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

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Introduction to The History Chicks

January 20th, 2011

3:10

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Marie Antoinette

January 31st, 2011

1:06:36

This is our first episode from 2011, there's a do-over for this doomed, yet fascinating and glamorous queen in episodes 53 and 54!

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Laura Ingalls Wilder

February 8th, 2011

1:05:35

Channel your inner pioneer. Think tall plains grasses, humble and hardworking people who knew what it meant to carve a life out of the rugged terrain. The woman we talk about this week is remembered for romanticizing …

Little House Book Minicast

February 15th, 2011

29:14

We annotate the Little House book series.

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Cinderella

February 22nd, 2011

50:50

Once upon a time, in ancient Egypt, a princess was born. But before her happily ever after, she had to live a challenging life of servitude, duty, and a deep belief in her own character. The long life of the woman that …

Red Riding Hood Minicast

February 28th, 2011

13:33

The history and versions of the beloved story of a little girl in dire situation.

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Abigail Adams

March 9th, 2011

1:08:05

To call her a patriot, Second Lady, First Lady or mother of a president is just scratching the surface of Abigail Adams.

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Abigail Adams Feminism Minicast

March 17th, 2011

12:33

Was Abigail Adams a feminist? We discuss what we think.

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Dolley Madison

March 24th, 2011

39:30

Hello, Dolley: America's FIRST First Lady, networking hostess, and woman worth knowing!

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Lizzie Borden

April 7th, 2011

1:01:34

Upper middle class Victorian New England: Polite conversations, genteel ladies, dapper gentlemen, beautiful architecture, and a 32 year old spinster …

Helen Keller

April 21st, 2011

1:18:00

Writer, public speaker, friend, daughter, world traveler, and a woman who may have had physical disabilities, but was not disabled.

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Annie Sullivan Macy Minicast

April 28th, 2011

36:56

Helen Keller called her "Teacher" but we call her remarkable and accomplished!

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“The" Mrs. Astor

May 9th, 2011

1:02:40

Caroline Schermerhorn Astor was the absolute boss of New York society for many years. Do not cross her, or you will be left out in the cold.

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Age of Innocence Moviecast

May 22nd, 2011

44:34

We recap and compare fact to fiction in 1993's movie adaptation of Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence

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Gilded Age Heiresses

June 3rd, 2011

59:21

Call them whatever you want; Gilded Age Heiresses, Dollar Princesses, Buccaneers– they all point to the same type of woman. Spanning about a twenty …

Gilded Age Servants

June 12th, 2011

22:05

Not everyone in the Gilded Age had a wardrobe of Worth dresses and the luxury of boredom; an army of servants were required behind the scenes to …

Jennie Jerome Churchill

July 1st, 2011

44:06

Before she was Winston's mother, Jennie Jerome Churchill was a New York heiress who married into the British aristocracy.

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Season 1 Wrap-Up and FAQ Minicast

July 19th, 2011

33:29

We wrap up our very first season with some frequently asked questions.

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Audio Postcard #1 – Susan and the Painted Ladies

August 4th, 2011

7:27

An audio postcard about colorful Victorian homes from Susan's vacation.

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Audio Postcard #2– Beckett and the Day of Museums

August 8th, 2011

11:28

An audio postcard from Beckett's vacation in Kentucky.

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Season 2 Introduction

August 20th, 2011

5:55

A quick introduction to Season Two!

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Queen Victoria (Part 1)

August 21st, 2011

1:00:18

We begin our second season with a woman whose life will take us two episodes to discuss. She wasn’t just black dresses, and talking about herself in …

Queen Victoria (Part 2)

September 1st, 2011

54:02

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Princess Charlotte

September 8th, 2011

48:36

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Clara Barton

September 22nd, 2011

1:08:01

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1950′s Housewives

October 8th, 2011

1:12:32

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Betty Crocker Minicast

October 13th, 2011

10:43

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Mary Wollstonecraft

October 23rd, 2011

1:07:18

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Mary Shelley Minicast

November 6th, 2011

18:45

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The Duchess of Devonshire

November 18th, 2011

1:29:11

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Ella Fitzgerald

December 6th, 2011

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Madame de Pompadour

December 21st, 2011

1:03:53

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Annie Chambers Minicast

January 4th, 2012

15:14

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Nellie Bly

January 14th, 2012

59:58

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Sophie Blanchard Minicast

January 21st, 2012

16:15

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The Music Show

January 27th, 2012

41:27

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Season 3 Introduction

February 13th, 2012

8:39

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Teeny Tiny Tudor Tutorial Minicast

February 22nd, 2012

17:43

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Elizabeth Woodville and Margaret Beaufort

March 2nd, 2012

43:52

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Katherine of Aragon

March 17th, 2012

59:04

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Anne Boleyn Minicast

April 1st, 2012

31:01

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Margaret “Molly” Brown

April 7th, 2012

1:07:14

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Titanic Field Trip Minicast

April 15th, 2012

33:51

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The Last Four Wives of Henry VIII

