Category Archives: Popular Culture

Episode #20 Art as Iconoclast with Dara Vance

 

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Greetings citizens!! I am thrilled to have Dara on the show – she is a Ph.D. Candidate in history at the University of Kentucky, former producer of the Long Story Short podcast, and a really really talented artist. We have some fun discussing the way Dara’s most recent art project dovetails with her work as a historian – and how it is the result of interactions with other historians on social media…challenging ideas of gender and diversity. We touch on some pretty non-traditional ideas about history and how we can present it in the classroom, AND get to why historians should analyze the significance of design elements in their primary sources. Good stuff! And really outside the box. So listen up.

We discuss:

  • A different approach to an advanced degree
  • The Sunshine State
  • Art challenging ideas of gender and diversity
  • Social Media (ummm…Twitter, especially) and scholarly interactions
  • Teaching historians how to analyze visuals IN primary sources

So check it y’all. Dara has some really great advice for history students at all levels of education…for real – words of wisdom. AND suggests we all go have a look at Oh Brother, Where Art Thou – the Cohen Brothers’ masterpiece. Finally, she offers three books that should be read in sequence, to get a feel for “southernness”, as it were: Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, and Timothy Tyson’s Blood Done Sign my Name. So you had better get to it. And…scroll down to check out some of Dara’s most recent digital work – and ponder the ideas we discuss on the show. And remember, be sure to follow Dara on Twitter and check out her blog Florida Superlative.

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Episode #18 Lady Balls Radio featuring Team Rad

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I lifted this straight from my wife’s podcast – Lady Balls Radio. She has a knack for finding (and interviewing) women who are doing really cool things. And on this episode, she speaks with Team RAD – a trio of women who are currently making a series called Soiled Doves, a story of three women in the 1880s American West. This episode not only gets into how these women came together to make the series, but also their efforts to challenge the gender stereotypes of the Old West.  You can get the story HERE.

The stars of Soiled Doves, Darby, Becca, and Verity think you would be pretty smart if you read Wild Women of the Wild West by Jonah Winter. You’ll learn something and be a real hit at parties when you impart your newfound knowledge.

Oh – and while you are at it, you should subscribe to Lady Balls Radio on iTunes. It’s like the best podcast ever.  Just ask anyone.

Watch the TEASER….It’s fantastic

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Disclosure: Books and products on this blog are hyperlinked to my Amazon affiliate code. Any purchase will not cost you a cent extra but will support the show by shaking loose some coin from the Internet money tree. Now, don’t you feel better for helping keep this show alive? Of course you do…because you are a wonderful person.

Music by Advent Chamber Orchestra is licensed under Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/us/

Episode #17 Old Timey Casting with Guy W. Gane

You aGuy Ganell know that I love fashion…I talk about it all the time on my various other social outlets (sometimes I even post a pic!). This is why I am happy to have Guy on the show. We have the love for fashion in common…and he also really digs historical style, both military and civilian…so much so that he has created a company that specializes in casting for television and film period pieces. His credits include everything from The Field of Lost Shoes to House of Cards. Cool right – listen up to find out how this whole thing works.

We discuss:

  • How Guy casts historical films and television shows
  • Some of his past work and what he has in production right now
  • Recreating authentic looks
  • Clothing research methodology
  • Military and civilian style over the centuries
  • Social media and how it enriches historical research

Guy has a number of Instagram accounts that he curates, which you can find HERE, HERE, and HERE. He is also on Facebook and if you really want to check out his work, visit the Old Time Casting web page.  One of my favorite parts of this show is the rapid fire segment, because we talk about The Godfather and one of our favorite books, Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam by Stephen W. Sears. Trust me – this one is worth the time spent reading. And if you would rather listen to you book – you’ll want to check out my sponsor Audible for a FREE 30 day trial featuring tons of great audio books for your iPhone or whatever.

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Disclosure: Books and products on this blog are hyperlinked to my Amazon affiliate code. Any purchase will not cost you a cent extra but will support the show by shaking loose some coin from the Internet money tree. Now, don’t you feel better for helping keep this show alive? Of course you do…because you are a wonderful person.

Music by Advent Chamber Orchestra is licensed under Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/us/