Armchair Historians

Armchair Historians

What's your favorite history? Each interview on this podcast begins with this one question. Our guests are people who like history and get really excited about a particular time, place or person from our distant or not so distant past. The jumping off point is the place where our they became curious then entered the rabbit hole into discovery through scholarly research, pop culture, documentaries, other podcasts...We look at history through the filter of other peoples eyes.https://www.buzzsprout.com/?referrer_id=965986... Show More

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October 27, 2020 52 min

In episode 3 of our special 2020 Halloween series Anne Marie talks to Mystery History Podcast's brother and sister cohosts Allison Blankenship and Jordan Walters about their favorite history, the Radium Girls, female factory workers who contracted radiation poisoning from painting watch dials with self-luminous paint back in the early 1900's 

Mystery History Podcast is a weekly podcast that explores true crime, conspiracy th...

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In this special Halloween edition minisode, Anne Marie talks to Eric Walter about the making of his award winning documentary, My Amityville Horror. In the film Daniel Lutz recounts his version of the infamous Amityville haunting that terrified his family in 1975.
In the film Daniel Lutz recounts his version of the infamous Amityville Haunting that terrified his family in 1975. We also talk about the paranormal.

George and Kathleen L...

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Today we talk to Eric Walter about the mysterious disappearance of Keith Reinhard in Silver Plume, Colorado.

Eric Walter is an award-winning director, editor, and documentary filmmaker in Los Angeles, known for producing investigative nonfiction films that explore bizarre cold cases, unexplained phenomena, and the dark side of human psychology.

His directorial debut, My Amityville Horror, was named one of the top 10 festival genre fi...

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October 13, 2020 42 min

My guest today is Paulus The Cabaret Geek. Known for his 2018 and 2019 appearances as one of the judges on the BBC talent show "All Together Now," Paulus is (at his core) a cabaret performer, working in the world of variety entertainment for 30 years. He has performed in musicals, plays and on television, but his passion for cabaret, vaudeville, review and music hall has dominated his career, whether it be as a performer, p...

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October 6, 2020 39 min

My guest today is Paulus The Cabaret Geek. Known for his 2018 and 2019 appearances as one of the judges on the BBC talent show "All Together Now," Paulus is (at his core) a cabaret performer, working in the world of variety entertainment for 30 years. He has performed in musicals, plays and on television, but his passion for cabaret, vaudeville, review and music hall has dominated his career, whether it be as a performer, p...

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In part 2 of Anne Marie's interview with Tom Carradine, the genius behind Carradine's Cockney Sing-a-Long, Tom shares his personal journey from science major at university to dapper sing-a-long entertainer who has truly embraced his inner vintage dandy.

Since its inception in 2014, Tom's old fashioned music hall style sing-a-long has become a fixture on the UK's thriving vintage scene. He has played sellout dates at...

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September 22, 2020 42 min

In this episode Anne Marie talks to Tom Carradine, the genius behind Carradine's Cockney Sing-a-Long. Since its inception in 2014, Tom's old fashioned music hall style sing-a-long has become a fixture on the UK's thriving vintage scene. He has played sellout dates at London's historic Wilton's Music Hall, Hoxton Hall and he brings his act along with his affectionately named piano, Ol' Joanna, weekly to Mr. F...

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In part 2 of our Homesteading series we talk to Colorado licensed dentist and rancher, Les Maes. As a follow up to our interview with Frank Young, who took us back to the American frontier and the 1862 Homestead Act. If you haven't done so already, I suggest you listen to the series in order so as to get the bigger historical context of part 2. Les shares his personal account of growing up on the family ranch, the history of wh...

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In this episode, Anne Marie talks to Frank Young. Frank is from Bangor, Maine, but currently lives in Silver Plume, Colorado. He has dedicated his career as a steward of the land with the US Bureau of Land Management, Dept. of the Interior in the American West (BLM for short).

In Part 1 of our Homesteading the American West series, Frank explains the history of the great experiment of homesteading the American West.

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In this episode Anne Marie talks to writer Kristyn J. Miller about her most unusual and hardly known favorite history, the Schleswig-Holstein problem. The most succinct explanation of this can be found on Wikipedia:

The Schleswig-Holstein Question was the name given to the whole complex of diplomatic and other issues arising in the 19th century out of the relations of the two duchies, Schleswig and Holstein, to the Danish crown on o...

