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On Top of the World

Aug 8, 2019

The new AP World History Course and Exam Description (CED) is out and we have to figure out the best and most responsible way to teach it. 

In this episode, Matt interviews Eric Beckman, a veteran teacher and winner of the 2018 William H. McNeill World History Association Teacher Scholarship. What exactly has changed?...


Jul 12, 2019

Are mountains of bird sh*t, a doctor giving his patients cancer, and the width of screw threads central to the rise of American imperialism? Yes! Matt and Dave discuss How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States by Daniel Immerwahr.

This a text that will leave North American readers like Matt and Dave,...


Mar 7, 2019

Dave and Matt return from a winter break to discuss the future of AP World and review James C. Scott's book Against the Grain

Recommendations:

Dave: Webb, Humanity's Burden and Klieman, "The Pygmies Were Our Compass"

Matt: Wrangham, Catching Fire

Music

Eric Jones, Angkor

Feist, Let It Die

MIMS, This Is Why I'm...



Dec 28, 2018

Matt and Dave are joined by special guests Henrik Lohmander and Peter Nicholson, computer game designers and historians with Paradox Interactive. We discuss their fascinating jobs working on the historical strategy games, how to break into historical game development, and the challenge of balancing history and...