What Really Happened at Indian Boarding Schools?


The discovery of mass graves at Indian boarding schools showed how little we understand about these institutions, so I invited a leading expert on Native American education to help me understand.

In this episode, Dr. John Gram mentions the following books:

-Education for Extinction: American Indians and the Boarding School Experience, by David Wallace Adams

-Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940, by Brenda J. Child

-They Called It Prairie Light: The Story of Chilocco Indian School, by K. Tsianina Lomawaima


And you can find Dr. John Gram’s very useful history website here.

As always, the wonderful music is the song ‘Ezekial,’ and it comes to us courtesy of Christine Hand. Check it out.

Did Captain Cook Have a God Complex?


On Valentine’s Day in 1779, Captain Cook’s violent ways finally caught up to him. But it might have been avoided if he’d thought just a little bit less of himself.


This episode is indebted to the work of Dr. Shino Konishi of The University of Western Australia because of her excellent article on Cook’s punishments, which you can read here:



Music: “Ezekiel” by Christine Hand.