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What's your favorite history? Each interview on this podcast begins with this one question. Our guests are people who like history and get really excited about a particular time, place or person from our distant or not so distant past. The jumping off point is the place where our they became curious then entered the rabbit hole into discovery through scholarly research, pop culture, documentaries, other podcasts...We look at history through the filter of other peoples eyes.https://www.buzzsprout.com/?referrer_id=965986

Armchair Historians Anne Marie Cannon

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What's your favorite history? Each interview on this podcast begins with this one question. Our guests are people who like history and get really excited about a particular time, place or person from our distant or not so distant past. The jumping off point is the place where our they became curious then entered the rabbit hole into discovery through scholarly research, pop culture, documentaries, other podcasts...We look at history through the filter of other peoples eyes.https://www.buzzsprout.com/?referrer_id=965986

    Ilise Carter, The Red Menace

    Ilise Carter, The Red Menace

    In this episode, Anne Marie talks to author, sweetheart of the sideshow, and fashion writer Ilise Carter about her new book The Red Menace: How Lipstick Changed the Face of American History.  

    In America, lipstick is the foundation of empires; it’s a signature of identity; it’s propaganda, self-expression, oppression, freedom, and rebellion. It’s a multi-billion-dollar industry and one of our most iconic accessories of gender.

    From the colonial period until today, this engaging book focuses on the many-layered historical aspects of this one product including, social, cultural, marketing, corporate, political, religion, and much more.

    ILISE S. CARTER is a freelance writer, consulting copywriter to the beauty industry, and sideshow performer based in New York City. She has written for Allure, New York Times, Racked, Wall Street Journal, and others, with a focus on pop culture. In addition, she’s spent over a decade as a consulting copywriter for beauty brands such as Shiseido, bliss, Laura Mercier, Avon, L’Oréal, and Madame CJ Walker, specializing in brand voice and identity. As her stage persona, The Lady Aye, she has worked as a professional sideshow performer (sword swallower, fire eater, blockhead, and pain-proof girl) and MC with acts ranging from Rob Zombie to Cirque du Soleil, and has appeared on TV’s Gossip Girl, Oddities, The President Show, Mysteries at the Museum and Dickinson. Carter holds a BA in American Studies from Barnard College at Columbia University and a Certificate in Film Production from NYU. 

    Resources

    The Red Menace, Ilise Carter: https://amzn.to/3RlTemL
    My Life as a Sword Swallower, The Atlantic: https://bit.ly/3QfYK96
    Lady Aye, Website: https://www.ladyaye.com
    Tough Jews, Richard Cohen: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780375705472
    Hope in a Jar, Kathy Peiss: https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-8050-5550-4
    Lipstick Index, Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lipstick_index
    Fierce: The History of Leopard Print, Jo Weldon: https://amzn.to/3etuM48
    Shocked and Amazed: On and Off the Midway, James Taylor: https://amzn.to/3et6jvL

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    • 45 min
    Andrew Nagorski, Saving Freud

    Andrew Nagorski, Saving Freud

    In this episode, Anne Marie Talks to Andrew Nagorski about his new book Saving Freud: The Rescuers Who Brought Him to Freedom. The book recounts the dramatic true story of Sigmund Freud’s last-minute escape to London following the German annexation of Austria, why he waited until after the Nazi take over, and the colorful cast of characters who persuaded and extricated him from his beloved Vienna to London.

    Andrew Nagorski is an award-winning journalist and author who spent more than three decades as a foreign correspondent and editor for Newsweek. From 2008 to April 2014, he was vice president and director of public policy for the EastWest Institute, an international affairs think tank. Nagorski is now based in St. Augustine, Florida but continues to travel extensively, writing for numerous publications. His recent books -- Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power (Simon & Schuster, 2012), The Nazi Hunters (Simon & Schuster, 2016), and 1941: The Year Germany Lost the War  -- have all received rave reviews. In a starred review, Kirkus calls his new book, Saving Freud: The Rescuers Who Brought Him to Freedom (Simon & Schuster, August 2022), "a riveting page-turner...a fine biography." Publishers Weekly calls it "an invigorating look at a lesser-known chapter of Freud's well-documented life."

    Resources
    Andrew Nagorski Website: http://www.andrewnagorski.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AndrewNagorski/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/AndrewNagorski
    Saving Freud: http://www.andrewnagorski.com/book/saving-freud-rescuers-who-brought-him-freedom
    Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigmund_Freud
    The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rise_and_Fall_of_the_Third_Reich
    Mein Kampf: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mein_Kampf
    Anschluss: Annexation of Austria: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anschluss


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    • 41 min
    Robert S. McElvaine, The Times They Were a-Changin,' 1964

    Robert S. McElvaine, The Times They Were a-Changin,' 1964

    In this episode, Anne Marie talks to professor of history and author Robert McElvaine about his latest book, The Times They Were a-Changin': 1964, the Year the Sixties Arrived and the Battle Lines of Today Were Drawn.

    1964 is when the sixties truly arrived, from JFK’s assassination in November 1963 It was then that the United States began a radical shift toward a much more inclusive definition of “American,” with a greater degree of equality and a government actively involved in social and economic improvement. It was a radical shift accompanied by a cultural revolution. The same month Bob Dylan released his iconic ballad “The Times They Are a-Changin’,” in January 1964, President Lyndon Johnson announced his War on Poverty.

    McCelvaine uncovers 1964’s moment of reckoning, when American identity began to be reimagined, tying those past battles to their legacy today. Throughout, he captures the changing consciousness of the period through its vibrant music, film, literature, and personalities.

