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15 Minute History is a history podcast designed for historians, enthusiasts, and newbies alike. This is a joint project of Hemispheres, the international outreach consortium at the University of Texas at Austin, and Not Even Past, a website with articles on a wide variety of historical issues, produced by the History Department at the University of Texas at Austin. This podcast series is devoted to short, accessible discussions of important topics in world history, United States history, and Texas history with the award winning faculty and graduate students at the University of Texas at Austin, and distinguished visitors to our campus. They are meant to be a resource for both teachers and students, and can be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in history. For more information and to hear our complete back catalog of episodes, visit our website!


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  • Episode 107: The Yazid Inscription
    Wed, May 23, 2018


    Host: Christopher Rose, Department of History Guest: Ahmad al-Jallad, Sofia Chair of Arabic Studies, The Ohio State University Like digging through archaeological layers, documenting the development of language and writing provides important clues about historical events. Recent discoveries in the … Continue reading

  • Episode 106: The Blood Libel
    Wed, May 09, 2018


    Host: Joan Neuberger, Department of History Guest: Robert Weinberg, Swarthmore College In Kiev, in 1911, a Jewish factory manager named Mendel Beilis was indicted for murdering a young boy. Many believed that Beilis had carried out the murder as part … Continue reading

  • Episode 105: Slavery and Abolition
    Wed, Apr 25, 2018


    Host: Brooks Winfree, Department of History, UT-Austin Guest: Manisha Sinha, Draper Chair in American History, University of Connecticut It’s well known in American history that slavery was abolished with the 13th amendment to the constitution, however, the debate over slavery … Continue reading

  • Episode 104: Foreign Fighters in the Spanish Civil War
    Wed, Apr 04, 2018


    Host: Joan Neuberger, Professor, Department of History Guest: Lisa Kirschenbaum, Professor of History, West Chester University  During the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), which pitted a left-leaning Republic, suported by the Soviet Union,  against right-leaning nationalists, supported by the Nazi, more than … Continue reading

  • Episode 103: French Child Ambassadors in the East
    Wed, Feb 21, 2018


    Host: Christopher Rose, Department of History Guest: Julia Gossard, Department of History, Utah State University In the 17th and 18th centuries, France had its eyes on creating a worldwide trading empire. French merchant families began sending young men–teenagers by modern … Continue reading

  • Episode 102: The “Servant Girl Annihilator”
    Wed, Jan 17, 2018


    Host: Augusta Dell’Omo, Department of History Guest: Lauren Henley, Department of History In 1885, the world’s attention was focused on a series of grisly murders that took place in the otherwise quiet town of Austin, Texas. Several African-American women were … Continue reading

  • Episode 101: The Bolshevik Revolution at 100
    Thu, Jan 04, 2018


    Host: Joan Neuberger, Department of History Guest: Sheila Fitzpatrick, Distinguished Service Professor Emerita, University of Chicago and Professor of History, University of Sydney It’s been 100 years since the Emperor of Russia was overthrown by a group of left wing … Continue reading

  • Episode 100: Extravaganza Spectacular!
    Wed, Nov 29, 2017


    We’ve made it to 100 episodes! Join co-hosts Joan Neuberger and Christopher Rose as they look back on the origins of 15 Minute History, relive the awkwardness of the first few outings in the studio, recap their favorite episodes, share … Continue reading

  • Episode 99: The 40 Acres During World War I
    Wed, Nov 08, 2017


    Host: Joan Neuberger, Professor, Department of History Guest: Ben Wright, Associate Director for Communications, Briscoe Center for American History With America’s entry into World War One in April 1917, life immediately changed for many young Americans. Nowhere was this change … Continue reading

  • Episode 98: Brazil’s Teatro Negro and Afro-Brazilian Identity
    Wed, Oct 18, 2017


    Host: Marcelo Jose Domingos, Department of History Guest: Gustavo Cerqueira, Department of African and African Diaspora Studies Nearly half of the ten million Africans brought to the Americas over the course of the Atlantic Slave trade were brought to the … Continue reading

  • Episode 97: The Zionist Movement in Czechoslovakia
    Wed, Sep 27, 2017


    Host: Augusta Dell’Omo, Department of History, UT-Austin Guest: Tatjana Lichtenstein, Professor, Department of History, and Director, Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, UT-Austin After World War 1, the Zionist movement – the Jewish nationalist movement that had the creation of a … Continue reading

