Conner Prairie's favorite research associates bring you the straight up facts of the history still affecting us today! We hold no punches getting straight down to the problems of the past and their ramifications. Come sit with us, and our guests, as we take a journey through problematic history!
Episode 12: A U-turn on Sesame Street with Dr Charlene Fletcher
Dr Fletcher is back for our final episode of the season! The history of Sesame Street is the topic of today’s conversation. Back in 1969 when the show was launched it was focused on underserved children to supplement absent preschool services. However, today it’s been moved behind a paywall. So, let’s figure out how we got to Sesame Street and where it’s headed…
Dr Charlene Fletcher:
Her website: https://www.charlenejfletcher.com
You can read a chapter of her work here: https://www.amazon.com/Slavery-Freedom-Bluegrass-State-Revisiting-ebook/
Keep an eye out for her upcoming book: Confined Femininity: Race, Gender, and Incarceration in Kentucky, 1865-1920 from University of North Carolina Press
Greene, Bryan. “The Unmistakable Black Roots of Sesame Street”, Smithsonian Magazine (November 7th, 2019), accessed at https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/unmistakable-black-roots-sesame-street-180973490/.
History.com. ‘“Sesame Street” Debuts’, This Day in History, accessed at https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/sesame-street-debuts#:~:text=The%20show%20was%20the%20brainchild,year%2Dolds%20prepare%20for%20kindergarten.
Lepore, Jill. “How we got to Sesame Street.” The New Yorker (May 11th, 2020), accessed at https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/05/11/how-we-got-to-sesame-street.
Tierney, Joan D. “The Miracle on Sesame Street”, Phi Delta Kappan (January, 1971), Vol. 52, No. 5, accessed at JSTOR.com.
Episode 11: Museum Education with Brandy Whitaker
Brandy Whitaker, Conner Prairie's Director of Education, shares her 10+ years in the Education field in this discussion about Museum Education. Together we contemplate how Museums and their Educational philsophies fit within the wider Education landscape.
The preschool that Brandy & team created here at Conner Prairie: https://www.connerprairie.org/educate/preschool-on-the-prairie/
Link to Teacher Retreats at Conner Prairie: https://www.connerprairie.org/exploring-indiana-history-stem/
A beautiful blog post by Brandy on “Unlearning” & “Belonging”: https://www.connerprairie.org/blog-the-journey-of-belonging/
Resources mentioned in the podcast:
The work of Wes Bruce: http://www.livethecuriouslife.com
Episode 10: Peace out Big Boy!: His Accidency John Tyler
Our first Presidential episode of This is Problematic featuring the (not so) well known US President John Tyler (AKA "His Accidency")! Today's trip through the problematic life of President Tyler is guided by your favorite hosts Hannah & Easton, as well as special guests Dylan Rawles (Curatorial Assistant at Conner Prairie) and Ryan Shank (Director of Digital Experiences).
Edward P. Crapol. John Tyler: The Accidental President. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006).
Episode 8: Halloween: Leave the dead alone!
Join Hannah and Easton as they travel across the globe exploring why Halloween becomes an opportunity to fetishize the dead, and the very scary roads this leads down.
Buffenstein, Alyssa. “Spend a Truly Bizarre Halloween Night in the Catacombs of Paris,” Artnet News. Accessed at https://news.artnet.com/art-world/halloween-catacombs-paris-341393.
Harrap, Caroline. “Happy Kataloween: the spooky celebration in the Paris catacombs,” The
Guardian. Accessed at https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/oct/29/kataloween-halloween-paris-catacombs-parties-spooky-celebration-subculture.
Les Catacombes De Paris. Site History. Accessed at https://www.catacombes.paris.fr/en/history/site-history.
Stone, Phillip R. “A dark tourism spectrum: Towards a typology of death and macabre related tourism sites, attractions and exhibitions,” Tourism Journal (June 1st 2006).
UNESCO. “Genocide memorial sites: Nyamata, Murambi, Bisesero and Gisozi”. Accessed at https://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/5753/.
Usborne, Simon. “Dark tourism: when tragedy meets tourism,” National Geographic, July 15, 2021. Accessed at https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/travel/2018/02/dark-tourism-when-tragedy-meets-tourism.
Episode 9: Dale Wrong Burgess: Indiana's most problematic journalist?
In 1966 "Just us Hoosiers: And how we got that way" was released. Dale Wright Burgess had worked for Indiana's Associated Press since 1939. During that time he slowly compiled 'historical' articles. These articles together became "Just us Hoosiers". For his work across his career, including this book, he was highly awarded including being admitted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame. Today's podcast explores the problems with his writing and questions the praise he has recieved.
Dale Wright Burgess. Just us Hoosiers: And how we got that way. Indiana: Unified College Press, 1966.
Gary C. Olson. “Dale Wright Burgess”. Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame. Accessed at https://ijhf.org/members/1972/dale-wright-burgess.
Episode 7: Gentrification in Indianapolis with Kisha Tandy and Paula Brooks
We are grateful to be joined by the incredible Kisha Tandy MLIS, who is an Assistant Curator at the Indiana State Museum, and Paula Brooks, an activist here in the city of Indianapolis, a Program Manager at the Hoosier Environmental Council and a lifelong member of the community of Indianapolis. Today they are talking with us about their experiences of how Indianapolis has changed over recent years due to Gentrification, and how measures can be taken to resist and reclaim spaces.
Kisha Tandy’s Bio at IUPUI: https://soic.iupui.edu/people/kisha-tandy/
The Canal Area Research Class Project she helped bring to life that we discussed on the podcast: https://exhibits.ulib.iupui.edu/CanalCollection/neatline/show/baist-1908
A driving tour of African American History in Indianapolis with Kisha from CSPAN in 2019: https://www.c-span.org/video/?467001-1/african-american-history-indianapolis#
Paula Brooks’s Bio at Hoosier Environmental Council: https://www.hecweb.org/about/staff/
The Hoosier Environmental Council: https://www.hecweb.org
The Environmental Leadership Program: https://elpnet.org/what-we-do
Tours for you to take:
Through2Eyes (led by Sampson Levingston) has regular tours of Black History in Indianapolis including neighborhood tours of Martindale, Irvington, Butler-Tarkington, Fountain Square and Indiana Avenue. A link to his website where you can see availability and buy tickets is here: https://www.through2eyes.com/walk-talk.
In February 2021 and 2022 Kisha led a Black History Gallery Tour at the Indiana State Museum-keep an eye out for the 2023 version.
“A Conversation with Wildstyle,” Central Indiana Community Foundation. (April 22, 2021)
“Gentrify: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”, KHEPRW.org
Historic Ransom Place: Tour, Dedication Ceremonies, and Dessert Fete. Freetown Village: Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, 1992.
Excellent historical podcast
As a professional journalist and Indianapolis native living in California, I really enjoy the depth of the conversations and topics. I am learning so much about my homeland. More importantly, the theme of the podcast is so relevant to today: examining how traditional history has been documented, whose stories are told and by whom, and the challenges of uncovering the history and culture of those supplanted by colonialism and bigotry. The shows are comprehensive, conversational, erudite and nuanced. Even getting a glimpse of how living museums and history centers fulfill their missions and change with the times is interesting. As well, the production value is top notch, as I would expect from such a renowned institution like Conner Prairie. Kudos.
Great content and hosts!
I really enjoy the topics and Hannah and Easton have great chemistry behind the mics. Their guests are knowledgeable and engaging and I have enjoyed learning more about Indiana history and problematic issues.