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Armchair Historians

Author: Anne Marie Cannon

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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.
43 Episodes
In this episode Anne Marie talks to do-gooder Corinna Bellizzi, host and producer of care more. be better podcast. Corinna reaches back to her anthropology roots and shares her take on the archaic human species Homo sapiens neanderthalensis, better known as Neanderthal, how the species has been misinterpreted and misrepresented by the academic gatekeepers of anthropological and archeological studies for hundreds of years.Corinna lives, works, and podcasts from her home in Scotts Valley, California. She is available for brand development, CSR planning sessions and speaking engagements. She will fire you up, and propel you into more. be better. is a podcast and a community that share stories of inspired individuals, social entrepreneurs and conscious companies from around the globe who create a positive impact in their communities. From pay-it-forward marketers to not-for-profits and community activists, the stories we feature will get you thinking about what you can do differently to be the change you want to see in the world.Resourcescare more. be better. Website: Website; Homo Neanderthalensis: of the Cave Bear: commercials:                                        more. be better. episodes mentioned in EpisodeThe Power of One with Kayra Martinez, Love Without Borders for Refugees in Need: Sight with Robert Bellizzi: To Support Armchair Historians:Patreon:
Anne Marie talks to Impressions of America (IA) podcast co-host Tobi Olowe. Tobi talks about the Human Potential Movement of the 1960s, who were its proponents, where do we see its effects today and the magnificent pop culture that came out of it.Tobi is a London based History Graduate with a deep and evolving interest in American History and popular culture. He is particularly fascinated by the history of US conservatism, its key characters, and where it may be going in the future.  He is one of three cohosts of the IA Podcast. This is the third in the Impressions of America series in which Anne Marie interviews each co-host of the podcast. You can find Anne Marie's interview with IA co-host Vaughn Joy here:, and IA co-host Simon Hepinstall here: you can find Tobi:Impressions of America Podcast: https://impressionsofamerica.comInstagram: Twitter: Erhard; Founder of est (Erhard Seminars Training):      Wikipedia:     Interview:      Movie:                         Surveillance Capitalism:     Shoshana Zuboff: Rand: Feminine Mystique: X: Maslow: Mailer: Pollock: Camus: Riesman: MilK: Rights: Graduate: Support Armchair Historians:Patreon:
James McKissic shares the legacy of his great great-great-grandfather, Wilson Woods, who was born into slavery in Meigs County, Tennessee during the 1820's. Wilson's mother was a slave named Mary, his father was also his owner. When Mr. Mckissic's mother shared his ancestor's 1862 bill of sale (between his two white half brothers), with James, he shared it with the National Museum of African American History which began a whole sequence of activities including a Washington Post article and being featured on the Historically Black podcast. Wilson's legacy includes the family farm which is still in the family today.Henry Louis Gates Jr. article about Wilson Woods: Washington Post, A Hunt for His Slave Ancestor's Bill of Sale Unearthed a Surprising History: Black podcast about Wilson Woods: Post article:Chattanooga Times Free Press, New -found relatives gather after slave genealogy project helps them find their roots: Support Armchair Historians:Patreon:
In this episode of Armchair Historians, Anne Marie talks to Impressions of America podcast co-host, Simon Heptinstall. You may remember a couple weeks back we talked to another of the Impressions of America co-host, Vaughn Joy, about how American culture is reflected in Christmas films during the Cold War period. If you haven’t done so already, I strongly recommend that episode. Impressions of America is a podcast which looks at the wider subjects of culture, politics, and media that formed American life in the latter 20th century.Today, specifically, Simon focuses on the representation, reflection and deconstruction of America during the second half of the 20th century through film and television. He shows us how, nestled within the TV shows and films of that time period, are reflections of the social, cultural and political events that shaped US history.Care More. Be Better podcast : More on Simon and the Impressions of America Podcast:Impressions of America Podcast: Instagram: Twitter:          and Film referred to in this episode:Wanda DivisionModern FamilySimpsons Forrest GumpFight ClubTruman ShowIndependence DayWar of the WorldsCatch Me if You CanTo Support Armchair Historians:Patreon:
Anne Marie chats with comedian, actor and TEDx Talk presenter Erik Escobar. They compare notes on the 1980's, she having lived it from the inside and he having admired the decade from the outside. Can a millennial teach a baby boomer something new about the decade of decadence? Eric has appeared on Fox's I Can See Your Voice, BuzzFeed, NBC's Last Comic Standing (Season 7) and the feature VHYes alongside Tim Robbins and Thomas Lennon. As a standup comedian he has performed throughout the United States. Erik's TEDx Talk, Creating a More Fulfilling Lifestyle through Humor, can be found here: Episode NotesErik EscobarYouTube Chanel: Instagram: Talk, Creating a More Fulfilling Lifestyle Through Humor: Also Mentioned in the EpisodeBack to the FutureAnthony JeselnikCable TelevisionMTVPunchlineWhat the Constitution Means to MeHistory of Film TechnologySupport Armchair Historians:Patreon:
Anne Marie talks to Impressions of America Podcast cohost Vaughn Joy about the historic footnotes found in the mundane every day life of people from the past.Vaughn Joy is a PhD candidate at University College London and co-host of the Impressions of America podcast. Currently, she is studying early Cold War Christmas films and their reflections of and influences on American culture in the immediate post-war period of 1946 to 1961. Impressions of America is a podcast discussing wider subjects of culture, politics, and media that formed American life in the latter 20th century. Vaughn’s research has covered a wide array of topics and interests including demonology, comic book history, and theatrical adaptations of Greek myth before culminating in film history for her PhD.More on Vaughn:Impressions of America Podcast: https://impressionsofamerica.comInstagram: To Support Armchair Historians:Patreon:
In this episode, Anne Marie chats with UK electro swing performer Madam Misfit. Her musical style combines elements of electro swing (also known as vintage remix), and chap hop. The inspiration behind her music comes from childhood influences of television and too much panda pop, with lyrics tumbling out of her imagination onto paper entertaining audiences with her delightful and witty humour.Madam Misfit shares her love of WWII music history, a history which hails back to her almost two decades career as a musician in the Royal Air Force.Madam MisfitWebsite: Sisters Album, Kickstart: Word, [VLOG] COVID Rantings: Elemental: https://www.professorelemental.comThomas Benjamin Wild Esq.: https://tombwild.comTo Support Armchair Historians:Patreon: by Sophie Lavender Photography & Design: Lady Podcast Reviews: https://www.potatoladypodcastreviews.comNot Again! Podcast:
In this 2021 Inauguration special Anne Marie talks to Dr. Teri Finneman about Victoria Woodhull,  first woman to run for the office of President of the United States in 1872.  Dr. Finneman reaches to the shadows of history to raise this erased-from-history woman and event into the light once again. On the eve of Inauguration Day we talk about the momentousness of the American people voting the first female Vice President into office 149 years after Victoria Woodhull ran for president. Dr. Teri Finneman is a journalism professor at the University of Kansas and a former political reporter. She is executive producer of the Journalism History podcast and author of Press Portrayals of Women Politicians, 1870s-2000s. Her research focuses on how women in politics are portrayed in media with an emphasis on women politicians, first ladies and the history of the suffrage movement.Resources:Press Portrayals of Women Politicians, 1870s–2000s: From "Lunatic" Woodhull to "Polarizing" Palin (Women in American Political History), by Teri Finneman: Journalism History Podcast: books about Victoria Woodhull: Notorious Victoria: The Life of Victoria Woodhull, Uncensored: Woman Who Ran for President: The Many Lives of Victoria Woodhull, by Lois Beachy Underhill, by Mary Gabriel: Finneman on Twitter: Support Armchair Historians:Patreon:
In this episode of Armchair Historians, Anne Marie talks to comedian and podcast host/producer Zack Lyman. Zack has been performing stand-up comedy for over 12 years. On his podcast, cleverly named the Zack Lyman Podcast, Zack sits down with creative guests to have a fun and laid-back conversation and talk about what they create and why they do it. The Zack Lyman Podcast is a lighthearted show, made with passion for comedy, podcast and kinds of art.Zack talks to us about his favorite history. You guessed it the history of stand-up comedy and the comedian who he credits with changing the trajectory of the industry. Resources: Zack Lyman Website and Podcast: https://www.zacklymanpodcast.comZack on social media:Instagram: Toc: @zacklymanpodcastFacebook: Martin Wikipedia page: Martin website: https://www.stevemartin.comMarc Maron: http://www.wtfpod.comDane Cook: https://www.danecook.comErik Escobar: Birbiglia: https://www.birbigs.comLuna Lounge: Support Armchair Historians:Patreon:
In this episode we wash that year right out of our hair and look forward to the new one. Fingers crossed!The episode ends with the recently released song and appropriately title song, "Well this is Shit"  by musician extraordinaries Thomas Benjamin Wild Esquire. Thomas Benjamin Wild Esq.Website: Youtube: 
I love coffee and I love history. Which is why, when I stumbled on the podcast of our next guest, I knew I had found something good. Alycia Asai is the host and producer of  Civics and Coffee, a podcast about The people, events and topics of United States history, shared in the time it takes to enjoy a cup of coffee.According to Alycia, unlike a lot of other history based podcasts, she keeps her episodes short and sweet - giving her listeners their history in the time it takes to drink their morning cup of coffee, usually under 15 minutes. She has a Bachelor's Degree in History and considers herself a history nerd, but not a guru. When she’s not researching episodes, she’s planning vacations - although not so much with COVID. Today we geek out with Alycia who tells us about her favorite history, it’s a dark one about a devastating fire in 1911, the events of which were responsible for major changes in US regulations surrounding safety in the workplace.Resources:Civics & Coffee: (also available wherever you listen to your podcasts)Civics & Coffe on social media:Instagram: in episode:Rose Schneiderman: Shirtwaist Factory fire: von Drehle (Author), Triangle: The Fire That Changed America Paperback, Support Armchair Historians:Patreon:
A couple weeks ago Anne Marie talked to married couple Hugh Nini and Neal Treadwell. authors of the newly published book Loving: A Photographic History of Men in Love 1850s-1950s. Hugh and Neal have been happily married for 30 years. The love between them is palpable, even after all those years.They called it the accidental collection and what began as a lucky coincidence became a rescue mission. Charged with protecting antiquity, Hugh and Neal, doggedly went about acquiring and preserving this visual narrative of men in love. Approximately 3,000 photos in, with the encouragement of others, they decided to share their collection with the world. Bringing to light the hidden history that was always there but unseen, and according to Hugh a “powerful depiction of love between two people.”Resources:More on Hugh, Neal and the book:Website: Instagram: in episode:Rupert Brook: Grant: Grant works of art:, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: To Support Armchair Historians:Patreon:
Today I talk to Simon J. James, host and producer of the up and coming podcast Achtung History. We talk about his favorite history, Berlin, and some of the lesser known aspects of this vibrant city's past. Simon J. James also known as the Berlin Tour Guide, loves Berlin so much he moved there from Yorkshire England and started a tour guide business. His tours are not your run of the mill though, Simon dives deep into the research to curate his one of a kind history tours of Berlin. Simon has guided entrepreneurs, celebrities and royalty around Berlin since 2014. According to his website Simon goes beyond shallow history taking you on a storytelling journey through the secrets of Berlin’s history, inside stories of drama and intrigue, alongside the largest historic events in Berlin’s history. An approach that is apparent in his podcast.How to find Simon J. James:website: Twitter: Support Armchair Historians:Patreon:
Today my guest is Nicki Woodard. Nicki is the host and producer of the podcast As the Money Burns, a deep exploration into the lives of actual heirs and heiresses to some of America's most famous fortunes and what happens to them when the great depressions hits. As the Money Burns is part audio drama, part documentary and part contemporary commentary.As the Money Burns:website: https://asthemoneyburns.comInstagram: Resources:Doris Duke: Barbara Hutton: John Jacob Astor IV: Vanderbilt: To Support Armchair Historians:PatreonKo-fi