April 28th, 2012

1:05:00

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Ida B. Wells -Barnett

May 12th, 2012

1:08:29

Born a slave, educated in a post-Civil War south and left to care for her family at an early age. She grew to become a teacher, a writer, a crusader, …

Rosa Parks

May 26th, 2012

44:51

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Clara Bow

June 10th, 2012

1:21:13

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Alice in Wonderland

June 29th, 2012

57:44

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Beckett and Susan’s Adventures in Wonderland and What They Found There

July 20th, 2012

47:34

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Julia Child

August 12th, 2012

1:36:50

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Queen Mary I

September 17th, 2012

1:27:55

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Lady Jane Grey

October 1st, 2012

35:25

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The Romanovs (Part 1)

November 11th, 2012

56:11

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The Romanovs (Part 2)

November 30th, 2012

1:07:43

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Season 4 Introduction

December 9th, 2012

4:17

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Josephine Baker (part 1)

January 13th, 2013

1:01:32

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Josephine Baker (Part 2)

January 22nd, 2013

56:54

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton

February 14th, 2013

1:14:09

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BONUS MATERIAL: The Declaration of Sentiments (1848)

February 14th, 2013

6:40

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The Wizard of Oz

March 9th, 2013

1:13:40

We cover the background of this beloved movie and the colorful life of its author, Frank L. Baum.

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The Women of Oz Minicast

March 22nd, 2013

23:06

We cover the stories of Judy Garland, Billie Burke, and Margaret Hamilton.

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Jane Austen

April 16th, 2013

1:20:57

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Bookcast: Jane Austen Book Club #1

May 9th, 2013

38:51

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Bookcast: Jane Austen Book Club #2

May 19th, 2013

33:56

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Bookcast: Jane Austen Book Club #3

June 19th, 2013

31:04

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Amelia Earhart

July 11th, 2013

1:22:27

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Elizabeth Woodville and Margaret Beaufort (rebroadcast)

July 30th, 2013

44:32

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Bessie Coleman

August 10th, 2013

43:00

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Frida Kahlo

September 10th, 2013

1:21:45

A horrible accident set Frida Kahlo on the way to her status as an artistic icon.

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News!

November 2nd, 2013

2:57

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Queen Elizabeth I (Part 1)

December 21st, 2013

49:42

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Queen Elizabeth I (Part 2)

February 11th, 2014

1:03:07

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Elizabethan Life Minicast

February 25th, 2014

31:34

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Hatshepsut

March 22nd, 2014

45:47

Though her successors tried to erase her from history, we bring to light the first female Pharaoh of Egypt.

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Cleopatra

April 7th, 2014

1:01:34

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“The Music Show” #2

April 24th, 2014

1:04:19

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Carry ( Carrie ) Nation

May 24th, 2014

1:19:51

Carry Nation was on a mission to rid America of alcohol with her hatchet and a tart tongue.

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Sybil Ludington Minicast

July 4th, 2014

8:52

We all know the story of Paul Revere, but here is the lesser-known story of one teenage girl whose similar act of bravery changed the course of …

Agatha Christie

July 15th, 2014

1:11:13

Agatha Christie once said that she wanted to be remembered as, “a good writer of detective and thriller stories.” We say she needs to be remembered …

Encore: The Wizard of OZ

August 13th, 2014

1:14:34

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The Women of Gone With The Wind

September 30th, 2014

1:29:11

Once a season we obsess over a subject for our Fictional Episode and this time we let ourselves be carried away with Gone With The Wind. The epic book and movie is only part of the story of a free-spirited, rebellious, …

Hattie McDaniel

October 21st, 2014

33:59

You know that old story of the “overnight success?” A band you’ve never heard of bursts onto the scene and takes the world by storm. Often you find …

Joan of Arc

November 21st, 2014

1:21:19

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.

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Mrs. Claus Minicast

December 23rd, 2014

11:52

Once upon a time there was a busy, yet highly compassionate and generous bachelor. He became known the world over, but lacked something in his life: a wife. Mrs. Claus often takes a back seat to her more famous husband, …

A quick status update!

February 20th, 2015

1:53

Hello everyone! I’m sure you’ve been wondering where we’ve been… The library, yes, and assorted bookstores, but not, unfortunately, at the big table that seats 14 at The House of Wood, recording anything. For you see, …

Lydia Pinkham

April 11th, 2015

56:10

Women who need to be remembered often have Lemon to Lemonade lives and Lydia Pinkham is no exception. The going got tough and she turned some herbs …

Marie Antoinette Reboot (Part 1)

June 12th, 2015

54:38

Once upon a time there were two podcasters who began their women’s history show with an episode about Marie Antoinette. Four and a half years later they revisited her life simply because they felt there was more to say …

Marie Antoinette Reboot (Part 2)

