A podcast about the great (and not so great) history of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Hosted by Sabrina Janke and Alex Judge.
A Mystery at Falcon Lake
In May of 1967, amateur geologist Stefan Michalak was looking for quartz in the Whiteshell when he saw something bizarre. Was it an alien spacecraft? An experimental rocket ship? A hoax? In this episode, Alex interviews UFOlogist Chris Rutkowski and we talk through the UFO sighting known as the Falcon Lake Incident as well as its aftermath and a few theories. Plus: a special guest who may or may not be Alex's dad.
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Harlequin Romance Novels: A History
After almost a year out of the studio, Sabrina, Alex and Nick are back to recording in person! To kick us off, Sabrina recaps the unusual and unpredictable story of Harlequin Romance - a publishing house founded in Winnipeg that is now one of the largest romance publishers in the world. Their start, as it turns out, was not nearly as romantic.
Also of note - One Great History will now be released MONTHLY!
Polio in Manitoba
In an attempt to be topical, Sabrina goes through the storied history of polio in Manitoba - from the early epidemic era, through bizarre treatment ideas and wonky science, to one of Canada's largest vaccination initiatives. We promise, we didn't want this episode to feel quite as relevant as it does.
Content Warning: This episode was recorded over a month ago, before the discovery of the bodies of 215 children at the former Kamloops Residential School. We are all heartbroken by the discovery, and unfortunately this episode contains a similar incident on a smaller scale. It is discussed from 54:46-57:03 so you can expect it or skip it if you aren't in a space for it.
All About Archives
What even is an archive? Do we even really need them? Sabrina and Alex tackle these questions and talk to archivist Tom Nesmith and filmmakers Jesse Green and Vanda Fleury-Green about the importance of the City of Winnipeg archives and the less-than-ideal situation they're in.
Whoa Nellie - The Mock Parliament
In 1914, Nellie McClung and a delegation of her fellow suffragettes went to the provincial legislature to be heard on the topic of women voting. While they presented their best arguments in favour of suffrage, McClung found herself half-hoping that Premier Roblin would not be swayed. If he somehow changed his mind, after all, it would make her biting impression of him the very next night somewhat awkward.
In this episode we talk about the Manitoba suffrage movement's most famous piece of campaigning: the mock parliament presented at the Walker Theatre, a role-reversal in which women debated whether men ought to vote. We also talk about the problematic politics of Nellie McClung. (Spoiler: Alex has VERY mixed feelings.)
The Battle At Market Square
Sabrina and Alex explore an uglier side of Winnipeg's history in this episode, namely, the rise of fascism and Nazism in Winnipeg in the 1930s. We discuss the rise and fall of the various parties (yes, there were more than one) and the countless ways Winnipeggers fought back against them, including a large riot called the Battle At Market Square.
Warning: this episode does contain discussion of antisemitism.
Maybe a little niche, but a great podcast on the history of Winnipeg!