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Colonial Williamsburg: Past & Present: Podcasts


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Apr 11
2011

Model Prison Architecture

Williamsburg's jail, or gaol, set the standard for colonial prison architecture. Visit the building this year as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of its reconstruction. Architectural historian Carl Lounsbury describes the structure.

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Aug 23
2010

Escape the Noose: Benefit of Clergy

The hangman's noose was the last stop for many a felon. But the ultimate penalty could be avoided with the recitation of one special psalm. Historian Linda Rowe explains the Benefit of Clergy.

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Mar 8
2010

The Rights of Youth

Children and the law: Historian Cathy Hellier and Law Professor Jim Dwyer contrast 18th-century and 21st-century juvenile justice.

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Jan 18
2010

Organist Peter Pelham

Organist Michael Monaco coaxes the sound of the 1700s from an 18th-century organ in William and Mary's Wren Chapel.

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Aug 17
2009

The Code Duello

Rules and ceremony govern this gentlemen's contest. Mark Schneider describes the Code Duello.

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Jun 1
2009

Pirates of the Atlantic

Piracy is equal parts economics and adventure. Author Carson Hudson describes the lust for treasure.

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Oct 27
2008

Witches in the Colonies

Author Carson Hudson shares some practical 17th-century tips for identifying witches.

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Mar 31
2008

Great Escapes

Stories of famous captures are rivaled only by stories of famous escapes at Williamsburg's Public Gaol. Tom Hay shares his favorites.

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Oct 29
2007

Cry Witch, Part Two

Hear the verdict in the trial of Grace Sherwood, the "Virginia Witch."

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Oct 22
2007

Cry Witch, Part One

Take a seat at the trial of Grace Sherwood, the "Virginia Witch."

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Nov 13
2006

The Liberty Pole

Tarring and feathering dissenters at the liberty pole was political theater in the 18th century, says Tom Hay, Colonial Williamsburg's courthouse supervisor.

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Jul 31
2006

Williamsburg's Public Gaol

Gaynelle McNichols talks about her fascination with the misfits who spent time in Williamsburg's gaol in Revolutionary times.

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Jun 26
2006

Law and Order

Tom Hay talks about crime and punishment in 18th-century Williamsburg.

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