After I saw him in The Cripple of Inishmaan, I anxiously waited to meet Daniel Radcliffe at the stage door so I could get this card signed. Because I was toward the back of the crowd, I didn’t think Daniel would even notice the card, but I was very wrong. As soon as he caught sight of the card, Daniel started laughing. He then took the card and explained how he had wanted to sign one of the cards ever since he had found out about it and signed it with my Sharpie. Then he THANKED me for bringing it and took my phone and took a selfie with me. Needless to say, I was very happy.
This is the pilot episode of the Drunk Archaeology podcast, and features guests Profs. Eric Poehler and Francesca Tronchin as they spend an hour talking about the history and archaeology of Pompeii. NSFW for language. Download or stream for free. (Note on the audio: After 10 minutes, the primary audio recording software cut out, so the balance of the podcast is mastered from the back-up iPhone recording. We’ll use different software next time.) “Morning After” special feature follows immediately after the podcast ends. Tronchin also adds an addendum: “Between the time Spinazzola’s manuscript got bombed in Milan and Aurigemma reconstituted it, Spinazzola actually died!”
My debut on the Drunk Archaeology podcast! Listen at your own risk!
July 21, 1925: Scopes Found Guilty in “Monkey Trial”
On this day in 1925, a Tennessee high school science teacher, John Thomas Scopes, was found guilty for allegedly teaching evolution, which violated Tennessee state law. The Scopes Trial, known as the “Monkey Trial,” lasted only a week, but ignited conversation and debate over whether to teach Creation or Evolution in the classroom.
The court acquitted Scopes on a technicality but upheld the constitutionality of the state law which was eventually overturned in 1967.
Image: John Thomas Scopes, Library of Congress.