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What’sHerName women’s history podcast is hosted and produced by academic sisters Olivia Meikle and Katie Nelson. Committed to reclaiming forgotten history, What’sHerName tells the stories of fascinating women you’ve never heard of (but should have). Through compelling interviews with guest historians, writers, and scholars, Katie and Olivia bring to life the “lost” women of history. Fascinating and funny, thought-provoking and thoughtful, What’sHerName restores women’s voices to the conversation. New episodes every two weeks.

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THE SAINT Margaret Clitherow

Margaret Clitherow’s life – and death – were shaped by the religious upheavals of the Protestant Reformation in Elizabethan (16th century) England. A devoted Catholic in a time and place where Catholicism was illegal, she played a powerful role in a kind of “spy” network secretly harboring Catholic priests in the city of York. When a young boy living in her household exposed her secrets, she was imprisoned and then executed by the gruesome method of being pressed to death. She is now Saint Margaret Clitherow, one of only 3 female martyrs of the English Reformation–the other 197 are male.Katie interviews renowned Reformation Historian Peter Marshall, Professor of History at the University of Warwick in England, and co-editor of Oxford’s English Historical Review. He is one of the world’s preeminent scholars in Reformation history and winner of the Harold J. Grimm Prize for Reformation History. His books include 1517: Martin Luther and the Invention of the Reformation (2017), The Oxford Illustrated History of the Reformation (2015), Heretics and Believers: A History of the English Reformation (2017), The Reformation: A Very Short Introduction (2009), and Mother Leakey and the Bishop: A Ghost Story (2007).Music featured in this episode provided by the Weber State University Choirs and Orchestra.Want to help us “make history”? Become a Patron or Donate here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

35mins

1 Jan 2018

Rank #1

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THE SINNER Pearl DeVere

Pearl DeVere was one of the most famous and successful madams in the history of the American West. From a suitably mysterious background, Pearl built a thriving business that became one of the most famed “parlor houses” in the country. Her incredible business acumen, as well as her famed beauty and charm, ensured that her legend endures to this day in the historic gold rush town of Cripple Creek, Colorado.Recorded on location at the Old Homestead House Museum in Cripple Creek, Colorado. Guest Charlotte Bumgarner has been Executive Director for Gold Belt Tour Scenic and Historic Byway Association since 2001, and is one of its founding members. She first became involved with the Old Homestead House Museum as a tour guide in 1996, and is now the manager and protector of the museum. She has been awarded the Southern Colorado Conservation Friend of Open Space Award and the Mary Kiser Volunteer Service Award from Colorado Byways. Bumgarner is currently the Treasurer for National Scenic Byway Foundation. Preserving the culture and the land of Colorado is her passion.Music featured in this episode included: “Cripple Creek” performed by Half Pelican“Aunt Hagar’s Blues” performed by The New Hot 5“There’ll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight” performed by Daniel Henderson and Amanda Setlik Wilson“Daemon’s Winder,” by The Earth Stringband Want to help us “make history”? Become a Patron or Donate here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

44mins

1 Jan 2018

Rank #2

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THE WHITE ROSE Sophie Scholl

In Nazi Germany, resistance was not just forbidden, it was deadly. But in 1942, a group of young college students went from enthusiastic supporters of the Third Reich to some of its most vocal opponents, publishing thousands of leaflets calling Hitler a criminal, and attempting to start a student revolt. Though their dream of a revolution never became reality, their courageous stance in the face of evil has become legendary in Germany, and their story continues to inspire and influence generations of young people around the world. Olivia interviews author Kip Wilson, whose wonderful new YA novel-in-verse White Rose tells the story through the eyes of 21-year-old Sophie Scholl.A full transcript of this episode is available here.Guest Kip Wilson is the author of White Rose and The Most Dazzling Girl in Berlin, the Poetry Editor of the Young Adult Review Network, and has a Ph.D. in German Literature. In 2017, she won the PEN/New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award, and her work has appeared in several children’s literary magazines.Music featured in this episode provided by the Weber State University Chamber Choir, Jeff Cuno, Mary Lou Williams and Amanda Setlik Wilson.Want to help us “make history”? Become a Patron or Donate here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

