A podcast from the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media that tells the story of consuls and their world.
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We're under "new" management! Not really, we're just joining a new division of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, R2 Studios.
Summer Episode: Against the Grain
In this second installment of our summer series on food and consuls, we shift our gaze to look at food ways from the bottom-up. Producers Deepthi Murali and Kris Stinson sit down with team member Megan Brett and executive producer Abby Mullen to taste such dishes as Boko-Boko, black bread, buttered shark, and mesquite beans! Together, we discuss the drastically different ways food is experienced depending on who and where you are as well as the many ways food and drink have changed over the last several hundred years.
Show notes, including a full transcript, at consolationprize.rrchnm.org.
Summer Episode: Cuisine, Consumption, and Consuls
In this bonus episode, we look back on the stories from season one with an eye for food. Alongside a cast of guest taste-testers, producers Deepthi Murali and Kris Stinson both try and discuss many of the dishes and drinks that have appeared in the accounts of consuls from places like Jerusalem, Algiers, Martinique, and Canton. Together, they explore the many ways that food has been a powerful force in the history of consuls, belonging, and empire!
Show notes and a full transcript available at consolationprize.rrchnm.org.
Episode 12: Unrecognizable Citizens
We've been to Mexico a few times this season, but we promised in the first episode that we'd return one last time, to talk about the relationship between Black Americans and the consuls in Mexico. So that's where we're closing out Season 1. In this episode, we're taking the perspective of the Black Americans who had to deal with consuls in the midst of incredibly difficult circumstances. We'll tell the story of Lucien Matthews, a free Black man who did business in Mexico before the Civil War, and the story of William Ellis, whose colonization scheme for Black Americans in the 1890s went horribly wrong. In each case, these Black Americans were sometimes unrecognizable to the American consuls--but that wasn't entirely a bad thing.
Show notes: https://consolationprize.rrchnm.org/2021/05/05/episode-12-unrecognizable-citizens/
Episode 11: Greener Pastures
In Episode 11, we explore the complicated, and sometimes tragic, life of Richard Greener, the first Black consul to a predominantly white post. Before Greener went to Vladivostok, he was a trailblazer in education and politics, but questions about his race and his motivations followed him throughout his political life.
Bonus Episode: Interview with Maura Harty
In this bonus episode, we learn about the much more recent history of women in the consular service, as Abby interviews Maura Harty, a career Foreign Service officer who concluded her career at the State Department in the role of Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs.
Shownotes at consolationprize.rrchnm.org.
Great Take on History
This engaging collections let’s you find out about historical tidbits through the work experiences of U.S. consuls.
Consolation Prize weaves scholarly historical context into an engaging narrative. I especially enjoyed the episode in Joel Poinsettia. Highly recommended.
Learned of this podcast in USC Price’s GW Leadership Talk held last week. It’s even more than I had hoped for!