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April 27, 2015

This week on the podcast: Cancer, That Painful and Lingering Disorder

Cancer treatments of the 18th century share much in common with today’s options: surgery to remove tumors, ingestion of systemic poisons to destroy cancer cells, and palliative care when all other options have been exhausted.

Listen to this week’s podcast as Medical Historian Sharon Cotner describes the science and the outcomes surrounding this plaugue both … Continue Reading »

April 13, 2015

Today’s Podcast: Every Home a Distillery

What can you use to bathe a baby, clean your house, dye your hair, and serve at breakfast? If you’re alive in the 18th century, the answer is “alcohol.”

Professor Sarah Meacham is our guest on today’s podcast, where she talks about the research for her book, “Every Home a Distillery,” and an upcoming collaboration … Continue Reading »

March 16, 2015

The George Washington Seal

An object slight in stature but mighty in meaning has Colonial Williamsburg historians excited. Jokingly referred to as “boy bling” by Metals Curator Janine Skerry, this small watch seal is as exquisite as it is rare.

It’s a wonder on its own, but it becomes more remarkable still when we learn the name of its … Continue Reading »

March 2, 2015

Marry Me? Listen to this week’s podcast

This week on the podcast, we usher in Women’s History Month with an examination of the married state. Is a wedding a union of love, a merger of resources, or a means of preserving your social standing? As you probably guessed, it’s a bit of all three.

Listen now.

February 16, 2015

This week’s podcast: Through the Ranks

Fifers and Drummers are made, not born, and it’s a process that takes seven years to complete. A new web feature, “Through the Ranks,” will follow 2015’s entering class on their journey from new recruit to historic icon.

What does this music signal to the American spirit? How do the Fifes and Drums capture the heart … Continue Reading »

February 2, 2015

Podcast: A New Narrative for the Lives of Africans

The history of African Americans in the colonies is a story weighted with grief and cruelty. Too easily, the narrative can reflect only the negative. Stephen Seals, Director of African American and Religion Programs, wants to shine a new light on the lives of Africans, both enslaved and free. By sharing the fullness of the … Continue Reading »