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Talking Hoosier History

Nov 20, 2018

John, Louann, and Lydia Rhodes escaped enslavement in 1836, and eventually settled in Hamilton County, Indiana. Like many formerly enslaved people, they lived with the looming threat of recapture for the next 8 years until, in 1844, their worst fears became reality when their former enslaver showed up on their...


Oct 17, 2018

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, people lived a lot more closely with death than we do today. Mortality rates were much higher. Wakes were held in the family home. And relics of the dead, such as death photographs and hair jewelry, were kept as prize possessions after the wake had ended. Perhaps it’s not...


Sep 21, 2018

On Thursday, April 24, 1919, 13 women took off their headsets and staged a walk out at the New Home Telephone Company in Linton, Greene County, Indiana. Five days later, a battle broke out between the people of Linton and the Indiana militia. On this episode of Talking Hoosier History, we explore the harsh...


Jul 2, 2018

What is a Hoosier? People have been asking just that question for nearly two centuries, but have we ever really figured it out? On this episode of Talking Hoosier History, we explore some of the various and sometimes outlandish explanations of the origin of the most famous demonym in America.


Mar 28, 2018

On April 4, 1968 Robert Kennedy arrived in Indianapolis for a planned campaign speech. Instead, he had the impossible task of telling the mostly African American audience that Martin Luther King, Jr. had been shot and killed. His speech was an inspiring moment of grace in the aftermath of unthinkable violence....