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History Slam is a conversational podcast that features discussions and debates around various historical topics or issues relevant to the understanding of history. Whether we talk with a historian about their new book or a musician about including historical references in their songs, History Slam focuses on the stories of the past, how those stories influence us today, and their role in shaping our shared culture. Within a relaxed environment we’re going to try and have some fun with history while highlighting stories from the past.

History Slam is a conversational podcast that features discussions and debates around various historical topics or issues relevant to the understanding of history. Whether we talk with a historian about their new book or a musician about including historical references in their songs, History Slam focuses on the stories of the past, how those stories influence us today, and their role in shaping our shared culture. Within a relaxed environment we’re going to try and have some fun with history while highlighting stories from the past.
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Canada

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History Slam is a conversational podcast that features discussions and debates around various historical topics or issues relevant to the understanding of history. Whether we talk with a historian about their new book or a musician about including historical references in their songs, History Slam focuses on the stories of the past, how those stories influence us today, and their role in shaping our shared culture. Within a relaxed environment we’re going to try and have some fun with history while highlighting stories from the past.

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@activehist

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English

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613-327-1297


Episodes

Episode 128: A Modern History of Curling

1/23/2019
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In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with Brian about his new book Written in Stone: A Modern History of Curling. They talk about curling becoming an Olympic sport, teams boycotting the Brier over sponsorship, and the TV controversies of the mid-2000s. They also talk about the changes in fitness, the professionalization […]

Duration:00:56:20

Episode 127: Firewater

1/9/2019
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In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with Harold Johnson about his book Firewater: How Alcohol is Killing my People (And Yours). They talk about his motivation for writing the book, the “drunken Indian” stereotype, and how the criminal justice system deals with alcoholism. They also talk about trauma in Indigenous communities, […]

Duration:00:24:52

Episode 126: Christmas Toy Fads

12/12/2018
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In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham is joined by Aaron Boyes and Megan Reilly-Boyes to talk about some of the biggest Christmas toy fads of the 20th century. They talk about some from our respective childhoods as well as some from the early part of the century as we break down what […]

Duration:01:10:53

Episode 125: The Trans Generation

11/28/2018
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In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with SFU Professor about the new book The Trans Generation: How Trans Kids (And Their Parents) Are Creating a Gender Revolution. They talk about conducting interviews with kids and their parents, the trans rights movement, and the social markers associated with gender. They also talk about […]

Duration:00:46:20

Episode 124: Live at the Cellar

10/31/2018
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In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with Marian Jago about her new book Live at the Cellar: Vancouver’s Iconic Jazz Scene in the 1950s and ’60s. They talk about Canada’s jazz scene, the co-operative structure of the Cellar, and the type of performers who played at the club. They also chat about […]

Duration:00:52:08

Episode 123: Reconsidering Confederation

10/17/2018
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In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with Daniel Heidt, editor of the new book Reconsidering Confederation: Canada’s Founding Debates, 1864-1999. They talk about the Confederation Debates project, the team he assembled, and approaches to understanding Confederation. They also chat about Canada as a political entity, concepts of Canadian identity, and what an […]

Duration:00:35:25

Episode 122: The Influence of American Conservative Media

10/3/2018
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In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with Laurence Jurdem about his new book Paving the Way for Reagan: The Influence of Conservative Media on U.S. Foreign Policy. They talk about the power of partisan press outlets, the rise of conservative media, and the balance between political influence and commercial success. They […]

Duration:00:55:05

Episode 121: Historically Inspired Baby Names, Canadian Mash-Up Edition

9/26/2018
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Using the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada designations of historically significant people, we selected 24 people and combined their names (one person for first name and another for middle name) to come up with 12 names that could be used to name a newborn. In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham […]

Duration:00:48:55

Episode 120: Decoding Monuments and Memorials

8/2/2018
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In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with Tonya Davidson of Carleton University about the meaning of monuments. They talk about monuments from a sociological perspective, the controversies around taking monuments down, and whether we should have monuments to individual people. They also visit two monuments in downtown Ottawa to talk about […]

