Sunday, April 5, 2009

It was 20 years ago today - history podcast

It was 20 years ago today is a very personal history podcast by Jamie Lawson. She takes a date close to the publication of the podcast and then discusses what happened on that day, twenty years ago. Just like me, she is old enough to actively remember 1989 and so these episodes are also about her personal perception and memory of the discussed occurrence.

This works out usually very well, I guess, especially for those who also have a recollection of the event. Here issue about the elections in the Soviet Union in 1989, that saw Boris Yeltsin's star rise, really touched the right to one for me. The next issue on The Satanic Verses admittedly, did less so. Lawson was so set on expressing her indignation of the fatwa against Salman Rushdie, that the history and the memory got lost in the moral of the show.

So it is always a gamble when you hook up to such a personal podcast. The chosen era is a very good one though. She started here podcast in 2006 and thus has made here way through 1986 to 1989 and if you think of it, there are so many great events to connect to, that there are many exciting podcasts to be found in the feed and fine podcasts to be made still.

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