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The Calling History Podcast is an unscripted, interview style phone conversation with the heroes, the villains, and the great thinkers of history. It’s an opportunity to ask them anything, in their time, while they are living it. How did Benjamin Franklin feel about leaving his comfortable life of fame and excess in London as a loyal British citizen to risk it all and return to America as a rebel? How did record setting Louise Thaden feel about racing and beating Amelia Earhart and yet her name is almost unknown? Who is Jack the Ripper and why did he enter the scene so violently and then disappear like a whisper? Subscribe now and join this entertaining, interesting, and unpredictable journey back in time as we learn who these people really were and answer the question, “If you could call anyone in history, what would you ask them?”

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The Calling History Podcast is an unscripted, interview style phone conversation with the heroes, the villains, and the great thinkers of history. It’s an opportunity to ask them anything, in their time, while they are living it. How did Benjamin Franklin feel about leaving his comfortable life of fame and excess in London as a loyal British citizen to risk it all and return to America as a rebel? How did record setting Louise Thaden feel about racing and beating Amelia Earhart and yet her name is almost unknown? Who is Jack the Ripper and why did he enter the scene so violently and then disappear like a whisper? Subscribe now and join this entertaining, interesting, and unpredictable journey back in time as we learn who these people really were and answer the question, “If you could call anyone in history, what would you ask them?”

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Episodes
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A Message From Tony Dean - Next Podcast July 3, 2024

6/5/2024
A Message From Tony Dean - Next Podcast July 3, 2024. We are just getting started.

Duration:00:01:17

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James Bowie Part 2: I am Not in the Habit of Backing Down

5/29/2024
In Part 2 of the 1836 conversation with James Bowie, He will talk about the nearly unbelievable smuggling scheme he concocted with the Pirate Jean Lafitte. He’ll also explain how he sold pieces of the Louisiana purchase, even though it was not his land to sell. Listen to the Calling History Podcast on Spotify, Google, Apple, or your favorite provider. ----- Jack Edmondson’s interpretation of James Bowie is exceptional. His deep knowledge and engaging storytelling bring this complex character to life. Somehow Jack highlights his bravery and historical significance without romanticizing too much where we’d forget that Bowie did some shady stuff. Thank you, Jack, for giving us this vivid glimpse into early American history. facebook.com/jack.edmondson.98

Duration:00:42:38

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James Bowie Part 1: We are Doomed Sir. We Have No Chance.

5/22/2024
On March 5, 1836, James Bowie was sick and lying on a cot in the Alamo when he received a call from the future… In this episode, Bowie will go in detail about the Sandbar Duel that cemented his legacy in the history books. He’ll dispel some of the myths of his life including the fact that he is not a knife fighter. And he’ll tell the story of his search for a lost silver mine that probably never existed. Listen to the Calling History Podcast on Spotify, Google, Apple, or your favorite provider. ----- Jack Edmondson’s interpretation of James Bowie is exceptional. His deep knowledge and engaging storytelling bring this complex character to life. Somehow Jack highlights his bravery and historical significance without romanticizing too much where we’d forget that Bowie did some shady stuff. Thank you, Jack, for giving us this vivid glimpse into early American history. facebook.com/jack.edmondson.98

Duration:00:45:15

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Ruby Waller Part 2: That Was My Introduction into The World of Whoredom

5/15/2024
In Part 2 of the 1870 conversation with Ruby Waller, she will talk in detail about the extraordinary place called Urania cottage giving fallen women a safe plan to start again by creating a new life in Australia. She'll also explain what a badger game is. And she'll talk about her meetings later in life with Charles Dickens when he was an old man. Start the episode now to join the conversation. ----- From Connecticut to Maine, from Baltimore to London, Jennifer Emerson has honed her craft as a living history playwright, First-Person Interpreter, performer, and speaker over the past twenty-three years. Her first novel, Dickens and the Whore, is a work of historical fiction concerning Dickens and his involvement in prostitution reform. Jennifer currently works as an actor with History Alive, Inc and on the staff of The House of the Seven Gables. Her Portrayal of Ruby Waller will leave you breathless and eager to see Jennifer at one of her live events. You can find out more about Jennifer at: thepetticoatpages.com Instagram: ThePetticoatPages1693 Facebook: facebook.com/thepetticoatpages

Duration:00:55:26

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Ruby Waller Part 1: How Did She End Up Drinking Gin with Charles Dickens?

