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The AskHistorians Podcast

The AskHistorians Podcast showcases the knowledge and enthusiasm of the AskHistorians community, a forum of nearly 1.4 million history academics, professionals, amateurs, and curious onlookers. The aim is to be a resource accessible to a wide range of listeners for historical topics which so often go overlooked. Together, we have a broad array of people capable of speaking in-depth on topics that get half a page on Wikipedia, a paragraph in a high-school textbook, and not even a minute on the History channel. The podcast aims to give a voice (literally!) to those areas of history, while not neglecting the more commonly covered topics. Part of the drive behind the podcast is to be a counterpoint to other forms of popular media on history which only seem to cover the same couple of topics in the same couple of ways over and over again.


AskHistorians Podcast Episode 207 -The People's Democracy Party with Darren Colbourne
In this episode, Morgan Lewin talks to Darren Colbourne about the origins of Northern Ireland's People's Democracy Party, its early days, motivations, its connections to the United States civil rights movement, and its eventual gradual dissolution.
54:30 09/23/2022
AskHistorians Podcast Episode 206 – The Moscow Metro with /u/mikitacurve
Jeremy Salkeld (EnclavedMicrostate) talks with /u/mikitacurve about the creation and development of the Moscow Metro under Stalin, its origins in Soviet debates over urban planning, and how the art and monumentality of the underground railroad reflected the utopian ideals of the Soviet Union, even amid the ongoing Terror on the surface. 70 mins.
69:28 08/25/2022
AskHistorians Podcast Episode 205 - Götz von Berlichingen and Robber Knights of the Holy Roman Empire with /u/PartyMoses
Jeremy Salkeld (EnclavedMicrostate) talks with /u/PartyMoses about the life and times of robber knight Götz von Berlichingen, who fought in various conflicts in the Holy Roman Empire in the early sixteenth century, and most famously did so with a prosthetic right hand. Topics discussed include martial culture, the politics of the Holy Roman Empire in the reign of Charles V, and disability in Early Modern Europe. 49 mins.
49:10 07/31/2022
AskHistorians Podcast Episode 204 - Residential Schools in Canada with Elle Ransom
Morgan Lewin (u/aquatermain) talks with Elle Ransom (u/anthropology_nerd) about the history and legacy of residential schools in Canada. Ransom explores why these schools were built, what went on in them, and their lasting impact on indigenous communities in Canada. 63m.
62:36 07/14/2022
AskHistorians Podcast Episode 203 - Historical Archaeology with u/the_gubna
Jeremy Salkeld (EnclavedMicrostate) talks with /u/the_gubna about the field of historical archaeology and the latter's research on the Camino Real in the colonial Andes, discussing the history of this highway and of the people who used it. 32 mins. 
31:20 06/30/2022
AskHistorians Podcast Episode 202 - The Romance of the Three Kingdoms and Online Three Kingdoms Discourse with /u/Dongzhou3kingdoms
Jeremy Salkeld (EnclavedMicrostate) talks with /u/Dongzhou3kingdoms about the effect the Romance of the Three Kingdoms has had on online discourse about the Three Kingdoms period in Chinese history, and how discussions of the period's history continue to be framed in relation to the literary tradition. 45 mins.
45:19 06/16/2022
AskHistorians Podcast Episode 201 - The Medieval Crossbow with Stuart Ellis-Gorman (u/Valkine)
Tyler Alderson talks with u/Valkine, otherwise known as Stuart Ellis-Gorman, about his new book The Medieval Crossbow. Ellis-Gorman discusses what we do and don't know about its origins, its history as a weapon "fit to kill a king," and the many legends and tall tales surrounding the crossbow. He also talks about continuing to do academic research outside of traditional academia. 55m.
54:34 06/03/2022
AskHistorians Podcast Episode 200 - American Higher Education with Dr. Ellen Schrecker
For the 200th episode, guest host Jennifer Borgioli Binis (EdHistory101) spoke with one of the country's pre-eminent scholars on American higher education and McCarthism. Dr. Schrecker shares her experiences as a researcher, historian, and woman in academia. 1 hour, 11 minutes.
71:47 05/23/2022
AskHistorians Podcast Episode 199 - Mutinous Women with Joan DeJean
Tyler Alderson talks with Joan De Jean about her new book Mutinous Women: How French Convicts Became Founding Mothers of the Gulf Coast. We discussed the complicated lives and legacies of the women who were shipped from France across the Atlantic to the Louisiana colony. 52m.
51:21 05/05/2022
AskHistorians Podcast Episode 198 - History, the Internet and Social Media with Jason Steinhauer
Fraser Raeburn talks with Jason Steinhauer about how the internet has shaped the consumption and production of historical knowledge, as detailed in Jason's new book, History Disrupted: How Social Media and the World Wide Web Have Changed the Past. 40 minutes. A transcript of this episode will be forthcoming.
39:33 04/21/2022
AskHistorians Podcast Episode 197 - White Mythic Spaces in Historical Representation with Stefan Aguirre Quiroga
Morgan Lewin talks with Stegan Aguirre Quiroga about his new book, White Mythic Space: Racism, the First World War, and Battlefield 1, and about the construction of idealized representations of whiteness in the histories of Argentina and Chile. 1 hour.
61:46 04/06/2022
AskHistorians Podcast April Fools Special 2022 – Tartaria with /u/EnclavedMicrostate
In this special episode of the AskHistorians podcast, /u/hannahstohelit and /u/EnclavedMicrostate talk about one of the more unusual history-related conspiracy theories of recent years: Tartaria. Why are thousands of internet users convinced of the existence of a lost empire in Eurasia? Where does post-Soviet nationalism come into it? And why are they so obsessed with big buildings? All this and more will be revealed in this special. 60 mins. A transcript of this episode can be found here.
58:57 04/01/2022
AskHistorians Podcast Episode 196 - Pipe Organs with Paul Jacobs
Tyler Alderson talks with GRAMMY-Award winning pipe organist and Juilliard professor Paul Jacobs about the history of the instrument and his upcoming recital series of the music of César Franck. 34 mins.
33:53 03/24/2022
AskHistorians Podcast Episode 195 - Women of 1000 AD by /u/Kelpie-Cat
In this episode, Morgan Lewin (/u/aquatermain) speaks with Meg Hyland (/u/kelpie-cat) about her Women Of 1000 AD project, a digital public history project and teaching tool that showcases the histories of women from all over the globe who lived in and around the year 1000 CE through hand-made illustrations and thoroughly researched write-ups about their lives and cultures. 65 mins.
66:23 03/11/2022
AskHistorians Podcast Episode 194 - Missionary Photography in China with Dr. Joseph W. Ho
Jeremy Salkeld (EnclavedMicrostate) talks with Dr. Joseph W. Ho on the subject of his new book, 'Developing Mission: Photography, Filmmaking, and American Missionaries in Modern China'. While missionary photographers in China have often been approached either as missionaries or as photographers, Dr. Ho's book approaches the subject in its entirety, discussing the role photography played in the missionary enterprise, and in the creation and continuance of Chinese Christian communities in the 20th century. 30 mins.
30:35 02/17/2022
AskHistorians Podcast Episode 193 - The Norse Religion with Steelcan909
Tyler Alderson talks to fellow moderator u/Steelcan909 about the religion of the Norse, often called "Norse mythology." They discuss what we do and don't know about religious practice, the truth behind popular conceptions of the Norse gods, and why this religion has continued to feature heavily in pop culture. 
59:32 01/27/2022
AskHistorians Podcast Episode 192 - Early American Disability with Dan Howlett
In this episode, Morgan Lewin (u/Aquatermain) talks with Dan Howlett (u/dhowlett1692) about disability in early America.  In this conversation, they cover how to define disability historically, how to find disability in the archives, and how disability shaped events like the Salem Witch Trials. 53 minutes.
53:23 01/14/2022
AskHistorians Podcast Episode 191 - The Cyrus Cylinder with Trevor Culley
In this episode, /u/EnclavedMicrostate talks with Trevor Culley about the Cyrus Cylinder, an inscription dictated by the first ruler of the Persian Empire. Aside from the text of the cylinder and its historical context, also discussed is the use of the cylinder in modern Iranian nation-building. 48 mins.
48:12 12/10/2021
AskHistorians Podcast Episode 190 – The History of the Banjo with /u/DGBD
In this episode, /u/EnclavedMicrostate talks with /u/DGBD, better known as Tyler Alderson, about the history of the banjo. Discussed are the instrument's origins and development, on the cultural place of the banjo on both sides of the Atlantic, and of its relationship to issues of racism and identity. 70 mins.
69:04 11/26/2021
AskHistorians Podcast Episode 189 - Intergenerational Trauma from World War II with Alex Fox Rudinski
Tyler Alderson talks with Alex Fox Rudinski, who is looking into the intergenerational effects of the trauma veterans experienced in World War II. From the veterans themselves through to their children and even grandchildren, this trauma has had an impact on many families' lives. Rudinski also talks about the challenges of researching the effects of trauma in a time period when these effects were little understood or recognized. 
