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Our World. Anytime. Anyplace. The Hour of History Podcast aims to introduce general audiences to a diverse range of historical topics in order to educate, inspire, and spark a curiosity. Seeking to understand how we know what we know and why the past matters, this podcast will both entertain and educate.

Our World. Anytime. Anyplace. The Hour of History Podcast aims to introduce general audiences to a diverse range of historical topics in order to educate, inspire, and spark a curiosity. Seeking to understand how we know what we know and why the past matters, this podcast will both entertain and educate.
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Our World. Anytime. Anyplace. The Hour of History Podcast aims to introduce general audiences to a diverse range of historical topics in order to educate, inspire, and spark a curiosity. Seeking to understand how we know what we know and why the past matters, this podcast will both entertain and educate.






Killing Kim Il-Sung with Adam Rawnsley (HoH Podcast – Ep, 41)

Adam Rawnsley , one of Philadelphia's finest journalists joins us this week on Hour of History. Rawnsley currently writes for Foreign Policy and has written for a number of publications such as The Daily Beast, Wired, and War is Boring. Some Highlights: United States Intelligence Operations in North Korea Kim il-Sung Republic of Korea and Democratic People's Republic of North Korea Journalists and Academics The wide availability of declassified documents available for public research Read...


Kids These Days with Malcolm Harris (HoH Podcast – Ep, 40)

Malcolm Harris, the author of the upcoming book Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials joins us on the Hour of History Podcast to talk about human capital, millennials, and exploitation in the United States. Harris' work has appeared in n+1, New Republic, medium, and New York Times Magazine among a number of other publications. Some Highlights: The purpose of education Stress from competition Protest Community organization The future of our society The value of a...


The Power of Sport with Tamir Sorek (HoH Podcast – Ep, 39)

Dr. Tamir Sorek, a professor of Sociology and Jewish Studies at the University of Florida, sits down to talk about the power of sport to shape politics, nationalism, and a number of aspects of our world. Sorek's fine work, Arab Soccer in a Jewish State, is central to our discussion- one that was far too short to cover his other work which is published in multiple languages, numerous articles, and multiple books. Anyone who has followed along with the NFL protests, the World Cup, or good...


Cities That Supplied the World: Cocaine (Cities Podcast – Ep, 28)

Thanks for checking out Hour of History: Cities Podcast. This week is the final episode in the Cities that Supplied the World and the last Cities Podcast episode for a little while. Hour of History will continue regularly on Saturdays. If you are looking for more cities, why don't you check out previous Cities Episodes? Our next city is in Peru. What started as the consumption of an Andean shrub that made its consumers feel better, turned into Cocaine, widely consumed in the Western world....


A Participatory Past with Lillian Guerra (HoH Podcast – Ep, 38)

Making the past something in which we can participate in is a result of the work and career of Dr. Lillian Guerra, our guest on Hour of History this week. Guerra is currently a history professor at the University of Florida and author of the recently released Heroes, Martyrs, and Political Messiahs in Revolutionary Cuba, 1946-1958. If you are curious about teaching history, learning history, Cuba, or a good story check out this episode. And, as always, recommendations made in this episode...


Cities That Supplied the World: City of Trees – The Amazon and Rubber (Cities Podcast – Ep, 27)

We are back to Brazil, Manaus to be precise, and we are burning up some rubber. The tears of trees becomes the perfect example of a commodity and a city that rose and fell with the great waves of capitalism. From Rubber Barons to tortuous working conditions, rubber was at the bottom of it. Check out our new episode on HoH Cities. City 5: Manaus - Rubber


So You Want to be a Historian with Andrea Siotto (HoH Podcast – Ep, 37)

This episode comes to you from Hour of History's hometown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where I talk to Andrea Siotto about the ups and downs of being an historian. If you are interested in history, research, or pursuing a PhD this episode is for you! Some Highlights: The Imperial War Museum London Havana Money How to research Amateur historians Professional historians Why we love our jobs How we stay sane Weekly Suggestions: Steven - The Internet Archive Andrea - In This Corner of the...


Cities That Supplied the World: Chincha Island is No Dump (Cities Podcast – Ep, 26)

Our next city is a city of birds. They are the Chincha Islands, 13 miles southwest of Peru. And although they are full of Guano, they are no dump. Rather, it was the fertilizer created on these islands that supplied the world with food. From North America to Europe, the Chincha Islands provided. City 4: Chincha Island - Guano


American Genocide: Dictators of the Americas with Menika Dirkson (HoH Podcast – Ep, 36)

This episode comes to you from HoH studios with Menika Dirkson to talk about dictators in the Americas. Most of our discussion centers on the island of Hispanola and the two nations Haiti and Dominican Republic. We also talk about how such an important piece of history is often missed in schools, despite the fact that it was a genocide that cost thousands of people their lives. Some Highlights: Haitian history Slavery Empire Vodun Genocide Papa Doc and Baby Doc Duvalier Dictatorship in...


