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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 Whether we talk with a historian about their new book or a musician about including historical references in their songs, History Slam focuses on the stories of the past, how those stories influence us today, and their role in shaping our shared culture.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 histor ...
 
History Chats is a podcast series from Activehistory.ca. Each Saturday we will post a different talk from our collection of world class historians. These will include conference sessions, public lectures, and roundtable discussions. So get your weekend started on a high note with History Chats.
 
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In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with historians Mikaela Gallinger, Lilia Lockwood, Stephen Smith, and Phoebe Mannell about their favourite musicals. Each person identifies their favourite show and talks about what they like in a musical. They also look forward to 2021 and talk about what we hope to see when theatres re-open. …
 
In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with Janette Higgins about her father’s memoir Fighting for Democracy: The True Story of Jim Higgins (1907-1982), a Canadian Activist in Spain’s Civil War. They talk about her father’s childhood, his decision to come to Canada, and his participation in the Regina Riot. They also talk about Mack…
 
In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with Ian Radforth about Ian’s new book Jeannie’s Demise: Abortion on Trial in Victorian Toronto, which examines the murder trial following the 1875 death of Jeannie Gilmour, a young woman who had gone to Arthur and Alice Davis to have an abortion. They chat about crafting a narrative from the s…
 
In this very special Halloween episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham is joined by Aaron Boyes as they go decade by decade through the 20th century to talk about the most popular Halloween costumes in each decade. They discuss some of the challenges of coming up with good costumes, some of the timeless costumes that come up throughout the century…
 
In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with Julie Guard about her book Radical Housewives: Price Wars and Food Politics in Mid-Twentieth Century Canada. They talk about the creation of the Housewives Consumer Association, who its members were, and what types of pressure they put on the government. We also discuss how public percepti…
 
In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with Carolyn Strange about her book The Death Penalty and Sex Murder in Canadian History. They discuss her background studying criminal justice, the public’s influence in capital cases, and the concept of discretionary justice. They also chat about the number of capital cases in Canada, how rel…
 
In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with Jane Griffith about the book Words Have a Past: The English Language, Colonialism, and the Newspapers of Indian Boarding Schools. They talk about why schools published newspapers, who the intended audiences were, and the information they did not include. They also discuss the power of lang…
 
In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with Lindsay Gibson of UBC about his series on historical thinking. They talk about the origins of the series, the differences in history education across the country, and the challenges associated with using a historical thinking approach. They also talk about how teachers approach history cla…
 
This week, Sean re-visits a conversation he had a couple years ago with Tonya Davidson, a sociologist for Carleton. They talked about why communities commission statues, how the public interact with them, and debate their value in encouraging historical thinking. They also walked through downtown Ottawa to look at some of the city’s monuments and t…
 
In this special collaboration with Game of Stones, Sean Graham talks with Ornella Nzindukiyimana about the intersection of sports, politics, and race. They discuss the recent protests in professional sports, the role of amateur sports in shaping identities, and how sports can create more inclusive spaces. http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/…
 
In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with Brian Thomas-Peter about his new book The Kissing Fence. They talk about his interviews with survivors, the legacy of internment within the local B.C. and Doukhobor communities, and the importance of telling difficult stories. They also talk about conveying forgotten stories through histor…
 
In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with Alana Maurushat about her new book Ethical Hacking. They talk about her background in cybersecurity, the grey areas of hacking, and how protesters can protect themselves. They also discuss the ethics of hacking, how outcomes influence perceptions of hacking, and the resources companies put…
 
In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with Katharine Bausch of Carleton University about her new book He Thinks He’s Down: White Appropriations of Black Masculinities in the Civil Rights Era. They talk about Norman Mailer and Jack Kerouac’s writing, Playboy‘s fashion pages, and blaxploitation films. They also discuss the historical…
 
In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with Kyler Zeleny about his new book Crown Ditch & the Prairie Castle: Bedlam in the West. They talk about the changing face of the Prairies, the economic challenges facing small-scale farmers, and the role of agritourism. They also talk about the urban/rural political divide, the majesty of th…
 
In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with Steve Marti about his new book For Home and Empire: Voluntary Mobilization in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand During the First World War. They talk about the similarities between Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, why federal governments relied on local efforts, and the impact on local…
 
In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with Hannah Turner about her new book Cataloguing Culture: Legacies of Colonialism in Museum Documentation. They discuss the Smithsonian’s collection process, its relationships with the communities from which it took objects, and how its database was built. They also chat about the importance o…
 
