“Releasing birds”: 20 years of the only radio program illustrating Argentine history

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The program has become a classic for historians. free the birds could be smelled, it is a symbol of the apostolate in this matter. The expedition, unique of its kind, goes on the radio and puts researchers in direct contact with the public.

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Atilio Bleta and his team, on Radio Nacional.  "I do not philosophize about history or seek debate. This program consists of a

Atilio Bleta and his team, on Radio Nacional. “I don’t philosophize about history or seek debate. This program consists of an interview with the author”.

Apparently, this radio dispatch was becoming commonplace for the suit creatures. “A book like this has come out, you have to go to Bleta”. Flagship program whose purpose is to promote the historical dissemination of our authors, tell the theme of releasing… It’s simple: chat, guest, music, phone calls and waiting for networks.

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-Twenty years on National Radio outside the governments. Is this also a goal?

-To tell you the truth, it cost me a bit. I spent some time on Radio Palermo, a parenthesis in which I had to leave Nacional, but I’d rather not go into details. There is no history program with my format. It doesn’t exist or it exists… in France, in England. I do not philosophize about history or seek debate. This program consists of an interview with the author. From a tango singer to a historical novel, via Alfonsín or the Dictatorship. I invite you and let’s talk about the specific topic that is in the book.

The format is the same and the ideological foundation is that, having been a history professor in the social sciences, I try to give space to a historian, a social researcher or musicologists, all people who committed suicide doing a job that is rarely disclosed. which he deserves

My job is to publicize the work of others. Also, I don’t argue with the interviewee. What matters to me, whether or not I agree with his ideas, is to ask questions so that the author’s point of view can be clarified. I repeat, there is no discussion.

-What is the most interesting history book you have read?

– I can give you some, for sure. revolution and warby Halperin Donghi. It is a fundamental book for understanding what the May Revolution and the process of Independence were like… Don Tulio, a teacher. And Mirta Lobato is very good, a fundamental author who has dealt with the history of working women.

Is everything history?

-Everything is history, said Felix Luna. It is true?

-Mmmm, I wouldn’t be so sure, it’s hard for me to understand that everything is history. For example, for me, the two obelisks, the one in Alfonsina and that of Luder, events that I was able to retrace journalistically, are still present. A serious story about the 70s is missing.

As with life with capitalism and consumerism today, historical research has become very fragmented. Young people receive a scholarship at Conicet to make newspapers once a year, then, from there, they try to fragment reality too much. There are no more stories or general seams.

"My job is to popularize the work of others. Also, I don

“My job is to disseminate other people’s work. I also don’t argue with the interviewee,” says Bleta.

-What do you think about revisionism, the reinterpretation of historical facts, the new data appearing…?

-Well, revisionism has passed for the Academy. And I consider the same. Still, it’s a debate that sells. Peronism adopts the most intelligent of revisionisms with (the politician and historian) Jorge Abelardo Ramos. Why? Because it serves as an interpretative model: Peronism is the one who defends the poor in Argentina and national sovereignty.

We have to admit, whether we like it or not, revisionism has won the battle. In particular, I am very sorry that there are so few Marxist historians who make general history. There is no longer a Melcíades Peña.

-History is written by who wins?

-Yes, that’s very true. Obviously there’s a story that addresses this because there’s a big divide: scholarly history and popularisation. In a broader sense, the books of historians on one side and Felipe Pigna, a successful popularizer, on the other.

Two decades on the air, Bleta. In total, about a thousand hearings. They passed, among dozens, Jorge Gelmannone of the architects of the renewal of Argentine agricultural history. Matias Bausowriter, lawyer and journalist, author of The prosecutora book that tells the story of Giulio Strassera.

George SaboridoProfessor of General Social History at the University of Buenos Aires, analyzing the war between Russia and Ukraine; Hilda Saturdaywhich he spoke about Variations of the republic. Politics in 19th Century Argentina OR Facundo Pastorauthor of Ambush, the hidden story of the disappearance of Rodolfo Walsh and the mystery of his unpublished stories.

Source: Clarin

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