Category Archives: History Slam

History Slam Episode Eighteeen: Tom McSorley on Nanook of the North and Grub-Stake

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/northernscene_tom_mcsorley1-edit1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham As we kick off Northern History Week, we thought it would be fun to go back and look at some of the earliest films depicting life in northern Canada. In this episode of the History Slam podcast, I chat with Tom McSorley of the Canadian Film Institute about one of the… Read more »

History Slam Episode Seventeen: The Rise of American Restaurants, and Northern History Week

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Kelly-Erby-and-Heather-Moore.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham “Remember when you first went out to eat with your parents? Remember, it was such a treat to go and they serve you this different food that you never saw before, and they put it in front of you, and it was such a delicious and exciting adventure?” Despite the negativity… Read more »

History Slam Episode Sixteen: Inclusive Histories and Katrina Srigley

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Srigley-Edit.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham During the CHA Annual Meeting last year in Waterloo, I went to the book launch for Finding a Way to the Heart: Feminist Writings on Aboriginal and Women’s History in Canada, during which Sylvia Van Kirk addressed the crowd. The one thing that really stuck me was how passionately she spoke… Read more »

History Slam Episode Fifteen: Placing Memory

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Placing-Memory-Edit.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Over the past few months, the City of Ottawa has started to make progress on its redevelopment of Lansdowne Park. The plans new condos, retail outlets, and major renovations to Frank Claire Stadium in order to welcome a CFL franchise to the capital next spring. The project has been hotly contested,… Read more »

History Slam Episode Fourteen: Tim Stanley

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Tim-Stanley-Edit.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham B.C Premier Christy Clark has spent the better part of the last week apologizing for the provincial Liberals’ classified plan to win the “ethnic vote.” While the scheme had clear ethical issues by using provincial staffers for political purposes, what has garnered the most attention is the disingenuous manner in which… Read more »

History Slam Episode Thirteen: Musician Del Barber

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Del-Barber-Final-Edit.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadLast Saturday night in Ottawa, a young musician took the stage at the National Arts Centre and sang about a dream he had had. The dream was interesting because all his favourite historical figures – from Friedrich Nietzsche and Jean-Jacques Rousseau to Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie – had shown up for a party… Read more »

History Slam Episode Twelve: Media Review Roundup

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Media-Review.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Like a lot of people, I used the break over the holidays to catch up on a couple of TV shows and movies that I had missed through the fall. I have to say that binge watching, while a lot of fun, can actually be difficult – it’s easy to lose… Read more »

History Slam Episode Eleven: “A Struggle to Remember: Fighting for Our Families”

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Family-Leave.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham It may be surprising to learn that I don’t go to a lot of big movie premieres – all the lights and cameras aren’t really my thing. But a few weeks ago I did have the privilege of going to the premiere of a new documentary from the Workers History Museum…. Read more »

History Slam Episode Ten: The Foundation for Building Sustainable Communities

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Oshawa-and-PM-Fantasy-Draft-Recap.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham In the six months or so since I started this podcast, I’ve been amazed to learn how many different groups and organizations are working around the country to promote the study of history. For as much lamenting and hand-wringing that goes on every time a study is released decrying Canadians’ general… Read more »

History Slam Episode Nine: Prime Minister Fantasy Draft

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/PM-Fantasy-Draft.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham When I was an MA student in Regina, I was talking to somebody about how great it would be if there could be a historical figures fantasy league. With the success of fantasy football and fantasy hockey, I figured that some sort of fantasy league could really boost the interest in… Read more »