36 episodes

Consolation Prize is a podcast about the history of the United States in the world through the eyes of its consuls. Hosted by Abby Mullen, the show discusses the complicated lives and careers of the low-level diplomats that were largely responsible for the United States’ reputation in the world.

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    • 4.9 • 38 Ratings

Consolation Prize is a podcast about the history of the United States in the world through the eyes of its consuls. Hosted by Abby Mullen, the show discusses the complicated lives and careers of the low-level diplomats that were largely responsible for the United States’ reputation in the world.

    Final Report Transmission

    Final Report Transmission

    After two seasons, we have a lot to reflect on! We wanted you to hear the voices of the team, who have been working mostly behind the scenes for the past two seasons, and hear about their experiences working on Consolation Prize. Here, we have the honor to transmit to you our final report on our show about consuls.

    Show notes available at consolationprize.rrchnm.org.

    • 29 min
    Twelve Foreign Men

    Twelve Foreign Men

    In our final episode of Consolation Prize, we return to 1844 Hawai'i, where we look at another case involving vice consul William Hooper. In his efforts to gain power for the United States, Hooper may have made the lives of actual Americans more difficult. Hear how Hooper got involved in a legal case about a sexual assault, to the detriment of the accused, but to the ultimate benefit of the United States.

    This episode was produced by Abby Mullen and Kris Stinson. Show notes available at consolationprize.rrchnm.org.

    • 29 min
    The Consul and I

    The Consul and I

    In this episode of Consolation Prize, we meet two Americans in 1860s Thailand. Reverend Dan Beach Bradley was a Christian missionary and a newspaper publisher, and Captain James Madison Hood was the US consul to the Kingdom of Siam. These two men could not be more different from one another, but they both craved power in their own ways. In their quest for political power and moral superiority, they got involved in an international diplomatic kerfuffle of epic proportions in the Kingdom of Siam.

    This episode was produced by Abby Mullen, Deepthi Murali, and Kris Stinson. Shownotes available at consolationprize.rrchnm.org.

    • 25 min
    Pacific Salmon Run

    Pacific Salmon Run

    In this mini episode of Consolation Prize, we complete our tour of the world by going to the last continent where the United States had consuls: Australia. Alexander George Webster was a consul in Hobart, a port city on the island of Tasmania, but he also served on the Tasmanian Fisheries Commission, a group that was very concerned with making sure that Tasmanian rivers were stocked full of fish. In this episode, we see how Webster used his position as consul to move salmon halfway around the world, from the rivers of California to the rivers of Tasmania.

    This episode was produced by Abby Mullen and Kris Stinson. Show notes available at consolationprize.rrchnm.org.

    • 7 min
    Remember the Lusitania

    Remember the Lusitania

    In this episode of Consolation Prize, we investigate the role of consuls in dealing with wartime disasters and the toll they took on them. Consul Wesley Frost was stationed in Queenstown, Ireland during the early years of World War I. As part of his responsibilities, Frost assisted survivors from more than 80 German submarine attacks including the SS Lusitania, which at the time resulted in the greatest loss of civilian lives. Frost’s response to these attacks helped establish the processes the United States Department of State still uses today in crises involving civilians.

    Consolation Prize is hosted by Abby Mullen. This episode was produced by Jeanette Patrick. Show notes, including full transcript, available at consolationprize.rrchnm.org.

    • 27 min
    The Art of Diplomacy

    The Art of Diplomacy

    Irena Wiley was a diplomat's wife. But she was also an artist who used her art to reflect the humanity of the many people she encountered all around the world. Bill Adair is an artist who purchased Wiley's pieces at a junk auction nearly 35 years after she died. This special episode of Consolation Prize is their story--how Wiley's work brought the humanity of devastated people to the fore, and how Bill's work has brought Wiley's work to the fore.

    Consolation Prize is a podcast of R2 Studios at George Mason University. This episode was produced by Abby Mullen and Frankie Bjork. Show notes are available at consolationprize.rrchnm.org; for more about Irena Wiley's work and life, visit irenawiley.com.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

livelyviolet ,

Great Take on History

This engaging collections let’s you find out about historical tidbits through the work experiences of U.S. consuls.

Meep1000$$$$ ,

Great podcast

Consolation Prize weaves scholarly historical context into an engaging narrative. I especially enjoyed the episode in Joel Poinsettia. Highly recommended.

Jake53225322 ,

Amazing work!

Learned of this podcast in USC Price’s GW Leadership Talk held last week. It’s even more than I had hoped for!