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A twice monthly podcast on crime and punishment throughout history!

Criminal Records Podcast Demetria Spinrad and Isaac Meyer

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A twice monthly podcast on crime and punishment throughout history!

    Willem Arondeus (re-record)

    Willem Arondeus (re-record)

    Meet the man who used his artistic talents to resist Nazi occupation, then planned an elaborate scheme to destroy a public records building by posing as a German official. In the occupied Netherlands, a group of artists fought the law with typography and tailoring. Why did Willem Arondeus go from a little-known WII resistance fighter to a hit with Tumblr teens, and what can his story teach us about resisting fascism today?
    Show notes and sources at this link

    • 53 min
    Jiang Qing and the Gang of Four

    Jiang Qing and the Gang of Four

    Was Mao Zedong's fourth wife one of history's deadliest criminals, or was she a scapegoat for a country that needed to preserve the image of its founding father? The answer is complicated, tragic, and involves a surprising amount of high-stakes theater criticism.
    Show notes, sources, and sacred mangoes at this link

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Puyi, the Xuantong Emperor

    Puyi, the Xuantong Emperor

    China’s last emperor ended up becoming one of history’s strangest political pawns, and ended his life as an avowed communist. How did a man born into unbelievable wealth end up penning a memoir about the evils of the landlord class? And was his disavowal of his privileged upbringing genuine, or was he the victim of a justice system that perfected the art of brainwashing prisoners?
    Show notes and sources here

    • 58 min
    Harry Allen

    Harry Allen

    Meet Harry Allen, the sporty gentleman who scandalized Seattle by wooing ladies, biting cops, and making sure to give his side of the story to the press. Harry left an extraordinary legacy in the public record: He was a transgender man who talked directly to newspapers about his gender identity. But was he really the incorrigible hoodlum the papers made him out to be, or was he forced to the margins of society by police harassment?

    Content notes: There is one transphobic quote at the beginning of the article, when we discuss the incorrect claims about transgender history in Abigail Shrier's book. For all other quotes used in this episode, I've trimmed around names and pronouns to avoid misgendering Harry on air.
    Show notes and sources at this link
    How to get the zine mentioned in this podcast: Contact Elijah through his Instagram @elijahjanka. Make sure to include a donation screenshot to For The Gworls (suggested $8-10 and up) & a mailing address.

    • 57 min
    Okamoto Kōzō

    Okamoto Kōzō

    This week, we explore a hapless revolutionary group's failed attempts to start the Communist revolution with pachinko ball bombs, a one-way flight to North Korea, and random attacks on civilians. Why did a group of Japanese students end up deciding that the best way to kick-start the revolution was getting involved in a war in the middle east? And how does an idealistic young student end up believing that mass murder is morally justified?
    Content note: This episode is about various acts of terrorism, culminating in a mass shooting. We don't go into graphic detail about the shooting but a recounting of the facts may be distressing.

    • 58 min
    Three short cases: PT Barnum, a pond full of leeches, and Palisade Nevada

    Three short cases: PT Barnum, a pond full of leeches, and Palisade Nevada

    Hey, is anyone having trouble concentrating this week? Maybe there's something in the news that might make it hard to focus on a deep dive into serious crimes? Well, we've got a episode that moves as fast as the news cycle. Take a quick spin through criminal history with us as we cover some short cases about cool bicycle tricks, nasty ponds, and the fine tradition of messing with tourists.
    Show notes and sources at this link (no actual photographs of leeches, I promise!)

    • 1 hr 3 min

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Please improve the sound quality!

This is a great podcast. They both really know their stuff and it has a lot of heart. Very much enjoy their strong historical and cross cultural knowledge and passion for queer history. I’m learning a lot. But please please please get clip on microphones :-)

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