16 episodes

Every day at President Lincoln’s Cottage we engage with visitors in conversation on difficult topics, from slavery to grief to immigration. Visitors, young and old alike, come here from next door and from around the globe.
And occasionally, we get asked a question on a tour that stops us in our tracks – one we wish we could spend a half hour answering. Some of these questions, on their face, were innocent or simple, but on a second look they contain a level of complexity that leaves us wanting to know more. Each episode, we’ll investigate a single real question a visitor asked us here.
At President Lincoln’s Cottage, we’re storytellers, historians, and truth-seekers – so we called on people whose expertise could speak to all the facets of these questions. On each episode, we'll go down the rabbit hole and spend that half hour answering these questions.

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Q & Abe President Lincoln's Cottage

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Every day at President Lincoln’s Cottage we engage with visitors in conversation on difficult topics, from slavery to grief to immigration. Visitors, young and old alike, come here from next door and from around the globe.
And occasionally, we get asked a question on a tour that stops us in our tracks – one we wish we could spend a half hour answering. Some of these questions, on their face, were innocent or simple, but on a second look they contain a level of complexity that leaves us wanting to know more. Each episode, we’ll investigate a single real question a visitor asked us here.
At President Lincoln’s Cottage, we’re storytellers, historians, and truth-seekers – so we called on people whose expertise could speak to all the facets of these questions. On each episode, we'll go down the rabbit hole and spend that half hour answering these questions.

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    Bonus: The "Science" of Race

    Bonus: The "Science" of Race

    We're currently conducting interviews to prepare for season 3. The other day, we spoke with Dr. Nina Jablonski, an anthropologist who studies the evolution and social positioning of human skin color. As you might imagine, the conversation was inflected by current events.
    Dr. Jablonski explained where our present-day ideas about “race” originated, how they took hold so firmly, and what their relationship is to the science of skin pigmentation. We wanted to share an excerpt with you, in the hopes that it’s helpful as you work to build your own understandings of how to think about race and racism. 
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    • 11 min
    Bonus: Preservation Insights

    Bonus: Preservation Insights

    This bonus episode accompanies episode 2.4, "What's the Cottage worth?"
    While we’re digging around researching the questions in the show, we sometimes run across things that don’t fit within the main episode, but are too intriguing not to share. Having rediscovered the full specifications for building the Cottage, we asked our Senior Preservationist Jeff Larry to read them for us, and to shed some light on them using his expertise.  
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    • 10 min
    What's the Cottage worth?

    What's the Cottage worth?

    In this episode, we're investigating a question we often get from visitors: "What's the Cottage worth?" Come investigate with us as we pore through old banking records and talk to an insurance adjuster, an antiquities appraiser, and an architect who studies sacred spaces.
    Guests:
    Kevin Sullivan
    Allan Stypeck
    Julio Bermudez
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    • 32 min
    Bonus: Didier and the Second Amendment

    Bonus: Didier and the Second Amendment

    This bonus episode accompanies episode 2.3, What's the difference between freedom and liberty?
    Our journey working to answer the questions for the show sometimes leads to dialogue, conversations, and side pockets that don't fit directly within the main episode, but are too fascinating not to share. Partway through our conversation with Didier Saillard, he had a question that resulted in a fascinating exchange about constitutions on both sides of the Atlantic.
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    • 8 min
    What's the difference between liberty and freedom?

    What's the difference between liberty and freedom?

    For this episode, we’re investigating the question: “What’s the difference between liberty and freedom?” Dig in with us as we talk to a historian of the English language, a native French speaker, and a legal expert in the anti-trafficking field.
    Guests:
    Michael Adams
    Didier Saillard
    Louis cdeBaca
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    • 32 min
    Bonus: Encounters with Race and Racism

    Bonus: Encounters with Race and Racism

    This bonus episode accompanies episode 2.2, If people saw that slavery was getting started, why didn't they stop it?
    In our conversations surrounding the questions in the show, we sometimes encounter stories that don’t fit within the main episode, but are compelling enough that we don’t want to keep them to ourselves. In talking through this question, several of our guests shared with us stories about their personal experiences encountering race and the other legacies of slavery. You'll hear from Robin and Terry from Fort Monroe, and Catherine and Andre from Point Made Learning.
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    • 6 min

Customer Reviews

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16 Ratings

16 Ratings

kari.nelson03 ,

Well done and informative

I appreciate the thought and care the team at Lincoln’s Cottage takes to answer visitor questions - they made a podcast to do so! This podcast shows the depth of research and knowledge that goes into answering these (seemingly simple) questions. Excellent public history in action!

Dilidali948 ,

Pleasant Informative Podcast

A pleasant and highly informative podcast for those interested in Abraham Lincoln and the cottage where he and his family often stayed in D.C. It’s nice to learn more about Lincoln through others.

2020rks ,

Favorite History Podcast

This podcasts always brings the listener through stellar scholarship to unexpected places. Five stars and three cheers!

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