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…Read More
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!Read More
While most types of crime have declined during the COVID-19 lockdown, there is one major exception: domestic violence. Why has domestic violence escalated even as the overall crime rate has fallen? What is the government doing to address this problem? And where can survivors turn for help during these unusual circumstances?Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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.