July 9th, 2015

51:10

In Part One we talked about Marie Antoinette’s childhood, the speedy preparations for marriage and her early years in France. In this episode, the conclusion of our revisit, we get to the rest of her story as she …

Dorothy Parker (Part 1)

August 9th, 2015

57:08

She gave us fabulous quotes like, “Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses” and “Brevity is the soul of lingerie,” but Dorothy Parker’s life …

Dorothy Parker (Part 2)

August 30th, 2015

1:01:54

When we left Dorothy Parker in Part One she was hanging on tenuously at best. Her marriage to Eddie Parker was over, her relationship with George MacArthur was over and the fall-out somewhat stabilized and her suicide …

Q & A and Random Bits Show

October 6th, 2015

1:20:06

Heeeeere’s your seven word summary: We asked, you responded and we answer. For the first time in the five years that we have been doing this show we sat down with a couple of glasses of wine to deviate from our normal …

Mary Queen of Scots

November 13th, 2015

1:34:09

Mary Queen of Scots got off to a good start: she was wearing the crown early and upgraded it at a young age (under the watchful eye of many an …

Lillian Moller Gilbreth

November 28th, 2015

1:34:25

Lillian Gilbreth should be remembered for any of her life accomplishments: psychologist, industrial engineer, author, inventor, and pioneer in the …

Four Inventors

December 12th, 2015

48:29

Lillian Gilbreth inspired us. After talking about her life and accomplishments, we thought it was high time to introduce you to four more …

Mrs. Santa Minicast

December 25th, 2015

11:52

Once upon a time there was a busy, yet highly compassionate and generous bachelor. He became known the world over, but lacked something in his life: a wife. Mrs. Claus often takes a back seat to her more famous husband, …

Catherine the Great (Part 1)

January 22nd, 2016

1:08:10

The listeners have spoken! Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, was the winner in our Guaranteed Content Poll - and in this episode, we take our …

A Conversation With Carol Wallace

February 5th, 2016

24:59

Life. It's funny, you know? Like the time both of us were sick for so long that we couldn't record Catherine the Great Part 2 for this week's show …

Catherine The Great (Part 2)

March 4th, 2016

1:42:38

When we last left the Grand Duchess Catherine, she was feeling alone, unloved and unnecessary. She had just given birth and the child, Paul, heir to …

Beatrix Potter

March 27th, 2016

1:43:50

Though she's chiefly known for her charming illustrations, Beatrix Potter was more than an artist and author; she was a scientist, conservationist, and a philanthropist who used her talent to better the world. 

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"Miss Potter" Moviecast

April 2nd, 2016

1:39:08

We cannot get enough Beatrix Potter! Here is our coverage of the 2006 movie "Miss Potter," starring Renee Zellweger in the title role. 

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Zelda Fitzgerald

April 23rd, 2016

1:49:43

Zelda Fitzgerald - the original Manic Pixie Dream Girl, muse of F. Scott, has been remembered as a trophy, a fashion icon, a mental patient, an author, and an artist. This unique woman lived a complex life that defies …

Q and A

April 30th, 2016

54:47

What would you serve Dorothy Parker for dinner? What are your favorite things from pop culture? When will you cover the Schuyler Sisters? Listeners' …

Madam CJ Walker

May 14th, 2016

1:07:55

When Madam C.J. Walker solved one of her own personal problems, she also created an opportunity to leave behind a life as a laundress for one as a …

Mary Todd Lincoln (Part 1)

June 4th, 2016

1:05:56

Mary Todd Lincoln's life can't be defined by who she married and her husband's legacy--she was a lot more than simply a southern born wife of a …

Mary Todd Lincoln (Part 2)

June 11th, 2016

1:19:09

In our last episode we talked about Mary's childhood, education and life as the wife of Abraham Lincoln. She was described as, "amiable, …

The Schuyler Sisters - a conversation with author Amanda Vaill

June 26th, 2016

1:09:31

Since the musical Hamilton opened on Broadway, we've been getting a lot of requests to cover the Schuyler sisters, Angelica, Eliza and Peggy. (You …

Elizabeth Keckly

July 16th, 2016

1:18:28

When we were researching Mary Lincoln we both admired her friend, Elizabeth Keckly, so much that we knew that had to talk about her. She was born a …

Agrippina the Younger

August 7th, 2016

1:28:55

Agrippina the Younger lived a dramatic and dangerous life as the sister of an emperor, the wife and niece of another, and mother of a third in …

Marie Curie (Part 1)

August 28th, 2016

1:21:55

A lot of people only know Marie Curie as a woman who won a Nobel prize (or two...spoilers) but that's just a small part of the life of this …

Marie Curie (Part 2)

September 18th, 2016

1:25:36

The second half of Marie's life was spent without Pierre but focused on a mission to apply science to help all humanity even while non-science drama …

Victoria Woodhull

October 9th, 2016

1:59:10

Victoria Woodhull crafted a life for herself from pretty raw materials. She traveled from an abusive childhood to a very aristocratic end...  and in …

Belva Lockwood

October 23rd, 2016

28:24

We continue our series of female Presidential candidates with Belva Lockwood, the woman who many regard as the first “legitimate” female nominee for the office, with groundbreaking campaigns in 1884 and 1888.