42mins

25 Mar 2019

Rank #3

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THE WITCH Mother Shipton

It was a dark and stormy night, many centuries ago. In a cave on the edge of a haunted wood, a monstrous baby was born, and instead of crying, she cackled! No one would have expected the baby to thrive, but she grew to become Mother Shipton, England’s most famous witch. Hear the amazing story of the deformed, friendless child who took on the most powerful men in the kingdom, and won!Travel with Katie on location at Mother Shipton’s Cave (with a pool that turns things to stone!) with guest Jay Stelling for our Halloween Special.A full transcript of this episode is available here.Guest Jay Stelling is an office assistant at Mother Shipton’s Cave as well as an illustrator, doll maker and storyteller from North Yorkshire, England. She graduated in 2018 from Leeds Arts University where she received a First in BA(hons) Illustration. You can often find her making tiny dolls in her little attic studio with her partner and their two fluffy cats. Jay is fascinated by fairies and folklore, with most of her work centred around charming character and children’s stories, such as fairy tales and Yorkshire legends. Jay’s first children’s book Whistle-Stop Thistle is a story about recycling and reusing scrap materials. You can purchase her dolls, her book, and more on her website.Music featured in this episode provided by the ​Tudor Consort​, Roman Cano, Ben Sound, Elena Naumova, and Kevin MacLeod.Want to help us “make history”? Become a Patron or Donate here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

43mins

7 Oct 2019

Rank #4

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THE OPTIMIST Émilie du Châtelet

Do we live in the best of all possible worlds? Émilie du Châtelet thought so, and set out to prove it with empirical evidence three hundred years ago. Raised at the lavish court of Louis XIV, she stood out like a sore thumb: while the women around her were glamorous, graceful and illiterate, she was clunky, fierce, and bookish. The story of her world-changing contribution to science is as delightful as it is surprising: part frilly courtier, part mad-scientist, she fed her voracious appetite for books by sword-fighting and card-counting at Versailles. In this episode, visit the country chateau where she and her lover, Voltaire, became famous for living their best life.Interview with guest Madame Contesse de Salignac Fenelon recorded on location at Chateau Cirey in Cirey-sur-Blaise, France. Émilie du Châtelet voiced by Emily Wadley.Music featured in this episode included: “Cello Suite One in G Prelude” by JS Bach performed by John Michel, “The Four Seasons” by Antonio Vivaldi, performed by the Wichita State University Chamber Players, “Monsieur’s Almain from the Manc” by Phillip Serna, “Brandenberg Concerto No 3 Allegro” by JS Bach performed by Advent Chamber Orchestra, “Andante from Italian Concerto, BWV 971″ by JS Bach performed by Catrin Finch.Want to help us “make history”? Become a Patron or Donate here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

45mins

25 Feb 2019

Rank #5

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THE UNSINKABLE Margaret “Molly” Brown

Margaret Brown (who was renamed Molly after her death by the playwright Meredith Wilson) is often cited as the quintessential American rags-to-riches story. Born to poor Irish immigrants in Missouri, Margaret went on to become one of the wealthiest women in the country. She cemented her place in history through her heroism on the disastrous maiden voyage of the Titanic, but her life story is a compelling and unusual tale of character, compassion and just the right amount of bull-headedness. Her story is fully worthy of the many films, books and musicals which have born her name (even if that isn’t really her name, and most don’t in any way resemble her real story). Discover the remarkable woman behind the myth of the “Unsinkable Molly Brown.”Our guest is Jamie Melissa Wilms, Director of Education at the Molly Brown House Museum in Denver, Colorado. Interview recorded on location.Visit the Molly Brown House Museum website to view additional photos, artifacts, educational resources and more. Guest Jamie Melissa Wilms was Director of Education at the Molly Brown House Museum in Denver, Colorado from 2013-2018 and is now the Executive Director of the Denver Firefighter’s Museum. She has a BA in American History/Public Administration from Northern Michigan University, an MA in Historical Administration/American History from Eastern Illinois University, and has worked in the museum field for over fifteen years in locations across the United States.Music featured in this episode included:“Bunch of Green Rushes” by Killarney“Boys of Pleasure/Pull the Knife and Stick It In Again” by Killarney “The Gander in James McMahon’s Pratie Hole” by Andy Reiner and Jon Sousa“Gold Rush” by Marc Nelson“She Left Me Standing on a Mountain” by The Earth Stringband Want to help us “make history”? Become a Patron or Donate here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

