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Origins: Current Events In Historical Perspective presents short audio discussions of the historical context of some of today's most important issues.

Check out origins.osu.edu for the written versions of these podcasts and more!

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    • 4.5 • 16 Ratings

Origins: Current Events In Historical Perspective presents short audio discussions of the historical context of some of today's most important issues.

Check out origins.osu.edu for the written versions of these podcasts and more!

    West Ukraine's War Stories: A New Chapter?

    West Ukraine's War Stories: A New Chapter?

    The region of western Ukraine makes up just a small percentage of the territory and population of present-day Ukraine, but has historically played an outsized role in the 20th century struggles for control of eastern Europe.   

    Written by Kathryn David. Narration by Dr. Nicholas B. Breyfogle. Audio production by Svetlana Ter-Grigoryan, Laura Seeger, and Dr. Nicholas B. Breyfogle. A textual version of this podcast is available at https://origins.osu.edu/read/west-ukraines-war-stories-new-chapter.  

    This is a production of Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective at the Goldberg Center in the Department of History at The Ohio State University and the Department of History at Miami University. Be sure to subscribe to our channel to receive updates about our podcasts. For more information about Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective, please visit https://origins.osu.edu.

    • 8 min
    Fly Me to the Moon

    Fly Me to the Moon

    On July 21, 1969, American astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first human being to set foot on an entirely different world. His famous words crackled across 238,900 miles of space and electrified those listening back home on Earth: “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”  

    Written by Lisa Ruth Rand. Narration by Dr. Nicholas B. Breyfogle. Audio production by Cody Patton, Laura Seeger, and Dr. Nicholas B. Breyfogle. A textual version of this podcast is available at https://origins.osu.edu/milestones/apollo-11-moon-landing-Armstrong-Aldrin-1969-mars.

    • 7 min
    The Second Opium War

    The Second Opium War

    The Second Opium War not only forced that narcotic drug deep into China’s politics, public health, and economics but also cemented the country’s status as both a prize and a battleground for Euro-American imperialist powers.

    Written by Miriam Kingsberg Kadia. Narration by Dr. Nicholas B. Breyfogle. Audio production by Svetlana Ter-Grigoryan, Laura Seeger and Dr. Nicholas B. Breyfogle. A textual version of this video is available at https://origins.osu.edu/read/second-opium-war.

    This is a production of Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective at the Goldberg Center in the Department of History at The Ohio State University and the Department of History at Miami University. Be sure to subscribe to our channel to receive updates about our videos and podcasts. For more information about Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective, please visit origins.osu.edu.

    • 8 min
    Liu Bang, from Peasant Rebel to Emperor

    Liu Bang, from Peasant Rebel to Emperor

    It is undeniable that some individuals do change the course of history through sheer force of will – not to mention a remarkable degree of luck. Such a person was Liu Bang, who rose from obscurity to be crowned emperor of China 2215 years ago on the 28th of February, 202 BCE.  

    Written by Benjamin Breen. Narration by Dr. Nicholas B. Breyfogle. Audio production by Cody Patton, Laura Seeger and Dr. Nicholas B. Breyfogle. A textual version of this video is available at https://origins.osu.edu/milestones/february-2013-liu-bang-peasant-rebel-emperor

    • 9 min
    Süleyman the Magnificent

    Süleyman the Magnificent

    Süleyman, who would be known to the west as “the Magnificent,” began his reign as sultan of the Ottoman Empire in September 1520.

    Written by Colin Jude Murtha. Narration by Dr. Nicholas B. Breyfogle. A textual version of this video is available at https://origins.osu.edu/milestones/suleyman-suleiman-the-magnificent-ottoman-empire

    Audio production by Cody Patton, Laura Seeger and Dr. Nicholas B. Breyfogle. 

    Follow us on Twitter: @HistoryTalkPod, @ProloguedPod and @OriginsOSU,  and Facebook: @Origins OSU 

    • 8 min
    The Greek Civil War, 1946–1949

    The Greek Civil War, 1946–1949

    When the Second World War (WWII) ended in 1945 and the rest of Europe was beginning to rebuild itself, Greece entered into a second war, more vicious than that fought against the Axis powers.  Written by Amikam Nachmani. Narration by Dr. Nicholas B. Breyfogle.  The author dedicates this video in memory of Prof. Andre Gerolymatos (1951-2019).  

    A textual version of this video is available at https://origins.osu.edu/milestones/march-2016-greek-civil-war-1946-1949.

    This is a production of Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective at the Goldberg Center in the Department of History at The Ohio State University and the Department of History at Miami University. Be sure to subscribe to our channel to receive updates about our videos and podcasts. For more information about Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective, please visit origins.osu.edu.  Follow us on Twitter: @HistoryTalkPod, @ProloguedPod and @OriginsOSU,  and Facebook: @Origins OSU

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

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Interesting Discussions of History

The guests are intelligent and explore each subject to a satisfying depth. If you are interested in history and enjoy college level discussions on disparate subjects, this podcast may be for you!

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Worth a listen

Guests usually do a good (and often nuanced) job providing historical context on current political and social issues. I'd recommend this podcast for people who appreciate programs like All Things Considered.

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