On Jan. 9, Conner Prairie launched “This is Problematic!,” a new podcast spotlighting controversial history and the ramifications still felt today.
The podcast is hosted by Hannah Murphy and Easton Phillips, both curatorial research associates at Conner Prairie. In this season of the podcast, Murphy and Phillips discuss topics ranging from Native American representations and misrepresentations to gentrification in Indianapolis to the history of William Conner and the property Conner Prairie occupies today.
“Conner Prairie is currently undergoing a shift towards telling a more complete history,” Murphy said. “Part of that is acknowledging the problems of the past. There are more wrongs of the past than (there is) time and space to exhibit on-site. The podcast format allows for deeper conversation over a wider variety of topics to engage with a broader audience.”
Podcast guests include Conner Prairie staff, such as President/CEO Norman Burns, local historians and other scholars with expertise in historical events and people.
“We hope that our conversations spark curiosity to learn more about history and explore some of our topics further,” Phillips said. “Each episode comes with a source list for further research but also resources for engagement in case guests want to get involved with community work also.”
To learn more about “This is Problematic!” and to listen to the complete first season, visit connerprairie.org/this-is-problematic. Listeners can also stream the podcast on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.