5/8/2024
In Autumn of 1870, Ruby Waller was sitting comfortably in her home reminiscing about her days on the streets of London as a prostitute when she received a call from the future … Do not listen to this episode if you are under-age or have a weak stomach. Ruby is going to explain the gruesome circumstances that caused her to become a child prostitute. She'll also talk about the meeting with Charles Dickens that changed her life as well as the moment they dragged her from the river and threw her on a pile of dead bodies. Start the episode now to join the conversation. ---- From Connecticut to Maine, from Baltimore to London, Jennifer Emerson has honed her craft as a living history playwright, First-Person Interpreter, performer, and speaker over the past twenty-three years. Her first novel, Dickens and the Whore, is a work of historical fiction concerning Dickens and his involvement in prostitution reform. Jennifer currently works as an actor with History Alive, Inc and on the staff of The House of the Seven Gables. Her Portrayal of Ruby Waller will leave you breathless and eager to see Jennifer at one of her live events. You can find out more about Jennifer at: thepetticoatpages.com Instagram: ThePetticoatPages1693 Facebook: facebook.com/thepetticoatpages

Duration:00:52:38

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Frances Perkins Part 2: World War II Rolled My Career into a Ball and Threw it in the Trash.

5/1/2024
In Part 2 of the 1958 conversation with Frances Perkins, she explains why her daughter turned into a spoiled debutante that didn’t want to work, her uneasy but loving relationship with Eleanor Roosevelt, and her greatest regrets after accomplishing so much. Start episode 2 to join the conversation. Listen to the Calling History Podcast on Spotify, Google, Apple, or your favorite provider. ----- Janet Parnes takes overlooked sculptors of the American evolution out of history’s dusty archives and onto the stage. Audiences hear stories from Frances Perkins, Dolley Madison, Deborah Sampson, and more. Website: www.women-history.com. Email: LadiesTell@gmail.com Frances Perkins has been described as one of America’s most influential women in the first half of the 20th century. Yet she sits in the back seat of American history. Thank you, Janet, for keeping her story alive.

Duration:00:37:11

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Frances Perkins Part 1: People Were Jumping From the 10th Story.

4/24/2024
In 1958, Frances Perkins was preparing a lesson for her students when she received a call from the future… In this episode, you’ll learn how Frances managed to make such an enormous impact in an industry dominated by men. She’ll also share the horrifying story of 140 people burning to death that inspired her life’s mission. Start the episode now to join the conversation. ----- Janet Parnes takes overlooked sculptors of the American evolution out of history’s dusty archives and onto the stage. Audiences hear stories from Frances Perkins, Dolley Madison, Deborah Sampson, and more. Website: www.women-history.com. Email: LadiesTell@gmail.com Frances Perkins has been described as one of America’s most influential women in the first half of the 20th century. Yet she sits in the back seat of American history. Thank you, Janet, for keeping her story alive.

Duration:00:47:16

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Nathaniel Hawthorne Part 2: I Find the Shadowy Side of our Nature More Interesting.

4/17/2024
In Part 2 of the 1863 conversation with Nathaniel Hawthorne, he’ll explain why he can’t seem to write while the war ravages his nation. He’ll also further demonstrate how all his writing was not doom and gloom with his story The Celestial Railroad. And he’ll tell us how Sophia, his wife, saved the day when he was fired from his job and thought he was broke. Start episode 2 to join the conversation. ----- Since 2018, Paul Riopelle has been portraying Nathaniel Hawthorne at The House of the Seven Gables in Salem, Massachusetts. He has also regularly appeared as the author at other historical Hawthorne sites, including The Old Manse and The Wayside in Concord. You can catch Paul in-person as Hawthorne in his one-man show, Haunted Fables at the Gables, presented each October at The House of the Seven Gables in Salem.

Duration:00:43:34

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Nathaniel Hawthorne Part 1: It Doesn’t Matter What You Think, It Only Matters That You Think.

4/10/2024
----more----On July 4, 1863, Nathaniel Hawthorne was celebrating his 59th Birthday when he received a call from the future… In this episode, Hawthorne will explain why his stories often leave you with more questions than answers. He’ll talk about the role he played in getting his good friend elected as the fourteenth president. And he’ll talk about his dark family history that inspired some of his most popular novels. Start the episode now to join the conversation. ----- Since 2018, Paul Riopelle has been portraying Nathaniel Hawthorne at The House of the Seven Gables in Salem, Massachusetts. He has also regularly appeared as the author at other historical Hawthorne sites, including The Old Manse and The Wayside in Concord. You can catch Paul in-person as Hawthorne in his one-man show, Haunted Fables at the Gables, presented each October at The House of the Seven Gables in Salem.