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Shirley Chisholm

October 26th, 2016

43:59

We wrap up our short series of "women who ran for the US Presidency before Hillary Clinton" with Shirley Chisholm!

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Lizzie Borden, Revisited

October 30th, 2016

59:54

Is there a better time to revisit our favorite Victorian More-Than-Likely Murderess, Lizzie Borden, than right now? We think not.

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Queen Nzinga

November 23rd, 2016

53:59

The story of this powerful, 17th century African ruler was far from an ordinary Princess to Queen tale. 

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Mulan

December 10th, 2016

1:31:26

Mulan's story of her days as a Chinese warrior had simple beginnings and a whole lot of lasting power! 

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Lucille Ball (Part 1)

January 1st, 2017

1:15:55

Lucille Ball had a long climb up (and down) before she made history when I love Lucy debuted in 1951, and we cover those struggles and successes in …

Lucille Ball (Part 2)

January 29th, 2017

1:26:56

Lucille's life after the premiere of I Love Lucy was nothing anyone could have predicted.

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Ida B. Wells

February 11th, 2017

1:08:29

Ida Wells worked as a pioneering journalist and activist who campaigned for anti-lynching legislation.

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Artemisia Gentileschi

March 5th, 2017

1:27:34

Being known as one of the greatest Baroque painters wasn't easy, but overcoming life obstacles that should have held her down only made her …

Eleanor of Aquitaine (Part 1)

March 26th, 2017

1:15:04

She was the Queen of France, the Queen of England, the mother of royalty, gave us a long life of ruling to talk about, and she was the winner of our …

Eleanor of Aquitaine (Part 2)

April 15th, 2017

1:31:13

We left Eleanor right after her divorce from her first husband and mysteriously married to her second in just a few weeks time. We cover how that happened and all the other twists and turns in the very long life of this …

Lucy Maud Montgomery

May 6th, 2017

1:54:18

She created Anne of Green Gables and wrote her way into all of our hearts.

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Anne with an E Recap : Episode 1

May 12th, 2017

1:56:21

Our first recap of the new Anne of Green Gables adaptation, the Netflix show "Anne with an E"

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Anne with an E Recap - Episode 2

May 20th, 2017

1:27:39

We recap the episode of Anne with an "E" that best displays the scriptwriter's scope of imagination--book loyalists be warned. We argue about …

Marie Laveau

May 27th, 2017

1:21:13

How much of the New Orleans Voodoo Queen's legend is myth? (Hint: A lot)

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Anne with an E Recap - Episode 3

June 2nd, 2017

1:17:51

Life is harder than any orphan or parent imagines...even meeting your future husband isn't as romantical as you would expect, it's all part of life's …

Anne with an E Recap - Episode 4

June 10th, 2017

1:33:05

An Inward Treasure Born - Anne and Marilla are both challenged to identify their roles as women and Anne does a brave job no man stepped up to do.

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Q&A, 2017

June 17th, 2017

1:46:05

Our third not-quite-annual question and answer episode.

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Anne with an E Recap - Episode 5

June 19th, 2017

1:39:26

Anne with an E Recap - Episode 5

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Anne with an E Recap - Episode 6

June 23rd, 2017

1:32:10

"Remorse is the Poison of Life" Sounds cheery, right?  We were crying because of snowflakes and hair ribbons.

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Anne with an E Recap - Episode 7

July 1st, 2017

1:29:52

"Wherever you are is my home." We recap the last episode of Season One of this series

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Emily Post

July 8th, 2017

1:40:23

Emily Post? All she did was write a book about etiquette? Ahhh, no. She did more, a lot more.

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Annie Oakley

July 29th, 2017

1:11:05

This famous sharpshooter surprised and delighted audiences all over the world with her skill and showmanship.

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Wallis Simpson (Part 1)

August 20th, 2017

1:27:41

Puppet? Manipulating social climber? Misunderstood? Deeply in love? However you see her, the fact remains that a king abdicated his throne, defied …

Wallis Simpson (Part 2)

September 9th, 2017

1:49:19

Wallis Simpson's husband abdicated the throne to marry her, but how did her happily ever after work out?

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Hypatia of Alexandria

September 30th, 2017

1:04:58

Hypatia was a mathematician, philosopher and astronomer who transcended gender barriers in the waning years of the Roman Empire.

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Sojourner Truth

October 21st, 2017

2:05:05

She was a slave, a freewoman, a preacher, a speaker, an abolitionist and a women's rights advocate in the Civil War era United States. Like a lot of …

Queen Lili'uokalani

November 12th, 2017

1:39:36

She was the first Queen to rule and the last monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaii, but Queen Lili'uokalani's story is the story of Hawaii. 

