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Reflecting History is an educational history podcast that explores significant historical events and themes without losing track of the ordinary people involved. Covering a wide variety of topics, it is a narrative driven podcast that delves into the connection between history, psychology, and philosophy on a personal level.

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Reflecting History is an educational history podcast that explores significant historical events and themes without losing track of the ordinary people involved. Covering a wide variety of topics, it is a narrative driven podcast that delves into the connection between history, psychology, and philosophy on a personal level.

    China Tripping Part II-Scars of the Past

    China Tripping Part II-Scars of the Past

    When deadly and traumatic historical events transpire, there is usually plenty of attention paid to these important events. But less often studied is the scars and ripples of sadness that emanate in the lives of ordinary people after events like this. The Cultural Revolution provides a poignant example of the scars and memories that ordinary people in China still hold to this day, the ways it impacts their lives and the lives of those they interact with on a daily basis, and the extent to which in some way or another, humanity's collective scars, memories, and ghosts of the past will always haunt the future. 
    This is part two in a three part series based on the recent book "China Tripping," which chronicles the ordinary interactions of so called westerners traveling in China. Different academics and historians contributed essays about some of their most memorable experiences in China. The essays run the gamut from hilarious to tragic, and provide an important reminder of shared humanity.  
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    • 22 min
    China Tripping Part I-Ordinary History

    China Tripping Part I-Ordinary History

    History is the study of the past. Oftentimes we tend to forget that history still existed and is worth studying during times that wouldn't be considered earth-shattering or momentous. Could the study of "ordinary history" teach us something important about the way we look at the past? Could it teach us something about ourselves specifically or human nature in general?
    This is part one in a three part series based on the recent book "China Tripping," which chronicles the ordinary interactions of so called westerners traveling in China. Different academics and historians contributed essays about some of their most memorable experiences in China. The essays run the gamut from hilarious to tragic, and provide an important reminder of shared humanity.  
    Support the podcast: https://www.patreon.com/reflectinghistory
    Reflecting History on Twitter: @reflectinghist
    If you like the podcast and have 30 seconds to spare, consider leaving a review on iTunes/Apple Podcasts...It helps!

    • 32 min
    The Refugee Experience and Finding Equilibrium with Lan Cao and Harlan Van Cao

    The Refugee Experience and Finding Equilibrium with Lan Cao and Harlan Van Cao

    In this episode, I had a chance to sit down with Lan Cao and Harlan Van Cao. We discussed a number of topics, including:  Lan's experience and life as a refugee of the Vietnam War and how that experience reverberates in Harlan's life, immigration and assimilation, discrimination, identity and the importance of finding equilibrium and balance in life, memory, letting go vs. remembering, the bystander effect as it relates to relationships and conversations, social media and it's drawbacks, modern day high school culture and experience, and the concept of the American Dream. I really enjoyed this one, hope you do too. 
     
    Lan Cao and Harlan Margaret Van Cao are the authors of Family in Six Tones: A Refugee Mother, an American Daughter (Viking; September 2020). 
     
    Lan Cao is the author of Monkey Bridge and The Lotus and the Storm, and most recently of the scholarly work Culture in Law and Development: Nurturing Positive Change. She is a professor of law at the Chapman University School of Law, and an internationally recognized expert specializing in international business and trade, international law, and development. She has taught at Brooklyn Law School, Duke University School of Law, University of Michigan Law School, and William & Mary Law School.
     
    Harlan Margaret Van Cao graduated from high school in June 2020. She was born in Williamsburg, Virginia and moved to Southern California when she was ten. She loves painting and music, especially playing the piano and singing. She will be attending UCLA in the fall of 2020 and plans to study economics and philosophy, while also continuing to write. 
     
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Myths About Slavery

    Myths About Slavery

    Slavery is a difficult topic to learn and teach about. Combine this with some of the big picture problems inherent in most education systems and there is bound to be misconceptions and confusion abound. This episode tackles just a few of these myths and misconceptions through the work of a few notable historians.       
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    • 25 min
    The Star

    The Star

    A team of scientists returns home from a journey to investigate the causes of a massive supernova. What they discover in the remnants of the cloudy nebula will change humanity forever. The chief astrophysicist of the mission must wrestle with questions of science, faith, and senseless evil. Arthur C. Clarke's award winning science fiction short story "The Star" provides an opportunity to examine questions on the history of science and faith, the problem of evil, and collapsing civilizations. 
    Read the story here! (It's only 4 pages!): https://sites.uni.edu/morgans/astro/course/TheStar.pdf
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    • 26 min
    Against the Grain Part IV-Collapses and Dark Ages

    Against the Grain Part IV-Collapses and Dark Ages

    What do we mean when we say that a civilization collapsed? This is an extremely common way to speak about ancient societies and governmental systems. It typically carries a negative connotation, but did these "collapses" actually represent decreases in the well being of the human beings who fell victim to them? A similar series of ponderings can apply to the term "Dark Ages." Dark for who? Why? In what context? In his analysis of collapse, dark ages, and the dichotomy between barbarians and "civilization," historian James C. Scott shows once again that sometimes asking the right questions is more important than getting the right answers.
    This is the final part in a series on James C. Scott's recent book "Against the Grain." The book provides a new and contrarian perspective on the origins of humanity, what the earliest states were really up to, and how the environment and "civilization" around us has fundamentally changed us as human beings.  
    Support the podcast: https://www.patreon.com/reflectinghistory
    Reflecting History on Twitter: @reflectinghist
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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

PaulieG13 ,

Great Podcast

I teach World I, World 2, and Philosophy...this Podcast is perfect for me to brush up on material and expand on concepts for students. Really enjoy the podcast

Jfhfjanahjuan ,

Still one of the best history podcasts out there.

In response to the one star review, he reflects on history and that will naturally bring a flavor of opinion. Still, it is by no means a strong opinion and it is rooted in logic. Hugely thought provoking podcast! Really a pleasure to listen

MaxPower2k3 ,

Fantastic podcast

This podcast does a great job of providing a lot of information in a relatively small amount of time without being too overwhelming. It clear a lot of research goes into each episode and the narrator is genuinely interested in teaching others about history.

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