Lithium Jubilee is a podcast about Victorian Era minutiae. Much like the era, we aim to be equal parts fancy and ridiculous. Join us!
Err of the Madding Crowd
Episode 67 of Lithium Jubilee takes a look at the questionable decision-making skills of large crowds. Jon considers the consequences of banning a group’s only form of amusement in his discussion of the Lager Beer Riots. Erin ponders if the sky was, in fact, the limit due to the sheer number of riots caused by disappointing hot air balloon demonstrations. You know what they say: Big dresses, big emotions!
Consumption Junction (with special guest Kavita)
Today’s episode, Jon and Erin are lucky enough to be joined by tuberculosis expert, Kavita! She answers our most pressing questions: How does tuberculosis work? Is it the sexiest way to die? If so, how long are you DTF before you die? What treatments work? Will caves fix it? How about eating the heart of the family member who gave it to you? Take a couple of deep breaths, keep that sputum to yourself, and enjoy!
A Li'l Dab'll Boo Ya!
Minisode 17: Happy Halloween Jubilants! We know Halloween isn’t as fun this this year, so we carved a mini for you to enjoy! Jon’s got a couple of ideas for how to spend a more intimate holiday evening, while Erin’s costumes ideas are going straight from your ears to your vision board. Make sure you’ve got a surplus of salt and dead leaves so you can truly celebrate Halloween the Lithium Jubilee way!
Deaf: The High Cost of Hearing
The last full week of September is celebrated by the World Federation of the Deaf as International Week of the Deaf. We, belatedly, offer the stories of two aggressively Victorian gentlemen who didn’t need to hear to fight. Erin sets the stage for a biopic about badass, bare-knuckle pugilist James "Deaf" Burke. Jon explains why John Flournoy’s blows, delivered via academic journals and letters to the editor, never seemed to land. There’s nothing a mouth can say that these hands (or fists) can’t!
The September Issue
We made it to September! Lithium Jubilee celebrates this incredibly low bar by finding some fun September Victorian era events. (Spoiler Alert: The events are not fun.) Jon coaxes us to join him in the Mountain Meadows, all to lay hundreds of bodies at our feet. Erin introduces you to Emma Nutt and the cruel, sadistic practices related to her job as a...telephone operator? We’ve got surprises in store! Not good surprises, but surprises.
"Not-So-Current" Events II
As Jon and Erin hole up in their respective shelters, perusing their Encyclopedia Victoriana, they couldn’t shake the feeling of deja vu. Then they realized, it was the news! Erin tries to make sense of America’s secular government holidays. Really, WTF Virginia? Jon shares his pandemic preferences, up to and including the hottest bacteriologist of the Victorian era (possibly of all time). Hunker down and remember, if the Victorians got through it, you can too!
Erin for President!
Love this podcast for its history, good humor, and excellent host!
Delightful, informative! I love Erin’s voice!
F the Pinkertons!
A hilarious, bawdy and enlightened look at Victorian history. It's amazing how they make connections to present day issues and filled with interesting stories of Victorian oddities you've never heard before.