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Conversations with the world’s leading historians, not just about what they do but how and (for goodness sake) why they do it. What drives them into dusty archives, motivates them through endless edits of books and keeps them always searching for history’s secrets? How did they come to find themselves neck-deep in the past in the first place? Led by historian Dr Joanne Paul (who isn’t exactly sure how she got there either), these are personal conversations with the real makers of history.
 
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Mary Ann Shadd descendant Irene Moore Davis speaks with sculptor Donna Mayne! The Life of Black Abolitionist Mary Ann Shadd by Scholar Irene Moore Davis and sculptor Donna Mayne. A ceremony unveiling the statue of Mary Ann Shadd took place Thursday, May 12, 2022, at the University of Windsor in Canada. Join Scholar and Historian Irene Moore Davis a…
 
When whistleblowers have been tried under the Espionage Act, the US government has successfully barred them telling the jury about what it is they are on trial for exposing. It’s clear the US government is afraid of juries hearing about the realities of drone strikes, mass surveillance, torture, and other abuses of power. When war crimes are expose…
 
"A prosecution is when you use court proceedings to prosecute a crime. When you misuse judicial institutions to persecute, to silence a dissident who has committed no crime and you're using the judicial machinery to silence him and to punish him, that's persecution." This is how UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer describes to host Chip Gi…
 
This week, Dr Joanne Paul chats with historian and author, Dr Fern Riddell. Fern Riddell is a cultural historian, and an expert in sex, suffrage and entertainment in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Host of The History Channel's Podcast series #NotWhatYouThought and Presenter of BBC 4's 'A Victorian Scandal: The Rudest Book in Britain', her first …
 
This week, Dr Joanne Paul chats with historian and author, Dr Hannah Dawson. Hannah is Senior Lecturer in the History of Political at King's College, London, having Hannah took a double first in History from the University of Cambridge. She went on to do her MPhil and PhD there, working on early-modern theories of language, and their relationship t…
 
This is the story of one of the largest leaks of classified information in US history, leaks which exposed US war crimes and other abuses of power. From 2010 to 2011, WikiLeaks worked with media the world over, to publish the Collateral Murder Video, Iraq and Afghan War Logs, State Department Cables, and Guantanamo Bay Detainee Assessments. It is a…
 
This week, Dr Joanne Paul chats with literary historian and activist, Dr Mary Rambaran-Olm. Mary is the Provost's Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto, in the Faculty of English and Drama, having completed a Phd in English at the University of Glasgow. Her work explores race in early medieval England, drawing on the theoretical theorie…
 
This week, Dr Joanne Paul chats with academic, author and broadcaster Dr Emma Wells. Emma is an ecclesiastical and architectural historian/buildings archaeologist, as well as public historian, specialising in the late medieval/early modern English parish church/cathedral, pilgrimage, the cult of saints, and the ‘senses’, as well as built heritage m…
 
The prosecution of Julian Assange marks the first time a publisher of truthful information has been indicted under the Espionage Act. In the first of a series of episodes exploring what WikiLeaks exposed and the lengths the US government went to silence them, Primary Sources looks at WikiLeaks' role in exposing human rights abuses at the notorious …
 
This week, Dr Joanne Paul chats with historian, film-maker and author Professor Michael Wood. Michael is one of the bulwarks of Public History, a fixture on our screens for decades, with a truly global curiosity and reach. In this episode, Joanne asks Michael what first got him excited about the world of public and academic history. Michael also ta…
 
Those in the drone program have witnessed first hand the serious human costs of the US's global assassinations program. For years, veterans of the drone program have worked to alert the public to the realities of the drone warfare. The Kabul Strike, which killed 10 civilians, including 7 children, shocks the conscience of all thinking people. But a…
 
"There's been one systemic process of lying throughout the Afghan War. From the Bush Administration to the Obama Administration to the Trump Administration it has just been systemic lying from the American government about the war." This is what Matthew Hoh says about the US war in Afghanistan during this episode of Primary Sources. Hoh would know.…
 
After September 11, 2001, the Central Intelligence Agency, with the approval of President George W. Bush, began a highly classified program of renditions and torture. While torture violates both US and international law, President Obama declined to hold any one accountable for the program, saying he was looking forwards, not backwards. That policy,…
 
