Context

Matt Beat and Robert Marshall are two history teachers from Kansas and Oklahoma, respectively. In each episode, they look at past events and relate them to current events. They examine how history is currently repeating itself, how history is relevant today, and how history is constantly being revised.

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  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 25 Sep 2017

Robert and Matt discuss the recent trend of NFL players (and other professional athletes) kneeling down in protest during the national anthem, in relation to the First Amendment, nationalism, and patriotism. Context, the podcast that connects the past with the present. #nflkneeldown Robert's channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/readingthroughhistor Tom, Keith, and Sami's conversation about the same topic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgNYKBWU2Ag Find the podcast here: All other episodes here: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/historicalcontext. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 25 Sep 2017

Robert and Matt discuss the recent trend of NFL players (and other professional athletes) kneeling down in protest during the national anthem, in relation to the First Amendment, nationalism, and patriotism. Context, the podcast that connects the past with the present. #nflkneeldown Robert's channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/readingthroughhistor Tom, Keith, and Sami's conversation about the same topic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgNYKBWU2Ag Find the podcast here: All other episodes here: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/historicalcontext. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 29 May 2017

"Context" makes a glorious return! Should the Confederate statues stand? Join Mr. Beat, Robert from Reading Through History, and Will from Knowing Better as they discuss and debate the controversy surrounding the recent trend to take down Confederate statues across the traditional American South. Robert's channel: https://www.youtube.com/readingthroughhistor Knowing Better channel: https://www.youtube.com/knowingbetter Matt's channel: http://www.youtube.com/iammrbeat. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 29 May 2017

"Context" makes a glorious return! Should the Confederate statues stand? Join Mr. Beat, Robert from Reading Through History, and Will from Knowing Better as they discuss and debate the controversy surrounding the recent trend to take down Confederate statues across the traditional American South. Robert's channel: https://www.youtube.com/readingthroughhistor Knowing Better channel: https://www.youtube.com/knowingbetter Matt's channel: http://www.youtube.com/iammrbeat. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 30 Nov 2016

In which Matt, Robert, and Ian talk about the controversial Electoral College, the cast of Hamilton, the passing of Fidel Castro, and the recount efforts of Jill Stein. Music by Electric Needle Room www.electricneedleroom.com Check out Robert's website: http://readingthroughhistory.com/ Check out Matt's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/iammrbeat. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 30 Nov 2016

In which Matt, Robert, and Ian talk about the controversial Electoral College, the cast of Hamilton, the passing of Fidel Castro, and the recount efforts of Jill Stein. Music by Electric Needle Room www.electricneedleroom.com Check out Robert's website: http://readingthroughhistory.com/ Check out Matt's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/iammrbeat. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 13 Oct 2016

In which Matt, Robert, and Jeff from No More 2 Party System discuss the two most hated major-party presidential candidates in American history, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and the movements to resist both of them by voting for a third party candidate. We look at the success of third parties in presidential elections (and gubernatorial elections) throughout American history and what reforms are needed in order to change the perceived duopoly. Be sure to check out No More 2 Party System at http://nomore2partysystem.wixsite.com/mysite #opendebates Music by Electric Needle Room Mr. Beat's Social Studies Channel: www.youtube.com/iammrbeat Reading Through History: www.youtube.com/readingthroughhistor. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 13 Oct 2016

In which Matt, Robert, and Jeff from No More 2 Party System discuss the two most hated major-party presidential candidates in American history, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and the movements to resist both of them by voting for a third party candidate. We look at the success of third parties in presidential elections (and gubernatorial elections) throughout American history and what reforms are needed in order to change the perceived duopoly. Be sure to check out No More 2 Party System at http://nomore2partysystem.wixsite.com/mysite #opendebates Music by Electric Needle Room Mr. Beat's Social Studies Channel: www.youtube.com/iammrbeat Reading Through History: www.youtube.com/readingthroughhistor. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 24 Aug 2016

