Listen to History

Intervals is a public history initiative of the OAH Committee on Marketing and Communications. Created during the COVID-19 pandemic, Intervals explores the history of public health, illness, and disease in North America from colonial times to the present. Coming at a time of profound upheaval in our social and professional lives, Intervals responds to the impact of the pandemic on the history profession and helps fill the informational needs of the public. Season 1 draws on the work of twenty member historians to reframe American history through the lens of public health and to meet the demand for humanistic content that can engage and inform contemporary understanding of the coronavirus emergency. Intervals showcases and amplifies the value of each participant's work, broadens the constituency for OAH resources, and promotes historical literacy as a critical tool of citizenship. New episodes will air weekly on Wednesdays beginning April 7, 2021.

Intervals is hosted by Christopher Brick, George Washington University, and Kariann Yokota, University of Colorado, Denver, co-chairs of the Marketing and Communications Committee. It is produced by Ikerighi (IK) David.

Transcripts and notes, including suggested readings, are available for each episode.


Series Introduction - Public History is Public Health

Christopher Brick is a historian of human rights and the modern United States at The George Washington University where he serves as Director and Editor of The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project. A founding member of the OAH Marketing and Communications Committee, Brick served as co-chair from 2019-20 and in that capacity conceived and founded the Intervals series. His publications include Volumes 1 and 2 of The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers: The Human Rights Years, and he is the recipient of multiple major research awards from the National Archives, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and others.


Episode 1 - A Haunted Land: Epidemics, Indians, and the Contagion of Colonialism in North America--Pre-Contact to 1621



Josh Irvin is a doctoral student at George Washington University pursuing his PhD in Native American history. His ongoing research regards native sovereignty in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century by examining the history of the Grand River Iroquois community.