I hear with my little ear: 17th to 24 May 2021

The Last Archive. When I was a kid, I absolutely loved the movie ‘The Search for Bridie Murphy’. Repeat after Me, the most recent episode in the Last Archive, looks at the amateur hypnotist Morey Bernstein and his purported hypnotism of Virginia Tighe, a Colorado housewife, who revealed that she had had a past life as Bridie Murphy, an Irish woman who supposedly died 59 years before. The two presenters on the podcast didn’t think much of the Bridie Murphy story, and even less of the 1956 film.

Heather Cox Richardson Her History Chat of 30 April looked at ‘isms’. It took her a while to get around to socialism, fascism, liberalism etc. but I found her starting point more interesting. She compared the Declaration of Independence with the Constitution – two documents written for different purposes, and different audiences. She made the point that people without rights turn to the Declaration of Independence; people who are trying to hold on to their rights turn to the Constitution. Then, on to the -isms, much of which she has said before.

History of Latin America In The Conquest of Mexico Part 11, attention turns to Honduras. By this stage, Cortez and his men had stopped fighting the Aztecs and were just fighting other Spaniards with their eyes on treasure and loyalties to either Cortez or the guy back in Cuba (whose name I have forgotten).

Background Briefing (ABC). In recent years we have had both state and federal inquiries into institutional child sexual abuse. What makes The memo that erased a scandal particularly distressing is not only that the the man who is accused of causing so much misery is still alive, unable to be tried in court because of his dementia, but that it seems to have been covered up at the highest levels of the Victorian (Liberal) government in the 1960s. Sir John Dillon, Sir Henry Winneke and the Attorney-General Sir Arthur Rylah – they are all named, and are all dead.

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