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Amy welch
 Aug 14, 2020
This podcast is absolutely amazing should be used as a teaching aid in schools. Kids need to know more about the Anscombe women of history. I have learnt so much from Susan and Bennett.

 Mar 14, 2020
Great information and fun to listen. These "Chicks" know their stuff and love to share their research!

Drew R
 Jan 22, 2020
Great content, HORRIBLE sound quality.

Joni Ford
 Sep 11, 2019
Always a pleasure! Fun listen.

 Jun 22, 2019


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

Episode Date
A Message from the chaotic House of Wood

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

Apr 13, 2021
Maya Angelou Part 1

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 to educate, to move, and to change society. Words have power!

Mar 31, 2021
The Bowery Boys and the Shirtwaist Strike of 1909

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 to the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire.

Mar 16, 2021
Women of the Wild West, Revisited

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 into one Women of the Wild West episode.

Mar 02, 2021
The Harvey Girls

The Harvey Girls were not "just waitresses," they were adventuring, trailblazing, refined young women who helped settle the American West. And the story of these brave and hardworking women can't be told without discussing the man behind them: Fred Harvey.

Feb 24, 2021
Ella Fitzgerald, Revisited (and a request)

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 trends and wild ride that was the musical scene during most of the last century.

Feb 02, 2021
10th Birthday Love Letter

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 ask listeners what The History Chicks have meant to you. Thank you so very much for the years of friendship. (sings) AND MANY MORE.....

Jan 19, 2021
Shirley Temple Black

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 herself as a star performer - in the world of diplomacy.

Jan 08, 2021
Mrs. Claus, Revisited

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

Dec 24, 2020
Charlotte Brontë, Revisted

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 of the most beloved heroines in literary history. Along the way, we have a chance to talk about the lives of her literary sisters: Emily and Anne.

Dec 07, 2020
Pocahontas, Revisited

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, story.

Nov 23, 2020
Wonder Woman Part 2

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 the 1970s to bring Wonder Woman back to her feminist roots.

Nov 10, 2020
Wonder Woman Part 1

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, and justice, "By the Spear of Athena and the Thunderbolts of Jove!" - it's Wonder Woman!

Oct 31, 2020
Introducing: Dr. Death, Season 2

If someone you love is diagnosed with cancer you want them to get the best treatment from the best doctors. In 2013, patients in Michigan thought Farid Fata was that doctor. Between his prestigious education, years of experience and pleasant bedside manner, Fata was everything you could want in a doctor. But he was not who he appeared to be. From Wondery, this is the story of hundreds of patients in Michigan, a doctor, and a poisonous secret.

Laura Beil, returns with a second season of the award-winning series “Dr Death.”

Listen today at

Oct 30, 2020
Belva Lockwood and Shirley Chisholm, Revisited

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 threw her hat into the POTUS ring in the 1972 election. Neither candidate won the office, but they were both victorious at shattering glass ceilings to make room for women to come. Remastered from 2016.

Oct 13, 2020
Victoria Woodhull, Revisited

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 Presidency in 1872. Victoria Woodhull crafted a life for herself from very raw materials, she traveled from an abusive childhood to an aristocratic end and, throughout it all, was a woman ahead of her time.

Sep 28, 2020
Q and A Number 3

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!

Sep 15, 2020
Empress Sisi of Austria Part 2

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.

Sep 03, 2020
Empress Sisi of Austria Part 1

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.

Aug 18, 2020
Marie Curie, Double Episode Revisit

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

Aug 03, 2020
Lady Bird Johnson

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.

Jul 22, 2020
The Statue of Liberty, Revisited

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.

Jul 06, 2020
Aunt Jemima

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.

Jun 26, 2020
Fannie Lou Hamer

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.

Jun 15, 2020
Catherine the Great, Part Two *An entirely true story

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.

Jun 08, 2020
Catherine the Great *An entirely true story

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.

