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The Sons of History podcast is all about giving historical references and engaging dialogue about what is happening today and why it’s happening.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 113 Ratings

The Sons of History podcast is all about giving historical references and engaging dialogue about what is happening today and why it’s happening.

    Returning to Self-Government Through Civics with David Randall

    Returning to Self-Government Through Civics with David Randall

    America's educational institutions, from secondary to post-secondary, continue to perform abysmally in teaching history and civics. In many ways, the lack of knowledge about how the republic works explains why America sits on a stack of massive problems. America's government is powered by its citizens, but ignorance - from voters to legislators - seems to be running rampant. David Randall, Director of Research at the National Association of Scholars, joins the podcast to discuss his latest study: "Learning for Self-Government: A K-12 Civics Report Card." Randall has analyzed many of today's famous and infamous history and civics lesson plans provided by schools and/or organizations. As the school year closes and a new one approaches, this is a perfect time to have this conversation.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Cicero, Caesar and the Catiline Conspiracy with Josiah Osgood

    Cicero, Caesar and the Catiline Conspiracy with Josiah Osgood

    Lucius Sirgius Catiline was a Roman senator and patrician with a family lineage dating back to the Second Punic War. So why would he take the steps to conspire to have certain senators assassinated and Rome - the eternal city - burned? Historian, author, and professor at Georgetown University, Josiah Osgood, joins the podcast to discuss the famous Catiline Conspiracy and his new book "How to Stop a Conspiracy: An Ancient Guide to Saving a Republic." His book is actually translation of Sallust's famous work "The War with Catiline."

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Understanding Democracy and Tocqueville with Dr. Olivier Zunz

    Understanding Democracy and Tocqueville with Dr. Olivier Zunz

    Dr. Olivier Zunz, the James Madison Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Virginia, joins the podcast to discuss his work on the life of Alexis de Tocqueville. Tocqueville, the French diplomat, came to America in 1830 to study the country's prison system, but truly studied the American political system as a whole. From that experience, he wrote one of the most influential works: "Democracy in America." Zunz is one of the preeminent scholars on Tocqueville and we discuss how Tocqueville influenced France's political systems and how his works continue to impact the perception and understanding of our own country. 

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Entering World War 1: How America's Leaders Differed with Neil Lanctot

    Entering World War 1: How America's Leaders Differed with Neil Lanctot

    Historian Neil Lanctot joined the podcast to discuss his latest book on what led to America's eventual entrance into World War I and how various national leaders - Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Jane Addams - viewed the war and America's role. To understand how America was dealing with the issues of German submarine warfare, foreign affairs, and American isolationism, listen to Lanctot's discoveries and then go get his new book. Very much worth the read.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    King Harald Hardrada: The Last Viking with Don Hollway

    King Harald Hardrada: The Last Viking with Don Hollway

    The Viking Age comes to an end with the death of King Harald Hardrada at Stamford Bridge. But who was this Viking turned mercenary turned king? Find out the life of a fascinating and brutal character of a millennia ago with historian and author Don Hollway. Hollway joins the podcast to discuss his new book "The Last Viking: The True Story of King Harald Hardrada."

    • 51 min
    Spies, Communism, and the Romanian Christmas Revolution with William Maz

    Spies, Communism, and the Romanian Christmas Revolution with William Maz

    William Maz, the author of the new book "The Bucharest Dossier," joins the podcast to discuss his debut spy novel centered around Romania's Christmas Revolution in 1989. There is a ton of information to learn about what life was like under the iron fist of Communism with Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu running the show. We discuss the fall and demise of the Ceausescus and what happened to Romania after the fall of Communism. Also, Maz discusses his book and how he was able to tie in the CIA, KGB, and Romania into one incredible novel.

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
113 Ratings

113 Ratings

tvc1976 ,

History made simple

Enjoy the hosts’ insights and sense of humor. Always great guests and fun shows.

Illuminator 99 ,

Disappointed

Lots of “I don’t know” lots of “no, I didn’t see that or no I haven’t watched it” . Wish it was better, I love history.

SAOTHELLO ,

Great podcast!

I hated history as a kid, but I do think presentation matters. This is a great podcast!

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