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Working Over Time
55 minutes | Dec 22, 2021
Holiday Classics Rewind - Mall Santas - The Industry of Holiday Joy
As we move through some holiday down time, celebrate with this WoT classic episode. It’s the story of the department store, or mall, Santa - the origins of the job, who were the big players, and its lasting legacy on the industry of holiday joy. Join us as we talk with Dr. Sheila Hoffman, and hear the tale of the very first Department Store/Mall Santa, in a fireside story with Working Over Time Producer/Writer Aidan Laliberte. (recorded over zoom)
51 minutes | Nov 9, 2021
”Around The Forge” - (Part 1) Blacksmith Folklore & Legends
In today’s episode, which is Part I of II, we examine blacksmithing from the perspectives of the legends and folklore forged from the same fires as the revolutionary iron tools that so fundamentally shaped human experience. What better way to dive into this topic than with our guest, Mark Norman, whose own podcast, The Folklore Podcast, has enjoyed over 1.25 million downloads to date, fueled by compelling content and, of course, a stellar host. With that, let’s gather around the forge.
31 minutes | Oct 29, 2021
”Witches to Riches” - Working Right Now in Salem‘s Halloween Industry
Halloween *bonus* Working Right Now episode, with returning guest, Isabella Connor, 17th-19thc New England historian and writer. Isabella loves Salem, and Halloween. Just not together. Tune in to find out why.
64 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
”The Politics of Art” - Ancient Greco-Roman Sculptors
What do you think of when you hear the phrase “public art?" What is it? Who is it for? What is its purpose, anyway? In this episode we explore these questions, and more, through the lens of ancient Greco-Roman sculpture with archaeologist and educator Laura Aitken-Burt. Spoiler alert: the place and influence of state-sanctioned art strikes us as one of those “universals” of human society, past and present.
86 minutes | Oct 12, 2021
“Game of Popes” - The Renaissance Roots of the Modern Architect
For much of human history, finding shelter was something everyone did on their own, to survive. But with increasing labor specialization in complex societies, the act of designing and building structures evolved into a distinct blend of art and science, becoming the discipline we know today as architecture. But when did this job, as such, become a thing? Today’s guest, Viviano Villarreal-Bueron, has a ripping good take on that, replete with drama, intrigue, and bruised egos aplenty. So - hard hats on - we’re headed to the eternal magnificence of Renaissance Rome.
71 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
”Since Sliced Bread” - The Ancient Business of Bread Making
Classical historian and baker-in-residence, Dr Owen Rees, walks Karen through the ancient past and present pleasures of breadmaking.
3 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
”Upward Mobility” - Dr. Sian Proctor Wins Her Space Race At Last
We’re in the throes of a new space race, and it’s a whole new ballgame from the 1960s Cold War version, when the world’s superpowers duked it out to see who could be the first to send a man into space. Fast-forward to today, and we’re in the wild west of a “space tourism” race. The SpaceX Inspiration4 mission, slated to lift off TODAY, September 15, 2021, promises to up the ante by launching the first all-civilian mission to orbit the earth, with the express goal of broadening access to space. And this one hits close to home, since Karen had the pleasure and privilege of hosting its Mission Pilot, Dr Sian Proctor, on the podcast last year. To hear more about Sian’s personal journey to the stars, and the broader context of how women and people of color have fared in the evolution of space travel from the 1960s to the present, tune in to Working Over Time, episode 7. “They Promised Her The Moon:” The Hidden Women of the Space Race.
90 minutes | Sep 11, 2021
”Knights in Tarnished Armor?” - Enduring Myth, Brutal Reality
In this episode, Karen is joined by Sam Wilson and Jem Duducu to take a look at the job specs and role of a medieval knight. Listen in as they compare the enduring myth of knights and the chivalric code to the brutal reality.
44 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
”Working Right Now” - The Modern Toymaker
For decades, the independent toymaker has been eclipsed by corporate toy marketers funding defense-department-sized ad budgets across print, radio, TV, and the internet. Our chat with thoroughly modern indie toymaker Bobby Vala gives us hope that this hopelessly stacked landscape is shifting, as savvy small operators find ways to harness the power of story to hook and retain players, and engage fans directly through the leveling effects of social media as a direct, two-way communications channel. Surely this is happy news for players everywhere, from the smallest child to young-at-heart “kidults.” Recorded over zoom. Check out Valaverse to see what Bobby’s up to these days.
