The Wisdom Project podcast is produced by the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the University of Kentucky Libraries. The podcast features stories drawn from oral history interviews and projects from the Nunn Center’s extensive collection of nearly 10,000 oral history interviews. Additionally, we will feature oral history-related news from all over the world.
Dancing with Princesses: Englishman, Sailor, Priest, Kentuckian
This episode features an interview with Mark Lyon Thornewill, interviewed on January 23, 2018. In addition to telling a story about dancing with Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret in 1947, this episode explores Thornewill's many adventures as a British naval officer during World War II, a priest, a husband, and a father. This episode features an interview with Thornewill's daughter, Joanna Hay. This episode was produced by Doug Boyd
Local Spirits: Ghosts at the Wild Turkey Distillery
This episode explores ghost stories about ghosts at the Wild Turkey Distillery. The ghost stories are from an oral history interview conducted in 2014 with Olivia J. Ripy for the Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project.
This episode was produced by Doug Boyd and Maddy Williams.
Music was composed and produced by Doug Boyd
Remembering 9/11, A Flight Attendant's Perspective
In honor of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, this episode features a powerful oral history interview conducted on September 11, 2002, with flight attendant Janet Foushee. Foushee recalls her memories of working on a flight that day.
Produced by Doug Boyd; Music by Doug Boyd
Freedom Singer: Civil Rights Activist Charles Neblett
Explores the story of civil rights activist Charles Neblett, founding member of the Freedom Singers. Neblett was interviewed for the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame Oral History Project, a partnership between the Nunn Center, the University of Kentucky's Office of Community Engagement, and the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights. Listen/search oral history interviews here: https://kentuckyoralhistory.org/catalog/xt7prr1pk37h
Produced by Doug Boyd and Hannah Jones; Music by Doug Boyd
Moonshiners and Revenuers
This episode explores the story of moonshine in Wayne County, Kentucky. Interviews are part of the Moonshiners and Revenuers Oral History Project at the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries and were conducted by Betty Boles Ellison and Russell Stockton between 1986-1988.
Listen/search oral history interviews here: https://kentuckyoralhistory.org/catalog/xt7kd50fxr0c
Produced by Doug Boyd and Hannah Jones.; Music by Doug Boyd
Trial by Fire: Looking back at the Heaven Hill Distillery Fire
On November 7, 1996, the Heaven Hill Distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky experienced one of the most devastating distillery fires of all time. Marking the 20th anniversary of the fire, this episode looks back from multiple perspectives. Full interviews are searchable online: https://kentuckyoralhistory.org
This episode was produced by Doug Boyd; Assistant Producer of this episode: JD Caruthers; Music by Doug Boyd.
Amazing and changing
This podcast is great
After listening you get a whole new perspective on the subject such as D-day
What history is all about
I listened to episode 4, "Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Robert Penn Warren," and I think The Wisdom Project Podcast is as relevant today as it was whenthese oral histories were taken. Anyone can see that this is still something we, as a society, struggle with especially when i comes to law enforcement and the Black Live Matter movement. Ultimately what these interviews boil down to is a juxtaposition of methods rather than message. I think this podcast does a very good job at making that distinction. Violent versus non-violent, immediate versus fradual, in short what is the right way for someone to rotest an injustice? Is it refusing to stand for the national anthem at the begining of a football game? Is it sitting at a white only lunch counter? Is it fighting back when a white person confronts you? hese questions still remain unanswered, both in these interviews and today. What is clear though, is like today it is about showing the orld that African Americans are humans, that how they are being treated is unjust, and that this is a conversation that needs to occur.
Writing on the Wall
This episode is a great listen. It shows the importance of oral history not only as a type of historiography, but how it can bring larger concepts to the surface in that of human connectedness. The story told during this episode is remarkable. It shows how the simplest actions, those in which the actors believe will have no consequence, can have a life changing effect on people across both continents and generations. This episode generates a special perspective of the past and present, showing just how connected they truly are. Definitely worth the time.