    McCelvaine is the Elizabeth Chisholm Distinguished Professor of Arts & Letters and Professor of History at Millsaps College. He is the author of seven books, including The Great Depression: America, 1929–1941 and Eve’s Seed: Biology, the Sexes, and the Course of History, and is the editor of three. Among his many honors are the Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence and the B. L. C. Wailes Award for national distinction in the field of history. He has served as a historical consultant for several television programs, including the PBS series The Great Depression, and has written more than one hundred articles and opinion pieces in such national publications as the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, the Nation, and Newsweek and has been a guest on about the same number of television and radio programs. He lives in Clinton, Mississippi.


    Author Website: http://robertsmcelvaine.com/
    Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_S._McElvaine
    Simon & Schuster author page: https://www.simonandschuster.com/authors/Robert-S-McElvaine/183511950
    Simon & Schuster book page: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Times-They-Were-a-Changin/Robert-S-McElvaine/9781950994106
    Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Times-They-Were-Changin-Sixties/dp/1950994104/
    Link Tree: https://linktr.ee/robertmcelvaine
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/robertmcelvaine
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Bob.McElvaine/

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    • 43 min
    Jason Sandy, Thames Mudlarking: Searching for London's Lost Treasures

    Jason Sandy, Thames Mudlarking: Searching for London's Lost Treasures

    In this episode, the third in our Mudlark Series, Anne Marie interviews Jason Sandy, co-author of Thames Mudlarking: Searching for London's Lost Treasures. Jason shares his River Thames journey and talks about the river's history and the fellowship he has found within the mudlark community.

    Jason Sandy is an American architect and property developer in London. He is a member of the exclusive Society of Thames Mudlarks. Jason’s mudlarking adventures have been featured on national television in Britain, Germany, and Canada. He has written extensively about mudlarking for magazines in Britain and USA. His mudlarking collection has been exhibited in the British Museum, Tate Modern, and other cultural institutions. Jason also lectures about mudlarking in schools, universities, and organizations. For regular posts, follow him on Instagram @jasonmudlark.

    Resources

    Instagram: @jasonmudlark
    Thames Mudlarking: Searching for London's Lost Treasures, Amazon: https://amzn.to/3J2BvgS
    Thames Museum. website: http://www.thamesmuseum.org

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    • 55 min
    Lynn Pew, Alice and the Mudlark, River Irwell

    Lynn Pew, Alice and the Mudlark, River Irwell

    In this episode, the second in our Mudlark series, Anne Marie talks to Mudlark Lynn Pew. Lynn mudlarks along the River Irwell in Lancashire, England, where she scours its banks for beautiful pieces of broken pottery, little pieces of history tumbled by the river for over 100 years. Lynn tells us about the river's history and where many of the pieces she finds originated.

    Lynn is fascinated with how these tiny fragments made their way into the river and the journey they have been on. Cracked and faded, their edges are worn smooth from their watery passage, a mere remnant of what once was. Who last held them in their former, utilitarian life before she plucked them from the banks of the river.

    Years after she began collecting these lovely miniature pieces of history, she incorporated them into handcrafted one-of-a-kind mosaic works of art, which she entered and won a place in Country Living Magazine's 'Kitchen Table Talent' competition.

    Resources:

    The Mudlark Website: https://themudlark.co.uk
    Instagram, Alice and the Mudlark: @alice_and_the_mudlark
    Lancashire Past Website, Grants Tower, Ramsbottom, Bury
    Ramsbottom, Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramsbottom
    River Irwell, Wikipedia:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River_Irwell

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    • 34 min
    Si Finds, Luck in the Muck, Mudlarking the River Thames

    Si Finds, Luck in the Muck, Mudlarking the River Thames

    In this special episode of Armchair Historians, Anne Marie is joined by her great-nephew and co-host Finley. We talk to YouTube sensation Simon Bourne of Si Finds about one of our favorite hobbies, treasure hunting and specifically mudlarking. Since the beginning, the River Thames which flows from the Cotswolds, through the heart of London, and into the North Sea has been a place where people from all over the world and throughout time have crossed, sailed, and walked along. It is a tidal river that rises and recedes with the tide of the North Sea. It's at low tide when mudlarks come out and peruse the Thame's foreshore for treasure, pieces of history.

    Its history stretches back to over 30 million years ago when the river was once a tributary of the River Rhine because Britain was not an island. Mudlarks have been known to find Roman coins, 400-year-old clay pipes, Tudor pottery, and the list goes on.

    Simon is a Society of Thames foreshore permit holder which means he is an advanced mudlarker known for his historically relevant foreshore finds. This designation also gives him access to otherwise restricted areas of the River Thames. Simon takes us on his adventures along the foreshore and other historic places through his YouTube channel, Si-Finds, teaching us about history through his finds.

    Resources:

    Si-Finds, YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/Sifinds
    Mudlark, Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mudlark
    Port of London Authority, Foreshore Permits: https://www.pla.co.uk/Environment/Thames-foreshore-permits
    Mudlarker Simon returns Nathan Posener’s RFC dogtag he found in Thames ,East London Advertiser: https://www.eastlondonadvertiser.co.uk/news/mudlarker-simon-returns-nathan-posener-s-rfc-dogtag-he-found-3449608

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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

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27 Ratings

27 Ratings

CW VanDeusen ,

Anne Marie, great host & subjects

Love the podcast and I’m sure other enthusiastic and curious history lovers will too! Keep up the great work!

Potato Lady Bex ,

Personalized History!

It’s history told from the perspectives of real human beings. Some are legit historians while others are laypeople. I like the inclusivity there. This show is for everyone. And it’s educational. It’s fascinating and diverse, and I think it’s a great concept over all.

A_Asai ,

So great

What I love about this pod is that you get to hear about what drives people’s love of history. It’s a great way to introduce you to history and learn about some great history podcasts! Definitely check it out.

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