44mins

22 Jan 2018

Rank #6

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THE PHARAOH Tawosret

Foundation plaque bearing the double cartouches of Queen Tawosret.From her mortuary temple at Thebes, Egypt. 19th_Dynasty.The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, London. Her story might be one of ambition and regicide, or one of a woman manipulated by an evil puppetmaster. Or it might be both! Travel with us back in time three thousand years, where our guest, Egyptologist Kara Cooney, introduces us to that most enigmatic (and overlooked) New Kingdom pharaoh, Tawosret. A complete transcript of this episode is available here. Dr. Kathlyn (Kara) Cooney is a professor of Egyptian Art and Architecture at UCLA. Her latest book, When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt, explores the lives of six remarkable female pharaohs. She is also the author of The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt. Cooney produced Out of Egypt, a comparative archaeology series which aired in 2009 on the Discovery Channel. Music featured in this episode includes Your purchases help support the podcast! The post THE PHARAOH Tawosret appeared first on What'shername. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

43mins

23 Sep 2019

Rank #7

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THE MARTYRS Perpetua and Felicitas

When your heart tells you to do one thing, and your parents tell you to do another, what do you do? 22-year-old Perpetua faced this dilemma 1,800 years ago in ancient Carthage. She faced a grisly death in an ancient Roman arena with her slave, Felicitas, at her side. Their tale is full of bizarre twists, gladiators, preemie babies, religious visions, and even a “most ferocious cow.” Katie interviews Eliza Rosenberg, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Religious Studies at Utah State University, where she teaches courses in world religions, biblical studies, Judaism, Christianity, and Greek.Browse a truly comprehensive collection of all resources related to the story of Perpetua and Felicitas, and explore the mysterious world of Ancient Roman music with guest musician Michael Levy. We are fascinated by his explorations into what the ancient world might have sounded like.Guest Eliza Rosenberg is a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Religious Studies at Utah State University, where she teaches courses in world religions, biblical studies, Judaism, Christianity, and Greek. She holds a Ph.D. in New Testament from McGill University. Her recent publications include “Weddings and the Return to Life in the Book of Revelation” in the volume Coming Back to Life: The Permeability of Past and Present, Mortality and Immortality, Death and Life in the Ancient Mediterranean, edited by F.S. Tappenden and C. Daniel-Hughes (McGill University, 2016) and “‘As She Herself Has Rendered’: Resituating Gender Perspectives on Revelation’s ‘Babylon,'” in the volume New Perspectives on the Book of Revelation, edited by Adela Yarbro Collins (Peeters, 2017). She is currently completing a book manuscript on the book of Revelation and violent theodicy.Music featured in this episode included: “Nero’s Lyre" “Gloria Belli,” “Contemplationis,” “Sorrow” composed and performed by Michael Levy, and “March of the Lizards” composed and performed by Unstoppable Farmer.Want to help us “make history”? Become a Patron or Donate here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

36mins

27 Aug 2018

Rank #8

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THE WARRIOR Zenobia

In 3rd century Palmyra (modern-day Syria), the bold and brilliant queen Zenobia defied the Roman Empire and launched a wildly successful campaign of expansion, eventually ruling Arabia, Egypt, and parts of Asia Minor. But at her final defeat in 272, her story fragments into several curious and contradictory versions of “the end.” With guest Pamela Toler, author of the new book Women Warriors, we take on this history “Choose Your Own Adventure” style–examining the sources that bring her story to life, and choosing which ending we believe is the best one. Armed with a PhD in history, a well-thumbed deck of library cards, and a large bump of curiosity, author, speaker, and historian, guest Pamela D. Toler translates history for a popular audience. She goes beyond the familiar boundaries of American history to tell stories from other parts of the world as well as history from the other side of the battlefield, the gender line, or the color bar. Toler is the author of eight books of popular history for children and adults. Her newest book is Women Warriors: An Unexpected History.Music featured in this episode included: “Incantations of Heka,” “Gloria Belli,” “Sacred Flame of Vesta,” “Dark Realms of Pluto," and “Hymn to Osiris” written and performed by Michael Levy, and “March of the Lizards” and “Gladiator Pitz” written and performed by Unstoppable Farmer.Want to help us “make history”? Become a Patron or Donate here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

