9 episodes

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.

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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.

    #009: Freedom Singer: Civil Rights Activist Charles Neblett

    #009: Freedom Singer: Civil Rights Activist Charles Neblett

    This episode explores the personal story of civil rights activist Charles Neblett who was a member of the Freedom Singers.  In addition to discussing his role working for SNCC and performing as a Freedom Singer, this episode explores the role of music and singing as a powerful form of protest during the Civil Rights Movement
    Charles Neblett was interviewed for the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame Oral History Project, a project that records the stories of inductees to the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame.   The project is a partnership between the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the University of Kentucky Libraries,, 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
    Episode #009 Produced by Doug Boyd and Hannah Jones.
    Music by Doug Boyd
    ©2018 Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, All Rights Reserved
     

    • 20 min
    #008: Moonshiners and Revenuers

    #008: Moonshiners and Revenuers

    This episode explores the story of moonshine in Wayne County, Kentucky, the process of making / selling moonshine, and the experiences of agents trying to catch the moonshiners. 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
    Ep. #008 Produced by Doug Boyd and Hannah Jones.
    Music by Doug Boyd
    ©2018 Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, All Rights Reserved
     
     

    • 27 min
    #007: Trial by Fire: Looking back at the Heaven Hill Distillery Fire

    #007: 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. Seven bourbon warehouses were destroyed, 50% of the distilling building, as well the office building and several smaller buildings were severely damaged. Marking the 20th anniversary of the fire, this episode looks back from multiple perspectives, featuring Max Shapira (President), Craig Beam (Master Distiller), and Maj. Charles Montgomery (Firefighter). Interviews featured in this episode are from the Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the University of Kentucky Libraries.
    Full interviews are searchable online: Interview with Max Shapira: https://kentuckyoralhistory.org/catalog/xt7rn872z750
    Interview with Craig and Parker Beam: https://kentuckyoralhistory.org/catalog/xt7pnv998w93
    Interview with Maj. Charles "Chuck" Montgomery: https://kentuckyoralhistory.org/catalog/xt7w6m335355
    Interview with 6 Master Distillers (Jimmy Russell, Bill Samuels, Chris Morris, Craig Beam, Jim Rutledge, Marc Coffman) : https://kentuckyoralhistory.org/catalog/xt7nk9315h3p
    View the initial news reporting (WHAS helicopter footage): https://youtu.be/v6XtnqDLC_k
    The Wisdom Project Podcast is Produced by Doug Boyd and Kopana Terry
    Assistant Producer of this episode: JD Caruthers
    ©2016 Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, All Rights Reserved
    Music by Doug Boyd

    • 20 min
    #006: The Writing on the Wall: An American Soldier in Italy

    #006: The Writing on the Wall: An American Soldier in Italy

    Episode #006 of the Wisdom Project tells a story of archival discovery, linking Marshall Webb, a World War II veteran from Campbellsville, Kentucky, to the small town of Tremensuoli, Italy. This episode begins season 2 of the Wisdom Project podcast.
    The oral history interviews featured in this episode are available online:
    Marshall Webb: https://kentuckyoralhistory.org/catalog/xt759z90c519
    Opal Webb: https://kentuckyoralhistory.org/catalog/xt7ns17sqz2x
    Roger Webb: https://kentuckyoralhistory.org/catalog/xt7sj38kh64z
    Marshall Webb’s papers and photographs (including his poetry) are available online via Explore UK.
    View the original video story on YouTube: https://youtu.be/j5nOrByPE4U
    View the stories published in Minturnet: Blogzine su Minturno e Frazioni (in Italian): Tremensuoli entra negli annali della storia contemporanea del Kentucky: April 15, 2014 http://www.minturnet.it/21912/attualita/tremensuoli-entra-negli-annali-della-storia-contemporanea-del-kentucky.html
    Una targa in onore del soldato americano a Tremensuoli: March, 2015 (This is the story that contains the picture of the plaque) http://www.minturnet.it/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/targa-e-scritta-tremensuoli.jpg
    The Wisdom Project Podcast is Produced by Doug Boyd and Kopana Terry
    ©2016 Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, All Rights Reserved
    Music by Doug Boyd

    • 19 min
    #005: Take Her Out to the Ballgame: Effa Manley and Negro League Baseball

    #005: Take Her Out to the Ballgame: Effa Manley and Negro League Baseball

    Episode #005 features an oral history interview with Effa Manley, the first African American woman to own a professional baseball team. She co-owned the Newark Eagles (Negro League) with her husband Abe Manley. In this episode Effa Manley looks back at the impact of Jackie Robinson and the integration of Major League Baseball on the Negro League. The interviews with Effa Manley and Larry Doby are housed at the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
    To listen to and search the oral history interviews from this podcast: https://kentuckyoralhistory.org/catalog/xt7nzs2k9c74
     
    Produced by Doug Boyd and Kopana Terry
    Assistant Producer Charlotte Boyd
     
    ©2016 Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, All Rights Reserved. Music by Doug Boyd

    • 21 min
    #004: Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Robert Penn Warren

    #004: Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Robert Penn Warren

    Episode #004 utilizes two oral history interviews conducted by poet/author Robert Penn Warren in 1964 with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. These interviews were part of a larger research project documenting the Civil Rights Movement, a project that would be published in 1965 in the form of the book Who Speaks for the Negro?. This episode creates a conversation, through Robert Penn Warren, between Dr. King and Malcolm X about their philosophies pertaining to the use of violent or nonviolent methods to achieve their goals.
    To listen to Robert Penn Warren's collection of oral history interviews with Civil Rights leaders, including the interviews used in this episode, go to http://kentuckyoralhistory.org/series/18949/robert-penn-warren-civil-rights-oral-history-project.
     
    View the Robert Penn Warren Oral History Archive digital exhibit where you can view Warren's interviews with Civil Rights Leaders, but also interviews with and about Robert Penn Warren. 
    Produced by Doug Boyd and Kopana Terry
    Assistant Producer J.D. Carruthers
    ©2015 Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History University of Kentucky Libraries, All Rights Reserved.
    Music by Doug Boyd
    The incredible voice in our introduction is Stacy Yelton

    • 16 min

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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.

Dmart214 ,

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.

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