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Flatboats to Steamboats... a City on The Move

From flatboats to steamboats, trains to trolleys, and carriages to cars, Memphis has always been a town defined by its modes of transportation. You can hear more about the history of Memphians’ transit options on the latest episode of Tributaries.

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Why is Memphis called the "Bluff City"?

Memphis has long been known as the Bluff City, inspiring the title of a TV show, a Grizzlies’ team slogan and many local business names. What are the bluffs, when did they form, and why have they mattered to the people who have lived here? Listen to the newest episode of Tributaries, the museum’s podcast, to learn the answers. 

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The Story Behind the Pink Palace Name

This episode, we unpack the story of Etowah Marble, the stone from which the Pink Palace Mansion is built.  We speak with Dr. Julie Johnson of the University of Memphis to understand how marble is formed, and take a look at how this stone is tied up in the history of America, from the Trail of Tears to the creation of modern grocery stores.  Music by Sully Allen, Boon, Drop Ceiling, and Caroline Ford.  Produced by Luke Ramsey and Katie Quinlan. Listen to the story of this stone and how it eventually made its way to Memphis in the latest episode of Tributaries.

Hosted by Pink Palace Museum curator Jes Gibson and educator Luke Ramsey - with special guest, Dr. Julie Johnson of the University of Memphis 

Fact checking by Louella Weaver and Jes Gibson

Produced by Luke Ramsey and Katie Quinlan

Featuring music from Sully Allen, Boon, Drop Ceiling, and Caroline Ford

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Yellow Fever Part 2: Aedes Aegypti - May 15, 2020

In the fall of 1878, Memphis faced one of the worst catastophes in American History.  In the surrounding area, Yellow Fever claimed around 20,000 lives, and in Memphis alone, the outbreak of 1878 killed more people than the San Francisco Earthquake, Chicago Fire, and Johnstown Flood combined.  Since no one at the time knew how Yellow Fever was spread, attempts to curb the deaths were failing, and people were terrified.
In this episode, we talk to Taylor Hopkins about how Memphis attempted to keep the fever at bay, and John Sohigian about the Aedes Aegypti mosquito.  We investigate its life cycle, how it spreads diseases across the globe, and how scientists discovered it was the disease vector responsibe for Yellow Fever and a host of other diseases that claim around one and a half million lives a year.

Hosted by Pink Palace Museum curator Jes Gibson and educator Luke Ramsey

Fact checking by Louella Weaver and Cathi Johnson

Produced by Luke Ramsey and Katie Quinlan

Featuring music from Boon, Drop Ceiling, Luke Ramsey, and Sully Allen

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Yellow Fever Part I: 1878 - April 29, 2020

Join us to step back in time to 1878, to revisit what it was like to be in Memphis during one of the worst disease outbreaks in American History.  Learn how Yellow Fever left its mark on the city, and how that still shapes our lives today. This episode features interviews with Kim Bearden of Elmwood Cemetery and Taylor Hopkins of the Mallory-Neely House.

Hosted by Pink Palace Museum curator Jes Gibson and educator Luke Ramsey

Historical quotes read by Tony Hardy

Music and sound production by Luke Ramsey and Boon

Special thanks to : Harry Clark, Cathi Johnson, Dawn Manning, and Louella Weaver

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