39mins

11 Mar 2019

Rank #9

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THE MUSE Carolyn Cassady

Carolyn Cassady was an artist, costume designer, writer, and critical influence on the members of the Beat Generation. Her marriage to Neal Cassady and her friendships with Jack Kerouac and other prominent members of the Beats have long overshadowed her own life and accomplishments, but with the recent publication of new manuscripts discovered after her death that is finally beginning to change. An astonishingly talented and prolific creative force, Carolyn Cassady’s legacy of determination, strength, and uniquely creative work is finally being recognized as she emerges from the shadow of “the guys.” Our guests are Cathy Cassady, eldest daughter of Carolyn and Neal Cassady and editor of Carolyn’s posthumously-published book Travel Tips for the Timid, and Josette Lorig, PhD candidate at the University of Colorado Boulder.[Correction: in this episode Olivia mistakenly says that Carolyn Cassady discovered Neal, Luanne Henderson and Jack Kerouac in bed together. It was actually Allen Ginsberg, not Kerouac.]Guest Cathy Cassady was born in San Francisco and spent her childhood in the South Bay Area in Monte Sereno, CA. After high school, Cathy spent twenty years working as a medical assistant/transcriber before returning to college. Having spent most of her working years sitting down, she realized it was not a healthy way for folks to spend their working days. She thus earned a B.S. in Exercise Physiology, and an M.S. in Worksite Wellness Management. She spent the rest of her career as a health educator, helping employees stay healthy and fit. She is currently retired, writing, and living with her husband, George, and their loveable Labradoodle, Tula near their three kids and six grandchildren in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California.Guest Josette Lorig is a PhD candidate in English, Instructor, and the manager of the Laboratory for Race & Popular Culture at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research focuses on mid-twentieth century literature and culture, popular novels, women’s life-writing, and gender sexuality studies.Music featured in this episode included works by Mary Lou Williams, “I Can’t See You” written and performed by Jeff Cuno, and “Evening Glow” written by Daniel Henderson and performed by his Big Band.Want to help us “make history”? Become a Patron or Donate here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

44mins

11 Feb 2019

Rank #10

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THE ORACLE Pythia

Ancient kings and rulers from across the world traveled to the remote mountain town Delphi, Greece, to visit a nameless elderly peasant woman. They made the trek because she alone could see the future, and channeled the voice of god. Her words made world leaders change the course of their lives, but no one ever documented who she really was. Travel with us on location to Delphi, Greece, to reenact an ancient visit to Pythia, the oracle of Delphi.Katie is on location with guest Dimitrios Georgaras, who has been “listening to the harmony” at Delphi for forty years. After a career in the Greek merchant navy, guest Dimitrios Georgaras began creating bronze pieces using the ancient method of sand-casting. He has been “listening to the harmony” at Delphi for forty years, having visited the site and archaeological museum over a thousand times.Music featured in this episode generously provided by Michael Levy and Sam Henderson.Want to help us “make history”? Become a Patron or Donate here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

47mins

15 Jul 2019

Rank #11

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THE ASTRONOMER Caroline Herschel

Hundreds of years ago, Caroline Herschel lived a real-life Cinderella story. Except instead of marrying a handsome prince, she became a world-renowned astronomer! Her brutal childhood was one of servitude, suffering and loneliness. Childhood diseases piled on the misery, stunting her growth, disfiguring her face and blinding her in one eye. But Caroline Herschel’s story is an incredibly beautiful tale of triumph and achievement. Her meteoric rise to fame for her astonishing astronomical discoveries led to international renown. The adoring public named her The Comet Huntress.Katie interviewed Joseph Middleton on location at the Herschel Museum of Astronomy in Bath, England. This episode also features excerpts from Caroline Herschel’s memoirs wonderfully performed by Kevin E Green for Librivox.Guest Joseph Middleton has been the manager of the Herschel Museum of Astronomy for the past six years and has worked in museums in Bath, England, for the last ten years, including being the manager of No.1 Royal Crescent. He studied Fine Art at Falmouth University.Music for this episode provided by the Herschel Ensemble.Want to help us “make history”? Become a Patron or Donate here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

