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Why on earth did American feminists move to Russia in the 1920s?

Featuring the research of Dr. Julia Mickenberg By Saturday, March 24, 1917, word spread to the United States that the Bolsheviks had given Russian women the right to vote. American suffragettes were furious. Nina Allender’s satirical cover of The Suffragist magazine announced to Americans that while in the United States only (certain) men … Listen now!Why on earth did American feminists move to Russia in the 1920s?

What on earth do these mannequins have to do with Persepolis?

The U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran, has been closed since April 7, 1980. The building remains open to the public as an eerie quasi-museum with anti-American murals, cases showing supposed surveillance equipment collected by the CIA, photographs of the revolution, and rooms recreating suspected secret meetings with staged mannequins. Iranians … Listen now!What on earth do these mannequins have to do with Persepolis?

Why on earth would someone preserve this drawing in a research library?

At first glance, this cowboy comic seems like it belongs on a refrigerator, not preserved in a research library. This is no ordinary eight-year-old’s picture. The creator was none other than Kazuo Ishiguro, the 2016 Nobel Laureate in Literature. Known for complex novels about the ethics of technological progress and … Listen now!Why on earth would someone preserve this drawing in a research library?

International Women’s History: The Convoy of 31000, Episode 1

In this episode of Death and Numbers, part of a series on international women’s history, Amy Vidor and Caroline Barta talk about author and activist Charlotte Delbo. Read more: Be sure to read Delbo’s Convoy to Auschwitz (English translation) Caroline Moorehead wrote about Delbo’s convoy in her novel A Train in … Listen now!International Women’s History: The Convoy of 31000, Episode 1

Food for Thought, Episode 3

In this special three-part series from Death and Numbers, we’re cracking open cookbooks and archival records to learn about the bond between food and text.  The final episode uses the recipe collection to represent the sometimes haphazard, but often meaningful associations created around our closest relationships with food. Read more: … Listen now!Food for Thought, Episode 3

International Women’s History: A Storm in June, Episode 2

In this episode of Death and Numbers, part of a series on international women’s history, Amy Vidor and Caroline Barta talk about author Irène Némirovsky. Read more: To see some of Némirovsky’s works, go to http://www.mjhnyc.org/irene/ Read Suite française by Irène Némirovsky and Le Mirador  by Elisabeth Gille The Otto List, featuring … Listen now!International Women’s History: A Storm in June, Episode 2

Why on earth is there a statue of a black African saint in a cathedral in Germany?

This article features the research of Dr. Geraldine Heng, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Texas at Austin. Imagine you’re a white, Christian pilgrim traveling in eastern Germany during the 13th century. You arrive at the Magdeburg Cathedral and kneel in supplication. As you look up, … Listen now!Why on earth is there a statue of a black African saint in a cathedral in Germany?

What on earth do Beyoncé, this sphinx, and Napoléon have in common?

They’re all featured in “Apeshit”–a music video dropped this past weekend during Beyoncé and JAY-Z Carter’s tour. The video introduced fans to Everything is Love, a collaborative album celebrating black identity and fame in 2018 America. “Apeshit” was filmed inside the Louvre museum in front of statutes like “The Great Sphinx of Tanis” … Listen now!What on earth do Beyoncé, this sphinx, and Napoléon have in common?

Why on earth is an English suffragette’s grave in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia?

Sylvia Pankhurst, Born Manchester 5 May 1882, Died Addis Ababa 27 September 1960 In front of the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia lies the grave of Sylvia Pankhurst, one of the most famous English suffragettes. At 74, Pankhurst moved to Ethiopia at the invitation of Emperor Haile Selassie. … Listen now!Why on earth is an English suffragette’s grave in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia?