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Episode 27: The Incredible Flying Kris

The podcast returns as sharp as ever with a discussion of an example of a Malaysian blade called a kris! Allyson talks about the transition from Hinduism to Islam in Southeast Asia, tales from the Mahabharata, and the impact of colonialism (again). 

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In protest of the epidemic of racism and police brutality that affects Black people in America daily, this episode is part of #podcastblackout, a movement begun by the Cult 45 Podcast. The list of victims of police violence in this episode is significantly abbreviated.

Below are some resources to educate yourself on anti-racism and support anti-racist work. Use these resources as a starting point. Allyship is a process. Do not stop educating yourself, and above all LISTEN TO THOSE TO WHOM YOU WISH TO BE AN ALLY.

Donate to Black Lives Matter. Donate to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Donate to The Bail Project.

Find a Black Lives Matter chapter near you.

A breakdown of anti-racism from the National Museum of African American History & Culture

Just one of many Anti-Racism Reading Lists

How to Be an Ally if You Are A Person With Privilege, Frances E. Kendall

The Case for Reparations, Ta-Nehisi Coates (and in audio format here)

Holy shit, being an ally isn’t about me!, WOC & Allies

The Racist Housing Policy that Made Your Neighborhood, Alexis C. Madrigal

1619, a podcast by the New York Times

Intersectionality Matters!, a podcast by Kimberlé Crenshaw

Code Switch, a podcast from NPR


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In Focus: Conservation Horror Stories

It’s Halloween 2K19 and Allyson is sharing a very specific type of horror story–art conservation horror stories! Listen in, and then share your own tales of artsy mishaps by emailing allysonh[at]!

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Episode 20: Big Odalisque Energy

There are lots of different types of bodies in the world, but artist Fernando Botero focuses on the rounder kind–in this episode, Allyson tells you about Botero’s 1998 painting L’Odalisque, and talks about how it relates to body image and ideas of the “other.”

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