Ep. 8: The Bletchley Circle

It’s our first TV series! The Bletchley Circle follows the lives of a group of former code-crackers living life and solving mysteries in Austerity-era Britain. A few notes we found interesting:

*The BBC offers some resources covering the Austerity years here, and you can enjoy a history of SPAM in the UK here. You can also follow Dr. Sarah Mass of the University of Michigan, whose work provided us with a ton of material on the informal market.

*Learn a little about the Official Secrets Act here, or a lot about it here.

*Pay a virtual visit to Bletchley Park (with bonus podcast!) or the National Cryptologic Museum.

*Support the British Royal Legion (which provides vital services to current and members of the British Armed Forces and their families) and honor the women of Bletchley by treating yourself to your own Codebreakers’ Brooch.

*Interested in learning more? Pick up our book recommendations on the wartime black market or the Cambridge Five.

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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