EPISODE 5- Pet Sounds: Animals and Oral History
From the Southern Oral History Program, this is Press Record: a podcast about the joys and challenges of learning history by talking to those who lived it.
Summer is in full swing here at the SOHP and this month’s episode of Press Record explores a sillier but often overlooked topic: what happens when animals take center stage during an oral history interview?
First, Rachel Seidman describes three moments when pets (almost) derailed her interviews and how reaching out to the Twitterverse revealed a widespread phenomenon of animal sounds in the field. Next, Charlotte Eure sits down with former SOHP intern Kadejah Murray and current PhD student Rachel Gelfand who recount their respective trials with felines as young oral historians. Finally, co-hosts Charlotte and Rachel offer some tips on how to navigate appropriately including companion animals before and during the interview process.
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The opening clip of this episode comes from an interview with Martha Cartwright as part of the Breaking New Ground: A History of American Farm Owners Since the Civil War project. Find the entire interview here.
Kadejah Murray’s interview with Karen Parker has not yet been processed. Find out more about the SOHP internship and the Black Pioneers project here.
The oral history excerpts of Erin Parrish, Dana Edell, and Trisha Harms conducted by Rachel Seidman are not yet available in the SOHP archive.
You can find the SOHP’s twitter page here. Feel free to tweet and share your stories with pets and oral history!