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Coco Chanel

December 5th, 2017

1:42:40

Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel not only reinvented women's clothing and accessories, she reinvented herself, too.

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Mrs. Claus - A Short History of an Undersung Hero

December 11th, 2017

12:22

Once upon a time, Santa was a bachelor. But over the years, the folklore grew to include his wife, a beloved character of modern Christmas.

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Pocahontas

December 24th, 2017

1:10:48

Pocahontas did save lives... just not the way (or the one) that you've been taught.

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A Celebration of 100 Episodes

January 14th, 2018

56:52

We're celebrating our 100th full-length episode and our 7th year by taking a trip back to visit some women and moments that we will never forget.

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Jackie Kennedy Onassis (Part 1)

February 7th, 2018

1:44:44

Jackie Kennedy changed the cultural outlook of the United States during her brief role as First Lady. 

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Jackie Kennedy Onassis (Part 2)

February 24th, 2018

1:42:11

Jackie's life was far from over after her husband's assassination; in some ways, it had only just begun. 

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Ada Lovelace

March 17th, 2018

1:38:32

Ada Lovelace was the world's first computer programmer long before computers existed!

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Louisa May Alcott

April 9th, 2018

2:00:13

Louisa May Alcott fictionalized (and sanitized) her childhood reality in her novel Little Women; she left out life in a commune, starvation, 19th century action thriller stories, and becoming the family breadwinner at a …

Dowager Empress Cixi of China

April 29th, 2018

1:57:33

The story of a Chinese concubine who rose to power from behind a curtain of yellow silk. 

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Beatrix Potter Revisited and Refreshed

May 19th, 2018

1:43:20

We take a look back at one of our most delightful subjects with a remastered classic episode.

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Mary Pickford

June 11th, 2018

2:21:59

Mary Pickford was so much more than an adorable head of hair. She was a hard-headed businesswoman who broke new ground in a brand new industry - the …

The Statue of Liberty

July 1st, 2018

1:50:17

The life of an American icon from her birth at a French dinner table to her place in the hearts of people all over the world. 

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Grace O'Malley

July 22nd, 2018

1:27:32

Grainne Ui Mhaille (Grace O'Malley) was a terror of the open seas; living her life on her own terms during a turbulent time in her country. She …

Georgia O'Keeffe

August 11th, 2018

2:20:40

Georgia O'Keeffe is known as the mother of Modernism; she created a vast body of work, always finding a novel way to express what he wanted to say …

Clara Barton Revisited and Refreshed

September 2nd, 2018

1:05:14

The life of Clara Barton was so full of humanitarian accomplishments it's worthy of another, refreshed, look.

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Jane Addams (Part 1)

September 23rd, 2018

1:14:54

Later known as "The Mother of Social Work", Jane Addams took a circuitous route to find her life's calling. 

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Jane Addams (Part 2)

October 13th, 2018

1:13:56

Jane's life of far-reaching social service and her work for peace didn't prevent her from being called "America's most dangerous woman."

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Anne Frank

November 9th, 2018

2:17:06

Even though her life was a short one, Anne Frank's account of her turbulent times has provided inspiration for millions of people all over the world. 

Belle Starr and Calamity Jane

November 27th, 2018

1:21:29

"Belle Starr" and "Calamity Jane" aren't even their given names!  We separate fact from fabrication in our coverage of these famous women of the Wild …

Barbie

December 15th, 2018

1:33:48

Barbie has inspired generations of children in her 59 years, always representing the historically novel idea that women have choices in their lives. She's both an icon and a record of just how far we've come.

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Harriet Tubman

January 6th, 2019

1:43:23

Most grade school kids will tell you that Harriet Tubman was an escaped slave and conductor on the Underground Railroad which is a great start--but …

Elizabeth Bathory

January 27th, 2019

1:22:06

One of the world's most prolific serial killers... basically lives up to the hype. 

The only thing we can clear her of is her gruesome bathing …

Phillis Wheatley

February 11th, 2019

1:27:03

Born in Africa and transported as a slave to America, this Revolutionary War era poet became the darling of London and charmed notable figures of …

Audrey Hepburn (Part 1)

February 25th, 2019

1:26:25

Audrey Hepburn was born a child of privilege and became a child of war. Although she reached superstar status in Hollywood, she became a shining …

Audrey Hepburn (Part 2)

March 9th, 2019

1:25:11

We'll talk about Audrey Hepburn's entertainment career, which gave people joy all over the world. But it was her humanitarian work with UNICEF which …

Ching Shih

March 24th, 2019

1:16:50

Ching Shih was the terror of the seas during the Qing Dynasty in China. Although she was the most powerful and successful pirate in history, most of …

Annie Londonderry

April 6th, 2019

1:35:32

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 …

Mary Anning

April 20th, 2019

1:33:13

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, …

Babe Didrikson Zaharias

May 7th, 2019

2:08:46

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

Lydia Pinkham 2019

May 19th, 2019

59:13

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 …

Live from PodX!

