Dig: A History Podcast

Dig: A History Podcast

Dig: A History Podcast

CATEGORY: Society & Culture
Four women historians, a world of history to unearth. Can you dig it?
  1. July 11, 2022
    53 min
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    Julia’s Bureau: The Temperance Virtuoso, the Father of Journalism, and Life after Death in the Spiritualist Anglo-Atlantic
    Spiritualism Series. Episode #2 of 4. For three years before his untimely death on the Titanic, British newspaper man W. T. Stead gathered the bereaved and curious in a room in Cambridge House so they could com…
  2. July 04, 2022
    41 min
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    Cheesecloth, Spiritualism, and State Secrets: Helen Duncan’s Famous Witchcraft Trial
    Spiritualism Series, #1 of 4. Helen Duncan was charged under the 1735 Witchcraft Act, but her case was no eighteenth-century sensation: she was arrested, charged, and ultimately imprisoned in 1944. Of course, i…
  3. June 27, 2022
    42 min
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    Domesticity and Depression: Kentucky Coal Mining, Song, and Organizing During Bloody Harlan
    This is a special episode researched and written by one of our interns, Olivia Langa.Intern Episode! #2 of .... To find out more about the everyday lives of women in coal mining families we must look at the son…
  4. May 23, 2022
    1 hr 3 min
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    One Medicine: Animal Experiments and the Making of Modern Medical Science
    Animals Series. Episode #4 of 4. The interplay between human and veterinary medicine was incredibly common by the second half of the 19th century. While human medicine and veterinary medicine were distinct prof…
  5. May 16, 2022
    37 min
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    Canary in a Coal Mine - Literally
    Animals Series. Episode #3 of 4. The term “canary in a coal mine” is ubiquitous for any early warning signal. Like our fictional vignette of a miner carrying a canary into the coal mine, canaries were often tak…
  6. May 09, 2022
    44 min
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    Remember Rutterkin? Witch’s Familiars, Religious Reformation, and Sexy Beasts in Early Modern Europe
    Animals, Episode #2 of 4. Toads, dogs, cats, ferrets, rats, and occasionally even butterflies were depicted in the 16th and 17th centuries as “witch’s familiars” throughout Europe. A servant of the witches, who…
  7. May 02, 2022
    1 hr 3 min
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    War Elephants from Ancient India to World War II
    Animals Series, #1 of 4. In mid-March of 2022, a video spread virally across social media platforms: an elephant with its trunk wrapped around the top bar of its enclosure, its eye casting an anxious look out.…
  8. March 28, 2022
    44 min
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    Race in 1920s America: Hellfighters, Red Summer, and Restrictive Immigration
    Race Series. Episode #4 of 4. In today’s episode we’re going to explore race in the 1920s and dig into a few key moments and movements to see how race and ethnicity played a key role in shaping the American int…
  9. March 21, 2022
    1 hr 2 min
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    Apartheid in South Africa: A History
    Race Series. Episode #3 of 4. During WWII, South Africa's United Party failed to enforce segregation laws with the vigor that most Afrikaners thought was necessary. As a result, war time was accompanied by grow…
  10. March 14, 2022
    1 hr 5 min
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    The Long History of Abolition in America
    Race #2 of 4. We’ve discussed the end of American slavery many, many times here on DIG. We’ve talked about abolition in the context of Reconstruction, in the context of refugees sometimes called “contraband,” i…
  11. March 07, 2022
    51 min
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    The Windrush Generation and the Mystique of British Anti-Racism
    Race #1 of 4. Over the last five years the British government has been reckoning with more recent expressions of the anti-immigration and anti-Black sentiments among its elected officials. The “Windrush scandal…
  12. December 26, 2021
    56 min
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    Rosa Parks: Myth & Memory in the American Civil Rights Movement
    Bad Women Series, #4 of 4. The popular image of Parks is one of quiet, and demure respectability. When we were in elementary school, we were taught that Parks was a tired old woman, whose feet hurt after a long…
  13. December 20, 2021
    1 hr 12 min
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    Tituba, The "Black Witch" of Salem
    Bad Women Series. Episode #3 of 4. Anyone who's read or seen Arthur Miller's play The Crucible likely remembers Tituba, the enslaved woman who sets off the 1692 witch panic in Salem, Massachusetts. In literatur…
  14. December 14, 2021
    1 hr 6 min
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    “La lengua”: Malintzin, the Spanish Conquest of Mesoamerica, and the Legacy of the Translator in Mexico
    Bad Women Series #2 of 4. Malintzin is by far the most controversial figure of the 1519 Mexican invasion. Was she a traitor, or a feminist national hero? Was she the mother of Mexico, or the Eve-like bringer of…
  15. December 07, 2021
    1 hr 3 min
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    Dragon Lady of the South China Sea: Cheng I Sao, Woman Commander of China's Pirate Confederacy
    Bad Women Series in collaboration with Hallie Rubenhold's new podcast Bad Women: The Ripper Retold . Episode #1 of 4. The life story of Shih Yang, known to history by her married name Cheng I Sao (the wife of C…
  16. November 14, 2021
    43 min
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    Aunt Jemima: American Racism on Your Grocery Shelf
    BONUS EPISODE! Tuck into this episode by our badass intern Carly Bagley, a student at St. Mary's University in Texas. She wrote, recorded and produced this episode as a companion episode to Sarah's Slavery and…
  17. October 25, 2021
    43 min
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    Marie Laveau: The Voodoo Queen and the Laveau Legend
    Occult Series. Episode #4 of 4. If you visit the city of New Orleans, Louisiana you will be regaled by stories of the magnanimous Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. Join any of the hundreds of walki…
  18. October 18, 2021
    1 hr 9 min
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    Werewolves, Vampires, and the Aryans of Ancient Atlantis: The Occultic Roots of the Nazi Party
    Occult Series #3 of 4. Whether we’ve ever really given it any study, we’re all at least a little familiar with the link between the Nazi party and the occult. Movies like Captain America and Hellboy have plot l…
  19. October 11, 2021
    45 min
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    Mizuko: The History behind Vengeful Aborted Fetus Hauntings in 1980s Japan
    Occult Series. Episode #2 of 4. In 1980s Japan, mizuko spirit attacks, or hauntings by the spirits of aborted fetuses, were on the rise among middle school and high school girls. Listen to one Japanese teen's t…
  20. October 03, 2021
    1 hr 10 min
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    The Demonologist and the Clairvoyant: Ed and Lorraine Warren, Paranormal Investigation, and Exorcism in the Modern World
    Occult #1 of 4. In the 1970s, Lorraine and Ed Warren had a spotlight of paranormal obsession shining on them. In the last decade, their work as paranormal investigators--ghost hunters--has been the premise for…

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