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Footnoting History

Footnoting History

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Footnoting History

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Because the best stories are always in the footnotes.

Latest Episodes

Slavery and the Colony of Georgia

(Elizabeth) Most likely, many of us have heard tales around how the colony of Georgia was founded by James Oglethorpe, a philanthropist, to be a haven for Britain's debtors but, as always, that isn't the whole story. In this episode, Elizabeth delves into how slavery of Africans was illegal early on in the colony and why that changed - including who drove the demand.

17 MINMAY 30
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Slavery and the Colony of Georgia

The Parnell Affair

(Christine) In the late 1800s, Charles Stewart Parnell was a heavyweight in Irish politics - until his affair with a woman named Katharine O'Shea came to light. Join Christine for a look at the scandal that dominated headlines and rocked the career of the so-called "Uncrowned King of Ireland".

23 MINMAY 16
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The Parnell Affair

Passing Exams in Imperial China

(Lucy) The civil service examinations taken by the bureaucrats and administrators of imperial China were not merely academic. They also served as social rites of passage. Moreover, they were designed to test the moral aptitudes of test-takers for a lifetime of upholding Confucian ideals. Naturally, they were a source of individual stress, as well as a key part of imperial power and authority for centuries, outlasting several dynasties. This episode looks at the roles civil service examinations played in premodern China, and the mythos that grew around them.

23 MINMAY 2
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Passing Exams in Imperial China

The Other Anne Boleyn

(Kristin) In 1536, there were two Anne Boleyns in the Tower of London. One was a queen who helped inspire the English Reformation and stood accused of treason; the other was the aunt whose testimony may have helped to convict her. Lady Anne Shelton, née Boleyn, was the sister of the queen’s father, Thomas Boleyn and the mother of one of Henry VIII’s alleged mistresses. She was to play a critical role during the reign and fall of Henry’s second queen – who was her namesake and who became her nemesis.

23 MINAPR 18
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The Other Anne Boleyn

Prester John

(Josh) Prester John, a legendary Christian king, endured in the imaginations of many medieval crusade theorists and geographers. Thought to be a savior who would assist the forces of Christendom to defeat Islam in a final crusade to take Jerusalem, Prester John occupied an important place in the minds of those who hoped for a successful crusade. In this episode, join newcomer Josh as he takes you on a whirlwind tour of Asia and Africa in search of this mythical figure.

23 MINAPR 3
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Prester John

Footnoting Disney: Mulan

(Lucy) Mulanis a story without a single historical precedent. From a medieval ballad to early modern narratives to plays and operas, it’s been told over and over again. Mulan’s exploits are always presented as having happened “once upon a time,” anytime from the Han dynasty to the early Tang period. These stories about a fierce heroine and her loyalties tell us a lot about changing ideas of gender and cultural identity in China.

18 MINMAR 21
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Footnoting Disney: Mulan

Footnoting Disney: The Little Mermaid

(Lesley) The first of Disney’s Renaissance films was a project in progress since 1930. Based on the writings of Hans Christian Andersen, the film updated the original tragic story for a modern family audience. In this episode, Lesley places the original story within the religious, cultural, and imperial context of its creation...while revealing a personal pain the author wrote into the mermaid’s story.

17 MINMAR 7
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Footnoting Disney: The Little Mermaid

(Christine) Footnoting Disney: Pocahontas

(Christine) In 1995, Disney releasedPocahontas, its first animated film based on a real person. Set in 1607, the film depicts the encounter between Pocahontas, an American Indian woman, and John Smith, an English settler, in what is now the state of Virginia. In this episode Christine uses the popular movie that gave us songs like "Colors of the Wind" as the starting point for separating fact from fiction and investigating the real life of Pocahontas.

21 MINFEB 21
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(Christine) Footnoting Disney: Pocahontas

(Elizabeth) Footnoting Disney: Aladdin

(Elizabeth) The story of Aladdin is one of the most popular and most produced of the tales from theOne Thousand and One Nights(also known in English as theArabian Nights) and, yet, it isn't actually one of the original stories. In this episode, Elizabeth explains how the story of Aladdin entered the collection, including the young Syrian man who inspired a French author to write it.

20 MINFEB 8
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(Elizabeth) Footnoting Disney: Aladdin

Footnoting Disney: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

(Kristin) When Victor Hugo wrote his novel,Notre-Dame of Parisin 1831, the cathedral of Notre Dame was over 600 years old and crumbling. The ensuing tale was one that inspired a massive renovation project and continues to stir imaginations today. In this week’s episode, Kristin talks about the story of Hugo’sNotre-Dame of Parisand its continuing resonance with modern audiences.