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Our guest today is author Laurie Marr Wasmund. Laurie loves the American West and has written five novels having ties to it including My Heart Lies Here, A Novel of the Ludlow Massacre; Clean Cut, A Romance of the Western Heart; and three books in the White Winter Trilogy, To Do Justice, To Love Kindness and To Walk Humbly, which chronicle America's involvement in the First World War and the aftermath in the 1920’s.

Today Laurie...

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Part 2: Savor & Yore's Melanie Hamilton tells us about the harrowing story of American investigative journalist, educator, and early leader in the civil rights movement Ida B. Wells. Melanie, a native Texan and writer by trade, lives with her husband, Brett, and "dog-child" in Tbilisi, Georgia (the country not to be confused with the state) where she writes about history, food and culture.

In part 2 of this interview...

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Savor & Yore's Melanie Hamilton tells us about the harrowing story of American investigative journalist, educator, and early leader in the civil rights movement Ida B. Wells. Melanie, a native Texan and writer by trade, lives with her husband, Brett, and "dog-child" in Tbilisi, Georgia (the country not to be confused with the state) where she writes about history, food and culture.

The story of Ida B. Wells is timely...

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July 21, 2020 23 min

In this powerful episode Anne Marie talks to 13-year-old Emerald from Idaho Springs, Colorado. Emerald shares a history that has weighed heavily on her mind for a long time, a history she finds fascinating, WWII. Find out about some of Emerald’s conclusions about this history and why, she believes, It’s important to shine the light on for today.

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The Twins of Auschwitz

Between Shades of Gray, by Ruta Sepetys

Jojo Rabbit

Suppo...

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Part 2 of Anne Marie's interview with podcaster, writer, and New Yorker 4 ever, Anik Gee. Her comedy interviews podcast, The Chillary, is a place to chill and talk about adulting which "is like folding a fitted sheet and nobody talks anymore. We post, we tweet, we text. Come "pull up" with me, one adult to another as we explore, review, analyze and just simply chat about all things adult."

Anik is mother of three...

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This week we talk to podcaster, writer, and New Yorker 4 ever, Anik Gee. Her comedy interviews podcast, The Chillary, is a place to chill and talk about adulting which "is like folding a fitted sheet and nobody talks anymore. We post, we tweet, we text. Come "pull up" with me, one adult to another as we explore, review, analyze and just simply chat about all things adult."

Anik is also author of two children's bo...

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June 23, 2020 28 min

Leon Joseph Littlebird, Part 2

Leon Joseph Littlebird is an internationally renowned musician, recording artist and performer.  A third generation native of Colorado with ancestral roots in both Pioneer & Native American cultures his multi-instrumentalist style is called: “Native Colorado Music”. His deep sonorous singing voice and masterful Native Flute and guitar styles captivate audiences.

In part 2, Leon regales the adventure...

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June 16, 2020 26 min

Leon Joseph Littlebird is an internationally renowned musician, recording artist and performer.  A third generation native of Colorado with ancestral roots in both Pioneer & Native American cultures his multi-instrumentalist style is called: “Native Colorado Music”. His deep sonorous singing voice and masterful Native Flute and guitar styles captivate audiences.

In this episode Anne Marie talks to Leon about his pioneer ancestor...

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June 9, 2020 29 min

Part 2 of my interview with Manuel, host of Random History of Belgium podcast. We continue our discussion of Belgium during WWI and WWII. We also touch on the idea of the ownership of history and the hospitality of Belgian people.

Episode photo that shows a typical Belgian chaotic scene - old and new, provided by Manuel.

Random History of Belgium Website

Episodes mentioned in this episode:

The White March, part 1

Resistance - Belgium in...

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In this episode we talk to Manuel, host of the Random History of Belgium podcast. Manuel tells us about his favorite history over time from the Roman Empire to the topic of his podcast, Belgium. We also talk a bit about WWII and my other podcast, Last Train Leaving Belgium.

For our Kid Wisdom segment we talk to 13-year old Emerald about some pretty heavy history about WWII.

Random History of Belgium Website

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