Duration:00:44:41

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Mercy Otis Warren Part 2: Liberty Must Reign in the Hearts and Minds of the People.

4/3/2024
In Part 2 of the 1774 conversation with Mercy Otis Warren, she’ll explain what happened to her brother after being almost beaten to death and then recanting his beliefs of liberty. She’ll also talk about her next publication about the Boston Tea Party, and she will reluctantly share her feelings about how things might be different if she were able to express her genius as men do. Start episode 2 to join the conversation. ----- In Michele’s interpretation of Mercy Otis Warren, she masterfully captures the essence of this remarkable woman. Michele breathes life into Warren's intellectual prowess, and unwavering commitment to the ideals of liberty and justice. Her portrayal not only honors Warren's legacy, but also sheds light on the significant contributions of women in shaping the course of history. Learn more about Michele Gabrielson’s work or contact her at: Michele's Instagram: @the_revolutionary_classroom email: celebratemercyotiswarren@gmail.com website: celebratemercyotiswarren.org

Duration:00:39:47

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Mercy Otis Warren Part 1: History Shows Us That Peaceful Times Controlled by Men, Don’t Seem to Last.

3/27/2024
On Feb 19, 1774, Mercy Otis Warren was tending to her family when she received a call from the future… Mercy was a writer and poet that found a way to use her gifts to further the cause of liberty. In this episode, she’ll talk about the meetings in her home that eventually played a role in uniting the colonies. She’ll also discuss the anonymously published play she wrote that created a safe way for the citizens of Boston to communicate about the injustices and freedoms that were slowly being taken from the colonists. Start the episode now to join the conversation. ----- In Michele’s interpretation of Mercy Otis Warren, she masterfully captures the essence of this remarkable woman. Michele breathes life into Warren's intellectual prowess, and unwavering commitment to the ideals of liberty and justice. Her portrayal not only honors Warren's legacy, but also sheds light on the significant contributions of women in shaping the course of history. Learn more about Michele Gabrielson’s work or contact her at: Michele's Instagram: @the_revolutionary_classroom email: celebratemercyotiswarren@gmail.com website: celebratemercyotiswarren.org

Duration:00:49:31

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Sacagawea Part 2: While Traveling West, Why Didn’t Other Tribes Attack Your Group?

3/20/2024
In Part 2 of the 1810 conversation with Sacagawea, she will tell us why she was forced to trade her favorite blue beaded belt for an otter skin coat. She’ll also talk about her near-death experiences at the Great Falls and how her presence on the expedition likely saved everyone’s life. Start episode 2 to join the conversation. ----- Robin Pease’s portrayal of Sacagawea will change the way you feel about this amazing woman and her story forever. Robin brings to life the strength and resilience of this historical figure without ignoring the fact that Sacagawea’s life was tragic. This is a masterful interpretation that will leave a lasting impression on all who listen. Learn more at: womeninhistoryohio.com/sacajawea.html kulturekids.org -----

Duration:00:52:04

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Sacagawea Part 1: I Don’t Understand, Because Nobody Owns the Land.

3/13/2024
On October 30, 1810, Sacagawea was in her home in St. Louis when she received a call from the future… In this episode, Sacagawea will share the details of being kidnapped and taken from her family as a 12-year-old. She’ll talk about Lewis and Clark and why they needed a native American woman with a newborn on their expedition. And, how she was forced to marry after her husband either purchased her or won her in a poker game. Start the episode now to join the conversation. ----- Robin Pease’s portrayal of Sacagawea will change the way you feel about this amazing woman and her story forever. Robin brings to life the strength and resilience of this historical figure without ignoring the fact that Sacagawea’s life was tragic. This is a masterful interpretation that will leave a lasting impression on all who listen. Learn more at: womeninhistoryohio.com/sacajawea.html kulturekids.org

Duration:00:54:10

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Rebecca Nurse Part 2: Salem Witch Trials – I am Guilty, Until Proven Innocent.

