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Ep25 – Gay Victims of the Holocaust

The Holocaust is one of the best-documented episodes of mass genocide in history, but for decades, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans victims of the Holocaust were left out of historical records. Why were LGBTQ individuals persecuted, and why were their stories left out of the Holocaust narrative for so long?

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Ep24 – Activist Karl Heinrich Ulrichs

The gay rights movement began in 19th century Germany with a man named Karl Heinrich Ulrichs. Karl Heinrich Ulrichs was the first self-proclaimed gay man to speak out publicly for the rights of homosexuals. In both written and spoken form, he was the first person to demand the decriminalization of homosexuality as well as the complete legal equality of all sexual orientations. Karl Heinrich Ulrichs was, in many ways, the world’s first gay activist.

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Ep23 – Transgender History

Transgenderism might seem like a relatively recent phenomenon at first. But there is nothing new about being transgender. People have been crossing the boundaries of their assigned genders for millenia.

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Minisode: COVID-19 & Domestic Violence

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?

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Minisode: COVID-19 & Marriage

As the coronavirus continues to spread, the CDC continues to recommend social distancing. With married couples and domestic partners spending an unprecedented amount of time together at home, what kind of impact does this have on their relationships? That’s what today’s episode is all about.

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Minisode: COVID-19 & Dating

COVID-19 is changing almost all aspects of our lives right now – but what about the romantic lives of single people?In this special minisode, we take a look at how the Coronavirus and social distancing are affecting singles in the dating world.

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Re-Airing: JFK’s Sexual Exploits

I hope everyone is staying safe during this crazy, unpredictable time! Please stay home (if you’re able) and stay safe. I decided to re-air our VERY FIRST EPISODE for anyone who may need a little pick-me-up or distraction from the current situation. ENJOY!     In our pilot episode, Sarah digs into the story behind…

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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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