History is filled with forgotten tales that make you wonder. I‘m going to bring the most fun, unusual, and head-scratching tales from the depths of history and let you decide what‘s true and what‘s not!
What Really Happened at Indian Boarding Schools?
The discovery of mass graves at Indian boarding schools showed how little we understand about these institutions, so I invited a leading expert on Native American education to help me understand.
In this episode, Dr. John Gram mentions the following books:
-Education for Extinction: American Indians and the Boarding School Experience, by David Wallace Adams
-Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940, by Brenda J. Child
-They Called It Prairie Light: The Story of Chilocco Indian School, by K. Tsianina Lomawaima
And you can find Dr. John Gram's very useful history website here.
As always, the wonderful music is the song 'Ezekial,' and it comes to us courtesy of Christine Hand. Check it out.
Special Effects in Medieval Theater
Medieval theater created a spectacle for the eyes, and everyone in town had a part! Some of these effects were disgusting. Some were inspired. But, no matter what, the theater was always an unforgettable experience.
Today I've invited a few theater experts to help us explore the tricks of the medieval stage!
The Amazing (and true) Story of Saint Patrick
When you get past the shamrocks and tall tales, Patrick turns out to be one of the most admirable people in all of history.
Did Captain Cook Have a God Complex?
On Valentine's Day in 1779, Captain Cook's violent ways finally caught up to him. But it might have been avoided if he'd thought just a little bit less of himself.
This episode is indebted to the work of Dr. Shino Konishi of The University of Western Australia because of her excellent article on Cook's punishments, which you can read here:
Music: "Ezekiel" by Christine Hand.
The People Who ate Mummies
Shouldn't museums have more mummies? And what happened to all those mummified cats? The truth is...hard to swallow.
Who Invented the Unicorn?
A mistranslation here, a dead whale there, and, just like that, a legend is born.
History can be fun
Excellent podcast full of information presented in an enjoyable format. Well done!