The Dirt On The Past Podcast

Welcome to The Dirt on the Past, a podcast of The Extreme History Project. Whether digging up a site or dusting off the archives, we bring you some of the most fascinating and cutting edge research in history and archaeology, and discuss why it matters today. Join co-hosts, Crystal Alegria and Nancy Mahoney as we converse with professionals in the fields of history, archaeology, and anthropology who bring the past…into the present. You can find the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Thanks for listening for more . . . Dirt on the Past! If you would like to support our this podcast, please visit our Patreon page by clicking here!

Crystal Alegria and Nancy Mahoney are the hosts of The Dirt on the Past. Nancy teaches anthropology at Montana State University and is the owner of Moka Montana, a boutique in downtown Bozeman, MT. Crystal is the Director of The Extreme History Project and has a background in history and archaeology.
Join us for this thoughtful conversation with Dr. Tiya Miles who has recently published, All that She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, A Black Family Keepsake. Dr. Miles is a renowned historian who, in this book, traces the life of a single object handed down through three generations of Black women to craft an extraordinary testament to people who are left out of the archives. We dive into the book, and why Tiya felt compelled to write about this significant object. All That She Carried is a poignant story of resilience and of love passed down through generations of women against steep odds. It honors the creativity and fierce resourcefulness of people who preserved family ties even when official systems refused to do so, and it serves as a visionary illustration of how to reconstruct and recount their stories today. We talk with Tiya about her process and why this story is important today as we, as a nation, struggle with how to understand our hard histories and reconcile our past in a way that can help us move forward together. Tiya Miles is professor of history and Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and director of the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University. She is a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation fellowship and the Hiett Prize in the Humanities from the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. Miles is the author of The Dawn of Detroit, which won the Frederick Douglass Book Prize, among other honors, as well as the acclaimed books Ties That Bind, The House on Diamond Hill, The Cherokee Rose: A Novel of Gardens and Ghosts, and Tales from the Haunted South, a published lecture series. 


The Dirt on the Past is a collaboration of The Extreme History Project and Gallatin Valley Community Radio,