102 episodes

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!

    Mariner 9: Our 1st Steps to Mars

    Mariner 9: Our 1st Steps to Mars

    When we think about Martian explorers today, we mostly hear about two rovers that trawl small zones of the planet: the Opportunity rover that exceeded a marathon's distance in 2015, and the Curiosity rover that is trying to track down habitability in the planet's ancient past. Neither of these rovers would have been possible, however, without the Marnier 9 mission, that began in 1971.


    Written by Elizabeth Howell. Narration by Dr. Nicholas B.
    Breyfogle. Video and textual versions of this podcast are available at
    https://origins.osu.edu/milestones/november-2016-mariner-9-opening-martian-frontier. Production by Katherine Weiss, Dr. Nicholas B. Breyfogle, and Laura Seeger.


    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.

    • 5 min
    The 1st Modern Olympic Games, Athens 1896

    The 1st Modern Olympic Games, Athens 1896

    On April 6, 1896, the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games filled a refurbished Panathenaic stadium to its 50,000 capacity, with similar numbers of spectators thronging the adjacent streets and surrounding hillsides.

    Written by John R. and Margaret M. Gold. Narration by Dr. Nicholas B. Breyfogle. Video and textual versions of this podcast are available at https://origins.osu.edu/milestones/revival-and-reinvention-olympic-games-athens-1896. Video production by Katherine Weiss, Dr. Nicholas B. Breyfogle, and Laura Seeger.

    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
    The Marshall Plan

    The Marshall Plan

    President Harry Truman signed the European Recovery Act into law on April 3, 1948. The Marshall Plan, as it’s more commonly known, was intended to revive the economies of war-torn Western Europe. Extending nearly $13 billion to primarily France, the United Kingdom, Italy, and West Germany, the program was an ambitious foreign aid effort and an unprecedented display of U.S. global power.

    Written by Ryan Metz. Narration by Dr. Nicholas B. Breyfogle. A textual version of this video and podcast is available at https://origins.osu.edu/read/marshall-plan. Video production by Katherine Weiss, Dr. Nicholas B. Breyfogle, and Laura Seeger.

    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
    The Ludlow Massacre: Fighting for Workers’ Rights, 1914

    The Ludlow Massacre: Fighting for Workers’ Rights, 1914

    On April 20th, 1914, Colorado state militiamen attacked a massive tent colony erected by striking miners and their families who had been evicted from their company homes, killing eighteen of them, including women and children. The attack sparked a pitched battle. Between September 1913 and the end of April 1914, 75-100 people were killed and dozens more injured and jailed.

    Written by Scott Ward. Narration by Dr. Nicholas B. Breyfogle. Video and textual versions of this podcast are available at https://origins.osu.edu/milestones/april-2014-which-side-are-you-ludlow-massacre-and-class-struggle-1914. Podcast production by Katherine Weiss, Dr. Nicholas B. Breyfogle, and Laura Seeger.

    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.

    • 6 min
    History's Top Spies

    History's Top Spies

    Espionage has become more complex and increasingly valuable. The times change, but spies remain. Here are ten of history’s top spies.

    Written by Robert J. Kodosky. Narration by Dr. Nicholas B. Breyfogle. Video and textual versions of this podcast are available at https://origins.osu.edu/connecting-history/top-ten-origins-spies-lies-and-moles-oh-my. Video production by Laura Seeger, Dr. Nicholas B. Breyfogle, and Katherine Weiss.

    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.

    • 14 min
    Making Sense of South Korean Politics

    Making Sense of South Korean Politics

    On March 12, 2004, South Korea’s then President Roh Moo-hyun was impeached, a historic first for the Republic.



    Written by David Fields and Jinwan Park. Narration by Dr. Nicholas B. Breyfogle. Video and textual versions of this podcast are available at https://origins.osu.edu/read/impeachment-roh-moo-hyun-and-patterns-south-korean-politics. Production by Katherine Weiss, Dr. Nicholas B. Breyfogle, and Laura Seeger.

    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

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

V Tach ,

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!

Boberta B ,

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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