Thomas Drake swore an oath to defend the US Constitution on multiple occasions. His fidelity to that oath put him on a collision course with his employer, the National Security Agency. Drake assisted in an inspector general complaint concerning a costly intelligence boondoggle and aided Congressional investigations into intelligence failures in the…
 
Jeffrey Sterling has described himself as an unwanted spy. In the early 2000s, he attempted to take the CIA on over its racial discrimination against him. Citing the state secrets doctrine, his case was never considered on its merits. Later, he would go to the Senate Intelligence Committee to alert them about Operation Merlin, a plan to give Iran f…
 
Attorney Jesselyn Radack has been at the forefront of opposing the government's War on Whistleblowers. She has represented numerous clients indicted under the Espionage Act, including Edward Snowden, Daniel Hale, Thomas Drake, and John Kiriakou. Jesselyn knows first hand the perils of being a whistleblower. Before becoming one of the leading attorn…
 
Passed during World War I, the Espionage Act was President Woodrow Wilson's "firm hand of repression" that he used to silence antiwar voices. Touted as a law against spies and saboteurs, the Espionage Act has in fact been a tool to control the flow of information and suppress dissent. Over the interceding years, the Espionage Act became a way to re…
 
Truthtelling can be an act of resistance. Join Defending Rights & Dissent policy director Chip Gibbons as he brings you the stories of whistleblowers and other truthtellers who expose civil liberties and human rights abuses committed under the guise of national security and the attempts to silence them. Support the show (https://rightsanddissent.sa…
 
When The New York Times published the Pentagon Papers it sparked one of the greatest battles for press freedom in US history. In an unprecedented move, the Nixon administration sought to bar The New York Times from publishing further. The Times's outside counsel had told them they would not defend them if they chose to publish the top-secret histor…
 
Daniel Ellsberg is the most iconic whistleblower in US history. On our inaugural episode, he joins host Chip Gibbons for an in-depth conversation. On the 50th anniversary of the Pentagon Papers release, Ellsberg explains how the top secret history of the Vietnam War led him to believe the war was not merely a mistake, but a crime. Ellsberg explains…
 
This week, Dr Joanne Paul chats with historian, broadcaster, and author Professor Suzannah Lipscomb. Not only is Suzannah the author of numerous books on the Early Modern period, she is also one of the most recognisable names and faces in the world of history television. In this episode, Joanne asks Suzannah what drives her historical research and …
 
This week, Dr Joanne Paul sits down with archaeologist, presenter and podcaster, Natasha Billson. Natasha might be better known to listeners as “Behind the Trowel”, her social media presence, from which she hosts regular live shows, videos, and interviews. You might also recognise her from More 4’s archeology programme, The Great British Dig. Natas…
 
This week, Dr Joanne Paul sits down with scientist, writer and broadcaster, Dr Adam Rutherford. Adam has written several books on the history of science including How To Argue with a Racist and A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived as well as presenting several science documentaries for BBC and contributing regularly to the Guardian newspaper.…
 
Introducing Primary Sources: Conversations with History Makers Conversations with the world’s leading historians, is a different history podcast from Viral History, exploring not just about what they do but how and (for goodness sake) why they do it. What drives them into dusty archives, motivates them through endless edits of books and keeps them …
 
Dr Joanne Paul sits down to talk with historian and author Nathen Amin. Nathen wrote ‘Tudor Wales,’ ‘York Pubs,’ and a biography of the Beaufort family, ‘The House of Beaufort.’ In this episode, Nathen tells Joanne how he approached researching his most recent book, ‘Henry VII and the Tudor Pretenders,’ including what sources were most valuable whe…
 
Dr Joanne Paul talks with Helen Carr, who is a historian, author, and TV documentary producer. They talk about what Helen has recently been writing, the biography of John of Gaunt in ‘The Red Prince,’ and ‘What is History, Now?’ Helen is also well known for her podcast Hidden Histories and her work on various historical programmes, such as HistoryH…
 
