Talking Hoosier History


Talking Hoosier History is an Indiana History podcast produced by the Indiana Historical Bureau. Join us each month to explore the people, places, and events that shaped the Hoosier state. Credits, Notes, and more info:


  • Tenskwatawa: The Rise and Fall of a Nation

    Tenskwatawa: The Rise and Fall of a Nation

    01/04/2020 Duração: 27min

    In this second part of a two-part series, we follow Tenskwatawa, also known as "The Prophet," as he gains power, eventually becoming the leader of the largest population center in the present-day midwest. We then examine the many factors contributing to his downfall.  See a full transcript and show notes here. 

  • Giving Voice: Erin Carlson Mast

    Giving Voice: Erin Carlson Mast

    25/03/2020 Duração: 24min

    On the most recent episode of Talking Hoosier History, we explored the History Relevance Campaign and how different institutions from around the nation are creating innovative programming using its guidance. In this Giving Voice, we speak with Erin Carlson Mast, CEO and Executive Director of President Lincoln's Cottage in Washington DC, which is a stand out in the field when it comes to making history relevant to their visitors.  See a transcript and show notes here.

  • History Relevance 101

    History Relevance 101

    11/03/2020 Duração: 31min

    Last fall, IHB partnered with Conner Prairie and the National Council on Public History to host a workshop covering the History Relevance Campaign. On this episode, we bring the valuable discussions from that day to you, our listeners. We ask you the question: What do you expect from your historical institutions? What should you expect?  See show notes and transcripts here. 

  • Giving Voice: Chris Newell

    Giving Voice: Chris Newell

    12/02/2020 Duração: 25min

    In this episode of Giving Voice, we talk with Chris Newell, Director of Education for the Akomawt Educational Initiative. We discuss the importance of including Native voices and and sources in Native history, decolonizing historical institutions, and more.  Learn more at You can find show notes and transcripts here. 

  • Tenskwatawa: The Making of a Prophet

    Tenskwatawa: The Making of a Prophet

    29/01/2020 Duração: 23min

    Shawnee political and religious leader Tenskwatawa, or The Prophet, rose from relative obscurity to become one of the most powerful figures of his time. In this episode, we explore how a series of visions guided The Prophet to attempt to change the course of history. All music in this episode was performed by award-winning flute player Darren Thompson.  See show notes and further music credits here. 

  • Giving Voice: Rachel Smith

    Giving Voice: Rachel Smith

    19/12/2019 Duração: 16min

    Rachel Smith is an assistant lecturer on Women and Gender Studies at Ball State University who studies the intersection of Modern American Spiritualism and feminism. On this episode of Giving Voice, Rachel and Lindsey talk about the role spiritualism played in the Woman's Rights Movement and vice versa.  See the show notes here. 

  • Spiritualism: Beyond the Spectacle

    Spiritualism: Beyond the Spectacle

    04/12/2019 Duração: 20min

    Modern American Spiritualism was introduced to Indiana soon after its formation in the 1840s. While the religion is often cast as a queer footnote of history, to be exploited during the Halloween season but largely ignored the rest of the year, Spiritualism has a rich and complex history in the Hoosier state.  In this episode we explore those complexities. 

  • Giving Voice: Jeremy Turner

    Giving Voice: Jeremy Turner

    31/10/2019 Duração: 13min

    On the last episode of Talking Hoosier History, we talked about Indiana teen Ryan White, who advocated for AIDS education while battling the disease in the 1980s.  On this installment of Giving Voice, we interview Jeremy Turner, Director of the HIV/STD Viral Hepatitis Division of the Indiana State Department of Health, about where we are today in the fight against HIV/AIDS and what it will take to eliminate the disease in America by 2030. 

  • Overcoming Stigma: Ryan Whites AIDS Education Advocacy

    Overcoming Stigma: Ryan White's AIDS Education Advocacy

    16/10/2019 Duração: 28min

    Indiana teenager Ryan White was diagnosed with AIDS at 13 years of age after contracting the fatal disease from a contaminated hemophilia treatment. Rather than despair, Ryan fought for his right to attend school and became a national AIDS education advocate. In this episode of Talking Hooiser History, we tell the story of Ryan White, and how one Indiana community used education to combat the widespread fear and misunderstanding surrounding AIDS in the 1980s.  Read the show notes for this episode here. 

