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Journey to Redemption


Published: Mon, 30 Jan 2017 06:04:10 +0000
Summary: The cast and crew of Colonial Williamsburg’s groundbreaking program Journey to Redemption join to talk about how the piece was developed and why it’s so important to be having conversations surrounding racism and the history of slavery in our nation. ..


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George Washington on Veteran’s Day


Published: Mon, 07 Nov 2016 10:23:03 +0000
Summary: As Veterans Day approaches, the venerated Virginian veteran himself, Gen. George Washington, discusses his military past and how he believes veterans should be honored today...

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The Organized Piano


Published: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:00:08 +0000
Summary: John Watson, Curator of Musical Instruments and Conservator of Instruments, discusses the Foundation’s organized piano, which first belonged to the St. George Tucker family...


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Founding Feuds


Published: Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:08:59 +0000
Summary: Paul Aron, Director of Publications for Colonial Williamsburg, joins to discuss his new book “Founding Feuds: The Rivalries, Clashes, and Conflicts that Forged a Nation.” In this podcast, Paul delves into some of the most infamous feuds of the 18th an..


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Opening Anderson's Armoury


Published: Mon, 11 Nov 2013 11:00:33 +0000
Summary: Anderson's Armoury opens after years of research and reconstruction. Two of the project's leads talk about the culmination of a project that changes the shape of the Revolutionary City and the narrative of a country at war...


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A conversation with Peter Shumlin


Published: Mon, 30 Jul 2012 12:00:19 +0000
Summary: Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin talks with us about the challenges of applying the founders' vision to modern governance. Even after two centuries, the America they envisioned still matters...


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Woodworking in Williamsburg


Published: Mon, 21 Nov 2011 18:00:00 +0000
Summary: Master cabinetmaker Mack Headley makes fine furniture in the plain and neat Virginia style...


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The Return of the Cherokee


Published: Mon, 16 May 2016 12:44:35 +0000
Summary: Each year, Colonial Williamsburg hosts Return of the Cherokee. This special event draws hundreds to observe Cherokee culture as it was in the 18th century when members would come to Williamsburg for trade, diplomacy, or even education. Buck Woodard with C..


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The Black Petticoat Society Talks Colonial Williamsburg


Published: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:29:25 +0000
Summary: The Black Petticoat Society, a TURN: Washington's Spies fan group, interviewed Past and Present host Rachel West for their TURN-related podcast. The group discussed Colonial Williamsburg's role as Philadelphia on the hit AMC show as well as other initiati..


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Importance of Portraying African American History


Published: Wed, 17 Feb 2016 16:29:10 +0000
Summary: Stephen Seals joins to discuss some of the powerful African American programming available during Black History Month and beyond in 2016. Hear some of his favorites and why it's so important to tell the stories of half of the population of Williamsburg in..


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Let Freedom Ring


Published: Tue, 02 Feb 2016 19:51:30 +0000
Summary: Colonial Williamsburg and First Baptist Church have joined together for the Let Freedom Ring Challenge. Americans from across the nation are invited to ring the First Baptist Church bell in the name of freedom and equality throughout the month of February..


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Sweet Tea & Barley


Published: Mon, 28 Dec 2015 05:19:45 +0000
Summary: Sweet Tea & Barley is Colonial Williamsburg's newest restaurant located in the Williamsburg Lodge. Chefs Anthony Frank and Sean Gonzalez chat about what went into creating a new southern-inspired restaurant and some of the dishes they put on the menu...


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Harlequin’s Holiday


Published: Mon, 14 Dec 2015 19:55:01 +0000
Summary: Join Harlequin, Clodpole and Cotton as they flip and tumble in Harlequin's Holiday, a new holiday program. Meet the cast and hear how they bring the comedic pantomime stylings that were extremely popular in the 18th century to life today...


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Blackbeard!


Published: Wed, 14 Oct 2015 17:58:11 +0000
Summary: Colonial Williamsburg is embarking on its first-ever Halloween experience. The infamous pirate, Blackbeard, has returned to seek revenge after members of his crew were tried and executed in Williamsburg...


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Reinventing the Wheel


Published: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 10:00:48 +0000
Summary: The wheel may be one of geometry's simplest shapes, but the technology behind its creation is surprisingly complex. Add to that the variations among English wheels, French wheels, carriage wheels and cannon wheels, and the story gets even deeper. Coloni..


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RevQuest: The King’s Advance


Published: Mon, 06 Jul 2015 10:00:10 +0000
Summary: The thrilling RevQuest: Save The Revolution™ series opens its fifth season with a new spy plot: The King's Advance. Dive headfirst into Revolutionary history as you join the service of secret intelligence gatherers. Gather clues, crack codes, meet with ..


