Best oral histories podcasts we could find (Updated February 2018)
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The Players Tribune, An Oral History Series
 
The Players’ Tribune is the first content platform created, curated and controlled by athletes, providing unique insight into the daily sports conversation. Founded by Derek Jeter, The Players’ Tribune publishes first-person content from athletes, bringing fans closer than ever to the games they love. The Players Tribune Oral History Podcast Series will take fans inside the journey of some of the most historic moments in sports, told by the players that played it and lived it.
 
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National Park Service Oral History
 
Interested in what it's like to be born in the middle of a Yellowstone winter or raised in the heart of Yosemite Valley? Curious about the inner workings of parks or how people establish careers with the National Park Service? Hear firsthand accounts from former and current National Park Service employees that celebrate the history of our national parks and the role they've played in lives around the world. Thanks to the Association of National Park Rangers Oral History Project for making ma ...
 
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The National WWII Museum: Oral Histories
 
The National WWII Museum: Oral Histories
 
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An Oral History of the Church
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"An Oral History of the Christian Church," by Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick, is a conversational history podcast organized by "volume" (season). Check out our companion podcast, "Saints Gone Before"!
 
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Exploring Spoken Word Data in Oral History Archives
 
Interest has grown in recent years in in oral history along with the increased popularity of the personal narrative. Oral history can be defined as the practice of eliciting people’s personal memory of lived experiences that are absent in written archives, and documenting them with a recording device with the purpose of turning the interviews into historical sources.The ‘digital turn’ has had an enormous impact on this archival practice. Currently much unique and valuable spoken language dat ...
 
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Oral History Collection from the Archives of American Art
 
The Smithsonian's Archives of American Art enlivens the extraordinary human stories behind America's most significant art and artists. It is the preeminent and most widely used resource dedicated to collecting, preserving, and making available for study the papers and other primary records of the visual arts in America.
 
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National Gallery of Australia | Oral History Collection | James Gleeson interviews Australia's greatest artists
 
In the late 1970s Dr James Gleeson AO, Australia’s leading surrealist painter, interviewed 98 Australian artists in their studios to discuss their works that had been acquired by the National Gallery of Australia. As an artist, curator, writer and administrator, Gleeson brought a unique perspective to these conversations. The recorded interviews form the basis of a significant resource on Australian visual arts. The recordings are accompanied by 2000 reference photographs of the artworks and ...
 
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Anarchist Oral History
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Zetus Lapodcast: The Complete Oral History of Disney Channel Original Movies
 
The complete oral history of Disney Channel Original Movies, from A to Zenon. Hosted by Zach Heltzel.
 
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Podcast – Samuel Proctor Oral History Program
 
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Myanmar Oral History Project - life stories
 
Oral histories of Myanmar - life stories; some starting as far back as the late 1920’s. From my years of involvement in Myanmar I have become aware of the increasing scarcity of the generation of Myanma citizens who were born during the colonial period and have lived through the tumultuous years since that time. For me, these men and women are "national treasures" whose experience, perseverance and wisdom gained during their long lives will be lost unless we capture their stories in some way ...
 
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Commonwealth Oral History
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Commonwealth Oral History
 
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Oral History seminar
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Oral History seminar
 
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ARST's Oral History Project Podcast
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These oral history interview were recorded at the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Association for the Rhetoric of Science and Technology in November 2012. Interviewed by Damien Smith Pfister with Jennifer Malkowski and Kenny Walker. Project concept by Lisa Keranen.
 
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An Oral History of Arlen
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This is the stories of the people of Arlen, TX
 
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Veteran Voices: The Oral History Podcast
 
Conversations about Pittsburgh-area veterans, their stories, and with those who tell veterans’ stories in creative and interesting ways.
 
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Veteran Voices: The Oral History Podcast
 
Conversations with veterans oral historians and storytellers.
 