In this episode, Dr Joanne Paul sits down to talk with historian and author, Hallie Rubenhold. Joanne describes Hallie as ‘a jack of all trades in the history world,’ she’s published historical fiction and non-fiction, as well as worked on television adaptations of her works and consulted on other period dramas. Her most recent book, The Five is an…
 
In our first episode of Primary Sources, host Dr Joanne Paul sits down with historian, author, podcaster and screenwriter Greg Jenner. Greg, is a power-house public historian, famous for his work on Horrible Histories, he has written two books, 'A Million Years in a Day: a Curious History of Every Life' and 'Dead Famous: an Unexpected History of Ce…
 
Did You Know... with Robert Green and Black Aviators Historian Guy E. Franklin Emory Conrad Malick In 2004, Pennsylvania native Mary Groce was going through a box of family papers with her cousin Aileen when she found a sheet of old letterhead for an “Emory C. Malick, Licensee: Pilot No. 105.” Included on the letterhead was a photograph of a handso…
 
Descendant Tamara Lanier Explains Suit Against Harvard And Slavery Images The Gist of Freedom and Guest host Kimberly Simmons welcomes Tamara Lanier. Join us as Mrs. Lanier updates us on her suit against Harvard Lawsuit by gr-gr-gr-granddaughter of slavery survivor blasts Harvard for collecting licensing fees on the photos of her ancestors which we…
 
In a special edition of Primary Sources, James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, speaks about his book Our Towns, a vivid, surprising portrait of the civic and economic reinvention taking place in America, town by town and generally out of view of the national media.” This CALS’ J.N. Heiskell Distinguished Lecture for journalism too…
 
From 1959 to 1961, George McKinney helped lead the Arkansas Razorbacks to three shared or outright Southwest Conference championships in football, getting new Coach Frank Broyles off to a good start. He sat down with a teammate from his freshman year, U.S. District Judge Billy R. Wilson, to recall some of the great moments in Arkansas sports histor…
 
Matt DeCample has conversations with three authors featured at the 2018 Arkansas Literary Festival: Carmen Boullosa, author of seven volumes of poetry, two books of essays, ten plays, and eighteen novels, including "La otra mano de Lepanto" which has been deemed among the top works of literature written in Spanish in the last twenty-five years; Kor…
 
Matt DeCample has conversations with four authors featured at the 2018 Arkansas Literary Festival: Bill Worthen, co-author of "A Sure Defense: The Bowie Knife in America"; Laverne Bell-Tolliver, associate professor at the UA Little Rock's School of Social Work and the author of "The First Twenty-Five: An Oral History of the Desegregation of Little …
 
Arkansas Department of Health Director Nate Smith sits down with Matt DeCample to discuss how his work as a Kenyan medical missionary shaped his approach to public health, this year's rough flu season, and the impact the opioid epidemic continues to have on Arkansas and the nation.
 
An immigrant from Nicaragua by way of Canada, Yolanda Amaya works with the Hispanic community in Arkansas assisting with translation services. among other things. She describes the changes she has seen in the Hispanic communities of Arkansas and difficulties they face.
 
Arkansas native Al Bell is considered the driving force behind Stax Records as a producer, songwriter, and executive during the company’s most productive period, from 1965 to 1975. He was responsible for promoting the careers of such talent as the Staple Singers, Isaac Hayes, and Otis Redding, among many others.…
 
James R. Blaylock enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve in January 1948 at the age of seventeen. He served in the Korean War as a gunner in a machine gun platoon. He participated in the Inchon Landing and the subsequent recapturing of Seoul as well as in action at the Chosin Reservoir. Here Blaylock talks about his experiences with Brian Robertson, …
 
Eddie Pannell, a Vietnam War veteran who joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1967, talks to the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Research Services Division Manager Brian Robertson. Mr. Pannell details his experience as an interpreter who assisted South Vietnamese civilians with medical treatment, infrastructure growth, and other humanitarian missions…
 
This week's Primary Sources podcast features Booker Worthen prize winner Kenneth C. Barnes speaking with the Butler Center's Director David Stricklin about Barnes's new book, "Anti-Catholicism in Arkansas: How Politicians, the Press, the Klan, and Religious Leaders Imagined an Enemy, 1910-1960". Barnes is a professor of history at the University of…
 
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