23 MINJAN 25
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Footnoting Disney: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Latest Episodes

Slavery and the Colony of Georgia

(Elizabeth) Most likely, many of us have heard tales around how the colony of Georgia was founded by James Oglethorpe, a philanthropist, to be a haven for Britain's debtors but, as always, that isn't the whole story. In this episode, Elizabeth delves into how slavery of Africans was illegal early on in the colony and why that changed - including who drove the demand.

17 MINMAY 30
Comments
Slavery and the Colony of Georgia

The Parnell Affair

(Christine) In the late 1800s, Charles Stewart Parnell was a heavyweight in Irish politics - until his affair with a woman named Katharine O'Shea came to light. Join Christine for a look at the scandal that dominated headlines and rocked the career of the so-called "Uncrowned King of Ireland".

23 MINMAY 16
Comments
The Parnell Affair

Passing Exams in Imperial China

(Lucy) The civil service examinations taken by the bureaucrats and administrators of imperial China were not merely academic. They also served as social rites of passage. Moreover, they were designed to test the moral aptitudes of test-takers for a lifetime of upholding Confucian ideals. Naturally, they were a source of individual stress, as well as a key part of imperial power and authority for centuries, outlasting several dynasties. This episode looks at the roles civil service examinations played in premodern China, and the mythos that grew around them.

23 MINMAY 2
Comments
Passing Exams in Imperial China

The Other Anne Boleyn

(Kristin) In 1536, there were two Anne Boleyns in the Tower of London. One was a queen who helped inspire the English Reformation and stood accused of treason; the other was the aunt whose testimony may have helped to convict her. Lady Anne Shelton, née Boleyn, was the sister of the queen’s father, Thomas Boleyn and the mother of one of Henry VIII’s alleged mistresses. She was to play a critical role during the reign and fall of Henry’s second queen – who was her namesake and who became her nemesis.

23 MINAPR 18
Comments
The Other Anne Boleyn

Prester John

(Josh) Prester John, a legendary Christian king, endured in the imaginations of many medieval crusade theorists and geographers. Thought to be a savior who would assist the forces of Christendom to defeat Islam in a final crusade to take Jerusalem, Prester John occupied an important place in the minds of those who hoped for a successful crusade. In this episode, join newcomer Josh as he takes you on a whirlwind tour of Asia and Africa in search of this mythical figure.

23 MINAPR 3
Comments
Prester John

Footnoting Disney: Mulan

(Lucy) Mulanis a story without a single historical precedent. From a medieval ballad to early modern narratives to plays and operas, it’s been told over and over again. Mulan’s exploits are always presented as having happened “once upon a time,” anytime from the Han dynasty to the early Tang period. These stories about a fierce heroine and her loyalties tell us a lot about changing ideas of gender and cultural identity in China.

18 MINMAR 21
Comments
Footnoting Disney: Mulan

Footnoting Disney: The Little Mermaid

(Lesley) The first of Disney’s Renaissance films was a project in progress since 1930. Based on the writings of Hans Christian Andersen, the film updated the original tragic story for a modern family audience. In this episode, Lesley places the original story within the religious, cultural, and imperial context of its creation...while revealing a personal pain the author wrote into the mermaid’s story.

17 MINMAR 7
Comments
Footnoting Disney: The Little Mermaid

(Christine) Footnoting Disney: Pocahontas

(Christine) In 1995, Disney releasedPocahontas, its first animated film based on a real person. Set in 1607, the film depicts the encounter between Pocahontas, an American Indian woman, and John Smith, an English settler, in what is now the state of Virginia. In this episode Christine uses the popular movie that gave us songs like "Colors of the Wind" as the starting point for separating fact from fiction and investigating the real life of Pocahontas.

21 MINFEB 21
Comments
(Christine) Footnoting Disney: Pocahontas

(Elizabeth) Footnoting Disney: Aladdin

(Elizabeth) The story of Aladdin is one of the most popular and most produced of the tales from theOne Thousand and One Nights(also known in English as theArabian Nights) and, yet, it isn't actually one of the original stories. In this episode, Elizabeth explains how the story of Aladdin entered the collection, including the young Syrian man who inspired a French author to write it.

20 MINFEB 8
Comments
(Elizabeth) Footnoting Disney: Aladdin

Footnoting Disney: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

(Kristin) When Victor Hugo wrote his novel,Notre-Dame of Parisin 1831, the cathedral of Notre Dame was over 600 years old and crumbling. The ensuing tale was one that inspired a massive renovation project and continues to stir imaginations today. In this week’s episode, Kristin talks about the story of Hugo’sNotre-Dame of Parisand its continuing resonance with modern audiences.

23 MINJAN 25
Comments
Footnoting Disney: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
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