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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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Race in the Classroom: Teaching Civil Rights

Dec 13, 2014

Join hosts Leticia Wiggins and Patrick Potyondy in a conversation with historians—and award-winning teachers—Kevin Boyle, Stephanie Shaw, and Hassan Kwame Jeffries about the importance and difficulties of teaching race and civil rights in the classroom.

1989: The Year That Changed It All

Oct 28, 2014

Twenty-five years ago this autumn, the world watched in amazement as events in Eastern Europe transformed the planet. Socialist states that had looked a permanent fixture on the map of Europe disintegrated, often with little resistance. And the Berlin Wall—that most iconic symbol of the Cold War—came tumbling down in November. The sense of possibility and astonishment were palpable: the world could change in the blink of an eye if only we tried.

4th and Goal? The Past of the American University and the Future of the NCAA

Sep 30, 2014
Ohio State University Archives

History Talk continues its exploration of the relationship between American university sports and the National Collegiate Athletic Association, or NCAA.

Taylor Branch on the Crisis of College Sports

Sep 24, 2014
Ohio State University Archives

How we debate college sports connects to a long history, dating all the way back to the Greeks and Romans.

Memories of the Great War

Aug 24, 2014
Brenna Miller

The summer of 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. In this month’s podcast, three Ohio State historians travelled far and wide to bring us first-hand stories of how the Great War is being commemorated across the globe.

The Debate Over Same-Sex Marriage and LGBTQ Rights

Jul 26, 2014

The rapid shift in attitudes toward same-sex marriage in the United States has been one of the most dramatic cultural transformations in recent memory. But with these changes have come many questions and tensions. Is the focus on the politics of marriage limiting to broader rights movement?

The Terrors of Suicide Bombing

Jun 26, 2014

Many consider suicide bombing an exclusively recent or even novel phenomenon, carried out by crazed individuals that defy all reason. But is this actually the case? When and why did suicide bombing begin? Are there similarities among Russian anarchists of the nineteenth century, kamikaze pilots, and today’s suicide bombers? How can the history inform policy decisions to try and prevent such acts?

The Politics of International Sport

May 21, 2014

Jesse Owens winning four gold medals in front of Adolf Hitler in 1936 Berlin. The 1942 Dynamo Kyiv soccer team which went on to defeat Hitler’s squad after being told, “If you win, you die.” Tommie Smith and John Carlos raising gloved hands in the Black Power salute in 1968. Gay rights and Vladimir Putin’s Russia at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

The Fate of Crimea, the Future of Ukraine, Part II

Apr 22, 2014
Nessa Gnatoush

The crisis between Ukraine, Russia, and the European Union/United States continues to dominate headlines with fears of a second cold war or worse emerging. In Part I of this podcast double-feature, we discussed Crimea’s rich and varied history.

The Fate of Crimea, the Future of Ukraine, Part I

Apr 13, 2014
Nessa Gnatoush

The world has been electrified these past weeks by the explosive events in Ukraine: a dramatic political revolution in Kyiv's Freedom Square, the surprise annexation of Crimea into Russia, and rising tensions between Russia and the United States/European Union that are reminiscent of the darkest of Cold War days.

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