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Ulysses S Grant Memorial (Mini Episode)

Ulysses S Grant Memorial (Mini Episode)

August 10, 2020

He’s soooo insistent on getting it right, that for the cavalry charge, for the lead horse, he did it nine times before he was happy with it. And when you see the size of something like that, and you go ‘nine times?!? No wonder it took him 20 years!’ He just became obsessed to the point that he’s working and working and working and working….and it starts to really take a toll on him, physically and mentally."

 

Join Becca and Dan as they detail one of (if not *the*) most beautifully and painstakingly crafted sculptures in all of Washington DC, the Ulysses S Grant Memorial. It has been called “one of the most important sculptures in all of Washington.” Learn about the sculptor, Henry Shrady, and how he poured, quite literally, his entire life into this monumental work, along with all sorts of other fun facts along the way.

 

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You’re Listening To: Becca Grawl & Dan King

The Person Responsible for it Sounding Good: Dan King

Technical & Admin Work Done During Toddler Naptime: Canden Arciniega 

Intro/Outro Music: Well-Seasoned from Audio Hero

Elizabeth Cady Stanton (19th Amendment Anniversary Special)

Elizabeth Cady Stanton (19th Amendment Anniversary Special)

August 6, 2020

“Susan B. Anthony is who everyone rallies around, and that's who, the memory of her, is so big in 1920...In 1923,  the 75th anniversary of the Seneca Falls convention, there's a commemorative event there and the only person who gets up to speak about Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the woman who made it happen and who wrote the Declaration of Sentiments is her own daughter.  She is the only person who would go and speak on her behalf.  That is so heartbreaking to me."

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment this month, Tour Guide Tell All is turning its attention to women's suffrage and the almost century-long fight for women to get the vote in the United States.  We're kicking off our suffrage series by looking at a woman whose contributions to the movement are substantial - Elizabeth Cady Stanton.  We'll dive into the groundwork that she laid for the 19th century suffrage fight, her relationship with Susan B. Anthony, her complicated and controversial stances, and why perhaps she doesn't have the name recognition or fame today as some of her peers.

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You’re Listening To: Becca Grawl & Rebecca Fachner

The Person Responsible for it Sounding Good: Dan King

Technical & Admin Work Done During Toddler Naptime: Canden Arciniega 

Intro/Outro Music: Well-Seasoned from Audio Hero

Watts Mill, Virginia (Mini Episode)

Watts Mill, Virginia (Mini Episode)

August 3, 2020

We take our Monday mini episode a little further south to Chatham, VA where Canden is restoring a 19th century grist mill. 

 

Follow the journey on Instagram or Facebook @wattsmillva or at www.wattsmill.com

 

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You’re Listening To: Canden Arciniega 

Intro/Outro Music: Well-Seasoned from Audio Hero

 
 
 
Drinking Habits of our Presidents

Drinking Habits of our Presidents

July 30, 2020

“So, we share our love of drinking with many people who have occupied the highest office in the land!"

In this episode, we're leaning into the summer heat wave by cracking open a couple of cold ones and looking back at Presidents and their drinking habits.  Discover which president bored his guests with too wine talk, which ones had cool drinking nicknames, and why Prohibition didn't apply if you were transporting alcohol from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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You’re Listening To: Rebecca Fachner & Becca Grawl

The Person Responsible for it Sounding Good: Dan King

Technical & Admin Work Done During Naptime: Canden Arciniega 

Intro/Outro Music: Well-Seasoned from Audio Hero

 
 
 

 

Adalaide Johnson (Mini Episode)

Adalaide Johnson (Mini Episode)

July 27, 2020

“So here you have all these women gathered at the Capitol, at a time where very few women serve in Congress, you have this monument that isn't just to quaintly acknowledge the 19th Amendment, it's a call to action for the next generation of women...and Congress is like let's take our pictures, let's celebrate, and then a couple days later, it goes down to the Crypt, which is basically a broom closet."

 

 

In our latest mini-episode, we take a look at the tumultuous history of The Portrait Monument at the United States Capitol Building and the eccentric feminist, Adelaide Johnson, who brought it to life.

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You’re Listening To: Becca Grawl

The Person Responsible for it Sounding Good: Dan King

Technical & Admin Work Done During Toddler Naptime: Canden Arciniega 

Intro/Outro Music: Well-Seasoned from Audio Hero

William Jennings Bryan

William Jennings Bryan

July 23, 2020

"He's also an interesting illustration, I think of this idea that...it's hard to get a good man elected President. It's hard to get a good person, somebody with this much integrity, because they stick to what they believe , and they aren't cynical, and they aren't going to change positions or acquiesce. And so you look at his background and his incredible popularity, and you go, 'How? How could someone so popular and so gifted, not be elected?'"

 

It is week 2 of our Political Convention coverage at Tour Guide Tell All! For the second half of our series exploring the history of political party conventions and past presidential elections, we are covering William Jennings Bryan. Along with last week's subject, Bryan is the only other man to run unsuccessfully for President 3 times, and remains the youngest person ever to receive an electoral vote.

Join us as we discuss prohibition, evolution and the Progressive Era, and find out what both
bimetallism and Grape Juice Diplomacy were and how they changed American history.

