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

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Q and A Number 3

Q and A Number 3

2020-09-1501:26:352

Once upon a time in the dark ages of podcasting, two friends set out on a quest to bring the stories of historical women to your ears. In this episode, we have some speculative history, a few predictions about the future, and a peek behind the curtain in this, our tenth year! Thanks for listening!
In part 2 of our coverage, Empress Sisi helps to change the political climate in Hungary, experiences great personal tragedy, comes a little bit loose at the seams... and gained headlines with an ending that shook the world.
Sisi was a shy young noblewoman who was plucked from obscurity and shoved onto the world stage with very little warning. She found the limelight a difficult place in which to live, but her beauty and her genuine concern for the common people earned her the status of a reluctant icon. Sisi's ultimate death shocked the whole world.
If Amazon Prime's movie Radioactive has you curious about Marie's REAL story, we joined our two episodes of her, broke them into chapters, and created this one mega-Marie deep dive into her life
Lady Bird Johnson

Lady Bird Johnson

2020-07-2201:37:135

Lady Bird Johnson was First Lady during a turbulent time in the US. While her methods and voice may not have been the loudest, she touched many lives, changed many hearts, and left a beautiful legacy.
From her birth at a French dinner table to her place in the hearts of people all over the world, we revisit our 2018 coverage of the life of this American icon.
Aunt Jemima

Aunt Jemima

2020-06-2655:4810

In 1889, Aunt Jemima crossed from the footlights to the grocery store, where she's been a fixture for 131 years. On the eve of her departure, we give you the dark history of this American icon - and the stories of a few women who made her come alive.
Fannie Lou Hamer

Fannie Lou Hamer

2020-06-1501:56:275

Fannie Lou Hamer began life as a small child whose hard labor was key to her family’s survival. She grew up to become a fiery civil rights activist who would not be silenced by intimidation, violence, or the personal wishes of the President of the United States himself.
If you're watching Hulu's, The Great, and wondering what parts are the "occasionally true," we finish the real Catherine's story in this, the second of two episodes.
Have you watched Hulu's series, The Great, and wondered what parts were true? Here is a revisit to part one of our coverage of the very true life of Catherine the Great, a German princess who became the Empress of Russia.
Zephyr Wright

Zephyr Wright

2020-05-1401:35:395

Zephyr Wright's spicy Pedernales River Chili made her one of the most famous cooks in America... and her peppery relationship with President Lyndon B. Johnson made her a notable figure in the struggle for Civil Rights.
Chicks Check-in

Chicks Check-in

2020-04-2808:452

A quick check-in, a catch-up...just a little chat.
We thought we could all use an example of a woman who faced an unexpected disaster of titanic proportions and not only survived, but used her brains, bravery, and wits to help others also survive in the process. Join us as we revisit our 2012 coverage of Margaret "Molly" Brown, and our own Field Trip to visit the Titanic (sort of) on the 108th anniversary of the maritime disaster...but, it's a story of inspiration.
Typhoid Mary Mallon

Typhoid Mary Mallon

2020-04-0101:22:559

There are quite a few parallels between Mary Mallon's story (a series of typhoid outbreaks) and our present day pandemic, and so there are things we can learn from it (not the least of which is wash your dang hands!) But was Mary a villain? Or simply a victim of circumstances?
Much has been made of hair-care mogul Madam CJ Walker, but before the Walker empire existed, there was her mentor Annie Turnbo Malone, whose innovation, drive, and concern for her fellow humans have been overshadowed by her more flamboyant protegée. We're going to tell you both of their stories today.
Isadora Duncan

Isadora Duncan

2020-03-0301:22:373

Isadora was the purest of unconventional free spirits and one of history's most unique dance innovators. Many people only know how she died, but how she lived is a much more inspiring and fascinating story.
Mary Church Terrell Part 2

Mary Church Terrell Part 2

2020-02-1801:33:324

In this second installment in the life of Mary Church Terrell, the stage is bigger, the stakes are higher, and the gloves are off! Mary makes societal change happen with persistence, a propensity for making influential connections... and sheer nerve.
Life got in the way of getting Mary Church Terrell Part Two out this week, we will post that episode as soon as possible, but Mary and Ida crossed paths several times so we thought a refresher of her life was in order.
Mary Church Terrell (part 1)

Mary Church Terrell (part 1)

2020-01-2201:17:556

Mary Terrell was one of the first African American Women to graduate from college, and rose to prominence during the battles for universal suffrage and civil rights. With fiery speeches and a push in the back, she demanded that we all to go forth and do some good. We have a responsibility to lift each other up as we climb, she said, in order to make the world a better place for all.
Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori

2020-01-0902:00:086

Maria Montessori revolutionized education during the early 20th century with her approach to child-led learning, and was convinced that the children of the world were the key to peace on earth.
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Samantha Booker

Very disturbing episode but excellent coverage of a very troubling subject.

Sep 18th
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Bethany Edwards

I love Lady Bird, what a beautiful legacy she has left behind.

Sep 15th
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Ash Rog

Would love to hear a podcast on the western women who started the wild west. Brothels and how their influence made the west.

Jul 30th
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Cassidy J

I love this!!!!!!

Jul 6th
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Bethany Edwards

Another great podcast. Informative and entertaining 👍🏼

Jun 12th
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Rhonda Lisa

Loved the podcast...we arrived to late to Molly Brown's house in CO to tour it. What an amazing woman. Just as an aside, the Gillette Castle in CT is not connected to the Gillette razor empire. Thanks for the show!

Jun 10th
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Cassidy J

who else noticed that maurice's comment was in 2018 and hes still fighting lol

May 25th
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ecfloydjr

i discovered this podcast by accident. i really enjoyed the Zephyr Wright episode. except the blurb that all the racist democrats became Republican. one democrat became a Republican, Strom Thurman.

May 21st
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T Neiman

LBJ was NOT in favor of civil rights.

May 21st
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Top Clean

This is nearly the same thing with Covid-19. You can have the virus and fell okay. But you make others sick or death. And in this case with Mary, the doctor was a prick. A very bad science communicator, with no sense to reality. SOS = Stomp Out Stupid

Apr 22nd
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Top Clean

Thanks for the very good episode. (^^,) History may required to many with historical Amnesia. Like all the TrumPOTUS's of today.

Apr 9th
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Cassidy J

this is a great podcast really do like the Anne frank one good for traveling great job guys!!😊😁

Mar 13th
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Mary Palmer Baez

so sad Jamestown is now known for there crack and meth. I live about 30 miles from there, it has turned to trash.😪

Feb 8th
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Bianca Neill

please have an Ida lewis episode!!!!

Dec 29th
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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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Create Happiness

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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