May 25, 2020
Zephyr Wright

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.

May 14, 2020
Chicks Check-in

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

Apr 28, 2020
Margaret "Molly" Brown and the Titanic, Revisited

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.

Apr 12, 2020
Typhoid Mary Mallon

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?

Apr 01, 2020
Annie Turnbo Malone and Madam CJ Walker

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.

Mar 17, 2020
Isadora Duncan

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.

Mar 03, 2020
Mary Church Terrell Part 2

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.

Feb 18, 2020
Ida B. Wells Revisited, Not Mary Church Terrell Part 2

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.

Feb 03, 2020
Mary Church Terrell (part 1)

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.

Jan 22, 2020
Maria Montessori

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.

Jan 09, 2020
Mrs Claus - A Biography

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

Preview it before you share with the North Pole true believers in your life - and have a great holiday!

Dec 25, 2019
Louisa May Alcott Revisited

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 episode.

Dec 24, 2019
Rosa Parks Revisted

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.

Dec 09, 2019
Wilma Mankiller

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.

Nov 26, 2019
Guest Episode: The Recappery, The Crown S3 E1

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.

Nov 18, 2019
Pocahontas, Revisited

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

Nov 12, 2019
Sarah Winchester and the Mystery House

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.

Oct 29, 2019
Florence Nightingale

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.

Oct 18, 2019
Mary Seacole

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.

Oct 01, 2019
Louise Brooks

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.

Sep 17, 2019
Gilded Age Servants and Heiresses, Revisited

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.

Sep 02, 2019
Isabella of Castile Part 2

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.

Aug 20, 2019
Isabella of Castile Part 1

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.

Aug 06, 2019
Seven Women Revisited

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

Jul 23, 2019
Joan of Arc

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.

Jul 09, 2019
Elizebeth Friedman

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

Jul 01, 2019
Charlotte Brontë

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.

Jun 18, 2019
Live from PodX!

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.

Jun 03, 2019
Lydia Pinkham 2019

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.

May 19, 2019
Babe Didrikson Zaharias

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.

May 07, 2019
Mary Anning

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.

Apr 20, 2019
Annie Londonderry

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.

Apr 06, 2019
Ching Shih

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 her story is yet to be fully discovered.

Mar 24, 2019
Audrey Hepburn (Part 2)

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 made her a true star.

Mar 09, 2019
Audrey Hepburn (Part 1)

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 example of the best of humanity through her work with UNICEF.

Feb 25, 2019
Phillis Wheatley

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 American history along the way.

Feb 11, 2019
Elizabeth Bathory

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 practices!

Jan 27, 2019
Harriet Tubman

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 she was so much more! A nurse, a spy, a military leader, a public speaker, a humanitarian, a wife and mother who did everything in her power to keep her family together...and she did it all with a traumatic brain injury.

Jan 06, 2019

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.

Dec 15, 2018
Belle Starr and Calamity Jane
"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 West. 
Nov 27, 2018
Anne Frank
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. 
Nov 09, 2018
Jane Addams (Part 2)
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."
Oct 13, 2018
Jane Addams (Part 1)
Later known as "The Mother of Social Work", Jane Addams took a circuitous route to find her life's calling. 
Sep 23, 2018
Clara Barton Revisited and Refreshed
The life of Clara Barton was so full of humanitarian accomplishments it's worthy of another, refreshed, look.
Sep 02, 2018
Georgia O'Keeffe
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 through her art.
Aug 11, 2018
Grace O'Malley
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 defied society and carved out a niche for herself, but it was her meeting with Queen Elizabeth in 1593 that cemented her place in history.
Jul 22, 2018
The Statue of Liberty
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. 
Jul 01, 2018
Mary Pickford
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 movies.
Jun 11, 2018
Beatrix Potter Revisited and Refreshed
We take a look back at one of our most delightful subjects with a remastered classic episode.
May 19, 2018
Dowager Empress Cixi of China
The story of a Chinese concubine who rose to power from behind a curtain of yellow silk. 
Apr 29, 2018
Louisa May Alcott
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 young age.
Apr 09, 2018
Ada Lovelace
Ada Lovelace was the world's first computer programmer long before computers existed!
Mar 17, 2018
Jackie Kennedy Onassis (Part 2)
Jackie's life was far from over after her husband's assassination; in some ways, it had only just begun. 
Feb 24, 2018
Jackie Kennedy Onassis (Part 1)
Jackie Kennedy changed the cultural outlook of the United States during her brief role as First Lady. 
Feb 07, 2018
A Celebration of 100 Episodes
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.
Jan 14, 2018
Pocahontas did save lives... just not the way (or the one) that you've been taught.
Dec 24, 2017
Mrs. Claus - A Short History of an Undersung Hero
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.
Dec 11, 2017
Coco Chanel
Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel not only reinvented women's clothing and accessories, she reinvented herself, too.
Dec 05, 2017
Queen Lili'uokalani