In which Matt and Robert talk about their latest YouTube creations, the Rio Olympics, why they love teaching, the challenges of teaching history, and why they love history. Music by Electric Needle Room. If you haven't already, be sure to subscribe to both Reading Through History and Mr. Beat's Social Studies Channel on YouTube.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 01 Aug 2016

In which Matt, Robert, and Cypher from The Cynical Historian discuss how Hollywood and the film industry helps and hurts the study of history. They also look at the benefits and drawbacks of historical fiction. Music by Electric Needle Room Mr. Beat's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/iammrbeat Robert's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/readingthroughhistor Cypher's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/CynicalCypher88. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 19 Jul 2016

In which Matt and Robert discuss our seemingly chaotic world. Specifically, they examine the Black Lives Matter movement, police brutality, cop killings, increased terrorist attacks, and civil unrest throughout American history. Music by Electric Needle Room Follow Matt on Twitter @beatmastermatt Follow Robert on Twitter @bigmarshdawg77. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 04 Jul 2016

After a short follow-up about the Orlando shooting, Matt, Robert, and Tom Richey discuss the causes, effects, and historical implications of Brexit. Music by Electric Needle Room Mr. Beat's YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/iammrbeat Reading Through History: www.youtube.com/readingthroughhistor Tom Richey www.youtube.com/tomforamerica Link to Robert's latest book: https://www.amazon.com/Andrew-Jackson-History-Brief-Briefs-ebook/dp/B01HGW6UTE?ie=UTF8&ref_=asap_bc Links to stories referenced on this episode: https://theintercept.com/2016/06/25/brexit-is-only-the-latest-proof-of-the-insularity-and-failure-of-western-establishment-institutions/ http://www.wsj.com/articles/brexit-vote-britain-separated-from-europe-by-politics-history-and-sea-1466664702 http://fortune.com/2016/07/03/second-brexit-referendum-eu/ http://www.firstpost.com/world/brexit-in-2016-and-1975-two-historical-eu-referendums-speak-of-two-different-ideas-of-britain-2853954.html http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2016/0716reuss.html http://www.globalpost.com/article/6778621/2016/06/25/britains-first-brexit-286-ad-it-didnt-last-long. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 16 Jun 2016

In which Robert and Matt analyze the gun control debate after the worst mass shooting in American history (by an individual, not the government), the social justice warrior phenomenon, the rise of Gary Johnson, the truly disgusting nature of the earliest German U-Boats, and the podcast that totally ripped them off. Music by Electric Needle Room www.electricneedleroom.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 01 Jun 2016

In which Tom Richey makes a glorious return to join Matt and Robert as they discuss the origins of the Phoenicians, the difficult time the Mongols had trying to conquer Europe, a pointless new Memorial Day "tradition" involving burning the Confederate flag, and the justification for dropping atomic bombs on Japan at the end of World War Two after the President gave a speech in Hiroshima this past week. Music by Electric Needle Room https://electricneedleroom.bandcamp.com/ Tom Richey's channel: https://www.youtube.com/tomrichey Mr. Beat's channel: https://www.youtube.com/iammrbeat Robert's channel: https://www.youtube.com/readingthroughhistor. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 20 May 2016

In which Matt and Robert try out Episode 14 a second time. They discuss the recent evidence that further proves that human beings made it to the Americas thousands of years than we previously thought, that perverted Speaker of the House the United States recently had, Harriett freaking Tubman on the $20 bill, the Hamilton musical, Andrew Jackson, Congressman X, and Donald Trump becoming the first of his kind (whatever kind that is) to be the nominee of a major political party. Music by Electric Needle Room. Robert's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/readingthroughhistor Matt's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/iammrbeat Robert's new book: https://www.amazon.com/American-Revolution-Condensed-Retelling-Independence-ebook/dp/B01D772CUI?ie=UTF8&qid=1463790673&ref_=la_B00MC7FUHW_1_1&s=books&sr=1-1. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 07 Apr 2016