  • Episode 96: Louis XIV’s Absolutism and the “Affair of the Poisons”
    Wed, Sep 13, 2017


    Host: Christopher Rose, Department of History Guest: Julia Gossard, Assistant Professor of History, Utah State University Satanic masses. Child sacrifice. Renegade priests who deal in love potions and black magics. And a secret tribunal set up to weed out the … Continue reading

  • Episode 95: The Impossible Presidency
    Fri, Sep 01, 2017


    Host: Christopher Rose, Department of History Guest: Jeremi Suri, Mack Brown Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs, LBJ School of Public Affairs and Professor, Department of History, University of Texas at Austin Over the past two and a half centuries, … Continue reading

  • Episode 94: Populism
    Wed, Mar 08, 2017


    Host: Henry Weincek, Institute for Historical Studies Guest: Steven Hahn, New York University Populism seems to describe everything in America these days, from politics to styles of communication. Some might say that it’s used so often, and in so many … Continue reading

  • Episode 93: Women and the Tamil Epics
    Wed, Feb 15, 2017


    Guest: Andrea Gutierrez, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Asian Studies Host: Christopher Rose, Department of History Male-dominated narratives, male authors, and male-centered agency and priorities have been the norm throughout history, until the latter half of the 20th-century. So it’s no surprise that … Continue reading

  • Episode 92: Disability History in the United States
    Wed, Jan 18, 2017


    Host: Augusta Dell’Omo, Graduate Student, Department of History Guest: John Carranza, Graduate Student, Department of History Americans with disabilities compose approximately 50 million people today, and yet remains largely removed from the historical record. The road to recognition has been long and … Continue reading

  • Episode 91: The History of the Family
    Wed, Dec 14, 2016


    Host: Joan Neuberger, Professor, Department of History Guest: Steven Mintz, Professor, Department of History “Kids today.” Everyone says it, it seems, in reference to the idea that children today are spoiled, raised with poor values, and somehow have it worse … Continue reading

  • Episode 90: Stokely Carmichael: A Life
    Wed, Nov 30, 2016


    Host: Joan Neuberger, Professor, Department of History, UT-Austin Guest: Peniel E. Joseph, Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values, and Founding Director, Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, LBJ School of Public Affairs, and Professor, Department of History, UT-Austin … Continue reading

  • Episode 89: Seven Skeletons
    Wed, Nov 02, 2016


    Host: Christopher Rose, Department of History, University of Texas at Austin Guest: Lydia Pine, Research Affiliate, Institute for Historical Studies, University of Texas at Austin Over the last century, the search for human ancestors has spanned four continents and resulted … Continue reading

  • Episode 88: The Search for Family Lost in Slavery
    Wed, Oct 19, 2016


    Host: Joan Neuberger, Professor, Department of History Guest: Heather Andrea Williams, Presidential Professor and Professor of Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania One of the most callous and tragic aspects of slavery in the United States was the slave owners’ practice … Continue reading

  • Episode 87: Nigeria’s Civil War & The Origins of American Humanitarian Interventions
    Tue, Sep 27, 2016


    Host: Samantha Rose Rubino, UT School of Law Guest: Brian McNeil, Fellow, Institute for Historical Studies, UT-Austin Humanitarian intervention has become such an accepted part of international relations, and our news headlines are full of stories about humanitarian efforts from … Continue reading

  • Episode 86: Rethinking the Agricultural “Revolution”
    Wed, Sep 07, 2016


    Host: Christopher Rose, Department of History Guest: Rachel Laudan, independent scholar Thousands of years before recorded human history, anthropologists have traced the evolution of human society from a nomadic hunter-gatherer phase to the rise of agricultural practices, which allowed people … Continue reading

  • Episode 85: Brexit
    Wed, Aug 24, 2016


    Host: Christopher Rose, Department of History Guest: Philippa Levine, Mary Helen Thompson Centennial Professor in the Humanities; Co-Director, Program in British Studies On June 23, 2016, British voters stunned many political observers (if not themselves) by voting to leave the European … Continue reading

  • Episode 84: Behind the Tower: New Histories of the UT Tower Shooting
    Mon, Aug 01, 2016


    Fifty years ago, on August 1, 1966, twenty-five year old student Charles Whitman killed 16 people and wounded at least 32 more at UT Austin.  A former Marine sharpshooter, he went to the 28th-floor observation deck of the UT Tower and began shooting people … Continue reading