45mins

30 Jul 2018

Rank #12

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THE FLY GIRL Ruth Nichols

Ruth Rowland Nichols was a pioneer of early aviation, the only woman yet to hold simultaneous world records for speed, altitude, and distance, the first woman to attempt a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean, the founder of the Relief Wings branch of the Civil Air Patrol and one of the most famous pilots of the 1930’s (even more famous than her friend and rival Amelia Earhart). Her courage and daring made her a national icon, but she is barely remembered now by the country that once praised her as its most famous “fly girl.”Our guest is Keith O’Brien, New York Times Bestselling Author of Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History.Thanks to Highbridge Audio for generously allowing us to use excerpts from the Fly Girls audiobook, read by Erin Bennett. A full transcript of this episode is available here.Our guest, New York Times Bestselling author Keith O’Brien, is a former reporter for the Boston Globe and a frequent contributor to National Public Radio. His work has appeared on shows such as All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and This American Life. He has also written for the New York Times Magazine, Politico, and Slate, and is the author of Outside Shot: Big Dreams, Hard Times, and One County’s Quest for Basketball Greatness. He lives in New Hampshire.Music for this episode was generously provided by Amanda Setlik Wilson, Jeremy Dittus, Jeff Cuno, The Melody Weavers and the New Hot 5. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

41mins

14 Jan 2019

Rank #13

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THE SISTERS Jane and Anna Maria Porter

Sisters Jane and Anna Maria Porter were wildly popular writers–among the most widely-read writers in Regency England. (Yes, more popular than Jane Austen!) Their novels were on every British bookshelf, their poetry was popular and acclaimed, and Jane Porter’s historical novel The Scottish Chiefs would retain its popularity for nearly 150 years. So how did these bestselling icons of British literature end up nearly penniless and living as “professional houseguests” without a home to call their own? And why did the eternal fame they expected elude them in the end? In today’s episode, meet the sister novelists whose lives were every bit as dramatic as the historical novels they wrote.Olivia interviews 2018 Guggenheim Fellow Devoney Looser, author of the award-winning book The Making of Jane Austen and prominent Jane Austen scholar.Guest Devoney Looser is the author of the award-winning book The Making of Jane Austen (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017). She was awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship in 2018 for her work on a book about the Porter Sisters. She is Professor of English at Arizona State University and the author or editor of six other books on literature by women. Her recent writing has appeared in The Atlantic, the New York Times, Salon, The TLS, and Entertainment Weekly, and she’s had the pleasure of talking about Austen on CNN. Looser has played roller derby as Stone Cold Jane Austen and is on Twitter @devoneylooser and @Making_JaneMusic featured in this episode included: Beethoven’s "Sonata for Violin and Piano in D Major, Op. 12: Andante and Allegro" performed by Amanda Setlik Wilson and Allison Kim, Mozart’s "Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major: Andante" performed by Amanda Setlik Wilson and Peter Ryan, Mozart’s "Sonata in C minor, K. 457" and Haydn’s "Sonata in B Minor, Hoboken XV: 32" performed by Amanda Setlik Wilson, and “Tullochgorum” by Niel Gow, performed by Half Pelican.Want to help us “make history”? Become a Patron or Donate here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

43mins

2 Apr 2018

Rank #14

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THE EMPEROR Wu Zhao (Wu Zetian)

Over 2000 years of history, China had exactly one female emperor. Wu Zhao (also known as Wu Zetian) rose from fifth-ranked concubine (a glorified maid) to supreme ruler, effectively governing China for over fifty years. Her reign was one of the most peaceful and productive periods of the Tang Dynasty, so why does history remember her as a bloodthirsty, sexually depraved tyrant? Learn about this enigmatic, fascinating woman with our guest, Wu Zhao biographer and Professor of Chinese History, N. Harry Rothschild. Consultation and voiceovers for this episode provided by Dr. Xiao Jing Miao, Visiting Assistant Professor of Chinese at the University of Colorado Boulder.Guest Dr. N. Harry Rothschild was a Professor of Chinese History at the University of North Florida and the author of The World of Wu Zhao, Wu Zhao: China’s Only Woman Emperor and Emperor Wu Zhao and Her Pantheon of Devis, Divinities, and Dynastic Mothers. Dr. Rothschild’s teaching career spanned nearly a quarter of a century, beginning as a K-12 substitute in the hills of western Maine after he graduated from Harvard University in 1992 with a B.A. in East Asian Language and Civilizations and cleverly decided to write a novel on bronzecasting and kingship in Shang China in his parents’ basement. From 1988 to 1990, he lived, studied Mandarin, and worked in Beijing. Dr. Rothschild died in Dec 2021.Music featured in this episode provided by Cao Jianguo, Li Xiangting, Zhu Runfu, Tang Dai Li Yue Fu Yuan Zu, the Hubei Chime Bells Array, Charlie Huang, and the Shanxii Provincial Song and Dance Troupe.Want to help us “make history”? Become a Patron or Donate here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

