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Human Resources

A new series from Broccoli Productions exploring the true story of British involvement in the transatlantic slave trade and how it touches every part of the nation. Hosted by Moya Lothian-McLean, a journalist and descendent of both Black African Slaves and White slave owners or overseers.

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This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

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A new series exploring Britain's modern day links to the transatlantic slave trade, hosted by Moya Lothian-McLean.

2mins

28 Apr 2021

Rank #1

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Where there's a Will, there's a Way

We begin our journey in Herefordshire. Kington, specifically, to discover the story behind Lady Hawkins' School and its links to Sir John Hawkins, Britain's first slave trader. Featuring Dr. Mirander Kaufmann (http://www.mirandakaufmann.com) and Dr. Misha Ewen (https://www.mishaewen.com). A school with a slaving past (shorturl.at/EHUZ8) A transcript for this episode is available here (shorturl.at/wCKTW). CREDITS  Written by Moya Lothian-McLean Produced by Renay Richardson Researchers are Arisa Loomba and Dr. Alison Bennet Sound Design and original music by Ben Yellowitz Violin J Hope  Thanks to Sandra Dobrozemsky for additional support and Tony Phillips This is a Broccoli Production

32mins

11 May 2021

Rank #2

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The Tree of Life

In Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth near Grantham, Lincolnshire is a house, Woolsthorpe Manor and within the grounds of this house, an apple tree. The very tree a young Sir Isaac Newton sat under which started his exploration of gravity. We discover how one of England's greatest minds, science, and Lincolnshire is linked to Britain's slaving past. Featuring Professor Simon Schaffer and Professor Kate Murphy. A transcript for this episode is available here (shorturl.at/fqwCN). CREDITS Written by Moya Lothian-McLean Produced by Renay Richardson Researchers are Arisa Loomba and Dr. Alison Bennet Sound Design and original music by Ben Yellowitz Violin by J Hope  Thanks to Sandra Dobrozemsky for additional support and Tony Phillips This is a Broccoli Production

34mins

18 May 2021

Rank #3

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Lords of the Manor

How is Drayton Manor Theme Park in Staffordshire, the Metropolitan Police, and the modern Conservative party connected? Sir Robert Peel Jr, that's how, and in this episode, we explore the links between powerful men, country manors, and wealth built from Slavery. This episode features Dr. Madge Dresser (https://twitter.com/madgedresser) and Dr. Sami Pinarbasi (https://twitter.com/Sami_Historian) An Update from Sami Pinarbasi (shorturl.at/oxBC8) The Peelian Principles (shorturl.at/qGRS0) Full episode transcript (shorturl.at/fsGXZ) CREDITS Produced by Renay Richardson Sound designed by Ben Yellowitz Researchers Arisa Loomba and Dr. Alison Bennett Flute by Sian Herbert This is a Broccoli Production

32mins

25 May 2021

Rank #4

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A Sour Taste

For some, chocolate can provide a pure moment of escapism, for others, it's a luxurious treat. But how is one of Britain's best-known brands; 'Cadbury's, connected to Britain's slaving past, and is chocolate really so sweet? This episode features chocolate historian Craig Methven from Brixton's Chocolate Museum (https://www.thechocolatemuseum.co.uk/) and Tony's Chocolonely's Choco Evangelist Ynzo van Zanten (https://twitter.com/ynzo). Full episode transcript (shorturl.at/gyJ12) Tony's Chocolonely's Mission (shorturl.at/imxV2) CREDITS Produced by Renay Richardson Researchers are Dr. Alison Bennett and Arisa Loomba Sound design by Ben Yellowitz Flute - Sian Herbert Extra sound recordings by Sandra Dobrozemsky  J Hope on Violin Production Assistant is Rory Boyle This is a Broccoli Production.

32mins

1 Jun 2021

Rank #5

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Woolly Morals part 1

The picturesque County of Powys in Wales, had an abstruse but vital role in the Slave trade. We uncover how everyday families got swept up in the business and production of Welsh Cloth, a cloth used to not only clothe enslaved people but also trade them. ⚠️ Content Warning: This episode contains descriptions of brutality, listener discretion advised. Featuring Dr. Marian Gwynn (https://www.mariangwyn.com/) Full episode transcript (shorturl.at/cBDNW) CREDITS Produced by Renay Richardson Researchers Dr Alison Bennett and Arisa Loomba  Sound design by Ben Yellowitz The original song you heard was Tudor Gwynn Suganami Jones which is about Sir Henry Morgan Steel pan and flute by Sian Herbert Extra sound recordings - Sandra Dobrozemsky J Hope on Violin  James Collins - Choral vocals.  Production Assistant is Rory Boyle.  This is a Broccoli Production.

29mins

8 Jun 2021

Rank #6

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City with a Slaving Past

Liverpool is a city that appears to be leading the way with how it is reconciling its history. In this episode, we look at what we can learn from Liverpool and where work still needs to be done. Featuring Dr. Richard Benjamin (https://twitter.com/DrRPBenjamin), head of Liverpool's Internation Slavery Museum (https://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/visit) Full Episode Transcript (shorturl.at/mHM38) CREDITS Produced by Renay Richardson Researchers are Dr. Alison Bennett and Arisa Loomba Sound design by Ben Yellowitz.  Steel Pan and Flute by Sian Herbert Extra sound recordings - Sandra Dobrozemsky J Hope on Violin  Our Production Assistant is Rory Boyle. This is a Broccoli Production

26mins

15 Jun 2021

Rank #7

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The Pubs Are Open!

Can the Greene King pub chain and its founder Benjamin Greene help us understand the rise of Britain's pub culture and its links with the Transatlantic Slave Trade? Featuring author Vaughn Scribner  (https://twitter.com/vaughnscribner) from the University of Arkansas and Liverpool's International Slavery Museum's Dr. Richard Benjamin (https://twitter.com/drrpbenjamin). Greene King founding story (https://www.greeneking.co.uk/our-company/our-history/) Greene King and International Slavery Museum announcement (shorturl.at/gFXZ1) Full Episode Transcript (shorturl.at/boFZ1) CREDITS Produced by Renay Richardson Researchers are Dr. Alison Bennett and Arisa Loomba Sound Design by Ben Yellowitz  with J Hope on the strings Vocal pieces by James Collins and Caleb Kunle Flute by Sian Herbert  Production assistant is Rory Boyle This is a Broccoli Production

25mins

22 Jun 2021

Rank #8

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Woolly Morals part 2

Following on from part 1, we now look at Welsh Cloth's journey into the Caribbean and learn more about the enslaved people who wore it. Featuring fabric specialist Jenny Hodgeman and Dr. Steeve O. Buckman. Full Episode Transcript CREDITS Produced by Renay Richardson Researchers are Dr. Alison Bennett and Arisa Loomba Sound Design by Ben Yellowitz, with J Hope on the strings Vocal pieces by James Collins and Caleb Kunle Flute by Sian Herbert Our production assistant is Rory Boyle This is a Broccoli Production

34mins

29 Jun 2021

Rank #9

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Dirty Money

In the final episode of the season, we focus in on the UK's financial centre, the Bank of England, and how one of the bank's governers was tied up with the Slave trade.  Featuring Professor Trevor Barnard Full Episode Transcript Produced by Renay Richardson Researchers are Dr Alison Bennett and Arisa Loomba Sound design by Ben Yellowitz  Production assistant is Rory Boyle  This is a Broccoli Production.

32mins

6 Jul 2021

Rank #10