Sac History Happenings

News and developments in Sacramento and California history

July 24, 2013
Podcast series spotlights new books in history

NBIH.JPGThis blog is always on the lookout for quality audio and video programs in the field of history. We've mentioned the college lectures supplied by iTunes U and C-SPAN, podcast series such as Back Story and My History Can Beat Up Your Politics, and the video courses available through Annenberg's Learner.org.

Recently our radar found New Books in History, a podcast series of interviews with authors of new published works of academic history. Although the subject matter can sometimes be arcane, these discussions are usually lively and accessible. Recent programs featured a provocative study of Russian KGB infiltration of the United States in the mid-20th century and a fascinating look at the experiences of Americans who visited Europe between 1750 and 1860.

New Books in History is part of the New Books Network, a consortium of free audio interview programs with writers from nearly 100 academic disciplines, ranging from the arts and humanities to the sciences and social sciences. Other NBN series of historical interest include New Books in: American Studies, African American Studies, Archaeology, Biography, Communications, Gender Studies, Historical Fiction, Intellectual History, Journalism, Military History, Political Science, Popular Culture and Technology.

You can retrieve and play New Books in History interviews through Apple iTunes or copy-paste the RSS feed into your favorite podcast media player.

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About Sac History Happenings

California and Sacramento have a long, rich, vibrant history. And our region is blessed with an abundance of historical resources maintained by museums, libraries, archives and societies. This blog aims to alert readers to the latest developments in local/state historical education and research.

Send tips concerning upcoming exhibits, tours, lectures and meetings, as well as new books, magazine articles and online collections to the blog's contributors.

The Contributors:

Michael Dolgushkin

Michael Dolgushkin is Manuscript Librarian at the California State Library History Section. He is co-author of San Francisco's California Street Cable Cars and is a frequent contributor to the California State Library Foundation Bulletin. Contact him at mdolgushkin@library.ca.gov.

Amanda Graham

Amanda Graham is a Certified Archivist working in the Sacramento Room of the Sacramento Public Library. She earned a BS in History from Southern Oregon University and a MS in Information Studies with an emphasis in archives from The University of Texas at Austin. Contact her at agraham@saclibrary.org.

Pete basofin

Pete Basofin is Director of Editorial Research at The Sacramento Bee. He previously worked at The St. Petersburg Times and Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune. Contact him at pbasofin@sacbee.com.

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