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 Whether we talk with a historian about their new book or a musician about including historical references in their songs, History Slam focuses on the stories of the past, how those stories influence us today, and their role in shaping our shared culture.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. We’re always looking for new suggestions for topics and guests so any ideas or feedback can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and you can follow Sean on Twitter @drseannyfever.
Episode 175: The Burden of Gravity
In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with Shannon McConnell, author of the new book The Burden of Gravity. about the book. They talk about Shannon’s background in writing, researching the story, and why poetry is an effective storytelling technique for historians. They also talk about the history of the Woodlands School, […]
Episode 174: Captain Cook Rediscovered
In this episode of the History Slam, Sean Graham talks with David Nicandri about his new book Captain Cook Rediscovered: Voyaging to the Icy Latitudes. They talk about Cook’s career, the significance of sea ice science, and Cook’s contacts with Indigenous peoples and his place within European colonialism. They also talk about the palm-tree paradigm, […]
Episode 173: How We Helped
In this episode of the History Slam Sean Graham talks with the President of the Eastern Branch of the Ontario Association of Social Workers Wendy Birkan before we listen to the first episode in the new documentary series How We Helped: Stories From Eastern Ontario Social Workers. They talk about social workers, why they wanted […]
Repost: Historically Inspired Baby Names, Canadian Mashup Edition
This week, we visit our 2018 episode offering Jeremy Garrett some baby name ideas using the register of National Important Persons in Canada.
Repost: Curling in Canada
In this episode, Sean Graham visits his first episode exploring curling in Canada. We hear from Olympic Gold Medalists like Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris, world champions like Mary-Anne Arsenault, national champions like Lisa Weagle, and mainstays on the tour like Chelsea Carey and Stefanie Lawton. Topics discussed include the state of curling in Canada, […]
Episode 172: Historians’ Favourite Musicals
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 […]
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The host is great and very knowledgeable. I personally had the opportunity to partake on a pilgrimage to Vimy Ridge and learn about Canada’s contribution to the First World War with the host Sean Graham. He was very well versed in the history and was able to answer any questions I had. It’s now interesting listening to this podcast as it enables me to learn history in a interesting and enjoyable method. Great work!
A Finger on History’s Pulse...
This is such a great way to stay in touch with the ongoing writing of history, on an eclectic and fascinating range of topics, from a Canadian point of view. And that Sean Graham: an affable and knowledgeable host who graciously lets his guests unload their insights at length, while also knowing when to pop in with well-timed questions, quips, and points of order.
Love the variety of topics.