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The Sound of Battle: CW’s Fifes and Drums


Published: Mon, 08 Jun 2015 10:00:56 +0000
Summary: The piercing fife, the thundering drum: both can be heard over the din of battle, making them a crucial means of communication for commands like parley, cease fire, and retreat. How does this combination work?..


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Memorial Day: Ask a Soldier


Published: Mon, 25 May 2015 10:00:33 +0000
Summary: The men who served in the Revolutionary War share much in common with their modern-day brothers. The sacrifices of friendship, safety, and security unite soldiers across time. Remember their devotion and support them when they come home, urges Lieutenant ..


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Resurrecting an Alehouse


Published: Mon, 11 May 2015 10:00:08 +0000
Summary: Chowning's Tavern is reborn as an alehouse: a rough-and-rugged sanctuary for the colonial man in search of an ale. Listen as curator Amanda Keller and Director Department of Architectural Preservation Matt Webster describe the choices they made to re-open..


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Cancer: That Painful and Lingering Disorder


Published: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:00:26 +0000
Summary: Options for cancer detection and treatment were few in the 18th century. Medical Historian Sharon Cotner lays out some of the common practices in this week's show...


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Every Home a Distillery


Published: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 10:00:36 +0000
Summary: What do you use to wash the baby, clean the house, color your hair or serve for breakfast? If it's the 18th century, the answer is alcohol. Professor Sarah Meacham describes her research for the book "Every Home a Distillery."..


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The Business of Death


Published: Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:00:40 +0000
Summary: The funeral industry arises from a combination of necessity, sentimentality, and vanity. Dr. Kelly Brennan Arehart describes the path of America's death business, and the early vestiges still with us today...


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The George Washington Seal


Published: Mon, 16 Mar 2015 10:00:39 +0000
Summary: A pocket-sized ornament gives monumental insight into the private life of America's best-known General: George Washington...


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Marry Me?


Published: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:00:49 +0000
Summary: Modern marriage owes its structure to an historic form. Equal parts love, practicality, and business, today's unions share more than you'd think with their colonial counterparts...


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Through the Ranks


Published: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 11:00:39 +0000
Summary: A new web features follows an entering class of Fifers and Drummers on their journey through the ranks...


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Resilience in Tragedy: African American Lives


Published: Mon, 02 Feb 2015 11:00:13 +0000
Summary: African American history is weighted with tragedy, but bringing the fullness of life to the stories of enslaved individuals is the mission of the African American History Program under the direction of Stephen Seals...


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George Washington’s Wallet


Published: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:00:28 +0000
Summary: What was in George Washington's wallet? Long before the establishment of a standard American currency, there was trade, barter and credit. How were these financial activities handled with the myriad coins and metals in circulation?..


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Futuristic Lab Reveals Historic Secrets


Published: Mon, 05 Jan 2015 11:00:20 +0000
Summary: Technologies that used to be beyond reach for museum professionals now can lend new insights into the hidden compositions of materials, metals, and paints. Conservator Kirsten Moffitt explains how a spike on a screen can spot a fake or reveal a discovery...


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Happy Birthday, Peter Pelham


Published: Mon, 29 Dec 2014 11:00:18 +0000
Summary: The heart of a church is its organ; and the heart of its organ is its organist. This year we celebrate the 300th anniversary of Bruton Parish Church, and the 293rd birthday of the first man to grace its organ bench: Peter Pelham. Colorful and well-connect..


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Old Stitch: A Beer for the Ages


Published: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:00:16 +0000
Summary: Relax with a brew from the past, courtesy of Master of Historic Foodways Frank Clark. Twenty years of study and practice have resurrected the 18th century's favorite beer: Old Stitch...


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Old School Home Brew


Published: Mon, 01 Dec 2014 11:01:36 +0000
Summary: The Historic Campus of the College of William and Mary had one more secret to tell, and it was a big one. Archaeologist Andy Edwards describes the surprise, and the clues that lead them to hope they've stumbled upon the College's early brewhouse...


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Communicating Complicated Concepts


Published: Mon, 03 Nov 2014 11:00:27 +0000
Summary: Rats on a ship smuggle a story of transatlantic trade and a colonial global economy. It's a big idea, but the concept is made simple by the team of writers, researchers and producers who create Colonial Williamsburg's Emmy-winning Electronic Field Trip se..


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Burial Shrouds


Published: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:00:33 +0000
Summary: What were colonists buried in? This was a question posed to Research Librarian Juleigh Clark. Tracking down the answer led her, and us, through the history of funerals, burials, shrouds and winding sheets...


