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July 7, 2014

Podcast: History with a Bang

Gunpowder enters the historical record as part of a potion to ensure immortality for Chinese emperors. Over the centuries, it’s put to use in the service of death, rather than everlasting life. Armorer Ron Potts shares the fascinating history of chemistry, creativity, and ingenuity behind the three ingredients that fueled the Revolution.

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June 30, 2014

This week’s podcast: Listen to the Declaration of Independence

Lend an ear to this week’s podcast to hear renowned Thomas Jefferson interpreter Bill Barker read the Declaration of Independence. There’s no better way to celebrate Independence Day than with reverence for the words that started it all.

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June 23, 2014

New podcast: The Bloody Battlefield

More grisly than the wounds of war were the means of mending them: field surgery was conducted without the luxuries of anesthesia, antibiotics, or modern antiseptics. Interpreter David Pondolfino portrays a military surgeon, and this week on the podcast he shares the medical options for enlisted men in the 18th century.

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June 16, 2014

New podcast: Colonial Boot Camp

Walk through the gates of the military encampment and you’ll find yourself thrown into the world of the regimental recruit. Drill, march, scout and defend. And when the day is done, you’ll lay down in a tent with five other men. Learn what life was like for the soldiers who lived and died for the …

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June 9, 2014

George Washington Sneezed Here

This week on the podcast, Apothecarist Robin Kipps shares colonial causes and remedies for the common cold. Although the symptoms were the same, the treatments and philosophies on contagion were unique to the era. How do you cure a cold? Here’s a hint: it starts with sweat.

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June 2, 2014

This week on the podcast: An Apprentice in the Milliner’s Shop

Seven years ago, apprentice Sarah Woodyard picked up a needle and thread and began a tutelage that would end with journeywoman status in the art of Milliner and Mantua-Maker.

Now, at the close of her education, Woodyard shares her experience working under a mistress and learning from a variety of sources: her hand, her …

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