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The History Show Sunday 19 February 2017

The History Show

The History Show

Bringing the past to life! Discover how our world was shaped as Myles Dungan and guests explore events ranging from medieval times to the recent past

The History Show 19th February 2017

This week, we hear the dark history of US President Donald Trump’s slogan ‘America First’; there’s a story about bingo, rats , and survival in 1930s Dublin; we’re talking about how history is affected by human memory; and we remember Oscar Wilde’s sister Isola, who died tragically in Edgeworthstown 150 years ago.

The Dark History of 'America First'

The Dark History of 'America First'

When Donal Trump began using the slogan ‘America First’ last year, it raised eyebrows in the US in a way that it didn’t as much in Europe.  He used the slogan again on Friday during his speech at Boeing in Florida, so Louisa Thomas – a US historian who has been writing about America First for the NewYorker.com – will be telling us about Charles Lindbergh and the America First Committee.

History Bites: Bingo, Rats and Survival in 1930s Dublin

History Bites: Bingo, Rats and Survival in 1930s Dublin

Another instalment from our History Bites series where Colette Kinsella looks at the unusual stories behind every day or hidden objects.  This week, Colette speaks to Seamus Marken about a small object that contains a rather large story about Dublin life in the mid-20th century.  The leather butchers' bingo card she mentions is on display in The Little Museum of Dublin on St Stephen's Green. The History Bites series is funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the television licence fee.

Memory and History

Memory and History

In this time of ‘alternative facts’ and ‘fake news’, we’re talking this week about how history is affected by that creative and flawed human faculty: memory.  Myles is joined by three people with interesting perspectives on memory: Shane O’Mara is a psychologist and professor of Experimental Brain Research at Trinity College Dublin.  Eamon Darcy is a historian at Maynooth University; and Susan Bewley is a medical doctor in London who recently edited the memoirs of her mother, the pioneering doctor Beulah Bewley, who was Derry-born and Dublin-educated.

For more about Shane O’Mara’s work, click here.

For more about Eamon Darcy’s work, click here.

For details about the book that Susan Bewley helped her mother, Beulah Bewley, write click here.

Billy Keane Column

Billy Keane Column

A History Show column from author, columnist and publican, Billy Keane, about the teaching of history in Irish schools.

150 Years since the Death of Isola Wilde

150 Years since the Death of Isola Wilde

An event will take place at 3pm next Sunday February 26th at St John’s Church, Edgeworthstown to mark 150 years since the tragic death, at nine years of age, of Isola Wilde - the younger sister of Oscar Wilde.  Isola’s death devastated the young Oscar, who wrote later of his loss in the poem RequiescatThe event will feature a reading by Eleanor Fitzsimons author of “Wilde Women”; a recital of “Requiescat” by Declan Neville; a talk by Dr Jarlath Killeen Oscar Wilde School of English T.C.D.; there will also be music by local artists and refreshments will be served in the nearby St John’s rectory.  

For more details, click here.

 

About The Show

Bringing the past to life! Discover how our world was shaped as Myles Dungan and guests explore events ranging from medieval times to the recent past.

We want to help explain ourselves to ourselves. We will search out fresh angles on familiar topics, seek out the unfamiliar and will not shy away from bizarre or controversial issues. Our ultimate goal is to make The History Show the primary port of call for those with an intense or even a modest interest in the subject. We want to entice the casual and the curious to join us in celebrating the past.

Our aim is to create informative, reflective, stimulating and above all, entertaining radio.

Join us on Sundays from 6.05pm for The History Show with Myles Dungan on RTÉ Radio 1.

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