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in Podcasts, Sheep Week, What's New

April 14, 2014

Sheep Week on the Podcast

The podcast gets in on the Sheep Week fun today with this 2009 interview with the inimitable Elaine Shirley. As manager of Rare Breeds, she oversees the flock’s new arrivals each spring.

Shirley’s joy in lambing is evidenced in her enthusiasm and longevity on the job, but there’s a serious side, too. More than representing …

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April 7, 2014

New Podcast: Every revolution is a civil war

Celebrated intellectual historian David Armitage tells us, “Every great revolution is a civil war.”

What’s behind that idea? Armitage explains that civil wars are seen as broadly negative: destructive, regressive and cyclical. Revolutions, on the other hand, are thought of as forward-looking, motivated by noble ideals, and engines of positive change.

Look closely though, and Armitage …

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March 31, 2014

Podcast: Pocahontas at the Altar

In 1608, Jamestown colonists built a church on the island where they struggled to gain a foothold on the shores of the New World. It was here where they worshipped, prayed, and mourned their dead. Its little altar was witness to the wedding of the Powhatan’s Pocahontas and the English John Rolfe in a …

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March 24, 2014

New Podcast: The Wedding of the 17th Century

When a teenaged Pocahontas wed English planter and colonist John Rolfe in April 1614, the union brought about seven years of peace between the two nations.

Pocahontas, whose given name was Matoaka, remains one of history’s most intriguing figures. As a girl, she played the role of emissary between her father’s chiefdom and the English …

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March 17, 2014

Weekly podcast: If the British had Won

If the British had won the Revolution — which seemed the most likely outcome at the time — what would our America look like today? This is the central question in a subset of Revolution-focused fiction called “alternate history.”

It’s an exercise of imagination which sheds light on the shortcomings of early America, as well …

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in Museums, Podcasts

March 3, 2014

Podcast: What is an organized piano?

A new blog launching March 3 follows the restorative conservation of a rare survival: an organized piano. A piano combined with a pipe organ, this unique instrument towered at nine feet tall and seven feet wide.

Its restoration raises questions at every step. Repairing a broken element could mean erasing a piece of the object’s …

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