The Genius of Pierre-Esprit Radisson - The Champlain Society Podcast on Canadian History

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The Champlain Society Podcast on Canadian History



The Genius of Pierre-Esprit Radisson

Patrice Dutil explores the remarkable life of Pierre-Esprit Radisson (c1640-1710) with Mark Bourrie, the author of Bush Runner: The Adventures of Pierre-Esprit Radisson (Biblioasis) and the winner of the 2020 RBC Taylor Prize. Bourrie places Radisson (who was born near Avignon) within the context French-Indigenous relations, the Fur Trade and early capitalism, the Atlantic economy, the founding of the Hudson’s Bay Company, and the European rivalries in North America. His life of adventure throws a light on the evolution of business relations in the late seventeenth century.  This podcast was produced by Jessica Schmidt.



The Champlain Society Podcast on Canadian History

Witness to Yesterday is a new series of podcasts aimed at furthering the Champlain Society's mission of deepening awareness of Canada’s documentary past and of the people who created it. The following are available FREE on the Champlain Society website at , Spotify, iTunes, Stitcher and GooglePlay .

Witness to Yesterday –

The Telegram that launched Canada’s Involvement in the Suez Crisis –

La carrière fulgurante d’Étienne Brûlé –

The Hundred Days Campaign in the First World War –

The Diary of Lucy Everett Morrison –

The Conscription Crisis, 1917 –

La crise de la conscription, 1917 –

John A Macdonald and “the crisis” of 1885 –

Henri Bourassa and Confederation  –

La Confédération et Henri Bourassa –

Canada's Khaki Election of December, 1917 –

Beaverbrook: A Canadian in the David Lloyd George Cabinet, February 1918 –

The Strange Birth of the NHL in December 1917 –

Canada at the Winter Olympics –

The Unknown Northwest Passage –

Battling for The Maritimes, 1690-1763 –
Reconsidering the Legacy of Vimy –
Rediscovering the Explorer Philip Turnor –
The Canadian Irish and the First World War –
Native American Church and the Religious Use of Peyote in Canada –
The Universe of John Plaskett, Astronomer –
Pierre Trudeau, Trudeaumania 50 years later –
The History of Psychiatric Care and Mental Hospitals in Canada –
Hudson’s Bay Company Governor James Knight, 1714–1717 –
The History of Canadian Spying –
Teaching How to Think Historically in Canadian Schools –
The History of Indian Hospitals –
The Teaching of History in Quebec’s Schools –
L’enseignement de l’histoire au Québec  –
Lawyers, Families and Canadian Business –
The Teaching of History in Canada’s High Schools –
The Power of Prime Ministers in the First 50 Years of Confederation –
The Origins of the Security State -
Canada Day Special: Canada’s Incomplete Conquests -
Elizabeth Hale and The Two Solitudes, 200 years Ago -
The Making of Obesity in Canada -
Canada’s Writers confront the Vietnam War -
The Fascinating Career of Mackenzie King's Diary -
The Enigmatic Donald Creighton -
The "Other 1968": René Lévesque and the Founding of the Parti Québécois  -
"L'autre 1968"  René Lévesque et la fondation du Parti québécois -
Canada's Cyclist Soldiers of The First World War-
Armistice Day Special -
The Importance of the Eaton's Santa Claus Parade -
The Secrets of Banking History in Canada -
The History of Gay Life on the Prairies -
"Making Multiculturalism" The History of a Toronto School -
The Impact of Freak Shows in Canada -
How George Washington Killed 10 French Canadians and Started a World War -
The American Obsession with the 1837-38 Rebellions -
L'obsessoin américaine avec les rebellions de 1837-38 -
The FLQ Bombings 50 Years Later -
Canada at the Versailles Treaty, 1919 -
The 1979 Election in Canada forty years later -
The Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 one Hundred Years Later-
The Campaign for Women's Vote in Ontario -
Prime Ministers and the Press -
Canada's Uneasiness with International Human Rights -
Pierre E. Trudeau was not a Socialist! -
The Drama of Oscar Skelton-
The Business of the Early NHL -
The Lives and Times of Kouchibouguac -
Mackenzie King meets Hitler, June 1937 -
Canada and the Far East -
Remembrance Day Special: The Great War Comes to Ontario -
The 2019 Election in a Historical Context: A Roundtable -
Marcel Cadieux and the Art of Diplomacy -
The Devastating Flu Epidemic of 1918-19 in Canada -
Hating the Catholics in Canada -
The Politics of the Champlain Monument in Orillia, Ontario -
Harry Crerar's Army -
The Rise and Fall of One-Industry Towns in Northern Canada -
Henri Bourassa and the Great War -
Mary Quayle Innis and the Professor -
The Origins of The Modern Canadian Healthcare System -
Quebec in a Global Light -
Le Québec à la lumière du monde -
Canada on the UN Security Council -
Canada’s Scottish Refugees -
Edward Cecil-Smith, Canadian Communist -
Teyoninhokarawen: A Mohawk in the War of 1812 -
The Place of Race in Canada's International History -
James Teit and the First Nations on the Pacific Coast -
The History of Canada's Car Industry -
How Canada Nearly Forgot the Second World War -
Thomas Chapais, Tory Historian -
Thomas Chapais, Historien Loyaliste -
The Bank of Montreal's Success Since 1945 -
Acadian Fire, 1968 -
Reinventing Canada after 1945 -
Canada in Afghanistan -
Canadian History through the eyes of the Canadian Canoe Museum  -
The Labatt’s Saga -
Harold Innis on Peter Pond and the Art of Biography -
The Tragedy of Almighty Voice -   
Canada, 1919 -
The Making of Louis Riel -
Pierre Laporte: Martyr of the 1970 October Crisis -
Pierre Laporte: Martyre de la Crise d’Octobre -
The Genius of Pierre-Esprit Radisson -




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