  • Episode 83: Simone de Beauvoir and ‘The Second Sex’
    Wed, May 11, 2016


    Host: Joan Neuberger, Department of History, University of Texas at Austin Guest: Judith Coffin, Department of History, University of Texas at Austin Simone de Beauvoir was one of the most important intellectuals, feminists, and writers of the 20th century. Her … Continue reading

  • Episode 82: What Writing Can Tell Us About the Arabs before Islam
    Wed, Apr 27, 2016


    Host: Christopher Rose, Department of History, UT-Austin Guest: Ahmad al-Jallad, University of Leiden In most world history survey courses, Arabia is introduced for the first time only as backstory to the rise of Islam. We’re told that there was a tradition … Continue reading

  • Episode 81: The Trans Pacific Silver Trade and Early-Modern Globalization
    Wed, Apr 13, 2016


    Host: Kristie Flannery, Department of History, UT-Austin Guest: Ashleigh Dean, Assistant Professor of Asian History, Monmouth University With the establishment of Manila as a Spanish trading port in 1571, one of the most important economic links in the pre-modern world … Continue reading

  • Episode 80: Colonial Medicine and STDs in 1920s Uganda
    Wed, Mar 30, 2016


    Host: Samantha Rose Rubino, Department of History, UT-Austin Guest: Ben Weiss, Department of History, UT-Austin Part of the civilizing mission of European powers in their colonies in Asia and Africa was an interest in encouraging hygiene and health among the … Continue reading

  • Episode 79: Fishmeal—The Superfood That Never Was
    Wed, Mar 02, 2016


    Host: Christopher Rose, Center for Middle Eastern Studies Guest: Kristin Wintersteen, Department of History, University of Houston After World War II, governments and international aid agencies were looking for a way to ameliorate the widespread hunger and malnutrition that populations … Continue reading

  • Episode 78: The U.S. and Decolonization after World War II
    Wed, Feb 10, 2016


    Host: Joan Neuberger, Professor, Department of History Guest: R. Joseph Parrott, Doctoral Candidate, Department of History Following World War II, a large part of the world was in the hands of European powers, established as colonies in the previous centuries. As … Continue reading

  • Episode 77: The Paris Commune
    Wed, Jan 27, 2016


    Host: Joan Neuberger, Professor, Department of History, UT-Austin Guest: John Merriman, Charles Seymour Professor of History, Yale For four months in 1871, angry citizens of Paris seized control of the city after a humiliating defeat against the Prussian Empire and … Continue reading

  • Episode 76: The Trans-Pacific Slave Trade
    Wed, Jan 13, 2016


    Host: Christopher Rose, Doctoral Candidate, Department of History, UT-Austin Guest: Kristie Flannery, Doctoral Candidate, Department of History At the height of the Spanish Empire, the Manila Galleon – an annual flotilla between Manila and Acapulco – was considered the lifeline of … Continue reading

  • Interlude: Interview with our host
    Mon, Jan 04, 2016


    New episodes are coming soon! In the meantime, fans might be interested in hearing an interview co-host Christopher Rose did about the history and behind the scenes processes that go into producing 15 Minute History with the FIR Podcast Network. When Chris … Continue reading

  • Episode 75: The Birmingham Qur’?n
    Wed, Nov 04, 2015


    Host: Samantha Rose Rubino, Doctoral Student, Department of History Guest: Christopher Rose, Assistant Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies In the summer of 2015, an obscure Qur’?n manuscript hidden in the far reaches of the Cadbury Research Library at the … Continue reading

  • Episode 74: The Changsha Rice Riots of 1910
    Wed, Oct 21, 2015


    Host: Christopher Rose, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, UT-Austin Guest: James Joshua Hudson, Visiting Assistant Professor, Knox College In the waning days of China’s Qing Empire, a riot broke out in Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province. After two years … Continue reading

  • Episode 73: The Borderlands War, 1915-20
    Wed, Oct 07, 2015


    Host: Joan Neuberger, Professor, Department of History Guest: John Moran Gonzalez, Associate Professor, Department of English In the early part of the 20th century, Texas became more integrated into the United States with the arrival of the railroad. With easier … Continue reading