In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham explores Ottawa on July 1. He talks with Aaron Boyes, Megan Reilly-Boyes, and Sarah E.K. Smith about Canada Day traditions before walking around the city to get a feel for a truly unique Canada Day. He visits Parliament Hill, Major Hill Park, the Rideau Canal, and the Museum of Nature and discuss wha…
 
In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with Amy Wilson’s niece Laurel Deedrick-Mayne, who wrote the foreword to the new edition of her aunt Amy Wilson’s 1965 memoir When Days Are Long: Nurse in the North. They talk about the family’s memory of Amy, her motivation for going north, and the desire to re-issue the book. They also talk a…
 
In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with Chad Reimer about his new book The Trials of Albert Stroebel: Love, Murder, and Justice at the End of the Frontier. They talk about John Marshall’s path to Sumas Prairie, Albert Stroebel’s life, and the other key people in the story. They also talk about murder investigations in the late 1…
 
In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with Professor Janice Forsyth about her new book Reclaiming Tom Longboat: Indigenous Self-Determination in Canadian Sport. They talk about her experience as a winner of the award, the place of role models in sport, and the use of mainstream sports in colonization. They also talk about sport and…
 
In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with Amanda Bittner of Memorial University about the significance of political leaders in federal politics. They talk about how polling data is used, partisan voting patterns, and the role of leaders in swaying voters. They also discuss policies v. personalities, the significance of branding le…
 
In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with Tarah Brookfield and Chris Tindal about the show and its popularity. They talk about the show’s musical diversity, its ability to engage young people with history, and lyrical content. They also talk about the importance of historical accuracy and the role race plays in the show while Tara…
 
In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with filmmaker Tamara Mariam Dawit about her new film Finding Sally, which explores her family’s history during the 1970s political upheaval in Ethiopia. They talk about her grandfather’s diplomatic career, her family’s connections to Ethiopia, and the challenge of telling a personal story on f…
 
In this episode, podcast veterans Aaron Boyes, Jeremy Garrett, and Mike Thompson join Sean Graham to compete to build the greatest hockey ever. Selecting individual players, each guest explains their roster before Sean runs the teams through a simulated season. They discuss the results, debate how to compare players across eras, and describe the ro…
 
In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with Dan Black about his new book Harry Livingstone’s Forgotten Men: Canadians and the Chinese Labour Corps in the First World War. They talk about how he came to the story, why it hasn’t received a lot of attention, and the challenges of finding sources. They also chat about the men’s experien…
 
In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with director Rebecca Snow and producer Steve Gamester about their new documentary Cheating Hitler: Surviving the Holocaust. They talk about the process of finding the three survivors featured, the research process, and the emotion in telling these stories. They also talk about the film’s style…
 
In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with the great Madeleine Kloske about their grad school experiences. They talk about the grad school environment, managing stress, and promoting positive mental health within the academy. They also talk about strategies for grad students to manage their time, the need for work-life balance, and…
 
In this episode of the History Slam, I try to feed the positive and talk about the main reasons I love history and being a historian. I talk about the fun struggle of research, the discovery of new stories, and the humanity of studying the past. I also talk about the opportunities that I have been fortunate enough to have from studying history and …
 
In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with Colin Coates, one of the editors of the new book The Nature of Canada. They chat about the book, its approach to Canadian environmental history, and the process of putting it together. They also talk about the role of nature in informing Canadian identity, understanding the environments ro…
 
In this episode of the History Slam, I talk with Aaron Boyes and Corey Beaton about Bill C-150 and its contested commemoration surrounding the claims that decriminalized homosexuality . We talk about the bill’s contents, how politicians discussed homosexuality at the time, and the immediate impact of its passage. We also debate the 50th anniversary…
 
In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with Jim Parks, a Second World War veteran featured in the new film D-Day in 14 Stories. They talk about his experience during D-Day, the sights and sounds of the war, and his feelings towards the Germans. They also discuss his memories of training, his time in London, and where he was on Victo…
 
In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham chats with Raymond Blake about his new book Where They Once Stood: Newfoundland’s Rocky Road Towards Confederation, which he wrote with Melvin Baker. After they briefly reminisce about Sean’s time at the University of Regina, they chat about Newfoundland and Labrador rejecting Confederation in 1869, …
 
In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with author/journalist D’Arcy Jenish about his book The Making of the October Crisis: Canada’s Long Nightmare of Terrorism at the Hands of the FLQ. We talk about his approach to the subject, the historical literature on the October Crisis, and the FLQ’s rise. We also talk about terrorism, the l…
 
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