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Eclipsing History is a podcast where we explore the social, cultural, and historical significance of eclipses through the diverse cultures of North America.  As eclipse watchers gear up for the April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse over North America, this podcast looks back at eclipses of the past and explores the ways that different people experienced eclipses.  We interview a diverse cast of experts from across multiple disciplines to understand the important role that eclipses played in the development of North America, and what significance they still hold as moments of astronomical wonder.   This podcast is brought to you by students of public history at Bowling Green State University under the direction of Dr. Amílcar Challú and Dr. Cheryl X. Dong, and with support from Midstory. This podcast is made possible, in part, by Ohio Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this podcast do not necessarily represent those of Ohio Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities

Eclipsing History Department of History BGSU

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Eclipsing History is a podcast where we explore the social, cultural, and historical significance of eclipses through the diverse cultures of North America.  As eclipse watchers gear up for the April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse over North America, this podcast looks back at eclipses of the past and explores the ways that different people experienced eclipses.  We interview a diverse cast of experts from across multiple disciplines to understand the important role that eclipses played in the development of North America, and what significance they still hold as moments of astronomical wonder.   This podcast is brought to you by students of public history at Bowling Green State University under the direction of Dr. Amílcar Challú and Dr. Cheryl X. Dong, and with support from Midstory. This podcast is made possible, in part, by Ohio Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this podcast do not necessarily represent those of Ohio Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities

    Bonus Episode: The Chidlren's Eclipse

    Bonus Episode: The Chidlren's Eclipse

    We went to Bowling Green City Schools’ Astroexpo on April 24th, 2024 and asked kids what was their favorite thing about the eclipse, their advice to children in 2099, and their overall feelings about the eclipse. We compare their takes to what historical newspapers reported that children said, did or felt in previous eclipses.

    Bonus Episode: Eclipses in the Language of Shakespeare

    Bonus Episode: Eclipses in the Language of Shakespeare

    Imagine a time when new – and sometimes unsettling – scientific discoveries are changing the way people think about the universe. How did an artist like Shakespeare think about the sun, moon, and planets? And how do these popular conceptions of the solar system echo in today’s world?
    In this bonus episode of Eclipsing History, we explore “Eclipses in the Language of Shakespeare.” This is based on Dr. Stephanie Gearhart’s lecture for the Eclipse Speaker Series at BGSU in 2024. For more information, check bgsu.edu/eclipsinghistory

    Bonus Episode: Ohio destinations for the eclipse

    Bonus Episode: Ohio destinations for the eclipse

    Learn how organizations from Cleveland and Northwest Ohio to see how they are preparing for the eclipse, the logistical challenges and the exciting activities planned for the 2024 eclipse.

    • 24 min
    Bonus Episode: Capturing Shadows

    Bonus Episode: Capturing Shadows

    Andrew Hershberger, professor of Art History in Bowling Green State University, talks about the history of the camera obscura—the main instrument used to observe eclipses and the precursor of the photographic camera. Listen to this fascinating account in the history of art, science and technology. The interview was done by Sam Davis, M.A. student in the public history program at Bowling Green State University.

    Bonus episode: Eclipses and the history of astronomy in Canada

    Bonus episode: Eclipses and the history of astronomy in Canada

    Early in our project we interviewed Randall Rosenfeld, archivist from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. You will notice that midway we had to switch to a phone line. The depth of Randall’s answers well overcome any loss in audio quality. Randall weaves the eclipse observation to the cultural and political history of Canada as a colony and then as an independent nation. Randall also discussed how settlers perceived indigenous views of astronomy.

    • 22 min
    Bonus episode: Monuments to the Sky

    Bonus episode: Monuments to the Sky

    This bonus episode focuses on the Hopewell earthworks—true astronomical marvels of ancient Ohioan civilizations located only a few miles away from the totality path of the 2024 North American eclipse. Stay with us to learn more about these monuments, the civilizations behind them and their relationship to other civilizations in the Americas.

    • 28 min

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