Category Archives: History Slam

History Slam Episode Sixty-One: The Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas and the JFK Assassination

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/JFK-Museum.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas, Texas. Over the past fifty years, that assassination has resulted in investigations, speculation, and conspiracies about how and why Kennedy died. From the Warren Commission to the Oliver Stone movie, JFK and the circumstances of his death… Read more »

History Slam Episode Sixty: Studying Professional Wrestling

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/AJ-Ortega.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Between the ages of 5 and 12 I spent many Saturday mornings scanning the television channels looking for the wrestling shows. Whether WWF (now WWE) or WCW, I loved watching the matches and seeing how the storylines unfolded from week to week. As I slowly discovered that the outcomes were pre-determined I… Read more »

History Slam Episode Fifty-Nine: Curling in Canada

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Curling.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham “It’s not just a rock. It’s forty-two pounds of polished granite, with a beveled underbelly and a handle a human being can hold. And it may have no practical purpose in and of itself but it is a repository of human possibility and if it’s handled just right it will exact… Read more »

History Slam Episode Fifty-Eight: African Canadians in the U.S. Civil War

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Richard-Reid.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham The first time I learned about the American Civil War (1861-1865), it was kind of along the lines of this: Of course any war is more complicated than a single word, but that succinct answer nicely sums up how a lot of people think of the Civil War. And yet, since… Read more »

History Slam Episode Fifty-Seven: Unlikely Diplomats: The Canadian Brigade in Germany 1951-1964

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Isabel-Campbell.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham On December 4, 2014, the Canadian War Museum and UBC Press book launch as part of their joint Canadian Military Series. The series features a wide range of military historians and their examinations of this country’s military history. The books launched on this night discussed consumerism on the home front during… Read more »

History Slam Episode Fifty-Six: Franca Iacovetta and the 2014 Berkshire Conference

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Franca.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham For four days this past May the University of Toronto hosted the 2014 Berkshire Conference on the History of Women. The ‘Big Berks,’ as it’s known, is considered by many to be the biggest women’s history conference in the world and this was the first time it had ever been held… Read more »

History Slam Episode Fifty-Five: Celebrating Canada Part 2

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Celebrating-Canada-Intro.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Last Wednesday we posted the first part of our first ever two part episode in which I talked with Matthew Hayday, Marc-André Gagnon, and Robert Talbot about the Celebrating Canada workshop. Then on Friday we posted a recording of the roundtable discussion that kicked off the workshop. In this episode of… Read more »

History Slam Episode Fifty-Four: Celebrating Canada, Part 1

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Celebrating-Canada-Roundtable.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Full disclosure: I live in Ottawa and regularly walk past Parliament Hill and the National War Memorial on my way to Library and Archives Canada. For me, last Wednesday was a surreal day and in the week since the majority of the people with whom I have spoke have agreed with… Read more »

History Slam Episode Fifty-Three: What to Wear to the Birth of a Nation

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Laurie-Campbell.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham The story has been told thousands of time in the same way: the Fathers of Confederation met in Charlottetown and Quebec in 1864 and laid the groundwork for Confederation. These were men of vision who, according the video shown at the PEI legislature, had few major disagreements and passed the time… Read more »

History Slam Episode Fifty-Two: Seriously! Crashes and Crises as if Women Mattered

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Cynthia-Enloe.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham This is the final episode in our series of podcasts recorded at the 2014 Berkshire Conference on the History of Women. The conference was held May 22-25 at the University of Toronto. “To be taken seriously is a major reward that can be bestowed on a person.” pg 4 “The unquestioned… Read more »