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Then and Now: Global History and Culture

Welcome to our podcast. Current episodes feature lectures from my global culture and history course at the University of Minnesota. The podcast title (Then and Now)  reflects the relationship between today's events with the history forces from the past.

When the podcast began in 2006, it was a project with students in my global history course. We worked together to: (a) review of history topics in the course' (b) special music episodes connecting a country's culture with its artistic production through music; (c) special interview episodes with voices of students and community members as they were part of historical events; (d) 'podcast rebroadcasts' that other history podcasters gave permission to rebroadcast one of their episodes; and (e) music videos that featured important slides from the unit PP presentation. Every episode featureded some of the best independent music artists from a website that makes available podcast-approved songs. Share comments about the podcast with the course instructor, David Arendale,  I am an associate professor  at UMN.  Visit my personal website for other history-related content and other information,  

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Feb 24, 2022

(Bonus) Biography of Nikita Khrushchev. He is actually a moderate who is quickly pushed out of power by hardline Communist leaders.

Feb 24, 2022

(Bonus) The Berlin Wall in Germany was a symbol of the Cold War period. Rather than keeping Allied troops from invading, it was designed to keep citizens of Germany and other Communist countries from escaping.

Feb 24, 2022

(Bonus) The Strategic Defense Initiative was a proposal by the U.S. to build an anti-missile defense system to protect from a Soviet nuclear attack. It frightened the Soviet Union since they feared a preemptive attack by the U.S. The SDI system was only a proposal stated by President Reagan that helped to force the...

Feb 24, 2022

S15-E02 Topics: Destalinization, Nikita Khrushchev, Berlin Wall, Brandenburg Gate and President Reagan, and Strategic Defense Initiative.

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Feb 21, 2022

(Bonus) This article describes how the Soviet Union developed poisons for political murder around the world.