  • Roundtable: Antiquities in Danger
    Wed, Sep 23, 2015


    Moderator: Christopher Rose, Center for Middle Eastern Studies Featured Guests: Stephennie Mulder, Department of Art & Art History / Middle Eastern Studies David Stuart, Department of Art & Art History / Mesoamerican Center Debora Trein, Department of Anthropology Straight from … Continue reading

  • Episode 71: The Rise and Fall of the Latvian National Communists
    Wed, Sep 09, 2015


    Host: Christopher Rose, Assistant Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies Guest: Mike Loader, Doctoral Candidate, King’s College, London For a period in the 1950s known as the Khruschev Thaw, the Soviet Republics enjoyed a brief moment of relative autonomy from … Continue reading

  • Episode 70: Race, Slavery & Abolition in Iran
    Wed, Aug 26, 2015


    Host: Christopher Rose, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, UT-Austin Guest: Beeta Baghoolizadeh, Department of History, University of Pennsylvania The untimely death of a black man causes a stir in the press, causing intellectuals and activists to point to a long … Continue reading

  • Episode 69: The Amateur Photography Movement in the Soviet Union
    Wed, May 27, 2015


    Host: Christopher Rose, Center for Middle Eastern Studies Guest: Jessica Werneke, Department of History, University of Texas at Austin In its early days, photography occupied an awkward middle ground between documentation and an art form, a debate which dragged on … Continue reading

  • Episode 68: The Russian Empire on the Eve of World War 1
    Wed, May 13, 2015


    Host: Joan Neuberger, Editor, Not Even Past & Professor, Department of History Guest: Dominic Lieven, Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science; Fellow, British Academy; Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge World War I is often described as “the war to end … Continue reading

  • Episode 67: How Jews Translate the Bible and Why
    Wed, Apr 29, 2015


    Host: Christopher Rose, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, UT-Austin Guest: Leonard Greenspoon, Professor of Near Eastern Civilizations and Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization, Creighton University Any student of a foreign language knows that the process of translating a text can be … Continue reading

  • Episode 66: Operation Intercept
    Wed, Mar 25, 2015


    Host: Christopher Rose, Center for Middle Eastern Studies Guest: James Martin, Doctoral Student, Department of History At 2:30 pm on Saturday September 21 1969, US president Richard Nixon announced ‘the largest peacetime search and seizure operation in history.’ Intended to … Continue reading

  • Episode 65: Darwinism and the Scopes “Monkey Trial”
    Thu, Mar 05, 2015


    Host: Joan Neuberger, editor, Not Even Past Guest: Adam Shapiro, Lecturer in Cultural and Intellectual History, Birkbeck University, London Controversies over the theory of evolution are well documented in American society: according to a Gallup poll conducted in the late … Continue reading

  • Episode 64: Monumental Sculpture of Preclassic Mesoamerica
    Wed, Feb 18, 2015


    Host: Joan Neuberger, Professor, Department of History Guest: Julia Guernsey, Professor, Department of Art and Art History The Preclassic period of Mesoamerican history (1500 BC – 200 AD) has left fascinating historical clues about what life was like in the form … Continue reading

  • Episode 63: Ezra and the Compilation of the Pentateuch
    Wed, Feb 04, 2015


    Host: Christopher Rose, Outreach Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies Guest: Richard Bautch, Associate Professor of Humanities, St Edward’s University, Austin The authorship of the first five books of the Hebrew Bible or the Old Testament–known as the Torah or … Continue reading

  • Episode 62: Sunni and Shi’a in Medieval Syria
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015


    Host: Christopher Rose, Outreach Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies Guest: Stephennie Mulder, Assistant Professor of Art History and Middle Eastern Studies, UT-Austin After the decline of the Fatimids, the medieval Middle East entered a period called the Sunni Revival, … Continue reading

  • Episode 61: The Fatimids
    Wed, Jan 07, 2015


    Host: Christopher Rose, Outreach Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies Guest: Shainool Jiwa, Head of Constituency Studies, Institute for Ismaili Studies, London Around the first millennium of the Christian era, a small group of Ismaili Shi’i Muslims established a dynasty that … Continue reading

  • Episode 60: Texas and the American Revolution
    Wed, Dec 17, 2014


    Host: Joan Neuberger, Editor, Not Even Past and Professor, Department of History Guest: Ben Wright, Public Information Officer, Briscoe Center for American History, UT-Austin What role did Texas play in the American revolution?  (What–Texas?  It wasn’t even a state yet!)  And … Continue reading

