Sep 20, 2017



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Aug 13, 2017

Revised: Burning of Buffalo in the War of 1812


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Jul 16, 2017

Revised: The Founding of APO


Sarah and Averill deliver a much-needed update and revision to our early episode on the founding of the AIDS Project of the Ozarks. 

Jun 11, 2017

Farewell Episode


It is with great sadness and equally great excitement that we release this episode - our reflection on two years of History Buffing. In the fall, the show will be rebranded as Dig: A History Podcast, as a few of our founding members are putting podcasting into the backseat of their lives as they pursue careers and degrees, and Averill, Marissa, Elizabeth, and Sarah embark on a new iteration of what you've come to expect from the History Buffs.

 Thank you, dear listeners, for journeying with us. Check back this summer for a few remastered episodes, and then tune in and subscribe to Dig in September!

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We apologize for the sound quality here - we aren't used to recording with five people at once - and promise that the fall launch of Dig will be more like the superior quality we've achieved in recent months.

Jun 4, 2017

Refugees in the Congo Jungle


Join Averill and Katie as they discuss the trek of Central African refugees on a harrowing journey through the jungle. For the last installment of our immigration series we conquer a major 20th-century crisis that is often overlooked:  the flight of refugees from Rwanda and the Congo during the mid-1990s.  This crisis produced more refugees than any event since World War II, and they trekked through some of the thickest jungle on Earth to escape violence and advancing armies.

May 28, 2017

Buffalo 9 and the Vietnam War


We are super excited - this is our first listener request! The late 1960s were a tumultuous time in the United States - major political assassinations, riots, protests, and a deeply controversial war all added up to a fractured and bruised society. Much of the action during the time period took place on college campuses - our own University at Buffalo included. Today, Sarah and Averill are talking about the court case at the heart of some of the most intense protests the University has ever seen: The Buffalo Nine.

May 21, 2017

Whiskey Rebellion, with Shots of History


Sarah and Marissa team up with Shots of History to talk about the history of whiskey-making the United States, and the notorious Whiskey Rebellion of 1791.

May 21, 2017

Straight Edge: Historian VS Hardcore Kid


Averill and Marissa grill Black X frontman Mark Miller from the HMNI Fanzine Podcast and historian of alcohol activism Colin Eager on straight edge, the hardcore music scene, and how they fit into the 1980s drug-panicked, "Just Say No" Reagan era. 

May 14, 2017

Black Athena


In 1987, a historian of modern China wrote a book that was way outside of his field - a historiographical work about the classical world, which argued that argued a racist and imperialist Europe had written Egyptian and Phoenician origins out of Greek history -- essentially whitewashing the African roots of Western civilization. The book caused a firestorm within the field of Classics, launching a series of rebuttals and re-rebuttals. Today’s episode is about the thesis that Bernal posed in his Black Athena, but it is also a peek behind the curtain of the academic world. It might get a little weird - because our discussion will be about the evidence Bernal used to support his assertion that Egyptian and Levantine civilizations significantly shaped ancient Greek civilization, but we will also dive into the backlash against Bernal’s work, and what that says about our profession, and how even historians are human and thus susceptible to the world in which we live. Join Averill and Sarah to learn more about Black Athena - and how the historical sausage gets made.

May 7, 2017

Sugar, Slavery, and Empire


Sugar has become ubiquitous in modern-day cuisine: it's pretty much everywhere and in everything we eat. But how did this White Gold earn its place in consumer culture? Join Averill, Marissa, and Katie as they discuss the history of sugar cultivation and its relationship to empire and consumerism.

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