“Middle America” is a podcast and radio show using history, storytelling, and music to discuss the world that surrounds us. Narrated by the fictional protagonist Wendell Bauer, episodes give both true history of the Central Illinois area and fictional memoir of a resident. Locally created music complements the stories to provide further emotional impact and insight.Topics discussed by “Middle America” thus far have included Illinois abolitionists, the French origins of the Midwest, philanthropist Lydia Moss Bradley, Chicago’s earliest settlers, Prohibition-era gangsters, and comedian Richard Pryor, among others. Along the way there are outlaws, adventure, murder, mutiny, loss, charity, love, and finally progress. www.patreon.com/midamericapod www.facebook.com/midamericapod www.instagram.com/midamericapod www.twitter.com/midamericapod midamericapod.bandcamp.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Seeker - Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, Becoming, and Unbecoming
Wendell discusses the life of the first non-indigenous permanent resident of Chicago, Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, as well as the events leading to his own life inside and outside of Chicago.
On End - John Kinzie, Thomas Forsyth, and War's Cry
Wendell recounts his life events on September 11, 2001 while also discussing the destruction of French Peoria (La Ville de Maillet) during the War of 1812.
Sermon – Robert Ingersoll and Good, Free Days
Wendell discusses winter holidays as humanist and atheist while reading pieces by famous 19th century orator Robert Ingersoll.
Leap – Richard Pryor and the Power of Belief
Wendell tells the story of Richard Pryor's comedic coming-of-age in Peoria and his leap of faith in heading to NYC. Wendell also discusses his early attempts to tour full time with his college band.
Monuments - Lydia Moss Bradley and What We Make of Loss
Wendell tells the story of Lydia Moss Bradley's life as well as the story of a lost friend.
Names – Le Rocher Saint-Louis and Shadows Cast
The early French explorer, Henri de Tonti, continues his quest in Illinois country, picking up from episode 1: "Middle America."
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Loved the blend of personal narrative and Midwest history from Peoria native Jared Grabb. Great pod!
A gem of a pod
History of Peoria woven with personal stories and music, Middle America is a touching and a unique creative expression that very Midwest.
Love hearing all of these new stories.