33 episodes

Welcome to Forgottonia, a high school classroom project that seeks to honor our rich history of rural America and examine the social problems we currently face. This project is produced by students and led by History teacher, Joe Brewer, at Cuba H.S. located in Fulton County, 1 of 16 rural counties in the western part of the state. Our title, Forgottonia, refers to a tongue-in-cheek movement in the 1970s.

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Welcome to Forgottonia, a high school classroom project that seeks to honor our rich history of rural America and examine the social problems we currently face. This project is produced by students and led by History teacher, Joe Brewer, at Cuba H.S. located in Fulton County, 1 of 16 rural counties in the western part of the state. Our title, Forgottonia, refers to a tongue-in-cheek movement in the 1970s.

    S4, E5 – Forgottonia and the 2020 Census: What the Numbers Reveal about Population, Education, Poverty, Race, and more

    S4, E5 – Forgottonia and the 2020 Census: What the Numbers Reveal about Population, Education, Poverty, Race, and more

    On this episode of the Forgottonia Project, we summarize what the 2020 census reveals about Forgottonia. This episode serves as the podcast edition of our previous post analyzing census data: Forgottonia Profile: The 2020 Census. CHS students helped create a mega document that summarizes important demographic, social, and economic patterns that persist throughout Forgottonia (check … Continue reading "S4, E5 – Forgottonia and the 2020 Census: What the Numbers Reveal about Population, Education, Poverty, Race, and more"

    • 23 min
    S4, E4 – Mini-Pod: Upcoming Plans for the Forgottonia Project in 2022

    S4, E4 – Mini-Pod: Upcoming Plans for the Forgottonia Project in 2022

    The purpose of this mini pod is to briefly discuss some upcoming plans & projects we’re hoping to do with this classroom podcast & webpage in 2022. #1 - NEW STRUCTURE: This year the Forgottonia Project will include... MINI PODS - Ranging from a number of topics, quick announcements, brief interviews documenting Forgottonia history, music, … Continue reading "S4, E4 – Mini-Pod: Upcoming Plans for the Forgottonia Project in 2022"

    • 10 min
    S4, E3 – Hypercapitalism: What is it and Why Rural Americans Should be Concerned, With author and psychologist Tim Kasser

    S4, E3 – Hypercapitalism: What is it and Why Rural Americans Should be Concerned, With author and psychologist Tim Kasser

    On this edition of the Forgottonia Podcast, our students at Cuba H.S. completed a book study of the graphic novel “Hypercapitalism” and then had the privilege of interviewing the author of this book Tim Kasser. Our students ask Tim... What hypercapitalism is & why he wanted to write a graphic novel about itHow spending on … Continue reading "S4, E3 – Hypercapitalism: What is it and Why Rural Americans Should be Concerned, With author and psychologist Tim Kasser"

    • 40 min
    S4, E2 – The New Philadelphia Story, with Marynel Corton

    S4, E2 – The New Philadelphia Story, with Marynel Corton

    In this episode, we’re thrilled to share our conversation with Marynel Corton, the executive director of the New Philadelphia Museum. New Philadelphia is one of the most important historical communities in the U.S. and it’s located right here in rural Forgottonia!   Although rural, western IL is sometimes known for being…well FORGOTTEN… there are a … Continue reading "S4, E2 – The New Philadelphia Story, with Marynel Corton"

    • 35 min
    S4, E1 – The Mystery of Cahokia Mounds with Archaeologist Bill Iseminger

    S4, E1 – The Mystery of Cahokia Mounds with Archaeologist Bill Iseminger

    Have you ever wondered who lived a long time ago in the very place you’re living right now? Did you know there are incredible ancient cities that existed right here in IL? And that people have been trying to find out for years what happened to these cities. On this episode of the Forgottonia Project, … Continue reading "S4, E1 – The Mystery of Cahokia Mounds with Archaeologist Bill Iseminger"

    • 42 min
    S3, E6 – Saving Lives in Forgottonia: How One Rural Community is Creatively Funding and Staffing its First Responder Program

    S3, E6 – Saving Lives in Forgottonia: How One Rural Community is Creatively Funding and Staffing its First Responder Program

    In this episode, Cuba High School's Ashley Howerter shares her conversation with Bob Schnarr, the chief director of the Cass-Putnam rescue squad. While many first responder teams across Forgottonia struggle to fund and staff programs, the majority of the Cass-Putnam rescue squad is made up of high school students. This is the first program of its kind in the state!

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

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Scott Albert ,

We need more of this.

This is a fantastic series from students from Cuba, IL High School. Please listen to these young sociologists. Our world needs more students who are interested in sociology.

jbrewer3 ,

Outstanding!

Enjoy listening to the interviews which are geared towards a high school audience in a rural setting (IL).

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