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Love Aloud Podcast | Love Aloud: Modern Love Lives Across the World
 
Love Aloud is a place to share true stories about meeting, getting together, staying together, and moving on. Stories told by people from all over the world. Stories that are open and honest about the joys and challenges of living and loving in the modern world. Stories that together form an oral history of modern love, sexuality, and relationships of all kinds, that I hope provides entertainment, insight and inspiration..
 
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In Pursuit of Social Justice: An Oral History of the Early Years of Diversity Efforts at the University of Washington - Video
 
In Pursuit of Social Justice: An Oral History of the Early Years of Diversity Efforts at the University of Washington - Video
 
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Voices from the Days of Slavery: Stories, Songs and Memories
 
Oral histories and interviews with African Americans who endured the hardships of slavery. These recordings document the first-person accounts of several individuals whose life experiences spanned the period during and after slavery. The podcasts are drawn from several collections in the American Folklife Center Archives, one of the preeminent audio-visual repositories of national and international folklife, history and cultural expressions.
 
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Long Haul: Public Radio Documentaries to Go!
 
Audio documentaries and stories hand-crafted by award winners Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister.
 
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Off Script: Atlantic Canada Politics
 
Off Script is a podcast for engaged citizens, public leaders and activists in Atlantic Canada. In each episode of the podcast we'll explore what people who are engaged in the politics of their communities are up to, what they're learning, and what the rest of us can learn from their experiences. This podcast is produced by Springtide, an educational charity committed to helping people lead change through politics with their integrity intact. Host: Mark Coffin. New episodes every Wednesday. ( ...
 
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New Zealand Pocket Radio
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Kia ora! New Zealand Pocket Radio is a grassroots podcast network located in Woodhill, New Zealand and with a focus on local programming, oral history and human-interest podcasts. We hope that you enjoy the podcasts and look forward to hearing your feedback. If you have a great story to tell or an idea for a podcast, please leave a comment or send us an email.
 
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The Known World
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This podcast contains the essays of David Alan Grier, which discuss the ideas, the culture, and the stories of the digital age. The podcasts come from the column of the same name in Computer, the flagship publication of the IEEE Computer Society. Copyright 2011, IEEE, Inc. All rights reserved. Some of the music provided is from the PodShow Podsafe Music Network. Check it out at "music.podshow.com".
 
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The Other Side of the Mic
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Ever want to know more about how people do oral history projects? And what they do with oral history projects? Each week I'll be interviewing an interviewer, and we'll talk about their experiences, from the nitty gritty of funding to the more theoretical approaches to interviews.
 
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The Tale of a Town - Canada
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The Tale of a Town - Canada is a site-specific oral history and theatre project aiming to capture the collective community memory of Canada's Main Streets, one story at a time, while preserving local heritage and promoting neighbourhood culture.
 
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You Can't Eat the Sunshine
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You Can’t Eat the Sunshine is the podcast of Esotouric, the offbeat Los Angeles company that turns the notion of guided bus tours on its ear. Each week, join Kim Cooper and Richard Schave on their Southern California adventures, as they visit with fascinating characters for wide-ranging interviews that reveal the myths, contradictions, inspirations and passions of the place. There’s never been a city quite like Los Angeles. Tune in if you’d like to find out why.
 
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Heightened Scrutiny
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An episodic podcast taking a closer look at landmark civil rights decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court. Host Joe Dunman walks listeners through the arguments and decisions of each case.
 
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Feast of Fun : Video
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Feast of Fun makes your iPod go gay! Listen to our gay podcast every day for fresh funny and honest talk on odd news and social trends peppered with a dazzling assortment of cocktail recipies and celebrity interviews yu won't hear anywhere else. The first gay couple podcast, Marc Felion and Fausto Fernós started the show in February of 2005.Winners of the People's Choice Podcast Award for best Gay, Lesbian, Bi and Trans Podcast and the Gay Bloggies for "Best Podcast" join Marc and Fausto and ...
 