  • Best of 2014
    Wed, Dec 10, 2014


    We at 15 Minute History are proud and honored to have been included as one of iTunes U’s “Best Podcasts of 2014.”  We’ve had a terrific year—we have exceeded half a million downloads, and have acquired nearly 60,000 subscribers. And we’re … Continue reading

  • Episode 59: John D. Rockefeller and the Standard Oil Company
    Wed, Dec 03, 2014


    Host: Joan Neuberger, Editor, Not Even Past and Professor, Department of History Guest: Henry Wiencek, Doctoral Candidate, Department of History Perhaps no individual in American history has achieved such meteoric heights as John D. Rockefeller, who embodies the image of the … Continue reading

  • Episode 58: Islam’s First Civil War
    Wed, Nov 12, 2014


    Host: Christopher Rose, Outreach Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies Guest: Shahrzad Ahmadi, Doctoral Student, Department of History In 7th century Arabia, the Islamic community was nearly torn apart by a civil war over the assassination of the third caliph, … Continue reading

  • Episode 57: The Succession to Muhammad
    Wed, Oct 29, 2014


    Host: Christopher Rose, Outreach Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies Guest: Shahrzad Ahmadi, Doctoral Student, Department of History Nearly every world history textbook on the market explains the origins of sectarianism in the Islamic world as a dispute over the … Continue reading

  • Episode 56: The Pueblo Revolt of 1680
    Wed, Oct 15, 2014


    Host: Joan Neuberger, Editor, Not Even Past and Professor, Department of History Guest: Michelle Daneri, Doctoral Student, Department of History In the late 17th century, Native American groups living under Spanish rule in what is now New Mexico rebelled against colonial … Continue reading

  • Episode 55: Witch-hunting in Early Modern Europe
    Wed, Oct 01, 2014


    Host: Joan Neuberger, Editor, Not Even Past and Professor, Department of HistoryGuest: Brian Levack, John E. Green Regents Professor in History, University of Texas at Austin Stories of witches and witch-hunting in early modern Europe have captivated us for centuries. During the early modern … Continue reading

  • Episode 54: Urban Slavery in the Antebellum United States
    Wed, Sep 17, 2014


    Host: Joan Neuberger, Editor, Not Even Past and Professor, Department of History Guests: Daina Ramey Berry, Associate Professor, Department of History Leslie Harris, Department of History, Emory University When most people think about slavery in the United States, they think of … Continue reading

  • Episode 53: Cats and Dogs in History
    Wed, Sep 03, 2014


    Host: Joan Neuberger, Editor, Not Even Past and Professor, Department of History Guest: Francesca Consagra, Senior Curator of Prints, Drawings, and European Paintings, Blanton Museum of Art Our first episode of season 3 features the curator of the exhibition In the Company of Cats … Continue reading

  • Episode 52: The Precolumbian Civilizations of Mesoamerica
    Wed, Apr 30, 2014


    Host: Joan Neuberger, Editor, Not Even Past and Professor, Department of History Guest: Ann Twinam, Professor, Department of History It’s become more and more widely known that, before first contact with Europe, the Americas were populated by advanced civilizations with complex systems of … Continue reading

  • Episode 51: Islam’s Enigmatic Origins
    Wed, Apr 23, 2014


    Host: Christopher Rose, Outreach Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, UT-Austin Guest: Fred M. Donner, Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago The story of Islam’s beginnings have been told and retold countless times. The traditional narrative says … Continue reading

  • Episode 50: White Women of the Harlem Renaissance
    Wed, Apr 16, 2014


    Host: Joan Neuberger, Editor, Not Even Past and Professor, Department of History Guest: Carla Kaplan, Professor of American Literature, Northeastern University During the explosion of African American cultural and political activity that came to be known as the Harlem Renaissance, a number of white women … Continue reading

  • Episode 49: The Harlem Renaissance
    Wed, Apr 09, 2014


    Host: Joan Neuberger, Editor, Not Even Past and Professor, Department of History Guest: Frank Guridy, Professor, Department of History and Director, John L. Warfield Center for African and African-American Studies. In the early 20th century, an unprecedented cultural and political movement brought African-American … Continue reading

