The Surfing Historian, hosted by Jason Old, brings together international scholars from an eclectic range of academic fields, among them, humanities, social sciences, and surf studies (yes, that's a real field) to share their most recent research. Jason is a historian, surfer, world traveler, and college professor, with connections to academics doing interesting and noteworthy work in their respective fields—many of whom are surfers themselves! In this podcast, Jason explores a wide range of thought-provoking topics with his friends and colleagues, diving deeper into their latest research, and providing them with a platform to share their insights and findings. We’ll steer clear of the pretentious jargon that turns many non-academics away. These episodes are for surfers, historians, surf-historians, and everyone in between. So paddle out with Jason and his colleagues as they glide through the world of academia!
E8: Surfing, Empire, and Sexism with Scott Laderman
In this episode, Dr. Scott Laderman, professor of modern United States history at the University of Minnesota in Duluth, and I talk about his book, Empire in Waves: A Political History of Surfing. Scott's book shows that “while wave riding is indeed capable of stimulating tremendous pleasure, its globalization went hand in hand with the blood and repression of the long twentieth century.”
E7: Malibu Surf History, Gidget, and Pelicans with Michael Blum
In this episode, I interview conservationist Michael Blum about his love for studying pelicans along with his recent article he co-authored with Duke University professor, Mike Orbach, titled, "First Steps and First Point: Protecting California Surf Breaks, Maritime Heritage, and the Malibu Historic District." The paper surveys opportunities to protect surf breaks in California ("Could we do it?" "How would we do it?"), as well as describes subsequent work listing Los Angeles' famed Malibu surfing area on the National Register of Historic Places, the Nation's official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation.
E6: Surfers, Beach Nourishment, and COVID-19 with Lindsay Usher
Dr. Lindsay Usher, professor of park, recreation and tourism studies, talks to me about her latest article titled, "Virginia and North Carolina Surfers perceptions of beach nourishment."
The Surfing Historian Trailer
This is the trailer to The Surfing Historian podcast. In this trailer, I give you, the listener, the origin story and the impetus behind launching this podcast.
E5: Surf Tourism, Sustainability, and COVID-19 with Leon Mach
Dr. Leon Mach, professor of environmental policy, joins me to talk about his most recent article that he co-authored with Jess Ponting, Ph.D., titled, "Establishing a pre-COVID-19 baseline for surf tourism: Trip expenditure and attitudes, behaviors and willingness to pay for sustainability."
E4: US Naval History and Consumer Culture with Charlie Harris
Cultural historian, Charlie Harris, examines the changing place of the U.S. Navy in American popular culture during an age of massive overseas expansion at the turn of the 20th century.Cultural historian, Charlie Harris, examines the changing place of the U.S. Navy in American popular culture during an age of massive overseas expansion at the turn of the 20th century.
Great Podcast To Learn
I’ve really enjoyed listening to unique perspectives on history and learning something new every podcast. Can’t wait to see what’s next!
I’ve enjoyed the first 2 episodes immensely, the guest perspectives in their field of study have taught me much, especially in E2 about East and West Germany reunification. I look forward to hearing more!
Unique Point Of View
Jason has brought in the latest and up and coming research. He has combined his passion for History and surfing (more in some episodes than others) and offers a unique perspective and a relaxing vibe to take in all the information. A must if you love history.