3/6/2024
In Part 2 of the 1692 conversation with Rebecca Nurse, she will explain how a person is guilty until they can prove their innocence. She will make a guess why Tituba, who was clearly a witch, was not executed first, and why the magistrates let Rebecca go free, and then arrested and eventually hung her anyway. Start episode 2 to join the conversation. ----- Jessica Michna’s portrayal of Rebecca Nurse is nothing short of mesmerizing. You can feel the unwavering conviction of Rebecca Nurse’s innocence in her voice as you are transported to this tumultuous time in history. Her portrayal of Rebecca Nurse allows you to explore this fascinating period without having your own neck in the hangman’s noose. You can learn more about Jessica and the many other characters she portrays at: historicalfirstimpressions.com or 262-758-2131. -----

Duration:00:42:43

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Rebecca Nurse Part 1: Salem Witch Trials – If They Believe in Their Hearts that I am a Witch, Then I Must Accept That.

2/28/2024
On July 18, 1692, Rebecca Nurse was languishing in prison the day before she would be executed as a witch, when she received a call from the future… In this episode, she will talk about what it’s like to live in a time where anyone can accuse another of witchcraft, and those accusations are enough to establish guilt and condemn a person to death by hanging. She also talks about how this all started with a slave imported from Barbados and two pre-teen girls. Start the episode now to join the conversation. ----- Jessica Michna’s portrayal of Rebecca Nurse is nothing short of mesmerizing. You can feel the unwavering conviction of Rebecca Nurse’s innocence in her voice as you are transported to this tumultuous time in history. Her portrayal of Rebecca Nurse allows you to explore this fascinating period without having your own neck in the hangman’s noose. You can learn more about Jessica and many other characters she portrays at: historicalfirstimpressions.com or 262-758-2131.

Duration:00:43:31

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The Unsinkable Molly Brown Part 2: Money Opened Doors for Me.

2/21/2024
In Part 2 of the 1922 conversation with Margaret Brown, she will talk about her efforts across the ocean to help those with broken families after World War I. She’ll tell us where the nickname ‘unsinkable’ came from. And she’ll discuss what she did to prevent 10-year-old kids from doing hard time for stealing a loaf of bread. Start episode 2 to join the conversation. ----- Thank you, JoAnn F. Peterson, for your magnificent portrayal of Margaret Brown. You can learn more about JoAnn, her acting, singing, and amazing portrayals of Historic Women at: Www.joannpeterson.com, or contact her at Joannfpeterson@gmail.com. You can also listen to her as Mary Lincoln on the podcast dated December 21, 2022. It’s extraordinary.

Duration:00:36:48

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The Unsinkable Molly Brown Part 1: I am a Daughter of Adventure.

2/14/2024
On April 15, 1922, Margaret Brown was in France when she received a call from the future… In this episode, she will share her experience of watching the Titanic sink as well as her contempt for the cowards that prevented her from assisting those that eventually drowned. She will also explain how a young girl stripping tobacco leaves became a wealthy socialite that spent her fortune helping those that could not help themselves. Start the episode now to join the conversation. ----- Thank you, JoAnn F. Peterson, for your magnificent portrayal of Margaret Brown. You can learn more about JoAnn, her acting, singing, and amazing portrayals of Historic Women at: Www.joannpeterson.com, or contact her at Joannfpeterson@gmail.com. You can also listen to her as Mary Lincoln on the podcast dated December 21, 2022. It’s extraordinary.

Duration:00:43:48

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Richard Allen Part 2: You Fight and You Struggle and You Hold on to Your Faith.

2/7/2024
In Part 2 of the 1830 conversation with Richard Allen, he’ll explain why the Africans voted not to return to Africa, why the quakers kicked him out of their church, and why black people are immune to yellow fever (per Dr. Benjamin Rush). Start episode 2 to join the conversation.

Duration:00:54:27

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Richard Allen Part 1: I No Longer Saw Myself as Trapped.

1/31/2024
In 1830, Richard Allen had just finished church when he received a call from the future… In this episode, he will discuss why he picked the last name Allen after being born a slave without it. How he helped Martha Washington’s personal slave escape to freedom, and what George Washington did about it. Start the episode now to join the conversation.

Duration:00:55:18

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Isabella Gardner Part 2: The Seventh Wonder of Boston

1/24/2024
In Part 2 of the 1910 conversation with Isabella Stewart Gardner, she’ll tell us why they called her the ‘serpent of muddy river’, how she dealt with people who thought she was rude, and some insight into her favorite artifacts and how they were acquired. Start episode 2 to join the conversation.

Duration:00:40:46