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Welcome to Stuff You Missed in History Class A production of I Heart Radio. Hello, welcome to the podcast, I'm Holly Fahri. And I'm Tracy B. Wilson and welcome to Casual Fridays.
Are we doing our behind the scenes mini series? Mm hmm. This week we talked about Seneca Village, which, as I said, was something I've had on my list for a long time. Yeah. And then, you know, the list is like building a castle on sand.
It's always shifting. But I was really, really glad to to be reminded of it and to take some time to dig into it. It's one of those things that I love Central Park, and I often go when I'm in New York, but now I have a vested interest in seeking out this area so that I can just go and see it for myself. Even though there's nothing of the original village there on the site, you can just do you're in that space.
And I want to check out the various plaques that they've put up to commemorate and explain the history and see how all of that is has been managed.
Yeah, we were having a thunderstorm at my house. So if any listeners are like, what is happening? You may hear thunder in the background today. I have I think I've only been to Central Park maybe once because the first time that I went to New York City, I was I was in my like I think was an 8th grade field trip, seventh or eighth grade. I was in middle school. We took a bus overnight from North Carolina to New York City with the strings class that I was in.
And at that point, I don't know how much of this was influenced by the fact that we were North Carolina kids from a not very like a our school, I think was technically in the city, but like we were mostly from a relatively rural area. I don't know how much of it was influenced by that and how much of it was really real. We were told not to go anywhere near Central Park because it was dangerous. Well, it would have been more dangerous then.
Yeah. But I don't know how much of that was real danger and how much of it was like Big City.
No, I definitely went through a very dangerous period. OK, so yeah, we did not we did not go there.
But then the first time you and I ever did a live show of this podcast, I was really nervous about it, which is funny to me in hindsight. But I just like I was very nervous. And so Patrick and I went out and had lunch somewhere and then we went on a walk. And when I got into Central Park, I was like, this is huge. Like, it's I did not have a conception of how big that park is at all.
Yeah, it's gigantic. This episode also really reminded me of a brief thing that we touched on in an earlier episode, which is when we talked about the zoot suit riots, a similar process of Chavez Ravine being cleared out of all of its residents to build Dodger Stadium, which like that had had some similar traits in terms of people being suspicious of the residents there because they were predominantly Hispanic. And then how outsiders viewed that neighborhood versus how the people living there viewed the neighborhood with a very similar outcome of then there was a stadium there instead of homes.
Yeah, yeah, I.
I love Central Park. Brian and I have gotten in the habit of if we're in New York, particularly if we are staying near the I heart offices in midtown, which are just south of where Central Park starts. We'll just walk the length of the park like we'll set aside some hours on a day or will book an extra day there and just walk the park and then end up at the met and wander around there for a little bit. And it's like one of our favorite things to do because it's just a really beautiful space and it sounds like a great day.
It is a great day. We love it. We love just walking around in New York.
I love just walking around a place in general. Yeah. Yeah. It's one of those things where the last one of the last trips that Brian and I had there was in the fall and I was so wadded up with work commitments that he kind of at that moment of can I just walk the park by myself as a go ahead. So he went he didn't do our full or full loop that we usually do, but he went and hung out a bit because he loves it there to you.
It's such an interesting and unique space because it is I mean, admittedly, right. We talked about in the episode, the reasons for wanting that space were a little bit pretentious in some ways, trying to emulate Europe's great garden traditions. But it is quite marvelous to have that big, beautiful space in the middle of a city that is so busy. And there are places you can be in Central Park and you don't you lose all sense of it being like that.
Even though you can look around and see the buildings, it's still there is a very impressive.
Capture of tranquility and nature, that is surprising, it's hard to imagine what New York would be without it. Mm hmm.
So, yeah, we're big fans of Central Park and I hope to go there again sometime Monday when travel might exist ever. Yes.
But in the meantime, we will stay home and stay safe, which I hope all of our listeners are doing as well.
So we're almost at the end of July, but we do finally have unearthed in July this week.
Indeed, yeah. It was something that I was planning to do a little bit earlier than we did. But then COINTELPRO morphed into a two part thing. Yeah. Which pushed stuff out a little bit.
And then this one became a one part thing, which for a lot of the time that I was working on it, it was right on the line of is this going to be one part or two?
I always like to ask you if you have a favorite among the the topics of the unearthed of that whatever period we're working on.
And I just I that the dog poop story, of course, just I mean, it's not even just because it's scatological, just the sort of the the surprise factor of how much dog poop there is in the archaeological record delighted me. I also had thing I had one that I had originally been leading off with that I took completely out.
That was about poison control. Yeah.
And how when we talked about the poison control system in our pretty recent episode on the evolution of the poison control system in the US, we talked about how poison control are poison exposures were increasing because of there being a lot more focus on cleaning and sanitation and a lot more toxic cleaning and sanitation products and people's homes. And then in the first three months of 2020, a very similar uptick reported by the Centers for Disease Control in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report as people were trying to likely keep their houses and whatnot more clean and sanitary because of the pandemic.
A big increase in calls to poison control. It was like a 20 percent increase Q1 2019 versus Q1 2020 and then a 90 percent increase, I think just March twenty nineteen versus March twenty twenty, like a whole big thing. And that is not surprising. Yeah, not surprising. And it most of the exposures was like more than half of them were exposure to bleach and then the like portions were non alcohol cleansers and hand sanitizers and a lot of that exposure was inhaling.
So people trying to bleach their stuff and not being in a well ventilated space. And I wound up cutting it out because I was like, now we have to talk about how this like this trend is continuing. And like I am talking about it now, even though I wasn't going to talk about it in the episode, I was like, we're going to have to talk about the thing that the president said where he asked if you could inject disinfectants because a lot of cities reported more poison control calls after that.
And I was like trying to work all of that into what episode? That already felt a little bit long. It was just making it longer. And I was like, you know what, I could cut out of this episode, this and apparently we're just going to talk about it in the behind the scenes instead.
And there you go. Have I ever told you that I don't use bleach ever?
No, I hate it. Like, I'm a little afraid of it for all of the inhalation reasons you mentioned, but moreover, I associate Bletch with childhood trauma because my mom loved it. Oh, wow.
Ruined so many garments by bleach. So, yeah, we do have a small thing of household bleach here in our house. But our our preferred disinfecting methods are are not that we have other cleansers and whatnot. Yeah. Yeah. You have tons of other stuff. Yeah. So anyway, like that was a whole I was like this is a the amount of time it was taking to explain all that was like this is now two thirds of this update section.
Right. Right. So maybe, maybe we can just leave that out. Yeah. Yeah I, I imagine we're going to be continuing to see. The same trends in poison control calls because this pandemic is still happening. Yeah. It seems like some people have moved on.
I also said last time that it was the first time that I had worked on an unearthed episode where it felt like the same world circumstance kept coming up over and over. And that was the case with this one also, because there was a lot more stuff about this work was supposed to happen, but it had to be delayed because of the pandemic. Or the reason we were going through this part of our archive was because, like, we're trying to stay busy at work during a pandemic when we don't have visitors at our museum, that kind of stuff.
So we'll see how things are in three more months when we do the next the next on Earth, so long as the pandemic hasn't stopped everything. So in which case we'll do something else.
I mean, since since I did not include stuff that happened in July, I know for sure I already have a few things that we can talk about next time because we're recording this on July 14th.
There you go.
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