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The wild, wacky, weird, wonderful and downright dark stories in Canadian history told in no particular order.

Cool Canadian History David Borys

    • History
    • 4.7 • 235 Ratings

The wild, wacky, weird, wonderful and downright dark stories in Canadian history told in no particular order.

    S6E7 The Fight for History with Dr. Tim Cook

    S6E7 The Fight for History with Dr. Tim Cook

    Dr. Tim Cook is interviewed about his newest book The Fight For History discussing the complicated and controversial process by which WW2 was nearly forgotten in the decades following the war only to be reclaimed by the end of the 20th century.

    • 37 min
    S6E6 Whose Side Are You On Anyways? The Canadian Response to the Suez Crisis

    S6E6 Whose Side Are You On Anyways? The Canadian Response to the Suez Crisis

    In 1956 the United Nations was in turmoil as an Anglo-French-Israeli alliance attacked and invaded Egypt. Global public opinion was strongly against this bold move and it seemed like there was no solution in sight. Until, Canadian diplomat Lester B. Pearson stepped in with a radical proposal, one that would set a template for UN Peacekeeping operations for the rest of the 20th century.

    • 23 min
    S6E5 John Labatt’s and the Windy City

    S6E5 John Labatt’s and the Windy City

    A risky move to take beer south takes John Labatt Jr. into the maelstrom of American brewing.

    • 19 min
    S6E4 Bert and Ernie Eh? The Canadianization of Sesame Street

    S6E4 Bert and Ernie Eh? The Canadianization of Sesame Street

    In the late 1960s the television phenomenon that was Sesame Street came north of the 49th parallel. While extremely popular amongst Canadian youth significant debate flared up over the fact that it was American television programming in a time when Canada was going through an acute identity crisis. Something had to be done to turn this popular children's show into a program that showcased unique Canadian values and ideas.

    • 26 min
    S6E3 A Century of Service: The Life of Nova Scotian Provo Wallis, Admiral of the Fleet

    S6E3 A Century of Service: The Life of Nova Scotian Provo Wallis, Admiral of the Fleet

    One of the longest serving sailors in the history of the Royal Navy just happened to be born in Nova Scotia. Provo Wallis witnessed the transition from the age of sail to the age of steam while remaining in the navy for almost 100 years.

    • 23 min
    S6E2 Clio’s Treats: Culinary Connections to Canadian History

    S6E2 Clio’s Treats: Culinary Connections to Canadian History

    The history of food in Canada can be a complex subject and is as varied as the people that make up this country. This episode has chosen several "Canadian" foods to explore how food is related to both the history of the nation, its peoples, and how food can connect to ideas of Canadian identity.

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
235 Ratings

235 Ratings

Terror707 ,

Great pandemic distraction

Going for walks during the current Covid restrictions is a great escape, especially listening to a Podcast. I find Cool Canadian history well researched and delivered. I had listened to many New York Times shows during the US election but other than waiting for a Trump concession, it is time to learn more Canadian stories. I particularly liked the Cougar Annie episode and several WWII shows!

Peartree323 ,

Lovers of history take note!

Outstanding podcast and source of Canadiana history storytelling
Very well done

Teedell ,

I recommend

As a fan of history, and as a Canadian, I recommend this show to anyone curious about what has shaped our country. It's well written, orated and produced. They include lots of topics that aren't generally covered which invariably offer excellent context to their time and place. Well done.

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