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Historic Matters: Conversations on the American Past

Historic Matters is a podcast for people fascinated by American history, committed to history in civic life, and eager for good stories about the past well told. The show brings together historians and teachers, authors and public historians to explore broad themes of history and smaller episodes, events, and people of the American past. Good "storytelling" is essential to compelling history, and active civic participation demands an understanding of the past.

info_outline History isn’t just for patriots! 12/31/2020
info_outline 8th Graders Don't Know Much About History, National Exam Shows 05/04/2020
info_outline David Rubenstion talks "Patriotic Philanthropy" 04/13/2020
info_outline Adam Hochschild Says Books Can Change the World. 04/08/2020
info_outline Great Storytellers (2): Taylor Branch, H.W. Brands & Jay Winik 03/31/2020
info_outline Master Historians (1): Taylor Branch, H.W. Brands & Jay Winik 03/31/2020
info_outline Will U.S. Education Remedy A Half-Century Of Neglecting Civics Education? 03/30/2020
info_outline Truman and Coolidge go up, Jefferson and Jackson go down. 03/16/2020
info_outline Gerry Warburg and the Uses and Misuses of History 02/09/2020
info_outline Uses of History in the Classroom and Beyond 02/09/2020
info_outline A "civics moment" for all Americans 02/02/2020
info_outline The stirrings of a civic education renewal, by Ronald J. Daniels 01/01/2020
info_outline Lowell Weicker built his reputation challenging Nixon during Watergate; he says Republicans in Congress are afraid to do the same with Trump 12/05/2019
info_outline What federal funding for civics reveals about American political discourse 11/08/2019
info_outline Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil 09/16/2019
info_outline Is the study of history becoming, well, history? 09/12/2019
info_outline Is the Electoral College a "Pro-Slavery Ploy? 05/25/2019
info_outline Four current opinions on the Electoral College 05/25/2019
info_outline Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom 05/23/2019
info_outline Why Historic Matters? We need more Conversations on the American Past and more Storytelling 05/22/2019
info_outline Washington's Crossing: Whodunit? (Part 3) 05/21/2019
info_outline Washington's Crossing: Whodunit? (Part 2) 05/21/2019
info_outline  Washington’s Crossing: Whodunit? (Part I) 05/20/2019
info_outline Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy (Part I) 05/20/2019
info_outline Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy  (Part II) 05/20/2019
info_outline Max Boot: Americans’ ignorance of history is a national scandal. Is the study of history becoming, well, history? 03/17/2019
info_outline Why History Matters 02/15/2019
info_outline Lowell Weicker: "I was on the Watergate committee. Don't hide Mueller's report from the people." 02/12/2019
info_outline Robert E. Lee's "Lost" Indictment & Civil War Memory 08/06/2018
info_outline History Relevance Campaign (part II) and the American Revolution's first female historian 06/03/2018