A Stroll Through History with The Dollop

I listen to a lot of podcasts. I listen while walking the dog, or mowing the lawn, or even–if I remember my headphones–while I’m grocery shopping. Sometimes, when I just can’t deal with the news anymore, I turn off NPR and turn on a podcast.

So I love when I find a podcast that’s been around for awhile but is new to me. It means there’s an extensive archive for me to work through while I wait for new episodes of my old favorites. Lately, the podcast I’m binging is The Dollop with Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds. Each week Dave tells Gareth a story from history and hilarity ensues.

It’s a fun way to learn about history–or, sometimes, more current events–especially the little known stories of individuals who are nearly lost to history. Here are some of my favorites…

  • The Newsie Strike — If you love street urchins, mob violence, and want to learn a bit about why collective bargaining is so important, listen to this episode. It’s nothing like this…


(For another episode that illustrates the importance of Unions, check out The Boston Police Strike. You could also read Dennis Lehane’s The Given Day to learn more about that strike.)

  • Edward Clarke vs. Girls — Ladies, do you want to feel better about the run-of-the-mill sexism you face as a modern woman? Want to put that guy who told you to smile in perspective? Listen to this one.
  • Purity Balls — I mean… c’mon, you know you’ve always wanted to know more about these creepy rituals
  • Forgotten Fleet Walker — Move over Jackie Robinson.
  • Uber — It’s basically a commercial for Lyft, because if you still use Uber after listening to this episode, you’re a bad person.


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