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History Matters Podcast

History Matters Podcast

The History Matters Podcast is an in-depth exploration of current events and issues through the lens of the past, hosted by PhD historians Keith Pluymers and Patrick Wyman.

44:54 | Sep 15th, 2017

Keith and Patrick chat with economist Marshall Steinbaum of the Roosevelt Institute on ideology and history.

1:03:32 | May 4th, 2017

Keith and Patrick are finally back together after a hiatus, and the topic is narratives in history: how to write them, why they matter, and how much we should be using them to understand the past. We dig into two specific examples, the fall of the Ro...Show More
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52:27 | Apr 24th, 2017

In May 2016, the Federal Reserve reported that 46% of Americans would struggle to find $400 for an emergency expense. Debt and precarity have become increasingly important political issues recently but middle-class financial uncertainty has a long hi...Show More

59:21 | Apr 16th, 2017

During this past election many pundits claimed that Donald Trump's victory in the Republican primary meant the end of the religious right. Those predictions turned out to be wrong. In this episode, Keith interviews PhD candidate Christina Copland, wh...Show More

55:21 | Apr 7th, 2017

Economic inequality is an increasingly major topic of discussion. Patrick and Keith discuss an excellent book on the topic, "The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century," by the eminent his...Show More
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