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History Talk from Origins

  • Hosted by Jessica Blissit and Brenna Miller

Smart conversations about today’s most interesting topics - a history podcast for everyone, produced by Ohio State's Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective.

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History Talk: Sub-Saharan Africa

May 25, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the world's fastest-growing and most diverse regions—and also one of the most misunderstood. On this episode of History Talk, scholars Ousman Kobo, Amy Pate, and Amanda Robinson discuss ethnicity, nationality, and religion in contemporary African societies.

History Talk: The War on Terror

Apr 25, 2016

This month, John Mueller, Andrew Bacevich, and Peter Mansoor discuss the War on Terror (aka the war formerly known as the War on Terror), the US response to terrorism following 9/11.  In separate interviews, our guests address the origins of the war on terror and how it has developed over time; how the campaign against terror fits into broader historical patterns of US statecr

History Talk: The EU: Past, Present, and Future

Apr 5, 2016

On this episode of History Talk, Patrick and Mark sit down with Donald Hempson Lauren Henry, and Chris Otter to discuss the history of the European Union, an organization that has united Europeans in ways that were almost unthinkable a century ago.

History Talk: America's Infrastructure Challenge

Mar 3, 2016

A highway bridge collapses in Minnesota, lead poisons the water of Flint, Michigan, and Americans are reminded of the fragile state of our basic infrastructure—the roads, pipes, power lines, and waterways that make modern life possible.

History Talk: Reproductive Rights and Reproductive Justice

Jan 29, 2016

Reproduction: it's as essential to life as breathing (more, actually), yet the right to make decisions regarding one’s reproduction is among the most divisive issues of our time. On this episode, Patrick Potyondy and Mark Sokolsky sit down with Mytheli SreenivasAllison Norris, and Molly Farrell to discuss the past, present, and future of reproductive rights and reproductive justice.

History Talk: Food for Thought - Diet in History

Dec 29, 2015

How and what we eat defines who we are. Food is both everywhere and nowhere, so normal that we rarely consider how radically the production and consumption of food have shaped not only human culture but the environment as well (and how radically the production of food has changed over time).

History Talk: Climate Change and Human Life

Nov 29, 2015

Delegates from across the globe will soon gather at the Paris Climate Change Conference, set to begin at the end of November.

History Talk: Road to Europe - The 2015 Migration Crisis

Oct 29, 2015
Photo by Josh Zakary

Over the past months, the news media has presented dramatic scenes of desperate people trying to reach Europe by embarking on flimsy boats in Turkey and Greece, crossing barbed wire fences in Bulgaria and Hungary, catching rides in overcrowded trains in Macedonia, and sleeping in public squares in Serbia and elsewhere. But many more refugees find themselves in Middle Eastern countries like Jordan, Iraq, and Lebanon. This is hardly the first time that Europe or the Middle East has experienced mass migration.

History Talk: The Politics of India

Sep 29, 2015

A New York Times editorial has declared it “A New Chapter for America and India.” India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made a point to reach out to the United States and will visit America for a second time at the end of September 2015. Does Modi’s Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, or “BJP,” also spell a new chapter for the world’s most populous democracy? What role does religion play in everyday Indian politics?

History Talk: Understanding the Middle East

Aug 29, 2015

In a recent, much publicized lecture — “It Takes a Historian to Understand the Middle East…Doesn’t It?” — Jane Hathaway of Ohio State's History Department offered a challenge to pundits and policymakers who seem unable to offer sound strategies for the Mideast.

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