June 3rd, 2019

33:37

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 …

Charlotte Brontë

June 18th, 2019

1:59:09

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 …

Elizebeth Friedman

July 1st, 2019

1:21:34

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

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Joan of Arc

July 9th, 2019

1:24:01

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.

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Seven Women Revisited

July 23rd, 2019

1:13:25

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

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Isabella of Castile Part 1

August 6th, 2019

1:10:02

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 …

Isabella of Castile Part 2

August 20th, 2019

1:20:45

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 …

Gilded Age Servants and Heiresses, Revisited

September 2nd, 2019

1:25:16

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.

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Louise Brooks

September 17th, 2019

2:23:16

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.

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Mary Seacole

October 1st, 2019

1:44:26

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 …

Florence Nightingale

October 18th, 2019

1:52:55

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 …

Sarah Winchester and the Mystery House

October 29th, 2019

1:14:25

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 - …

Pocahontas, Revisited

November 12th, 2019

1:11:22

It's National Native American Heritage Month, a perfect time to recast our episode on the real story of Pocahontas.

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Guest Episode: The Recappery, The Crown S3 E1

November 18th, 2019

1:36:41

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.

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Wilma Mankiller

November 26th, 2019

1:35:05

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 …

Rosa Parks Revisted

December 9th, 2019

50:31

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.

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Louisa May Alcott Revisited

December 24th, 2019

2:03:05

Just how biographical *is* Little Women? You'll see the echoes of Louisa May Alcott's real life within her most famous work after hearing this …

Mrs Claus - A Biography

December 25th, 2019

12:21

Surprise! Our Traditional Bonus episode about the origins of Mrs. Claus, here for your listening pleasure on Christmas morning.

Preview it before you …

Maria Montessori

January 9th, 2020

1:59:36

Maria Montessori revolutionized education during the early 20th century with her approach to child-led learning, and was convinced that the children …

Mary Church Terrell (part 1)

January 22nd, 2020

1:17:00

Mary Terrell was one of the first African American Women to graduate from college, and rose to prominence during the battles for universal suffrage …

Ida B. Wells Revisited, Not Mary Church Terrell Part 2

February 3rd, 2020

1:13:18

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 2

February 18th, 2020

1:32:43

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 …

Isadora Duncan

March 3rd, 2020

1:21:25

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.

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Annie Turnbo Malone and Madam CJ Walker

March 17th, 2020

1:51:06

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 …

Typhoid Mary Mallon

April 1st, 2020

1:22:22

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!)

Margaret "Molly" Brown and the Titanic, Revisited

April 12th, 2020

1:44:18

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, …

Chicks Check-in

April 28th, 2020

8:45

A quick check-in, a catch-up...just a little chat.

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Zephyr Wright

May 14th, 2020

1:33:12

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.

Catherine the Great *An entirely true story

May 25th, 2020

1:09:12

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, Part Two *An entirely true story

June 8th, 2020

1:45:18

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 …

Fannie Lou Hamer

June 15th, 2020

1:55:09

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 …

Aunt Jemima

June 26th, 2020

54:18

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 …

The Statue of Liberty, Revisited

July 6th, 2020

1:50:48

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 …

Lady Bird Johnson

July 22nd, 2020

1:34:29

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 …

Marie Curie, Double Episode Revisit

August 3rd, 2020

2:45:12

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 …

Empress Sisi of Austria Part 1

August 18th, 2020

1:25:16

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 …

Empress Sisi of Austria Part 2

September 3rd, 2020

1:52:30

In part 2 of our coverage, Empress Sisi helps to change the political climate in Hungary, experiences great personal tragedy, comes a little bit …

Q and A Number 3

September 15th, 2020

1:27:19

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 …

Victoria Woodhull, Revisited

September 28th, 2020

1:59:38

Here in the US, voting for the 2020 Presidential election has begun so we're revisiting the life of the very first woman to run for the American …

Belva Lockwood and Shirley Chisholm, Revisited

October 13th, 2020

1:16:17

We finish up our two-part series on women who ran for the US presidency in days gone by. Belva Lockwood ran in 1884 and 1888, and Shirley Chisholm …

Wonder Woman Part 1

October 31st, 2020

1:26:29

She was forged in the fires of the suffragist movement, and beneath her abbreviated costume beats the heart of a lion. Fighting for truth, equality, …

Wonder Woman Part 2

November 10th, 2020

1:01:45

After her creator died, Wonder Woman strayed quite a bit from where she began. She had her wings clipped by the censors in the 1950s, and lost her powers entirely in the 1960s. It took Gloria Steinem, Ms. Magazine, and …

Pocahontas, Revisited

November 23rd, 2020

1:12:48

Pocahontas did save lives... just not the way (or the one) that you've been taught. We revisit this 2017 episode to learn the real, not Disneyfied, …

Charlotte Brontë, Revisted

December 7th, 2020

2:03:51

Charlotte 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 …

Mrs. Claus, Revisited

December 24th, 2020

13:21

Let's shine the spotlight on Mrs. Claus, she's not the one-dimensional support character most imagine, a revisit from 2014.

