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Published on December 15th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

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I Do a Podcast with My History Hero, James Burke, and the Music of the Black Death

A couple of weeks ago, I was asked to appear on The Copernicus Podcast to talk about songs relating to the Black Death, the plague that wiped out most of Europe in the 14th century.  (I know, I know.  It’s not your normal sort of conversation–but this is my job.)

On the same podcast–and talking about plague–was James Burke, he of Connections, one of the greatest pop history shows of all time.  If you’re at all interested in why things are they way they are, then YouTube a few episodes and you’ll see what I find the guy so fascinating.

Get the podcast here.  Then watch James Burke in action below.


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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.



2 Responses to I Do a Podcast with My History Hero, James Burke, and the Music of the Black Death

  1. Tony D says:

    James Burke. Dang, I haven't heard that name in years. Great TV.

  2. JC says:

    A great series, the later series didn't quite have the same omph. Then there were historians that came out of me woodwork and started criticizing the links he suggested, etc. but forget all that. It was a very intelligent, thought provoking show that more than once would give me the chills. Even if you might not agree with all his 'connections', it's a great ride and you just happened to learn things along the way.

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