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The Ladies of Rachel Street

The Ladies of Rachel Street

May 4, 2021

Between the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Winnipeg had not one, but three red light districts. Over and over, we debated over how best to deal with the existence of sex work. Create a "segregated district" for ease of policing? Shut down the district (again) to preserve the morality of the city? Find out what happened on this new episode of One Great History!

The Ballad of Ginger Snooks

The Ballad of Ginger Snooks

April 20, 2021

It's finally time for Sabrina to talk about her favourite garbageman: Robert "Ginger" Snook! From city scavenger, eccentric electoral candidate,  and absurd local celebrity, Ginger Snook was everywhere in the early 1900s and was remembered (not fondly, but remembered) by many who knew him.

Bathtub Gin and Fighting Sin: Winnipeg’s Prohibition Past

Bathtub Gin and Fighting Sin: Winnipeg’s Prohibition Past

April 6, 2021

Prohibition is always a fun topic - speakeasies, Al Capone, bootlegging! Alex is here to tell you that none of that exciting stuff happened in Manitoba. Believe it or not, Manitobans demanded prohibition. And then we changed our mind. Were temperance-advocates just middle-class busybodies? Did bootleg liquor really taste like old boots? Listen to find out!

Famous Players - Winnipeg’s Vaudeville History (Part 2)

Famous Players - Winnipeg’s Vaudeville History (Part 2)

March 23, 2021

In part two of this episode, Sabrina continues to take Alex and Nick through the wonderful world of vaudeville in Winnipeg with the help of vaudeville performer Grant Simpson, focusing on performers young, old and famous! Learn all about how Charlie Chaplin was almost tricked into coming here, how Buster Keaton ran for his life from his own family, and so much more.

Famous Players - Winnipeg’s Vaudeville History (Part 1)

Famous Players - Winnipeg’s Vaudeville History (Part 1)

March 9, 2021

Sabrina takes Alex and Nick through the wonderful world of vaudeville in Winnipeg with the help of vaudeville performer Grant Simpson. Vaudeville held a major place in Winnipeg's heart at the turn of the 20th century as one of North America's most popular forms of theatre, with a handful of theatres and hundreds of exciting acts - including Harry Houdini, Charlie Chaplin, and more!

Valentine’s Day Special: Problems of The Heart

Valentine’s Day Special: Problems of The Heart

February 9, 2021

Is it proper to walk arm-in-arm with your sweetheart? Should you sue a man for 'wasting your kisses'? You should probably tell you fiance about your secret child, right? Find out the answers to these not-so-pressing questions as Sabrina and Alex explore Problems of the Heart, a 1920s advice column published in the Winnipeg Tribune.

Winnipeg’s Believe it Or Not

Winnipeg’s Believe it Or Not

January 12, 2021

In our season one finale, Sabrina debunks and discusses some Winnipeg urban legends! 

Under the Boardwalk (at Winnipeg Beach)

Under the Boardwalk (at Winnipeg Beach)

December 29, 2020

This week, Alex talks about how Winnipeg Beach became city-dwellers’ favourite summer spot – especially for dating – in the early 20th century.

Christmas in Winnipeg

Christmas in Winnipeg

December 15, 2020

Sabrina and Alex were feeling so festive, they just couldn’t help themselves from recording this bonus Christmas episode! Alex goes through some charming and bizarre Christmas anecdotes through the years and traces the origins of the Eaton’s Fairytale Vignettes. Sabrina tells us a truly horrifying story about Santa’s reindeer, and then caps it off with the tale of Punkinhead, Rudolph’s less popular counterpart.

Eine Große Geschichte

Eine Große Geschichte

December 1, 2020

How do you make a population care about something that is literally on the other side of the world? If you're Winnipeg, you stage a fake Nazi invasion.

This week on One Great History: If Day.

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