History Matters (...and so does coffee!)

Conversations About History For Everyone with Joanne Freeman

History Matters (…and so does coffee!) is a weekly webcast sponsored by the National Council for History Education featuring the teaching and scholarship of Dr. Joanne Freeman, a professor of history at Yale University and former NCHE board member. Each episode features a conversation about an historic person, place, event, or piece of evidence; what it reveals; and how it emerges (or reemerges) in America today. Dr. Freeman begins with a short discussion of a topic, often connecting it to documents in the historical record, and then shows how it connects with the challenges and responsibilities of American citizenship in the here and now. Dr. Freeman also takes questions from the live webcast audience about the day's topic. History Matters (…and so does coffee!) is a fun, funny, interactive, educational, and--amidst our current challenges--important webcast for understanding how history happens and its vital relevance today. The National Council for History Education provides professional and intellectual leadership to foster an engaged community committed to the teaching, learning, and appreciation of diverse histories. Through historical inquiry, NCHE empowers learners to research and interpret the past.

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2023 Season
January 6, 2023 Speakership Battles: The Hows, Whys, & WTFs Watch here
January 13, 2023 What Does the Press Cover When It Covers? Watch here
January 20, 2023 Schools as Cultural Battlegrounds Watch here
January 27, 2023 When Your Youth Is History Watch here
February 3, 2023 The Politics of Threats -- and Fear Watch here
February 10, 2023 The State of Relations Between Presidents & Congress Watch here
February 17, 2023 "Is this the worst it's ever been?" Watch here
February 24, 2023 FEAR as Politics Watch Here
March 3, 2023 When Words Mean Everything & Nothing Watch here
March 10, 2023 The Problem of Presentism Watch here
March 17, 2023 Why We Hate Banks Watch here

2022 Season: What Can History Tell Us?
January 7, 2022 January 6 One Year On: What Can History Tell Us? Watch here
January 14, 2022 Washington's Farewell Address: What Was He Warning? Watch here
January 21, 2022 Congressional Representation Matters. A Lot. Watch here
January 28, 2022 Politicians: When Can You Believe Them? Watch here
February 4, 2022 Cartoons as Politics Watch here
February 11, 2022 Propaganda: It's Just What You Think It Is--And More Watch here
February 18, 2022 A Presidents' Day Special: What Do We Think When We Think of Presidents? Watch here
February 25, 2022 Stating the State of the Union Watch here
March 4, 2022 The 100th Episode!! Watch here
March 11, 2022 The Trap of Nostalgia Watch here
March 18, 2022 Framing Matters Watch here
March 25, 2022 The Bully Pulpit Watch here
April 1, 2022 Anything Goes! Watch here
April 8, 2022 John Adams and Justice Watch here
April 15, 2022 Othering as Politics Watch here
April 22, 2022 Does "WE the People" Exist? Watch here
April 29, 2022 Macho Rodeo Politics Watch here
May 6, 2022 The Power of Rights Removed Watch here
May 13, 2022 The Power of Public Opinion Watch here
May 20, 2022 The Founders: What Are They Good For? Part One Watch here
May 27, 2022 The Founders: What Are They Good For? Part Two Watch here
June 3, 2022 Broadening the American Story Watch here
June 10, 2022 Why Hearings Matter -- And They DO! Watch here
June 17, 2022 A Brief History Matters Episode Watch here
June 24, 2022 An Open Discussion of the Hearings Watch here
July 1, 2022 Why History Matters Watch here
July 8, 2022 Wrestling With the Founders Watch here
July 15, 2022 Militias Past & Present Watch here
July 22, 2022 Words Matter: A Lot Watch here
July 29, 2022 Manly Men & Power Watch here
August 5, 2022 An Ode to Accountability Watch here
August 12, 2022 Warping Words Watch here
August 19, 2022 Defending the Teaching of History Watch here
August 26, 2022 Democracy and Government Records: They're Ours Watch here
September 2, 2022 When "Good Guys" Go Goblin Mode Watch here
September 9, 2022 The Power, Pull, and Problems of Monarchy in US History Watch here
September 16, 2022 Cruelty as Politics Watch here
September 23, 2022 Why Do We Care About Presidential Children? Watch here
September 30, 2022 James Madison’s Flute: The Power of Places and Things Watch here
October 7, 2022 Who Hates Democracy? Watch here
October 14, 2022 On Witnessing History Watch here
October 21, 2022 The Long History of "It CAN Happen Here." Watch here
October 28, 2022 Anything Goes! Watch here
November 4, 2022 Do or Die Elections--Then & NOW Watch here
November 11, 2022 What Comes Next? Watch here
November 18, 2022 Giving Thanks Watch here
November 25, 2022 Talkin' about my Generation Watch here
December 2, 2022 When Lines Are Crossed Watch here
December 9, 2022 On Terminating Constitutions Watch here
December 16, 2022 What Does It Mean To Be An Ex-President? Watch here
December 23, 2022 The US, France, and the Marquis de Lafayette Watch here
December 30, 2022 What Comes Next? Watch here

