Posts tagged ‘history’

Podcasty things

A podcast potpourri post, pedantic and possibly piquant. First, Gabe Weatherhead has posted the lastest episode of his Generational podcast, with David Sparks, Brett Terpstra, and yours truly. The topic is how to pick up women text editors and text editing. A good time was had by all, and Gabe gathered enough links from the…


White House reconstruction

Mashable and the National Journal have posted a wonderful series of old photos of the inside of the White House during its gutting and reconstruction in the Truman administration. The exterior walls were braced and left standing while the interior timber framework was replaced with steel. Photo from Mashable I was particularly struck by this…


Some kind of Druid dudes lifting the veil

My favorite podcast, In Our Time from the BBC, is back from hiatus, and there was much rejoicing. This week’s episode, “The Druids,” is so emblematic of the show that it’s almost a parody. It has history, it has religion, it has Pliny the Elder, and, mostly, it has Celts. What’s refreshing about In Our…


Niall Ferguson is an idiot

There’s something very wrong about a world that considers Niall Ferguson brilliant. How is it that so many people get diverted by a few well-turned phrases and miss the shallowness and intellectual dishonesty of his writing? Today I read this piece by Ferguson in The Daily Beast/Newsweek in which he makes the case for supporting…


That palace in the sun

I love BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time, and this week’s show is one of its best. It’s called “The Siege of Tenochtitlan.” In 1521 the Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes led an army of Spanish and native forces against the city of Tenochtitlan, the spectacular island capital of the Aztec civilisation. At first Cortes had…


Civil War and Reconstruction

If recent stories about the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War have piqued your interest, I highly recommend this series of lectures by Professor David Blight of Yale University. That’s a link to the Yale site, but you can also get it directly from iTunes U. Here’s the course description: This course…


Bull leapers and soybeans

When I first saw this cartoon back in June, I instantly decided to include its center panel (the funny one, even though it doesn’t have the punch line) every time I write a post about podcasts and radio shows I listen to. “Minoan bull leapers” captures beautifully the eccentric things you can hear on BBC…


A recommendation for Confederate History Month

In the wake of Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell’s idiotic declaration of April as Confederate History Month and the justified anger it caused, I’d like to recommend this iTunes U podcast series: The Civil War and Reconstruction Era: 1845-1877. It’s from Yale University’s History 119 class, taught by Prof. David Blight, and is really engaging. Blight…