Category Archives: Podcast

History Slam 10th Anniversary Special: Life as Historians

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/History-Slam-221.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham On July 11, 2012, we released the first episode of the History Slam Podcast. It featured my conversation with Ian Milligan, which we recorded at the 2012 CHA Annual Meeting at the University of Waterloo, where Ian is now a full professor. The idea behind the show was simple: what if… Read more »

History Slam 220: Canada’s Abortion History

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/History-Slam-220.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Last Friday, the United States Supreme Court made its much anticipated decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson’s Women’s Health Organization case. In the majority opinion, the court overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which ruled that the privacy clause in the U.S. Constitution protected a woman’s right to an abortion…. Read more »

History Slam 219: Canadiana & Historical Storytelling on the Web

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/History-Slam-219.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Back in the summer of 2017, a new web series was released on YouTube. Telling viewers that they were on the hunt for the “most incredible stories in Canadian history,” Canadiana was a new type of Youtube channel. A documentary-style series, Canadiana combines archival and secondary research with outstanding visual elements to provide… Read more »

History Slam 218: Local Culture, Tourism, & PEI’s Summer Trade

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/History-Slam-218.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham After two down years, tourism is rebounding as we head into the summer. From long lines at airports to rental car shortages to sold out hotels, there is a strong, pent up demand for travel. This is welcome news to communities where hospitality is the main economic driver as employees return… Read more »

History Slam 217: Storytellers, Colonialism, and Community in the Chilcotin Plateau

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/History-Slam-217.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham For every strong, thriving community, there are people actively keeping it alive at its centre. Whether that’s hosting events, checking in on others, or sharing the living memory of the place, these individuals build an environment where stories are shared and passed to the next generation. But when they’re gone, what… Read more »

History Slam 216: Heroin & the History of Canada’s Drugs Laws & Use

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/History-Slam-216.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham In recent years, there has been no shortage of news stories on opioids and overdose deaths in Canada. What tends to be missing from these reports, however, is the historical context that shapes public understanding of these issues. The legal, social, and cultural processes that have shaped both access and perception… Read more »

History Slam 215: Provincial Political Trends & Saskatchewan’s Transition from Left to Right

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/History-Slam-215.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham In the past two years, 7 provinces and territories have held elections, with Quebec and Ontario holding campaigns this year. And if that wasn’t enough, Jason Kenney’s resignation earliere this week further thrust provincial politics into the news. While campaigns and leadership changes generate plenty of interest, the pandemic has served as… Read more »

History Slam 214: Indigenous Voices, Resources, & Learning in Canadian Classrooms

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/History-Slam-214.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham In its final report, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission included several Calls to Action regarding education. One of these was to develop and implement learning resources for all students in Canada so that more Indigenous voices, perspectives, and approaches were included in provincial and territorial curricula. As we’ve seen, however, some… Read more »

History Slam 213: Colonial Violence, National Myths, & the Lynching of Louie Sam

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/History-Slam-212.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham On February 24, 1884, Louie Sam, a Stó:lo teenager, was accused by an angry mob of starting a fire that killed James Bell, a shopkeeper in the settler community Nooksack, in what is now Whatcom County, Washington, which borders British Columbia. Without any evidence, the assembled mob determined that Sam was… Read more »

History Slam 212: Bernie Langille’s Death and the Long Journey Towards Truth, Healing, & Trust

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/History-Slam-213.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham *Bernie Langille Wants to Know What Happened to Bernie Langille has its World Premiere on Saturday April 30 at 8:30 at TIFF Bell Lightbox 4 as part of Hot Docs. You can also watch online from anywhere in Canada for 5 days starting May 1. On a cold February night in… Read more »