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Shirley Temple Black

January 8th, 2021

2:24:08

Once upon a time, there was a little moppet whose grit and optimism on screen gave the world the courage to endure the Great Depression. But time and fashion are fickle mistresses, and Shirley Temple had to reinvent …

10th Birthday Love Letter

January 19th, 2021

50:03

Ten years ago, we met (literally MET!) to record our first episode. It's been a journey, and we thought as a milestone birthday celebration, we would …

Ella Fitzgerald, Revisited (and a request)

February 2nd, 2021

1:09:23

From a rough start on the streets of Harlem, to the Apollo stage, smokey clubs, years on the road and in recording studios Ella led the world through …

The Harvey Girls

February 24th, 2021

2:04:59

The Harvey Girls were not "just waitresses," they were adventuring, trailblazing, refined young women who helped settle the American West. And the …

Women of the Wild West, Revisited

March 2nd, 2021

1:38:22

Calamity Jane, Belle Starr, and Annie Chambers were contemporaries of our previous subjects, the Harvey Girls and Fred Harvey, but they led very...very different lives. We've combined three stories from our archives …

The Bowery Boys and the Shirtwaist Strike of 1909

March 16th, 2021

1:00:42

Greg Young and Tom Meyers, of The Bowery Boys New York City History podcast, share their 2020 coverage of early 1900s women's protests that were tied …

Maya Angelou Part 1

March 31st, 2021

1:17:03

Throughout the twists and turns of her colorful life, Maya Angelou gathered the wisdom of the world and distilled it into a dynamic force with which …

A Message from the chaotic House of Wood

April 13th, 2021

5:06

Where is Maya Angelou Part 2? Likely in a landfill. Let me explain.

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Maya Angelou Part 2

April 21st, 2021

1:32:07

Part 2 is a roller coaster! Maya Angelou faced some of her greatest challenges during this period of her life, and handled them all with the true …

Maya Angelou Part 3

April 28th, 2021

1:43:43

In Part 3, Maya Angelou has stretched to fill many spheres of influence; she gathered accolades as she climbed and was generous with her experiences. …

Mary Seacole, Revisited

May 10th, 2021

1:50:12

For International Nurses Day, we're revisiting our coverage of Mary Seacole. While, technically, she wasn't a nurse, she was very much a brave …

Loïe Fuller

May 25th, 2021

1:22:05

She was many things: an actress, a dancer, a chemist, an artist, and a pioneer in stage lighting and choreography. She was inquisitive and energetic, …

Marjorie Merriweather Post Part 1

June 11th, 2021

1:15:34

Marjorie Post was not *born* with a silver spoon in her mouth, but breakfast cereal sure provided her with one before her tenth birthday! She parlayed her father's company into a major food conglomerate, and lived like …

Marjorie Merriweather Post Part 2

June 25th, 2021

1:55:41

Marjorie Merriweather Post was a natural philanthropist and organizer. Her fortune may have come to her by chance, and she is perhaps most famous for her outward signs of wealth, but she was no mere society butterfly.

The Statue of Liberty, Revisited

July 2nd, 2021

1:54:41

This year, the Statue of Liberty's Little Sister is coming to the US for a lengthy stay. The 9' reproduction travels first to New York for the Fourth …

Olympias

July 23rd, 2021

1:38:06

Olympias is known for being the mother of Alexander the Great and for being Very Fond Of Snakes. She was subject to centuries of slander by the …

Announcement: Gone fishin'

August 4th, 2021

6:29

A summer announcement and a song

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Typhoid Mary Mallon Revisited

August 20th, 2021

1:20:31

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.

But was Mary a villain?

Or simply a victim of …

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu Part 1

September 6th, 2021

1:34:44

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu was brought up to believe that it was her face that was her fortune, and her place to be simply decorative. However, her …

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu Part 2

September 18th, 2021

1:51:12

The worldwide eradication of smallpox was not Lady Mary Wortley Montagu's only claim to fame; she discarded the life she knew and set out to remake herself, acquiring a reputation for eccentricity, adventures worthy of …

Sarah Bernhardt

October 1st, 2021

2:06:56

Sarah Bernhardt began her life in France as the unwanted child of a heartless courtesan. She found her first true home in the theater; and through hard work, sheer luck, shocking eccentricity and her indomitable spirit, …

Happy I Love Lucy Day!

