Podcast Goodness: Archives As Activism

Cross-posted from Krista’s history focused site.

I’m on a podcast! Given my obsession with listening to podcasts it might not be surprising that I’m very excited to have been part of a podcast recording.

Recently Scott Neigh of Talking Radical Radio interviewed Skylee-Storm Hogan and I about the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre, activism and archives, and more broadly about documenting social movements.  Our conversation was partially inspired by my recent Active History post on “Archives As Activism” which discusses some of the current trends around archiving and documenting social movements in Canada.

You can listen to the full episode online via the Rabble Podcast Network.

Kinda related: I would love to be part of an archives or Canadian history podcast — anyone want to team up to create some awesomeness? 

Listening: Wooden Overcoats

WoodenOvercoatsMy commute may have ended with our move but my podcast listening has continued.  I’m currently loving the Wooden Overcoats podcast. This comedic drama is set in “Piffling Vale” a small town on a island in the British Channel.  The podcast revolves around the owners/operators of the Funn Funeral business.  The premise of the show is that Rudyard Funn’s family funeral business is put into jeopardy when a new undertaker, Eric Chapman, opens across the square.  Chapman is charming, the village loves him, and he quickly surpasses Funn Funeral’s as the go to funeral home. For the first time ever Funn Funerals has competition and it does not go well.  Antics, plotting, and escapades follow.

For me, this podcast feels a lot like if Fawlty Towers had of been centered around a funeral home.  It’s great British comedy with a range of odd ball characters and small town charm.  An agnostic wavering minister, a candy shop owner who becomes a police officer, and a lighthouse keeper who writes erotica just a few of the imaginative supporting cast.  Personally, I love Antigone Funn’s character – a mortician that skulks around in the basement, stands in dark shadows and has a wicked sense of humor.

I highly recommend taking a listen if you’re in need of a laugh and have a fondness for British humour.