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History Now (NVTV) with Barry Sheppard

History Now is a weekly history show, broadcast on Northern Visions TV in Belfast and presented by historian Barry Sheppard. A focus on Irish and world history, the show's host speaks with local and professional historians from across the world on a range of historical topics. (All podcasts of History Now episodes are courtesy of Northern Visions Television Belfast).

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Enoch Powell - with Dr Paul Corthorn

Dr Paul Corthorn from Queen's University Belfast speaks to Barry Sheppard about his book 'Enoch Powell: Politics and Ideas in Modern Britain'.


10 Jul 2021

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Mary Ann McCracken - Belfast radical and abolitionist.

Barry Sheppard discusses the life of Mary Ann McCracken with Paula Reynolds and Aaron McIntyre from the Belfast Charitable Society.


2 Jul 2021

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Tartan Gangs and Loyalist Commemorations, Gareth Mulvenna and Jonathan Evershed.

Barry Sheppard is joined by authors Dr Gareth Mulvenna, "Tartan Gangs and Paramilitaries: The Loyalist Backlash" and Dr Jonathan Evershed "Ghosts of the Somme: Commemoration and Culture War in Northern Ireland" to discuss Loyalist youth gangs and Loyalist and Unionist commemorations of the Somme. 


27 Jun 2021

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Brian J. Dooley - Second Generation Irish and the Cause of Ireland.

Barry Sheppard is joined by human rights activist and author, Dr Brian Dooley.  Author of several books, including "Robert Kennedy: The Final Years" and "Black and Green: The Fight for Civil Rights in Northern Ireland & Black America", Brian is speaking to Barry about Ireland and the Irish diaspora and his book "Choosing the Green? Second Generation Irish and the Cause of Ireland".


26 Jun 2021

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History Now - Professor Cornel West

Barry Sheppard speaks with American philosopher, political activist, social critic, and public intellectual, Professor Cornel West.  Recorded on NVTV for History Now's 100th episode, Professor West discusses how history has played an important role in teaching philosophy and discusses some of the historical figures who have made an impact upon his life. 


22 Jun 2021

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James Baldwin's America - Professor Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, Eddie S. Glaude Jr. speaks to Barry Sheppard about his book 'Begin Again - James Baldwin's America and its Urgent Lessons for Today'. 


19 Jun 2021

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Royal Irish Constabulary Commemoration Controversy 2020, Brian Hanley and Ida Milne

Recorded in February 2020, Barry Sheppard was joined by Dr Brian Hanley from Trinity College Dublin, and Dr Ida Milne from Carlow College to talk about the aborted commemoration of Royal Irish Constabulary officers who died during the Irish War of Independence, asking if this proposed commemoration impacted Fine Gael's 2020 election campaign. 


17 May 2021

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Science vs Religion, and religious fundamentalism in 19th century Ulster, with Dr Stuart Mathieson

Barry Sheppard speaks with Dr Stuart Mathieson about the history of science vs religion and his Leverhulme Trust-funded project Fundamentalism as an Ulster phenomenon? Popular Protestantism, 1859–1939.


12 May 2021

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Canon John Hayes and 90 years of Muintir na Tíre

Barry Sheppard is joined by former National President of the rural Irish organisation, Muintir na Tíre (the People of the Land) to discuss the organisation and its founder Canon John Hayes, on the 90th anniversary of its first meeting (7 May 1931). 


10 May 2021

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Sexual violence in the Irish revolution with Professor Linda Connolly

Professor Linda Connolly of Maynooth University joins Barry Sheppard to talk about her research into sexual violence during the Irish revolutionary period. 


4 May 2021

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