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. 

Nov 12, 2017
Sojourner Truth
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 women's history, Sojourner's truth may have been edited in history, but we can help to set it right. 
Oct 21, 2017
Hypatia of Alexandria
Hypatia was a mathematician, philosopher and astronomer who transcended gender barriers in the waning years of the Roman Empire.
Sep 30, 2017
Wallis Simpson (Part 2)
Wallis Simpson's husband abdicated the throne to marry her, but how did her happily ever after work out?
Sep 09, 2017
Wallis Simpson (Part 1)

Puppet? Manipulating social climber? Misunderstood? Deeply in love? However you see her, the fact remains that a king abdicated his throne, defied his family and lived in exile to marry twice divorced American socialite Wallis Simpson. 

Aug 20, 2017
Annie Oakley

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

Jul 29, 2017
Emily Post
Emily Post? All she did was write a book about etiquette? Ahhh, no. She did more, a lot more.
Jul 08, 2017
Anne with an E Recap - Episode 7
"Wherever you are is my home." We recap the last episode of Season One of this series
Jul 01, 2017
Anne with an E Recap - Episode 6
"Remorse is the Poison of Life" Sounds cheery, right?  We were crying because of snowflakes and hair ribbons.
Jun 23, 2017
Anne with an E Recap - Episode 5

Anne with an E Recap - Episode 5

Jun 19, 2017
Q&A, 2017

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

Jun 17, 2017
Anne with an E Recap - Episode 4

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.

Jun 10, 2017
Anne with an E Recap - Episode 3
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 transitions.
Jun 02, 2017
Marie Laveau
How much of the New Orleans Voodoo Queen's legend is myth? (Hint: A lot)
May 27, 2017
Anne with an E Recap - Episode 2
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 radishes, recipes, and the voices in Anne's head. 
May 20, 2017
Anne with an E Recap : Episode 1
Our first recap of the new Anne of Green Gables adaptation, the Netflix show "Anne with an E"
May 12, 2017
Lucy Maud Montgomery

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

May 06, 2017
Eleanor of Aquitaine (Part 2)
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 12th century Queen.
Apr 15, 2017
Eleanor of Aquitaine (Part 1)
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 last Guaranteed Content Poll. Excellent choice!
Mar 26, 2017
Artemisia Gentileschi
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 accomplishments that much greater.
Mar 05, 2017
Ida B. Wells

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

Feb 11, 2017
Lucille Ball (Part 2)

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

Jan 29, 2017
Lucille Ball (Part 1)
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 this episode. 
Jan 01, 2017
Mulan's story of her days as a Chinese warrior had simple beginnings and a whole lot of lasting power! 
Dec 10, 2016
Queen Nzinga

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

Nov 23, 2016
Lizzie Borden, Revisited
Is there a better time to revisit our favorite Victorian More-Than-Likely Murderess, Lizzie Borden, than right now? We think not.
Oct 30, 2016
Shirley Chisholm
We wrap up our short series of "women who ran for the US Presidency before Hillary Clinton" with Shirley Chisholm!
Oct 26, 2016
Belva Lockwood

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.