In which Matt, Robert, and Cypher discuss Tom Richey's video comparing Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler and Keith Hughes' response video. Why do so many people make such a bad comparison? Matt argues it would be much more accurate to compare Trump to Mussolini, but comparisons still fall short. Tom Richey's video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TA_cZxMu2b0 Keith Hughes' video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOKLWcxK090&nohtml5=False The three also discuss President Obama's recent historic trip to Cuba, the fact that the United States has pretty much always been at "war," and Cypher's "Nations are new" video.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 08 Mar 2016

Will from Political Junkie News joins Matt and Robert as they discuss what is shaping up to be a very historical presidential election. Or is it? Specifically, they look at the possibility of a brokered convention, a third party movement, the length of the election cycle, a potential high voter turnout, and the rise of "outsiders" like Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, and Ted Cruz. They also look at the implications of the recent passing of Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia and compare that to similar circumstances in American history. Finally, they look at something sort of unprecedented- the current fight over intellectual property and privacy between the FBI and Apple. Check out Will's YouTube channel, Political Junkie News! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyuAKnN3g2fZ7_R9irgEUZQ. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 16 Feb 2016

In which Matt and Robert interview each other without telling each other the questions beforehand. Later, they are joined with Tom Richey, YouTube sensation, who explains superdelegates. The three examine how the establishment candidates in both the Democratic and Republican parties are at odds with seemingly a growing number of Americans, the antidemocratic rise of superdelegates, mercantilism in the 21st century, the most overrated and underrated Presidents in American history, the decline of the 4th amendment, the decline of the nuclear family, women's role in the military, and Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. Check out our YouTube channels: Mr. Beat www.youtube.com/iammrbeat Reading Through History www.youtube.com/readingthroughhistor Tom Richey www.youtube.com/user/tomforamerica. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 16 Jan 2016

In which Matt, Robert, and Cypher evaluate the executive branch of the American government. They examine the recent militia takeover of federal land in Oregon, how "consequential" President Obama's tenure has been, how "consequential" a possible President Trump would be and comparisons to George Wallace, the perception that Obama is going to take everyone's guns, and, last but not least, the epic failure of the War on Drugs. Music: "Donald Trump Poops, Kim Jong Un Poops, Etc." by Electric Needle Room Send feedback to contextpodcast AT gmail DOT com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 21 Dec 2015

In which Matt and Robert analyze the use of the term "Indian" to describe indigenous peoples in both the United States and Canada, controversial mascots, a teacher who made a mistake trying to teacher kids about Islam, and finally, Donald Trump, now that Trump has stuck around for six months in the GOP presidential race. Why is Donald Trump compared to Adolf Hitler and other fascist leaders? Why is he seemingly so popular despite saying controversial things? Why is the establishment so afraid of him? Will people actually vote for him?. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 08 Dec 2015

In which Matt and Robert ponder whether or not we are currently in "World War III," or maybe it already happened? Also, an examination of the true threat of ISIS, the refugee crisis, and just terrorism in general. Call it a short history of 21st-century military interventionism.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 27 Oct 2015

