15 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.

The Wisdom Project Podcast Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

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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.

    Proof of Progress: The Women in Bourbon Oral History Project

    Proof of Progress: The Women in Bourbon Oral History Project

    In early 2021, the Nunn Center and Dr. Janice Fernheimer partnered to launch the Women in Bourbon Oral History Project. This oral history project, built in collaboration with students, documents women who have played important roles in Kentucky’s bourbon industry. Doug Boyd and Janice Fernheimer reflect on this phase of the oral history project and some key themes expressed in the interviews. 
    Access oral history interviews online: The Women in Bourbon Oral History Project.
    Episode produced by Doug Boyd and Janice Fernheimer
    Assistant Producers: Taylor Davis, Emily Fay, Qwenton Briggs
    Music by Doug Boyd
     

    • 26 min
    By the Power Vested in Me: Marriage Equality, Kentucky, and the US Supreme Court

    By the Power Vested in Me: Marriage Equality, Kentucky, and the US Supreme Court

    On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States legalized same sex marriage. This episode explores the stories of two Kentucky couples and one lawyer who were part of the legal fight that led to the Supreme Court–and brought marriage equality to the country. The interviews are drawn from two Nunn Center projects, OutSouth: LGBTQ+ Oral History Project and the John G. Heyburn II Initiative for Excellence in the Federal Judiciary. 
     
    Produced by Doug Boyd and Anu Kasarabada; Music by Doug Boyd.
     

    • 28 min
    His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Remembering Thomas Merton

    His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Remembering Thomas Merton

    His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama was interviewed in Louisville, KY in 2013 for filmmaker Morgan C. Atkinson's documentary "The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton" The Dalai Lama shared his memories of meeting Merton and the profound impact their friendship had on his life. Interview with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, 2013.  To learn more about Morgan Atkinson's documentaries: https://morganatkinson.com Music for this episode was composed by Doug Boyd
    Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
     

    • 10 min
    Dancing with Princesses: Englishman, Sailor, Priest, Kentuckian

    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.
    Interview with Mark Thornewill, January 23, 2018
    Music was composed by Doug Boyd, with the exception of a licensed version of "the Blue Danube" by Johann Strauss II. 

    • 31 min
    Local Spirits: Ghosts at the Wild Turkey Distillery

    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
     

    • 11 min
    Remembering 9/11, A Flight Attendant's Perspective

    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

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

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Amazing and changing

This podcast is great
After listening you get a whole new perspective on the subject such as D-day

csparta ,

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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