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If you’re interested in in more information, we find these sources helpful:

State department Bio of Bryan 
Clip from the Cross of Gold Speech
NPR Story about the Scopes Monkey Trial 
The statue of Byran from the US Capitol has been removed

Bryans Nebraska home Fairview 

Full book length treatment of Prohibition that mentions Bryan frequently (and is a great read
just generally) is Last Call by Daniel Okrent

 

 

You’re Listening To: Rebecca Fachner and Becca Grawl
The Person Responsible for it Sounding Good: Dan King
Technical & Admin Work Done During Toddler Naptime: Canden Arciniega 
Intro/Outro Music: Well-Seasoned from Audio Hero

Carter Woodson Memorial (Mini Episode)

Carter Woodson Memorial (Mini Episode)

July 20, 2020

"He's listed as one of 100 greatest African Americans...But his greatest legacy...is that Black History Week has turned into a month, and is celebrated and recognized across the country."

 

If you have ever wondered why Black History Month is in February, this pod has the answers!

Join us as we discuss the Father of Black History, Carter Woodson and his DC memorial.

 

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Carter Woodson from the NAACP
Short biography of Woodson 
NPS site for his house
The Association for the Study of African American Life and History
Journal of African American History 

You’re Listening To: Rebecca Fachner
The Person Responsible for it Sounding Good: Dan King
Technical & Admin Work Done During Naptime: Canden Arciniega 
Intro/Outro Music: Well-Seasoned from Audio Hero

Henry Clay

Henry Clay

July 17, 2020

“In 1810, Clay gets elected to the United States House of Representatives.  So, he's been in the Senate for two months, he's been in his state legislature but in 1810 he goes to the US House of Representatives and it's his first day and he is 34 years old and they're like, you are going to be Speaker of the House...Henry Clay shows up, he doesn't know anybody, he's brand new to Washington, he's relatively young and he makes such a magnetic good impression on the people he's now serving with that they just say this guy is pretty cool, let's make him in charge!"

 

In honor of the election cycle of 2020, Tour Guide Tell All explores the history of political party conventions, past presidential elections, and two key figures who never made it to the highest office in the land.  Part one of this two-part series highlights Henry Clay, the Great Compromiser who is still the second youngest person to hold the post of Speaker of the House and who played a pivotal role in the political maneuverings of the first half of the 19th century.

 

Join us as we discuss politics, the Corrupt Bargain, slavery, westward expansion  - plus Becca might slip in another Broadway reference just for fun!

 

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You’re Listening To: Becca Grawl, Rebecca Fachner

The Person Responsible for it Sounding Good: Dan King

Technical & Admin Work Done During Naptime: Canden Arciniega 

Intro/Outro Music: Well-Seasoned from Audio Hero

Bartholdi Fountain and Park

Bartholdi Fountain and Park

July 13, 2020

“....Bartholdi Park was always one of my favorite little oases on Capitol Hill and anyone who works up there, any of the staffers, will probably tell you the same.”

In this mini-episode of Tour Guide Tell All, we take a look at one of the more beautiful but often overlooked spots on Capitol Hill, Bartholdi Park. This gorgeous oasis of plant life and relaxing shade is named in honor of Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, the man who created both the famed Statue of Liberty and the Fountain of Light and Water, the latter of which stands at the center of the Bartholdi Park today  .

Join us as we discuss Bartholdi the man, his stunning fountain, and what other hidden treasures you can see nearby.

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You’re Listening To: Dan King

The Person Responsible for it Sounding Good: Also Dan King

Technical & Admin Work Done During Naptime: Canden Arciniega 

Intro/Outro Music: Well-Seasoned from Audio Hero

History of Baseball in Washington DC

History of Baseball in Washington DC

July 9, 2020
"What's fascinating about the Washington Grays is that they were one of the best teams in baseball but so many people don't know about them. They were a phenomonal team - they won 9 consecutive pennants, 3 Negro League World Series, 11 of their players are in the Hall of Fame, most notablly the powerhouse hitter Josh Gibson."
 
Let's talk about baseball! Our team, the Washington Nationals, are World Champs and we're going to count 2020 as their year as well because ... does this year really count? But the 2019 World Series for all its talk about bringing the World Series back to DC for the first time since 1933 ... was wrong. Becca, Canden and Rebecca talk about the last DC team to win a World Series, the Washington Homestead Grays of the Negro League. 
 
 
You've been listening to:
 
Canden, who grew up supporting the Durham Bulls.
Rebecca, who is still cheering on the Red Sox.
And Becca, who has a soft spot for the Houston Astros (scandals aside)
 
Dan King edited and mixed the podcast in Cleveland OH, home of his AL team.  Normally he lives just two blocks away from Nat's Park, home of the Nationals from the times when they were terrible to being the WORLD CHAMPIONS they are today. 
 
GO NATS!
 
For this week's episode, we'd like to highlight the work of SMYAL, Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders, an organization dedicated to supporting, uplifting, and empowering LGTBQ youth throughout the Washington, DC area.  Learn how you can volunteer or donate by visiting them at SMYAL.org.

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