47mins

26 Aug 2019

Rank #15

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THE EMPRESS Nur Jahan

Nur Jahan was the only Empress in the history of the Mughal Empire. Reigning as an equal with her husband Jahangir, she was the only woman to issue executive orders, mint coins, or lead an army — and her tiger-hunting skills were legendary. Though she was one of the most influential leaders in 17th century Asia, for centuries her legacy has been reduced to a love story that ends where her real adventure began–at her marriage to Emperor Jahangir. With our guest Dr. Ruby Lal, author of the new book Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan, we discover the incredible life of this enigmatic and influential ruler.Guest Ruby Lal is Professor of South Asian Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a D.Phil. in Modern History from the University of Oxford, UK, and an M.Phil in History from the University of Delhi, India. Her narrative history Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan, was published in 2018. Her first two books were Domesticity and Power in the Early Mughal World and Coming of Age in Nineteenth Century India: The Girl-Child and the Art of Playfulness, both from Cambridge University Press. Olivia’s interview with Ruby Lal was recorded on location at the 2018 Jaipur Literature Festival at the Boulder Public Library.Music featured in this episode provided by Navatman Music Collective, Ashok Pathak, and Vinod Prasanna, Okey Szoke & Pompey.Want to help us “make history”? Become a Patron or Donate here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

35mins

19 Nov 2018

Rank #16

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WITCHES & MEDIUMS & GHOSTS, OH MY! 2018 Halloween Special

Our 2018 Halloween Special brings back four of our most popular guests with four new stories of hauntings, mysterious deaths, witch hunts, and seances to bring you many spooky returns of the season!In 1612, ten people were hanged as witches in Lancashire, England, sentenced to death because of the testimony of a 9 year old girl. The eight women and two men Jennet Device accused included her mother, grandmother, sister and brother, and the trial of Old Demdike and her “coven” would become infamous around the world. Guest Mary Sharratt retold the story of the Pendle Witches in her novel Daughters of the Witching Hill. Thomas Potts voiced by Thaddeus Weiland.Pearl DeVere was one of the most famous and successful madams in the history of the American West. Her incredible business acumen, as well as her famed beauty and charm, ensured that her legend endures to this day in the historic gold rush town of Cripple Creek, Colorado, but according to museum curator Charlotte Bumgarner, her legend isn’t the only thing that lives on in her house. Recorded on location at the Old Homestead House Museum in Cripple Creek, Colorado.After her husband Harry Houdini’s death in 1926, Bess Houdini held regular seances to attempt to communicate with his spirit as part of a bargain the two had made while he was alive–he would contact her through a medium and give a secret code word that only the two of them knew to assure that it was really he. After ten years of attempts, she finally “turned out the light” on the Houdini seances, but her tireless efforts to keep his legacy alive assured that he is now the most famous magician in the world–more well-known than he was even in life. Guest Paul Draper shares Bess Houdini’s fascinating and compelling life. Bess Houdini voiced by Dena Brady.Lily Cove was just 20 years old when she fell to her death during a parachute jump from her hot air balloon on June 11th, 1906. Her short career as a wildly popular aeronaut came to a tragic and mysterious end when she somehow became separated from her parachute and crashed into the field behind Ponden Hall in Haworth, England. Sharon Wright‘s book Balloonomania Belles brings her to life again.Music featured in this episode included: “Ave Verum Corpus” and “Si le ne Vous” by the Weber State Univ. Chamber Choir, Puccini’s "Manon Lescaut, Intermezzo" by the MIT Symphony Orchestra and Concert Choir, Byrd's "Agnus Dei" by Solis, Choir of the Sun, "I Can't See You"by Jeff Cuno, “A Hot Time in the Old Town” by Daniel Henderson and Amanda Setlik Wilson, "A Hot Time in the Old Town” by Garrick and Anna Dunford Meacham, Elgar's “Salut d’Amor” by Peak Duo, “Aunt Hagar’s Blues” by The New Hot 5, “Goodbye, Liza Jane” by Marc Nelson, "Cripple Creek" by Half Pelican, and “Aquarium” from Saint-Saens’ Carvinal of the Animals performed by Jeremy Dittus.Want to help us “make history”? Become a Patron or Donate here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

