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Robert Denning and James Fennessy host Working Historians, where we interview history professionals about their academic and professional backgrounds, their historical research, and, generally, what historians do all day. At various points in time, the podcast was called Filibustering History, History Soundbites, and Navigating History. It's hard to settle on a name...

Thanks to Sloan Kelly for the new cover art!

Rob Denning and James Fennessy can be reached at workinghistorians@gmail.com.

Working Historians Robert Denning and James Fennessy

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Robert Denning and James Fennessy host Working Historians, where we interview history professionals about their academic and professional backgrounds, their historical research, and, generally, what historians do all day. At various points in time, the podcast was called Filibustering History, History Soundbites, and Navigating History. It's hard to settle on a name...

Thanks to Sloan Kelly for the new cover art!

Rob Denning and James Fennessy can be reached at workinghistorians@gmail.com.

    Gregory Robinson - Adjunct Instructor, Southern New Hampshire University

    Gregory Robinson - Adjunct Instructor, Southern New Hampshire University

    Dr. Gregory Robinson teaches history for Southern New Hampshire University. In this episode we discuss his career teaching high school students, his research into Native American trickster gods and other aspects of mythology, his brief stint as a playwright, and the connections he has drawn between history and motorcycles.

    This episode’s recommendations:
    Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States (Harper Collins, 2015), https://www.harpercollins.com/products/a-peoples-history-of-the-united-states-howard-zinn
    Seamus Heaney, Beowulf: A New Verse Translation (Farrar, Strous, and Giroux, 2000), https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374111199
    Gar Alperovitz, Atomic Diplomacy: Hiroshima and Potsdam (Pluto Press, 1994), http://www.plutobooks.com/9780745309477/atomic-diplomacy/
    Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., A Thousand Days: JFK in the White House (Houghton Mifflin, 1965)
    Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., Violence: America in the Sixties (New American Library, 1968)
    Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., “Origins of the Cold War,” Foreign Affairs 46:1 (October 1967)
    Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., The Crisis of Confidence: Ideas, Power, and Violence in America (1969)
    Vikings (TV Show), https://www.history.com/shows/vikings
    New Books Network, https://newbooksnetwork.com/

    • 34 min
    Larry Tye - Author and Director, Health Coverage Fellowship

    Larry Tye - Author and Director, Health Coverage Fellowship

    Larry Tye is a journalist and the Director of Health Coverage Fellowship, which helps print, radio, TV, and online journalists and editors better cover health care issues. He also recently published Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Joe McCarthy. In this episode, we discuss the book, Larry’s background, and his perspective on the state of journalism during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Larry Tye, Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Joe McCarthy (Houghton Mifflin, 2020): https://www.hmhbooks.com/shop/books/Demagogue/9781328959720
    Health Coverage Fellowship: https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org/programs/health-coverage-fellowship

    • 43 min
    Benjamin Carr discusses Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico

    Benjamin Carr discusses Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico

    Benjamin Carr teaches history at Southern New Hampshire University. In this episode, Rob, James, and Ben discuss Joseph Norton, the first Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico. It’s such a San Francisco story.

    This episode’s recommendations:
    Albert Dressler, Emperor No.rton: LIfe and Experiences of a Notable Character in San Francisco, 1849-1880 (Sacramento: News Publishing Company, 1927), https://archive.org/details/emperornorton1927dres
    Neil Gaiman and Shawn McManus, “Three Septembers and a January,” The Sandman, vol. 2, no. 31 (October, 1991)

    • 37 min
    Introducing "Policing a Free Society"

    Introducing "Policing a Free Society"

    In this episode, Jeff Czarnec and Rob Denning belatedly introduce themselves, provide some background on the Policing a Free Society podcast, and attempt to define and preview many of the concepts that will pop up in future episodes of the series, including the changing interpretations of history and human behavior and the complexity of policing a free society.

    • 1 hr
    Richard Driver - Assistant Professor, McLennan Community College

    Richard Driver - Assistant Professor, McLennan Community College

    Dr. Richard Driver is an Assistant Professor of History at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas. In this episode, Richard discusses his research into twentieth-century musicians and his career teaching history.

    This episode’s recommendations:
    Lisa Brooks, Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War (Yale University Press, 2019), https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300244328/our-beloved-kin and https://ourbelovedkin.com/awikhigan/index
    Kenneth Womack, Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road and the End of the Beatles (Cornell University Press, 2019), https://kennethwomack.com/books/beatlesbooks/solid-state-the-story-of-abbey-road-and-the-end-of-the-beatles/
    Julian Zelizer and Kevin Kruse, Fault Lines: A History of the United States since 1974 (Penguin Random House, 2019), https://www.penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/605403/fault-lines-by-kevin-m-kruse/9780393357707
    Song Exploder Podcast: http://songexploder.net/
    Idiocracy

    Rob Denning and James Fennessy can be reached at workinghistorians@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/WorkHistorians.

    • 53 min
    Policing a Free Society: Demilitarization and Defunding the Police

    Policing a Free Society: Demilitarization and Defunding the Police

    Rob, Jeff, and Jonathan talk about the militarization of police forces in recent decades, the goals of community leaders who call for “defunding the police,” and the cancellation of the “COPS” television series after nearly 30 years on the air.

    • 45 min

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