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10 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Nancy Wake. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Nancy Wake, often where they are interviewed.

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10 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Nancy Wake. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Nancy Wake, often where they are interviewed.

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Author Ariel Lawhon on Nazi-killing socialite spy Nancy Wake

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Author Photo: ©Kristee Mays Photography

Why haven’t more people heard of Nancy Wake?

An upper-class expat who smuggled documents and people out of WWII Paris, armed the French Resistance, and killed a Nazi commander bare-handed, this war heroine should be a household name — but she isn’t. Author Ariel Lawhon sets out to rectify the oversight in her latest novel, Code Name Hélène. The book is a meticulously researched and compulsively readable account of Nancy Wake’s life, tracing her journey from journalist to society wife to spy. 

Erica spoke with Ariel about writing Code Name Hélène, why this story has been overlooked for so long, and the fascinating truth behind Nancy’s signature red lipstick. They also discuss Ariel’s approach to writing fiction about real people, her favorite fictional marriages, and even get a behind-the-scenes peek at her next project.

Code Name Hélène is available to check out in regular print or large type, as well as ebook formats in CloudLibrary and Libby/Overdrive. You can also purchase it at your favorite bookstore.

Find out more about Ariel here.

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Jul 01 2020 ·
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Nancy Wake: World War II Special Ops

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Without spoilers, Nancy Wake was a fearless Special Ops member in World War II

Jun 23 2020 · 30mins

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Nancy Wake - Do Go On Mini

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This is the podcast version of episode two of our new web series that we made with Stupid Old Studios. You can watch the video of the episode complete with animations, props and lots and lots of regret face right now on The Stupid Old Channel YouTube page (link below). This episode we ask the question: how did a nurse from Australia wind up at the top of the Gestapo’s most wanted list? It’s a tale of espionage, danger and a whole lot of sass! Join Jess, Matt and Dave for the story of World War 2 badass Nancy, "The White Mouse" Wake.

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Jun 04 2020 · 28mins
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Nancy Wake - Gestapo's Most Wanted

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During WWII, Nancy Wake used her wit and charm as a spy against Nazi Germany and soon become the Gestapo's most wanted with a 5 million Franc bounty put on her head.

The Nazi's nicknamed Nancy, "The White Mouse" because she always seemed to slip out of their fingers.

Come join us and a special guest on this episode of People Time as we dive into the life of Nancy wake!

#Podcast #PeopleTime #NancyWake #spy #Biography #WWII 

Apr 06 2020 · 1hr 44mins

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SECRET AGENT & SAMURAI WARRIOR: Nancy Wake & Nakano Takeko

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Breast milk? Breast milk. The topic Rita is *itching* to discuss. Then Amanda rolls into the story of WWII secret agent Nancy Wake, who was named the Gestapo's MOST WANTED PERSON during the height of the war. Rita discusses Nakano Takeko, a Samurai Warrior who fought courageously for her people in battle. 

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Oct 11 2019 · 1hr 3mins
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17/52 New Zealand – Nancy Wake

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New Zealand-born Nancy Wake loved a good drink and handsome men, and hated nothing more than the Nazis.

Working as a freelance journalist in 1933, Wake travelled to Vienna to interview the German Chancellor, a man named Adolf Hitler. She saw Nazi brutality first hand, and developed a deep, deep hatred for the party, vowing to take them down. When World War Two broke out she joined the French Resistance as a Spy. One of her colleagues remarked “She is the most feminine woman I know until the fighting starts. Then she is like five men.”

Wake earned the nickname “White Mouse” for her ability to evade capture, and was at one time the Gestapo’s most wanted person. She flirted with border guards, slipped poison into enemy drinks and smuggled many jews and allied airman out of France.

In this episode I speak about the significance of Anzac Day with Alice Procter who (as you may remember from episode 05/52 of British Subjects) runs Uncomfortable Art Tours.

I interview Dr Jean Smith, a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Research Fellow, about the migration of Commonwealth troops and Nancy Wake’s contribution to the war. In addition to the work she’s done, if you’re interested in migration history during WWII Jean recommends
Ashley Jackson, who she works with at Kings College.

And finally, I had the great pleasure of speaking to Sumitra Tikaram, who served in the FANY Corps. Sumi was a personal friend of Nancy Wake, and hosted her when she moved to London.

For a Hollywood version of this story you could watch Charlotte Grey (I haven’t). If you really want the real story, the best thing to read is Nancy Wake’s own account, The White Mouse, there is a documentary of the same name which includes interviews with her:

And this dramatised documentary:

British Subjects is produced by Anna Rose Kerr.

Apr 23 2019 · 20mins
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Nancy Wake EP06

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Karen tells the story of incredible WWII spy Nancy Wake. Chuck is in love. AGAIN!
Apr 01 2019 · 30mins
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Do you think they had a gym at Hogwarts? (Nancy Wake & Angela Bassett)

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This week we discuss, what we consider, a real-life Agent Peggy Carter, with Nancy Wake. While. We then take a look into the unstoppable and successful acting career of, the one and only, Angela Bassett.

E-mail us at thekitchensclosed@gmail.com with your listener episode stories. Tell us about inspiring and motivating individuals in your life that have changed your life in one way or another.  


Oct 24 2018 · 1hr 24mins
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Ep. 2 - Lost Boss Bxtch: Nancy Wake, Eleanor Roosevelt

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For the first Lost Boss Bxtch episode, Lindsay and Rebecca jump in to the amazing lives of Nancy Wake (A SPY) and Eleanor Roosevelt (AN ICONIC FIRST LADY).

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May 31 2017 · 31mins