Duration:00:48:23

Episode 119: Pierre Trudeau, the Constant Liberal

7/18/2018
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In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with Christo Aivalis about his new book The Constant Liberal: Pierre Trudeau, Organized Labour, the Canadian Social Democratic Left. They talk about the renewed interest in Pierre Trudeau, the difference between Liberal and liberal in Canadian political parlance, and Pierre’s social policies. They also get into Canada’s economic structure, Pierre’s policies, and whether the […]

Duration:00:48:49

Episode 118: Preserving the Civil War’s Legacy

7/4/2018
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In this episode of the History Slam, Paul Kahan returns to the show to discuss his new book The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant: Preserving the Civil War’s Legacy. He talks with Sean Graham about Grant the politician v. Grant the military man, Reconstruction in the South, and the racial divide in post-Civil War America. They also […]

Duration:00:48:35

Episode 117: Breaching the Peace

6/13/2018
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In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with Sarah Cox about her new book Breaching the Peace: The Site C Dam and a Valley’s Stand Against Big Hydro. They talk about Site C and the Peace Valley, the ecological costs of dams, and the financial cost of this project. They also talk […]

Duration:00:43:10

Episode 116: History’s Future

5/31/2018
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In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with Professor John Bonnett of Brock University about history’s future. They talk about the animal turn, ascribing sentience to all living things, and the challenges this presents to the humanities. They also talk about how this challenges traditional historical methods, how historians can incorporate this […]

Duration:01:27:15

Episode 115: The Oslo Diaries

4/30/2018
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In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with Daniel Sivan, one of the directors of the new documentary The Oslo Diaries, which chronicles the peace process between Israel and Palestine in the early 1990s. They talk about the history of Israeli-Palestinian relations, the motivation to make the film, and the use of […]

Duration:00:43:43

Episode 114: The Silence of Others

4/26/2018
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In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with Almudena Carracedo, one of the directors of the new documentary The Silence of Others, which follows the movement for justice for Franco-era crimes in Spain. They talk about the Spanish amnesty law, the concept of universal jurisdiction, and how the filmmakers came to this story. They […]

Duration:00:38:11

Episode 113: Studying and Interpreting the Bible

4/4/2018
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In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with Rev. Canon Rob Park from St. George’s Anglican Church in Georgetown, Ontario. With Passover and Easter over the weekend, it seemed like the perfect time to talk about the way in which Priests are taught the Bible, the way in which personal experience shapes […]

Duration:01:00:31

Episode 112: Use and Abuse of Patriotism in Sports

3/21/2018
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In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with co-host of the Game of Stones Podcast Scott Graham about the use and abuse of patriotism in sport. They talk about the negative side of international organizations, whether it’s possible separate the events from the organizers, and if these systems are based on exploitation. […]

Duration:00:47:46

Episode 111: From Left to Right

2/21/2018
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In this episode of the podcast, Sean Graham talks with Brian Thorn about his book From Left to Right: Maternalism and Women’s Political Activism in Postwar Canada. They talk about the book’s origins, the nature of women’s activism on both the left and right of the political spectrum, and the issues supported by those on […]

Duration:00:38:07

Episode 110: Blood, Sweat, and Fear

2/7/2018
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In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with Jeremy Milloy about his new book Blood, Sweat, Fear: Violence at Work in the North American Auto Industry, 1960-1980. They talk about what constitutes violence in the workplace, why he chose to study the auto industry, and the decline of collectivity. They also chat […]

Duration:00:48:12

Episode 109: Lace Up: A History of Skates in Canada

11/29/2017
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In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with Jean-Marie Leduc about Lace Up: A History of Skates in Canada. They talk about the origins of his extensive skate collection, how he built the collection, and some of his favourite pairs. They also talk about the book, how they put it together, and […]

Duration:01:01:32