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Podcasts Related to Peace and Conflict

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EyeWitness to History.com “History through the eyes of those who lived it”

World War 1: http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/w1frm.htm (24 stories)

World War 2:  http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/w2frm.htm (48 stories)

Voices of the First World War

This podcast series features fifty podcasts exploring the impact of war from the perspectives of men and women who share first- hand accounts of their experiences. https://www.iwm.org.uk/VoicesOfTheFirstWorldWar

BBC: World War One

This website supplements the podcast that was established to commemorate the centenary of the First World War and now includes material related to World War 2. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01nb93y

BBC: Witness History

Curated collection of nine-to ten-minute podcasts featuring first-hand accounts from the Second World War. This site has almost one-hundred podcasts. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02prmgr


“From a whisper to a bang! A six-part podcast series about war, remembrance, Australian prisoners of war in Germany during the Second World War, and an emotional journey of historical empathy, presented and produced by Megan Spencer for the Australian War Memorial.” https://fromawhispertoabang.libsyn.com/


The Champlain Society: Witness to Yesterday | Témoins d’hier

With almost, 200 podcasts, The Champlain society focuses on recent publications, primary sources and ways the teachers may use documents to teach about the past. The Champlain Society recently developed the teaching tool “Teaching Resources from the Champlain Society: Primary Sources in Historical Content.”  https://champlainsociety.utpjournals.press/ed-resources

Mairi Cowan, award winning historian from the University of Toronto created these resources. Mairi Cowan won the CHA teaching award in 2021. https://cha-shc.ca/teaching/teachers-blog/take-six-with-mairi-cowan-2019-04-08.htm

War and Conflict

Patrice Dutil interviews Jack Granatstein, Canada at War: Conscription, Diplomacy and Politics, https://champlainsociety.utpjournals.press/podcast/wty/2020-remembrance-day-special-canada-at-war-with-jack-granatstein, November 6, 2020.

World War 1

Greg Marchildon interviews Douglas Hunter, the author of Jackson’s Wars: A.Y. Jackson, the Birth of the Group of Seven, and the Great War: https://champlainsociety.utpjournals.press/podcast/wty/artist-soldier-ay-jackson-origins-group-of-seven-with-douglas-hunter, November 11, 2022

Patrice Dutil interviews David A. Borys, Civilians at the Sharp End: First Canadian Army Civil Affairs in Northwest Europe: https://champlainsociety.utpjournals.press/podcast/wty/the-canadian-army-and-civilians-in-europe-1944-45, November 11, 2021.

Patrice Dutil interviews Eric McGeer, Varsity’s Soldiers: The University of Toronto Contingent of the Canadian Officers’ Training Corps, https://champlainsociety.utpjournals.press/podcast/wty/the-military-on-the-university-of-toronto-campus, September 10, 2021.

Patrice Dutil interviews Geoff Keelan, Duty to Dissent, https://champlainsociety.utpjournals.press/podcast/wty/henri-bourassa-and-world-war-i, January 17, 2020.

Patrice Dutil interviews Jonathan Vance, A Township at War: https://champlainsociety.utpjournals.press/podcast/wty/remembrance-day-special, November 8, 2019.

Patrice Dutil interviews Norman Hilmer, “Canada at the Versailles Treaty, 1919.” https://champlainsociety.utpjournals.press/podcast/wty/canada-at-versailles-treaty-1919, May 9, 2019.

Greg Marchildon interviews Dr Esylt W. Jones, Influenza 1918: Disease, Death, and Struggle in Winnipeg: https://champlainsociety.utpjournals.press/podcast/wty/devastating-flu-epidemic-1918-19-canada, December 5, 2019.

Patrice Dutil interviews David MacKenzie on the significance of the First World War. https://champlainsociety.utpjournals.press/podcast/wty/armistice-day-special, November 8, 2018.

Patrice Dutil interviews Mark McGowan, The Imperial Irish: Canada’s Irish Catholics Fight the Great War, 1914-18: https://champlainsociety.utpjournals.press/podcast/wty/st-patricks-day-special-canadian-irish-and-world-war-i, March 15, 2018.

Greg Marchildon and Kenna Turcotte interview Jack Granatstein, The Greatest Victory: Canada’s One Hundred Days, 1918, https://champlainsociety.utpjournals.press/podcast/wty/hundred-days-campaign-world-war-i, November 5, 2017.

Patrice Dutil interviews Pierre Anctil, Champlain Society volume “Do what you Must”: Selected Editorials from Le Devoir under Henri Bourassa, 1910-1932: https://champlainsociety.utpjournals.press/podcast/wty/conscription-crisis-1917, November 5, 2017.

World War 2

Greg Marchildon interviews Stacey Barker and Krista Cooke. Stacey Barker, Krista Cooke and Molly McCullough, Material Traces of War: Stories of Canadian Women and Conflict, 1914-1945 University of Ottawa Press, 2021: https://champlainsociety.utpjournals.press/podcast/wty/the-lives-of-canadas-war-women, May 20, 2022.

Patrice Dutil interviews Neville Thompson.  The Third Man: Churchill, Roosevelt, Mackenzie King and the Untold Friendships that Won WWI: https://champlainsociety.utpjournals.press/podcast/wty/mackenzie-king-and-the-three-amigos, January 7, 2022.

Patrice Dutil interviews Tim Cook, The Fight for History, https://champlainsociety.utpjournals.press/podcast/wty/how-canada-nearly-forgot-world-war-ii, April 17, 2020.

Patrice Dutil interviews Geoffrey Hayes, Crerar’s Lieutenants: Inventing the Canadian Junior Army Officer, 1939-45: https://champlainsociety.utpjournals.press/podcast/wty/harry-crerars-army, December 18, 2019.