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The Rogue Historian
34 minutes | Mar 26, 2018
028 Taking History to the Streets with Doug Kenck-Crispin of Kick-Ass Oregon History
Taking history to the streets. Why the hell not. I mean, what better way to learn about the past than by going to check it out in person? Maybe grab a beer? Maybe talk some smack? Count me in 100%. There are few things more tantalizing to yours truly that getting together with the public and walking in the footsteps of those who made history. Doug and I see eye to eye on this. This is what history is about. Let’s get it!
46 minutes | Mar 19, 2018
027 Historical Myths with Joseph "Professor Buzzkill" Coohill
Have you ever stopped to wonder if that thing from history you knew to be true was just a bunch of bullshit? A famous quote...a questionable detail about someone's life...a significant theme in the historical narrative? Man...just imagine if all of that was just important sounding nonsense. Today I talk with Joseph "Professor Buzzkill" Coohill about myths in history - why they are important and how we can spot them. Trust me, they're everywhere...and they can be dangerous.
39 minutes | Mar 5, 2018
026 Confederate Historiography with Robert Baumgartner
I will talk about history books all freakin' day. This is why I am especially happy to welcome Bob to the show. I noticed recently that he was giving a talk on three significant authors and their contributions to Confederate historiography...so naturally, I had to have him on the show. Under the microscope today: Douglas Southall Freeman, T. Harry Williams, and C. Vann Woodward.
45 minutes | Feb 26, 2018
025 Commemorating the Dakota War with John Legg
It might be easy to overlook the Dakota War of 1862...as the conflict is greatly overshadowed by the Civil War. But John Legg, soon to embark on the journey to obtain his master's degree in history, helps us correct this issue...by connecting the war to the broader Civil War era historiography. We discuss commemoration and reconciliation in the Minnesota River Valley - and even get down to brass tacks over naming. After all, it is the origin of all particular things :) Have a listen.
46 minutes | Feb 19, 2018
024 Historical Interpretation with John Heckman
John and I talk about all kinds of things including...tattoos of course, and lots of other stuff. Most important, how we see the future of the discipline, what it means to challenge the tradition of academia, and how we reach a broader audience.
27 minutes | Jan 4, 2018
023 Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter with Coni Constantine
We are shifting focus as of 2018...new episodes will feature interviews AND movie reviews AND book reviews AND lots of other interesting things beyond the standard history podcast format. Yay. For this episode, co-host Coni Constantine, creator of Lady Balls Nation and Spicy Fit Foodie joins me for a discussion of a truly remarkable film: Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. There's lots of insight on this episode...check it out.
63 minutes | Jul 24, 2017
022 Wearing Gay History with Eric Gonzaba
This week we talk with George Mason University Ph.D. candidate Eric Gonzaba about his work with two absolutely fascinating digital archives: Wearing Gay History and the Rainbow History Project. If there has ever been a great case for exploring how textiles and other material culture can help us understand currents of history, this is it. We also get into Eric's research on African American and Queer nightlife in the latter third of the 20th century.
56 minutes | Jul 18, 2017
021 Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority with Ellen Wu
Peeps - this is a super fascinating story...tracing the history of Asian Americans from Chinese immigration and the exclusion act to Japanese internment and well beyond. Ellen explains how Asians went from being mostly reviled in the United States to the "model minority." You need to listen to this. Seriously.
75 minutes | Jul 3, 2017
020 Art as Iconoclast with Dara Vance
I am thrilled to have Dara on the show - she is a Ph.D. Candidate in history at the University of Kentucky, former producer of the Long Story Short podcast, and a really really talented artist. We have some fun discussing the way Dara's most recent art project dovetails with her work as a historian - and how it is the result of interactions with other historians on social media...challenging ideas of gender and diversity. We touch on some pretty non-traditional ideas about history and how we can present it in the classroom, AND get to why historians should analyze the significance of design elements in their primary sources. Good stuff! And really outside the box. So listen up.
54 minutes | Jun 26, 2017
019 Cocktails (and Other Stuff) with Maggie Yancey
Holla!!! We're back!!! After a second semester hiatus I am very happy to return to the podcasting world with Maggie Yancey. Maggie is a Ph.D candidate at the University of Tennessee (her home state) and is finishing up her dissertation on Civil War era liquor and identity. As you might imagine, there is so much more to this than I had expected, and Maggie certainly fills me in. But we talk about so much other stuff...from yoga to comfort food to the state of academia. This is a must listen for history peeps and anyone who is thinking about life beyond a post graduate degree. We have some laughs on this one, and Maggie calls someone a dirty name...guess who...? (snicker)
63 minutes | Apr 7, 2017
018 Lady Balls Radio featuring Fawesome Women in Film
I lifted this straight from my wife's podcast - Lady Balls Radio. She has a knack for finding (and interviewing) women who are doing really cool things. And on this episode, she speaks with Team RAD - a trio of women who are currently making a series called Soiled Doves, a story of three women in the 1880s American West. This episode not only gets into how these women came together to make the series, but also their efforts to challenge the gender stereotypes of the Old West. Oh - and while you are at it, you should subscribe to Lady Balls Radio. It's like the best podcast ever.
31 minutes | Feb 13, 2017
017 Old Timey Casting with Guy W. Gane
You all know that I love fashion...I talk about it all the time on my various other social outlets (sometimes I even post a pic!). This is why I am happy to have Guy on the show. We have the love for fashion in common...and he also really digs historical style, both military and civilian...so much so that he has created a company that specializes in casting for television and film period pieces. His credits include everything from The Field of Lost Shoes to House of Cards. Cool right - listen up to find out how this whole thing works.
50 minutes | Feb 6, 2017
016 Beyond the Irish Brigade with Damian Shiels
Wow - so if you ever wanted to know about mid-19th century Irish immigration and Irish involvement in the American Civil War this is your guy. We discuss all kinds of stuff, including Damian's most recent book, The Forgotten Irish. I had a great time speaking with Damian - I am more than certain you will enjoy the talk too. SO LISTEN UP :)
42 minutes | Jan 30, 2017
015 Free Blacks and Radical Creoles: African Americans in Antebellum and Reconstruction New Orleans with Alexis Hlavaty
I could talk about this stuff all day (well, I sort of do...) and so I am thrilled to offer this fascinating conversation with Alexis Hlavaty. I think most are unaware of how vibrant the free black community was in New Orleans during the antebellum years - and we talk about why these folks are relatively unknown today. We also get way into the radicals after the war in the Reconstruction period and all the way to the infamous Plessy case. Just for fun - and I won't spoil it - but Alexis hits us with some straight up controversy right away (hint: neo-Confederates be warned...). So listen up. This is important stuff.
57 minutes | Jan 9, 2017
014 Teaching History Beyond the Classroom with Chris Lese
I love speaking with my fellow high school teachers - and I am thrilled to have such an inspiring educator on the show. Chris and I have collaborated in the past, and I am looking forward to some upcoming projects - we talk about those AND how he gets his students actively engaged both in and out of the classroom. You'll want to listen especially to Chris's experiences with a Rogue Historian alum - Joe McGill...kind of a once in a lifetime thing.
36 minutes | Jan 2, 2017
013 Teaching with Creativity with Lance Mosier
What if the CSI crew were around to help bring John Wilkes Booth to justice? That's what Lance Mosier has his 8th graders imagine...Seriously, if he had been my history teacher in middle school - I might have paid closer attention. In this episode, Lance and I talk shop about how we reach our students in creative ways - ways that help them engage with the history - Not. Just. Memorize. It. I mean, where is the fun in that? This show is a must for all teachers out there and those who are considering teacher middle or high school as a career. LISTEN!!! There's great stuff here :)
53 minutes | Dec 26, 2016
012 The Slave Dwelling Project with Joseph McGill
There is really no way that we, as Americans in the 21st century, will ever know what it was really like to experience what slaves did in the Ante-Bellum South. However, we can get closer to understanding it - archival research is a good start. But, as Joe McGill illustrates, the actual slaves dwellings, many of which are still standing, offer a great deal of the story - and engaging with the physical artifact can only add to our understanding. In this episode, Joe explains his Slave Dwelling Project - an effort to educate about the realities of slavery and his campaign to save the places where slaves lived their lives. Joe is also a living historian - recreating a soldier from the famous 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. We talk a great deal about Black men in the Civil War - both North and South. So if you think about it, this is two-for-one episode. Enjoy!!
36 minutes | Dec 19, 2016
011 Low Country Africana with Toni Carrier
Toni is a historian and genealogist who is doing some outstanding work researching the lives of slaves and former slaves in the so-called Low Country. If you do not know where that is then you need to listen - like right now. I am really happy to finally get to talk with Toni about how she connects people with their ancestors and all of the things she is doing with African American public history.
41 minutes | Dec 12, 2016
010 Teaching with Passion with Amy Rebecca Jacobs
You know...many of us with advanced degrees in the humanities started off in this with one intention, others were not quite sure what to make of the whole thing...and we wound up teaching history at private high schools. My good friend Amy Rebecca Jacobs chose this path (as did I) and loves it. Her passion shows through in this episode, where we take on the notion of making a career in secondary education plan A.
42 minutes | Nov 27, 2016
009 Patrick Lewis: Digital History and the Civil War Governors of Kentucky
Okay so we took a short break to recover from the election. 'Nuff said. But we're back and I am freakin' stoked to be talking digital history with Patrick Lewis - director of the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary project. Yo, this is some of the most innovative work in the digital humanities that I have ever encountered. Peeps - pay attention and follow suit. State archivists should especially listen - you will be doing yourself (and researchers) a favor.
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