Patrick Geoghegan takes a contemporary look at history and the lessons that can be learnt from it.
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Ernest Shackleton: A Life
This week Patrick and a panel of Polar experts, historians and biographers explore the life and legacy of Ernest Shackleton. Joining Patrick on the panel are: Michael Smith, Author of 'Shackleton: By Endurance We Conquer', Trevor Cornfold, Chairman, The Polar Postal History Society of Great Britain, Charlotte Connolly, Curator, The Polar Museum, Cambridge, Camilla Nichol, Chief Executive, The United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust, Kevin Kelly, Director, Athy Heritage Centre - Shackleton Museum and Professor Julian Dowdeswell, Director, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge.
Best of February Books - Part 2
This week Patrick covers the best in Irish and International history publications for February 2020. Books covered on the show include: 'The Vinyl Frontier: The Story of Nasa's Interstellar Mixtape' with Jonathan Scott, 'Belturbet, Co Cavan, 1610-1714: The Origins of an Ulster Plantation' with Brendan Scott, 'Don Juan O'Brien: An Irish Adventurer in 19th Century South America' with Tim Fanning, 'The Selected Letters of John Berryman' with Philip Coleman and Calista McRae and 'Anatomy of a Killing' with Ian Cobain.
Documents in Irish Foreign Policy 1961-1965
This week Patrick and a panel of high profile historians discuss the latest series in 'Documents on Irish Foreign Policy' from the Royal Irish Academy. Joining Patrick on the panel are: Dr Michael Kennedy, Dr John Gibney, Dr Eunan O'Halpin, Dr Bernadette Whelan and Dr Eoin Kinsella.
Best of February Books - Part 1
This week Patrick covers the best in Irish and International history publications for February 2020. Books covered on the show include: 'Sylvia Pankhurst: Natural Born Rebel' with Rachel Holmes, 'Peace After The Final Battle: The Story of the Irish Revolution' with John Dorney, 'Revolutions: How They Changed History and What They Mean Today' with Peter Furtado, 'Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art with Rebecca Wragg Skyes' and 'The Undiscovered Country' with Aidan Mc Quade.
Brigid of Kildare: A Life
This week Patrick and a panel of historians and writers explore the life and legacy of St Brigid. Joining Patrick on the panel are: Dr Regina Ui Chollatain, UCD School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore, Dr Elva Johnson, UCD School of History and Dr Westley Follet, School of Humanities, University of Southern Mississippi.
The Battle of Stalingrad
This week Patrick and an esteemed panel of military historians and biographers discuss the iconic Battle of Stalingrad. Joining Patrick on the panel are: Professor Richard Overy, University of Exeter, Dr David Stahel, University of New South Wales, Dr Reina Pennington, Norwich University and historian and author James Ellman.