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

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March 1, 2023 35 mins

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Ahoy, mateys! Anne Marie here! In this episode, we share part 2 of Anne Marie's interview with Marcus Rediker and David Lester about their graphic novel, Under the Banner of King Death. Yup, that’s right, we’re going to talk about Pirates. If you listened to our most recent mini episode, you met David and Marcus in our Let’s get Quizzical segment.

Not only do we talk about egalitar...

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In this mini episode, Anne Marie revisits Black Tudors, by Miranda Kaufmann. Anne Marie purchased the book whilst visiting Mary Rose Museum back in 2017 to research the African presence in Tudor England. One of the central figures, perhaps the most well known black Tudor, John Blanke appears in the historical record as well as Tudor art.

Miranda Kaufmann, website: http://www.mirandakaufmann.com

Black Tudors by Mi...

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Ahoy, mateys! Anne Marie here! In this episode, we share part 1 of Anne Marie's interview with Marcus Rediker and David Lester about their graphic novel, Under the Banner of King Death. Yup, that’s right, we’re going to talk about Pirates. If you listened to our most recent mini episode, you met David and Marcus in our Let’s get Quizzical segment.

Not only do we talk about egalitarian style government on the pirate ship, we als...

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When 34-year-old Charlie Clarke was feeling down about losing his beloved dog to cancer, he decided to go metal detecting to take his mind off of his loss. Sometimes good things happen at the worst of times, and that's just what happened to Charlie when he uncovered a never before seen early sixteenth-century artifact.

David Lester and Marcus Rediker, authors of Under the Banner of King Death, take on the Pirate Speak...

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Part 2 of Anne Marie's interview with Anna Borzello about her years foraging along the foreshore for remnants of the lives of everyday people, breadcrumbs that lead to snapshots of the past, bringing into sharper focus the commonplace, for the times, routines of ordinary people. Anna is a crafty historian, able to spin an engaging narrative around each artifact she finds.

In this episode, Anne Marie talks to  Anna Bor...

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Minisode: February 4, This Day in History

Listen to this episode to discover what happened on this day in history. Clues are in the title!

The People History: https://www.thepeoplehistory.com

History: https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history

Britannica: https://www.britannica.com/on-this-day

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In this episode, Anne Marie talks to  Anna Borzello. Previously, she worked as the BBC correspondent for Focus in Africa in Uganda from 1995 to 2001. These days you can find Anna on the River Thames foreshore foraging for historical artifacts which tell the story of London’s expansive history.

Anna admittedly plans her life around the river’s tides. Before she commits to doctor’s appointments, lunch dates, fill in the blan...

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Not too long ago, Anne Marie had the opportunity to talk to Emily Strasser. Emily has written a book about a little-known community built in secret by the United States government in rural western Knoxville, Tennessee. Oak Ridge was one of three secret cities constructed by the Manhattan Project. 

Emily Strasser is a writer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She received her MFA in nonfiction from the University of Minnesota. Her work...

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January 19, 2023 26 mins

Not too long ago, Anne Marie had the opportunity to talk to Emily Strasser. Emily has written a book about a little-known community built in secret by the United States government in rural western Knoxville, Tennessee. Oak Ridge was one of three secret cities constructed by the Manhattan Project. 

If you listened to last week’s episode about Anna Rosenberg, there is a tie-in here. Anna Rosenberg negotiated a hush-hush deal between t...

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In this first episode of 2023, Anne Marie interviews Christopher C. Gorham, high school history teacher and author of The Confidante: The Untold Story of the Woman Who Helped Win WWII and Shape Modern America. This relatively unknown history is about a woman who yielded a great deal of political power throughout much of the 20th century, and whose legacy is little known. Who was Anna Rosenberg, and why don't we know about her?...

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January 3, 2023 5 mins

Anne Marie stops by to wish you a happy New Year and gets a little deep and philosophical about her love of history. #happynewyear

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In this fourth episode of our October History and Haunting Series, Anne Marie talks to Denver Ghost Hunters' (DGH) team members Stephanie and Elise about their favorite histories and how their ghost-hunting endeavors connect to them.

They share digital recordings of disembodied voices (or EVPs) of spirits from beyond and line up the history with the haunting. 

With the nineteenth-century United States Weste...

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In this third episode of our October History and Haunting Series, Anne Marie talks to Denver Ghost Hunters' (DGH) team members Stephanie and Elise about their favorite histories and how their ghost-hunting endeavors connect to them. 

With the nineteenth-century United States Western expansion, many a restless soul came to the then Kansas Territory (Colorado) with only their dream and a prayer in hopes of finding a be...

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Anne Marie continues her discussion with the co-authors of A Haunted History of Invisible Women: True Stories of America's Ghosts. 

This non-fiction book is coauthored by actress, playwright, ghost tour guide and award-winning bestselling author Leanna Renee Hieber and Boroughs of the Dead founder Andrea Janes. 

“Sorrowful widows, vengeful jezebels, innocent maidens, wronged lovers, even the occasional axe-murderess—America’s fe...

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If you know Anne Marie at all, you know that Halloween is her favorite holiday. Some of you may know that, as a side gig, she is the founder of Silver Queen Walking Tours. By popular demand, she does more ghost tours than straight history tours. So when she discovered this newly released book, A Haunted History of Invisible Women: True Stories of America's Ghosts, by these two amazing women who have first-hand knowledge and ex...

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September 6, 2022 45 mins

In this episode, Anne Marie talks to author, sweetheart of the sideshow, and fashion writer Ilise Carter about her new book The Red Menace: How Lipstick Changed the Face of American History.  

In America, lipstick is the foundation of empires; it’s a signature of identity; it’s propaganda, self-expression, oppression, freedom, and rebellion. It’s a multi-billion-dollar industry and one of our most iconic accessories of gen...

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August 23, 2022 41 mins

In this episode, Anne Marie Talks to Andrew Nagorski about his new book Saving Freud: The Rescuers Who Brought Him to Freedom. The book recounts the dramatic true story of Sigmund Freud’s last-minute escape to London following the German annexation of Austria, why he waited until after the Nazi take over, and the colorful cast of characters who persuaded and extricated him from his beloved Vienna to London.

Andrew Nagorski...

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In this episode, Anne Marie talks to professor of history and author Robert McElvaine about his latest book, The Times They Were a-Changin': 1964, the Year the Sixties Arrived and the Battle Lines of Today Were Drawn.

1964 is when the sixties truly arrived, from JFK’s assassination in November 1963 It was then that the United States began a radical shift toward a much more inclusive definition of “American,” with a g...

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In this episode, the third in our Mudlark Series, Anne Marie interviews Jason Sandy, co-author of Thames Mudlarking: Searching for London's Lost Treasures. Jason shares his River Thames journey and talks about the river's history and the fellowship he has found within the mudlark community.

Jason Sandy is an American architect and property developer in London. He is a member of the exclusive Society of Thames Mud...

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In this episode, the second in our Mudlark series, Anne Marie talks to Mudlark Lynn Pew. Lynn mudlarks along the River Irwell in Lancashire, England, where she scours its banks for beautiful pieces of broken pottery, little pieces of history tumbled by the river for over 100 years. Lynn tells us about the river's history and where many of the pieces she finds originated.

Lynn is fascinated with how these tiny fragment...

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