October 15th, 2021

2:41:52

National I Love Lucy Day is October 15th, so join us in celebrating the life of this iconic woman with a supersized episode that combines all of our …

Elizabeth Bathory

October 31st, 2021

1:21:17

Some say she was a vicious killer, others contend that she was merely a victim of the patriarchy, but Countess Elizabeth Bathory is one of the most …

Fannie Farmer

November 13th, 2021

1:43:41

Fannie Farmer was written off by society at an early age due to her disability. She rallied as an adult and parlayed her talent in the kitchen into a …

The Music Show #3

November 28th, 2021

54:57

We put themed music at the end of each episode - "dessert," if you will. In the spirit of this holiday season, where we give ourselves the joy of …

Tattooed Ladies

December 13th, 2021

1:06:12

During an era in which a woman showing her ankle was seen as transgressive, a group of radical women broke societal norms by using their bodies as …

Mrs. Claus: A Biography, 2021

December 23rd, 2021

17:54

Just like her husband, Mrs. Claus makes an appearance every December at the top of your podcast queue when we shine the spotlight on this resilient, hard-working woman who wore many hats throughout history.

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Emily Dickinson Part 1

January 15th, 2022

1:17:08

Poet Emily Dickinson has often been painted as a recluse and an oddball by history, though she had a passionate nature and a rich inner life. She wrote some of the most beloved and enduring poetry in the world during …

Emily Dickinson Part 2

January 24th, 2022

1:27:06

Emily Dickinson retreated from society as she got older, concentrating her passion and power into her work, though she did find love - and enjoy …

Elizabeth Keckley

February 5th, 2022

1:21:05

Elizabeth Keckley was born into slavery and turned a talent for design into her pathway to freedom. She bore witness to the American Civil War from a unique perspective within the White House as the confidante to her …

Edmonia Lewis

February 21st, 2022

1:42:10

Edmonia Lewis broke barriers as the first African-American and Native American sculptor to achieve worldwide renown for her neoclassical works in …

Jane Addams Revisit

March 7th, 2022

2:25:59

In addition to National Women's History Month and International Women's Day in March, we also celebrate National Social Work Month. With all that in mind, we've re-mastered and edited our coverage of Jane Addams, the …

Hurrem Sultan ( Empress Roxelana )

March 23rd, 2022

1:00:53

Kidnapped as a young girl and sold into slavery in a foreign land, Hurrem Sultan captured the heart of a king... and transformed the course of an …

Julia Child

April 1st, 2022

1:41:15

In honor of Susan's mom, and as a refresh as we all dive into the new HBO Max series, Julia, we revisit the life of this iconic and effervescent …

Elizabeth Taylor Part 1

April 16th, 2022

1:07:04

One word simply won't do - Elizabeth Taylor was a daughter, an actor, a wife (a wife, a wife, a wife, a wife-wife, a wife, and a wife), an activist, …

Elizabeth Taylor, Part Two

May 2nd, 2022

1:10:48

Elizabeth's story isn't even close to over! We have several marriages, lots of drama, even more movies, some scary medical issues, and some very bold …

Elizabeth Taylor Part 3

May 16th, 2022

1:23:05

Elizabeth Taylor emerged from personal turmoil with a new mission; to be an advocate for the victims of AIDS. Her name became synonymous with humanitarian efforts for this cause. Not content with just one reinvention, …

Queen Lili'oukalani, Revisited

May 30th, 2022

1:39:36

As a modern queen prepares for her Platinum Jubilee this month, we take a look back at another queen, the last monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaii.

See …

The Gilded Gentleman Presents: Invisible Magicians and Golden Plates

June 14th, 2022

1:24:57

We love the Gilded Age here at The History Chicks! We have a special treat for you: a guest appearance by historian Carl Raymond of the Gilded Gentleman Podcast. In Act 1,"Invisible Magicians," he pays tribute to the …

The Wives of Henry VIII in Six Chapters: a mega-episode revisit

July 10th, 2022

2:31:01

Covid has sidelined us this week, so instead of talking, we've remastered and combined our 2012 coverage of all the wives of Henry VIII into this one …

Our Travel Tales: London Field Trip Recap

July 26th, 2022

1:47:20

After three years of planning (and changing those plans) we embarked on a trip of a lifetime! With over 50 of our friends from the other side of the mic, we visited places we've only talked about for years! Join us and …

Elizabeth Chudleigh

August 11th, 2022

2:09:26

The beautiful and charming Elizabeth Chudleigh had society wrapped around her little finger... until she made a fateful mistake. One night's …

Civil War Spies, North and South

August 22nd, 2022

1:27:04

Elizabeth Van Lew and Belle Boyd had a lot in common: They were born in the same state, they died the same year and they both were spies during the …

Doctor Mary Walker

September 5th, 2022

1:42:50

Dr. Mary Walker challenged society's ideas of what a woman should look like, how a woman should think, and what a woman could become. During her …

Queen Elizabeth II - The Crown Recap

September 19th, 2022

1:19:41

In honor of Britain's Queen Elizabeth 2 - we offer this homage, from our second show The Recappery.

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Bonus! A Conversation with Liza Powel O'Brien

September 29th, 2022

48:34

In this bonus episode, we both chat with Liza Powel O'Brien, host of Significant Others Podcast. We talk about a lot, but it's mostly like listening to a great conversation at the next table in a coffee shop where the …

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