Christa McAuliffe and the Challenger Disaster, Part 2

Join us as we finish the story of Christa McAuliffe and the Challenger Disaster.  In part 2, Hailee tells us how Christa won the Teacher in Space position out of thousands of applicants, how she trained for weeks and gives brief bios for the rest of the Challenger crew. We will also learn how thisContinue reading “Christa McAuliffe and the Challenger Disaster, Part 2”

Christa McAuliffe and the Challenger Disaster, Part 1

This week, Hailee tells us about Christa McAuliffe and the Challenger disaster in this two-part episode!  In part 1, Hailee gives us a (brief, layman’s version) history of the beginnings of the space age and the space race between the Soviet Union and the United States. You will also learn about Astronaut Group 8, theContinue reading “Christa McAuliffe and the Challenger Disaster, Part 1”

Banned and Challenged Books

In this FIRST-EVER in-person episode of The Reference Desk, Katie and Hailee talk about banned books.  In recent months, the number of challenged books has skyrocketed. Politicians and parents across the country have called for the removal of books that feature LGBTQIA+ references and material that may make white students feel uncomfy. Katie and HaileeContinue reading “Banned and Challenged Books”

Mary Seacole

Many people know and recognize the name Florence Nightingale and recognize her as the founder of modern nursing. And, while she did some amazing things for the field of nursing there was another woman who many argue was actually the first nurse practitioner, largely forgotten by history.  This week, Hailee is bewitched with Mary Seacole,Continue reading “Mary Seacole”

Episode 212: Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine

In this episode of The Reference Desk, Katie is bewitched by the incredible story of Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine. Following the landmark Supreme Court decision of Brown v. Board of Education, all school districts were instructed to begin integrating public buildings. But in Little Rock, Arkansas, the resistance to integration became aContinue reading “Episode 212: Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine”

Episode 211: Reincarnated Children

This week on the Reference Desk, Hailee is bewitched by stories of children who remember having a past life. While reincarnation is a common belief and philosophy in Eastern religions and traditions, it is not as common in the West. Yet, two researchers have investigated over 2000 cases of children in the United States whoContinue reading “Episode 211: Reincarnated Children”

Episode 210: The Survival Story of Ada Blackjack

In this week’s episode of The Reference Desk, Katie is bewitched by the Arctic survival story of Ada Blackjack.  Ada was a young, single mother living in Nome, Alaska when she was approached about joining an expedition to uninhabited Wrangel Island. The Inupiat woman was told she would live among other Inuit families as theyContinue reading “Episode 210: The Survival Story of Ada Blackjack”

Episode 209: The Disappearance of Amelia Earhart

This week, Hailee is bewitched by the disappearance of Amelia Earhart. Amelia Earhart was more than just a pilot: she was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic (though she wasn’t the pilot of that flight), pioneered woman’s aviation, worked as a nurse’s aid, writer, teacher, and social worker, was the first woman awardedContinue reading “Episode 209: The Disappearance of Amelia Earhart”

Episode 208: The Trial of Josh Duggar

In this episode of The Reference Desk, Katie gives up a Duggar family update in the form of an in-depth journey through Josh Duggar’s recent CSAM trial.  Josh Duggar has a long history of horrific behavior, from admitting to sexual abuse as a teen, to cheating on his wife, Anna, to admitting to a pornographyContinue reading “Episode 208: The Trial of Josh Duggar”