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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.






The Assault on American Excellence with Tony Kronman (HoH Podcast – Ep, 88)

Dr. Anthony Kronman is the author of the new book, The Assault on Excellence (Free Press, 2019). He is Sterling Professor of Law at Yale Law School and served as the Dean of Yale Law School from 1994-2004. Professor Kronman teaches in the Law School and the College in areas from contracts to philosophy. He has written a number of interesting books including Education's End: Why Our Colleges and Universities Have Given Up on the Meaning of Life (Yale, 2008) , Max Weber, Contracts: Cases and...


Adventures in Education with David Kent (HoH Podcast – Ep, 87)

David Kent brings years of experience in the classroom to the Hour of History Podcast this week. Kent has taught Social Studies in a number of settings and neighborhoods in New York City for over five years. He graduated cum laude from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts with a B.A. in Geography, holds a Masters in Public Administration from New York University and a Masters of Science in Education from St. John’s University in Queens, NY. You can visit his blog, Get Lost Mr. Kent,...


Success in Teaching and Research with Lillian Guerra (HoH Podcast – Ep, 86)

We have a lot of new podcast listeners so this week is a blast from the past, an Hour of History Rewind. This episode was recorded last year and first published as "A Participatory Past with Lillian Guerra". I thought it would be great to bring this episode back as Dr. Guerra shares some great information on her approach to teaching, her background, and some of her research -- all still pertinent today, especially if you are about to start teaching a course this Fall! Dr. Lillian Guerra is...


Nuclear History with Sarah Robey (HoH Podcast – Ep, 85)

Dr. Sarah Robey is Assistant Professor in the History of Energy at Idaho State University. Her research focuses on the Atomic Age in the United States, with a specific focus on civic life, the role of science in public, and grassroots activism. Her in-progress manuscript, Atomic Americans: Citizens in a Nuclear State, 1945-1963, explores how the lived experience of the nuclear Cold War led a broad coalition of Americans to make new demands of the federal state, namely the right to survival....


The First Psychedelic with Mike Jay (HoH Podcast – Ep, 84)

Mike Jay is a prolific and accomplished author who writes about a number of subjects in a wide range of disciplines. He joins me to talk about his new book Mescaline: A Global History of the First Psychedelic (Yale, 2019). The book is a definitive history of mescaline that explores its mind-altering effects across cultures, from ancient America to western modernity. Jay has written a number of books including Stranger than Fiction (Daily Grail, 2018) and High Society: The Central Role of...


Baseball under the Palms with Sam Zygner (HoH Podcast – Ep, 83)

This week, Sam Zygner joins Hour of History to talk about his new book, Baseball Under the Palms: The History of Miami Minor League Baseball - The Early Years 1892 - 1960. Sam is also the author of The Forgotten Marlins: A Tribute to the 1956-1960 Original Miami Marlins. He has served as the Chairperson for the South Florida Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) since 2006 and been a member since 1997. His written articles have appeared in The Baseball Research...


Utopian Farm at the Edge of the World (HoH Podcast – Ep, 82)

Photo Credit: USHMM Some people like to write out their presentations. Other people like to speak off the top of their heads. I like to write out presentations, ignore the writing, and then speak off the top of my head! Enjoy this change-up to the regular Hour of History Podcast, as I present at the World History Association conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Read more about me and follow me on twitter @StevenBaumann and the podcast @HourofHistory. You can see some images on Instagram...


Forgotten Hispanic North America with Carrie Gibson (HoH Podcast – Ep, 81)

Dr. Carrie Gibson is a US-born, UK-based historian and journalist with a large obsession about small islands, which led her to write her first book – Empire’s Crossroads: A History of the Caribbean from Columbus to the Present Day, published by Pan Macmillan in the UK and Grove/Atlantic in the United States. Her latest book, El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America is a bit more land-based (but not completely!) and is out now in the United States. You can read an...


Long Peace Street with Jonathan Chatwin (HoH Podcast – Ep, 80)

Jonathan Chatwin is a writer from Birmingham, England. He holds a PhD in English Literature, and writes widely on culture and history, with a particular focus on China. He is the author of Anywhere Out of the World, a literary biography of Bruce Chatwin acclaimed as the ‘best account yet of the origins of Chatwin’s restless mania’. His forthcoming travelogue Long Peace Street: A walk in modern China will be published by Manchester University Press in July. You can hear him speak about the...


China’s Muslims with Kelly Hammond (HoH Podcast – Ep, 79)

Dr. Kelly Hammond received her Ph.D. in East Asian history from Georgetown University. She is an assistant professor in the department of history at the University of Arkansas. Her work specializes in the history of Islam in East Asia, particularly focusing on the political, social and cultural history of Chinese Muslims from the Qing Dynasty through into the People’s Republic of China. Her recent work has been supported by the Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS China Studies post-doctoral...


