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Unbound: A Collection of Indiana Stories

Unbound: A Collection of Indiana Stories

The Indiana Historical Society is excited to bring you Unbound: A Collection of Indiana Stories, a podcast that retells classic Indiana stories and those that might become classics. We pull materials from our Traces and Connections magazines, blogs, and exhibits to build upon one another to share a more complete and connected Indiana history.

Episodes

Lady Lawyers And A Whistlestop Tour: Civics in Indiana

We’ve got civics on the brain today; Casey and Regan look at the long history of women practicing law and their fight for the right to practice law in Indiana. Then we look at Harry Truman’s famous whistle-stop campaign, which helped him win the presidency in a race he was predicted to lose.

Choo! CHOOO! : Interurbans and Rails in Indiana

ALL ABOARD! Casey and Regan explore the story of the expansive interurban network that ran all through Indiana and beyond. Then they will examine a streetcar system which connected Terre Haute and became a source of recreation for those in the community.

From the Graveyard to the Great Beyond: Cemeteries and Spiritualism

The afterlife is explored in this death-defying episode of Unbound, Casey and Regan dive into the story of May Wright Sewall. A famous spiritualist from Indiana who wrote the book on spiritualism and how she used it to speak with her husband who had passed. Then we will look into the evolution of cemeteries to public green spaces.

Get It While It's Hot: Food Traditions from Indiana

I hope you’re hungry! In this episode, Regan and Casey are serving up two stories detailing some of Indiana’s food traditions. For the main course we are heading down to Vincennes for a steaming hot bowl of their famous Fricassee, better get it while they’ve got it. Then get ready for a delicious desert of an American classic, donuts. The simple dough rings have a long and interesting history that we will explore together.

Patchwork and Playing Cards: Quilting and Gambling

Welcome back to Season 2 of Unbound: A Collection of Indiana Stories! Regan and I are excited to be back in the studio. In our kickoff of the season, we will be looking into some of the hobbies that Hoosiers have had throughout our state’s history. Dive into our complicated history with gambling and our less complicated history with quilting.

Stars of Stage and Screen: Indiana Meets Hollywood

In the season finale, Casey and Regan take on the bright lights of Hollywood. Recounting the memories of “The King’s” last concert which took place in Indianapolis and what that legacy has meant to those who were in attendance. Then we examine the life and career of Anne Baxter star of stage and screen who was from Northwest Indiana. Check back at the end of March for the season 2 premiere of Unbound: A Collection of Indiana Stories.

Lost But Not Forgotten: Indy's Lost Neighborhoods

Today, Casey and Beth talk about lost neighborhood spaces in Indianapolis. We look at the impact that building the interstate had on community groups. Specifically, how communities continue after their physical home spaces are disrupted.

Hard Work and Perseverance : Indiana Immigrants

Casey sits down with Beth Brandon to talk about different immigrant experiences. We look into Moy Key a Chinese immigrant whose work in Indianapolis garnered the attention of Chinese royalty. Then we dig into a fairly well-known community staple Shapiro’s Delicatessen and how this family business got its start and how it has stuck around through the years.

The Hoosier Home: Cookbooks and Cabinets

Guest Host Beth Brandon joins Casey in the studio to chat about advancements in the kitchen. Looking into Practical Housekeeping: a Careful Compilation of Tried and Approved Recipes a book published in the 1800s which gave not only recipes but life advice to those who purchased the book. Then we look into the technological advancement that was the Hoosier Kitchen Cabinet which helped to shorten the time women spent in the kitchen.

Scattered on the Northwest Wind: The Indiana Dunes

This episode explores the stories of Frank Dudley and Alice Gray/Diana of the Dunes, two activists and artists who made the Indiana Dunes their homes. Casey and Regan sit down to discuss these mythic Northwest Indiana figures.

Forged in Iron and Whetstone: Indiana Industry

This week Casey and Regan take on Indiana Industries. Did you know that Indiana had a booming gravestone industry or that there were several Hoosier car companies? Come learn more with us.

It's All About Necklines: Fashion

Casey and Regan chat about the history of women’s fashion and the story of Hoosier and fashion legend Norman Norell.

Swish: Indiana Basketball

This week, Casey and Regan discuss the legacy of an Indiana tradition: basketball. We begin by looking into the sports history from its invention all the way through 2016. Then we look into the Indiana legend Chuck Taylor whose basketball career has a legacy that has lasted till this day.

Check out more basketball history here:

https://indianahistory.org/events/chuck-taylor-all-star/

https://indianahistory.org/events/going-pro-basketball-origins-in-indiana/

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The Indiana Historical Society is excited to bring you Unbound: A Collection of Indiana Stories, a retelling of classic Indiana stories and those that might become classics. We are pulling materials from our Traces and Connections magazines, blogs, and exhibits to build upon one another in an effort to share a more complete and connected Indiana history.

Check back on Thursday, November 16, 2023 and every two weeks after for new episodes.

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