53mins

22 Oct 2018

Rank #17

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THE PHILOSOPHER Margaret Cavendish

Four hundred years ago, Margaret Cavendish dared to contemplate the biggest philosophical questions of her day. Brilliant and bold, she wrote 21 books despite being dismissed or mocked by the almost entirely male intellectual community. A famously eccentric dresser, she and her husband hosted high-society parties at their fantastical castle, but she was also paralyzed by bashfulness and dreaded talking to people. She hoped that her intellectual works would lead to eternal fame, but she remained quite ignored until recent scholars dug her books out of the shadows.Guest Dr. Rachel Robison-Greene is the co-editor of eleven books on pop-culture and philosophy and teaches philosophy at Weber State University.Learn more about Margaret Cavendish, view some of her manuscripts, and find many more resources at the Digital Cavendish Project. Or you can view a BBC Documentary on Bolsover Castle, Margaret and William Cavendish’s favorite home.Guest Dr. Rachel Robison-Greene earned her PhD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She works in metaethics, normative ethics, and applied ethics. She teaches philosophy at Weber State University. She has co-edited eleven books on pop-culture and philosophy and is currently working on a solo edited collection on philosophy in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.Music featured in this episode included: “Deus in Adjutorium” by Monteverde, performed by Solis Camerata with soloist Timothy Leffler, Kyrie: Misse de Minuit pour Nöel by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, performed by Solis Camerata with soloists Mandy Clegg, Tommy Strawser, Sam Kreidenweis, Erik Gustafson, Kerry Ginger, Joel Wolcott, and Carol Jennings, “Orfeo” by Monteverde, performed by Solis Camerata, “Canarios” by Gaspar Sanz, performed by Marc Nelson, and “Mistress Nichols’ Almain” by John Dowland, performed by Marc Nelson. Want to help us “make history”? Become a Patron or Donate here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

44mins

29 Jan 2018

Rank #18

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THE TRUE LOVE Dorothy Osborne

In this episode, a 17th-century tale of true love and extreme patience. Dorothy Osborne and William Temple fell deeply in love, but her family forbade the match. For years, while Dorothy’s creepily overbearing brother presented her with suitor after suitor of his own choosing, Dorothy and William faithfully sent each other secret love letters. Dorothy’s letters survive, and reveal the story of her escape from the clutches of her possessive brother in pursuit of “happily ever after.” Katie interviews Professor Bernard Capp, foremost expert on 17th-century Britain and author of the new book, The Ties That Bind.A digital archive of Dorothy Osborne’s letters can be found here, and free audio performances of her letters are at Librivox.After completing his masters and doctorate at the University of Oxford, Guest Bernard Capp went on to teach at the University of Warwick for half a century. He has written books on a wide range of early modern English topics including the family, gender, radical movements in the English Revolution, the impact of puritan rule during the interregnum, astrological almanacs, popular literature, and the Cromwellian navy. Music featured in this episode included: “Canarios” by Gaspar San, performed by Marc Nelson, and “Queen Marie’s Dumpe,” “The Nightingale,” “Franklin & Focky,” “Parthenia,” “Gerard’s Mistresse,” and “Fairwell Fair Armidia” by Dr. Phillip Serna.Want to help us “make history”? Become a Patron or Donate here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

38mins

24 Sep 2018

Rank #19

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THE ROPEMAKER Mary Pattison Irwin

In the moment when Mary Pattison locked eyes with dashing American solider John Irwin across the ballroom at the St. Patrick’s Day Ball in 1784, her destiny was set. Married by the end of the gala and on a ship to the brand new nation of the USA two weeks later, she would set up the first “Rope Walk,” rope manufacturer in the small frontier town of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her foresight, skill and ambition would assure her family’s place as one of the “pillars of the city” but history would erase her name and give her husband the credit. But our guest, Gloria Forouzan, is giving it back!Watch rope being made the way it was at “Mary Irwin and Son” in this video from the historic ropewalk at Chatham Ropery.Guest Gloria Forouzan works in the office of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto. In addition to her other duties, she is an unofficial historian, searching out the stories of unknown residents who have left a mark on the city. Her focus is on women of the region.Music featured in this episode provided by Killarney, Andy Reiner, Jon Souza, and Half Pelican.Want to help us “make history”? Become a Patron or Donate here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

36mins

30 Dec 2019

Rank #20