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Episodes

ZORA NEALE HURSTON

Poncie Rutsch

 Portrait of Zora Neale Hurston by Carl Van Vechten, 3 April 1938, via  Library of Congress .

Portrait of Zora Neale Hurston by Carl Van Vechten, 3 April 1938, via Library of Congress.

Zora Neale Hurston collected folklore and stories from communities throughout the rural south. Her stories were some of the first that represented black people with pride, and not with a feeling of distance or exoticism.

Music in this episode:
Tilly Lend Me Your Pigeon performed by Zora Neale Hurston
Mule On The Mount performed by Zora Neale Hurston
F.I.B by Ben McElroy
Eola by Alex Fitch
Coloured Lead Crayons by Bleak House
Cylinder Six by Chris Zabriskie
Papageno Drunk by Ergo Phizmiz
Isolated by Kevin MacLeod
Dream Blaze by Little Glass Men
Betrayal, Lies and Disaster by The Losers
Mama Don’t Want No Peas No Rice performed by Zora Neale Hurston
The First by Scott Gratton

MARGARET SANGER

Poncie Rutsch

 Margaret Sanger with her two sons in late 1915.

Margaret Sanger with her two sons in late 1915.

Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in the U.S. one hundred years ago this week. The clinic only lasted ten days, but Margaret was just getting started.

Music in this episode:
Surly Bonds by Blue Dot Sessions
Idea by Kai Engel
Bliss by Podington Bear
City Limits by Blue Dot Sessions
I Am Running With Temporary Success From A Monstrous Vacuum In Pursuit by Chris Zabriskie
Grey Sunday by Lee Rosevere
Tipsy Xylo by Podington Bear
One by Marcel Pequel
Screaming Silence by Natus
Set The Dogs (Instrumental) by YEYEY
Is That You or Are You You? By Chris Zabriskie
you better take your eyes by The Rebel

 

ADA LOVELACE

Poncie Rutsch

 A watercolor portrait of Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, painted by Alfred Edward Chalon. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

A watercolor portrait of Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, painted by Alfred Edward Chalon. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Ada Lovelace defined modern computing and wrote the first computer program...for an imaginary machine. Because the computer as a usable, physical object wouldn't exist for almost another century.

Music in this episode:
Heliotrope, Blue Dot Sessions
An Opus in Bb, Blue Dot Sessions
First Fist, Rho
Marble Chase, Blue Dot Sessions
Books, Jahzzar
The Third, Scott Gratton
Wonder Cycle, Chris Zabriskie
Candlepower, Chris Zabriskie
Danse Morialta, Kevin MacLeod
The Fourth, Scott Gratton

EPISODE 11: BARBARA MCCLINTOCK

Poncie Rutsch

Barbara McClintock suggested that genes jump from chromosome to chromosome, so people called her crazy. Decades later, they figured out that she was absolutely right.

Music in this episode:
A Way to Get By, Scott Gratton
piano lesson, The Rebel
Golden, Little Glass Men
Little Strings, The Losers
Divider, Chris Zabriskie
Modulation of the Spirit, Little Glass Men
Spontaneous Existence, Little Glass Men
Pieces of the Present, Scott Gratton

EPISODE 10: MARY ANNING

Poncie Rutsch

 Mary Anning hunts for fossils on the beaches of Lyme Regis with her dog. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Mary Anning hunts for fossils on the beaches of Lyme Regis with her dog. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Mary Anning found the some of the first evidence of giant dinosaur-like lizards. And actual dinosaurs. And also vampires.

Music in this episode:
Because You Hold Me Tight, Alex Fitch
Dash and Slope, Blue Dot Sessions
Vibe Drive, Podington Bear
Dark Water, Podington Bear
Slider, Blue Dot Sessions
Bliss, Podington Bear
Day Into Night, Rho

 Henry De la Beche painted the  Duria Antiquior  to show how he imagined ancient Dorset, with all of Mary's fossil finds eating each other. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Henry De la Beche painted the Duria Antiquior to show how he imagined ancient Dorset, with all of Mary's fossil finds eating each other. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.