  • Giving Voice: Mike Jackson

    Giving Voice: Mike Jackson

    19/09/2019 Duração: 14min

    On the last episode of Talking Hoosier History, we discussed the South Bend housing cooperative Better Homes of South Bend. In this, the first installment of Giving Voice, host Lindsey Beckley talks to Mike Jackson, who grew up in the neighborhood established by Better Homes. 

  • From Redlining to Better Homes

    From Redlining to Better Homes

    04/09/2019 Duração: 25min

    In 1952, 22 families in South Bend, Indiana came together to combat the racist exclusionary practices that were widespread in American cities throughout the 20th century. In this episode, we examine the institutions and policies that led to those exclusionary practices and follow those families who defied them.

  • Blue Skies, Pink Slips: The Cold War in Indiana

    Blue Skies, Pink Slips: The Cold War in Indiana

    06/05/2019 Duração: 19min

    In this episode, we explore two stories illustrating how different Indiana communities reacted to the fear and misunderstanding of the Cold War era in America. In one, people come together to defend their family and neighbors from possible attack. In the other, free speech and personal liberties are set aside out of fear and misunderstanding. 

  • S02E04 The People Shall Rule: Debs Campaign for Socialism

    S02E04 "The People Shall Rule:" Debs' Campaign for Socialism

    13/02/2019 Duração: 22min

    Today, socialism is a misunderstood political buzzword. In this episode, we ask you to set aside preconceptions to look at the historical roots of the movement and what it meant to workers with few protections. In 1912, Terre Haute native Eugene V. Debs ran for president on the Socialist Party of America ticket, which promised to give more power to the average American worker. While he didn't win, his campaign illustrates the power of third parties to shift major party platforms.

  • S02E03 The Rhodes Family Incident

    S02E03 The Rhodes Family Incident

    20/11/2018 Duração: 21min

    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 front doorstep. What came next has come to be called the Rhodes Family Incident. 

  • S02E02Haunted Hoosier History 2018

    S02E02Haunted Hoosier History 2018

    17/10/2018 Duração: 19min

    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 surprising then, that from this time came a wealth of ghost stories, often related in the pages of newspapers. In this episode, we'll share just a few of these ghastly tales from the pages of Indiana History. 

  • S02E01 Hello Girls Fight Back

    S02E01 "Hello Girls" Fight Back

    21/09/2018 Duração: 22min

    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 working conditions that drove these women to strike and the course of events that led to the whole area around Linton being put under Marial Law. 

  • S01 Bonus - Hoosier: A Brief Overview

    S01 Bonus - Hoosier: A Brief Overview

    02/07/2018 Duração: 17min

    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.

  • S01 E13 Robert F. Kennedy on the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr

    S01 E13 Robert F. Kennedy on the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr

    28/03/2018 Duração: 28min

    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. However, it was the strong African American leaders of Indianapolis who led the community in peaceful mourning while other cities erupted into violence. Dr. Frank Thomas joins for a discussion of his book and concept of "moral imagination." Dr. Thomas calls on us to visualize a positive future to achieve it.

  • S01 E12: The Revolutions of George Rogers Clark

    S01 E12: The Revolutions of George Rogers Clark

    06/03/2018 Duração: 19min

    You may know that George Rogers Clark took Fort Sackville in Vincennes, Indiana, from the British in a daring siege. But why should we care? How would history be different if he hadn't? What you may not know is that he later expatriated himself and dared a second revolutionary act that also could have changed history and the U.S. map . . . possibly to this day. In this episode of Talking Hoosier History we ask... WHAT IF?

  • S01 E11: Lincoln the Boy, the Man, and the Myth

    S01 E11: Lincoln the Boy, the Man, and the Myth

    12/02/2018 Duração: 24min

    You may know that Abraham Lincoln spent fourteen formative years in Indiana. But what part of this oft-told story is fact and what part is fiction? Did Indiana shape Lincoln into the man who would become one of the greatest U.S. presidents? Or did he achieve greatness despite his Indiana roots? This episode of Talking Hoosier History explores Lincoln the man, Lincoln the myth, and the grey area in between. (Guest: Tom Mackie, former director of the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum at Lincoln Memorial University; Featured song: "Living Things" by Bloomington songwriter Tom Roznowski.)

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