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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.

Re-Air: Prostitution in the Wild West

In honor of Women’s History Month, we are revisiting one of our most popular episodes: Prostitution in the Wild West!   Please see the original episode for a full list of sources: Ep20 – Prostitution in the Wild West

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Ep37 – Empress Wu Zetian: What’s the Real Story?

Today we will be discussing one of the most controversial women in Chinese history: Empress Wu Zetian, the only woman to ever rule China. Historians have depicted her as a ruthless monster and an ineffective ruler, but was this really the case?

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Ep36 – A Celebration of Black History

 In honor of Black History Month, we are taking a look back at some of the amazing African American groundbreakers we have covered on the podcast. We will also learn more about the origins of Black History Month!

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Ep35 – Juan & Eva Perón

Juan and Eva Peron are some of Argentina’s biggest cultural and political icons of the past century. Eva (AKA “Evita”) captured the heart of the nation as a First Lady of the people and President Juan Peron brought prosperity to the working class. In this week’s episode, we learn how this couple’s love for each other and their country propelled them to new heights.

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Ep34 – Sex & Marriage: Apartheid

Apartheid was a system that legally separated the various racial groups in South Africa and kept the white minority in power. Learn how apartheid impacted sex and marriage in SA both during and after apartheid.

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Ep33 – History of Abortion Rights

No matter if you are pro-life or pro-choice, it’s important to understand the history of abortion rights and what events have shaped our current perceptions. How have different societies addressed abortion in the past, and why is it such a divisive issue in the modern era? 

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Ep32 – The Kidnapping of Nell Donnelly

Nell Donnelly (Reed) was a famous Kansas City resident and business owner who was taken for ransom during the Great Depression. Nell was a badass business woman, but she had a few scandalous secrets that came to light following her kidnapping. This episode is sponsored by: Suggested Episodes: Ep20 – Prostitution in the Wild West…

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Ep31 – The Marquis de Sade

Today we will be learning about one of the darkest influential figures of European culture: the Marquis de Sade, the man who literally inspired the term “sadism.”

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Ep30a – AIDS Epidemic (Part II)

ACT UP was founded to fight for the rights of AIDS patients. They demanded better drug testing, they altered public perceptions of the illness and safe sex, and refused to back down until they won.

If you missed Part I of our coverage of the AIDS Epidemic, I encourage you to go back and listen to that episode first. Click here to listen!

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Ep30 – AIDS Epidemic (Part I)

Between 1981 and 1987, over 40,000 people died of AIDS in the United States. But despite the obvious health crisis, no one in power was doing anything about it. The U.S. government did not care about AIDS for one simple reason: the majority of the early cases were among gay men, who the government deemed expendable.

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