Category Archives: Podcast

History Slam Episode Thirty-Six: Historical Thinking and Teaching History

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/HIstorical-Thinking-Final.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham As part of Active History’s Historical Thinking Week, the History Slam Podcast looked into how history is taught in high school. To do this, I traveled to an Ontario high school and spoke with both students and teachers about the challenges of teaching history in 2014 and some of the strategies… Read more »

Podcast – “Hunt for the Jews: Betrayal and Murder in German-Occupied Poland” by Jan Grabowski

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Grabowski-Ottawa-Historical-Association-lecture.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe Ottawa Historical Association welcomed historian Jan Grabowski in January. ActiveHistory.ca is happy to feature here his talk, “Hunt for the Jews: Betrayal and Murder in German-Occupied Poland.” Grabowski is a professor at the University of Ottawa. His talk is based on his recent book of the same name (Indian University Press, 2013).

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 »

Transforming Indigenous Foodways

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[This post is part of Foodscapes of Plenty and Want – a theme week at ActiveHistoy.ca that features podcasts exploring a number of topics related to the interconnected histories of food, health, and the environment in Canada. For more information and a schedule for the week, see the introductory post here.] As Indigenous peoples and historians have long argued, food… Read more »

Rural Foodscapes and the Taste of Modernity

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[This post is part of Foodscapes of Plenty and Want – a theme week at ActiveHistoy.ca that features podcasts exploring a number of topics related to the interconnected histories of food, health, and the environment in Canada. For more information and a schedule for the week, see the introductory post here.] If Canadians were asked to describe the cuisine or foodways of… Read more »

Theme Week: Foodscapes of Plenty and Want

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Food history is, in many ways, perfectly suited to the goals of the active historian. In part, this is because food touches nearly every aspect of our lives. We need it to survive and to maintain our health. Our identities are often profoundly wrapped up in what kinds of foods we eat – or, in the case of many major… Read more »

Podcast – “After the Savage War: Reporting on Battles in Afghanistan and at Home” by Murray Brewster

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Brewster-Ottawa-Historical-Association-lecture.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe Ottawa Historical Association welcomed journalist Murray Brewster on November 5, 2013. ActiveHistory is happy to feature his talk, “After the Savage War: Reporting on Battles in Afghanistan and at Home.” Brewster has been a journalist for almost three decades with organizations such as The Canadian Press. His talk is based on his recent… Read more »

Video: Trudeau 2.0: Pierre’s Legacy and Justin’s Future

Many Canadians view Pierre Elliott Trudeau as a Canadian hero, perhaps the most charismatic Prime Minister the nation has ever seen. Yet others are far more critical of Trudeau’s leadership and legacies. This ambivalence has led to popular opinion polls naming Pierre one of the greatest and worst Canadian of all time. Justin, Pierre’s 41-year-old son and current leader of… Read more »