2021 Season: Talking Democracy
Date Topic Video and Documents
January 7, 2021 Democracy and Violence Watch here
January 14, 2021 A Conversation: When There Are No Words Watch here
January 21, 2021 On the Meaning of Ceremonies: Inaugurations and U.S. (and us) Watch here // Get document here
January 28, 2021 Wearing the "President Suit": Why Styles of Government Matter Watch here // Get document here
February 5, 2021 Political Parties: What Are They Good For? Watch here
February 12, 2021 Impeachment: The Whats, Whys, and Wherefores Watch here
February 19, 2021 Representatives: What Are They Good For? Watch here
February 26, 2021 The First Hundred Days: Why Beginnings Matter Watch here
March 5, 2021 Democracy + Technology Watch here // Get document here
March 12, 2021 The Filibuster Watch here
March 19, 2021 Processing the Now Watch here
March 26, 2021 Foreign Affairs Watch here
April 2, 2021 The Life We're Living: Lessons Learned (Part 1) Watch here
April 9, 2021 Where We Go From Here - A One Year Celebration Watch here
April 16, 2021 Playing By the Rules: When One Party Does and the Other Doesn't Watch here
April 23, 2021 When You Know You're Watching History: What it Means...and What it Doesn't Watch here
April 30, 2021 The Women Behind the President: Women and Public Power Watch here
May 7, 2021 On Lies and Lying Watch here
May 14, 2021 Rewriting History Watch here
May 21, 2021 NOT Trivial: When Small Things Reveal Big Things Watch here
May 28, 2021 Insurrections Watch here
June 4, 2021 Attacking Democracy: A User's Guide Watch here
June 11, 2021 The "Founders": The Who, the What, and the Why Watch here
June 18, 2021 The Core of Democracy: The Power of Norms and Trust Watch here
June 25, 2021 Humor in History Watch here
July 2, 2021 Fireworks, Parades, and National Identity: How We Use July Fourth Watch here
July 9, 2021 Here Comes the Judge!: The Founders and the Supreme Court Watch here
July 16, 2021 Who Tells Our Stories and Whose Stories Do They Tell? Watch here
July 23, 2021 Primary Documents I Have Loved, or, The Power of Primary Sources Watch here
July 30, 2021 National Character: Why It Matters Watch here
August 6, 2021 The "W's" Part 1: Who/What Watch here
August 13, 2021 The "W's" Part 2: When Watch here
August 20, 2021 The "W's" Part 3: Why Watch here
August 27, 2021 Special repeat episode Regretfully, the video for this day is not available
September 3, 2021 Can the Press be Neutral? Watch here
September 10, 2021 Remembering the Past: The Power of Pain Watch here // Get documents here and here
September 17, 2021 The Constitution: Why It Does and Doesn't Matter Watch here
September 24, 2021 The Problem with Posturing Watch here
October 1, 2021 The American Union Watch here
October 8, 2021 The US Congress: What Do We Need to Know? Watch here
October 15, 2021 The Power of Hate Watch here
October 22, 2021 Historian's Greatest Hits: Evidence or Realizations that Surprise and Move Watch here
October 29, 2021 Fear and Power: A Scary Story Watch here
November 5, 2021 Anger and Change Watch here // Read referenced article here
November 12, 2021 Bullying as Politics, Part 2 Watch here
November 19, 2021 Censure Matters Watch here
November 25, 2021 Happy Thanksgiving Watch here
December 3, 2021 The IDEA of Rights Watch here
December 10, 2021 Morality and Politics: It's Complicated Watch here
December 17, 2021 Why History REALLY Matters Watch here
December 24, 2021 Holiday Moments in the Early Republic Watch here
December 31, 2021 Lessons and Hope for the New Year Watch here

