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21 minutes | Mar 4, 2022
1908 with Kylie!
We thought 1908 wasn't that exciting, but it turns out that it was! It's a Convention year and we are also treated to a quick snippet about ole' Mrs. Potter-Brown! Chapters are up to their usual Saturday shenanigans - you know, sewing around the fireplace and snacking on fudge. The exchanges get a little salty as magazine editors exchange gentle barbs - but hopefully it's all in good fun. See if you can spot where I artfully ruffle Dr. Oz's feathers over her least favorite old-timey actor. Mary Osborne from The Stewart House sure is a good sport 😅
25 minutes | Jan 21, 2022
1907 with Dr. Oz!
Dr. Oz hits all the highlights of 1907 - PLUS we answer a question that was posed during the episode for the 1906 issues. So go back and listen to the 1906 episode that dropped in November 2021! Some of the goings on include student oversight of campus organizations, The Key’s 25th anniversary, Panhellenic’s role in self-government and how that group might help to answer the “Fraternity Question.”
13 minutes | Nov 5, 2021
1906 with Dr. Oz!
Dr. Oz finds that one of the common themes of the issues in 1906 is service. Writers are posing questions about a chapter's service to the college, a member's service to the chapter, and both a member and chapter's service to the organization. The role of the alumnae is also evolving and one notable suggestion is that they throw their support behind the new scholarship fund. Did she actually find a previously unknown relative of Founder Anna Willits? Also, the motion to rename her last segment Odds and Ends to Oz and Ends is still on the table!
17 minutes | Sep 10, 2021
1905 with Kylie!
Did someone say frat house party? Oops, no. They said frat house pantry! Forgive the confusion as apparently the hot social event of the season was a preserving party - canning your own fruits to add to the "frat house pantry" and enjoy later during the gloomy evenings of winter. Also, if you wear your key while traveling abroad, famous people might introduce themselves to you!
17 minutes | Aug 13, 2021
1904 with Dr. Oz!
There's lots of fun stuff in this episode with Dr. Oz covering all the news from 1904. We disagree on whether Oz tries to sneak in one or a dozen references to Indiana. Kappa's expanding into the south and it definitely doesn't feel like 2021 since travel in 1904 was getting easier and less expensive, so chapter members were being encouraged to travel to other chapters. Dr. Oz's new section "Odds and Ends" (Motion to rename "Odds and Ends" to "Oz and Ends") includes miscellany that she couldn't fit in elsewhere - like the Kodak fad and a famous Kappa with the last name Vonnegut. Odds and Ends is also a handy spot for Dr. Oz to surprise the unsuspecting listener with some Dr. Crawford news. Finally, we wonder what earlier historians would think of our little history podcast. We think they'd love it!
23 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
1903 with Kylie
Kylie and Dr. Oz go toe to toe in an Ohio vs. Indiana chat about the Wright Brothers. You'll be shocked to learn that Dr. Oz argues the importance of historical accuracy when Kylie purposely leaves out the mention of two men. Oops! We're inspired by a 1903 Kappa who regularly sent her grievances about human trafficking to Teddy Roosevelt and in a discussion about alums we wonder if early Kappas actually believed that Kappa was for undergrads and not for old maids and married women. Oh, and an important lesson from 1903 - it's called a blouse, not a shirt. Slang is tacky.
22 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
1902 with Dr. Oz
In 1902 we want to scream - schools appear to be backtracking and are looking to limit women's access to higher education. Are we seriously discussing co-education, again?? Guess what makes Dr. Oz squeal with delight when a certain someone is announced as having initiated in 1902! We finally learn about Kylie's favorite founder - Anna Potter, and Florence from St. Lawrence gets a mention. Oh! And you'll never believe the imposters we learn about. 1902 was definitely an exciting year in The Key.
24 minutes | May 14, 2021
1901 with Kylie
We're a year into the new century and it sometimes still feels like the dawn of the new century! And with the death of Queen Victorian, it's also the end of an era - literally. This episode offers advice for pending hot weather in the form of armpit shields instead of antiperspirants. An amazing early journalist is re-discovered, and Kylie tries to make Handkerchief Showers a thing again. Oh, and chapters, quit writing in about your fudge parties and frivolous dances with all of your slang and provincial talk. And if you do quit all of that, you might win a new golden key!
17 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
1900 with Dr. Oz
New century, new us, right? Dr. Oz tosses in lots of Hoosier trivia in the beginning with news from Mu and Iota Chapters. She then confesses her status as a book worm and notices that students are discussing the difference between Fraternity Spirit and College Spirit. There are a few small pox outbreaks and can you guess which Founder was one of the first (that we know of) to be vaccinated? And of course Kylie loved the shout out to Columbus' early moniker - Arch City!
