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Podcast 37 - Grandparents Day: Cleaning out the Old House, Full episode

September 15, 2017

Gena and Jean honor Grandparents Day (Sept. 10) by talking about experiences of cleaning out old houses as well as giving hints on how to handle the task yourself as well as prepare your own home for that eventuality. Some specific elements dealing with family history connections also included. 

Photo: the Wilcox Wilmette, Illinois house on Forest (Jean's childhood home) 

Resources: Check the Gena and Jean blog for September 15, 2017.

Podcast 37 - Grandparents Day & Cleaning out the Old House - first half - FREE

September 15, 2017

Gena and Jean honor Grandparents Day (Sept. 10) by talking about experiences of cleaning out old houses as well as giving hints on how to handle the task yourself as well as prepare your own home for that eventuality. Some specific elements dealing with family history connections also included. 

Photo: the Wilcox house on Elmwood in Wilmette (Jean's grandfather's home)

Resources: Check the Gena and Jean blog for September 15, 2017.

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Podcast 36 - Radios and their Impact on Family - Full, Premium version

August 27, 2017

In honor of National Radio Day (August 20th), Gena and Jean discuss the effects radio had on generations of decades past, the transition of radio to television to computer as news media, and some of the uniqueness of radios. The second half includes a discussion of news, sports, and entertainment programs, as well as advertisements, that came into the home via the medium of radio. The photo included here was the personal radio of Jean's grandfather, Lee Wilcox, on which he listened to the Paul Rader program every Sunday.

For information on the resources used in this podcast, refer to the the blog post of this date - 27 August 2017 - at http://genaandjean.blogspot.com/2017/08/genealogy-journeys-podcast-36-radios.html.

Podcast 36 - Radios and Ancestors - first part - FREE

August 27, 2017

In honor of National Radio Day (August 20th), Gena and Jean discuss the effects radio had on generations of decades past, the transition of radio to television to computer as news media, and some of the uniqueness of radios. The second half (not included here) includes a discussion of news, sports, and entertainment programs, as well as advertisements, that came into the home via the medium of radio. To access that, subscribe at this same website for a Premium subscription. The photo included here was the ham radio set operated by Roy Wilcox of Wilmette, Illinois in the mid-1920s through the 1930s.

For information on the resources used in this podcast, refer to the the blog post of this date - 27 August 2017 - at http://genaandjean.blogspot.com/2017/08/genealogy-journeys-podcast-36-radios.html.

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Podcast 35 - Voting and the 19th Amendment, full version, PREMIUM

August 13, 2017

Gena and Jean talk about the issues surrounding voting rights in the US, in recognition of the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote. Various historical aspects are considered, along with the auxiliary issues of lowering the voting age in 1970, granting African Americans voting rights, and other related topics (some discussed in the long version, available with a premium subscription - just click on the link for that podcast 35, listed as "premium").

Photo here: Harris and Ewing, 1919, Women's Suffrage rally, from Library of Congress.

For resources on the subjects discussed in this podcast, please go to http://genaandjean.blogspot.com for 13 August 2017.

Podcast 35 - Voting and the 19th Amendment, 1st half - FREE

August 13, 2017

Gena and Jean talk about the issues surrounding voting rights in the US, in recognition of the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote. Various historical aspects are considered, along with the auxiliary issues of lowering the voting age in 1970, granting African Americans voting rights, and other related topics (some discussed in the long version, available with a premium subscription - just click on the link for that podcast 35, listed as "premium").

Photo here: Harris and Ewing, 1919, Women's Suffrage rally, from Library of Congress.

For resources on the subjects discussed in this podcast, please go to http://genaandjean.blogspot.com for 13 August 2017.

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Podcast 34 - Moon, and more - first half only - FREE

July 30, 2017

To remember the 48th anniversary of the 1969 moon walk, Gena and Jean discuss the moon, how it was important to our ancestors, and how it was viewed by different civilizations. In the second half, they go deeper into the cosmos in discussing some of the folklore but also historical, astronimical events - in particular, the 1833 Leonid meteor shower: "The night the sky fell."

The image here is a copy of a woodcut of an artist's perception of the event and obtained from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonids; information on and links for resources used to compile the material provided in the podcast can be accessed at the blogpost for 30 July 2017 at http://genaandjean.blogspot.com

This is the first of our premium subscription podcasts. This is the first half of the podcast, to hear both parts of the programs from now on, a $20/year subscription is required. Follow the instructions given here at Podbean by clicking on the Podcast 34 Premium version to put your subscription in motion (all major credit cards accepted). Thank you for your interest.

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Podcast 34 - The Moon, the cosmos, and family history

July 30, 2017

To remember the 48th anniversary of the 1969 moon walk, Gena and Jean discuss the moon, how it was important to our ancestors, and how it was viewed by different civilizations. In the second half, they go deeper into the cosmos in discussing some of the folklore but also historical, astronimical events - in particular, the 1833 Leonid meteor shower: "The night the sky fell."

The image here is a copy of a woodcut of an artist's perception of the event and obtained from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonids; information on and links for resources used to compile the material provided in the podcast can be accessed at the blogpost for 30 July 2017 at http://genaandjean.blogspot.com

This is the first of our premium subscription podcasts. The first half of the podcast can still be accessed for free, but to hear both parts of the programs, a $20/year subscription is required. Follow the instructions given here at Podbean to put your subscription in motion (all major credit cards accepted). Thank you for your interest.

Podcast 33 - Fathers Day Stories from our Listeners, 2017

June 25, 2017

Gena and Jean share stories submitted by their listeners. Some of these have photos that accompany them and they can be found on the blog - http://genaandjean.blogspot.com. Thank you to those who shared their memories!

Photo from the Library of Congress, Courier & Ives "Father's Pride"

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Podcast 32 - National Sewing Machine Day

June 11, 2017

To celebrate the oft overlooked National Sewing Machine Day (June 13), Gena and Jean begin their discussion with their own experiences as sewing machine users. Perhaps the listener will be inspired to include his/her sewing activities in a personal history. After the break, the history of the sewing machine is discussed, along with its connection to "time payments" as we know them today. Learn about all these from the podcast or the list of resources, posted at http://genaandjean.blogspot.com.

Photo from the Library of Congress

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