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Two women. Half the population. Several thousand years of history. About an hour.

184 Episodes
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Rosa Parks Revisted

Rosa Parks Revisted

2019-12-0900:51:43

Thanks to a couple of recent news stories about Rosa, we're heading back to 2012 and revisiting the life of this civil rights activist and icon.
Wilma Mankiller

Wilma Mankiller

2019-11-2601:36:074

Wilma Mankiller overcame obstacles in her life by being "of good mind," a Cherokee principle that guided her through her life of activism, community service, and her election as the first female Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.
We have a second podcast, The Recappery, making a guest appearance to recap Netflix's The Crown, Season 3, Episode 1. If you like what you hear, please subscribe to The Recappery on your favorite podcatcher.
Pocahontas, Revisited

Pocahontas, Revisited

2019-11-1201:13:594

It's National Native American Heritage Month, a perfect time to recast our episode on the real story of Pocahontas.
The Winchester Mystery House has intrigued us for almost a century. Its story has always been a dramatic one, full of ghosts, guns, and desperation - but perhaps there is a simpler explanation buried within the life of Sarah Winchester herself.
Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale

2019-10-1801:53:478

Florence Nightingale was forced to hide her light under a bushel until her thirties, when she broke free in spectacular fashion to become the world's beloved Lady With The Lamp - as well as a master statistician and the founder of modern nursing.
Mary Seacole

Mary Seacole

2019-10-0101:48:304

Mary Seacole didn't let the open ocean stop her, nor fire, war, discrimination or bureaucracy. She made *several* places for herself in a world that tried to shut her down, building a business while caring for thousands of soldiers with herbs, a hand on their foreheads, and a full heart.
Louise Brooks

Louise Brooks

2019-09-1702:24:169

Louise Brooks made bridge-burning her hobby; as a result, this almost-forgotten star of stage and screen has only recently begun to shine again.
We double time travel back to the Gilded Age and The House of Wood, 2011, for this combined revisit to look at the lives of servants and heiresses who shared a roof but whose lives were very, very different.
Isabella of Castile Part 2

Isabella of Castile Part 2

2019-08-2001:21:464

We wrap up the story of Isabella of Castile with a few more of her long-lasting legacies (including supercharging the role of the queen in the game of chess) and the dispersal of her own pawns on the marital chessboard of Europe.
Isabella of Castile Part 1

Isabella of Castile Part 1

2019-08-0601:10:4810

Never before have we covered a woman with such far reaching influence. This determined woman began by pulling off a coup, then branched out into such far reaching endeavors as the Spanish Inquisition, the settlement of the Americas, and transforming the queen (in chess and in life) into the most powerful piece on the board.
Seven Women Revisited

Seven Women Revisited

2019-07-2301:14:504

We revisit the lives of seven women with amazing stories including Hedy Lamarr and Judy Garland
Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc

2019-07-0901:24:3912

Joan of Arc, Jeannette, Jean, The Maid, La Pucelle, Hero, Heretic, Visionary, Lunatic…that’s a lot of names and titles for a teenage girl who is remembered for events from only a short period of her life.
Elizebeth Friedman

Elizebeth Friedman

2019-07-0101:22:045

"America's first female cryptanalyst" only hints at the contributions of this codebreaking war hero.
Charlotte Brontë

Charlotte Brontë

2019-06-1802:01:539

Charlotte Brontë didn't let her circumstances and the discouragement of others stand in the way of her goal of becoming a published author; she got knocked down over and over before she was able to present the world with one of the most beloved heroines in literary history.
Live from PodX!

Live from PodX!