70 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
”Breakroom 2” - Nigel‘s Egyptian Adventure
The gang’s all here, back in the Breakroom! This time, we’re chatting with production partner and Past Preserver Head Nigel Hetherington about what it’s like to do archaeology in Egypt, and to start a heritage media business. Join us for another behind-the-scenes look at how Aidan, Raz, and Karen create the podcast, and learn what’s involved in being an expert presenter on unscripted, factual television. Grab a hot cup of something, and we'll meet you there.
81 minutes | Jun 12, 2021
"'Mad' Men and the Art of Persuasion" - Adverti$ing in the 1920s
Have you ever seen an ad - on TV, in a magazine, or online - that was so clever it made you laugh out loud? Or just hit so close to home it took you by surprise? What about an ad that was so unbelievably “off” that you couldn’t believe anyone ever thought it was a good idea, much less got it greenlit and broadcast into the great collective consciousness? (that Kendall Jenner Pepsi ad, anyone….?). If you’ve ever wondered where this peculiarly capitalist form of communication came from, wondered why certain marketing campaigns “work” while others crash and burn, or just been curious about the complex psychology behind getting people to open their wallets… well, this is the episode for you. Popular historian and old friend Jem Duducu brings us to the inner sanctum of New York City’s 1920s “Ad Men,” and traces their legacy straight on through to today’s consumer economy, predicated on universal social media channels that paradoxically target individual communications more precisely than ever before. So, grab your fedora and follow me onto the swinging streets of New York City in the Jazz Age, to learn how we got here, and, as always, to think about where we might be headed in the future.
67 minutes | May 28, 2021
"Dangerous Waters" - Undersea Explorers Through The Millennia
This episode takes us to some of the deepest, darkest and most awe-inspiring settings planet Earth has to offer. We’re doing a deep dive into, deep diving, as it happens. Specifically, the perilous quest to discover and map unexplored caves in our oceans’ harshest, most remote corners. Our guide is the intrepid Jill Heinerth, a renowned underwater explorer and cave mapper whose projects span decades, and whose insistence that discovery is the driving force of human advancement is an inspiration to us all. Jill’s taking us back to the earliest days of her profession - that’s all the way back to 350 BCE - when ancient divers employed astonishingly complex tools and techniques to explore the oceans whose surfaces were inscrutable, but whose depths yielded deep sea resources and the intangible rewards of piercing that watery veil, to behold an entirely different world. We’ll also examine how the modern profession of underwater exploration is transforming our understanding of what really lies beneath the water that covers over 70% of Earth’s surface, and how what’s -down there- relates to what’s happening -up here-, past, present, and future. So, strap on those “rebreathers” and join our plunge into the vast, uncharted seas. With Jill leading the way, it’s sure to be an adventure to remember.
58 minutes | May 15, 2021
"That Unhealthy Glow" - The Business of Killer Cosmetics in the 1920's
Welcome to the emergent beauty industry of the early 20th century: a veritable Wild West that played fast and loose with the latest scientific darling, a new element called radium, which (spoiler alert) exposed users to concerning levels of radiation. Historian Lucy Jane Santos is with us today, to dish on how radium became the secret sauce in a dizzying range of beauty and personal care products, and remained so even after the health hazards were well-understood. So - Without further ado, let’s learn all about the killer cosmetics of the early 20th century beauty industry. Music by Max Richter
51 minutes | May 4, 2021
"Wine Dark Sea" - Winemakers of the Ancient Greco-Roman World
The current shifting season is the perfect backdrop for our first episode of the season:Greco-Roman Winemakers of the ancient world. Because - who doesn’t need a drink after the last decade *cough cough* We mean "year." That said, people have had lots of reasons to wine (and whine) since - well - ever. And today, we have Dr. Emlyn Dodd, a Greco-Roman Archaeologist who’s gonna take us through the ancient, fascinating, and ever-timely traditions and technologies around wine cultivation, as practiced in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. (recorded over zoom) Music by Rolfe Kent
64 minutes | Feb 13, 2021
"I Can't Believe It's Not Piracy!" - 17th-18th Century Privateers
On today’s episode - our last of this season - we’re addressing an age-old question: “Privateer or Pirate?” Ok, maybe not age old, exactly, but it’s a question I didn’t even know to ask until I spoke with maritime archaeologist Neil Dobson, whose work spans decades of deep-water shipwreck exploration and recovery. In his all his years of studying ships and their legendary captains, none has captured Neil’s imagination, and heart quite so much as that of the famous Captain William Kidd, who was a “privateer” wrongly convicted as a pirate and, as Washington Irving writes in our opening passage, hanged for his “crimes.” If you’re wondering what the heck a privateer is, how one could be confused with a pirate, and above all, why that would be such a terrible thing in the eyes of the law, you’ve come to the right time machine. So - Hoist the sails! Yo ho ho and a bottle of... beer? Well, that’s what Neil says, anyway.
