Topic: History

Current Event April 3, 2020

Debate: Should Online Discussions Be Preserved as Historical Records?

Technology History Agriculture

Online discussions document history as it is lived, functioning as digital primary source artifacts. As Verizon prepared to delete archives of Yahoo Groups, among the earliest online discussions on the internet, some people were upset. They argued that these online discussions offered a valuable record of life in the early 2000s that should be preserved. Verizon said that maintaining the archives required resources that they wanted to use for other priorities. Listen to hear more about the dispute over Yahoo Groups and then debate: Should online discussions be preserved as historical records?

Update: Verizon deleted all content from Yahoo Groups on January 31st 2020, allowing users to archive their data before that date.

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Current Event September 26, 2018

Fire Destroys Brazil's National Museum

History Art

A fire recently destroyed Brazil’s National Museum and millions of artifacts within it representing thousands of years of history. An anthropologist and ethnology professor who studies the history of Brazil’s indigenous cultures lost much of his life’s work in the fire. Listen to hear his reflections on the fire and what the loss of hundreds of historic objects and documents means to him, his country, and the world.

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