2019-06-0300:34:174

During the PodX Podcast Convention this month, we did a live show in which we explained the ways that the women of the past taught us valuable lessons about our craft... and about ourselves.
Lydia Pinkham 2019

Lydia Pinkham 2019

2019-05-1900:59:552

Women's health is in the news this year - and historically speaking, women have always had to fight for proper care. Lydia Pinkham turned some herbs (and a wee bit of alcohol) into an empire, while advancing the progress of women's education about their own well-being.
Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Babe Didrikson Zaharias

2019-05-0702:09:36

Babe's colorful personality, drive, and athleticism made her a role model for girls around the globe as an Olympian and multi-sport, professional athlete.
Mary Anning

Mary Anning

2019-04-2001:33:521

Twelve year old Mary Anning pulled a dinosaur out of a cliff, and set off a firestorm of philosophy and science that never seemed to include her, somehow. From the Loch Ness Monster to Jurassic Park, the world would never be the same.
Annie Londonderry

Annie Londonderry

2019-04-0601:36:204

Was Annie Londonderry a flim-flam artist or a true pioneer? Her trip around the world on a bicycle may have been controversial - but she was always up for both an adventure and a tall tale.
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Amber Kelley

Why is it that your microphone gets echo-ish? This happens in several episodes. Are you recording this podcast in the bathroom?

Dec 3rd
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Misty Bourlart

As an answer to a question they ask in this episode, here's my experience about bilingual kids. My husband and I are raising our daughter bilingual French and English. She's 26 months old at the moment and speaks the basics of both languages. Which language she uses depends on whichever one she's most used to using in that situation. For example, she eats most of her meals with Papa or at a francophone daycare so she asks for "encore" instead of more. However she has breakfast with me so fruits and good morning conversation is in English.

Nov 26th
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Cassie Vanthuyne

You have a gift for narration. I truly appreciate your Podcast.

Nov 10th
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Faroogh Haftjoosh

where is queen zenobia :(

Oct 18th
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Pretty Accountant

The whims of a wealthy white woman.

Oct 17th
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Nikki Miller

I finally started this podcast and I LOVE IT!!! Such great narrative and well-researched material!

Oct 2nd
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Tess Shellenbarger

I just started listening and I found the Queen Victoria podcast validating to my knowledge in that she was a cold mother and instead of suffering from "baby crazy" she suffered from "man crazy". Sometimes the ladies are a bit too prudish when they didn't think discussing 19th century birth control was "inappropriate" and having a crush on Zac Efron is contributing to "moral decay". They can be silly but I do like the history.

Sep 26th
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Jennifer Jones

My favorite portrayal of Her was in one episode of Underground. It was so moving, even more than a year later it makes me choke up. Her life was so inspiring, I can't imagine the levels of grit and bravery she had in her.

Sep 4th
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Sandra Soto

Great podcast. I look forward to each new episode.

Aug 28th
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Aela the Huntress

good podcast but the audio is awful. in one show, the second lady who usually doesn't talk and when she does it's an irrelevant aside, slammed a book down on the table. it was so loud I jumped in my seat at work. she also sounds like she's talking through a toiled paper funnel.

Aug 26th
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Gwendolyn Schimpke

This episode was so great!! It is appropriate for teens and such a great learning experience.

Aug 22nd
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K'Marie Skeens

I love this Pocast these Chicks are the best. They have introduced me to so many wonderful women from history. I couldn't be more grateful for the knowledge and thoughts they have inspired.

Jul 2nd
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Delia Martin

love it.

Jun 19th
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James Griffin

Fascinating as always. I believe I have seen ads for the Pinkham product in the many old newspapers I read.

Jun 4th
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Carol Stock

l look pretty

May 25th
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dominique leschzinski

Regarding "mama" in this story. You mentioned her being from Germantown, PA. Being from germantown myself I HAVE to clarify: Germantown is a neighborhood in Philadelphia, not a City as u described. Mama was born in Philadelphia.

May 9th
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Iris Gitcho

The two of you are kindred spirits and a breath of fresh air.

May 9th
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Abbey

I liked this and I HATE anything to do with sports. Just find you guys this weekend and have listened to several episodes thus far. I love your podcast!

May 7th
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Laura Darnell

Excellent episode!!

May 7th
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Pat Forgacs-Petryszyn

so interesting. stumbled on this a out a month ago. I had to go back and listen again. I am planning vacation with friends to Hawaii in a few months and am sending them this podcast to listen to. can't wait to see the palace and museum.

Apr 16th
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