Then Again with Ken and Glen

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Rome Pars Duo

Rome - Pars Prima

Episode Notes

All roads lead to Rome, and all podcasts do too. Ok neither of those things are true, but one of them (the one about roads) was kind of true back in the day - or “reversus in die illo” as the Romans would say. In this first of a two-part episode, Ken and Glen discuss Rome through the lens of the HBO mini-series…you guessed it, “Rome” – specifically how the series got the feel of classical Rome right.

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Victorian! What does that mean?

Episode Notes

Victorian – is it a style of architecture? A trend in fashion? A system of morals? A movement in literature? A period of technology? Or an adjective derived from the actual human Queen Victoria that is so overused, misapplied, cliched, and imprecise as to be useless? Or the opposite of all that – except the Queen Victoria bit, that’s spot on. In this episode, Ken and Glen discuss the era that defined 19th-century “progress” and inadvertently gave rise to Steam Punk.

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The Legacy of Lincoln

Episode Notes

American Original - Quoting the fictional Michael Scott from TV’s The Office, “Abraham Lincoln once said that if you’re a racist I will attack you with the North.” The line is hilarious – and sadly accurately reflects how the popular imagination views Lincoln and the war for the nation’s preservation and rededication. In this episode, Ken and Glen discuss Lincoln as a leader who drew a keen distinction between his personal beliefs and the powers of the Presidency, how he practiced and uplifted the concepts of civic responsibility, enlightened self-interest, and civic virtue envisioned by the Founders – and how he got along with Frederick Douglass!

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Gold Rush: How’s it happen and who gets rich?

Episode Notes

“There’s gold in them thar hills!” “Which whar ones?!” “I ain’t tellin’, Claim Jumper!” “Then I reckon I hafta shoot ya…” “How’s that gonna help ya?” I don’t know, I’m crazy with the Gold Fever!” That’s how it is in the movies, but the reality is quite different. In this episode, Ken and Glen discuss how a Gold Rush plays out for the people involved, the communities that develop around the strike, and the legacies afterward.

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So you want to work in a museum?

Episode Notes

So, you say you want to work in a Museum, Historic Site, History Center, or Historic House? Good Lord, what’s wrong with you?!?! In this episode, Ken and Glen (two people who do know what’s wrong with themselves) discuss the straightforward and/or circuitous ways to enter the history field, as well as some surprising skills that help.

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Defining Democracy

Episode Notes

Democracy in America... Good or Bad? Was famous newscaster, and completely fictional character from the animated show The Simpsons, Kent Brockman right when he opined “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again - democracy simply doesn’t work!”? No, of course not - he’s fictional! But, what is democracy? How does the voice of the people work and how has it changed over time? They don’t necessarily know, but in this episode, Ken and Glen discuss what government of the people is and isn’t.

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Vikings!

Episode Notes

Vikings? No, Scandinavians! Renowned merchants who had trading networks from the Baltic Sea to Constantinople! Simple farming folk who valued good land and built houses with roofs of turf! And oh, sometimes they’d get together in heavily armed groups and sail across the North Sea and up a river to murder some neighbors and take their wealth...that’s when they were “vikings”. Is that so wrong? Yes, yes it is - and in this episode, Ken and Glen discuss contrasts of Viking Myth and Scandinavian Reality.

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The Frontiersman

Daniel Boone vs. Davey Crockett

Episode Notes

The ultimate Frontiersman – Daniel Boone! No – Davey Crockett! Wait, weren’t they the same coonskin hat wearin’, flintlock rifle totin’ guy? Nope, but the same guy, Fess Parker, did play them both on TV – thus confusing a generation. In this episode Ken and Glen head out to the Frontier to discuss what it is and isn’t, and just how accurate pop culture perceptions of The Frontier may be – Spoiler Alert: Not Very.

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Monuments & Statues

The difference between history and heritage

Episode Notes

Monuments and statues, history and heritage – how do they interact? Throw in the words “commemorate”, “honor”, and “our”, then use private funds to put something up on public land and THEN try to answer that question! In this episode, Ken and Glen discuss the very real difference between history and heritage and how the past can be interpreted or distorted in public spaces.

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Arrrgh! Pirates!

What were they *really* like?

Episode Notes

Pirates? You mean murderers, robbers, extortionists, and kidnappers who prefer to work from a boat? No? Well, too bad – that’s what they are! In this episode, Ken and Glen discuss those people who in the popular imagination are happy-go-lucky, free-spirited, mischievous sailing enthusiasts, but who are in reality rum-soaked, syphilitic criminals. Enjoy!

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