Tales of History and Imagination

Eccentric tales from History by Simone Whitlow

17: Ungern’s Army

July 28th, 2021

Content warning: This week’s episode features monsters doing monstrous things - as they are apt to do.

The after-effects of World War One on the Western World are well documented. It also upturned significant parts of the East. Trapped between Russia and China, both imploding - Mongolia had it’s share of outlaws with large private armies to deal with. This is one such tale. 

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Music, writing, narration, mixing all yours truly. The machine gun was just from a free sounds effects app.

Main texts: Mostly The Bloody White Baron by James Palmer, and a handful of Jstor articles.

 

About the Author: Simone Whitlow is an academic, competitive quizzer, songwriter and musician. She turned down the chance to be head teacher at a Mongolian language school in her 20s and regrets it… but, my god those winters would have been brutal… 

Transgender, she uses she/her pronouns.     

 

16: eden ahbez - Nature Boy

July 14th, 2021

There was a boy, a very strange, enchanted boy - both his prototypical hippie lifestyle, long before the summer of love - and the ethereal song he left us in 1947 have fascinated me endlessly since first reading his Tale. Today, we discuss eden ahbez, and how the song Nature Boy came to be. 

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Music, writing, narration, mixing all yours truly. I normally write the music - this week I’m just vamping over a couple of phrases taken from ahbez’ song Nature Boy. Hear Nat King Cole’s version here! 

 

Main texts: I don’t know… I think I got this story from a Vanity Fair article. Of course I consulted the LA Times, as I often do first with anything based in Los Angeles. Andrew Hickey’s podcast ‘A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs’ tuned me in to the Petrillo strikes. I cannot recommend Andrew’s show too highly, go check it out.

 

About the Author: Simone Whitlow is an academic, competitive quizzer, songwriter and musician. 

Transgender, she uses she/her pronouns.

15: Nellie Bly

July 1st, 2021

In an age where female reporters were few and far between, and wrote on little more than fashion and gardening - Nellie Bly got locked up in a ‘madhouse’ to expose the horrors of such an institution. In this 10 minute episode Simone discusses her 10 days in a madhouse. 

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Music, writing, narration, mixing usually all yours truly. This episode uses an arrangement of Steven Foster’s Beautiful Dreamer under the Asylum scene, played by me.

Main texts: Of course Nellie Bly’s Ten Days in a Madhouse.
and articles on The Womans’ History Museum  And Encyclopedia Britannica 

 

About the Author: Simone Whitlow is an academic, competitive quizzer, songwriter and musician. She is currently on a multi-year mission infiltrating a giant corporation, probably no less insane than Blackwood Island Asylum. 

Transgender, she uses she/her pronouns.     

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