The History Chicks

The History Chicks

By The History Chicks /Wondery

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


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.
17/03/201h 51m

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.
03/03/201h 21m

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.
18/02/201h 32m

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.
03/02/201h 13m

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.
22/01/201h 17m

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.
09/01/201h 59m

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!
25/12/1912m 21s

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.
24/12/192h 5m

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.
09/12/1950m 31s

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.
26/11/191h 35m

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.
18/11/191h 36m

Pocahontas, Revisited

It's National Native American Heritage Month, a perfect time to recast our episode on the real story of Pocahontas.
12/11/191h 13m

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.
29/10/191h 14m

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.
18/10/191h 52m

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.
01/10/191h 47m

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.
17/09/192h 23m

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.
02/09/191h 25m

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.
20/08/191h 20m

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.
06/08/191h 10m

Seven Women Revisited

We revisit the lives of seven women with amazing stories including Hedy Lamarr and Judy Garland
23/07/191h 13m

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.
09/07/191h 24m

Elizebeth Friedman

"America's first female cryptanalyst" only hints at the contributions of this codebreaking war hero.
01/07/191h 21m

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.

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.
03/06/1933m 37s

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.
19/05/1959m 13s

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.
07/05/192h 8m

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.
20/04/191h 33m

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.
06/04/191h 35m

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.
24/03/191h 16m

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.
09/03/191h 25m

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.
25/02/191h 26m

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.
11/02/191h 27m

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!
27/01/191h 22m

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.
06/01/191h 43m


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.
15/12/181h 33m

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.
27/11/181h 21m

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.
09/11/182h 17m

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."
13/10/181h 13m

Jane Addams (Part 1)

Later known as "The Mother of Social Work", Jane Addams took a circuitous route to find her life's calling.
23/09/181h 14m

Clara Barton Revisited and Refreshed

The life of Clara Barton was so full of humanitarian accomplishments it's worthy of another, refreshed, look.
02/09/181h 5m

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.
11/08/182h 20m

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.
22/07/181h 27m

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.
01/07/181h 50m

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.
11/06/182h 21m

Beatrix Potter Revisited and Refreshed

We take a look back at one of our most delightful subjects with a remastered classic episode.
19/05/181h 43m

Dowager Empress Cixi of China

The story of a Chinese concubine who rose to power from behind a curtain of yellow silk.
29/04/181h 57m

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.

Ada Lovelace

Ada Lovelace was the world's first computer programmer long before computers existed!
17/03/181h 38m

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.
24/02/181h 42m

Jackie Kennedy Onassis (Part 1)

Jackie Kennedy changed the cultural outlook of the United States during her brief role as First Lady.
07/02/181h 44m

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.
14/01/1856m 52s


Pocahontas did save lives... just not the way (or the one) that you've been taught.
24/12/171h 10m

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.
11/12/1712m 22s

Coco Chanel

Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel not only reinvented women's clothing and accessories, she reinvented herself, too.
05/12/171h 42m

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. 
12/11/171h 39m

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.
21/10/172h 5m

Hypatia of Alexandria

Hypatia was a mathematician, philosopher and astronomer who transcended gender barriers in the waning years of the Roman Empire.
30/09/171h 4m

Wallis Simpson (Part 2)

Wallis Simpson's husband abdicated the throne to marry her, but how did her happily ever after work out?
09/09/171h 49m

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. 
20/08/171h 27m

Annie Oakley

This famous sharpshooter surprised and delighted audiences all over the world with her skill and showmanship.
29/07/171h 11m

Emily Post

Emily Post? All she did was write a book about etiquette? Ahhh, no. She did more, a lot more.
08/07/171h 40m

Anne with an E Recap - Episode 7

"Wherever you are is my home." We recap the last episode of Season One of this series
01/07/171h 29m

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.
23/06/171h 32m

Anne with an E Recap - Episode 5

Anne with an E Recap - Episode 5
19/06/171h 39m

Q&A, 2017

Our third not-quite-annual question and answer episode.
17/06/171h 46m

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.
10/06/171h 33m

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.
02/06/171h 17m

Marie Laveau

How much of the New Orleans Voodoo Queen's legend is myth? (Hint: A lot)
27/05/171h 21m

