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When unreal worlds collapse: “Downfall” (Der Untergang), denial and disaster.

"Downfall," the classic German film about the collapse of the Nazi regime, has much to teach us about the dangers of living in unreal worlds.

By |2019-08-31T15:39:46-07:00September 2nd, 2019|History, Movies|7 Comments

Geography of hate: the places of racism in American history. [With Geolocations]

The legacy of racism is everywhere in American history, from marble mansions to ordinary streetcorners. We must reckon with it.

By |2019-08-04T14:15:12-07:00August 4th, 2019|Earth, Geography, History|1 Comment

Join my new class! Presidential Places History & Virtual Global Tour. [Note: Rescheduled]

Get an amazingly comprehensive view of American history by virtual-visiting important sites associated with all 45 U.S. Presidents, from Mt. Vernon to Trump Tower.

By |2019-03-24T01:58:00-07:00January 13th, 2019|Classes, History|0 Comments

The year in review: my best stuff of 2018.

Here's a run-down on what I think represents my best work of 2018: blog articles, classes, podcasts and videos. Best wishes in 2019!

Second Decade podcast returns from hiatus: “Napoleon’s Hundred Days, Part I.”

The podcast focusing on the decade of the 1810s returns from hiatus with an all-new episode on Napoleon's improbable comeback from exile on the island of Elba.

By |2018-10-28T20:30:36-07:00October 28th, 2018|History, Podcasts|0 Comments

Vegas, a bad toupeé and a side of homophobia: “Diamonds Are Forever,” Bond in Context, Part 7.

One of the strangest-ever Bond films has a complicated history, and the background of the time in which it was made is fascinating.

By |2018-10-11T20:30:44-07:00October 11th, 2018|History, Movies|0 Comments

The Lazenby gambit: “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” Bond in Context, Part 6.

The one Bond film starring George Lazenby was made in the midst of a societal crisis, and an existential problem for the producers of the series.

By |2018-09-24T20:30:37-07:00September 24th, 2018|History, Movies|1 Comment