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Sarah Duncan is a lean manufacturing coach for a pharmaceutical company. Her ADD combined with excessive creative energy have led to many outlandish pursuits and activities over the years, including 20+ years as a dancer and choreographer, a brief stint competing in sprint triathlons, and performing in the Raleigh musical theater scene. For years, Sarah has been fascinated with how romance and passion have frequently changed the course of history. Salacious History evolved out of Sarah’s love of history, pop culture, and podcasting.

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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