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Ep20 – Prostitution in the Wild West

For our season two finale, we will be learning about 19th century prostitution in the American west. Beyond the myths and old western movies, what do we really know about this notorious group of women? What kind of conditions did they live with, and how does popular myth compare to reality?   Suggested Episodes: Ep16…

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Ep19 – The HIV Epidemic in Thailand

In the 1980s, a well-intentioned gift from the king of Thailand led to one of the most severe HIV outbreaks the World Health Organization has ever seen. With the help of Dr. Wiwat Rojanapithayakorn, Thai health officials found groundbreaking new strategies for slowing the spread of HIV and saved millions of lives. Tune in for…

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Ep18 – Sex & Marriage: The Puritans

In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, we will be learning about the Puritans of early colonial America A.K.A. the Pilgrims! H.L. Mencken famously defined Puritanism as “the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.” But what was romantic life like for the members of this notoriously straight-laced community? You might be surprised! Today,…

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Ep17 – Benedict Arnold & Peggy Shippen

On our very first AUDIENCE PICK episode, we will be learning about the relationship between traitor Benedict Arnold and Peggy Shippen. Benedict Arnold defected to the British side during the American Revolution after suffering a series of slights during his military career, but new evidence suggests that his wife Peggy may have been a key…

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Ep16 – History of Damsels in Distress

This episode dives into one of the most widely-used character archetypes in myth, literature, and cinema: the damsel in distress. The story of the beautiful damsel, who always finds herself in need of rescuing, goes back thousands of years and can be found in cultures all over the world. Why is the damsel in distress…

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Ep15 – Cleopatra

In this week’s episode, we will be getting to know the Queen of the Nile herself, Cleopatra. Her romantic entanglements and military alliances with some of her era’s most powerful leaders, as well as her reputed exotic beauty and sexual magnetism, have earned her an enduring place in history and popular myth. Was Cleopatra really…

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Ep14 – Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera are among the most captivating and provocative artists to ever come out of Mexico. In addition to their art, the strange nature of their age-defying, beauty-and-the-beast relationship swathed the pair in intrigue. Let’s learn a little more about their love and legacy, both as a couple and as individuals. Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/salacioushistory…

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Ep13 – Loving v. Virginia

At 2am on July 11, 1958, Mildred and Richard Loving were ripped from their beds in the middle of the night and thrown in jail. Their crime? Being married to someone of a different race. On today’s show, we get the background on the Lovings’ relationship, a brief history of miscegenation law, and how the…

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Ep12 – The Six Wives of Henry VIII (Part II)

Divorced, beheaded, died; divorced, beheaded, survived.
In this episode, we continue our discussion on the six wives of Henry VIII. We will be learning about wives three through six: Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard, and Catherine Parr. I have to admit I knew almost NOTHING about these four women before I began my research for this episode. While there are countless resources, movies, and TV shows about Henry’s first two wives, significantly less attention tends to be paid to the last four – at least in my experience. But don’t you worry, there is still PLENTY of drama to go around in this episode.

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Ep11 – The Six Wives of Henry VIII (Part I)

“Divorced, beheaded, died. Divorced, beheaded, survived.” One of our most popular episodes from Season One was Sex & Marriage: The Tudor Period. In that episode, we discussed how royal marriages were more often arranged based on political alliances than love, and that the church had significant influence over the marital status and sexual lives of…

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SH Mailbag – Fireworks, Words, & LGBTQ History

In our first-ever mailbag episode, Sarah reads and responds to emails from Salacious History listeners. Tune in to hear about Classical composers with communicable diseases, the impact of word choices, and how to approach researching LGBTQ historical figures.

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Ep10 – Mail Order Brides

They’ve been arriving from afar for centuries, but you won’t find them on Amazon with two-day shipping. We are wrapping up season 1 with the long and sorted history of mail-order brides. Who were the first mail-order brides? What circumstances sparked this phenomenon? And how has the mail-order bride industry changed over time? iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/salacious-history/id1452081700Patreon:…

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Ep09 – Sex & Marriage: Slavery in Early America

This week, we explore what sex, courtship, and marriage was like for enslaved Africans in 18th and 19th century America. How were those who had no control over their destiny able to find love? What effect did the system of slavery have on family structure and gender roles? All this and more will be answered…

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Ep08 – Abigail & John Adams

John and Abigail Adams may have been America’s first power couple. They also had the honor of being America’s first Second Family and the second First Family. John is known for his many political ventures throughout the Revolutionary War and the early years of American politics, but how did his wife influence his rise to…

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Ep07 – Alfred Kinsey (Part II)

We continue our discussion of sexologist Doctor Alfred Kinsey. In Part II, we will focus on the results of “The Kinsey Report” and why his findings were (and still are) so controversial. We also discuss his legacy and how he changed views on sex forever. iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/salacious-history/id1452081700?mt=2 Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/salacioushistory Sources: “Alfred Kinsey.” Biography.com, A&E Networks…

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Ep06 – Alfred Kinsey (Part I)

On this week’s episode, we will explore the life and career of groundbreaking sexologist, Doctor Alfred Kinsey. Some hail him as the father of the sexual revolution, while others credit him for the so-called moral decay that plagued American society in the later 20th century. In Part I, we will discuss his childhood, education, and…

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Ep05 – Sex & Marriage: The Tudor Period

We’re taking a walk down the aisle for our first “Sex & Marriage” themed episode! Today we are learning about Sex & Marriage in the Tudor Period. When and why did people get married? How was marriage different for royals versus poorer citizens? And why did the church have so much influence over everyone’s sex lives? Tune in to find out!

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Ep04 – Shah Jahan & Mumtaz Mahal

You guys, we’re doing our first episode covering a famous couple from history! The story of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal’s marriage falls in the gray area between historical fact and romantic legend. By all accounts, they are one of the most celebrated royal couples of the 16th century, and their love resulted in the…

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Ep03 – Gloria Steinem Goes Undercover

This week, Sarah recounts the occasion in 1963 when journalist Gloria Steinem went undercover as a Playboy Bunny at the famous New York City Playboy Club. Between the long hours, harsh demerit system, and sleazy clientele, it was an experience that Gloria would not soon forget. Gloria translated her Playboy Bunny experience into one of the most famous pieces of undercover journalism ever written. Grab your satin bunny ears and your 3-inch heels – it’s time for some rampant misogyny!

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Ep02 – Descendants of Genghis Khan

This week, Sarah explores the life of conqueror Genghis Khan, the man who has fathered more children than anyone else in history. We look into his tumultuous childhood, his scorched-Earth military tactics, and the genetic legacy he left behind. Disclaimer: this episode discusses rape and violence towards women – listener discretion is advised. Suggested Episodes:…

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Ep01 – JFK’s Sexual Exploits

In our pilot episode, Sarah digs into the story behind one of the most beloved, and some would say the sexiest, Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy. She discusses JFK’s unfortunate male role models, the many women he seduced, and a series of burning questions: Why couldn’t he keep his pants on? Did…

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Trailer – Salacious History

History is a lot dirtier than you think. Salacious History is a podcast that explores moments in history that were shaped by sex, romance, and people who were generally down to clown. Using sex and related topics as a jumping-off point, Sarah Duncan presents a cheeky yet factual glimpse into historical moments and figures that…

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