On March 1, 2017, Encyclopedia Virginia (EV) will release the first six episodes of its new podcast, Not Even Past, created for history lovers and anyone who loves a good story. Published by Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, EV is an authoritative online resource about Virginia history, with thousands of entries, primary sources, and media objects that range from precolonial history to the civil rights movement.
The new podcast is hosted by EV‘s managing editor, Brendan Wolfe, produced by Miranda Bennett, and distributed in partnership with the Teej.fm podcast network of WTJU, the University of Virginia’s community radio station. It will also be available on iTunes and EncyclopediaVirginia.org.
For each episode, Wolfe will comb through the encyclopedia looking for the most interesting people and provocative questions. One episode will tell the story of a Virginia woman who preyed on chivalrous men to become one of the most successful spies of the Civil War. Another will dig into a court case that began with a bowl of poisoned strawberries and ended with a verdict that left Virginia, even the nation, stunned. And that’s not even to mention the mesmerist, the magician, and the Virginia Indian who won an audience with King Philip of Spain.
“These are meant to be just really good stories,” explains Matthew Gibson, EV‘s editor and director of digital initiatives at VFH. “They’re ten or so minutes of just sitting back and enjoying a tightly crafted tale. Plus, the podcast format allows us to reach a whole new audience. We want people to understand that what you can find in Encyclopedia Virginia is more than just information—although there’s plenty of that. You can find actual lives, dramas being lived out, stuff that you had no idea was there but once you hear it will linger with you for a day or two. We’re really excited about it.”
About Encyclopedia Virginia
EV publishes topical and biographical entries written by scholars, edited for a general audience, and vigorously fact checked. Content creation is a work in progress, with more than 1,000 entries currently live on the site and new entries published regularly. EV features more than 700 primary documents and thousands of media objects, including two- and three-dimensional images, audio and visual clips, and links to Google Street View tours of historic sites. One of the only humanities projects using this technology, EV currently offers twenty-nine virtual tours of sites such as Poplar Forest, Montpelier, Bacon’s Castle, and Menokin, with more in the works. To learn more, visit EncyclopediaVirginia.org.
WTJU launched the podcast network Teej.fm in early 2017. Teej reaches a global audience while being rooted in a corps of UVA- and Charlottesville-based producers. At its core, TEEJ cultivates community and enriches our shared culture — for both listeners and makers alike. To learn more, visit Teej.fm.
The mission of Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) is to connect people and ideas to explore the human experience and inspire cultural engagement. VFH reaches an estimated annual audience of 23 million through community programs, websites and digital initiatives, grants and fellowships, radio programs and podcasts, the Virginia Folklife Program, and the Virginia Center for the Book. To learn more, visit VirginiaHumanities.org.
WTJU is the University of Virginia’s community radio station. For 60 years, WTJU has enriched the culture of Virginia and extended the University’s educational mission by bringing people together through exceptional music and conversation. To learn more, visit WTJU.net.