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Best Uncovering The Civil War podcasts we could find (updated May 2020)
Best Uncovering The Civil War podcasts we could find
Updated May 2020
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Radicals in Conversation is a monthly podcast from Pluto Press, one of the world's leading independent, radical publishers. The New Intellectuals is a monthly interview podcast produced for Pluto Press and The People’s Forum. Hosted by author, editor, and TPF director of research, Jordan T. Camp, it features interviews with intellectuals invested in the struggles of the poor, working class, and the dispossessed in North America and the world. Inspired by Antonio Gramsci, it identifies "new i ...
 
Hosted by Antonio Elmaleh, the author of the acclaimed novel The Ones They Left Behind, “Uncovering the Civil War” brings to life interesting, little-known, or even unknown, facts about the Civil War, and how people, places, and events during the Civil War impact our lives today. "Uncovering the Civil War” is especially created for anyone interested in American history, the Civil War/Reconstruction, educators, and students. Our goal is to get a “Wow! I never knew that! They didn’t teach us t ...
 
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This month we join San Francisco-based historian, tour guide and author Chris Carlsson in a discussion centered around his new book, Hidden San Francisco: A Guide to Lost Landscapes, Unsung Heroes and Radical Histories (Pluto, 2020). Chris is in conversation with fellow historians Nicole Meldahl, Liam O'Donoghue and LisaRuth Elliott. They discuss t…
 
Covid-19 has thrown the idea of class, and class society, into sharp relief, ridiculing many of our economic system’s foundational premises - for one, the idea that as a worker, your pay cheque is a reflection of your value to society. Facing the possibility of economic collapse and a new great recession, the overton window has shifted dramatically…
 
In the first episode of The New Intellectuals, Jordan T. Camp's guest is scholar-activist Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, who discusses her new book, Race for Profit: How Banks and Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership (University of North Carolina Press, 2019). --- The New Intellectuals is a monthly interview podcast produced for Pluto Pres…
 
Celebrating the launch of her new book, Feminism, Interrupted: Disrupting Power, Lola Olufemi guest hosts this month's episode of Radicals in Conversation. She is joined on the panel by Jade Bentil, a black feminist historian and PhD researcher at the University of Oxford, and author of the forthcoming book, Rebel Citizen: A History of Black Women …
 
The more radical orientation of the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership attracted many activists back to the party in 2015. Nearly five years later, with 580,000 registered members, it has become the largest political party in Europe. Yet in spite of this groundswell of grassroots support, the 2019 General Election handed Labour its worst…
 
The ‘hostile environment’  - the anti-migrant policy announced by then-Home Secretary Theresa May in 2012 - has extended border policing into universities, healthcare, schools, and other sectors, forcing workers in those sectors to enforce immigration policy. Within higher education, international students and staff now face regular passport checks…
 
James Baldwin left an indelible mark on the face of Western politics and culture. Novels like Go Tell it on a Mountain, Giovanni’s Room and Another Country were groundbreaking when they were first published in the 1950s and '60s, and Baldwin’s work continues to resonate. The 2018 cinematic release of If Beale Street Could Talk, based on Baldwin's n…
 
Few political projects in recent years have been a source of greater hope and inspiration than Rojava - the Kurdish region of north-eastern Syria. Inspired by the political philosophy of Abdullah Öcalan, the imprisoned co-founder of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Rojava embodies a radical ecology, direct democracy and a deep commitment to gend…
 
There are few subjects more personal, and more political, than sex. Sex education, as it’s taught in school, has always been a source of controversy, and amongst the pupils subjected to it, a great deal of embarrassment as well. But while national contexts may differ, it is perhaps the inadequacy of sex education that emerges as its most defining t…
 
On 10th September one of the world’s largest arms fairs returns to London. The Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) will feature hundreds of exhibitors, including many of the world’s biggest arms manufacturers - BAE systems, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman and many more besides. Also attending, at the invitation of the UK…
 
History can often feel remote - its subjects separated from us by the barriers of time and geography. And more often than not, those of class, gender, sexuality and race as well. But history doesn’t exist in a silo, and it is hardly remote, if you know where to look. With the prevalence now of People’s History or history-from-below, we have a subje…
 
The last 12 months has seen the unprecedented resurgence of public engagement with green politics. Climate Change - although of course it never actually went away - is back. Extinction Rebellion; Greta Thunberg; the Green New Deal - words that would have failed to register only a year ago have become household names. The urgency with which we need …
 
In the early hours of the morning on 14th June, 2017, a faulty refrigerator on the 4th floor of Grenfell Tower, situated in the North Kensington area of West London, sparked a fire that quickly grew into an inferno, engulfing the whole building. At least 72 people died - though the number may be higher - and 70 more were injured, as fire fighters a…
 
