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April 09, 2011

Backstories

If you follow the news at all, you realize that things happen around the world that seem tied to other events in other countries or even in...

...other times in history.

Wouldn't it be nice to have a source that would help us all make sense of the crazy changes going on around us?

Thanks to the internet, I have found just such a site. You can listen to the American History Guys (for much more than American history) at http://backstoryradio.org/. These are three guys who are professors of different - but complementary - areas of history. In fact one of the "guys" specializes on the 18th Century, while another one has a focus on the 19th Century and the third is primarily knowledgeable about the 20th Century.

They discuss current events with historical roots and give perspectives on continuing issues. Their expertise and their insights will give new depth and meaning to the circumstances that swirl around us like wacky weather.

Their discussions are archived by date here - http://backstoryradio.org/archives/.

You can listen online or on the radio. Check it out here - http://backstoryradio.org/when-to-listen/.

They are open to calls and comments. They are also open to suggestions for future shows. You can see the guidelines and submission process here - http://backstoryradio.org/get-involved/pitch-a-show/.

Poke around on this website. It just might inspire you to learn more about your own backstory.

Send us any links or other resources that you think any teachers, students or even just regular people might find interesting or useful. Let us all know about words that make you crazy, aspects of language and expression you find challenging, and be sure to let us know what it is about English and language learning that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.

Morf

About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, USA and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA, USA). And, as much as Morf loves writing this blog, he is always open to other opportunities either blogging or teaching. You can contact him at mmorf@mail.com.

Posted by mmorf at April 9, 2011 09:10 PM

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