Oct 23, 2016
Victoria Woodhull
Victoria Woodhull crafted a life for herself from pretty raw materials. She traveled from an abusive childhood to a very aristocratic end...  and in the middle, was the first woman to run for the American Presidency. In 1872.  She was a woman ahead of her time.
Oct 09, 2016
Marie Curie (Part 2)
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 swirled about her.
Sep 18, 2016
Marie Curie (Part 1)
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 physicist, wife and mother.
Aug 28, 2016
Agrippina the Younger
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 ancient Rome.
Aug 07, 2016
Elizabeth Keckly

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 slave, eventually bought her freedom and built a very successful business (twice) all before she, too, realized her own White House dream.

Jul 16, 2016
The Schuyler Sisters - a conversation with author Amanda Vaill

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 sang that, right?) But we couldn't make it work because there wasn't enough material available to us to fill a whole show in the way we would want we met someone who could:.Author Amanda Vaill.Amanda has written several award winning biographies, scripts, articles still our hearts...has been contracted to write a biography on the two most famous Schuyler sisters, Angelica and Eliza. She's begun her research and graciously agreed to talk with us and dish Schuyler. We talk about the three sisters, the family that they came from, the families that they created, the rumors that surrounded them...basically who lived, who died and with Amanda's help, we get to tell their story.

Jun 26, 2016
Mary Todd Lincoln (Part 2)
In our last episode we talked about Mary's childhood, education and life as the wife of Abraham Lincoln. She was described as, "amiable, accomplished, gracious and a sparkling talker," by members of the Republican Party before she got to what happened afterward that left her without this glowing impression?
Jun 11, 2016
Mary Todd Lincoln (Part 1)
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 president. Actually, she wasn't simple at all.
Jun 04, 2016
Madam CJ Walker
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 successful businesswoman, philanthropist and civil rights activists and she was able to take thousands of women with her. Alaia Williams from the 18 to 49 Podcast graciously fills in as guest co-host with Beckett to talk about the life of this trailblazing role model who began to change her fate by changing the condition of her hair.
May 14, 2016
Q and A
What would you serve Dorothy Parker for dinner? What are your favorite things from pop culture? When will you cover the Schuyler Sisters? Listeners' burning questions, answered.
Apr 30, 2016
Zelda Fitzgerald
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 simple labels.
Apr 23, 2016
"Miss Potter" Moviecast
We cannot get enough Beatrix Potter! Here is our coverage of the 2006 movie "Miss Potter," starring Renee Zellweger in the title role. 
Apr 02, 2016
Beatrix Potter
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. 
Mar 27, 2016
Catherine The Great (Part 2)
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 the Russian Empire, was ripped from her arms to be raised by Empress Elizabeth. Not cool, Elizabeth, not cool at all.  
Mar 04, 2016
A Conversation With Carol Wallace
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 but, instead, have this conversation between Beckett and Carol Wallace? Funny in a "well, that's a little different" way. In 2010 one of us- Beckett- wanted to hear a podcast like her favorite book of all time, To Marry an English Lord, by Gail MacColl and Carol Wallace, but couldn't find one. So we made one. In 2014 we had drinks with Carol Wallace. In 2015 this conversation was recorded and lived in a computer until now.
Feb 05, 2016
Catherine the Great (Part 1)

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 innocent German princess from obscurity onto the world stage. 

