“Oh the Humanities!” Our Radio Show

Challenging Perceptions of History and Humanities-

‘Oh The Humanities’ radio show is the Humanities’ team monthly radio show on NLive radio 106.9 FM, an award-winning community commercial radio station.

The show explores contemporary debates and the relevance of Humanities in the post-Covid world! Our discussions are interspersed with music.

The show airs once a month on Wednesday evenings 9pm-11pm. It is then available on Anchor podcast.

Areas discussed in the show and links to resources will be subsequently added on the HistoryatNorthampton blog site.

Our most recent shows:

Jack the Ripper and the Misuse of History

Disability History Now: What is Disability History

The History of Fascism and its Ongoing Impact on the World Today

Class in Education: Inter-generational Experiences of Class and Identifying as Working Class (coming soon on our podcast)

What exactly is class? What does it mean to be working-class in a university? How do stereotypes affect how people’s experiences? Join us on ‘Oh the Humanities’ for an insightful conversation between three generations of their experiences of class in university, the workplace and in media representations, and of their class identities. This conversation is part of a series on contemporary issues in the humanities and in access to education and employment. Join host Dr Caroline Nielsen and our panelists Dr Andrew Gritt (Nottingham Trent), Dr Claire Allen (Northampton) and students Phil and William for a wide-ranging and thoughtful discussion of class.

Careers and Working with Local Employers: What do we mean by ‘work readiness’? What can you do with a Humanities Degree?? (coming soon on our listen again podcast)

There is a lot of discussion around employability, work or career-readiness and graduate outcomes in the news. What does this all mean, and how can local businesses in Northampton get involved with future workforces? Can studying History or English in further or higher education help you prepare for the future? Listen to this ‘Oh the Humanities’ episode for a fascinating discussion of these issues/ Listen to interviews with expert panelists from careers guidance, employer engagement, and learn more about what skils recruiters, and candidates, are looking for as we recover from Covid-19. Chaired by Dr Caroline Nielsen (Northampton) with interviews from Amardeep Panaser, Demi King and Samantha McKay.

Get Involved!

The show offers a wide range of exciting new development opportunities to our students. You can join the panel discussion, do some of the behind-the scenes editing, research or preparation, or just suggest topics and themes!

Participation can also potentially count towards students taking part in the University’s Changemaker Employability Award scheme.

For more information on the show or student opportunities related to it, please contact Dr Drew Gray (drew.gray@northampton.ac.uk) and Dr Caroline Nielsen (caroline.nielsen@northampton.ac.uk).

Beyond Histories Podcast

In the lockdown summer of 2020, Dr Mark Rothery and Prof. Paul Jackson ran a short podcast series called Beyond Histories.

They interviewed a range of guests, including but not limited to historians, about the past and how it helps us understand current affairs. The point of the podcasts was to reflect on how the past can help us understand the world we live in today, and where it might be going.

Topics included:

  • Black Lives Matter
  • Fascism as a Political Movement
  • The History of Emotions
  • Historical experiences of fatherhood

If you want to listen to the podcast, click here, and post the link into your preferred podcast hosting platform. Ask your smartspeaker to ‘play Beyond Histories podcast’.

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