Black hair contains an entire history of ethnic pride, discrimination and assimilation. Lori L. Tharp, author of Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America, talks to Cristen about black hair from the tragic to the triumphant and why more black women today are celebrating the beauty of their natural hair.
A side conversation on our Facebook page led us to this episode on the history of SPAM. The canned meat played a huge role in the lives of U.S. and Allied troops during World War II, and it took on a culinary life of its own elsewhere in the world in the postwar years.
We now inhabit the Anthropocene era — one where man-made environments have displaced entire ecosystems and the plants and animals that inhabited them. Knowing that all species are interconnected — including us bipedal chatterboxes — how will vanishing flora and fauna affect evolution? Will humans be added to the list of ghosts haunting the evolutionary halls of Earth?
When listener Connie requested an episode on the Lady Juliana, I didn’t expect it to be an odd parallel to our recent episode on Les Filles du Roi. But, that’s precisely what it is.
The plan known as Les Filles du Roi was an effort to provide more women to French colonies in what became Canada, essentially by exporting them. The women aboard the Lady Juliana served essentially the same purpose … except, while Les Filles du Roi generally made the journey willingly, the women aboard the Lady Juliana were convicted criminals. Their involuntary voyage was made because they’d been sentenced to transportation to Australia, mostly for extremely minor crimes.
CLASSIC STBYM: When viewed from the standpoint of geologic time, what is humanity’s ultimate contribution? Have we founded an Age of Man with agriculture, industrialism and war? Join Robert and Julie as they ask hard questions about humanity’s relationship with Earth.
Today’s episode concludes our four-part series on China under the rule of Chinese Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong. It moves from where we left off last time (with most of Mao’s enemies, real and suspected, purged from the government) until his death and the Revolution’s aftermath. We also deal with some Western misconceptions of how the Revolution played out and how the CCP responded.
My plan when starting our miniseries on China under Chinese Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong was a three-parter: the Great Leap Forward, the Great Famine and the Cultural Revolution. Between announcing the miniseries and recording that third installment, though, the Cultural Revolution grew into a two-parter.
Today we’re talking about the Cultural Revolution’s first couple of years. This covers the heyday of the Red Guard, which was essentially an unsupervised army of teenagers empowered by Mao to seek out, expose, harass and imprison “rightists,” “bad elements” and others. It also covers a massive purge of Mao’s enemies (real and perceived) within the Chinese government.
According to the “grandmother hypothesis,” we have grandmas, nanas and bubbies to thank for our longer lifespans and big ol’ human brains. In this episode, Cristen and Caroline reveal the compelling science and evolution behind these important maternal figures.