Season 1

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

Episode 8: Eden to Ashes

Feb. 16, 2021

In this episode, we venture into the tragic story of the 1902 volcanic eruption of Mount Pelée on the island of Martinique. Consul, Thomas Prentis and his family were among the 30,000 victims of this natural disaster.

Episode 7: Selah in Jerusalem

Jan. 26, 2021

We go to Jerusalem to find out more about Selah Merrill, the longest-serving consul there before 1948.

Bonus Mini-Episode 1: Yeah, That Poinsett

Dec. 21, 2020

In this bonus holiday episode, we explore the consular life of Joel Roberts Poinsett, everyone's favorite holiday historical figure.

Episode 6: Making a Good First Empression

Dec. 15, 2020

Within a year of the end of the American Revolution, the United States sent a ship to China, where the government hoped Americans could start a robust (and lucrative) trade.

Episode 5: Uncertain Waters in Zanzibar

Nov. 24, 2020

In this episode, we learn about Richard Waters who served as the first consul from the United States to Zanzibar.

Episode 4B: A Webb of Connections, Part 2

Nov. 4, 2020

In this episode we continue our story of Mohammed Alexander Russell Webb from his decision to resign as an American consul to his inauguration as an honorary consul-general for the Ottoman Empire!

Episode 4A: A Webb of Connections, Part 1

Nov. 3, 2020

In this episode we meet Alexander Russell Webb, U.S. consul to Manila in the Philippines turned Muslim missionary to America.

Episode 3: Havana Hard Time as Consul

Oct. 13, 2020

In this episode, we travel to Havana, Cuba to meet the consul Nicholas Trist, as he struggles between the dilemma of morals and money.

Bonus Episode 1: What is a consul, anyway?

Oct. 7, 2020

In this bonus episode, we delve into questions like "What is a consul?" "How do you get a job as a consul?" and other things. Listen to this if you feel adrift when listening to our regular episodes!

Guest: Nicole Phelps

Episode 2: An Impressive Consul in Liverpool

Sept. 22, 2020

In this episode, we meet Liverpool consul James Maury, whose job included helping American sailors who had been shipwrecked, were out of work--or were kidnapped by the British navy!

Episode 1: Burroughing into Mexico

Sept. 1, 2020

In this episode, we travel to Vera Cruz, Mexico, to learn about how American consuls helped American businessmen assert their rights in contradiction of Mexican law.