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What on earth were these tropical primates doing in Southern California?

This article features the work of Dr. Chris Kirk, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin Everyone has heard of the “ice age”—no, not the movie, but the period known as the Pleistocene, when Earth’s temperature dropped and glaciers spread. But have you ever heard of the Eocene epoch? Between 56 and … Listen now!What on earth were these tropical primates doing in Southern California?

What on earth does this 18th-century bad boy have to do with Jane Austen?

This article features the work of Dr. Janine Barchas, Louann and Larry Temple Centennial Professor in English Literature at the University of Texas at Austin Check out this jovial portrait of Sir Francis Dashwood draped in luxurious furs and holding a glass brimming with wine. Surprised he was known as quite … Listen now!What on earth does this 18th-century bad boy have to do with Jane Austen?

What on earth do an anarchist protest, a Thanksgiving-day parade, and a seamstress have in common?

This article features Dr. Jacqueline Jones, Professor and Chair of the History Department; Ellen C. Temple Chair in Women’s History and Mastin Gentry White Professor of Southern History Decades before oversized balloons of Felix the Cat and Mickey Mouse filled American skies during  commercially-sponsored Thanksgiving day parades, a very different object was flown–the … Listen now!What on earth do an anarchist protest, a Thanksgiving-day parade, and a seamstress have in common?

Why on earth did working-class German men dress like this to attend political rallies in 1928?

  This article features the research of Dr. Sabine Hake Professor, Professor and Texas Chair of German Literature and Culture in the Department of Germanic Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. You’re a member of the working class living in a cramped urban space with at least a few other people. You’re constantly … Listen now!Why on earth did working-class German men dress like this to attend political rallies in 1928?

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