I will start looking back at all of the episodes I recorded for the Hour of History Podcast, so they are searchable not only on Youtube but also this website. Let’s start with my conversation with Roger Moorhouse about his book on the Nazi invasion of Poland and the start of World War II.
One of my smaller projects was the Hour of History Cities Podcast. I recorded short informational lectures based on items that defined important cities in the world. The most popular, it seems, is my discussion of El Chino de la Charada in Havana. There are some cool sources on this out there, but I haven’t… Continue reading El Chino de la Charada
A video for you on Good Friday, first performed 297 years ago: Bach proving, once again, that people were doing pretty extraordinary things a few hundred years ago.
In spring of my sophomore year in college, I found a cheap flight from Baton Rouge to London and spent a few days walking around the city. While I was in London, EasyJet had a promotional 0GPB fare from London to Belfast and back. I ended up paying something like ten pounds in taxes for… Continue reading Book and a Backpack: Belfast
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! The first ever Hour of History episode was an experimental conversation about the origins and history of the patron saint of Ireland, who is the inspiration for the celebrations that take place all around the world on March 17. We came a long way from that first episode, and re-released it… Continue reading St. Patrick’s Day
I have written frequently in the past about books I’ve read and places to which I’ve traveled. In my upcoming posts, I will recount some of my favorite places and the books that accompanied me on my travels. This won’t be limited to places that I’ve been, but will also highlight places that I’d like… Continue reading A Book and a Backpack
Just watched “The Dig” on Netflix and it reminded me of a fun conversation I had with Dr. Courtnay Konshuh on the Hour of History Podcast. We talked about Anglo-Saxons and where archaeology meets history and art. I still haven’t read Beowulf, but I will someday!
On Episode 100 of the Hour of History Podcast, I looked back at some of the great conversations I had. Looking back at four years of working towards a Ph.D., my most meaningful memories are about the podcast – a side project that received no support from the program. 100 Episodes: Our World, Anytime, Anyplace… Continue reading One of my favorite episodes
Growing up, I was a huge fan of James Clavell’s novel Tai-Pan. Although the novel might be a little outdated today, it serves as an excellent fictional introduction to the British perspective of the Opium Wars. When I teach the Opium Wars now, I use the Opium Wars essay written for MIT’s Visualizing Cultures series.… Continue reading Teaching the First Opium War
For the past few years I have researched and written about the Finca Paso Seco, a refugee relief hostel in Cuba established by the American Friends Service Committee to help Jewish Europeans as they fled the Holocaust. I will add more information as I continue to update this site, but for now you can listen… Continue reading The Finca Paso Seco