Cities That Supplied the World: Loco for Coco in Bahia (Cities Podcast – Ep, 25)

Our next city comes from the state of Bahia in northeast Brazil. It is Ilheus, and it grew around the global coco or cacao trade. This week we talk about cacao and how people in Europe went wild for Chocolate once a Swiss scientist mixed the stuff with chocolate. Go crazy for coco in this HoH Cities episode. City 3: Ilheus - Cacao


Mystery Plants with Chris Fite (HoH Podcast – Ep, 35)

This week Chris Fite joins us. Chris is a Ph.D. student in History and Sociology of Science. He is pursuing Graduate Certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. His current research explores the history of botany and gardening in the early modern world. Chris previously worked in museums and archives, including positions at McKissick Museum and the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library. In this episode we talk about: Plants The Production of Knowledge Medieval Societies...


Cities That Supplied the World: Coffee from Costa Rica’s Central Valley (Cities Podcast – Ep, 24)

Our next city could be any one from the Central Valley of Costa Rica. Perhaps it is San Jose, Cartago or Heredia. This week we talk about coffee, and all of these cities were central to geographic production. City 2: San Jose - Coffee


The Empire of Nature with Travis Roy (HoH Podcast – Ep, 34)

This week Travis Roy and Mathias join me to talk about nature, animal rights, and the United States westward expansion. Travis is a PhD Candidate at Temple University who studies United States Environmental History, prairie dogs, and all kinds of other interesting things. If you are interested in animal rights, American history, hunting, environmental history, or just a good chat join us on this episode of Hour of History. In this episode we talk about: Lewis and Clark Thomas Jefferson...


Cities That Supplied the World: A City Built on Silver (Cities Podcast – Ep, 23)

The Cities podcast takes a turn for the different as I track cities that helped supply the world with commodities. In the first week, I talk about Silver and the way it helped to build the Spanish Empire and one of its most important cities: Mexico City. City 1: Mexico City - Silver


Uyghurs: An Endangered People? (HoH Podcast – Ep, 33)

This week Mathias and I talk about Uyghurs on Hour of History. We give a brief overview of centuries of history, modern politics, and questions of cultural history. In this episode we talk about: Rebiya Kadeer Chen Quanguo Uyghur Culture Rian Thum's book The Sacred Routes of Uyghur History Alice Su's reporting Re-education Camps And our weekly recommendations: Mathias - the literature of Vasily Grossman Steven -


Kolkata – Marxism and Modernity (Cities Podcast – Ep, 22)

Independent of British rule, Calcutta remains an important part of West Bengal and the new India. Led predominately by the left, Marxism comes to define Calcutta through the second half of the twentieth century to Modernity and its new-old-identity, Kolkata. Item 9: Marxism Item 10: Modernity


Defining Dictatorship in History (HoH Podcast – Ep, 32)

This week, Mathias and I talk about dictators and dictatorship in history. In order to define the term, we had to go way back and work our way to the present. Here is what we talked about: The Roman Republic The Roman Empire George Washington Napoleon Giuseppe Garibaldi Fascism Hitler Mussolini Communism


Kolkata – Charkha and Rice (Cities Podcast – Ep, 21)

The Empire begins to unravel. After the Sepoy Mutiny in 1857, Britain takes direct rule over India and creates the perfect situation for the rise in Nationalism. The second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century become one-hundred years of rebellion, changing identities, and a growth in nationalism. This week Calcutta transforms through British tinkering, Indian solidarity, and the worst famine of the last century. Item 7: Charkha Item 8: Rice...


The Dream and Disaster of Utopia (HoH Podcast – Ep, 31)

What is Utopia? Does the perfect place exist? Who has tried to create Utopia? This week, on Hour of History, Mathias, Keith, and I talk about: Thomas More's "Utopia" and dreams of a perfect place The Mexican Revolution, Zapata and indigenous communities Marxist Utopian visions and the revolutions that followed The folly of Utopia and failed utopias


Kolkata – White Town and Black Town (Cities Podcast – Ep, 20)

This week, I look at the growth of two distinct, but not impermeable, towns in Calcutta. The East India company is in full control of Calcutta at this point and the result is the massive growth of what was once a fishing village. For some this meant opportunity, for others it meant squalor. The result is one of the most vibrant cities in the world and a city in the British Empire second only to London. Item 5: White Town Item 6: Black Town