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95 EpisodesProduced by Cynthia Bemis Abrams, TV Scholar, Writer, Leadership/PR consultant

Finally, a podcast about TV & women! Enjoy an in-depth review of lessons of leadership, persistence and achievement of TV women. We talk why it's important women see themselves on TV and how and why that's changed over the years. Do you love talking TV? So do we! Produced by Cynthia Bemis Abrams, … read more

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Women of "Grandma Got Runover"

November 29th, 2018

16:49

No-spoil review of a rare holiday classic in which two women feature prominently in the plot! Based on Elmo Shroppshire's song of the same name from …

TV Women are Cultural Data

November 15th, 2018

12:19

Why is America so divided and how did we get here? Cynthia probes that question from a TV Herstoric perspective.

Also, be the first to hear how …

Women TV Sports Reporter Legends

November 1st, 2018

52:20

After 40+ years of effort, the number of highly visible women covering TV sports is minuscule. Podcast/radio regular Jim Jax participates in …

Witches are Back! Classic Charmed and 2018 Feminism

October 18th, 2018

31:56

The series Charmed, originally airing from 1998 to 2006 on the WB, can now be seen as a TV classic. Charmed tells the story of the three (sometimes …

Briana Venskus on Bringing Life to Roles

October 4th, 2018

49:20

Actor Briana Venskus of Agents of SHIELD, Grace and Frankie, Walking Dead and Outcast shares oodles of wisdom about fan engagement, progress of LGBTQ storylines & casting and the strength of streaming platforms in …

Linda Bloodworth-Thomason Emerges from Exile

September 20th, 2018

35:01

Headlines this week caught me at my core - prompting me to realize why we cherish some of the finest writing & acting onTV - from Murphy Brown and Designing Women. We DO need to pay closer attention to the power and …

Sports Night: More Relevant than Ever

September 6th, 2018

31:19

Whether you've ever watched Aaron Sorkin's 1998-2000 classic series Sports Night or not, this episode explains its 2018 relevance and calls for a reboot. We recently reviewed a sexual harassment plot from That Girl

TV's Single Women Caregivers and Gimme A Break!

August 23rd, 2018

31:41

In taking a look at Jeanine Furino's book All the Single Girls, the lead character single woman caregiver has evolved over 60 years. This episode …

Telling Stories of Women Across Media: An Interview with Sarah Moshman

August 9th, 2018

29:21

From Dancing with the Stars to her latest documentary, Nevertheless, Producer, director in both TV & film Sarah Moshman tells stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Join us as we discuss funding, …

Tending the Fandom

July 26th, 2018

38:57

Women writers & directors bring a distinct lens to their jobs, so too have Dorothy Swanson and Liz Prugh led fan movements in ways that have benefited many. Hear more about how Swanson's "Viewers for Quality …

Norman Lear's 70s Lady Bench

July 12th, 2018

25:01

America's TV landscape was changing rapidly in the 70s. Popular characters in Norman Lear's portfolio of shows who went on to star in spinoffs. From 

3 Years! Highlights and A Look Ahead

July 5th, 2018

23:58

Three years since publishing our first episode, we're lighting candles & making a wish. This anniversary edition briefly reviews show changes made this year, with a focus on content about leadership, persistence and …

That Girl and Sexual Harassment

June 28th, 2018

25:51

Season 1 (1966-67) of TV Classic That Girl delivered an all too familiar story line. Guest star Carroll O'Connor played an opera singer with …

Anti-Heroines and Jessica Jones

June 14th, 2018

36:24

This is beyond Green Acres! It's time we talk about complex women characters; those called "unlikable" who strive to do good or carry out justice, …

TV's Single Woman, The Feminerd

May 31st, 2018

27:39

Author Jeanine Furino shares insight into her term, "Feminerd" and TV's single women characters who best fit the description. We talk about Feminerds that blossom professionally and find love and happiness, like Liz …

Daria's Impact on Feminism

May 17th, 2018

25:32

MTV's Daria gave representation and voice to women and girls who are smart, discerning and impatient. It aired 1997-2002, but the series impact is felt today in the action and leadership of feminist movements creating …

