On Top of the World

On Top of the World

Latest Episodes

Ep 48: Buy My Book
September 20, 2019

Dave published a book!

Ep 47: The New AP World History CED with Eric Beckman
August 07, 2019

The new AP World History  (CED) is out and we have to figure out the best and most responsible way to teach it.  In this episode, Matt interviews , a veteran teacher and winner of the 2018 William H. McNeill World History Association Teacher...

Ep 46: How to Hide an Empire
July 12, 2019

Are mountains of bird sh*t, a doctor giving his patients cancer, and the width of screw threads central to the rise of American imperialism? Yes! Matt and Dave discuss by Daniel Immerwahr. This a text that will leave North American readers...

Ep 45: Against the Grain
March 07, 2019

Dave and Matt return from a winter break to discuss the future of AP World and review James C. Scott's book .  Recommendations: Dave: and Matt: Music Eric Jones, Angkor Feist, Let It Die MIMS, This Is Why I'm Hot

Ep 44: Texting in Class - Panorama
December 28, 2018

A Review of Panorama: A World History by Laura J. Mitchell and Ross E. Dunn

Ep 43: Playing with Paradox Games
December 28, 2018

An Interview with Henrik Lohmander & Peter Nicholson

BONUS: Document Analysis Practice
December 17, 2018

New episodes are on the way! In the meantime, you can listen to Matt and Dave talking through some primary source analysis best practices, document analysis, and lesson ideas. We hope that you or your students find this episode helpful! We originally...

BONUS: The Traitor Baru Cormorant
October 31, 2018

Put on your masks and get out your account books! Matt and Dave are joined by a very special guest, ! They discuss Seth Dickinson's groundbreaking fantasy novel, The Traitor Baru Cormorant. Although it is a work of fiction, the book's approach to...

Ep 42: The Great Hanoi Rat Hunt
October 16, 2018

Dave and Matt sit down with Michael Vann to talk about his new graphic history, . Your hosts discuss the joy of finding unexpected things in the archive, the necessity of writing a colonial urban history as a world history, the...

Episode 41 - The Cold World War
September 19, 2018

What is the Cold War to a World Historian? Dave and Matt use Odd Arne Wested's Bancroft-winning book as a launching pad to examine the longue dure of the 20th-century and a global approach to the US-