2020 Season: History: There and Back Again
Date Topic Video and Documents
April 9, 2020 Contingency Matters Watch here // Get document here
April 16, 2020 Feelings...Nothing More Than Feelings Watch here // Get document here
April 23, 2020 Fouled Foundations Watch here // Get document here
April 30, 2020 The Truth and Lies of Diaries Watch here // Get documents here, here, and here
May 7, 2020 Insights from the Everyday Watch here // Get documents here
May 14, 2020 Being Persnickety with the Press Part One Watch here // Get documents here
May 21, 2020 Being Persnickety with the Press Part Two Watch here // Get documents here
May 28, 2020 Politics: It's Here, It's There, It's Everywhere Watch here // Get document here
June 4, 2020 "Nobody But a Regular Woman": Women and Resistance Watch here // Get documents here
June 11, 2020 "A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words" Watch here // Get document here
June 18, 2020 Hissings, Coughings, and Hootings: The Nature of Protest -- Past and Present Watch here // Get document here
June 25, 2020 Fanatical Mobs and Government Plots: The Power and Pull of Conspiracy Theories Watch here // Get documents here, here, and here
July 2, 2020 Hamilton and Hamilton: The Past, the Present, and How History Matters Watch here
July 9, 2020 Fears of Foreign Influence (and a brief Hamilton debriefing) Watch here // Get document here
July 16, 2020 Picking a President: The Founders Had Thoughts Watch here
July 23, 2020 Words Can Be Worth A Thousand Pictures: The Political Power of Words Watch here
July 30, 2020 Queries, Questions, Thoughts, Ideas: A Conversation Watch here
August 6, 2020 (Not) Talking About Slavery in Early America (Part of the NCHE Equity Summit) Watch here
August 13, 2020 Attack of the Amazon Women: Fears of Women and Political Power, 1789 Edition Watch here // Get document here
August 20, 2020 Why The Postal System Matters: A User's Guide to the Postmaster General's Testimony Watch here
August 27, 2020 Doomsday Politics: The Late 1790s and Now Watch here // Get documents here, here, here, and here
September 3, 2020 Campaigning for Office Past and Present: The Dangers of Demagogues Watch here
September 10, 2020 Anything Goes Watch here
September 17, 2020 "WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF A REVOLUTION!": The Push and Pull of Extreme Rhetoric Watch here // Get document here
September 24, 2020 Hope Watch here
October 1, 2020 Debates and Democracy: A Conversation with Joanne Freeman and Heather Cox Richardson Watch here
October 8, 2020 When Political Parties Die Watch here // Get document here
October 15, 2020 Democracy in Action? What Do We Hear During Hearings? Watch here
October 22, 2020 Talking Dirty: Discussing Crises at Home and in School Watch here // Get document here
October 29, 2020 Democracy: A Plea Watch here // Get documents here and here
November 5, 2020 The Election: A Conversation Watch here
November 12, 2020 Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: Difficult Transitions in Politics Watch here // Get documents here, here, and here
November 17, 2020 The Supreme(s) Watch here
November 26, 2020 Special Thanksgiving Day Messsage from History Matters (...and so does coffee!) Watch here
December 3, 2020 The Founders and Democracy: It's Complicated Watch here // Get documents here and here
December 10, 2020 Anything Goes, the Reboot! Watch here
December 17, 2020 The Bully Pulpit: Bullying as Politics Watch here