Patty Duke memoir "In the Presence of Greatness" Pt 2

May 3rd, 2018

35:36

Interview with Bill Jankowski, who worked with Anna "Patty" Duke to document her experiences and observations working with greats from film, stage and TV. Duke shared her talents with audiences, earning an Oscar & …

Patty Duke memoir "In the Presence of Greatness" Pt 1

May 3rd, 2018

35:47

Interview with Bill Jankowski, who worked with Anna "Patty" Duke to document her experiences and observations working with greats from film, stage and TV. Duke shared her talents with audiences, earning an Oscar & …

Lessons from Shonda, Year of Yes

April 19th, 2018

36:20

Sex and the City & Us

April 5th, 2018

1:17:23

NY Times best selling author Jennifer Keishin Armstrong dishes the details on her June 2018 bookSex and the City and Us. Just as she did in her previous books on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Seinfeld, Armstrong …

TV's Single Woman, Who Doesn't Know What She Wants

March 22nd, 2018

32:44

Depending on your hours spent on TV, you may remember characters who came across as searching for or wishy-washy about life goals. We follow up with …

Storytelling and Themes from Athena Film Festival 2018

March 8th, 2018

24:15
Fascinating conversations took place at Barnard College's (NYC) Athena Film Festival last month about women, representation & the power of …

Reboots, One Day at a Time & Rita Moreno

February 26th, 2018

35:44

What's with reboots & refashioning movies and TV series of the 70s, 80s & 90s? Will audiences expect reboots to surpass the originals?

One Day at a Time ran for 204 episodes through the late 70s and early 80s. …

TV's Single Women

February 14th, 2018

33:00

Interview with Jeanine Furino, author of All the Single Girls, a look at 60 years of television's depiction of unmarried women in women-centric …

TV's Lady Spies & Crimefighters

January 22nd, 2018

1:01:11

Interview with Karen Romanko, author of Television's Female Spies and Crimefighters is a fun walk through 50 years of series and characters.

Romanko shares background, life-long interest in TV & processes for how …

The Honeymooners' Feminist Audrey Meadows

January 1st, 2018

27:35

Associate Producer Monica Rivera shares her deep interest in The Honeymooners & it's nothing short of amazing. Hear about how it so richly influenced this Gen Xer’s urban upbringing and how Audrey Meadows' "Alice" …

Designing Women's Earnest NYE

December 28th, 2017

29:31

American TV storytelling sometimes struggles with a good New Years plot.

Or it did until Linda Bloodworth-Thomason fired up her typewriter in 1989 to deliver the January 1, 1990 episode of Designing Women entitled “The …

Gift Giving Recs for TV Fans

December 10th, 2017

9:37

Still pondering what to get that hard-to-buy-for TV fan in your life? This podcast has your back, walking you through 5+ great gift ideas used in producing past episodes. All are classics or discuss classics! Designing …

Kim Fields Interview: Blessed Life

December 9th, 2017

53:28

The Facts of Life & Living Single fans, enjoy a candid walk down memory lane in this interview with 40 year TV veteran Kim Fields. From parenting to finding voice, confidence and strength in this demanding world, …

Off-script Viewing: Dolly Parton's 1990 Christmas Special

November 29th, 2017

51:26

Nothing says Christmas tradition like a down-home special filled with carols and relatives who can't keep up with the star! Dolly Parton takes us to …

Debbie Allen Shapes A Different World

November 14th, 2017

1:06:46

A few decisions transformed "A Different World" from a struggling, rudderless sitcom to the classic it became. Much of that was due to Debbie Allen stepping in as creative force and aligning the set, characters and …

[Elizabeth] Taylor Made Monday

October 17th, 2017

24:58

Southgate Media Group podcast marathon, Elgin, IL

Feb. 26, 1996 CBS Monday night line-up, 4 women-centric sitcoms

Elizabeth Taylor's "Black Pearls" perfume line launch

The Nanny, Fran Dresher, 3rd season - directed by …

TV Women in Wrestling Ring: PodSlam Live Recording

October 13th, 2017

40:46

Special live taping at Chicago's iO Theater, PodSlam is a fundraiser for pediatric cancer (Connor's Cure) & the V Foundation

