This unique and lively history show delves into some of the world's most important political, social and cultural events and the intriguing personalities behind them.
Presented by Dr Patrick Geoghegan of Trinity College Dublin, Talking History unravels the gritty, sometimes uncomfortable, side of our past, and what we can learn from it.
Ireland's middle Kingdom
On this episode of Talking History, Patrick Geoghegan explores Ireland's middle kingdom. We find out about the history of Rathgar in Churchtown and we hear some great stories about Galway over the centuries.
JFK's Visit To Ireland
On this episode of Talking History, to mark the anniversary of JFK's visit to Ireland in June 1963, Patrick Geoghegan speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Fredrik Logevall of Harvard University and author of 'JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956', EPIC Irish Emigration Museum's Nathan Mannion, and longtime Talking History listener Ray Cass who was there on the day when President John F. Kennedy arrived at Dublin Airport.
The Irish Civil War
On this episode of Talking History, we discuss the Irish Civil War on its 100th anniversary - joined by Diarmaid Ferriter, professor of Modern Irish History at University College Dublin, and author of ‘Between Two Hells: The Irish Civil War’; Dr Sinead McCoole, historian and curator; and co-authors of Cathal Brugha: An Indomitable Spirit, Dr Daithi Ó Corráin, assistant professor in the School of History and Geography at Dublin City University and co-author of The Dead of the Irish Revolution, co-editor of the Irish Revolution, 1912–23 series, and Dr Gerard Hanley of DCU's School of History.
Anne Frank and World War Two
On this episode of Talking History, marking the 75th anniversary of the publication of the diary of Anne Frank, Dr Patrick Geoghegan explores her story and its impact with Karen Bartlett, author of 'The Diary That Changed The World'. He is also joined by the authors of 'Family Histories of World War II: Survivors and Descendants', Róisín Healy and Gearóid Barry of NUI Galway.
Queen Elizabeth II: 70 years on the throne
As Britain marks Queen Elizabeth II's platinum jubilee this weekend, Dr Patrick Geoghegan is joined by an esteemed panel of experts to discuss the ups and downs of the monarch's 70 years on the throne. Featuring Dr Carolyn Harris, an expert in the history of European monarchy, an instructor in history at the University of Toronto and royal commentator; Professor Philip Murphy, author of ‘Monarchy and the End of Empire: The House of Windsor, the British Government, and the Postwar Commonwealth’ and ‘The Empire’s New Clothes: The Myth of the Commonwealth’, and Director of History and Policy at the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London; and Professor Irene Morra of Cardiff University, currently Visiting Professor in English Literature at the University of Toronto, and author of ‘The New Elizabethan Age: Culture, Society, and National Identity after World War II’.
The Life and Legacy of Tutankhamun
As the exhibition ‘Tutankhamun: Excavating the Archive’ opens at the University of Oxford, in this episode Patrick Geoghegan discusses the impact of the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun 100 years ago, debates the darker legacy of the pharaoh, and spotlights the overlooked Egyptians who contributed to the finding. He's joined by an esteemed panel: Professor Christina Riggs of Durham University's History Department, Dr Hussein Omar of the School of History at University College Dublin, and Dr Daniela Rosenow, co-curator of the exhibition and project officer at the Griffith Institute at Oxford.
Sound Levels Again
Another great show, but the sound balance is terrible. Some of the participants dialing in are so low that I have to jack up the volume to hear but then I get blasted when the show moves on.
Surely it cannot be beyond the wit of man to fix this?
Best history podcast in the world
I listen in from Canada each week.
I podcast from Denver. Wow, a media show where I'm educated and engaged. How I hope this flame spreads.