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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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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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Ep27 – Bayard Rustin

Bayard Rustin was one of the 20th century’s most influential civil rights activists and organizers, and yet many of us have never heard of him. He was the architect of the 1963 March on Washington and a key advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But despite all his accomplishments, his story has been pushed to the side for one simple reason: he was openly gay.

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Ep26 – Christine Jorgensen: The First Trans Celebrity

This episode celebrates the life of trans icon Christine Jorgensen. Christine was one of the world’s first transgender celebrities, and the story of her 1952 transition sparked many important discussions about sexuality in the medical and scientific fields.   Suggested Episodes: Ep23 – Transgender History Ep16 – History of Damsels in Distress   Sources: Barajas,…

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