Ep. 6: In the Heart of the Sea

“Captain, we’ve got whales, sir!” —Star Trek: The Voyage Home

And in this episode, we’ve got whale facts! the 2015 film In the Heart of the Sea is based on this excellent book by Nantucket-based historian Nathaniel Philbrick. Below, check out a few of our sources and some further reading:

*This poem by Herman Melville features the real Captain Pollard as a character.

*Learn more about why whale oil was considered so important – and why we stopped using it.

*The Nantucket Historical Association has tons of great material, including dozens of articles about whaling, an exploration of the town’s role in literature, and an examination of the black experience in Nantucket (including an impressive collection of oral histories). Since public history sites are struggling right now, consider throwing this outstanding organization a donation.

*This video from Ask A Mortician takes a more in-depth (and considerably more horrifying) look at the crew’s ordeal.

*There are some great museums you can also visit to learn more about the whaling industry: Mystic Seaport Museum, New Bedford Whaling Museum, The Whaling Museum and Education Center, The Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum, and the Nantucket Historical Association’s Whaling Museum.

Episode 23: Harvest Time – A Farewell to Jo March Madness and Season Finale Costume Drama Rewind

The poignant last chapter of Little Women, Harvest Time, picks up five years after we last left the March girls and their supporting characters, er, husbands. We get only a brief, impressionistic glimpse of one day in their lives, but it’s enough to show us that, even though there are some shadows in the sunshine, all will be well for Meg, Jo, and Amy… sorry, Beth. In that spirit, we’re leaving off Jo March Madness – and the first season of Costume Drama Rewind – with our own Harvest Time. We’ll announce our winners, talk about the long-term cultural impact of the Little Women, and leave you with a few final, burning thoughts. 
  1. Episode 23: Harvest Time – A Farewell to Jo March Madness and Season Finale
  2. Episode 22: Jo March Madness Round 3: "Little Women" (2018) vs. (2019)
  3. Episode 21: Jo March Madness Round 2: "Little Women" 1994 vs. 2017
  4. Episode 20.5: Jo March Madness Minisode – Louisa May Alcott
  5. Episode 20: Jo March Madness Round 1: "Little Women" 1933 vs. 1949

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