60:31 11/12/2021
AskHistorians Podcast Episode 188 - Holocaust Perpetrators immigrating to the US with Claire Aubin
In this Conference Special, Morgan (u/Aquatermain) speaks to Claire Aubin about her study of Holocaust perpetrators immigrating to the US, the emotional strain of studying a horrific period of history, and the work of the Emotionally Demanding Histories Group.
59:35 11/09/2021
AskHistorians Podcast Episode 187 - The Origins of WWI as Presented in Textbooks with /u/Starwarsnerd222
In this episode, Morgan Lewin talks with /u/Starwarsnerd222 about the ways that the origins of the First World War are discussed in textbooks aimed at students of international secondary school curricula. What do they do well? What do they not? How far do they adhere to contemporary historiography, and how far do they hold onto older tropes? And where do we go from here? Find out all this and more in this episode. 58 mins.
57:59 11/04/2021
AskHIstorians Podcast Episode 186 - Footwraps with Brynn Derwen
Tyler Alderson talks with Brynn Derwen, whose research into the history of footwraps includes wearing them most days! Derwen talks about why and how footwraps were used in many cultures around the world, particularly in militaries, and offers some pointers for how to try them yourself!
35:36 11/01/2021
AskHistorians Podcast 185 - Jinn and Streaming History with Laura Castro-Royo
Tyler Alderson talks to Laura Castro-Royo about her research on Jinn, the source of Hollywood's "genie" trope. She also talks about presenting history in non-traditional spaces, including streaming on Twitch as Las Plumas De Simurgh.
64:34 10/26/2021
AskHistorians Podcast Episode 184: The Silencing of Anti-Racist Educators in New York City in the Mid-20th Century
In this episode, /u/Gankom talks with Dr. Lauren Lefty, Dr. Andrew Feffer, and /u/Kugelfang52 about the assault on the anti-racism programs of New York City teachers between 1930 and 1960. Notably, these efforts, often led by communist teachers, were opposed not only by conservative educators, but by liberal groups as well. The ultimate destruction of these efforts wrecked community building projects, removed or coerced into silence some of the system's most outspoken anti-racist educators. 77 minutes. Discussion on this episode can be found here.
77:02 10/21/2021
AskHistorians Podcast Episode 183: 19th Century Great Power Politics with /u/starwarsnerd222
In this episode, /u/EnclavedMicrostate talks with /u/starwarsnerd222 about great power politics of the late nineteenth century, focussing on British foreign policy from the end of the Crimean War in 1856 to the eve of the First World War in 1914. How did British officials and diplomats react to changing world circumstances, if they did at all? What sorts of crises did they respond to, or not depending on the situation? Find out all this and more on this fortnight's episode. 67 mins.
67:19 10/07/2021
AskHistorians Minisode - Dimensions of the Second Sino-Japanese War with /u/Lubyak
In this episode, /u/EnclavedMicrostate talks with /u/Lubyak about the Second Sino-Japanese War, discussing its background, its wider context, and the question of why Imperial Japan was unsuccessful in achieving its aims. 32 mins.      
32:57 09/30/2021
AskHistorians Podcast Episode 182: The Beginnings of Academic Military History with /u/Iphikrates
In this episode, /u/EnclavedMicrostate talks with /u/Iphikrates about the beginnings of academic military history in 19th century Prussia. Why, in a state so strongly associated with its military traditions, was the academic study of military history so heavily opposed both from the academy and from the army? How did the field emerge despite this opposition? Who were the big names? What sorts of controversies were fought over? Find out all this and more on this fortnight's AskHistorians Podcast. 60 mins.
59:47 09/16/2021
AskHistorians Podcast Episode 181: Questions on Greek and Roman Society with u/Toldinstone
In this episode, /u/Kugelfang52 talks with /u/Toldinstone about various topics of interest from his upcoming book on Greek and Roman society, Naked Statues, Fat Gladiators, and War Elephants. Included are the following questions: "Did they believe in monsters, ghosts, and/or aliens?" "Why are so many of their statues naked?" "Why didn't the Greeks or Romans wear pants?"  "What were the greatest delicacies?" "What happened to the city of Rome after the empire collapsed?" 43 mins.
43:01 09/03/2021
AskHistorians Podcast Episode 180: Women in Medieval Warfare with /u/Hergrim
In this episode, /u/EnclavedMicrostate talks with /u/Hergrim about women in medieval warfare, and at how their actual roles diverged from those prescribed by the authorities of the day and many today imagine them. Discussed are how women fought in combat, performed critical supporting roles for armies, and indeed led them in war; also considered are how warfare affected civilian women and how women were involved in the reading and writing of military theory. 34 mins.
34:19 08/19/2021