Women wrestling on TV, frequent plot during the 70s & 80s; good vs. evil, Americans …

Esther Rolle's Hope for Good Times

September 18th, 2017

31:58

Norman Lear & Tandem Productions winning streak

All in the Family > Maude > Good Times

1965 Federal Report: “The Negro Family: The Case for National Action”

Good Times family structure: single mother or …

BSG's Laura Roslin Shattered Stereotypes

September 16th, 2017

1:05:11

International understanding of American feminism with Austrian cultural studies student Julia Krassnik

Susan Sontag's 1972 article on stereotypes

Sarah McLachlan's PSA: Angels, cats & dogs

August 17th, 2017

20:14

How the ASPCA landed McLachlan

Record-setting amount raised through a PSA

Tactics that raised visibility & invited discord

Bottom line

Year 2 Recap & A Look Ahead

August 5th, 2017

27:13

Lessons learned in 2 years

Holidays that appear in TV plots: Christmas, not Mothers Day

Themes:

Woman's right to make her own health care decisions …

TV Writer April Smith on Lou Grant, Cagney & Lacey and storytelling

July 19th, 2017

1:05:04

Novelist April Smith got her start telling stories on TV for award winning shows like Lou Grant, Cagney & Lacey and Chicago Hope.

Writing short stories in Boston

It's not what you know, it's who you know - and who …

Women Who Reported Watergate

July 2nd, 2017

38:54

Barbara Walters, Lesley Stahl & Connie Chung are the women who reported on the Watergate Scandal for the national news networks. 

Representation of women in journalism

Walters ascends from Washington bureau to …

A podcast about Girlfriends (2000-8)!

June 25th, 2017

40:29

Shari Lewis & Lamb Chop's Impact on Kids TV

June 5th, 2017

57:25

For more than 45 years, ventriloquist Shari Lewis (1933-1998) educated and entertained audiences on TV.

Lamb Chop, Charley Horse and Hush Puppy …

Twilight TV Career of Joan Crawford

May 20th, 2017

45:14

Mother's Day Without Carol Brady

May 7th, 2017

35:32

Our 2017 Mother's Day - Women in TV tribute is to Florence Henderson (1934-2016), who portrayed the woman who sits atop every TV blogger's list. …

Hot Pants in Hollywood

April 23rd, 2017

45:44

Memoir Hot Pants in Hollywood: Sex, Secrets & Sitcoms

Susan Silver & I discuss writing for TV's The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Maude and Square …

Romper Room's Miss Sherri & Thalidomide

April 18th, 2017

28:59

Ten Years of Women & Hollywood

April 2nd, 2017

51:16

Highlights from an interview with Melissa Silverstein

Founder of Women and Hollywood

Worldwide network of entertainment leaders who share her passion

On-Air Power of Curry & Pauley

March 20th, 2017

41:22

Ann Curry's 10 years as face of news on The Today Show

Matt Lauer chemistry

Jane Pauley's forced departure in 1989

Bryan Gumbel's spin of Pauley …

China Beach Tackles the Topic

March 5th, 2017

32:23

China Beach (1988-1991) Vietnam War as seen through eyes of American women

Script by Carol Flint and Lydia Woodward

"Holly's Choice" from third …

Talking Persistence with APB's Marlene Forte

February 22nd, 2017

42:15

Cuban-born actress Marlene Forte (http://marleneforte.com/)

Persistence in voice and energy

Emerging lead of Latina mother/daughter relationships in current TV series APB, Altered Carbon, The Fosters and Fear the …

Daytime Drama's Place in Herstory

February 8th, 2017

44:36

TV's Smiling Feminist: Dinah Shore

January 27th, 2017

31:05

Dinah Shore: Profile in feminism

Raised in Tennessee

Singing & performing at young age, graduate of Vanderbilt University

Standing with Ella …

TV Fashion Trend Setters

January 8th, 2017

47:27

Guest Ann Rosenquist Fee, MFA, a fashion observer, blogger, author/editor & arts non-profit executive

Influence from TV to fashion merchandising and design

60s Patty Duke, Barbara Stanwyck, sew at-home patterns

70s …

Bewitched's Holiday Ep "Sisters at Heart"

