Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Let's Go Back: A Christmas Carol

The second installment of WCMU's "Let's Go Back" is now available. This time, we look at a first edition of Charles Dickens' classic yuletide book, A Christmas Carol.

Many are familiar with the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation from a grisly miser to big-hearted man after the visits of the ghost of Jacob Marley as well as spirits of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future. In "Let's Go Back," we go beyond the tale in the book and talk about its history and cultural significance. We discuss how the book was a huge success, even if Dickens didn't turn the profit he had hoped for. And we reflect on the legacy of the story that still permeates our culture today.

Don't be a Scrooge -- watch the most recent "Let's Go Back" on WCMU's website and listen to it on WCMU radio at 6:45 pm. You surely won't be saying "humbug" after seeing it.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Let's Go Back: Aladdin Homes

By John Fierst

The first edition of “Let’s Go Back” aired December 4 on WCMU radio's Morning Edition and will air again this evening on All Things Considered between 6:44 and 6:50.

 “Let’s Go Back” is a new WCMU Public Media series that highlights collections held in the Clarke Historical Library.  It is being produced by Matthew Ozanich (television) and Michael Horace (radio), working with Bryan Whitledge and myself at the Clarke.  Bryan brought the idea for the program back with him from a Society of American Archivists conference in Austin. 

It is a great way to advertise the Clarke Historical Library.  And it has been a whole lot of fun working with Matt and Mike to put together the first edition, which features our Aladdin kit home collection. Unfortunately, there wasn’t any footage back in the ‘90s of our humble director, Frank Boles, renting a truck and driving the entire Aladdin collection to Chicago to be fumigated, a colorful side of the story left out.

Here is a link to the online version: