What's Old is News

por Sean Graham

Exploring how current events are shaped by history. Each week, Sean Graham will be joined by historians, journalists, and experts to discuss some of the biggest questions in history and how the connect to major policy and cultural decisions being made today. There's also our 'Historical Headline of the Week' segment, where we look at how old news continues to resonate.

Episodios del podcast

  • Temporada 2

  • How Prime Ministers Influence Identity

    How Prime Ministers Influence Identity

    Sean Graham is joined by Raymond Blake, author of Canada's Prime Ministers and the Shaping of National Identity. They discuss the role of the Prime Minister, how mass media changed the office, and the ways in which Prime Ministers have influenced national identity. They also chat about how international affairs shape domestic discussions, how the length of a government shapes public perceptions, and how retail politics influence conversations on identity. Historical Headline of the Week Erna Paris, "Canada's Multiculturalism is our Identity," Globe & Mail, April 27, 2018.

  • Wine & War

    Wine & War

    Sean Graham welcomes Adam Zientek, author of A Thirst for Wine and War: The Intoxication of French Soldiers on the Western Front. They chat about how wine became a staple of French rations in the First World War, the perceived benefits of wine, and how it was transported to the front lines in such large quantities. They also discuss perception of liquor compared to wine, the role of alcohol in French mutinies, and the cultural legacy of wine's role during the First World War in France. Historical Headline of the Week Brigit Katz, "Hundreds of Liquor Bottles, Downed by British Soldiers During WWI, Found in Israel," Smithsonian Magazine, March 24, 2017.

  • The Curious Case of Canadian Television

    The Curious Case of Canadian Television

    Sean Graham talks with Jennifer VanderBurgh, author of What Television Remembers: Artifacts and Footprints of TV in Toronto. They discuss the challenge of studying Canadian television, how to find old programs, and why television researches often rely on the public. They also talk about Toronto as a television Canada's television production centre, how the city stands in for other locations, and how that shapes what Canadians see on their screens. Historical Headline of the Week Kate Taylor, "For CBC fans, TV history is just out of reach," Globe & Mail, June 2, 2017.

  • Women's Sports & Identity

    Women's Sports & Identity

    Sean Graham is joined by Michelle J. Manno, author of Denied: Women, Sports, and the Contradiction of Identity. They talk about Michelle's personal experience with collegiate basketball, how personal identity mixed with team identity in sports, and how players navigate contested spaces. They also discuss how coaches police players' identities, the role of Title IX, and how players assert agency within college sports. Historical Headline of the Week Shireen Ahmed, "WNBA's Toronto Expansion will help Amplify Culture of Women's Basketball in Canada," CBC Sports, May 15, 2024.

  • The Canadian Mind

    The Canadian Mind

    We're back with Season 2 of What's Old is News and to kick it off, Sean Graham is joined by Andy Lamey, author of The Canadian Mind: Essays on Writers or Thinkers. They talk about Canadian literature in the second half of the 20th century, where nationalism fits into the story, and the how literary critics treated Canadian writing. They also chat about questions related to identity, language, and legacies and major literary figures. Historical Headline of the Week Bob Weber, "Vast Digital Trove of Recordings by Canadian Literature Greats Nears Completion," Canadian Press, November 4, 2023.