12 episodes

Hosted by Dr. Karen Bellinger, the Working Over Time podcast features experts as they explore jobs from the past, lives of the workers and how their greater economic systems impact the world. Produced by LittleFire & Past Preservers. 

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Hosted by Dr. Karen Bellinger, the Working Over Time podcast features experts as they explore jobs from the past, lives of the workers and how their greater economic systems impact the world. Produced by LittleFire & Past Preservers. 

    "Stomping Over The Known World" - Elephant Traders in the Hellenistic Period

    "Stomping Over The Known World" - Elephant Traders in the Hellenistic Period

    (recorded over zoom) Elephants, ivory, and war, oh my! Join Karen and historian Tim Moller as they discuss the ancient elephant trade sponsored by Ptolemaic Egypt nearly 3,000 years ago. An exotic earful, indeed!

    • 53 min
    "Entering the Waves" - Seaside Dippers in the Regency Period

    "Entering the Waves" - Seaside Dippers in the Regency Period

    (recorded over zoom) Join Dr. Karen Bellinger as she talks with Dr. Kathryn Ferry. when they explore the curiosities and pleasures of the 18th century British seaside, anchored by the brawny, colorful, and largely female “Dippers” who brokered middle and upper class beach visits.

    • 1 hr
    "Between a Rock and Hard Place" - Work & Home in Industrial Age England

    "Between a Rock and Hard Place" - Work & Home in Industrial Age England

    Peek into the home lives of Industrial Age factory workers, led by house historian Melanie Backe-Hansen! Experience the last great shift in work-life balance, and how working class families managed the intersection of work and home life during a time of epic shifts in productive systems.

    • 53 min
    "Survival of the Smartest" - Early Modern Hunter-Gatherers and the Cognitive Revolution

    "Survival of the Smartest" - Early Modern Hunter-Gatherers and the Cognitive Revolution

    We look at more than just a typical day in the life of an average Hunter Gatherer. Join us and survival expert Klint Janulis as he helps us track the seriously ancient roots of modern human ingenuity, and its continued relevance for our species’ survival today. We’re going all the way to the Stone Age and back, in less than an hour, so hang on tight and enjoy the ride! (recorded over zoom).

    • 52 min
    "They Promised Her The Moon" - The Hidden Women of the Space Race

    "They Promised Her The Moon" - The Hidden Women of the Space Race

    (recorded over zoom) The women of the top-secret Mercury13 training program were as ready as their male counterparts to serve their country in the Cold War Space Race. But it was the early 1960s and they were passed over. It would be 20 more years before NASA accepted women into its astronaut ranks. Join host Karen Bellinger and guest Analog Astronaut Dr Sian Proctor to get the inside story of the largely unknown women who gave their all as pioneers in America’s race to be first into space.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Rock Stars and Rural Remedies - Snake Oil Salesmen in Reconstruction America

    Rock Stars and Rural Remedies - Snake Oil Salesmen in Reconstruction America

    (recorded over zoom) 19th-century “medicine shows” marketed cure-alls in a moveable feast of showmanship that compelled rural pain sufferers to exchange hard-earned cash for “miracle” elixirs, tonics, and liniments. Most of these treatments were dubious at best, dangerous at worst. But these shows were more than just a particularly vivid chapter in America’s long history of rewarding savvy hustlers peddling questionable products. The medicine show was also a vitally important social phenomenon, providing unique social and economic mobility for people who had talent, but were otherwise shut out from the opportunities of post-Reconstruction America. Join Dr. Karen Bellinger as she speaks with writer and historian Deb Hunter about the role of Snake Oil Salesmen in the early days of the pharmaceutical industry.

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

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6 Ratings

jacobette ,

Excellent Podcast

I am so glad I discovered this podcast! Am a major history buff (nerd alert!) and was totally stoked when I came across this, as I am always looking for new podcasts. The host does a fantastic job of keeping conversation fascinating, and each of the guest stars are so interesting, it’s a pleasure to listen to. I especially liked the mayan one, so if you’re going to check it out, I’d go for that one. Definitely give it a listen. I first discovered the host speaking on What on Earth on the science channel, and was so impressed by her knowledge and delivery that I decided to check out this new piece of work. Excellent.

karasmannequin ,

Excellent Podcast

This is one of my favorite history podcasts! each episode had a subject matter expert and the host talking about different occupations in different historic eras. So far they have discussed snake oil salesmen, Greek Mantis, Silk Road traders and more! This is a well hosted, well produced, and informative podcast!

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