On 18th May, millions of people around the world will tune in to the 64th annual Eurovision Song Contest. Last year, Israel’s Netta Barzilai won the competition with the song ‘Toy’, scoring a comfortable 93 point margin over runner-up Cyprus. As a result, Eurovision 2019 broadcasts from Tel Aviv, and in doing so, wades deep into political controver…
 
In March 2017 a group of activists surrounded a plane at Stansted Airport in a peaceful protest, to stop what they believed was the unlawful deportation of 60 people on a charter flight to Ghana and Nigeria. Charged with ‘endangering safety at aerodromes’ - an obscure piece of anti-terror legislation brought in after the 1988 Lockerbie Bombing - th…
 
As the UK hurtles towards the prospect of a no-deal Brexit, the chaos engulfing Parliament has all but eclipsed any other political issue. And yet there are cruelties being enacted through policy that predate the current political crisis, which demand our attention and our resistance. This month we discuss healthcare and the 'hostile environment' -…
 
Arguably no other time period in American history is as important but also as misunderstood as Reconstruction. Our guest this episode is Eric Foner, a leading expert on the post-Civil War era and the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for History for his book, "The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery." Join us as we discuss the impact of…
 
Join us for part II of our discussion with Terry Winschel, former Chief Historian of Vicksburg National Military Park, as we uncover the crucial campaign for Vicksburg - and control of the Mississippi River - during the Civil War. Whoever controlled the river would control the fate of the war and, by extension, the fate of the United States. Join u…
 
On 1st December, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (or AMLO) was inaugurated as the 58th President of Mexico. A progressive politician often compared to Jeremy Corbyn and Bernie Sanders, AMLO's campaign for office galvanised people across Mexico. His decisive victory in July speaks volumes about the corrupt state of the Mexican political elite and the te…
 
We welcome Terry Winschel, former Chief Historian of Vicksburg National Military Park, as our guest for a special two-part series uncovering the crucial campaign for Vicksburg - and control of the Mississippi River - during the Civil War. Whoever controlled the river would control the fate of the war and, by extension, the fate of the United States…
 
This September, Pluto relaunched the Left Book Club, a project originally founded by Victor Gollancz in 1936. The aim of the Left Book Club was simple, to popularise ideas of the left and combat the rise of fascism. By the eve of the Second World War, the LBC had reached a membership of nearly 60,000 - with 1,200 reading groups scattered around the…
 
Edwin Stanton served as Secretary of War under Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War and under Andrew Johnson during Reconstruction, cementing his place as one of the most influential politicians in American history. But who was Edwin Stanton, and what was the character of the man who wielded so much power during a seminal period in American history…
 
Thanks to Ken Burns's documentary series on the Civil War, letters written during the war have become synonynous with the conflict in the public consciousness. Join us and our guest Christopher Hager, author of "I Remain Yours: Common Lives in Civil War Letters" as we go deeper and seek to uncover how everyday men and women used letter writing to m…
 
'There were Africans in Britain before the English came here.' In a special Black History Month episode, we are joined by David Olusoga - a broadcaster, historian and author of many award winning books, including Black and British: A Forgotten History (2017), and Civilisations: First Contact / The Cult of Progress (2018). Celebrating the recent re-…
 
There are over 11 million private renters in the UK, accounting for 20% of all households. For many, life as a tenant is precarious, unsafe and increasingly expensive. Londoners face some of the highest rents in Europe, beholden to a housing market stacked in favour of landlords and investors. But communities and campaigners are fighting back again…
 
Do you know what a "breeches role" is? Or how theater during the mid-nineteenth century helped pave the way for women's sufferage? If your only knowledge of theater during the 1860s is that Lincoln was assassinated while watching a play, we have a treat in store for you! Join host Antonio Elmaleh and his guest, Dr. Elizabeth Mullenix, Professor of …
 
In 2015, students at the University of Cape Town demanded the removal of a statue of Cecil Rhodes, the imperialist, racist business magnate, from their campus. The battle cry ‘Rhodes Must Fall’ heralded an international movement calling for the decolonisation of the world’s universities. Over the last three years this movement has grown, voicing a …
 
Please join us for the second part of our discussion with Gregory Downs, author of "After Appomattox: Military Occupation and the Ends of War." The Union Army was sent to occupy the South after the war ended, which had a far-ranging effect on Reconstruction and is still being felt today. Be there as we uncover this fascinating and important time in…
 