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Winters Past
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Winters Past podcasts will transport you to the way winters used to be. But you'll have to get out of your chair first: these podcasts are all designed to be heard while outside, while walking.
 
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Mozilla Digital Memory Bank Podcast
 
Weekly highlights from oral history interviews of Mozillans as part of the Center for History and New Media's Mozilla Digital Memory Bank.
 
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Vox Humana: Humans, Voices & Human Voices
 
This podcast series from Oral History & Folklife Research, Inc. seeks to make the quiet voices loud. Host Molly Graham features stories, voices and radio documentaries covering Maine and beyond.
 
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Crossing Fences
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Oral histories of African-American men in Pittsburgh as collected by African-American boys and young men in Grades 5 to 12.
 
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National Life Stories
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From its modest beginnings in 1987, National Life Stories has grown significantly and helped to create one of the largest oral history collections in the world – the British Library holds some 70,000 recordings of which nearly 3,000 are long, in-depth biographical interviews created by National Life Stories. Each episode of this podcast will bring you a conversation with someone else associated with National Life Stories – from interviewers, to curators, to listening service and technical st ...
 
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Flatbush + Main: A Podcast from Brooklyn Historical Society
 
Flatbush + Main is a podcast dedicated to Brooklyn history. In each episode, co-hosts Zaheer Ali and Julie Golia, historians at Brooklyn Historical Society, talk to scholars and use archives and oral history to dive deep into Brooklyn’s past, tying it to the issues facing New Yorkers and Americans today.
 
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Cold War: Stories from the Big Freeze
 
Bridget Kendall presents an oral history of the early Cold War. Using interviews collected by the BBC for this series, Bridget traces the crucial turning points of the early Cold War.
 
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Archivist's Alley
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Archivist’s Alley is a safe conversational space designed for lively discussions on preservation and identities in our professional landscapes. It is an open arena in which voices gathered from the world of the lesser represented or marginalized populations in media or media preservation may exchange ideas about archives, new career projects and media work. Archivist's Alley celebrates powerful guest voices as critical parts of this community and our world at large.
 
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Getting Better Acquainted
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A weekly podcast: Join Dave Pickering on his journey to get better acquainted with the people he knows. Part interview show, part oral history project and part autobiography through conversation.British Podcast Award 2017 winner (bronze in Best Interview category)GBA was nominated for a 2012 Radio Production Award, aired for 3 seasons on Resonance 104.4 FM and was featured on BBC Radio 4's In Pod We Trust, BBC Radio 5 Live’s Helen and Olly's Required Listening and has been recommended by The ...
 
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Change Over Time
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As the library asks, "What do you geek?" I geek science fiction, fantasy, the outdoors, critical race theory, politics, organizing, among other things. Mostly, I geek history. So I've tied all that together into one podcast. Change Over Time is a podcast using historical thinking to explore geekiness. Sometimes I’ll be reporting from the field. Other times I’ll explore how different ideas, theories, or methods used by historians can be used by non-historians. I’ll also release edited pieces ...
 
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Migrants in Ireland » podcasts
 
breaking down barriers with stories and podcasts
 
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Baba the Storyteller
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Accompany Baba the Storyteller as he travels the world sharing music, stories, interviews and so much more. Dig deeper into the Science & Art of Storytelling with Baba, aka "The Ubiquitous Bard."
 
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Kohanek Connection
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Kohanek Family History. Interview with Gloria Slechta: daughter of Helen and Charles O'Malley and grand-daughter of Rose and Anthony Kohanek.
 
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Dear Canada
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The Tale of a Town - Canada is a site-specific oral history and theatre project aiming to capture the collective community memory of Canada's Main Streets, one story at a time, while preserving local heritage and promoting neighbourhood culture.
 
