Episodes

Final Report Transmission

June 23, 2022

After two seasons, we have a lot to reflect on! We wanted you to hear the voices of the team, who have been working mostly behind the scenes for the past two seasons, and hear about their experiences working on Consolation P…

Twelve Foreign Men

May 31, 2022

In our final episode of Consolation Prize, we return to 1844 Hawai'i, where we look at another case involving vice consul William Hooper.

The Consul and I

May 17, 2022

In this episode of Consolation Prize, we meet two Americans in 1860s Thailand. Reverend Dan Beach Bradley was a Christian missionary and a newspaper publisher, and Captain James Madison Hood was the US consul to the Kingdom …

Pacific Salmon Run

May 10, 2022

In this mini episode of Consolation Prize, we complete our tour of the world by going to the last continent where the United States had consuls: Australia.

Remember the Lusitania

April 19, 2022

In this episode of Consolation Prize, we investigate the role of consuls in dealing with wartime disasters and the toll they took on them.

The Art of Diplomacy

March 29, 2022

Irena Wiley was a diplomat's wife. But she was also an artist who used her art to reflect the humanity of the many people she encountered all around the world.

Guest: William Adair

States of Confusion

March 8, 2022

We explore the long and complicated relationship between the United States and the Papal States, the political-religious home of the Roman Catholic Church.

Views and Re-Views

Feb. 15, 2022

In this episode of Consolation Prize, we are exploring a consul’s involvement in a coup and a revolution.

What Is a Consul, Anyway? (re-release)

Jan. 14, 2022

In this special bonus episode, we talk with a scholar who studies the history of the US consular service. We answer your questions like, What is a consul? What do they do? What makes them so interesting? Why should we care a…

Guest: Nicole Phelps

Yeah, That Poinsett (re-release)

Dec. 22, 2021

In this bonus holiday episode, a re-release from 2020, we explore the consular life of Joel Roberts Poinsett, everyone’s favorite holiday historical figure.

Hawaii 4-3

Dec. 14, 2021

Consolation Prize is going true crime! In today's episode, we're going to hear about a murder case that a consul had to do some investigation of.

Beyond the Consul: Monterey

Nov. 18, 2021

Today we’re going to a domestic destination–but it wasn’t always domestic. The history of Monterey goes back hundreds of years, and it shows how empires and commerce come together in one prime location.

California Dreaming

Nov. 16, 2021

As Americans moved into California, the U.S. government wanted to provide them with an official representative. But the government also wanted California for the United States.

Beyond the Consul: Tahiti

Oct. 28, 2021

In our first Beyond the Consul episode, we're talking to Patty O'Brien about Tahiti.

Troublemakers in Tahiti

Oct. 26, 2021

When the United States began to establish official commercial relations with Tahiti, the government and the sailors who visited there thought that the U.S. consuls would be able to help them get the most out of their visit.

Season 2 Trailer: What is Manifest Destiny?

Sept. 28, 2021

Manifest Destiny is a term you hear a lot when you're learning about the history of the United States in the nineteenth century. But what is it, really?

News update: R2 Studios!

Sept. 15, 2021

We're under "new" management! Not really, we're just joining a new division of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, R2 Studios.

Summer Episode: Against the Grain

Sept. 14, 2021

In this second installment of our summer series on food and consuls, we shift our gaze to look at food ways from the bottom-up.

Summer Episode: Cuisine, Consumption, and Consuls

Aug. 17, 2021

In this bonus episode, we look back on the stories from season one with an eye for food.

Episode 12: Unrecognizable Citizens

May 11, 2021

We've been to Mexico a few times this season, but we promised in the first episode that we'd return one last time, to talk about the relationship between Black Americans and the consuls in Mexico.

Episode 11: Greener Pastures

April 20, 2021

In Episode 11, we explore the complicated, and sometimes tragic, life of Richard Greener, the first Black consul to a predominantly white post.

Bonus Episode: Interview with Maura Harty

April 6, 2021

In this bonus episode, we learn about the much more recent history of women in the consular service, as Abby interviews Maura Harty, a career Foreign Service officer.

Guest: Maura Harty

Episode 10: Worthy of Notice

March 30, 2021

In today’s episode, we take a look at some people connected to the consular service who are worthy of notice: the women.

Episode 9: Victims of Independence

March 9, 2021

James Leander Cathcart and Richard O'Brien were uniquely suited to their jobs, from one point of view: they had spent a lot of time in the region they were consuls to--as captives of the ruler during the previous decade.

Guest: Brett Goodin