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Reading History Backwards


Published: Mon, 06 Oct 2014 10:00:42 +0000
Summary: Jamestowne Island's Director of Archeological Research and Interpretation Bill Kelso says that choosing which historic sites to protect from deterioration of all kinds is a matter of reading history backwards. We must consider "What are the priorities tod..


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The Farm Eternal


Published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:00:14 +0000
Summary: No matter where the Earth glides on its axis, the days both long and short shine on a years-worth of work on the colonial farm. At Great Hopes plantation, the turning of the seasons brings with it a task suited to the temperatures: plowing, sowing, planti..


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An Autumn Spectacular


Published: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:00:47 +0000
Summary: Planning the fiery colors of autumn is a year-round endeavor for Manager of Landscape Services Laura Viancour. She and her team keep Colonial Williamsburg's trees healthy and maintained, and they inform their choices with historic documentation of the 18t..


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Before the First Shots are Fired


Published: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:00:23 +0000
Summary: Retired US Marine Corps General Anthony Zinni has some sharp insights and powerful ideas to share in his new book, "Before the First Shots are Fired: How America Can Win or Lose off the Battlefield." Listen this week as he previews some of the philosophie..


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The Early Music Festival: From England to America


Published: Mon, 08 Sep 2014 10:00:29 +0000
Summary: The 2014 Early Music Festival promises to be a lively one. With instruments, scores, and performances of an 18th-century vintage, you'll be surrounded by the sounds of another century. Enjoy this musical preview featuring Jane Hanson and Michael Monaco fr..


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African American Religion


Published: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:00:15 +0000
Summary: When people from various regions of Africa were forcefully transported to the colonies, they brought nothing with them but the clothes on their backs and the beliefs of their hearts. This latter possession varied widely by region and tradition, but was to..


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Decimus Et Ultimus Barziza


Published: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:00:28 +0000
Summary: Native son of the colonial elite, Decimus Et Ultimus Barziza fulfills his family's legacy of prominence with his career in the Civil War. Historian Drew Gruber describes with passion the path of this "average" Civil War soldier, a story that includes a wo..


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Who’s that Marching Man?


Published: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 12:00:22 +0000
Summary: For Drum Major Lance Pedigo, leading comes naturally. All year round and at any time of day, chances are good that you'll see him marching at the front of the Fifes and Drums, keeping time and metering the pace of the corps of young men and women who make..


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Spies in the Library


Published: Mon, 04 Aug 2014 10:00:14 +0000
Summary: Research Librarian Allison Heinbaugh stalked the stacks of the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library looking for evidence of spies and spycraft in the 18th century. The bibliography she compiled tells its own story of loyalty, secrecy, and stealth...


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Stories in Silver


Published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:00:42 +0000
Summary: Rare and beautiful silver forms share the social history of their users and their makers. Visit "A Handsome Cupboard of Plate," an exhibit open now at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg...


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The Color of History


Published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:00:26 +0000
Summary: Watching paint dry turns into a fascinating journey through time, history, science and technology when the Department of Architectural Preservation gets involved. Director Matt Webster shares the story behind the changing paint colors in the Historic Area..


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A Conversation With Michael Beschloss


Published: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:00:54 +0000
Summary: Presidential Historian Michael Beschloss visits Colonial Williamsburg and shares his views on the changes technology brings to politics and the presidency, and ruminates on the importance of place...


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A Brief History of Gunpowder


Published: Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:00:12 +0000
Summary: From its origins in Chinese potions for immortality to the agent of death on the battlefield, the history of gunpowder is one of chemistry, ingenuity, and violence. Armorer Ron Potts fascinates with the tale...


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The Bloody Battlefield


Published: Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:00:36 +0000
Summary: More gruesome than the injuries of battle were the means of mending them: field medicine offered no anesthesia, no modern antiseptics, and no antibiotics. David Podolfino interprets the life and duties of the military surgeon...


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Colonial Boot Camp


Published: Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000
Summary: Pass through the gates of the military encampment and you'll become the newest member of the Williamsburg Regiment. Learn to drill, march, and think as a unit, leaving behind the life you knew for a chance at the future you hope for. Our guest Dale Smoot ..


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George Washington Sneezed Here


Published: Mon, 09 Jun 2014 10:00:11 +0000
Summary: The common cold was a nuisance our forbears suffered in much the same way we do today. But what remedies were uniquely colonial? Eighteenth-century apothecarist Robin Kipps shares the causes and eases for the cold...


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An Apprentice at the Millinery Shop


Published: Mon, 02 Jun 2014 10:00:03 +0000
Summary: Draping, cutting, sewing, and trim: these are the hallmarks of the milliner and mantua-maker's craft. Apprentice Sarah Woodyard is near completion of her apprenticeship, and at the threshold of attaining journeywoman status...


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