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Cannabis Economy
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Cannabis Economy (by Audio Archives) chronicles personal conversations with business leaders on Ingenuity, Inspiration...and Cannabis. Our first goal is to provide an oral history of legal cannabis in real-time. Who you are informs what you do. Business is personal. Follow us on Twitter @CannEconomy
 
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Eastside Stories
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Fortnightly stories from our archive of over 1700 interviews with East Londoners.Visit www.hidden-histories.org.uk for more.
 
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Sheer Joy Of Noise
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a lifetime of tape recordings
 
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Slumberland | an Audio Drama
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This audio drama invites your ears to visit Slumberland, a small island town in the US. Come along with Thomas Edward M, the freelance soundman. He's been hired to meet the locals and record their oral histories for the town's time capsule. The unfolding history of the town mixes folklore, paranormal, mystery and humor.
 
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Welcome to Narangong
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The Oral History Project is an effort to record the history and culture of Narangong, South Australia’s tidiest town 1993, 2003, and 2008, winner of Australia’s best Cornish pastie 1997, and home to the renowned Nara Fighting Roos.
 
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Beyond Words Live!
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Survivors have a story to tell. What happend in their lives, how they were able to change the outcome of their lives, and what resources may or may not have helped at the time. They may also share tidbits of what might have empowered them more so, had it existed at the time as well. This is their time to tell their story and share it with others, and perhaps serve as an inspiration to others who may be going through other similar situations. #Project1000000Voices is my efforts to provide a p ...
 
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Stories of Mountain Folk
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Stories of Mountain Folk explore the nature and significance of oral history and storytelling to advance the understanding of the cultures of Western North Carolina. Featuring interviews, memories, discussions and stories from Caucasian, African-American, and Cherokee people living in the Great Smoky Mountains, the Interviewers actually go into the homes of the people to assure them a “safe” place to tell their stories. With a goal to save the heritage of the area and preserve its “sense of ...
 
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This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project where friends and loved ones interview each other. At the StoryCorps mobile booth in Columbia in 2016, Tonya German spoke with her mother Nancy Wegner about her early life, starting with the last time Nancy saw her own mother as a child. Here’s Tonya.…
 
This oral history interview was conducted by Suzanne Vining with Marge Warren, age 100, a resident of Eagle Estates, Independence, Kansas, in May, 2017. These are Marge's hands:
 
Parshas Yisro is a tale of two stories: The first is the episode of Yisro the father in law of Moshe. He abandons his post as the priest of Midian to join the people and provide valuable insight to the judicial process. The latter half of the parsha is dedicated to the Mount Sinai experience and the Ten Commandments. The Torah prefaces the Ten ...…
 
The Walking Dead returns in February and Carl may or may not be dead or alive. Spoiler alert. Tim explains why there wasn't a show last week, we've updated the Patreon rewards (http://www.patreon.com/timandrews) with some cool stuff, not being nice to Autumn on The Von Haessler Doctrine, Oscar nominations 2018, having sex with peaches, Ira FINA ...…
 
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These Are Words
 
Hey, friends! In this episode we had a great time discussing something really important, our favorite prophet from the Bible.....and then realizing that Asher said that as a joke and never actually intended for us to discuss it though so that was fun. We also took a crack at the most difficult Harry Potter trivia of all time and wrapped it up w ...…
 
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Eternal Ethics - With Rabbi Yaakov Wolbe
 
In his second consecutive teaching, Hillel instructs us regarding the proper attitude to spiritual development and persistence, and the grave consequences of spiritual stagnation. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Please consider sponsoring a podcast by making a donation to help fund our Jewish outreach and educational efforts at http ...…
 
The breakthrough performance for Keanu Reeves, along with co-star Alex Winter, in this fun time-traveling romp through history, as two California teens pick up verious historical figures in their phone booth through time to pass an oral presentation that will secure Earth’s future — a future in which Bill & Ted are revered as saviors! George Ca ...…
 
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OrchardChurch.Life: Sermons
 
The Bible was the first printed book, is the best seller in history, and claims to be God’s word (Ps. 18:30; 119:160). God didn’t deliver a completed book from heaven but revealed His will over time using human means by inspiration, generation (oral and written), and preservation. This means the original autographs (first documents) were breath ...…
 