52 minutes | Feb 6, 2021
"Eyes in the Sky" - Physicists and Satellites in the 1950s-70s.
For the past 60 years, following the trail blazed by Sputnik, we’ve put thousands of satellites into orbit, looping sentinels that serve critical functions in modern society, transmitting TV and radio signals, tracking the weather, and providing communications and positioning channels that serve a range of military and civilian needs. In this episode, we talk about one such technology, which has transformed everyday life for the 4billion people – nearly half the globe’s population - who use smartphones. That’s the GPS tracking feature which means most of us couldn’t get lost, even if we wanted to; and which is making good old paper maps (the ones you never could fold right anyway) increasingly obsolete. Join Karen as she speaks with guest Richard Easton, who brings a unique viewpoint on the roots of this innovation, having grown up as the son of a Naval Research Laboratories physicist who led the charge in developing America’s first satellites in the 1950s, in the Silicon Valley of its time. So - get those white jackets on, we’re headed to the lab! (recorded over zoom) Follow today's guest on social media: @RDEIL Find us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/workingovertime
59 minutes | Jan 30, 2021
"From Reeds to Regulators" - 18th-20thc Deep Sea Divers
Today, we’re going to swim with some of the earliest and most intrepid explorers the world has ever known. We're talking about the brave souls who plunged to the ocean floors, beginning thousands of years ago, as free divers, collecting sponges, pearls, and the stuff to make princely dyes which could be found nowhere else on the planet. The human desire to reach the deep has never waned, but fortunately, the technology to make underwater activities easier and safer has evolved to the point that today, pretty much anyone can acquire the skills to do it, whether for work or pleasure. So take a deep breath, and join Dr. Karen Bellinger in following maritime archaeologist Ziad Morsy down this long, watery path of discovery. (recorded over zoom) Music by rozen Follow today's guest on social media: @ziad_morsy Find us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/workingovertime
64 minutes | Jan 22, 2021
"The Golden Cage" - Imperial Life in the Ottoman Harem
Join Karen and her guest Jem Duducu for a conversation about a unique element of the Ottoman Empire- a central but often misconstrued aspect of this traditional Muslim household - called the harem - and the sometimes surprising influence it had on Ottoman politics. The members of the harem - the sultan’s many wives, concubines, and servants - were enmeshed in a dizzying web of responsibilities and - for those savvy enough - unique opportunities for political maneuvering in a world where the alternative to being attached to the Ottoman ruling machinery was… well, pretty much, yikes. (recorded over zoom) You can listen to Jem's Condensed Histories @: https://shows.acast.com/condensed-histories
56 minutes | Jan 15, 2021
“Attagirls Take Flight” - Women Aviators of the Mid-20th Century
In this episode, we take a look at the job of the “Attagirls” female pilots in World War II, which have feet even deeper in history, over a hundred years before, and it’s no exaggeration to say that World War II might well have ended very differently without their courageous contributions. Join us as we speak with archeologist and historian Georgina Dorothy for a memorable trip through time. (recorded over zoom) music by Bear McCreary Follow today's guest on IG @georgina_dorothy_. We're on Patreon! Learn how to join our community and support the show: https://www.patreon.com/workingovertime
61 minutes | Jan 8, 2021
"Under Wraps" - Ancient Egypt's Business of Death
On this episode, Karen talks with Sofia Aziz, an expert on the thriving business of death and funerary work in Ancient Egypt’s New Kingdom. We’ll cover everything you thought you knew about Egyptian mummification and burial, based on the incredible new biomedical technologies used by Sofia and her colleagues at the University of Manchester’s KNH Centre to learn more about this central concern of an eternally fascinating culture. (recorded over zoom) Follow today's guest on Twitter @SofiaAziz5 & IG @sofia_aziz_ We're on Patreon! Learn how to join our community and support the show: https://www.patreon.com/workingovertime
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