Hosted by Dr. Karen Bellinger, the Working Over Time podcast examines society through the lens of work, over time and across cultures. If you're a fellow time traveler who loves history and epic storytelling, you've found the right time machine. Produced by LittleFire, Past Preservers, and Dr. Karen Bellinger. Follow us on Twitter @WorkingOTSeries. We're also on Patreon: www.patreon.com/workingovertime
"That Unhealthy Glow" - The Business of Killer Cosmetics in the 1920's
Welcome to the emergent beauty industry of the early 20th century: a veritable Wild West that played fast and loose with the latest scientific darling, a new element called radium, which (spoiler alert) exposed users to concerning levels of radiation. Historian Lucy Jane Santos is with us today, to dish on how radium became the secret sauce in a dizzying range of beauty and personal care products, and remained so even after the health hazards were well-understood. So - Without further ado, let’s learn all about the killer cosmetics of the early 20th century beauty industry.
Music by Max Richter
"Wine Dark Sea" - Winemakers of the Ancient Greco-Roman World
The current shifting season is the perfect backdrop for our first episode of the season:Greco-Roman Winemakers of the ancient world. Because - who doesn’t need a drink after the last decade *cough cough* We mean "year." That said, people have had lots of reasons to wine (and whine) since - well - ever. And today, we have Dr. Emlyn Dodd, a Greco-Roman Archaeologist who’s gonna take us through the ancient, fascinating, and ever-timely traditions and technologies around wine cultivation, as practiced in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds.
(recorded over zoom) Music by Rolfe Kent
"I Can't Believe It's Not Piracy!" - 17th-18th Century Privateers
On today’s episode - our last of this season - we’re addressing an age-old question: “Privateer or Pirate?” Ok, maybe not age old, exactly, but it’s a question I didn’t even know to ask until I spoke with maritime archaeologist Neil Dobson, whose work spans decades of deep-water shipwreck exploration and recovery. In his all his years of studying ships and their legendary captains, none has captured Neil’s imagination, and heart quite so much as that of the famous Captain William Kidd, who was a “privateer” wrongly convicted as a pirate and, as Washington Irving writes in our opening passage, hanged for his “crimes.” If you’re wondering what the heck a privateer is, how one could be confused with a pirate, and above all, why that would be such a terrible thing in the eyes of the law, you’ve come to the right time machine. So - Hoist the sails! Yo ho ho and a bottle of... beer? Well, that’s what Neil says, anyway.
"Eyes in the Sky" - Physicists and Satellites in the 1950s-70s.
For the past 60 years, following the trail blazed by Sputnik, we’ve put thousands of satellites into orbit, looping sentinels that serve critical functions in modern society, transmitting TV and radio signals, tracking the weather, and providing communications and positioning channels that serve a range of military and civilian needs. In this episode, we talk about one such technology, which has transformed everyday life for the 4billion people – nearly half the globe’s population - who use smartphones. That’s the GPS tracking feature which means most of us couldn’t get lost, even if we wanted to; and which is making good old paper maps (the ones you never could fold right anyway) increasingly obsolete. Join Karen as she speaks with guest Richard Easton, who brings a unique viewpoint on the roots of this innovation, having grown up as the son of a Naval Research Laboratories physicist who led the charge in developing America’s first satellites in the 1950s, in the Silicon Valley of its time. So - get those white jackets on, we’re headed to the lab! (recorded over zoom)
Follow today's guest on social media: @RDEIL
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"From Reeds to Regulators" - 18th-20thc Deep Sea Divers
Today, we’re going to swim with some of the earliest and most intrepid explorers the world has ever known. We're talking about the brave souls who plunged to the ocean floors, beginning thousands of years ago, as free divers, collecting sponges, pearls, and the stuff to make princely dyes which could be found nowhere else on the planet. The human desire to reach the deep has never waned, but fortunately, the technology to make underwater activities easier and safer has evolved to the point that today, pretty much anyone can acquire the skills to do it, whether for work or pleasure. So take a deep breath, and join Dr. Karen Bellinger in following maritime archaeologist Ziad Morsy down this long, watery path of discovery. (recorded over zoom)
Music by rozen
Follow today's guest on social media: @ziad_morsy
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"The Golden Cage" - Imperial Life in the Ottoman Harem
Join Karen and her guest Jem Duducu for a conversation about a unique element of the Ottoman Empire- a central but often misconstrued aspect of this traditional Muslim household - called the harem - and the sometimes surprising influence it had on Ottoman politics. The members of the harem - the sultan’s many wives, concubines, and servants - were enmeshed in a dizzying web of responsibilities and - for those savvy enough - unique opportunities for political maneuvering in a world where the alternative to being attached to the Ottoman ruling machinery was… well, pretty much, yikes. (recorded over zoom)
You can listen to Jem's Condensed Histories @: https://shows.acast.com/condensed-histories
Wow, the latest diving episode is gnarly!
The latest episode with Ziad was really interesting! As an avid Diver, this episode provided so much historical background to a sport that is growing with rapid enthusiasm. It’s uplifting to know that people can learn the origins of the sport!
thanks again for putting out such a captivating and well sourced material!
Love it. Solid info presented through hybrid storytelling and interview format
Closest thing to a time machine you’ll find. This podcast offers an eyewitness-style exploration of life in the past doing interesting jobs, while tying it always to modern days experience somehow. Top quality production values, too!
WOW! What a great series. Look forward to every episode. Highly recommended.