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Exploring the true story of British involvement in the transatlantic slave trade and how it touches every part of the nation. Hosted by Moya Lothian-McLean, a journalist and descendent of both Black African Slaves and White slave owners or overseers.

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Exploring the true story of British involvement in the transatlantic slave trade and how it touches every part of the nation. Hosted by Moya Lothian-McLean, a journalist and descendent of both Black African Slaves and White slave owners or overseers.

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    Inventing Race

    Inventing Race

    Human civilization only began about 6,000 years ago. As author Emma Dabiri writes in her 2021 book, cheekily titled ‘What White People Can Do Next’, in the grand scheme of things, human beings are babies. A speck on the face of time and space. The thought puts into perspective how *new*, parts of society are, that seem entrenched from day dot: religion. Gender… Race.



    Featuring writer and historian Subhadra Das.



    Written by Moya Lothian MacLean

    Editor and Producer - Renay Richardson

    Researchers Arisa Loomba and Dr. Alison Bennett

    Production Assistant - Rory Boyle

    Sound Designer - Ben Yellowitz
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    • 38 min
    Hippocrits

    Hippocrits

    The Hippocratic Oath isn’t universal. But in the 18th century, the Oath began to be more widely used in medical schools across the British Empire and Europe. The Enlightenment was pushing medical developments along at a fast lick. But concurrently, chattel slavery was in full swing. And a dividing line quickly emerged, between who doctors saw as ‘patients’ and who they viewed as ‘guinea pigs’.



    Featuring Anna Arabindan-Kesson, an assistant professor at Princeton University in African American studies. 



    Written by Moya Lothian-MacLean

    Editor and Producer - Renay Richardson

    Researchers - Dr. Alison Bennett and Arisa Loomba

    Production Assistant - Rory Boyle

    Sound Designer - Ben Yellowitz
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    • 33 min
    The Dis-carded

    The Dis-carded

    At the centre of the system of chattel slavery, was the body. Not the mind, not the soul but the physical vessel necessary to carry out backbreaking labour. And break backs it did...



    Featuring historian of the Caribbean and the Atlantic, Stephanie Hunt Kennedy.
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    • 36 min
    GIRLBOSSES

    GIRLBOSSES

    Women made up 40% of slaveowners across the Caribbean – and although historians have had to dig even harder to pull together a picture of their lives, it’s out there.



    Featuring Assistant Professor of Atlantic World History at Yale and US College in Singapore and author of Jamaica Ladies, Christine Walker
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    • 42 min
    In Absentia

    In Absentia

    In the last episode, we looked at the women in Jamaica who owned slaves, both British colonists and the formerly enslaved women who codified their freedom through subjugating others.

    But there were also the women who didn’t stay, ones who never set foot in Britain’s slave colonies – the absentee owners.



    Featuring historian Dr. Hannah Young, who specialises in gender and absentee slave ownership.
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    • 27 min
    Everyday People

    Everyday People

    In this episode we’re venturing onto the bustling city streets of 18 century London, trying to uncover the traces of the Black individuals who became part of the working class communities – and sometimes elite society – of the British capital, the seat of power that directed the trade that has usually brought them to these shores in the first place.



    Featuring PhD researcher at the University of Birmingham, Montaz Marché.
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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

Grateful 20121229 ,

A Riveting Good Listen!

I am a biologist, not a historian. This pod is well-researched, well-organized, and fascinating.

povsic ,

Great stuff!

Your deep dives brings so much context to our contemporary world. They pivot one’s mind to consider the origins of power and wealth. Absolutely delightful ,enlightening, and engaging.

crothers10 ,

Amazing

We should all have learned this in school. Can’t wait for the next series. Disturbingly brilliant.

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