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What on Earth is Going on? is a podcast for the curious, where small talk is banned and tangents are prized. Strap yourself in for genuine dialogues with people who think deeply and are ready to tackle the big questions, such as broadcaster Terry O'Reilly, economist Miles Corak and journalist Jessica Vomiero.

Join Ben Charland to peel back the headlines and ask, what are the forces, people and ideas that shape the human story today? Have things always been this nuts, or are they getting crazier by the day? From the Mafia to the Beaverton, from women in politics to women in leadership, from history to artificial intelligence, and from entrepreneurship in the digital age to the art of wheelchair fencing, just what on Earth is going on?

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Jul 6, 2018

What can we learn from the trials, tribulations and shipwrecks of our collective human past? How does that past shape the human story today? How can we liberate history from its eurocentric roots? And, most importantly, what's the link between history and jazz?

Ben chats with the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University, and renowned historian/historiographer, Daniel Woolf. 

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About the Guest

Dr. Daniel Woolf has been the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University since 2009. He continues to teach part-time, and is a specialist in early modern British cultural history and the history of historical thought and writing. Principal Woolf is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, the Royal Society of Canada and the Royal Historical Society. He is the author or editor of numerous books on history and historiography, including the five-volume Oxford History of Historical Writing.

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