Deep Dives and Backstories Podcast


Deep dives and backstories

Meet a few history-makers featured in our Intersections & Connections curriculum and learn some fascinating - and empowering - backstories!

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This History UnErased podcast is funded by the New York City Council. 


Unpacking Pauli Murray Part 1

Unpacking Pauli Murray Part 1

Published January 25, 2023

Go back in time to Pauli Murray's early years to learn about some of the formative events that shaped their career as a Black, queer, legal and civil rights pioneer. You will also hear Pauli Murray in their own words from an interview recorded on February 13, 1976, with Genna Rae McNeil, assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, for the Southern Oral History Program.

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Unpacking Pauli Murray Part 2

Unpacking Pauli Murray Part 2

Published February 27, 2023

"I speak for my race and my people - The human race and just people." 

Continue the journey back in time to Pauli Murray's later years to learn how Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray has left a lasting legacy that we are all benefiting from today.

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A Soldier's Secret

From Farmer to Soldier

Published March 28, 2023

On April 12, 1861, Confederate troops fired on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, igniting a Civil War that would divide the nation for four long years. Recruiting posters enticed young men to join their friends and family in the military. But let's meet a soldier who had a secret; a secret that went all the way to their grave… until 100 years later, that is.

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Civil War Reenactress

Civil War Reenactress

Published April 26, 2023

In this episode, you will meet JR Hardman, a documentary filmmaker, educator, and Civil War reenactor, and hear about her first feature-length documentary film currently in production, Reenactress. The film tells the story of the women in the American Civil War reenactment community who portray soldiers, commemorating the women who fought in the Civil War disguised as men.

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Kapaemahu UnErased

Published May 19, 2023

Aloha! In this episode, you will hear the story of the Healer Stones of Kapaemahu, learn about their erasure in the age of American imperialism, as well as current efforts to restore the monument to the healer stones - and the story of the mahu - to their rightful place in Hawaiian history. What happened to the healer stones? How are they memorialized today? And what can YOU do to keep their history alive?

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Commemorating PRIDE

Published June 22, 2023

In this episode, you will learn the history behind the Christopher Street Liberation Day March, which we replicate, in various ways, during PRIDE Month. And have you ever wondered why we use the word PRIDE to celebrate LGBTQ joy in the first place? Listen in as we explore and celebrate the past, present, and future of PRIDE.

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Published September 7, 2023

We live in a nation that commemorates historical events with monuments and markers, yet so many of the monuments we visit are ripe with misinformation, disinformation, and erasure. And once literally built into stone and metal, those myths are very hard to dismantle.

How can we correct this problem? We took a road trip to explore some historical monuments that actually embody a much larger - and more complex story. Jump in, buckle up, and welcome to our podcast on monumental misinformation!

Tremendous thanks to Tricia Noel, Executive Director and Curator at Yates County History Center, and Dr. David Weidner, Executive Director of Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, for their contributions to this podcast episode. 

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Published Septembre 25, 2023

Did you know that there are actually a number of schools in the U.S. named in honor of LGBTQ individuals – some knowingly and some unintentionally? This episode is an exploration of school names that uncover some LGBTQ history hiding in plain sight!