  • Episode 48: Indian Ocean Trade and European Dominance
    Wed, Apr 02, 2014


    Host: Christopher Rose, Outreach Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies Guest: Susan Douglass, doctoral candidate, George Mason University In the late 15th century, Vasco da Gama rounded the Cape of Good Hope and conquered the Indian Ocean, bringing the rich … Continue reading

  • Episode 47: Indian Ocean Trade from its Origins to the Eve of Imperialism
    Wed, Mar 26, 2014


    Host: Christopher Rose, Outreach Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies Guest: Susan Douglass, doctoral candidate, George Mason University Every American schoolchild knows that Columbus sailed west to reach Asia with the hope of finding precious metals, expensive fabrics, and exotic … Continue reading

  • Episode 46: Ukraine and Russia
    Wed, Mar 12, 2014


    Host: Joan Neuberger, Editor, Not Even Past and Professor, Department of History Guest: Charles King, Professor of International Affairs and Government, Georgetown University In the first months of 2014, a popular uprising in the former Soviet republic of Ukraine led to the deposition … Continue reading

  • Episode 45: An Iranian Intellectual Visits Israel
    Wed, Mar 05, 2014


    Host: Christopher Rose, Outreach Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies Guest: Samuel Thrope, Fellow, Martin Buber Society, Hebrew University Anyone following the news today could be forgiven for thinking that Iran and Israel were natural enemies and had been since … Continue reading

  • Episode 44: Climate Change and World History
    Wed, Feb 26, 2014


    Host: Christopher Rose, Outreach Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies Guest: Sam White, Department of History, the Ohio State University What do a failed war by the Ottomans against the Hapsburg Empire, a rural rebellion in eastern Anatolia, the disappearance … Continue reading

  • Episode 43: Segregating Pop Music
    Wed, Feb 19, 2014


    Host: Joan Neuberger, Editor, Not Even Past and Professor, Department of History Guest: Karl Hagstrom Miller, Associate Professor, Department of History Anyone who’s been to the music store lately (or shopped for digital downloads) is probably familiar with the concept of music categorized … Continue reading

  • Episode 42: The Senses of Slavery
    Wed, Feb 12, 2014


    Host: Joan Neuberger, Editor, Not Even Past and Professor, Department of History Guest: Daina Ramey Berry, Associate Professor, Department of History Slavery marks an important era in the history of the United States, one that is often discussed in terms of numbers and … Continue reading

  • Episode 41: The Myth of Race in America
    Wed, Feb 05, 2014


    Host: Joan Neuberger, Editor, Not Even Past Guest: Jacqueline Jones, Professor, Department of History There is no question that the idea of race has been a powerful driving force in American history since colonial times, but what exactly is race? … Continue reading

  • Episode 40: Developing the Amazon
    Wed, Jan 29, 2014


    Host: Joan Neuberger, Editor, Not Even Past Guest: Seth Garfield, Director, Institute for Historical Studies During World War II, the governments of Brazil and the United States made an unprecedented level of joint investment in the economy and infrastructure of … Continue reading

  • Episode 39: The Royal Proclamation of 1763
    Wed, Jan 22, 2014


    Host: Henry Wiencek, Assistant Editor, Not Even Past Guest: Robert Olwell, Associate Professor, Department of History Between 1754 and 1763, Great Britain, France, and a collection of French-allied Native American tribes fought a brutal war over trading rights in colonial … Continue reading

  • Episode 38: The International Energy Crisis of the 1970s
    Wed, Jan 15, 2014


    Host: Joan Neuberger, Editor, Not Even Past and Professor, Department of History Guest: Christopher R. W. Dietrich, Assistant Professor, History of U.S. Foreign Relations, Fordham University Most Americans probably associate the 1973 oil crisis with long lines at their neighborhood gas stations, but those … Continue reading

  • Episode 37: The Ottoman Balkans
    Wed, Jan 08, 2014


    Host: Christopher Rose, Outreach Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies Guest: Mary Neuburger, Professor, Department of History Southeastern Europe, or the Balkans, grabbed headlines in the 1990s after the collapse of communism with the disintegration of Yugoslavia and the bloody … Continue reading

  • Episode 36: Apartheid
    Wed, Dec 18, 2013


    Host: Joan Neuberger, Professor, Department of History Guest: Joseph Parrott, Doctoral Candidate, Department of History With the death of Nelson Mandela in December 2013, attention turned once again to the conditions that brought him international acclaim as the first black … Continue reading

  • Episode 35: The Egyptian Revolution
    Wed, Dec 11, 2013


    Host: Christopher Rose, Outreach Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies Guest: Sahar F. Aziz, Associate Professor, Texas A&M School of Law, Fort Worth, TX The Egyptian Revolution of 2011 captivated the imagination of pro-democracy activists worldwide and turned the name … Continue reading

  • Episode 34: The Social Legacy of Andrew Jackson
    Wed, Dec 04, 2013


    Host: Christopher Rose, Outreach Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies Guest: Michelle Daneri, Doctoral Student, Department of History Andrew Jackson’s presidency marked the introduction of a real maverick to the White House: a frontiersman from Tennessee, not part of the … Continue reading

  • Episode 33: The American Revolution in Global Context, Part II
    Wed, Nov 27, 2013


    Host: Henry A. Wiencek, Assistant Editor, Not Even Past Guest: James M. Vaughn, Assistant Professor, Department of History Every veteran of high school American history knows that the rallying cry of the American revolution was “No taxation without representation!” But … Continue reading

  • Episode 32: The American Revolution in Global Context, Part I
    Wed, Nov 20, 2013


    Host: Henry A. Wiencek, Assistant Editor, Not Even Past Guest: James M. Vaughn, Assistant Professor, Department of History. Every year, Americans celebrate the Fourth of July, which commemorates our successful revolution against British colonial rule. It’s an important national moment—but it’s … Continue reading

  • Episode 31: Who are the Turks?
    Wed, Nov 13, 2013


    Host: Christopher Rose, Outreach Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies Guest: Carter Vaughn Findley, Humanities Distinguished Professor in History, The Ohio State University Over the past two thousands years, the Turkic peoples have migrated and expanded from a small group … Continue reading

  • Episode 30: Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an
    Wed, Nov 06, 2013


    Host: Joan Neuberger, Editor, Not Even Past & Professor, Department of History Guest: Denise A. Spellberg, Professor, Department of History In 2006, Keith Ellison, a newly elected congressman from the state of Minnesota, and the first Muslim elected to Congress, … Continue reading

  • Episode 29: The Slavic Vampire
    Wed, Oct 30, 2013


    Host: Christopher Rose, Outreach Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies Guest: Thomas Garza, Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies & Texas Language Center Long before Bill and Sookie, Bella and Edward, there was the upyr’, a mythical creature that caused … Continue reading

  • Episode 28: “Demonic Possession” in Early Modern Europe
    Wed, Oct 23, 2013


    Host: Joan Neuberger, Editor, Not Even Past and Professor, Department of History Guest: Brian Levack, John E. Green Regents Professor in History, University of Texas at Austin Descriptions of common men and women convulsing violently, speaking in tongues,  expelling foreign … Continue reading

  • Episode 27: History of the Ottoman Empire, Part 2
    Wed, Sep 18, 2013


    Host: Christopher Rose, Outreach Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies Guest: Barbara Petzen, Director, Middle East Connections In this second of a two part series, we look at life in the Ottoman Empire for an average person, and the factors that led … Continue reading

  • Episode 26: History of the Ottoman Empire, Part I
    Wed, Sep 11, 2013


    Host: Christopher Rose, Outreach Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies Guest: Barbara Petzen, Director, Middle East Connections The Ottoman Empire has long captured the public imagination in a way that few other royal houses and empires have managed to do. … Continue reading

  • Episode 25: Mexican Migration to the US
    Wed, Sep 04, 2013


    Host: Christopher Rose, Outreach Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies Guest: Miguel A. Levario, Assistant Professor of History, Texas Tech University The words “Mexican immigration” are usually enough to start a vibrant, politically and emotionally charged debate. Yet, the history … Continue reading

  • Episode 24: European Imperialism in the Middle East (part 2)
    Wed, May 29, 2013


    Host: Joan Neuberger, Professor, Department of History, and editor, Not Even Past Guest: Christopher Rose, Outreach Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies World War I had a profound impact on the Middle East and North Africa. With the breakup of the Ottoman … Continue reading

  • Episode 23: European Imperialism in the Middle East (part 1)
    Wed, May 22, 2013


    Host: Joan Neuberger, Professor, Department of History, and editor, Not Even Past Guest: Christopher Rose, Outreach Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies The relationship between European, North African, and Southwest Asian nations that border the Mediterranean stretches back to antiquity and reflects … Continue reading

