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Talking History ~ The Radio Program

For two decades, our weekly broadcast/internet radio program, Talking History focused on all aspects of history: how we recall it, how we preserve it, how we interpret it, how we transform it into myth, and how we pass it on—as teachers, researchers, archivists, museum curators, and documentarians. The radio show was aimed at a non-professional audience, and was dedicated to bridging the gap between the history profession and a history-hungry public unaccustomed to the hair-splitting that many scholars are all-too-ready to engage in.

Founded by historians Gerald Zahavi (SUNY-Albany) and Bryan Le Beau (University of Missouri at Kansas City) back in 1996, Talking History went through various iterations and affiliations since then. In its final form, it was co-produced by Gerald Zahavi and Susan McCormick as an hour-long show at the University at Albany, SUNY and aired over WRPI-FM (Troy, NY) and over the Internet on the World Wide Web. Zahavi and McCormick worked on in-house productions, with additional program segments coming from various other sources: OAH-Talking History (http://talkinghistory.oah.org/), PRX (Public Radio Exchange), Pacifica Radio, independent producers (affiliated and unaffiliated with Talking History), and college and non-commercial radio stations from around the country -- as well as England, Europe, Canada, and Australia.

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