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It’s been quite a while since I posted a roundup of podcasts and this is the first time I’ve focused upon personal and family history programs. But there’s a vast trove of audio to enjoy if you like hearing life stories, and here are some of the best programs I’ve discovered recently.
This podcast, like the selection following, is hosted by Lisa Louise Cooke. However, this show is representing her own personal genealogy business, and reflects her personal approach to searching for one’s roots.
This show, which ran in March 2016, features a report and an interview related to BYUtv’s new show “Relative Race,” which features four married couples as they travel across the US in search of long-lost relatives, armed with only paper maps, a rental car, a $25 per diem and a flip phone. I had never considered this sort of approach to a reality show, so I enjoyed learning about how the show highlights the drama inherent in puzzling out one’s family history. Also touching is hearing entries from the “Where I’m From” poetry contest, in which contestants used their family history research to write a poem from the perspective of an ancestor, telling their life story through verse.
If you’re into genealogy, Family Tree Magazine is one of the best resources for learning the basics of how to research your ancestors. The episode I’m choosing to highlight is from April 2014, but it focuses very specifically on a topic that this blog covers: how to be a family storycatcher, whether you’re writing up your stories for your grandchildren, you’re trying to decide whether if it is time to write up your genealogical research into story form, or if you want some resources for formatting your family history writings (especially if you want it in a printed book format). Host Lisa Louise Cooke does a great job of conversing with each guest and bringing out key information and tips quickly. This episode also has great show notes, so be sure to check those out too.
I have posted episodes of Nate DiMeo’s Memory Palace before, because they are always tiny, masterful examples of how to tell a personalized story about the past. In this episode, Nate tells the story of the White Horse, an Oakland tavern believed to be the oldest gay bar in continuous operation in the United States.
Starting with its opening in the early 1930s, he recounts more than 75 years of LGBT history through the eyes of the patrons of the White Horse. While I have no idea if Nate is a member of the LGBT community or an ally, as a member of that community myself I can verify that he hits all the right notes in his presentation. Bring a hanky for this one. It’s that powerful.
This little anecdote is less than 3 minutes long, but it’s worth checking out. Especially appropriate during the patriotic month of July, this snippet discusses Heft’s attempts as a high school junior to create a 50-star American flag for a history class project. The catch? It was 1958 and Alaska and Hawaii hadn’t joined the Union yet. The journey for Heft’s flag from receiving a B- from his teacher originally to being adopted as the official flag design for the United States is sweet, funny and significant, all at the same time.