December 14th, 2016

22:10

Betwitched's incredible popularity

Elizabeth Montgomery and William Asher as producers

Backstory of high school writing submission

Noted woman writer …

Daytime Storyteller & Showrunner Agnes Nixon

November 26th, 2016

27:59

Career profile of Agnes Nixon, including interview with media studies professor Elana Levine, PhD of University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Nixon (Northwestern University) legacy of daytime drama show creation

Approach to …

Geena Davis as Commander in Chief (2005-6)

November 5th, 2016

28:58

Aired for single season, during the Bush administration

Woman VP ascends to presidency

Balance of sinister & good

Geena Davis, woman surrounded primarily by men

 

Maude: TV's Timeless Feminist Icon

October 15th, 2016

29:16

Maude character was spin off from All in the Family, a Norman Lear production

Bea Arthur's theatrical chops

Plots touched on every controversial …

Unsinkable Rosie O'Donnell

October 7th, 2016

29:09

America’s EveryWoman, Rosie O’Donnell

Humble beginnings,

Comedy roles in sitcoms & A League of Their Own

1996-2002 award winning talk-variety show

Daytime TV's Vulture Culture

September 18th, 2016

44:54

Daytime (audience-participation) shows from the 90s & 2000s, analyzed and cataloged by media studies experts Kathalene Razzano, Loubna Skalli and …

Salute to TV's HS Teachers

August 28th, 2016

31:23

Memories of teachers good and scary.

Quite a highlight reel w/ extra attention to extraordinary performances, positive messaging & quirky style.

TV, Women & Politics with Susan Silver

August 8th, 2016

34:37

Susan Silver, noted pioneer comedy writer of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Maude & Square Pegs

2016 Presidential Election coverage by women reporters & analysts

Ana Novarro of CNN

 

 

 

A Year's Reflection on TV Herstory

June 15th, 2016

35:49

What I’ve learned in producing these segments.

Struck by what I don’t find, in conducting research.

 

Angela Bassett Leads ER's Final Season (2008-9)

May 13th, 2016

26:54

15th & final season of NBC's ER brought the accomplished Angela Bassett to lead the ensemble cast.

Season begins with exposition of staff …

Murphy Brown Gives Birth (May 1992)

May 8th, 2016

21:34

Murphy Brown & creator Diane English - Season 4, unplanned pregnancy.

Colleen Dewhurst as Murphy's mother Avery Brown.

Dan Quayle comments about …

Early ER's Lewis & Hathaway

April 22nd, 2016

33:52

ER - award winning & new concept medical show

All star cast through the years

Representation of women in medical profession

Carol Hathaway - …

Women Who Influenced Early MTV

April 10th, 2016

45:21

MTV launched careers beyond the 5 VJs. Cable TV's coverage of middle America plugged MTV directly into consumer living rooms

Original format "Popclips" - brainchild of Monkee & genius Mike Nesmith; Sexism in the …

I Believe Anita Hill

March 24th, 2016

58:17

Anita Hill became a household name in an instant.

Nationally televised hearings were booster rockets for C-SPAN.

#69 in American Rhetoric's Top 100 …

70s Lady Private Eyes - Drew, Columbo & the Angels

March 6th, 2016

51:19

Emergence of women in title roles - mid 70s, Title IX, the ERA

Barney Rosenzweig & Aaron Spelling

Pamela Sue Martin's walk out on the Nancy Drew …

Patty Duke's Place in Herstory

February 24th, 2016

38:48

This 2016 episode was published just weeks before Anna "Patty" Duke's unexpected death. Duke, winner of an Academy Award, multiple Emmys and honored …

FLOTUS on TV: Roosevelt & Ford

February 8th, 2016

33:25

Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady & pioneering communicator

Frank Sinatra Show appearance (1959)

Recites a poem in a voice that sends chills...

Betty …

Women of Super Bowl Halftimes

February 2nd, 2016

56:26

Unscripted viewing of highlights of Super Bowl Halftime Shows t

Performances by 6 women, all available on YouTube. 

