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Several Humanities researchers have had their research featured on TV and radio shows. Here are a few recent examples:


Caged: Humans and Animals at the Zoo Dr. Tracy McDonald and Dr. Daniel Vandersommers were featured in an episode of History Talk exploring zoos past and present. Listen to their podcast interview on Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective published by the History Departments at The Ohio State University and Miami University.






Turning code into something you can dance to

Dr. David Ogborn directs the McMaster Cybernetic Orchestra (, and teaches audio, code and game design in the Multimedia and New Media and Communication programs. Using computer programming code, he performs in musical collaborations around the world via the Internet. CBC Radio’s Spark with Norah Young profiled the McMaster Cybernetic Orchestra in a piece on music created through live coding. Read more and listen to the podcast here.



How the Vimy myth was created, and why it’s wrong to perpetuate it

Dr. Ian McKay, L.R. Wilson Chair in Canadian History, studies Canadian history, memorialization and Canada’s military past, public memory and tourism, and the historical role of the archives in shaping official narratives of nationhood. His latest work, the critically acclaimed book The Vimy Trap, or, How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Great War, invites the broader public to engage in important debates around historical conceptions of Canada, past and present. Read more and listen to the CBC Sunday Edition podcast here.




Is it possible Lord Kitchener killed himself?

Dr. Stephen Heathorn, Professor in the Department of History, specializes in the history of modern Britain and the British empire. The author of the book Haig and Kitchener in Twentieth-Century Britain: Remembrance, Representation and Appropriation, he was interviewed by the CBC News about the conspiracy theories surrounding the death of British minister Lord Kitchener in the first years of World War I. Read more and listen to the podcast here.