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Announcing the Holding History Podcast!

Holding History, a student-driven public humanities program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has just launched The Holding History Podcast, a series of bookish conversations about the fascinating and sometimes puzzling ways we record, share and preserve cultural knowledge. In each episode, a brilliant guest expert helps us tell new stories about old (and odd) media. While every conversation is different, we return to one particular question: What makes their collection special?

Our first episode features a conversation about audio archives with Anne Strainchamps, host and co-founder of Wisconsin Public Radio's To the Best of Our Knowledge, the Peabody award-winning public radio interview show heard on more than 200 stations across the United States. Learn more and listen to episode 1.

"Thinking about the past and what we cherish, and what we preserve, and...remembering it's not as simple as 'Oh, this will make me happy in the future.' Some things you save might make you sad in the future."

-Anne Strainchamps

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The Holding History Podcast is made possible in part by the Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment.

About Holding History

Since 2015, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Holding History has introduced intergenerational audiences to book objects, historical media, and special collections archives. We host an annual slate of collaborative special events & interactive experiences—from hands-on papermaking workshops on campus mall to science-fair-style events in rare book libraries where students invite audiences to turn the pages of centuries-old books. These bookish conversations continue in digital form on our website through The Bookish Blog, HH-produced videos about book history & bookmaking, & the Holding History Podcast.


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