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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 Whether we talk with a historian about their new book or a musician about including historical references in their songs, History Slam focuses on the stories of the past, how those stories influence us today, and their role in shaping our shared culture.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 Whether we talk with a historian about their new book or a musician about including historical references in their songs, History Slam focuses on the stories of the past, how those stories influence us today, and their role in shaping our shared culture.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 Whether we talk with a historian about their new book or a musician about including historical references in their songs, History Slam focuses on the stories of the past, how those stories influence us today, and their role in shaping our shared culture.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.

Twitter:

@activehist

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English

Contact:

613-327-1297


Episodes

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

History Slam 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

History Slam 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

History Slam 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

History Slam 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

History Slam 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

History Slam Episode 108: The Great Nahanni

11/15/2017
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In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with Gordon Nelson about his book The Magnificent Nahanni: The Struggle to Protect a Wild Place. They talk about his geography background, the physical landscape in the park, and the process of establishing a national park. They also discuss Indigenous communities in the North, their […]

Duration:00:48:15

History Slam Episode 107: Heritage & Human Remains

11/1/2017
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In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with City of Ottawa archivist Paul Henry about the city’s old Barrack Hill Cemetery, the discovery of human remains during LRT construction, and the recent re-interment ceremony. They also chat about the effort to identify the individuals, funeral practices before the Victorian age, and how […]

Duration:00:50:50

History Slam 106: Hunting Nazi Treasure

10/18/2017
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In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with two of the central figures from the new History Channel show Hunting Nazi Treasure. First, he chats with Robert M. Edsell, author of The Monument’s Men, about the book, his foundation that returns stolen Nazi art to its original home, and the challenges of conducting research […]

Duration:01:20:47

History Slam Episode 105: Shadow Red

9/27/2017
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In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with artist Martha Johnson about her new exhibit Shadow Red, which commemorates the 100th anniversary of Tom Thomson’s death. They chat about her personal connection to Tom Thomson, his legacy in Canada’s art community, and her artistic style. They also talk about the exhibit, using blankets as a canvas, what visitors can […]

Duration:01:00:24

History Slam Episode 104: Taxation and Democracy

9/20/2017
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In this episode of the History Slam, which is a special bonus episode as part of Activehistory.ca’s taxation week, Sean Graham talks Shirley Tillotson of Dalhousie University. They chat about her new book Give and Take: The Citizen-Taxpayer and the Rise of Canadian Democracy, Elsbeth Heaman’s new book Tax, Order, and Good Government: A New Political History of […]

Duration:01:09:18

History Slam Episode 103: Reviewing the New Canada Hall at the Canadian Museum of History

9/12/2017
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In this episode of the History Slam, podcast Hall of Famers Aaron Boyes and Madeleine Kloske join Sean Graham as they walk through the new Canada Hall at the Canadian Museum of History. They give their thoughts before they head into the exhibit, break down each of the sections as they walk through, and even […]

Duration:00:42:14

History Slam Episode 102: Andrea Eidinger of Unwritten Histories

9/6/2017
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In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with Andrea about one of the most influential blogs in Canadian history, Unwritten Histories. They chat about the blog’s origins, the process of curating her lists, and how she manages to produce so much original content. They also talk about the state of the field […]

Duration:01:11:35

History Slam Episode 101: Science of the Seance

6/8/2017
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In this episode of the History Slam, the first ever episode with a live audience, Sean Graham talks with Beth A. Robertson about her new book Science of the Seance: Transnational Networks and Gendered Bodies in the Study of Psychic Phenomena, 1918-40. They talk about the scientists who conducted the research on seances, how they […]

Duration:00:59:09

History Slam Episode 100: History Five Years Later

5/24/2017
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In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with the podcast’s most frequent (starting with the never released pilot episode) guest Aaron Boyes. They talk about the podcast’s origins, how history has changed over the past five years, and the adoption of digital tools by historians. They also talk about the job market […]

Duration:01:21:49

History Slam Episode 99: Digital History Open House

5/10/2017
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In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham ventures to the University of Ottawa’s Digital History Open House. He talks with the Open House’s organizer, Jo McCutcheon, about her digital history class, teaching students to use digital tools, and the challenges associated with non-traditional projects. He then speaks with two of the presenting students, […]

Duration:01:41:22

History Slam Episode 98: High School History Trips

4/26/2017
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In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with high school teacher (and friend of the show) Ashley Baine. They talk about preparing students for international travel, incorporating experiential learning into the trips, and getting back into the classroom upon their return to Canada. They also talk about memorable teachers and incorporating new […]

Duration:01:21:51

History Slam Episode 97: Using and Managing Water

4/12/2017
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In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with Jeremy Schmidt about his new book, Water: Abundance, Scarcity, and Security in the Age of Humanity. They talk about the origins of western water management, the exportation of that structure around the world, and the ways in which water has become a commodity. They […]

Duration:00:32:30

History Slam Episode 96: Fake History

3/29/2017
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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 this setting you decide […]

Duration:00:40:29

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