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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-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-Four: Art History & General Idea

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Sarah-Smith.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham The art group General Idea emerged in Toronto’s counterculture scene in the late 1960s. By the early 1970s, the group’s membership was solidified, encompassing Felix Partz, Jorge Zontal, and AA Bronson. Best known for their provocative conceptual works, General Idea took on popular culture formats from beauty pageants to television and… Read more »

History Slam Episode Eighty-Three: Disaster Citizenship

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Jacob-Remes.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham In June 1914, the town of Salem, Massachusetts was the site of a massive fire that destroyed over 1,300 buildings. Three and a half years later in Halifax, a fire aboard the SS Mont-Blanc caused an explosion that killed approximately 2,000 people and injured 9,000 others. These two events may seem… Read more »

History Slam Episode Seventy-Nine: Open Access

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Open-Access.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham There are certain universal experiences that go along with being involved in academics, one of which is explaining the publishing model of academic journals. This is particularly difficult for grad students, who, upon their first publication, are confronted by family members wondering how much they got paid. It’s a well meaning… Read more »

History Slam Episode Seventy-Eight: Disaster Drawn

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Hillary-Chute.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham As anyone who has ever done archival research knows, there are moments where things can get incredibly dull. To get over this, we all try to find little things that keep us going. When I was in the midst of reading every issue of the Moose Jaw Times between 1931 and… Read more »

History Slam Episode Seventy-Seven: Prime Minister’s Row

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Prime-Ministers-Row.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Before I moved to Ottawa, my only experience with the city was a brief research trip, during which I heard about the nation’s capital radius rule. The rule holds that if you’re standing on Parliament Hill you can walk 15 blocks in any direction and still feel like you are in… Read more »