Omitted performances by major …

Designing Women 1, Bodyshaming 0

January 23rd, 2016

32:12

4-Female Theory and Living Single (1993-8)

January 13th, 2016

40:59

Wendy Burns-Ardolino Professor at Grand Valley State University (MI)

Background

Research & interest for her 2015 book TV Female Foursomes and …

Lucille Ball's Humility & Pride

January 5th, 2016

44:41

Lucy left this world as a bit of a mystery. She left so much unexplained, kept wisdom to herself (or at least kept it closely held).

Kennedy Center Honors  House Un-American Activities Committee > Ronald and Nancy …

Diana Ross' 1983 Central Park Concert

December 2nd, 2015

35:14

Perhaps finest 90 minutes of video ever. Big concert mishaps from the past. On-stage leadership, simply Supreme. The crowd, the exit, the concert the next day. Where were the lawyers?

Women Writers of MTM Pt 3 (Treva Silverman)

November 23rd, 2015

27:56

Chief (female) writer for The Mary Tyler Moore Show; Comedy from a woman's perspective; Emmy TV Legends interview 2007

Bumped into James L. Brooks, …

Women of MTM Pt 2 (Words, Casting, Fashion)

November 18th, 2015

49:51

Women of MTM (1970-77) Pt 1

November 12th, 2015

33:59

6 Lost Episodes of Cagney and Lacey

November 6th, 2015

38:34

The Movie-of-the-Week Pilot with Loretta Swit as Cagney. Limits with MASH contract. Auditions by prominent TV/film actresses, Meg Foster gets the …

The Closer Pt 2 (Seasons 5-7)

October 25th, 2015

44:29

4 Women of Sisters 1991-96

October 21st, 2015

38:08

4 woman ensemble in hour long drama. Obscure, only 2 seasons on DVD, some on YouTube. Emmy Awards for cast  & crew

The 4  sisters, what have they …

Concept to Pilot: Cagney & Lacey

September 22nd, 2015

33:09

The first ever women's Buddy/Cop show. Rosenzweig builds vision on Charlie's Angels. Barbara Avedon and Barbara Corday study work environments of …

Powerpuff Girls

September 16th, 2015

32:37

Children's television as generational identifier; Bubbles, Blossom & Buttercup - traits and voice talent behind them.

Creator Craig McCracken backstory. Controversy among feminists. Controversy among elementary …

Hill Street Blues' Davenport & Bates

September 12th, 2015

35:37

Emmy award-winning Hill Street Blues, from the era of Quality television

Representation of women in law enforcement (uniformed) and law

Characters of Lucy Bates and Joyce Davenport provided moral & ethical voice in …

80s Monied Matriarchs: Ellie Ewing and Angela Channing

August 26th, 2015

33:03

Serial drama genre's appearance in prime time in the 70s: Dallas and Falcon Crest

Audience bait - acclaimed film actresses Barbara Bel Geddes and …

Debbie Allen (Early Career, Fame TV series)

August 19th, 2015

26:44

Debbie Allen, actress, choreographer, business-owner, director, producer, writer. Growing up in the segregated south. Influenced by her mom

Howard …

Women of My So Called Life (1994-5)

August 12th, 2015

54:53

Battle of the Sexes: King & Riggs 1973

August 8th, 2015

21:37

Betty White's Career in TV

July 27th, 2015

34:23

Show biz bug. Choosing to be childless

Life With Elizabeth - being the titled female in a comedy (1953-55) & a feel for where SueAnn Nivens came from. The Betty White Show x 4

Life with Allen Ludden: Game show & …

The Closer Pt. 1 (Seasons 1-4)

July 15th, 2015

34:15

Sports Night (1998-2000)

July 6th, 2015

25:49

Sports Night - time capsule show during cable news' heyday & early days of the internet.

Felicity Huffman character - strong woman leader. Robert …

Basic TV Herstory

June 30th, 2015

13:15

Five generations of American women have been depicted in TV. Five generations of women have been influenced by impressions of other women they've seen on TV. 

This was the podcast's initial mission and focus - summer …

Nancy Drew Mysteries (1977-79)

June 24th, 2015

23:54

Teen fiction in the 30s & stringent standards for the girl detective

Warner Brothers attempt to put Nancy Drew on the silver screen

Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries on Sunday nights in 1977-79: DISASTER

Pamela Sue …

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