I first learned about Aaron Foley when I came across a CNN story on his role as the official Chief Storyteller for Detroit. I love the art of storytelling and I’m originally from Detroit so this profile on CNN resonated with me. I added Aaron to my list of targeted interviews and began my research. It didn’t take long for me to realize Aaron is ...…
 
Birth/Death: July 27, 1740 – August 5, 1807Quick Summary: Jeanne Barret was Born in Autun, France to day laborers who could barley scrape by. As a result of this upbringing she quickly learned the trade of being an herb woman. First of all she develops a love for botany and care taking. A pivotal point in her life was when she met Philibert Com ...…
 
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Parsha Podcast - By Rabbi Yaakov Wolbe
 
Before the seventh and final plague of the parsha, Moshe warns the Egyptians about the forthcoming hail of fire-and-ice. Some of the Egyptians prudently move all their possessions to safety, while others leave them out. The Torah’s labeling of these people and their choices provide us with valuable lessons. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – ...…
 
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Parsha Podcast - By Rabbi Yaakov Wolbe
 
In Parshas Vaeira we see the humbling of Pharaoh and the Egyptians. We learn about the first seven of the Ten Plagues and their purpose and significance. More broadly, we delve into the objective of the Exodus at large. The topics discussed in this episode: Introduction to the Plagues and Exodus: The various Names of God, Lineage of Moshe and A ...…
 
Youth interviewers Marcus Brown, Jesus Pierce and Marlin Rainey collected this oral history of Ralph P. Watson from Wilkinsburg High School.
 
Zoe and Betty interview Mike McCabe, author of New York City Tattoo: The Oral History of an Urban Art. Mike shares stories of old Bowery days in NYC and how he got involved with tattooing (before it was legal). He shares his perspective on tattoo culture and the meaning of tattoos. This episode is a real treat for tattoo history enthusiasts! To ...…
 
In this edition of Saving Stories Doug Boyd, director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History shares audio of an interview with the late Sue Grafton. It's part of the center's online series featuring Kentucky authors. In this 1993 conversation the Louisville native talks about her difficult childhood, how she came up with her signature Alp ...…
 
On this week's episode of DCPL's "All Things Local", host Olubunmi Bakare is joined by Dianne Dale, author of "The Village That SHaped Us". According to Dr. Thomas Battle, director emeritus of the Moorland-Spingarn Center at Howard University, The Village That Shaped Us sets the standard for how to look at a community. Using oral history interv ...…
 
On October 5, 2017, Gregory Wilson delivered a Banner Lecture entitled “Toxic Dust: The History and Legacy of Virginia’s Kepone Disaster.”In July 1975, news broke about workers at Life Science Products Company in Hopewell poisoned while making the pesticide Kepone, the brand name of chlordecone. Further investigations showed Life Science had co ...…
 
December 2017 Bletchley Park’s Oral History project has been running for six years, interviewing more than 400 veterans so far. These personal testimonies capture the unique and precious memories of people who worked at Bletchley Park and its outstations. Not only are these interviews a great source of historical facts, adding to what we know a ...…
 
Did Hobbits celebrate Christmas? What's in a Wookiee Cookie? The answers to these questions, plus heartwarming letters from Santa, drug-fueled Wookiee spirit journeys, and the Star Wars Christmas album.Tolkien illustrations - https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/tolkien-favorite-father-christmas-santa-holiday-lettersWookiee Cookies recipe - ht ...…
 
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Poems from Here with Maine Poet Laureate Stuart Kestenbaum
 
Today’s poem is "Ten Below, Corea Harbor” Douglas Woodsum. He’s taught at two universities and five public schools and published poetry in dozens of literary magazines and journals. With his students, he has published twelve annual anthologies of oral history, folklore, and creative writing.By jwoodward@mainepublic.org (Jonathan Woodward).
 