Today Ruth Rosenfeld shares her personal account of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, a history that literally shook her world.Ruth Rosenfeld is an author, blogger, photographer and world traveler. She has been to all but one of the world's continents, lived in four countries and visited over fifty!  Her yet to be released travel memoir, Go Wherever You Want, is an account of her unique experiences living abroad in three different countries over an eight year period. Always looking for a new challenge, she has had many careers. Most recently she has been an international teacher, tutor for at-risk youth, and chair of a cultural arts center. Ruth Rosenfeld website: Ruth on social media: Facebook: Twitter: Resources:Tsunami Stones: Shibuya Crossing:ōji Hamada:ū,_TokyoSendai: Culture:Unsolved Mysteries: Tale for the Time Being, Ruth Ozeki:
Today I talk to the makers of the soon-to-be-released Amazon series, Trails to the Unknown which follows three paranormal investigators as they explore mysterious locations in hopes of uncovering clues to some of today’s most interesting myths & legends.In part four of our Halloween 2020 series we hear from not one, not two but three different guests involved in the making of Trails to the Unknown.Filmmaker, Alan Megargle known for his work in the documentaries, The Back 80, Ghosts in Ghost Towns: Haunting the Wild West and Minerva Monster. Alan the “true believer” of this trio of investigators.Jesse Morgan, who also worked on The Back 80 and Minerva Monster is known as the skeptic of to the Trails to the Unknown crewAnd Anna Meyer-Evans Director of Ghosts in Ghost Towns: Haunting the Wild West and children’s fantasy author is  considered the “sensitive” of the group.Not only do Alan, Jesse and Anna share their adventures in making Trails to the Unknown, they also share some of their scariest ghost stories. Trails to the Unknown YoutubeTrails to the Unknown on Social Media:FacebookInstagramTwitterPlaces mentioned in this episode:Squire CastleMoonville TunnelHelltown, OhioWhat Really Happened in Helltown, OhioThe Mysterious Legends Surrounding Helltown, OhioHotel de Paris MuseumUFO Watch TowerGlen Isle ResortMansfield Penitentiary Neil Zurker's One Tank TripGhosts in Ghost TownsMinerva MonsterBack 80To Support Armchair Historians:PatreonKo-fi
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 they become curious. Then enter the rabbit hole into discovery through their own research. Fueled by this need to know more, we look at history through the filter of other people's eyes.Stay up to date on the latest armchair historians news at or you can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. What's your favorite history
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 theories, the supernatural, and all of the mysteries in history.  This brother and sister duo lighten the heavy topics with humor and enjoyable banter. Artwork, Jordan WaltersMystery History Links:Website: Linktree: Mystery History Podcast episode we talked aboutEpisode 6: Radium GirlsEpisode 19: Pennhurst AsylumEpisode 16: Scary Movie DiscussionMore on Radium Girls:Radium Girls movie trailerRadium Girls on WikipediaThe Orbweavers song "Radium Girls"Radioactive movie trailer
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 Lutz's story went on to inspire a best-selling novel and the subsequent films have continued to fascinate audiences today. This documentary reveals the horror behind growing up as part of a world famous haunting and while Daniel's facts may be other's fiction, the psychological scars he carries are indisputable.Documentary filmmaker, Eric Walter, has combined years of independent research into the Amityville case along with the perspectives of past investigative reporters and eyewitnesses, giving way to the most personal testimony of the subject to date.Eric Walter WebsiteMy Amityville Horror WebsiteTo Support Armchair Historians:PatreonKo-fi
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 films of 2012. The film was distributed theatrically by IFC Films and is currently available on streaming services. As a lead editor for feature films, docuseries, and commercial advertising campaigns, Eric’s work has spanned across a variety of platforms including Netflix, Amazon Prime, FX, AMC, Disney+ and many others.He also frequently serves as an expert on the Amityville Horror case, having recently been profiled by networks such as ABC, A&E, and Travel Channel.Eric’s second documentary feature, Dark Side of the Mountain, is slated for release in 2021.
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