Dig: A History Podcast

Dig A History Podcast
Produced by Averill Earls, PhD, Sarah Handley-Cousins, PhD, Marissa C. Rhodes, and Elizabeth Garner Masarik
Four women historians, a world of history to unearth. Can you dig it?
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Trees that Fight Back: Shinto & the Environment in Japan

Environmentalism #4 of 4. Shinto – In Japan, recognizing the spirit of all things – from trees to mountains to interestingly shaped rocks – is part of Shinto. Older than writing in Japan, Shinto is the root of Japanese values and ways of thinking. Shinto is why the concepts of purity and impurity govern daily life, in the simple acts of gargling, hand washing, and removing shoes upon entry to a home. Shinto grounds the rites of passage in an individual’s life, like blessing children at ages 3, 5, and 7, and all birthday milestones – 14 or 15; 20; 60, 70, and 88 – thereafter. Many of the major festivals still celebrated in Japan are Shinto, and the practice of opening ceremonies – annually opening hiking trails, annually opening the sea, or the purification of new buildings – are also Shinto. And, of course, the centrality of nature in art and literature are Shinto. The pervasiveness of Shinto is fascinating – and that’s what today’s story is about.

Find the Show Notes and a complete transcript on our website.




Mt. Tambora & The Year Without a Summer

Mt. Tambora & The Year Without a Summer Dig: A History Podcast

May 13, 2018 • Environmental history #3 of 4. The 1815 volcanic eruption of Mount Tambora changed history. The year following the eruption, 1816 was known in England as the “Year without a...

| May 13, 2018

National Parks in America: Health, Manhood, and Wilderness

National Parks in America: Health, Manhood, and Wilderness Dig: A History Podcast

May 6, 2018 • Environmental History, #2 of 4. Sarah and Elizabeth discuss the conservation movement and the creation of Americas National Parks in the late 19th and early 20th century.Learn...

| May 6, 2018

The Rise of Natural History Museums

The Rise of Natural History Museums Dig: A History Podcast

April 29, 2018 • Environment #1 of 4. Many natural history museums, in America and in the western world, were developed during the nineteenth century. These museums are both places to view and...

| April 29, 2018

“No peace, No p*ssy”: Sex Strikes and the Recent History of Global Feminist Protest

“No peace, No p*ssy”: Sex Strikes and the Recent History of Global Feminist Protest Dig: A History Podcast

April 15, 2018 • Womyn #4 of 4. Sex striking is a method of passive resistance, a form of peaceful protest, and something attempted by American Indians in the early modern era, First Wave...

| April 15, 2018

Victoria Woodhull: Free Love, Feminism & Finance

Victoria Woodhull: Free Love, Feminism & Finance Dig: A History Podcast

April 8, 2018 • Womyn, #3 of 4. Victoria Woodhull was an advocate of free love, an outspoken advocate for women’s rights and suffrage, a Spiritualist medium, a stockbroker, maybe a sex worker,...

| April 8, 2018

Marriage in America: A Brief History

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April 1, 2018 • Womyn, #2 of 4. Marriage - the word alone is loaded. Marriage is the butt of jokes, the “old ball and chain,” the end of fun. Marriage can also bring up images of fear, of...

| April 1, 2018

King Ahebi Ugbabe: Sex, Gender, and Power in Colonial Nigeria

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March 25, 2018 • Womyn, #1 of 4. King Ahebi Ugbabe was unique among the men of Igboland in colonial Nigeria. There weren’t many kings in Igboland at all. But the infrequency of kingship is not...

| March 25, 2018

Auburn System: Prisons & Punishment in 19c U.S.

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March 11, 2018 • Law and Order #4 of 4Ever wonder how the modern prison system came to be? Join us for a discussion of 19th century prisons, their history, evolution and the intended reforms they...

| March 11, 2018

Nuremberg Laws and Nazi Discrimination against Jewish Germans

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March 4, 2018 • In Germany in the 1930s, the state passed law after law to isolate, disenfranchise, and break down Jewish Germans. It is shocking how easily the German parliamentary government...

| March 4, 2018

Coverture: Married Women and Legal Personhood in Britain

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February 25, 2018 • The doctrine of coverture deprived married women of legal status, merging her legal personhood with her husband’s. Today we’ll get into the complex ways that the doctrine of...

| February 25, 2018

The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States

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February 18, 2018 • Studying the Fourteenth Amendment is like taking one thread of American history since the mid nineteenth century and following it through all of the major events of the period...

| February 18, 2018

Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States

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February 18, 2018 • Studying the Fourteenth Amendment is like taking one thread of American history since the mid nineteenth century and following it through all of the major events of the period...

| February 18, 2018

Jane Roe and The Pill

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February 11, 2018 • In the third episode in our series on women's reproductive rights in America, Jane Roe & the Pill, we finally get to two of the most important turning points in our story: the...

| February 11, 2018

Joe Roe and The Pill

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February 6, 2018 • In the third episode in our series on women's reproductive rights in America, Jane Roe & the Pill, we finally get to two of the most important turning points in our story: the...

| February 6, 2018

The Suitcase Murder

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February 4, 2018 • On September 21, 1905, a suitcase floated to the water’s surface in Winthrop Harbor, a shallow six-foot deep man-made channel, about three miles north of Boston Harbor. Stuffed...

| February 4, 2018

Suitcase Murder: Abortion, Mystery and Murder in 20th Century America

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February 4, 2018 • On September 21, 1905, a suitcase floated to the water’s surface in Winthrop Harbor, a shallow six-foot deep man-made channel, about three miles north of Boston Harbor. Stuffed...

| February 4, 2018

Celia, A Slave: The True Crime Case that Rocked the American Slave Power

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January 28, 2018 • Today, we’re talking about a very real murder that was committed by a very real woman who lived in Missouri in the 1850s. But while this murder had all the elements that make...

| January 28, 2018

Child Abuse, Murder & Execution in Georgian London: Case of Elizabeth Brownrigg

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January 21, 2018 • Most societies are fascinated by women murderers. On September 14, 1767, a massive crowd gathered round the road to Tyburn, thronging around the hangman’s cart, throwing...

| January 21, 2018

Brutal Murder of Bridget Cleary in 1895 Ireland

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January 14, 2018 • After Michael Cleary murdered his wife Bridget Cleary, he wandered the Tipperary countryside in his best suit, telling everyone he met that he was going to reclaim her from the...

| January 14, 2018

Abortion and Birth Control before Roe v. Wade

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January 7, 2018 • At the Women’s Marches across the U.S. on January 21st, 2017, there were hundreds—maybe thousands—of women in their 60s, 70s, and 80s who held up signs that conveyed their...

| January 7, 2018

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