Category Archives: History Slam

History Slam Episode Thirty-Five: Preserving Canadian Logos

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Northern-Army.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy 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 teams. While I bought a Montreal… Read more »

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

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Marsha.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy 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, are faceless and can fail to… Read more »

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

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Brian-Payton.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy 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 fought the Japanese for the islands,… Read more »

History Slam Episode Thirty-Two: Historical Anecdotes

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Historical-Anecdotes.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy 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 at these events is trying to… Read more »

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

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Don-Cummer.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy 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 the television commercials to museum exhibitions… Read more »

History Slam Episode Thirty: The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Scott-Crawford.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy 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 history has been embraced in a… Read more »

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

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Train-Intro.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy 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 confront two cross country flights in… Read more »

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

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Sabine-Wieber.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy 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 of which I would highly recommend)…. Read more »

History Slam Episode Twenty-Seven: Heather Murray and LGBT History

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Heather-Murray.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham This Friday, Capital Pride kicks off its ten days of festivities in Ottawa. With film showings, pub nights, and, of course, the parade, the event seems to get bigger and garner more attention each year. This growth has been mirrored in the historical literature on LGBT communities. Over the past couple… Read more »

History Slam Episode Twenty-Six: The Black Panthers in Saskatchewan

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Dawn-Flood.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham I often say that Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan is one of my favourite cities in the country – in part because of the way it has capitalized on Al Capone and the possibility that the legendary Chicago gangster conducted business in the city in the 1920s and 1930s. This is perhaps best… Read more »