  • Episode 22: Causes of the U.S. Civil War (Part 2)
    Wed, May 08, 2013


    Host: Henry A. Wiencek, Assistant Editor, Not Even Past Guest: George B Forgie, Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor, Department of History In the century and a half since the war’s end, historians, politicians, and laypeople have debated the causes of the U.S. Civil War: … Continue reading

  • Episode 21: Causes of the U.S. Civil War (part 1)
    Wed, May 01, 2013


    Host: Henry A. Wiencek, Assistant Editor, Not Even Past Guest: George B Forgie, Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor, Department of History In the century and a half since the war’s end, historians, politicians, and laypeople have debated the causes of the U.S. … Continue reading

  • Episode 20: Reconstruction
    Wed, Apr 24, 2013


    Host: Joan Neuberger, Professor of History and Editor, Not Even Past Guest: H.W. Brands, Dickson, Allen, Anderson Centennial Professor of History, UT-Austin After the chaos of the American Civil War, Congress and lawmakers had to figure out how to put the … Continue reading

  • Episode 19: Inside the Indian Independence Movement
    Wed, Apr 17, 2013


    Host: Christopher Rose, Outreach Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies Guest: Aarti Bhalodia, Research Associate, South Asia Institute How did an expatriate Indian lawyer who’d been living in South Africa for two decades become the leading figure in the movement … Continue reading

  • Episode 18: Eugenics
    Wed, Apr 10, 2013


    Host: Joan Neuberger, Department of History and Editor, Not Even Past Guest: Philippa Levine, Professor; Mary Helen Thompson Centennial Professorship in the Humanities; Co-Director British Studies Program Early in the twentieth century, governments all over the world thought they had … Continue reading

  • Episode 17: The Buddha and His Time
    Wed, Apr 03, 2013


    Host: Christopher Rose, Center for Middle Eastern Studies Guest: Keely Sutton, doctoral student, Department of Asian Studies Buddhism is unquestionably one of the world’s major faith traditions, but its origins are somewhat shrouded in mythology and legend surrounding its founder, … Continue reading

  • Episode 16: The First Illegal Aliens?
    Wed, Mar 13, 2013


    Host: Christopher Rose, Outreach Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies Guest: Madeline Y. Hsu, Associate Professor, Department of History, and Director, Center for Asian-American Studies Fears that the U.S. is being invaded by illegal aliens, of vast numbers waiting to … Continue reading

  • Episode 15: The “Era Between The Empires” of Ancient India
    Wed, Mar 06, 2013


    Host: Christopher Rose, Outreach Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies Guest: Patrick Olivelle, Professor, Department of Asian Studies Ancient, or Classical, India (300s BC-400s AD) was a seminal period in history. Nearly everything that is associated with classical India, the … Continue reading

  • Episode 14: Early Drafts of the Declaration of Independence
    Wed, Feb 27, 2013


    Host: Henry A. Wiencek, Assistant Editor, Not Even Past Guest: Robert Olwell, Associate Professor, Department of History The Declaration of Independence is arguably one of the most recognizable documents in American history, quoted and recited often. But the first draft … Continue reading

  • Site Updates
    Mon, Feb 25, 2013


    Did you know that each podcast episode is correlated to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for social studies? Well, now each episode is also correlated to the National Standards for History, Basic Edition. You can find standards alignments at … Continue reading

  • Episode 13: Sim?n Bol?var
    Wed, Feb 20, 2013


    Host: Joan Neuberger, Professor of History and Editor, Not Even Past Guest: Jorge Ca?izares-Esguerra, Alice Drysdale Sheffield Professor of History He’s been called Spanish America’s answer to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson combined, but Sim?n Bol?var was both and yet neither. … Continue reading

  • Episode 12: America’s Entry in to World War I
    Wed, Feb 13, 2013


    Host: Joan Neuberger, Professor, Department of History and Editor, Not Even Past Guest: Jeremi Suri, Professor of History and Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs (LBJ School of Public Affairs) World War I ended the long-standing American … Continue reading

  • Episode 11: The Haitian Revolution
    Wed, Feb 06, 2013


    Host: Christopher Rose, Outreach Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies Guest: Natalie Arsenault, Director of Public Engagement, Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies The Haitian Revolution, which took place between 1791-1804, is significant because Haiti is the only … Continue reading

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