Today’s global economy relies on the steady flow of goods, products and raw materials around the world. Companies like Amazon have become so massive that they now ship as many as 400 packages per second. But this all depends on the labour of millions of workers in docks, warehouses and logistics centres. If the global supply chain is broken, capita…
 
Join us as we uncover one of the most fascinating friendships between two well-known Americans: Mark Twain and Ulysses S. Grant. By the summer of 1884, Grant was broke and secretly dying of esophageal cancer. Worried about leaving his family destitute, he decided to write his memoirs at the urging of Mark Twain, who offered to publish them and give…
 
On 22nd May, we held the first ever 'Pluto Live' event with Ben White and Karma Nabulsi. Hosted by Amnesty International in London, the evening comprised of a wide ranging discussion around the themes of the new book Cracks in the Wall: Beyond Apartheid in Palestine/Israel. From the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, to the growing p…
 
In this episode we uncover Rutherford B. Hayes and learn how he came to be known as the “Man of the Middle.” Dustin McLochlin, curator of Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, joins us for a fascinating examination of Hayes’s surprising impact on the United States as the country recovered from the Civil War.…
 
The Republic of Ireland is one of the last places in the EU in which having an abortion remains a criminal offense. Every day, an average of 12 people in Ireland have an abortion - either by travelling to the UK, or through using illegal abortion pills bought online. On 25th May, voters in the Republic will go to the polls in a referendum to decide…
 
Dr. Jonathan White joins us to discuss one of the mysteries of the Civil War: why wasn't the Supreme Court more active during the conflict, which would seem to be the definition of a constitutional crisis? Join us as we seek to uncover the tension between Abraham Lincoln and the Supreme Court in this little examined corner of US Civil War history.…
 
Our guest Dr. Clarissa Confer joins us for a fascinating discussion on the Civil War and its impact on Native Americans. We take a deeper dive into how the conflict devastated the Cherokee Nation, which had just suffered through the Trail of Tears only to be swept up in what became truly a "brothers' war" for members of the tribe. Please join us!…
 
In our second part of our conversation with Dr. Judith Giesberg, author of "Sex and the Civil War: Soldiers, Pornography, and the Making of American Morality," we dive even deeper into how the Civil War coincided with the mass production of pornographic materials that were easily disseminated to soldiers, and how the American public reacted to what…
 
The Civil War coincided with the rise of photography and the ability to mass produce cheap books - which were used to create illicit materials. Soldiers consumed obscene imagery and texts in vast quantities, leading to a public outcry about a decline in the country's morality. Our guest Dr. Judith Giesberg, author of "Sex and the Civil War: Soldier…
 
At a time when EU nationals are being deported for sleeping rough; when banks, landlords, schools and even the NHS are deputised in the hunt for 'illegal' immigrants; and when detainees are forced to go on hunger strike to protest the failures and abuses of the Home Office, the issue of immigration has clearly never been more urgent. Chris Browne i…
 
In the last of our three part series on uncovering the press during the Civil War, we talk to Dr. Debra van Tuyll, author of "Journalism in the Fallen Confederacy" and "The Confederate Press in the Crucible of the American Civil War." Join us for a fascinating discussion as we look at how the Confederacy shaped and molded its news coverage of the C…
 
Chris Browne and Emily Orford are joined by special guests Camille Barbagallo and Tithi Bhattacharya, national organisers for the Women's Strike in the UK and US respectively. Focusing on the upcoming International Women's Strike - which takes place on International Women's Day (8th March) - the episode's discussion covers everything from the limit…
 
Please join us as we start a three part series on journalism during the Civil War. In our first episode, our guest Dr. Ford Risley talks to us about the state of the press in the north, from abolition to jailing journalists. Dr. Risley is a professor of communications and associate dean of the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at Penn …
 
Join us for an intriguing discussion as we follow the money and examine the role banking played in maintaining the institution of slavery. Our guest is Dr. Sharon Ann Murphy, a professor of history at Providence College and the author of "Other People's Money: How Banking Worked in Early America." We'll discuss the banking system before and during …
 
Please join us and our guest, Jim Burgess, for a fascinating discussion on the weapons of the Civil War. Jim Burgess works for the National Park Service as a museum specialist at Manassas National Battlefield Park and has served there continuously since 1980. Among his various duties, he supervises the park's historic weapons program of musket and …
 
Join us as we talk to our guest Steven Siler, chef and author of "Hardtack and Haversack: Recipes and Their Stories From the American Civil War." Steven has also written over twenty best-selling “Signature Tastes” cookbooks, and he has a new book recently released in 2017, “Palmettos and Pluffmud: Tales of a Lost Lowcountry Life.” He is also a fire…
 
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