documents related to each province and territory’s entry into Confederation…. Read more »

History Slam Episode 122: The Influence of American Conservative Media

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/History-Slam-122-Conservative-Media.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Accusations of media bias are a hallmark of 21st century political debate in the United States. From claims that the ‘mainstream media’ opposes the Republican Party to hyperbolic accusations of Fox serving as a form of government propaganda, there is no shortage of distrust when it comes to news outlets. It… Read more »

History Slam 121: Historically Inspired Baby Names, Canadian Mash-Up Edition

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/History-Slam-121-Baby-Names.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham A couple of years ago, we did an episode talking about the best names you could use if you wanted your kid to have an immediate connection to history. At that point, we were trying to name Aaron Boyes’  daughter and now, a couple years later, our good friend Jeremy Garrett… Read more »

History Slam Episode 120: Decoding Monuments and Memorials

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Tonya-Davidson.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham In this episode of the History Slam, I talk with Tonya Davidson of Carleton University about the meaning of monuments. We talk about monuments from a sociological perspective, the controversies around taking monuments down, and whether we should have monuments to individual people. We also visit two monuments in downtown Ottawa… Read more »