The Black Hills of South Dakota and How to be a Great Historian (HoH Podcast – Ep, 78)

Dr. Stephen Hausmann is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of St. Thomas and an expert on the American West. He has recently finished his dissertation, which examined the 1972 Black Hills flood with careful attention to race and environment in the Black Hills of South Dakota. He joins the Hour of History Podcast from his regular position as a host of New Books in the American West, a part of the New Books Network. You can follow him on twitter here. Some Highlights: South...


Flamenco Nation with Sandie Holguín (HoH Podcast – Ep, 77)

Dr. Sandie Holguín is a professor at the University of Oklahoma and an expert in European Intellectual history. Her latest book is Flamenco Nation: The Construction of Spanish Identity (University of Wisconsin, 2019) which explores Flamenco and the growth of Spanish national identity from the 1800s to the present day. Dr. Holguín is also the author of Creating Spaniards: Culture and National Identity in Republican Spain (University of Wisconsin, 2002). You can find her on Women Also Know...


Surrender! How Raising the White Flag defined the Civil War with David Silkenat (HoH Podcast – Ep, 76)

Dr. David Silkenat is the Senior Lecturer in American History at the University of Edinburgh and an expert on the Civil War. He also co-hosts The Whiskey Rebellion podcast with Dr. Frank Cogliano, also a professor at the University of Edinburgh. Silkenat's works include, Driven from Home: North Carolina's Refugee Crisis (UGA, 2016), Moments of Despair: Suicide, Divorce, and Debt in Civil War North Carolina (UNC, 2011), and most recently, Raising the White Flag: How Surrender Defined the...


Chernobyl and Surviving Nuclear Disaster with Kate Brown (HoH Podcast – Ep, 75)

Dr. Kate Brown is a professor of environmental and nuclear history at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research covers a number of countries and brings personal accounts into conversation with quantitative studies. She has traveled extensively through areas impacted by the fallout of Chernobyl, interviewed a number of survivors, and researched in only recently opened archives in the former Soviet Union. Her most recent book is Manual for Survival: A Chernobyl Guide to the...


Superheroes, Stan Lee, and American Culture with Travis Roy (HoH Podcast – Ep, 74)

Travis Roy is a PhD Candidate at Temple University and an expert on American History. In addition to his knowledge of the natural world and westward expansion, he is known for his thoughtful work on popular culture. In the wake of the passing of the legendary comic book writer, Travis and I sat down to discuss how culture is significantly shaped by comics and movies and how economic powerhouses such as Disney continue to colonize successful brands. You can follow Travis on twitter...


Crisis in Kosovo with Mary Walters (HoH Podcast – Ep, 73)

Mary Elizabeth Walters is a PhD candidate at the University of North Carolina whose work focuses on the 1999 conflict in Kosovo. An expert in military history, Walters is currently at the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation, “Unexpected Humanitarians: Albania, the U.S. Military, and Aid Organizations during the 1999 Kosovo Refugee Crisis” will be an important contribution to the way historians understand humanitarian aid from the...


The Adjunct Underclass with Herb Childress (HoH Podcast – Ep, 72)

Dr. Herb Childress is a writer and expert on higher education who has written three excellent books and a number of articles that cover a number of topics. His most recent work is about Higher Education and how to navigate what is a complex and often brutal system. His latest book is called The Adjunct Underclass: How America's Colleges Betrayed their Faculty, their Students, and their Mission (University of Chicago Press, 2019) and focuses on contingent labor and the emotional journey that...


The Complete History of Cross Country Running with Andrew Hutchinson (HoH Podcast – Ep, 71)

Andrew Hutchinson is a historian, educator, runner and author of an excellent book called The Complete History of Cross Country Running. He has experience in the classroom, the archives, and on the road covering some of the most prestigious events in the world of cross country racing. He produces excellent content over at The Real XC and has been featured in a number of publications, most recently at Tracksmith covering the 2019 IAAF World Cross-Country Championships. You can follow his work...


From Religious Liberalism to Small Town USA with David Mislin (HoH Podcast – Ep, 70)

Dr. David Mislin is a professor at Temple University where he teaches in the Intellectual Heritage program. He is also the author of the book, Saving Faith. He researches 19th and 20th century American religious history with a focus on pluralism, secularism, religious liberalism, and evil. His first book, Saving Faith: Making Religious Pluralism an American Value at the Dawn of the Secular Age, was published by Cornell University Press in 2015. You can read more on his website and follow him...


Calm Clarity with Due Quach (HoH Podcast – Ep, 69)

Due Quach is a social entrepreneur who shares her global experiences through her organization Calm Clarity. She uses her experiences from growing up in inner city Philadelphia, graduating from Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business, and travel around the world to guide her research journey towards mastering her mind and becoming her best self. Her book, Calm Clarity: How to Use Science to Rewire Your Brain for Greater Wisdom, Fulfillment, and Joy, was...