In which Matt, Robert, and Cypher discuss the alleged second Billy the Kid photograph that could be worth millions, the controversy surrounding the Pope canonizing Father Junípero Serra, the discovery of a new Revolutionary War battle site, the trouble finding any willing candidates to be the next Speaker of the House, and the plethora of Oscar-worthy films soon coming out that are all supposedly "based on a true story." Music by Electric Needle Room Links referenced this episode: Recent discoveries at a little-known Revolutionary War site! Not much is ever mentioned about this engagement that took place after Concord. http://www.foxnews.com/science/2015/09/30/archaeologists-uncover-secrets-historic-revolutionary-war-battle-site/?intcmp=hplnws Father Serra sanctification, and outraged vandals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfU2U0sG1Ng I never find anything like this in my junk! https://www.yahoo.com/tech/s/rare-photo-bought-2-may-now-worth-millions-184506393.html Speaker of the House videos: Mr. Beat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mrw0gGlHVQ Keith Hughes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaPreWb79IY The new “based on a true story” movies coming out: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straight_Outta_Compton_(film) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everest_(2015_film) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stonewall_(2015_film) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_(2015_film) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Walk_(2015_film) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Jobs_(2015_film) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridge_of_Spies_(film) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Room_(2015_film) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truth_(2015_film) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trumbo_(2015_film) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_the_Heart_of_the_Sea_(film) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concussion_(2015_film) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joy_(film) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Point_Break_(2015_film) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Revenant_(2015_film). . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 27 Sep 2015

In which Matt, Robert, and Cypher discuss the Republican Presidential candidates' choices for the woman to appear on the $10 bill, the merits of renaming Harney Peak or any other landmark named after someone arguably dishonorable, the renovation of the CSS Hunley, and muse about what kind of environment cultivates intelligence. For the first time, it's a three-way dialogue, and the podcast seems more lively because of it. Mr. Beat's Social Studies Channel: www.youtube.com/iammrbeat Reading Through History: www.youtube.com/readingthroughhistor Cynical Historian www.youtube.com/user/CynicalCypher88 Music: "William McKinley" by Electric Needle Room Stories referenced this episode: We could have a larger discussion about renaming things after this… http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2015/09/20/after-denali-name-change-attention-turns-south-dakotas-harney-peak/71925332/ The CSS Hunley is finally clean! http://www.stripes.com/military-life/military-history/cleaned-of-encrustations-the-css-hunley-becomes-a-real-submarine-1.368652. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 07 Sep 2015

In which Matt and Robert give some context to the renaming of Mount McKinley back to Denali, discuss the rediscovery of an 18th-century era British fort in upstate New York, the supposed discovery of an old Nazi train with hidden treasures on it, the election of the Nazis and how Bernie Sanders was right about Hitler not taking over Germany by force, and how many Japanese are choosing to forget about how their ancestors committed horrible atrocities to Koreans and the Chinese at the beginning of the 20th century. Music: "William McKinley" by Electric Needle Room (www.electricneedleroom.com) Articles referenced for this episode: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/donald-trump-change-denali-back-mount-mckinley/story?id=33452776 http://m.snopes.com/mount-mckinley-denali/ http://www.foxnews.com/science/2015/08/19/dig-at-colonial-battleground-in-upstate-ny-uncovers-stone-walls-from-unfinished/ http://www.popularmechanics.com/adventure/news/a17087/confirmed-nazi-loot-train-found/ http://www.dw.com/en/fact-or-fiction-adolf-hitler-won-an-election-in-1932/a-18680673 http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33754932 http://news.yahoo.com/japan-minister-visits-controversial-tokyo-war-shrine-afp-010329658.html. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 26 Aug 2015

In which Matt and Robert discuss the massive amounts of historical footage being uploaded on YouTube and how YouTube still is not the go-to place for history, the discovery that farming actually began 11,000 years before we originally thought, a new clue about the mysterious lost colony of Roanoke, the discovery of proof that Warren G. Harding indeed cheated on his wife, and how Alexander Hamilton was oh so right that term limits are a bad idea for the judicial branch. Here are the articles referenced in this episode: Agricultural discovery in history: http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/science-farming-ohalo-ii-israel-03052.html Massive amounts of historic footage being uploaded to Youtube: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jul/22/newsreel-associated-press-movietone-upload-archive-youtube?CMP=share_btn_tw Archeologists may have solved mystery of the 'Lost Colony' http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/0811/Archeologists-may-have-solved-mystery-of-the-Lost-Colony DNA test confirms Warren Harding fathered daughter outside his marriage http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/aug/13/warren-harding-daughter-mistress-dna-test Music: "Warren Harding" by Electric Needle Room: https://electricneedleroom.bandcamp.com/track/warren-harding. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 10 Aug 2015

