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History in Focus is a podcast by the American Historical Review.

Go behind the scenes with the world's leading history journal as we explore the who, what, how, and why of doing history in the 21st century. Each month, the latest AHR issue will be the jumping off point for a deeper dive into historical content and practice, highlighting the work of historians and other scholars who work in and outside of the academy. You'll still hear interviews but also more immersive storytelling and off-the-cuff banter as we seek to peel back the curtain on the AHR and the work of history more broadly.

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Recent History in Focus Episodes

S2 E9 Collaborative History + Revisiting Marion Thompson Wright

Arlene Díaz and Kalani Craig discuss their piece exploring the Spanish American War, the use of digital methods, and the place of collaboration in historical research. Then, with Hettie Williams, we revisit the life and work of historian Marion Thompson Wright.

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S2 E8 Teaching Historiography + Chilling Affects

Producer Matt Hermane speaks with Agnieszka Aya Marczyk, Abby Reisman, and Brenda Santos about their #AHRSyllabus piece “Teaching Historiography: Testimony and the Study of the Holocaust.” Then Conor Howard hears from Woody Holton on his article “Chilling Affects: The Far Right Takes Aim at Black History.”

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S2 E7 Indigenous Art and History + Conversations with the Dead

Producer Matt Hermane speaks with historian Brenda Child about the March 2024 History Lab feature on Contemporary Indigenous Art and History, part of AHR’s ongoing series on “Art and Historical Method.” Then we revisit now past AHA president Edward Muir’s presidential address—titled “Conversations with the Dead”—at this year’s AHA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

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S2 E6 Picnicking at the End of Empire + Around AHA 2024

Sarah Abrevaya Stein presents her History Unclassified piece "Eating on the Ground: Picnicking at the End of Empire" on the picnicking practices of Sephardic Jewish communities in the late Ottoman Empire. Then History in Focus producers take you around the bustling corridors of this year's American Historical Association annual meeting in San Francisco.

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Production Team

History in Focus is produced and hosted by Daniel Story, a consulting editor for the AHR and former producer of AHR Interview. Daniel is digital scholarship librarian at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and holds a PhD in history from Indiana University, Bloomington.

The podcast is a production of the American Historical Review in partnership with the American Historical Association and the University Library at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Other members of the podcast team include:

  • Mark Philip Bradley, editor of the American Historical Review
  • Matt Hermane, co-producer
  • Conor Howard, co-producer
  • Phoebe Rettberg, audio engineering assistant
  • Alexandra Levy, communications director at the American Historical Association

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