If you are visiting Oahu, Hawaii, be sure to take some time to get outside of Waikiki to visit all that the island has to offer. Pay your respects at Pearl Harbor; step on the USS Missouri, the last World War II battleship of the United States; go snorkeling and swimming at Hanauma Bay; climb the Diamond Head volcanic crater that looms large ab ...…
 
This week, sporting history is finally compiled into a definitive list. In this bumper-length special episode, Tim and Chris fight to have their top 12 sporting moments placed into the world-renowned 'Husselbury and Kerr Sporting Hall of Fame'. Heated discussions and compromises aplenty, this episode is not to be missed. Disagree with any (or a ...…
 
“We want to archive and collect stories on our own terms. A big part of documenting the history is documenting the history for us, by us. And that’s the big seed of everything, everything starts from the story. Everything starts from these interviews and relationships with these elders and the intergenerational connections.” - Indee Mitchell Fo ...…
 
U Maung Maung Soe Tint, born 1933, views on WW2 and nationalism, student activist, educationalist, Ambassador to Australia but recalled for criticism of junta for handling of student unrest in 1988 and Chairman of Border Area Dev AssocIation
 
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Paint It Black Podcast
 
We have our first December to rember this week, Where we take a look back on things that we've lost in 2017. Billy gets use of the computer and starts to make magic. We play some 90's karaoke and play a what if Sean connery was Darth Vader. Email us: paintitblackcomics@gmail.com We bring in Hoevember in style as we talk about some of our favori ...…
 
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Eternal Ethics - With Rabbi Yaakov Wolbe
 
In the Second Century before the Common Era, the Jewish world was in an upheaval due largely to various splinter sects, such as the Sadducees and Boethusians, causing internal conflict and confusion among the nation. The two great leaders of the Jews at the time had many challenges on their hands. In this podcast we tell some of the stories abo ...…
 
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Westwood Radio Podcast
 
In this latest episode of Westwood Talk I look back on two weeks of learning in school, the success of the Christmas Fair, a visit from our friend Russell Prue of Anderton Tiger Broadcasting and the launch of Westwood Oral History Project. Lots to catch up on!
 
Youth interviewers Martay Howard, Tyreek Henderson & Justin McEachern collected this oral history of Eugene Thomas from Schiller Elementary School.
 
U Than Htay, born 1932, views on colonial and Japanese occupation of Burma, geologist, retired as Deputy Director General of Department of Geological Survey and Mineral Exploration in Ministry of Mines - life story
 
Oo-De-Lally! The time has come, dear listeners, we have reached the pinnacle of animation. At least according to Aly. This week we finally discuss Disney’s 1973 classic…Robin Hood! But wait? What’s that? Aly has waited patiently for this moment since the podcast began, and she’s not letting it go so easily. Therefore, she declares that Robin Ho ...…
 
Dr. Spencer meets with the Oral History students at Sierra High School to talk about their experiences in the class, what sets Sierra apart, and how to improve education for all students.
 
U Chit Myint, born 1930, Mining Engineer, retired in 1991 as Division Engineer, Mining Enterprise 2 - life story
 
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Flatbush + Main: A Podcast from Brooklyn Historical Society
 
In Episode 20 of Brooklyn Historical Society’s podcast Flatbush + Main, co-hosts Zaheer Ali and Julie Golia use one seemingly inconsequential manuscript collection to explore themes of memory and history-making over many generations. In 1915, Brooklynite Francis Morrell wrote a small tract called “Recollections of Old Williamsburgh.” This self- ...…
 
This episode of Bri Books lifts back the curtain on how I PRODUCE/MAKE THIS PODCAST. The tools I use, how I organize show content, and all of my behind-the-scenes production processes. Dedication: This episode is dedicated to Larry Long, father of former guest Lura. Larry uses oral history, music and art to strengthen communities and foster rec ...…
 
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