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Moments in Scottish History, pt. 1
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June 29, 2013 01:32 PM PDT
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Take a journey through Scotland's history on this episode of Simply Scottish, featuring finalists from our Moment in Scottish History Contest. What happened to Rome's 9th Legion after they marched into the wild lands of Caledonia? Learn about the famed footprint at Dunadd, seat of the ancient kings of Dalriada. Discover the significance of Dun Nechtain and Athelstaneford, two key battles in early Scottish history. Relive important moments in the life of Robert the Bruce, and uncover important truths about the Massacre of Glencoe and the Act of Union with England. All this plus music from Sandy Meldrum, The Paul McKenna Band, The Corries, and more!
Scottish Poetry & Song, pt. 3
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May 19, 2013 10:52 PM PDT
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Enjoy a great selection of Scottish poems and songs in part 3 of our series! Learn more about the fiery poet, editor, and political activist Hugh MacDiarmid and how he revived interest and awareness in the Scots language and Scottish literature. Hear MacDiarmid read from "The Kind of Poetry I Want" during a visit to New York in 1969 and enjoy a selection of his work. You'll also meet Robert Service, the Bard of the Yukon. Hear about his adventures in the Canadian and American West and why he was hailed as the people's poet. Also, poems by Andrew McDiarmid and Stewart Conn, plus music from Session A9, Emily Smith, Ewan Robertson & Gary Innes, and more!
The Scots in Canada, pt. 1
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April 28, 2013 07:37 PM PDT
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Perhaps no country has been influenced by the Scots more than Canada. On this episode, learn the fascinating story of the Scots who helped build early Canada. You'll meet Simon McTavish, founder of the North West Company, who at one time controlled a majority of the fur trade business in the Canadian territories. We'll look at the expeditions of Alexander MacKenzie, the first explorer to blaze a trail from Canada's interior to the mighty Pacific. And you'll learn about two Scots who helped safeguard Canada's bilingual and cultural heritage. Discover how the Scots laid the groundwork for a new nation! All this plus music highlighting Canada's Scottish musical heritage, including Leahy, Mary Jane Lamond, the Chris Norman Ensemble, and more!
Rob Roy MacGregor
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April 05, 2013 09:08 AM PDT
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To understand the famous highlander Rob Roy, you must first understand the times in which he lived. On this episode of Simply Scottish, we separate the man from the myth. Discover the troubling period of Scottish history into which Rob was born, including the story of the covenanters and the conflict between king and church. Learn more about the clan system and how Rob Roy quickly gained a reputation for himself as a man of courage and conviction. Even amidst the toughest times, Rob remained true to his family and clan, and his story can be an encouragement to us all. All this plus music from David Warrack's Rob Roy: The Musical, Kim Edgar, Alasdair Fraser, and more!
The Bay City Rollers, John Napier, and Grand Pianos
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March 11, 2013 12:44 AM PDT
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Hailed as the biggest band since The Beatles, the Bay City Rollers became global sensations in the mid-1970s with their bubblegum pop and tartan trousers. Learn more about their journey through stardom on this episode of Simply Scottish, another Scottish Three. Along with rollermania, we'll also look at Scottish mathematician John Napier, whose contributions to mathematics include logarithms and a more efficient system for making calculations. Finally, discover how Scotsman John Broadwood helped invent grand pianos and hear how Ludwig van Beethoven thanked the craftsman after receiving one of his instruments as a gift. All this plus music from Deacon Blue, Rory Butler, Skipinnish, and more!
David Douglas: Nature's Collector
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February 10, 2013 07:27 PM PST
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On this episode of Simply Scottish, teacher, naturalist and writer Jack Nisbet discusses the life and legacy of 19th century Scottish botanist David Douglas. In a short but eventful career, Douglas collected and introduced to Europe over 200 plant species, including the Douglas Fir for which he is named. Nisbet is author of two books on Douglas - 2009's The Collector and 2012's David Douglas: A Naturalist at Work. Nibset's unique insight helps us understand who Douglas was as a Scotsman, a nature lover, and a collector for the Royal Horticultural Society in an age of global discovery and exploration. Enjoy period music by F.P. Hill & John Longman, as well as Alasdair Fraser and a modern-day David Douglas!
Sport in Scotland, pt. 2: Golf
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January 15, 2013 01:01 AM PST
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Although the origins of golf are widely debated, the game developed and matured in Scotland. On this episode of Simply Scottish, the latest in our Sport in Scotland series, we explore the history of golf. Learn how golf advanced from a short stick and ball pastime to the majestic game it is today. Discover golf's greats with our profiles of past and present players, including Old Tom Morris, Dorothy Campbell, Willie Anderson, and Colin Montgomerie. And join in as we look at Scotland's top golf courses, from the Old Course of St. Andrew to Gleneagles, site of the 2014 Ryder Cup. All this plus music from Sketch, Battlefield Band, Alistair Ogilvy, and Olympic Swimmers.
Across the Forth
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December 10, 2012 11:22 PM PST
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For almost 800 years, the only way to cross the Firth of Forth between Edinburgh and Fife was by ferry boat. In 1890, the Forth Rail Bridge opened, a marvel of Victorian era engineering. Learn about this majestic landmark and how it revolutionized transportation between the lowlands and highlands of Scotland. We'll also look at the Forth Road Bridge, an essential transit link for central Scotland, and details of the new Forth crossing, due to be completed in 2016. Enjoy music from Deacon Blue and Capercaillie, as well as songs about the Forth bridge by Radio Big Band and Robin Laing.
Scotland in Film
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November 17, 2012 11:00 PM PST
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Enjoy a short history of Scotland in film on this episode of Simply Scottish. From the earliest depiction of Scotland in 1895 to the cutting-edge animation behind Disney/Pixar’s Brave in 2012, we look at over a century of movies set in Scotland and the actors and filmmakers who brought them to life. Learn about Scotland’s contribution to early cinema and find out how a homegrown film industry developed in Scotland in the 1970s. All this plus music from The Proclaimers, Mark Knopfler, Dean Owens, and Face the West.
The Scottish Borders, pt. 3
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October 17, 2012 09:05 PM PDT
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Take another trip to Scotland's Borders in the concluding episode of our series exploring this beautiful region of Scotland! Visit border towns like Selkirk, Jedburgh, Kelso, and Eyemouth. Find out where William Wallace was named Guardian of Scotland and learn more about the Battle of Flodden, one of Scotland's bloodiest conflicts. We'll also visit Berwick-Upon-Tweed, whose colorful history is symbolic of its place between two nations. All this plus music from Isla St. Clair, Manran, Rachel Newton, and Deacon Blue!

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