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.
20/05/171h 27m

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"
12/05/171h 56m

Lucy Maud Montgomery

She created Anne of Green Gables and wrote her way into all of our hearts.
06/05/171h 54m

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.
15/04/171h 31m

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!
26/03/171h 15m

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.
05/03/171h 27m

Ida B. Wells

Ida Wells worked as a pioneering journalist and activist who campaigned for anti-lynching legislation.
11/02/171h 8m

Lucille Ball (Part 2)

Lucille's life after the premiere of I Love Lucy was nothing anyone could have predicted.
29/01/171h 26m

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.
01/01/171h 15m


Mulan's story of her days as a Chinese warrior had simple beginnings and a whole lot of lasting power!
10/12/161h 31m

Queen Nzinga

The story of this powerful, 17th century African ruler was far from an ordinary Princess to Queen tale. 
23/11/1653m 59s

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.
30/10/1659m 54s

Shirley Chisholm

We wrap up our short series of "women who ran for the US Presidency before Hillary Clinton" with Shirley Chisholm!
26/10/1643m 56s

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.
23/10/1628m 16s

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.
09/10/161h 59m

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.
18/09/161h 25m

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.
28/08/161h 21m

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.
07/08/161h 28m

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.
16/07/161h 18m

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.
26/06/161h 9m

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?
11/06/161h 21m

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.
04/06/161h 6m

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.
14/05/161h 7m

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.
30/04/1654m 47s

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.
23/04/161h 49m

"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.
02/04/161h 39m

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.
27/03/161h 43m

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.
04/03/161h 42m

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.
05/02/1624m 59s

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. 
22/01/161h 8m

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.
25/12/1511m 52s

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.
12/12/1548m 29s

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.
28/11/151h 34m

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?
13/11/151h 34m

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. 
06/10/151h 20m

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?
30/08/151h 2m

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.
09/08/1557m 55s

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. 
09/07/1551m 10s

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.
12/06/1554m 38s

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. 
11/04/1556m 10s

A quick status update!

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, Susan has lost her voice. She has a paralyzed vocal cord, in fact, so she DOES have a voice, […] The post A quick status update! appeared first on The History Chicks.
20/02/151m 53s

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.
23/12/1411m 52s

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.
21/11/141h 21m

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.
21/10/1433m 59s

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.
30/09/141h 29m

Encore: The Wizard of OZ

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13/08/141h 14m

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.
15/07/141h 11m

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.  
04/07/148m 52s

Carry ( Carrie ) Nation

Carry Nation was on a mission to rid America of alcohol with her hatchet and a tart tongue.
24/05/141h 20m

“The Music Show” #2

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24/04/141h 4m


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07/04/141h 1m


Though her successors tried to erase her from history, we bring to light the first female Pharaoh of Egypt.
22/03/1445m 47s

Elizabethan Life Minicast

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25/02/1431m 34s

Queen Elizabeth I (Part 2)

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11/02/141h 3m

Queen Elizabeth I (Part 1)

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21/12/1349m 42s


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02/11/132m 57s

Frida Kahlo

A horrible accident set Frida Kahlo on the way to her status as an artistic icon.
10/09/131h 21m

Bessie Coleman

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10/08/1343m 57s

Elizabeth Woodville and Margaret Beaufort (rebroadcast)

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30/07/1344m 32s

Amelia Earhart

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11/07/131h 22m

Bookcast: Jane Austen Book Club #3

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19/06/1331m 4s

Bookcast: Jane Austen Book Club #2

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19/05/1333m 56s

Bookcast: Jane Austen Book Club #1

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09/05/1338m 51s

Jane Austen

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16/04/131h 20m

The Women of Oz Minicast

We cover the stories of Judy Garland, Billie Burke, and Margaret Hamilton.
22/03/1323m 6s

The Wizard of Oz

We cover the background of this beloved movie and the colorful life of its author, Frank L. Baum.
09/03/131h 13m

BONUS MATERIAL: The Declaration of Sentiments (1848)

