An interview podcast about historic places for history lovers and travel enthusiasts.
Stephanie Craig is a history and travel blogger. She travels full-time and writes at historyfangirl.com.
Yes, it's been two years, and for that I'm very sorry! But I'm back with new episodes next week. In the meantime, enjoy this interview on Chernobyl I did a few weeks ago with Darmon Richter, the author of the new book Chernobyl, a Stalker's Guide.
The Great Kazakh Famine
On today’s episode of the History Fangirl Podcast, we talk with renowned travel blogger Megan Starr, whom we spoke to a few months back about Kiev. But this week, we’re talking in person, in Kazakhstan, at the site of the memorial to the Great Kazakh Famine, a historical event which not many people know about in the West but looms large in the history of Kazakhstan. And, we both have recovered from the Kazakhstani flu that has been going around, so we’re ready to get rolling!
The World Nomad Games
This week’s episode is something a little different. I am in Isyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan, covering the World Nomad Games, a festival of sports that’s sort of like the Olympics for nomadic peoples. The sports, though, are way more interesting than, say, basketball. My first interview this episode is with the co-captain of the American Kok Boru team (I’ll explain later), and the sports include horse archery, tug of war, arm wrestling and more.
The Massacre at Srebrenica
Last year, Alex Cruikshanks came on the show to talk about Belgrade, a really detailed and wide-ranging episode. And we had such a great time, he’s back again to talk about more recent history in Yugoslavia, specifically the brutal massacre at Srebrenica. Yugoslavia, as anyone who was alive in the 1990s knows, was falling apart in the early part of the decade. The Bosnian War was raging, and in 1995, some 8,000 Bosniaks, mostly men and boys, were killed.
The Strangely Competitive History of the CN Tower
Every city has that one landmark that seems like a tourist trap and practically begs you not to visit. For me, that was the CN Tower in Toronto. I didn’t go near it the first time I visited the city, and the second time, this past July, I planned to steer clear. But it turns out the joke was on me, as the CN Tower is an amazing building with a funny, competitive and ingenious bit of Canadian history.
Traveling the Green Book
In the first half of the 20th century, the automobile became a symbol of freedom to American families. Middle-class families able to afford their own car were no longer restricted to train or bus timetables, and the great American road trip was born. But for black Americans, this new freedom collided with old hatred, prejudices and dangers. African Americans began using “the Green Book,” a guide to places that were friendly to them along their journey.
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Philadelphia’s Elfreth’s Alley
I know this was recorded a little over two years ago. It’s an episode that somehow I missed. With the unknown of traveling abroad, we are considering PA/DE road trip. Well I got information on a historic neighborhood and so much more. I already Stephanie, because she looks so much more beyond the traditional travel sight. But tbis oaticukar episode really inspired me to look insides my own personal love for local history and culture. Both Steph and her guest really touched o. what we can do in our own world to share with others. They were both right about those of us wanting to give and share more with our communities. Exceptional job as always Stephanie & hey guest!
See beneath the surface of cool places to visit
Stephanie takes us way beyond the "touristy stuff" of some of the most fascinating places in the world, through her own experiences and knowledge of the places and their history, and through interviews with experts who love the places. The podcast is great for people who are planning their own travel and for people who can only travel vicariously.
I LOVE this Show!!!!
I honestly love listening to this show! Listening to all of the different guests share their knowledge about historic places, and Stephanie contributing what she knows based on her experience visiting those places, makes for such an incredible conversation!!! 5 stars ALL DAY!