In which Matt and Robert followup on the controversy surrounding the Iranian nuclear deal, examine the new APUSH standards which stress "American exceptionalism," reexamine the possibility of a First Lady on money, and discuss how the most important people in history are crazy inventors like the Wright Brothers. Finally, Robert spends probably too much time dissecting a poorly written article about the supposed increase in xenophobia in Germany. Music: "Thomas Jefferson" by Electric Needle Room. For a free download, visit: https://electricneedleroom.bandcamp.com/track/thomas-jefferson Here are the articles referenced in this episode: The Hawks love a conflict with Iran http://www.vox.com/2015/7/28/9051051/iran-hawks-case-deal Revised AP U.S. History Standards Will Emphasize American Exceptionalism http://www.newsweek.com/revised-ap-history-standards-will-emphasize-american-exceptionalism-358210 Eleanor Roosevelt Is Top Choice for the $10 Bill, Poll Finds http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/06/us/politics/eleanor-roosevelt-is-top-choice-for-the-10-bill-poll-finds.html?_r=0 Xenophobia in Germany http://news.yahoo.com/seeking-refuge-germany-afford-let-xenophobes-chase-immigrants-194140019.html?bcmt=1437622695381-440416c4-b23f-4580-a509-63f8919a5601&bcmt_s=u#mediacommentsugc_container. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 22 Jul 2015

In the second episode, Matt and Robert discuss the increasing attack on Confederate era monuments, two counties in Texas ignoring the 14th amendment, the secrecy of the British government regarding the Mau Mau, and the implications of the Iranian nuclear deal. Context is about connecting the past to the present. It's about bringing history to life by making it relevant to everyone. Matt and Robert examine how history repeats itself, how interpretations of history change, and how new discoveries are being made about the past every day. Music: "Thomas Jefferson" by Electric Needle Room Available for a free download at http://electricneedleroom.bandcamp.com/track/thomas-jefferson Links related to this episode: Radiolab podcast about the Mau Mau (essentially another Holocaust happened but it was covered up by the British). http://www.radiolab.org/story/mau-mau/ The Monuments Debate - http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/confederate-statue-in-leesburg-prompts-naacp-to-plan-rally/2015/07/09/10427966-24d1-11e5-aae2-6c4f59b050aa_story.html http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/whitewashing-civil-war-history-for-young-minds/2015/07/06/1168226c-2415-11e5-b77f-eb13a215f593_story.html?hpid=z4 And Forrest -http://news.yahoo.com/remains-confederate-general-kkk-leader-no-longer-welcome-184210735.html An article somewhat defending the memorials - http://www.dallasnews.com/news/columnists/jacquielynn-floyd/20150709-jacquielynn-floyd-pulling-down-statues-cannot-erase-history.ece http://thefederalist.com/2015/06/23/congratulations-you-oppose-the-confederate-flag-now-what/. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 08 Jul 2015

In the first episode, Matt and Robert discuss the recent Confederate flag controversy, the Supreme Court ruling on same sex marriage, which woman should be on the $10 bill, the ruling that the Ten Commandments be taken down at the Oklahoma City capitol building, and the misconceptions many have about the actual conditions of slavery in the antebellum U.S. South. Context is about connecting the past to the present. It's about bringing history to life by making it relevant to everyone. Matt and Robert examine how history repeats itself, how interpretations of history change, and how new discoveries are being made about the past every day. Music: "Thomas Jefferson" by Electric Needle Room Available for a free download at http://electricneedleroom.bandcamp.com/track/thomas-jefferson Link to article referenced in this episode: http://www.vox.com/2015/6/29/8847385/what-i-learned-from-leading-tours-about-slavery-at-a-plantation. . .

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