The AskHistorians Podcast showcases the knowledge and enthusiasm of the AskHistorians community, a forum of more than 400,000 history academics, professionals, amateurs, and curious onlookers. The aim is to be a resource accessible across a wide range of listeners for historical topics which so often go overlooked. Together, we have a broad array of people capable of speaking in-depth on topics that get half a page on Wikipedia, a paragraph in a high-school textbook, and not even a minute on the History channel. The podcast aims to give a voice (literally!) to those areas of history, while not neglecting the more common covered topics. Part of the drive behind the podcast is absolutely to be a counterpoint to other forms popular media on history which only seem to cover the same couple of topics in the same couple ways over and over again.
AskHistorians Podcast Episode 169 - Gaelic Work Songs with Meg Hyland
In this episode, Seb Lewin (u/aquatermain) discusses Meg Hyland's (u/Kelpie_Cat) research into work songs sung by itinerant herring gutters from the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries. Topics include the similarities between herring work songs and the Tango, the surprisingly not-safe-for-work lyrics and why one heritage boat captain refuses to led nuns aboard.
In what is perhaps a first for an AskHistorians Podcast episode, we are also treated to a live rendition of one of these songs by Meg.
AskHistorians Podcast Episode 168 - Mandatory Palestine with Naama Cohen
In this episode, Naama Cohen joins us to discuss the British mandate in Palestine from 1922 to 1932, when memoirist and children’s author Douglas Duff served as a policeman there. How did British servicemen view Palestine, their role in it, and the local populations? Find out this and more.
AskHistorians Podcast Episode 167 - Textbook Censorship in Texas with /u/Kugelfang52
In this episode, /u/Kugelfang52 joins us to discuss the topic of censorship in Texas history textbooks before and after the Second World War. How were decisions made about what or what not to include? How did the rhetorical tools used to counter fascism get turned on anything deemed 'Communist'? Find out this and more on this week's episode.
AskHistorians Podcast Episode 166 - Vikings and Popular Culture
In this episode, four members of the AskHistorians panel discuss Vikings, their popular culture portrayals and how the legend of the looting, pillaging bearded norsemen is far from an accurate portrayal of these historical figures.
AskHistorians Podcast Episode 165 - The DuPont Gunpowder Mills with Richard Templeton
Tyler Alderson talks with Richard Templeton, author of Across the Creek: Black Powder Explosions on the Brandywine. Templeton tells the story of the workers who made the powder that turned DuPont into one of the world's largest chemical companies, and the deadly accidents that cut many of their lives short. 56m.
Warning: This episode contains frank discussion of the aftermath of a gunpowder mill explosion and its physical effects on victims.
AskHistorians Podcast Episode 164 - Women in Medieval and Early Modern Scottish History
Tyler Alderson is joined by four researchers who looks at the lives and experiences of women in medieval and early modern Scotland from a variety of angles. Guests are Marian Toledo Candelaria from the University of Waterloo, Lucy Hinnie from the University of Saskatchewan, Rebecca Mason from the Institute of Historical Research in London, and Chelsea Hartlen from the University of Guelph. 92 min.
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Having previously watch the Cambridge debate, I’m grateful to have a fuller context. While the debate’s relevance clearly speaks to today’s politics, it seems to extend quite a bit further.
Like, ohmygod!, like, it was painful to listen
I couldn’t get beyond the first 10 minutes of this podcast. The episode I’m referring to is the podcast about the red meat industry. The host has the pain habit of putting upper inflection at the end of a sentence, that’s not a question, and the inane use of “like” constantly was beyond aggravating. Have no idea the age of the host, but, like, could he, like, try speaking as though he were, like, you know, an adult, not some 90’s valley girl?!