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Spice Radio Huntsville is a podcast and internet radio station devoted to the best original music and content from the Tennessee Valley and Huntsville Alabama.

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James G. Birney is one of the few self-professed abolitionists from the Deep South and specifically Alabama. His life and work provides an insight into the evolving American attitudes towards slavery and its moral failings from the 1790’s to his death immediately prior to the Civil War. Birney was a deeply imperfect man and his path from slaveholder to first Presidential candidate for the anti-slavery Liberty Party traces a strange path across American politics in the Antebellum.

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If Walter Cagle were alive today he might have had something to say about this week's "Snowpocalypse". The headline "500 Pound Weather Prophet of Boaz Dies" was the first clue that pulled John into the fascinating story of Walter Cagle. After suffering a mysterious illness that left him in a temporary coma Walter began observing local wildlife and predicting the weather, priceless information for farmers of the Tennessee Valley. Walter's fame grew readily with the help of newspaper stories. He eventually shared front page with the Spanish Civil War and the succession crisis of the English Empire.

Check out John's blog on the topic for more information on Walter on the blog https://huntsvillain.wordpress.com/2015/12/23/walter-is-coming/

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On August 13th, 1828 11 enslaved people sued two white men for their freedom in the court of Huntsville Alabama. This was one of only two court cases John O'Brien has ever found that included enslaved people as litigants and not as property.

Today's case covered a vast expanse of 1800's civil rights including a women's right to property and "Manumission" -where a slave owner willingly frees their slaves usually upon their death. We also discuss the documentation required of free black people during the era.

Find the blog at https://huntsvillain.wordpress.com/ for more tales of Alabama or catch us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/huntsvillain

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After two years the biggest Huntsville focused history podcast in the universe is BACK. Some big life events including losing his mother and getting married sent our historian John O'Brien trotting the globe for the last two years. Despite all his adventures John never doubted he'd eventually return to the strange and dark history of the Tennessee Valley.

On today's preview episode of the new season of Huntsvillain History we talk about the surprising abundance of southern staples around the world including mayo, chow-chow and of course boatloads of minion T-shirts.

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A statue of Dr. Marion Sims sits smack dab in Central Park New York, but some of his most pioneering surgeries were first performed on enslaved women in Montgomery Alabama. A controversial figure in modern medicine, some of his patients underwent more than 20 surgeries under his care without anesthesia. On the other hand, Marion Sims relieved many women of previously inoperable fistulas, went on to found America's first women's hospital and invented surgical techniques still in use today.

Today on Huntsvillain History the story of J. Marion Sims and his patients, Anarcha, Betsy, Lucy and many more unnamed.
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John O'Brien is back with more great tales of yesteryear on this month's episode of Huntsvillain History!

In this month's episode we discuss the history of the first incarnation of a police force in the south. And their first skirmishes with gamblers in the woods. Yes busting bingo is a time honored tradition here in the south, but back then there were a lot more swords involved!

Check out Huntsvillain history podcast on Spice Radio 6PM on Weekdays and Noon on weekends or download the Podcast from our podbean.

And as always follow John O'Brien's blog at huntsvillain.wordpress.com
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You think the bacon craze is a new affliction in Madison County? Think again! In the 1800's Madison county had more than 2 pigs for every person, and within less than 20 years we ended up having to import even more pork! John O'Brien's gone hog wild rooting out the very best stories related to our little piggy obsession on this month's episode of Huntsvillain History. That's right prepare for pig-puns galore but don't get to squeelin', it's Huntsvillain History!

Huntsvillain History plays at 6pm every weeknight (Monday-Thursday) at spice-radio.com/radio/ and noon Friday through Sunday. You can also download the podcast tonight at 8pm!
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You think the bacon craze is a new affliction in Madison County? Think again! In the 1800's Madison county had more than 2 pigs for every person, and within less than 20 years we ended up having to import even more pork! John O'Brien's gone hog wild rooting out the very best stories related to our little piggy obsession on this month's episode of Huntsvillain History. That's right prepare for pig-puns galore but don't get to squeelin', it's Huntsvillain History!

Huntsvillain History plays at 6pm every weeknight (Monday-Thursday) at spice-radio.com/radio/ and noon Friday through Sunday. You can also download the podcast tonight at 8pm!

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On this month’s Episode of Huntsvillain History John O’Brien and Ben Jobe take on a more tragic side of Huntsville history, the subject of Slavery in North Alabama. With census and court records dating from 1809 through 1837 O’Brien and Jobe talk about how laws, economics and fear effected the lives of blacks in North Alabama, free and enslaved. This episode includes explicit discussion of slavery and violence that may be inappropriate for some listeners.

In the 1820’s 49% of the population of Madison County were counted as enslaved, and only a handful of official records indicate any evidence of these people’s lives. Listen to Part 1 and Part 2 of Laws made of Whips here, or catch the show on Spice-Radio.com/radio/ at Noon Friday-Sunday and 6pm Monday-Thursday.

Follow John O’Brien’s Blog Huntsville at huntsvillain.wordpress.com

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On this month’s Episode of Huntsvillain History John O’Brien and Ben Jobe take on a more tragic side of Huntsville history, the subject of Slavery in North Alabama. With census and court records dating from 1809 through 1837 O’Brien and Jobe talk about how laws, economics and fear effected the lives of blacks in North Alabama, free and enslaved. This episode includes explicit discussion of slavery and violence that may be inappropriate for some listeners.

In the 1820’s 49% of the population of Madison County were counted as enslaved, and only a handful of official records indicate any evidence of these people’s lives. Listen to Part 1 and Part 2 of Laws made of Whips here, or catch the show on Spice-Radio.com/radio/ at Noon Friday-Sunday and 6pm Monday-Thursday.

Follow John O’Brien’s Blog Huntsville at huntsvillain.wordpress.com

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