In The Past Lane - The Podcast About History and Why It Matters
About This Show
In each episode of In The Past Lane, the history podcast, we take up topics in American history and explore them through feature pieces, interviews, book and film reviews, and more. Our guiding philosophy is that history is not just about the past - it's about our world, here and now. History explains why things are the way they are, everything from our economy, religious practices, and foreign policy, to political ideology, family structure, and rates of poverty. Our aim is to be both informative and educational, as well as entertaining and funny. We hope you'll join us for memorable journeys In The Past Lane.
Most Recent Episode
071 Historians on Hamilton: How a Blockbuster Musical is Restaging America’s Past
4 days ago
This week at In The Past Lane, the history podcast, I speak to two historians about their new book on Hamilton: The Musical. Claire Bond Potter and Renee Romano’s book, Historians on Hamilton: How a Blockbuster Musical is Restaging America’s Past, features 15 essays by historians that examine many aspects of the Broadway sensation. For example, historian Joanne Freeman – some of you know her from the Backstory podcast – has written an essay, “Can We Get Back to Politics? Please? Hamilton’s Missing Politics in Hamilton.” Patricia Herrera’s essay is titled, “Reckoning with America’s Racial Past, Present, and Future in Hamilton.” Jim Cullen’s essay, “Mind the Gap: Teaching Hamilton,” focuses on the challenges and opportunities of using Hamilton in the classroom. Twelve additional essays, including one each by Claire Potter and Renee Romano, examine the blockbuster musical from many angles, including gender, social media, and the business of Broadway. Among the many things discussed in this episode: How “Hamilton: The Musical” Plays into “Founders Chic” How is it that “Hamilton: The Musical” appeals to both Mike Pence and Michelle Obama? How Hamilton: The Musical kept Alexander Hamilton on $10 Bill Just how revolutionary is “Hamilton: The Musical”? How Lin-Manuel Miranda uses a savvy social media strategy to cultivate the #HamFam phenomenon for “Hamilton: The Musical” In casting people of color as Founders, does “Hamilton: The Musical” inadvertently erase the black past? How teachers are using “Hamilton: The Musical” Recommended reading: Renee C. Romano and Claire Bond Potter, eds, Historians on Hamilton: How a Blockbuster Musical is Restaging America’s Past (Rutgers, 2018). Ron Chernow, Alexander Hamilton (2004) Valerie Estelle Frankel, Who Tells Your Story?: History, Pop Culture, and Hidden Meanings in the Musical Phenomenon Hamilton (2016) Stephen F. Knott and Tony Williams, Washington and Hamilton: The Alliance That Forged America (2015) Dona Herweck Rice and Emily Smith, Hamilton: An American Musical: An Instructional Guide for Literature (2016) Related ITPL podcast episodes: 017 Alan Taylor on his book, American Revolutions 049 Gordon Wood on the relationship between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson 041 Dean Snow on the pivotal Battle of Saratoga 028 Carol Berkin on the Crisis of the 1790s 023 Stephen Knott on the relationship between Alexander Hamilton and George Washington 065 Andrew O'Shaugnessy on the men who lost America -- essentially the British version of the American Revolution. Music for This Episode Jay Graham, ITPL Intro (JayGMusic.com) Kevin McCleod, “Impact Moderato” (Free Music Archive) The Womb, “I Hope It Hurts” (Free Music Archive) Borrtex, “Perception” (Free Music Archive) Jon Luc Hefferman, “Winter Trek” (Free Music Archive) The Bell, “I Am History” (Free Music Archive) Production Credits Executive Producer: Lulu Spencer Associate Producer: Tyler Ferolito Technical Advisors: Holly Hunt and Jesse Anderson Podcasting Consultant: Darrell Darnell of Pro Podcast Solutions Photographer: John Buckingham Graphic Designer: Maggie Cellucci Website by: ERI Design Legal services: Tippecanoe and Tyler Too Social Media management: The Pony Express Risk Assessment: Little Big Horn Associates Growth strategies: 54 40 or Fight © In The Past Lane, 2018
Rated 5 out of
Informative & entertaining, executed with zeal
Ed O'Donnell takes us In the Past Lane with a fantastic variety of topics in American history, emphasizing the impact of history on today's society. I've listened to the bigs in history podcasting in Dan Carlin & Dave Duncan, but there's one thing in particular that O'Donnell does that the bigs don't (or at least don't do as audibly): tell the story with zeal and enthusiasm. You can tell that O'Donnell genuinely loves what he does, and it stands out in contrast to the way Carlin and Duncan kind of just talk into the microphone. I tend to enjoy the podcasts that don't limit themselves to a specific timeframe, and O'Donnell hits on quite the variety of topics, each including interviews with people who enjoy what they do as much as the host. This is one of those podcasts where you can't help but get excited when you see the notification that a new episode has been uploaded. I particularly recommend episodes 7 and 14, on the history of Irish immigrants/spies and the Declaration of Independence respectively.
Date published: 2016-09-01
Rated 5 out of
An engaging, informative show
O'Donnell has created a great podcast. As a former student of his, I'm glad that he is sharing his passion for history with a wider audience. Anyone who is curious about how our society's culture, institutions, and ideas have developed should listen.
Date published: 2016-04-04