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

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Isabella of Castile Part 2

Isabella of Castile Part 2

2019-08-2001:21:451

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

2019-08-0601:11:215

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

2019-07-2301:13:143

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

Joan of Arc

2019-07-0901:24:506

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

2019-07-0101:22:304

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

Charlotte Brontë

2019-06-1802:02:287

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!

2019-06-0300:32:584

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

2019-05-1901:00:071

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

2019-05-0702:09:44

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

2019-04-2001:34:20

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.
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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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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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LC

Totally disagree with you on "Funny Face". Hepburn was obviously a very competent dancer. I realise taste is subjective but you are both wrong!

Apr 8th
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Carol Simon Levin

Just started listening and love this program. So informative & full of great gems. Query, as we are heading toward 2020 & the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, have you given any thought to doing shows on Carrie Chapman Catt & Alice Paul -- heads of NAWSA & NWP and, to my mind, the "good cop" and "bad cop" playing President Wilson in Washington.

Mar 23rd
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Katie Bach

I love this episode of Audrey Hepburn such an amazing woman thank you for bringing it to us on the podcast.

Mar 13th
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Atia Janssens

I know this is quite an old episode but maybe you should give a bit of a more nuanced view. it's quite annoying to be so fully on the side of the royals when they were responsible for starving out their population, while they were throwing lavish parties out of boredom. Marie Antoinette was innocent of that, as were her children because they had no control over government. but it's still worth to explain the motivation of the "mob" and why the French still celebrate the revolution: it was the birth of modern day France and democracy for them! me as a European can understand that 100%

Mar 13th
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Athena&TheOwl

Far too much stating opinion as fact. Julia Child in no way elbowed out Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle out of their own book. Simone had already put more work in than Louisette and both wanted an American viewpoint on the work so it would be more successful in the USA. Julia provided information on US ingredients, measurements and tested the recipes as Simone was well known to be inaccurate with her times and measures. Judith Jones of Knopf books who published 'Mastering' backs up that there was no contention between Julia and Simone until the second book in the 1960s, and that was due to a difference of opinion on the books contents. This is also covered in Luke Barrs 'Provance 1970'. Simone Beck was the more dominant personality in the equation and in no way could Julia walk over her.

Mar 12th
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Amy White

I was in love with this podcast when the episodes were under 65 minutes.I still highly recommend it if you have the time and attention span for the new format

Feb 23rd
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Cassie

ok they REALLY need to stop with the little things that they let in that can be so insensitive. The woman who owned her was not like your mom with a tote bag, she was a fucking slave owner. A SLAVE OWNER. I do not care if she was the best damn slave owner in history, she was not a supportive mother figure, she DID profit from Phillis's success, because, again SHE WAS A SLAVE OWNER.

Feb 22nd
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Cassie

ok great stuff, except can we please stop saying that we are "feeling bad" for someone who worked with Nazi's?? A little bit tasteless.

Feb 19th
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