22 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
1899 with Kylie
In 1899 Kappa's looking to keep up with their history, women students have more time for social activities and legacies are discussed, but not in the way we might think. We get an update on another favorite Florence - the famous geologist Florence Bascom, and a member writes in with her concerns about the increased pace and stress of student life. Ps...I share my future business plan for "Choicest Spirits." Fun times at the end of the decade AND the end of century!!
12 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
Our 10th Anniversary!
We were thrilled to celebrate recording our 10th episode, except we got confused since some recordings were were split into two episodes. But who cares about the details?? This episode has fun outtakes, we each reflect on what we've covered so far, and we answer the question "Why is this podcast important?"
14 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
Chapter swings, houses, and...soldiers?
Dr. Oz runs through all the excitement of 1898. Chapters are hosting "Swings," debating legacies, and dreaming of houses. Maladies like nervous exhaustion run amuck and some students and alums are joining the war effort - the Spanish American War effort. What a year!
19 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
1897 - Computers, Activists, and Bicycles...oh my!
In 1897 the world is inventing computers, aspirin, the very first LGBT campaigning organization, and...electric bicycles??? Are we sure it's still the 19th century?? Kappa on the other hand is initiating and celebrating some young women who would go on to make a huge and positive impact on the world. It's clear that the entire system of Greek letter organizations is on thin ice on lots of campuses, so the editorials plead with members to be proud of their affiliation but to work hard to be a force for good whenever possible. A message we all would do well to heed today!
29 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
1896 with Kylie
Lucky episode number 13 includes all the news to know from 1896! And guess who makes a special appearance in this very special episode? Florence from St. Lawrence! Dr. Oz confirms she's up on musical pop culture and we wrestle with the *new* woman question - now that women's place in higher education is somewhat guaranteed, what are women going to do to make it worth it? See if you can spot the mega-chapter of 1896 clocking in with 29 members; the most of any chapter that year. Also, some students traversed 8-foot snow drifts and -40 degree temps just to get to chapter meetings. Can any of us say we're that intrepid??
20 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
1895 with Dr. Oz
Dr. Oz nerds out a bit about Sherlock Holmes in the beginning, then sheds light on a new science in 1895 - Oekology or domestic science. Any party planners out there will want to skip to the middle to learn more about shadow parties. And towards the end we wonder if a Kappa named Jessie is actually arguing that architects are too artistic to wear Victorian-style culottes. Who's to say??
1 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
Key Matters! A Trailer!
You may have noticed that our episodes of Key Matters are often split into two parts. We just can’t help ourselves. There are too many interesting things in our magazine! In this outtake, Dr. Oz is a bit shocked at the length of my research notes for an early episode. So see what all the fuss is about and join us on most Fridays when we continue our tour through the first magazine published by a women’s fraternity, The Golden Key. The title was simplified to The Key, but I think you’ll agree, there’s nothing simple about our beloved award-winning publication. Key Matters is available on all of your favorite podcast players and you’ll recognize the brown cover with the golden key.
16 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
1894 with Dr. Oz
Dr. Oz hits all the highlights of 1894, including the settlement house movement - the good parts, and the gross parts. We're not afraid to talk about the hard stuff! Dr. Oz lets her library flag fly high in this episode, and even though I touched on most of her research unicorns in 1893, no one is shocked that she still manages to squeeze a loose Dr. Crawford reference into this one. See if you can find it!
21 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
1893 with Kylie
What do the song Happy Birthday, the Fox Sisters, John Wilkes Booth's brother and Abraham Lincoln's son all have in common? Kylie manages to work them into this episode, that's what. And we hear from a Kappa who is a college graduate and early entrant into the professional acting field. News was slim in 1893 but that doesn't mean it was boring!
16 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
1892 with Dr. Oz
There are only three issues from 1892 but there is still a lot of news for Oz to cover. Besides temporarily forgetting when Kappa was founded (happens to the best of us) Dr. Oz gets to highlight some of her favorite topics - Indiana, Dr. Crawford, Sherlock Holmes - all the things. Florence from St. Lawrence reappears and has made her way from New York to Illinois and is now teaching at Monmouth's neighbor, Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois!
19 minutes | Jan 29, 2021
1891 with Kylie
We decided to split the 1891-1892 episode of Key Matters, so Kylie hits all the top topics from 1891 in this go around. Even though some of the actual issues were tough to read (one was a typed galley, rescued from the 1965 fire at HQ!) there were several topics that are rather relevant today. Though the mentioned savage Kappa goat is not one of the more relevant topics, the "woman question" comes up and of course our super smart sisters remind everyone that when you decide to debate what women can and can't do, you better have facts to back it up - not just your opinions. And in 1891, 130 years ago, they were still reminding one another that to live up to our ideals as Kappas, we cannot be exclusive...we must be inclusive. Something we are still reminding one another about today.
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