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14/02/136m 40s

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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14/02/131h 14m

Josephine Baker (Part 2)

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22/01/1356m 54s

Josephine Baker (part 1)

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13/01/131h 1m

Season 4 Introduction

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09/12/124m 17s

The Romanovs (Part 2)

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30/11/121h 7m

The Romanovs (Part 1)

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11/11/1256m 11s

Lady Jane Grey

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01/10/1235m 25s

Queen Mary I

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17/09/121h 27m

Julia Child

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12/08/121h 37m

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

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20/07/1247m 34s

Alice in Wonderland

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29/06/1257m 44s

Clara Bow

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10/06/121h 21m

Rosa Parks

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26/05/1244m 51s

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.
12/05/121h 8m

The Last Four Wives of Henry VIII

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28/04/121h 5m

Titanic Field Trip Minicast

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15/04/1233m 51s

Margaret “Molly” Brown

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07/04/121h 8m

Anne Boleyn Minicast

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01/04/1231m 1s

Katherine of Aragon

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Elizabeth Woodville and Margaret Beaufort

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02/03/1243m 52s

Teeny Tiny Tudor Tutorial Minicast

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22/02/1217m 43s

Season 3 Introduction

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13/02/128m 39s

The Music Show

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27/01/1241m 27s

Sophie Blanchard Minicast

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21/01/1216m 15s

Nellie Bly

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14/01/1259m 58s

Annie Chambers Minicast

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04/01/1215m 14s

Madame de Pompadour

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21/12/111h 3m

Ella Fitzgerald

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06/12/111h 5m

The Duchess of Devonshire

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18/11/111h 29m

Mary Shelley Minicast

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06/11/1118m 45s

Mary Wollstonecraft

Mary Wollstonecraft appeared first on The History Chicks.
23/10/111h 7m

Betty Crocker Minicast

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13/10/1110m 43s

1950′s Housewives

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08/10/111h 14m

Clara Barton

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22/09/111h 8m

Princess Charlotte

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08/09/1148m 36s

Queen Victoria (Part 2)

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01/09/1154m 2s

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!

Season 2 Introduction

A quick introduction to Season Two!
20/08/115m 55s

Audio Postcard #2– Beckett and the Day of Museums

An audio postcard from Beckett's vacation in Kentucky.
08/08/1111m 28s

Audio Postcard #1 – Susan and the Painted Ladies

An audio postcard about colorful Victorian homes from Susan's vacation.
04/08/117m 27s

Season 1 Wrap-Up and FAQ Minicast

We wrap up our very first season with some frequently asked questions.
19/07/1133m 29s

Jennie Jerome Churchill

Before she was Winston's mother, Jennie Jerome Churchill was a New York heiress who married into the British aristocracy.
01/07/1144m 6s

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.
12/06/1122m 5s

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.
03/06/1159m 21s

Age of Innocence Moviecast

We recap and compare fact to fiction in 1993's movie adaptation of Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence
22/05/1144m 34s

“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.
09/05/111h 2m

Annie Sullivan Macy Minicast

Helen Keller called her "Teacher" but we call her remarkable and accomplished!
28/04/1136m 56s

Helen Keller

Writer, public speaker, friend, daughter, world traveler, and a woman who may have had physical disabilities, but was not disabled.
21/04/111h 18m

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.
07/04/111h 1m

Dolley Madison

Hello, Dolley: America's FIRST First Lady, networking hostess, and woman worth knowing!
24/03/1139m 30s

Abigail Adams Feminism Minicast

Was Abigail Adams a feminist? We discuss what we think.
17/03/1112m 33s

Abigail Adams

To call her a patriot, Second Lady, First Lady or mother of a president is just scratching the surface of Abigail Adams.
09/03/111h 8m

Red Riding Hood Minicast

The history and versions of the beloved story of a little girl in dire situation.
28/02/1113m 33s


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.
22/02/1150m 50s

Little House Book Minicast

We annotate the Little House book series.
15/02/1129m 14s

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.
08/02/111h 5m

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!
31/01/111h 6m

Introduction to The History Chicks

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20/01/113m 10s
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