Stuff What You Tell Me!

Stuff What You Tell Me
Hosted by Joe Wegecsanyi and Julian Smith.
Stuff What You Tell Me! is a podcast telling stories of rebellion and resistance in history, art and culture. Big, small, earth-shattering or totally inconsequential; every act of defiance has its place, and that place is here.
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Abolishing the Norm – Episode 3: No Place Like Home

The passing of the Kansas-Nebraska act in 1854 opened up a new battlefront in the United States between those for and against the institution of slavery. Senator Stephen A. Douglas, who sponsored the bill, supported the notion of popular sovereignty; that the people who lived in a certain territory could decide by themselves whether or not to allow slavery. In so doing, he began a race between rebellious free-staters and resistant pro-slavery partisans to claim Kansas as their own, which lead to an outburst of violence that history remembers as the Bleeding of Kansas.




Abolishing the Norm – Episode 2: Railroad Rebels

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April 9, 2018 • In antebellum United States , chattel slavery was deeply embedded. It was an integral part of the socio-economic systems of the various states and thus protected by the...

| April 9, 2018

Abolishing the Norm – Episode 1: Slavery’s Tryal

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March 7, 2018 • Over 300 years, the transatlantic slave trade caused the abuse, suffering and enslavement of an estimated 10-12 million people. This episode takes a look at what some of that...

| March 7, 2018

Rembrandt and the Revolting Batavians

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February 18, 2018 • In the years 69-70 CE, the Batavian people, who inhabited the lower reaches of the Rhine and Waal rivers, that form a part of today's Netherlands, went into open revolt against...

| February 18, 2018

Coup de Pod: When Rebellion Blooms

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January 1, 2018 • Stuff What You Tell Me has been taken over this episode for a coup de Pod. Violently imposed upon and hosted by Geert Sillevis, here we explore the story of the rise and fall of...

| January 1, 2018

All Aboard Knowledge

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December 1, 2017 • This Episode looks at the journey of western thought from the perspective of Thomas Kuhn's 1962 book, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Using a (very) extended metaphor, in...

| December 1, 2017

You Are Occupied

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October 30, 2017 • In May 1940 German troops occupied Amsterdam, the capital city of the Netherlands and one of the most diverse and liberal cities in Europe. Not only was Amsterdam's large and...

| October 30, 2017

Compelling and Selling Rebellion

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October 10, 2017 • In the late 1970s, a band called the Sex Pistols helped kick off one of the great anti-establishment movements of the modern age; punk rock. It was a decade of social unrest and...

| October 10, 2017

Gather ‘Round, People: part II (FIXED)

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September 11, 2017 • How we tell ourselves about our histories goes a long way to how we form our senses of identity. As societies and as individuals, we work through events and issues, and how we...

| September 11, 2017

Gather ‘Round, People: Part I

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August 25, 2017 • History has come to represent more than just the account of the past. It helps us define who we are, and what we represent. In the 1960s a group of Australian aboriginals went on...

| August 25, 2017

You’ve Got Buckley’s

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July 6, 2017 • William Buckley, who would at various times also be known as "The Wild White Man" and "The Anglo-Australian giant", was a man who bore little respect for convention, authority,...

| July 6, 2017

The Unfortunate Voyage of the Batavia – Episode 9: Dividends

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June 2, 2017 • What was that crazy story that we just told? How much of it really happened? What does it all mean for our understanding of rebellion and resistance, and for how we perceive the...

| June 2, 2017

The Unfortunate Voyage of the Batavia – Episode 8: Living off the Law of the Land

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May 22, 2017 • The VOC is back! Three and a half months after Commander Pelsaert abandoned everybody to a life a brutality and thirst, finally those who have managed to survived may just be...

| May 22, 2017

The Unfortunate Voyage of the Batavia – Episode 7: Terra Hayesia

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May 8, 2017 • In the history of European military aggression in Australia, this is where it all began. Of the people that remain alive following the doomed voyage of the Batavia, not to mention...

| May 8, 2017

The Unfortunate Voyage of the Batavia – Episode 6: Bloody Oath

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April 17, 2017 • Upper Merchant Francisco Pelsaert, Captain Arjen Jacobsz and about 40 other people are sailing in a longboat north along the immense coast of Het Zuidland. They're on a rescue...

| April 17, 2017

The Unfortunate Voyage of the Batavia – Episode 5: Jewels and Money First

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April 10, 2017 • As all hell breaks loose aboard the sinking ship Batavia, saving the lives of crew and passengers aboard may not be the most important priority. In this episode, we look at how...

| April 10, 2017

The Unfortunate Voyage of the Batavia – Episode 4: “Keep Your Eyes Open”

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April 3, 2017 • It should be fairly smooth sailing from here on for the Batavia... Were it not for the small matters of a brewing mutiny amidst the crew, divisions and distractions amongst the...

| April 3, 2017

The Unfortunate Voyage of the Batavia – Episode 3: Rites of Passage

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March 27, 2017 • Life on board a ship in the 1600s was no joyous experience. In this episode, we look at what the crew, soldiers and passengers aboard the Batavia went through, as they made their...

| March 27, 2017

The Unfortunate Voyage of the Batavia – Episode 2: The Price of Spice

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March 20, 2017 • In an age when traditional European feudalism was breaking down, the United Provinces of the Netherlands chartered the world's first corporation. The VOC would become a major...

| March 20, 2017

The Unfortunate Voyage of the Batavia – Episode 1: A “Scents” of the Past

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March 13, 2017 • In October, 1628, a merchant ship called Batavia set sail from the Dutch republic bound for an island on the other side of the world called Java. She was the flagship of a fleet...

| March 13, 2017

Son of Iniquity – Episode 9: The Effects

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January 6, 2017 • Martin Luther would see immediate impacts of his resistance on the world around him, but he would die before some of the most cataclysmic effects occurred. Arguably, we are still...

| January 6, 2017

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