Jan 22, 2016
Mrs. Santa Minicast
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, Santa, but it's time her history was told.
Dec 25, 2015
Four Inventors
Lillian Gilbreth inspired us. After talking about her life and accomplishments, we thought it was high time to introduce you to four more problem-solving women whose inventions we use every day: Josephine Cochrane, Melitta Bentz, Mary Phelps Jacobs and Hedy Lamarr.
Dec 12, 2015
Lillian Moller Gilbreth
Lillian Gilbreth should be remembered for any of her life accomplishments: psychologist, industrial engineer, author, inventor, and pioneer in the field of industrial psychology. From her collection of degrees to her equal partnership marriage to her work with Presidents and to the trailblazing example she set for us modern mothers...she should be remembered for a lot more than simply, "the mother on Cheaper by the Dozen". Let's do something about that.
Nov 28, 2015
Mary Queen of Scots
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 interested party),  but once she started making decisions for herself? Ah, that's when her life took dramatic twists and turns that ultimately took the crown off her head. Actually, those decisions got her whole head taken off, but let's start at the beginning, shall we?
Nov 13, 2015
Q & A and Random Bits Show

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 format and answer some of your questions. 

Oct 06, 2015
Dorothy Parker (Part 2)

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 attempt was unsuccessful. How will this end?

Aug 30, 2015
Dorothy Parker (Part 1)

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 wasn’t all wit and snark. Behind those flip one liners there was a very complex woman who lead a full life far beyond the banter of the Algonquin Round table.

Aug 09, 2015
Marie Antoinette Reboot (Part 2)

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 travels from well-liked to queen to the (dramatic pause) guillotine. 

Jul 09, 2015
Marie Antoinette Reboot (Part 1)

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 about this woman who has been long misquoted and misunderstood.

Jun 12, 2015
Lydia Pinkham

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 (and a wee bit of alcohol) into not only an empire but a leaping advance in women’s health and education. 

Apr 11, 2015
A quick status update!
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Feb 20, 2015
Mrs. Claus Minicast

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, Santa, but it’s time her history was told.

Dec 23, 2014
Joan of Arc

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.

Nov 21, 2014
Hattie McDaniel

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 that they have twenty years of hard work and paying their dues before finally achieving their goal. The same is true of Hattie McDaniel.

Oct 21, 2014
The Women of Gone With The Wind

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, creative and unconventional Southern woman and the novel that she wrote of Southern life.

Sep 30, 2014
Encore: The Wizard of OZ
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Aug 13, 2014
Agatha Christie

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 for a whole lot more: daughter, wife, mother, pharmacist, playwright and adventurer only begin the list.

Jul 15, 2014
Sybil Ludington Minicast

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 American history.  

Jul 04, 2014
Carry ( Carrie ) Nation

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

May 24, 2014
“The Music Show” #2
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Apr 24, 2014
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Apr 07, 2014

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

Mar 22, 2014
Elizabethan Life Minicast
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Feb 25, 2014
Queen Elizabeth I (Part 2)
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Feb 11, 2014
Queen Elizabeth I (Part 1)
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Dec 21, 2013
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Nov 02, 2013
Frida Kahlo

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

Sep 10, 2013
Bessie Coleman
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Aug 10, 2013
Elizabeth Woodville and Margaret Beaufort (rebroadcast)
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Jul 30, 2013
Amelia Earhart
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Jul 11, 2013
Bookcast: Jane Austen Book Club #3
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Jun 19, 2013
Bookcast: Jane Austen Book Club #2
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May 19, 2013
Bookcast: Jane Austen Book Club #1
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May 09, 2013
Jane Austen
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Apr 16, 2013
The Women of Oz Minicast

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

Mar 22, 2013
The Wizard of Oz

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

Mar 09, 2013
BONUS MATERIAL: The Declaration of Sentiments (1848)
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Feb 14, 2013
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
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Feb 14, 2013
Josephine Baker (Part 2)
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Jan 22, 2013
Josephine Baker (part 1)
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Jan 13, 2013
Season 4 Introduction
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Dec 09, 2012
The Romanovs (Part 2)

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Nov 30, 2012
The Romanovs (Part 1)

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Nov 11, 2012
Lady Jane Grey

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Oct 01, 2012
Queen Mary I

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Sep 17, 2012
Julia Child

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Aug 12, 2012
Beckett and Susan’s Adventures in Wonderland and What They Found There
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Jul 20, 2012
Alice in Wonderland

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Jun 29, 2012
Clara Bow

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Jun 10, 2012
Rosa Parks

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May 26, 2012
Ida B. Wells -Barnett

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, a suffragist, a wife and mother.

