This is Problematic! Podcast

About the podcast

Conner Prairie brings you the straight up facts of the history still affecting us today! We hold no punches getting to the core of the problems of the past and their ramifications. Come sit with us, and our guests, as we take a journey through problematic history!

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Hosts

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Zoë Morgan

Zoë Morgan is thrilled to join Easton as the new co-host of This is Problematic! Zoë serves as Curriculum Specialist at Conner Prairie and works across departments to align curriculum with onsite and online educational programs following the Museum’s educational philosophy. She graduated from Indiana University South Bend with a Bachelor’s of Science in Secondary Education Social Studies and has prior experience in both museum and classroom settings. Zoë’s current focus is planning and implementing civics-related programming for middle school students. She is an advocate for place-based learning and hopes that centering the power of place will encourage others to care for all beings in every space. 

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Easton Phillips

Originally from the beautiful city of Cincinnati, Easton Philip’s historical journey began with the Youth Docent program at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. After studying History at the University of Cincinnati he was hired as a Research associate at Conner Prairie in October 2021. When faced with the question of how to share the stories of Conner Prairie to those who have never experienced it or for our local community to dive deeper into topics, the podcast quickly became a perfect vehicle for historians like Easton to share their expertise, and the best is yet to come!

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Episode 20: Hate can't teach: Why statue removal is NOT historical erasure

Confederate monuments spawn controversy wherever they sit, and recently their removal has caused emotional uproar from all sides of the political spectrum. These ghostly shells of the past represent the myth of the Lost Cause, striking slavery from the list of reasons why the Civil War was fought and turning blame towards the North.

Our special guests, Katie Bramell, a museum professional who tackled this subject at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and her former co-worker Jesse Kramer, the director of Exhibits and Collections at Conner Prairie join Zoë and Easton to unpack the issue; if our country almost split in half, what is there to celebrate? From the deep South to the heart of Indiana, these harmful celebrations still negatively impact people who simply want to live lives free of fear. How do we deal with issues beyond flags and statues? What role do museums have in all of this? Can a monument truly receive proper interpretation? We’ll try to answer these questions as best we can!

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Show notes and transcripts

Episode 0: Introduction to This is Problematic
Episode 1: First Person Interpretation with Norman Burns (Conner Prairie President & CEO)
Episode 2: The Story of Kent Brown and the Criminal Justice System with Dr. Charlene Fletcher
Episode 3: Native American Representations and Misrepresentations in American Media and Culture with Dr. Liza Black
Episode 4: William Conner with David Heighway
Episode 5: Pete Smith with David Heighway
Episode 6: Mekinges with Sara Schumacher
Episode 7: Gentrification w/ Kisha Tandy and Paula Brooks
Episode 8: Halloween: Leave the dead alone!
Episode 9: Dale Wrong Burgess
Episode 10: Peace out Big Boy!: His Accidency John Tyler
Episode 11: Museum Education with Brandy Whitaker
Episode 12: U-turn on Sesame Street with Dr. Charlene Fletcher
Episode 0: Introduction to This is Problematic
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Episode 1: First Person Interpretation with Norman Burns (Conner Prairie President & CEO)
Ep1
Episode 2: The Story of Kent Brown and the Criminal Justice System with Dr. Charlene Fletcher
Ep2
Episode 3: Native American Representations and Misrepresentations in American Media and Culture with Dr. Liza Black
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Episode 4: William Conner with David Heighway
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Episode 5: Pete Smith with David Heighway
Ep5
Episode 6: Mekinges with Sara Schumacher
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Episode 7: Gentrification w/ Kisha Tandy and Paula Brooks
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Episode 8: Halloween: Leave the dead alone!
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Episode 9: Dale Wrong Burgess
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Episode 10: Peace out Big Boy!: His Accidency John Tyler
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Episode 11: Museum Education with Brandy Whitaker
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Episode 12: U-turn on Sesame Street with Dr. Charlene Fletcher
Episode 13: Smashers vs. Saloonatics: The Women of Westfield, IN
Episode 14: Prairie Little Liars: The myths of the Frontier/Pioneer
Episode 15: Chief Straw, False Monuments, and Native Misrepresentation
Episode 16: Owning the Past: Stewardship of modern museum collections with Rebekah Furey and Rina Sim
Episode 17: Horace Mann and For-Profit Schools with Andrew Collins
Episode 18: Which people's president?: Andrew Jackson's Populist Legacy with Dylan Rawles
Episode 19: In the Shadow of the Prophet: Legacy of the 1806 Eclipse with Sara Schumacher and Mike Pace
Episode 20: Hate can't teach: Why state removal is NOT historical erasure
Episode 13: Smashers vs. Saloonatics: The Women of Westfield, IN
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 Episode 14: Prairie Little Liars: The myths of the Frontier/Pioneer
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Episode 15: Chief Straw, False Monuments, and Native Misrepresentation
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Episode 16: Owning the Past: Stewardship of modern museum collections
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Episode 17: Horace Mann and For-Profit Schools with Andrew Collins
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Episode 18: Which people's president?: Andrew Jackson's Populist Legacy with Dylan Rawles
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Episode 19: In the Shadow of the Prophet: Legacy of the 1806 Eclipse with Sara Schumacher and Mike Pace
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Episode 20: Hate can't teach: Why state removal is NOT historical erasure
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