We’ve just released the first six episodes of our new podcast, Not Even Past. Hosted by our managing editor, Brendan Wolfe—which is to say, me—it will be for history lovers but also for people who just love a good story. For each episode, I’ll comb through the encyclopedia looking for the most interesting people and the most provocative questions. One episode will tell the story of a woman who preyed on chivalrous men to become one of the most successful spies of the Civil War. Another will dig into a court case that began with a bowl of poisoned strawberries and ended with a verdict that left Virginia, even the nation stunned. And that’s not even to mention the mesmerist, the magician, and the Virginia Indian who won an audience with King Philip of Spain.
These are meant to be just really good stories,” explains Encyclopedia Virginia‘s editor, Matthew Gibson. “They’re ten or so minutes of just sitting back and enjoying a tightly crafted tale. Plus, the podcast format allows us to reach a whole new audience. We want people to understand that what you can find in Encyclopedia Virginia is more than just information—although there’s plenty of that. You can find actual lives, dramas being lived out, stuff that you had no idea was there but once you hear it will linger with you for a day or two. We’re really excited about it.”