This week, the Atlantic Studies Podcasts of Note blog offers numerous episodes from a light week of podcasts on Atlantic history. This week, episodes focus upon tobacco, activism, smuggling, literature, and the Constitution.
This Journal of the Plague Year moves on as well, with hearing hopeful news on vaccines, even as more citizens shirk guidelines due to pandemic exhaustion. Even more aggressive public health policies could help to curtail the new peak of the pandemic even before vaccines arrive, but the abused discourses of science have sunk into such an anti-intellectual mire that works to appease a base on wanton consumers searching for news that matches their desires rather than the truth that informs them of the hurtful reality.
In the halls of power, Americans wait for normalcy to return, even as the abnormal stubbornly remains. The infinitesimally small has ruined so much in the past year as resolute capitalism forced an acceleration through the dead rather than slowing for a longer moment to save thousands. This system built on speed forces more pace now, even with life-saving medicines on the horizon, even with a final pause that could now possibly save so many before vaccines could be produced and distributed.
Be strong in the abnormal.
Do not waver.
Wear masks. Wash hands. Keep distance.
Atlantic Studies Podcasts of Note:
1) Dig Podcast – “More Like a Dust Heap Than a Nose”: The Global History of Smokeless Tobacco
2) History of African Philosophy – Brittney Cooper on Black Women Activists
3) Ben Franklin’s World – “Smugglers and Patriots in the 18th-Century Atlantic” – Tyson Reeder
4) Library Company of Philadelphia – When Novels Were Books – Jordan Alexander Stein
5) NPR Throughline – “The Shadows of the Constitution” – Heidi Schreck
This Day in History:
11/16/1532 – Battle of Cajamarca
11/15/1864 – Sherman’s March to Sea Begins/ Pedro II Deposed
Remembrance of Past Podcasts:
Although not directly related to Atlantic History, leading Early American historian Jill Lepore offered an interview on “Democracy in Peril: Then and Now” on the New Yorker Radio Hour.