May 12, 2012
The Last Four Wives of Henry VIII
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Apr 28, 2012
Titanic Field Trip Minicast
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Apr 15, 2012
Margaret “Molly” Brown

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Apr 07, 2012
Anne Boleyn Minicast
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Apr 01, 2012
Katherine of Aragon

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Mar 17, 2012
Elizabeth Woodville and Margaret Beaufort

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Mar 02, 2012
Teeny Tiny Tudor Tutorial Minicast
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Feb 22, 2012
Season 3 Introduction
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Feb 13, 2012
The Music Show
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Jan 27, 2012
Sophie Blanchard Minicast
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Jan 21, 2012
Nellie Bly

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Jan 14, 2012
Annie Chambers Minicast
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Jan 04, 2012
Madame de Pompadour

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Dec 21, 2011
Ella Fitzgerald

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Dec 06, 2011
The Duchess of Devonshire

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Nov 18, 2011
Mary Shelley Minicast

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Nov 06, 2011
Mary Wollstonecraft

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Oct 23, 2011
Betty Crocker Minicast
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Oct 13, 2011
1950′s Housewives

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Oct 08, 2011
Clara Barton

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Sep 22, 2011
Princess Charlotte

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Sep 08, 2011
Queen Victoria (Part 2)

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Sep 01, 2011
Queen Victoria (Part 1)

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 the third person, you know! She led a very colorful and unique life!

Aug 21, 2011
Season 2 Introduction

A quick introduction to Season Two!

Aug 20, 2011
Audio Postcard #2– Beckett and the Day of Museums

An audio postcard from Beckett's vacation in Kentucky.

Aug 08, 2011
Audio Postcard #1 – Susan and the Painted Ladies

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

Aug 04, 2011
Season 1 Wrap-Up and FAQ Minicast

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

Jul 19, 2011
Jennie Jerome Churchill

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

Jul 01, 2011
Gilded Age Servants

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 ensure the Dollar Princesses’ success.

Jun 12, 2011
Gilded Age Heiresses

Call them whatever you want; Gilded Age Heiresses, Dollar Princesses, Buccaneers– they all point to the same type of woman. Spanning about a twenty year time period wealthy American ladies of marrying age headed across the pond to snag the ultimate in opulent accessories: a noble title.

Jun 03, 2011
Age of Innocence Moviecast

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

May 22, 2011
“The" Mrs. Astor

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.

May 09, 2011
Annie Sullivan Macy Minicast

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

Apr 28, 2011
Helen Keller

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

Apr 21, 2011
Lizzie Borden

Upper middle class Victorian New England: Polite conversations, genteel ladies, dapper gentlemen, beautiful architecture, and a 32 year old spinster taking a hatchet to her parents. Or did she? The woman that we discuss in this episode was propelled into the center of a media frenzy.

Apr 07, 2011
Dolley Madison

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

Mar 24, 2011
Abigail Adams Feminism Minicast

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

Mar 17, 2011
Abigail Adams

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

Mar 09, 2011
Red Riding Hood Minicast

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

Feb 28, 2011

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 we discuss in this episode crosses cultural, territorial and social lines.

Feb 22, 2011
Little House Book Minicast

We annotate the Little House book series.

Feb 15, 2011
Laura Ingalls Wilder

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 her childhood and for sporting a really, sweet bonnet. But her reality was more gritty.

Feb 08, 2011
Marie Antoinette

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!

Jan 31, 2011
Introduction to The History Chicks
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Jan 20, 2011