Season 1, Episode 1: Does History Really Inspire?

In this inaugural episode, Sarah Kay Bierle chats about her philosophy when approaching history, shares a couple of personal stories, and sets the stage for re-examining historical heroes, legends, myths, visual representations, and more in Season 1 of Historian Life Podcast!


  • The big question: does history really inspire?
  • “Paul Revere’s Ride” – an influential inspiration in Sarah’s childhood
  • How 2020 got this podcast started
  • Looking at biographies of people who had inspired me
  • Reading about struggles from the past
  • “Yes, I believe history inspires, but we need to understand the humanity of those who came before. We need to understand them as people, not as marble statues.”
  • Goal for the podcast? Shorter episodes!
  • Season 1 – looking at myths, heroes, legends, historiography, and getting a deeper grasp on real historical figures, and how to chat about these ideas with people around us.

Episode Question:

  • Did you have historical heroes when you were a child and were you as pleased with your heroes when you learned more?

Published by Sarah Kay Bierle

I’m Sarah Kay Bierle, author, speaker, and researcher. Past and present, everyone has a story. What will we discover and discuss?

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